Andrew Dawson, Contributing Writer |
The Auburn Tigers were able to hang on and get a key win against Kentucky this Saturday. Auburn won the game with a score line of 29 to 13. The Tigers, being ranked eighth in the SEC, did not disappoint as their offense continues to put up big numbers against ranked SEC teams. Bo Nix made some impressive throws to help them get the victory. The Kentucky Wildcats were able to keep the game close until the fourth quarter, however, with two turnovers the game slipped away from Kentucky as Auburn seized the chance scoring back-to-back touchdowns.
Number one ranked Alabama team, the Crimson Tide, dominated Missouri by a score of 38 to 19. Alabama was led by three top performers as they continue their perfect season. Quarterback Mac Jones threw for over 245 yards and two touchdowns. He connected to rising star wideout Jaylen Waddle eight times for 134 yards and two touchdowns. This game from Waddle keeps him in the Heisman race for a performance that exhibits excellence and integrity. The Crimson Tide was also led by running back Najee Harris. Harris was the player of the game, running for 98 yards and three total touchdowns. These huge victories from Alabama continue to prove why they are the number one ranked team.
There was a huge upset this week as the Kansas State Wildcats defeated the number three ranked Oklahoma Sooners. The Wildcats beat the Sooners 38 to 35 and were led by their defense. The Wildcats were able to make big plays against the Sooners, including three interceptions thrown by Oklahoma’s starting quarterback Spencer Rattler. These interceptions led to key points scored by the Wildcats. Kansas State’s quarterback Skylar Thompson had a good game, throwing for 334 passing yards and one touchdown. Wide receiver Deuce Vaughn helped keep the Wildcats offense rolling with 129 receiving yards, including a 77-yard catch. This upset is the second year in a row the Kansas State Wildcats were able to upset the Oklahoma Sooners. The Sooners will be looking to bounce back next week as they take on Iowa State.
While there were a couple of upsets this week, the most surprising game was LSU versus Mississippi State. LSU Tigers won the College Football Championship last year but were defeated by unranked Mississippi State. The Tigers’ coach, Ed Oregon, didn’t believe that losing 17 starters to the NFL Draft was a big deal, but it clearly showed in this game. Mississippi State got the victory by the score of 44 to 34. The Mississippi State Bulldogs quarterback K.J. Costello had an impressive game, throwing for over 620 passing yards including five passing touchdowns. This performance was too much to overcome for the number six ranked LSU Tigers as they lost by 10 points. This was a huge game for both teams. The Mississippi Bulldogs now have their first win of the season, proving they may have more victories to come in the future. Costello looks like a promising young quarterback and the defense looked better than ever, racking up two interceptions. As for the LSU Tigers, this game might have just shown how the Tigers really stand as a football team. While they were crowned champions last season, losing 17 starting players might be too much for the team to overcome.
The Pittsburg Panthers beat the Louisville Cardinals 23 to 20. The Panthers looked questionable on offense, but their defense was on point. Pitts’ defense had seven sacks and 11 tackles for a loss. The running game was also a non-factor for the Cardinals as Pittsburg’s defense only gave up 41 rushing yards. Pittsburg’s defense showed why they are considered one of the best in college football as they left Louisville without an answer.