What a wild day of college football we all experienced Saturday, and there’s plenty to break down.
Here are my four biggest takeaways from the games.
1) Alabama passed its last test of the regular season.
The Crimson Tide beat LSU Saturday night and the game was never in question. I’ve long argued that LSU was the last test for Alabama. They still have to play Auburn, but that game shouldn’t be close.
I met up with some friends at a bar to soak up the big game. I was amazed by Alabama’s defense as we crushed Miller Lites. Their defense was stifling and that should terrify everybody. Nick Saban and company look like they’re going to cruise to a national title.
2) Ohio State and Penn State both laid a massive egg.
How does this happen? Last week OSU and PSU had playoff aspirations and relatively clear paths. Now they’re both dead. PSU couldn’t beat Michigan State, who is respectable, and OSU somehow got blown out by Iowa.
It’s absolutely mind-boggling.
3) Jonathan Taylor will be a Heisman finalist.
The electric Wisconsin running back had himself another incredible day. He rushed for 183 yards and a touchdown against Indiana. That brings his season total to 12 touchdowns and more than 1,300 rushing yards.
It’s time for the school to book him a ticket to New York for the Heisman ceremony.
4) Notre Dame got a bit of a scare.
I started out the season by saying Notre Dame was trash. That was my mistake. The Irish aren’t trash, but Saturday revealed they might not be as great as people think. Playoff caliber teams shouldn’t be letting teams like Wake Forest hang 37 on them.
We’ll find out just how great this team is next week against Miami.