A Look Around The Country

Welcome back to my weekly column, A Look Around the Country. I’m highlighting notable games from the previous week, the week ahead and of course, the Heisman and Playoff race. Special features include an in-depth look at the Ohio State and a Michigan update, mainly for folks to bask in their misfortunes. Feel free to comment with your opinions, I hope you enjoy!

Notable Games Last Week

Stanford 56, UCLA 35

The Trees were able to stretch their record to 5-1 after a big win over UCLA. Many people are starting to say that Stanford’s loss to Northwestern back in week one is comparable to Ohio State’s loss to Virginia Tech last season. We’ll see if Stanford is able to contend with Utah.

Iowa 40, Northwestern 10

In a very quiet manner, the Hawkeyes have managed to go undefeated thus far this season and are the clear frontrunners to play in the Big Ten Championship Game. It’s odd to think about, but Iowa is a playoff contender. For Northwestern, they seem to be falling into a rut yet again.

Alabama 41, Texas A&M 23

Kyle Field wasn’t enough for the Aggies to hold off the Tide as Derrick Henry was able to run wild for 236 yards and 2 touchdowns. Alabama just keeps on winning and has put themselves on a collision course with LSU.

Michigan State 27, Michigan 23

HOLY S—!!!! In what will go down as one of the craziest finishes in college football history, the Wolverines laid an egg the size of Mars on the last play of the game. Moving forward, the Big Ten East all comes down the Buckeye-Spartan game in late November. For Michigan, the wins should keep coming and the Ohio State game will be one for the ages.

Big Games This Week

There aren’t any big games this week. For example, College Gameday is headed to the James Madison vs Richmond game.

Ohio State at Rutgers

After looking very impressive against Penn State in Ohio Stadium’s first blackout, J.T. Barrett has been the named the starter for the Rutgers game. In my opinion, this has been the right move since day one and I think the Buckeyes will continue to improve moving forward. Zeke is playing like a madman and the defense has really stepped up. Come November 21, they’ll be ready for when Sparty comes to town.

Saturday, October 24 at 8pm on ABC

Michigan Update

I am still laughing at how they lost. Good thing for them that they have a bye week to regroup.

Heisman Watch

1. Leonard Fournette, LSU

2. Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State

3. Trevone Boykin, TCU

4. Seth Russell, Baylor

5. Derrick Henry, Alabama

My Playoff if the Season Ended Today

*Editor’s Note: This will be a volatile poll every week based on performance in the past week and resume to date, very similar to the Playoff Committee.

1. Ohio State (beat Penn State, plays Rutgers)

2. Baylor (beat West Virginia, plays Iowa State)

3. Michigan State (beat Michigan, plays Indiana)

4. LSU (beat Florida, plays Western Kentucky)

Just Missed the Cut

5. Utah (beat Arizona State, plays USC)

6. TCU (beat Iowa State, plays West Virginia)

7. Alabama (beat Texas A&M, plays Tennessee)

8. Clemson (beat Boston College, plays Miami)

9. Florida State (beat Louisville, plays Georgia Tech)

10. Iowa (beat Northwestern, bye week)

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