Tough loss, great game. Didn't win the game and losing sucks, but that looked like a program I used to recognize. More on that in a moment.
1. The best game of the night though was in Tallahassee. Another chapter in one of the great rivalries in our sport. These two teams left it all on the field and gave us a great game. As for Deshaun Watson? Clutch. That was some sort of clutch drive, in Doak, with the crowd going crazy. It's really fun watching both Watson and Jackson play. The heroics of both those men reminded us why that game three weeks ago was such a great game to watch.
2. That said, Jimbo Fisher needs to put away the salt. I'm not going to cry about the non call on Westerkamp in the Husker game but if I can't then neither can Jimbo about the refereeing in his game. Every team in America has had calls go against them, so he just needs to go on to next week. It's not like they were going to the playoff anyways.
3. So, like I said, losing sucks. But that kind of loss, I can absolutely live with. Two years after that nightmarish 400 yard game by Melvin Gordon, and with the peanut gallery of experts like Cowherd shouting at Nebraska, they went back to Madtown and went toe to toe with the Badgers. Losses are going to happen, but those are the kind of losses I can live with. That Nebraska team looked a little like a program I used to recognize.
The 90s are going to never fully come back, ever. I honestly doubt whether Nebraska will ever win another national championship again. But they went toe to toe, against a really good team, and were a play or two from winning the game.
With Ohio State coming up next week, Nebraska absolutely needs a Northwestern win over Wisconsin in Evanston, which I think can happen. Northwestern went toe to toe with OSU themselves. If Northwestern beats the Badgers, even if the Huskers lose in Columbus they still control their destiny to make it to Indy.
4. Chad Kelly is a really good quarterback; the problem for Ole Miss is they don't play any defense whatsoever. That's not going to work against the better teams in the SEC, or any legit conference for that matter. I'm not surprised Auburn scored 40; I'm a little surprised they didn't score 60.
5. Michigan gets over the hump this year against MSU, who has suffered six straight losses now. Very abnormal year in East Lansing. I'm sure Dino will get his program off the mat at some point, but for now, the Bunyan Trophy goes to Ann Arbor.
6. I was impressed with the Utes even in a defeat. Once they established Joe Williams and really got going with the running game, they went toe to toe with UW. One special teams play beat them but if they beat the Buffs they may get another shot at UW.
7. Notre Dame and Miami...somebody had to win that game, right? Four straight losses for the Canes now. Haven't recovered from that Badgley missed PAT.
8. Bad day for the Big 12's playoff hopes, although very good wins especially for Texas. Charlie Strong needed that win...in the worst way. That was a win that I did not expect them to get. With the games they have coming up, 7-5 seems doable, with the only loss coming against WVU.
Big 12 is probably out of any sort of playoff contention now.
9. Maybe now everyone will finally shut the hell up about how good Tennessee is. Haven't won since they entered College Station. Will they go 9-3...they should with the powder puffs they have coming up, maybe, but they just lost to South Carolina.
10. Undefeated Boise State lost in Laramie last night to a team Nebraska beat. Hats off to former Husker Craig Bohl who appears to have things going on in Laramie now. That was probably the second best team Nebraska's played this year to this point. Wyoming still has tough games left with Utah State who can sometimes be sneaky with upsets, a big showdown with San Diego State and a dangerous trip to Albuquerque, but Bohl clearly has them going in the right direction.
As for the top 4, I think we all know who those are.
Week 9 in the books....