The best sight all night for Nebraska was when Tommy Armstrong came strolling back into Ohio Stadium, hospital scrubs and all.
The team’s star quarterback was knocked out briefly after his head hit the turf hard midway through the second quarter. Armstrong was taken to a local Columbus emergency room but returned to the sidelines to plenty of cheers after being checked out and cleared to rejoin his teammates on the sideline.
That was about the lone bright-spot for the Cornhuskers otherwise, as they were streamrolled by Ohio State 62-3 in an impressive statement from the home team many questioned after a shaky month of October.
J.T. Barrett was once again the catalyst for the offense, throwing for 290 yards and four touchdowns while adding another 39 yards with his legs in just three quarters worth of work. After repeated cries from Buckeyes fans to get Curtis Samuel involved more, he responded with 13 touches for 178 yards and found the end zone twice times.
Tailback Mike Weber also chipped in with several tough runs between the tackles and helped Ohio State starters score on every drive they had. Coordinator Greg Schiano’s defense had equally an impressive outing, returning two interceptions to the house and bottling up (and outscoring) Nebraska’s offense all night.
Ryker Fyfe took over for Armstrong at quarterback but was equally ineffective against the swarming Buckeyes and did well not to get sacked.
The win was undoubtedly an impressive statement by Ohio State to the rest of the Big Ten and to the College Football Playoff Selection Committee in particular. The Buckeyes were already sitting pretty in the top six and are all but certain to be the top one-loss team on Tuesday following Texas A&M’s loss to Mississippi State.
More importantly, they put several questions to rest after that kind of performance after several mediocre performances in the past three weeks and a late loss to Penn State.
As for Nebraska, the Cornhuskers will head home to regroup after back-to-back losses on the road to top 10 teams. They remain tied atop the Big Ten West standings but need some help to reach the conference title game as Wisconsin owns the tie-breaker based on their head-to-head win last Saturday.
Georgia Tech lost a game to Hurricane Irma, a Sept. 16 trip to Central Florida. Georgia State also had a game canceled due to Irma — Saturday’s scheduled game with Memphis, which was axed to makeup the Memphis-UCF game that was supposed to be played Sept. 8.
So if Georgia Tech lost a game, and Georgia State lost a game, and the Atlanta schools stadiums’ sit just 2.2 miles away from each other, wouldn’t it make sense to try to get them together?
The sides tried, but the effort isn’t going to work.
As reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia Tech and Georgia State officials attempted to find a date that worked for both sides, but one simply is not available.
Georgia Tech attempted to arrange the game for Oct. 7, the Jackets’ original bye week, but Georgia State has a conference game against Coastal Carolina on Oct. 7. Georgia State is off on Nov. 18, but Georgia Tech visits Duke that day. The rare Championship Saturday makeup isn’t even possible (provided Georgia Tech doesn’t win the ACC Coastal) because Georgia State hosts Idaho on Dec. 2, in what is Idaho’s final game as a Sun Belt member.
Incidentally, Georgia Tech and Georgia State have never met on the field despite being two miles apart. Perhaps this episode will spur the Atlanta neighbors to invite the other over to play sometime down the line.
A clear cut sign when a coach is feeling the heat is when he scolds the media for focusing on negative stories instead of sharing the plethora of positive news happening all around the program.
In a purely unrelated note, Butch Jones is 3-1 this season with a tight win over Georgia Tech, a Hail Mary loss to Florida and a way-closer-than-it-should-have-been escape over Massachusetts on Saturday. The Vols host No. 7 Georgia on Saturday, and a loss there will almost certainly doom Tennessee to a 10th straight season without winning the SEC East, including all five seasons of the Jones era.
Jones was asked about an injury to defensive tackle Shy Tuttle, who suffered a broken orbital bone. Asked about a rumor that Tuttle was injured by a teammate, Jones launched into a rant that included chastising the media for “fake news.”
I think it’s safe to say Jones is wound just a little tightly these days.
Washington has been chugging along quite nicely in the early portion of the 2017 college football season, but the Huskies may have to continue through Pac-12 play without a key wide receiver on the field. Chico McClatcher, a junior, could potentially be done for the remainder of the season after breaking his ankle Saturday night against Colorado.
Washington head coach Chris Petersen announced McClatcher will be out for an undetermined amount of time, but the fear is a broken ankle could keep him out for the rest of the season.
In three games this season, McClatcher caught 10 passes for 128 yards. He did not play in a Week 3 game against Fresno State. On Saturday against the Buffs, McClatcher caught four passes for 44 yards in the 37-10 victory in Boulder.
Petersen did note McClatcher can still preserve a year of eligibility by utilizing a possible redshirt to his advantage.
Alabama and Clemson appear to be on a collision course for a third straight meeting in the College Football Playoff national championship, and the Crimson Tide and defending national champion Tigers remain the top two favorites to win the national championship this season, according to the latest updated odds from Bovada.
Alabama’s odds have moved to 19/10 after being 2/1 last week. Right behind Alabama is Clemson at 9/2 a week after having 11/2 odds. Despite having one loss on their record already, the Ohio State Buckeyes remain in the thick of the race as well with the third-best national title odds after four weeks of play. Ohio State is listed at 7/1 by Bovada, staying ahead of USC (15/2) and Oklahoma (8/1) despite a head-to-head loss to the Sooners in Columbus in Week 2.
Penn State comes in at 10/1, followed by Michigan at 12/1. Georgia is on the rise as well with 14/1 odds to stay ahead of Washington (16/1). The biggest drop of the week was by Oklahoma State, who fell from 9/1 to 20/1 after a home loss to TCU. The Horned Frogs jumped up from 75/1 to 33/1 this week.
Bovada also updated their Heisman Trophy odds, with Penn State running back Saquon Barkley moving to the top of the board.