College football was at its best last week; we saw three down to the wire football games. There were some tough, game time decisions that I had to make; I didn’t know which football game to watch.
There was the FSU-Virginia matchup that brought Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher to his knees after what was thought to be the end of the game. An overturned call and a missed field goal later, Virginia upset FSU 14-13. Then there was the Oklahoma-Baylor matchup where we saw Robert Griffin III put together a special last minute, game winning drive. If Griffin III wins the Heisman, you can look back at this Oklahoma game as a reason why. Then in the last game of the night, Oregon’s last minute drive fell short after a missed field goal that could’ve put the game into overtime. Chip Kelly’s clock management was questionable as he elected to not use his timeouts so he could keep the offensive momentum.
Week 13 has plenty of football already and we’re trying to figure it all out, but we’ve already witnessed the most important matchup this week. LSU flat out dominated Arkansas winning 41-17 and knocked Arkansas out of contention for the National Championship. And while the number one ranking may have been decided on Friday, today we get to see how the will rest pan out. Alabama will try to keep their No. 2 ranking as they go up against the defending National Champions, Auburn. Alabama will be seeking revenge after last year’s debacle when they squandered a 24-0 lead to Cam Newton and co. If Alabama loses, then the gate opens for the rest of the one-loss teams. Teams like Virginia Tech and Stanford have to win this week, but it won’t be easy. Virginia Tech goes up against a Virginia team that has cracked the top 25 and won four games straight. Stanford goes up against Notre Dame who has also been on a roll; they’ve won eight out of nine since they opened up with back-to-back losses.
It’s going to be interesting to see which team shows up with the turkey hangover. There is the potential of some upsets this week and some players to watch. Here are three players we are looking at on Saturday for Week 13:
Michael Floyd, wide receiver, Notre Dame: Last week- Caught 10 passes for 92 yards.
This game is not going to be easy for the Irish, especially since they lost senior running back Jonas Gray to a season ending knee injury. If Notre Dame is going to pull out an upset, they are going to need someone to step up in this game. Michael Floyd could be that difference maker; he’s had plenty of success in his career against Stanford. In three games he has caught 19 passes for 310 yards and three touchdowns. However, this year is a different story, Stanford has seen their fair share of elite receivers and has figured out ways to shut them down.
Perry Jones, running back, Virginia: Last week- Rushed eight times for 14 yards. He also caught nine passes for 62 yards and a touchdown.
Virginia Techs defense had some problems with missed tackles last week against North Carolinas Giovanni Bernard and that might continue this week as they will be facing a similar back in Perry Jones. Just like Bernard, Jones is an undersized but quick back who slips out of tackles. Besides being used in the rushing attack, Jones is used often in the passing game with screens and quick dump off passes. He’s versatile, so he will be called upon often and could have an impact in this game.
Isaiah Crowell, running back, Georgia: Last week- Rushed two times for 11 yards.
Georgia lost two straight to start their season, they wanted their coach fired and their season seemed to be already in the dumps. Whether it was just a slow start, who knows, but Georgia has done a complete turnaround since the beginning of the season winning nine straight and have clinching a spot to battle for the SEC title. This week will be different for Georgia, as they will go up against Georgia Tech and their option offense. In order to continue their winning streak, they are going to have to use running back Crowell. Last week, Georgia had some problems on offense because Crowell only lasted two plays before getting injured. Without Crowell, Georgia was very one-dimensional being very pass heavy. Look for Georgia to use Crowell often in this game, as they will try to get their offense back on track.
A college football enthusiast and Journalism and Sports Administration major at the University of Miami, Jared Levine has been writing about major college football for the past two years. You may contact Jared @ [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @ JaredLevine4