1. What It All Means: Week 9
We got here, and now it’s on …
Let’s just presume, hope, and seriously pray that everything is still standing and we all at least sort of like one another after whatever happens over the next several days.
Again, assuming everything real world and college football-wise goes off without a hitch, we’re getting the games we all so desperately need to take the edge off, if at least for a little while.
This last Saturday worked out just fine to give us what we all wanted for this coming weekend.
Boise State was able to get past Air Force with no problem, and BYU handled WKU as expected. That means the weekend starts – after the MAC has its say on Wednesday night and the Mountain West has a few games on Thursday – with a potential play-in game for a New Year’s Six bowl between the Broncos and Cougars.
The Trevor Lawrence news was awful, and it stinks that he’s not playing against Notre Dame, but DJ Uiagalelei got his first start and was more than just okay.
In the making lemonade way to look at the Boston College game, Uiagalelei proved he could handle the pressure – better at home for that first start than in South Bend – and Clemson got the win.
Notre Dame did its part with an almost perfect performance over Georgia Tech. Now the showdown is on.
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Florida literally had a fight with Missouri, but in the game itself there wasn’t any problem. Georgia beat Kentucky 14-3 in an instant memory dump game, but now the two are ready to roll for – what should be – the battle for the SEC East title in Jacksonville.
We get those three monster games. We get the start of the Pac-12. We get that MAC Wednesday night. We get Michigan playing against a 2-0 Indiana team that hasn’t won in the series since 1987. We might get 2-0 Purdue at Wisconsin if everything checks out.
Houston and Cincinnati should put on an offensive show. Oklahoma State and Kansas State are playing to see who wants to stay alive in the Big 12 title chase. We get Liberty as an unbeaten and ranked team going to Virginia Tech in a game worth paying attention to.
This is it. This is the weekend. This is when all the conferences are going. Back in August, this is the slate of games we never thought would happen.
Take a deep breath, get through the next few days, and no matter what happens, your escape should be on its way this weekend.