Man let me just say, I was dead wrong on some of these. A championship Saturday to remember most certainly. Let’s jump right into these incredible match ups shall we.
SEC Champions- #1 Alabama Crimson Tide 52-46
What a game. Once again the Alabama Crimson Tide are SEC Champions which is no surprise considering it’s Alabama. Mac Jones finished the day 33-43, 418 yards, five touchdowns, and one interception. The lone interception did not matter all too much since WR John Metchie III decided he was going to deliver a brutal hit to Florida DB Trey Dean III and cause him to fumble the ball and give the Tide the ball right back.
RB Najee Harris finished the day with a dominant performance with 245 total yards, 31 carries for 178 yards, five receptions for 67 yards, and five total touchdowns. Three through the air and two on the ground. What a day for Najee Haris. Heisman candidate Devonta Smith finished the day with 15 receptions, 184 yards, and two touchdowns. All around a fantastic day for the 2020 SEC Champions.
Florida had a fantastic day as well. Kyle Trask finished the day going 26/40, 408 yards, and three touchdowns. The run game was almost nonexistent with the Florida Gators only having 54 total yards rushing but somehow ended with three touchdowns. The passing game, however, was not with the team having 26 catches, 408 yards, and three touchdowns.
As I said before, ultimately the team that limited mental mistakes would reign supreme and that was evident late in this one. Alabama Center Landon Dickerson went down after being slammed down by a Florida defender. While the medical staff was tending to Dickerson, Florida DT Zachary Carter lost his cool which caused both sidelines to come out onto the field and Carter was seen getting angry and even physical towards the Florida coaching staff and teammates. At the end of the day, Florida did not limit the mental mistakes and went home defeated.
ACC Champions- #3 Clemson Tigers 34-10
I will admit, I was wrong on this one. Very wrong actually. Clemson did exactly what they normally do and dominated through the air which is not an unusual thing considering they have projected number one overall pick in the NFL Draft Trevor Lawrence under center. Lawrence finished the day going 25-36, 322 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. The receiving core as a whole ended the day with 25 receptions, 322 yards, and two touchdowns. The run game did its usual thing with Travis Etienne finishing the day with ten carries, 124 yards, and one touchdown.
Notre Dame just could not get it going today and went down early with the score being 24-3 going into the half. Quarterback Ian Book finished the day going 20/28 with 219 yards. The team’s only score was from the running game. They ended the day with 30 carries, 44 yards, and one touchdown by Chris Tyree.
No drama here in this one and all around just a complete game by the reigning ACC Champions, the Clemson Tigers. This win solidifies Clemson’s spot in the College Football Playoff race.
Big Ten Champions- #4 Ohio State 22-10
Alright, this one was interesting to say the least. Northwestern started off early early, jumping out to a 10-3 lead but could not get it done giving up 12 unanswered points. Ohio State Quarterback Justin Fields ended the day with a less than stellar performance going 12/27, 114 yards, and two interceptions. Fields did show his ability to run the ball with 12 carries for 35 yards. The running game is what saved the Buckeyes with RB Trey Sermon ending the day with 29 carries, 331 yards, and two touchdowns. What a dominant day for Trey Sermon.
Northwestern ended the day with Quarterback Peyton Ramsey going 24/37, 224 yards, and two interceptions. The running attack was not the best but did enough to put six up on the board with RB Cam Porter ending his day with 16 carries, 61 yards, and a score.
Honestly, I am surprised that Ohio State is walking away from this one with a victory. While they may have won this one, they would get demolished by the other top three teams in the College Football Playoffs. This is the first time this season that they faced a good team defensively and it showed heavily from Justin Fields. If they even want a chance, they have to get Trey Sermon going and they have to do it quickly.
Big 12 Champions- #10 Oklahoma Sooners 27-21
This was a close one with Oklahoma proving that they were the better team today. Very clean game for Quarterback Spencer Rattler who finished the day going 22/34, 272 yards, and one touchdown. The rushing game took care of the rest ending the day with 31 carries, 120 yards, and two touchdowns. Marvin Mims led the receiving corps with seven receptions, 101 yards, and one touchdown.
Iowa State just could not seem to hold on to the ball at all. Quarterback Brock Purdy went 27/40, 322 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions. The rushing attack ended the day with 31 carries, 113 yards, and two touchdowns with Running Back Breece Hall leading that group. The passing attack was balling out when they were not turning the ball over. They ended their day with 27 receptions, 322 yards, and one touchdown.
The Sooners found a way to end up back on top and did it in spectacular fashion. Defense did their job with three turnovers and did just enough for the win.
American Athletic Conference Champions- #9 Cincinnati Bearcats 27-24
A game that went down to the wire when no one expected it to. Cincinnati proved that they wanted it more and walked away as champions. The Bearcats did exceptionally well in the passing game with Quarterback Desmond Ridder going 19/29, 269 yards, and one touchdown. The rushing attack ended their day with 38 carries, 151 yards, and two touchdowns. Desmond Ridder proved himself to be a very mobile Quarterback with 16 carries, 83 yards, and a score. The receiving corps led by Alec Pierce, who totaled five receptions for 146 yards and a score, ended the day with 19 receptions, 269 yards, and a score.
Tulsa could not get out of their own way with Quarterback Zach Smith ending his day going 13/30, 166 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. Wilson also tried to rush as well but got absolutely obliterated with three rushes for negative 21 yards. The rest of the running game had to pick up some of the slack with 37 carries, 199 yards, and two scores.
Not surprised by who came out on top but I am shocked by how close it was. Any given day I suppose. Hats off to Tulsa for keeping up with Cincinnati.
Mountain West Champions- #24 San Jose Spartans 34-20
San Jose solidified themselves as kings of the conference with a win over the Boise State Broncos. The air attack was the name of the game for San Jose with Quarterback Nick Starkel going 32/52, 453 yards, and three touchdowns. The run game was seemingly not needed with their day ending with 25 carries and 45 yards. The receiving core led by Tre Walker just could not be stopped with 32 receptions, 453 yards, and three scores. What a day from these guys.
Boise State went home with Quarterback Hank Bachmeier ending his day going 20/40 and 221 yards. The run game was non existent with 25 carries and just 28 yards to show for it. The air attack led by Khalil Shakir did alright with 20 receptions and 221 yards.
Boise State just could not keep up with San Jose’s air attack as they fell short as a result. What a dominant performance by Quarterback Nick Starkel and he deserves to go home a champion after that kind of performance.
I was shocked by a couple of these games but man, what a Championship Saturday. Now we shift our focus to Bowl Game Week and soon, we will crown a College Football Playoff National Champion.