The Week 14 college football roundup. The 5 things that matter, winners and losers, overrated and underrated, and what it all means.
College Football Week 14 Roundup
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– Almost Every College Football Playoff Scenario
– Charlie Strong Fired By USF. Taggart In Next?
– Matt Luke Fired By Ole Miss: 5 Candidates
– Steve Addazio Fired By BC: 5 Candidates
– Wisconsin 38, Minn. 17: 10 Quick Thoughts
– Auburn 48, Alabama 45: 10 Quick Thoughts
– Ohio St 56, Michigan 27: 10 Quick Thoughts
5. Winners & Losers From Week 14
Winner: The SEC
After everything that went down over the weekend, now the SEC is guaranteed at least one team in the College Football Playoff (LSU), and it might get in another (Georgia).
At the very least, the SEC will take up three of the 12 CFP/New Year’s Six bowl slots, and it’ll most likely get teams in four of the games.
It helps the bottom line to get Mississippi State bowl eligible, too, which makes the SEC a winner, but …
Loser: The one big thing that will live forever in college football history …
The biggest national story from the SEC – at least one that crossed over into the real news world – came from the Mississippi State 21-20 win over Ole Miss, when Rebel WR Elijah Moore was flagged for his urinating dog celebration thing that, apparently, ruined a delightful Thanksgiving holiday for many Americans – at least, for those who ditched their families to comment on social media.
Winner: QB Bryce Perkins, Virginia
Perkins was brilliant in last year’s game against Virginia Tech. He threw for 259 yards and three scores, ran for 112 yards, and … lost an overtime fumble that sealed the Hokies’ 34-31 win.
Fast-forward to a year later. With the ACC Coastal and a trip to the conference championship on the line, Perkins snapped the program’s 15-game losing streak with a 311-yard passing day with a touchdown and a pick, and with 164 rushing yards and two touchdowns in the 39-30 win.
Greg Schiano. Yippee.
The Charlotte football program has only been around since 2013, and now under head coach Will Healy in his first season at the helm, it’s going to a bowl game. The team closed out with five straight victories to not only become bowl eligible, but ensured the school’s first winning season with a 38-22 win at Old Dominion.
The program might have improved this year, but with the 27-24 loss to Iowa, the Huskers finished 5-7 to miss out on a bowl game for the third year in a row. When was the last time Nebraska went three straight years without a bowl game? It was part of the drought from 1955 to 1961.
Winner: Kent State
Kent State University went to the 1972 Tangerine Bowl, and lost to Tampa 21-18. Since then the school has gone to one bowl – the GoDaddy.com in the 2012 season, losing to Arkansas State.
This year’s team was all but dead with a 3-6 start before getting blown out for the first three quarters by Buffalo. But the Golden Flashes came up with a miracle 30-27 win, followed it up with victories over Ball State and Eastern Michigan, and now the program is bowl eligible in Year Two under Sean Lewis.
The Fighting Illini have turned a corner. They shocked Wisconsin, came back to stun Michigan State, and they won six games to become bowl eligible for the first time under Lovie Smith. Everything had been pointing up for the program, with the potential there to do even more and bury a miserable Northwestern team, and …
Northwestern 29, Illinois 10. In Champaign. The Illini gained 160 yards of total offense, came up with nine first downs, and were out rushed 378 yards to 14.