Entering Week 11, it appeared we were barreling toward the most drama-free postseason final four in the young College Football Playoff’s history. Much of the same was expected from a relatively ho-hum slate of games.
Oh, what a fine mess we have on our hands — and I'm loving every minute of it. I'm the guy who likes to pull up a tattered old lawn chair, light a cheap cigar, drink bottom-shelf whiskey straight out of a plastic bottle and watch the world burn. I love when what people thought were master plans fail. The chaos excites me.
As we approach Thanksgiving and the end of the college football regular season, it’s clear that winter is not just literally coming — it’s also metaphorically approaching for the four-team College Football Playoff system with more doom in the air than “Game of Thrones.”
Week 11 of the 2016 college football season produced several big performances and memorable moments. Five teams ranked in the College Football Playoff selection committee's top 10 poll from Tuesday night suffered defeats on Saturday. Clemson was stunned by Pitt on a late field goal, Michigan fell by one point to Iowa and USC defeated Washington in Seattle.
Week 11 of the 2016 college football season produced several big performances and memorable moments from the SEC. Alabama easily defeated Mississippi State 51-3, while Florida scored a key win for positioning within the SEC East by knocking off South Carolina 20-7. Georgia upset Auburn 13-7, LSU's ground attack led the way in a 38-10 victory over Arkansas, and Ole Miss true freshman quarterback Shea Patterson guided the Rebels to a 29-28 victory at Texas A&M.
This game features two basement-dwellers in the SEC East, but there’s more at stake than meets the eye. Vanderbilt (4-5, 1-4 SEC) comes off of a very close loss against No. 8 Auburn, with only two more wins necessary for bowl eligibility.
Arkansas looks to continue the momentum from last week’s win over Florida, as LSU visits Fayetteville in a clash of SEC West rivals and the annual battle for the Golden Boot. The Razorbacks trail in the all-time series, but coach Bret Bielema’s team has won two in a row over the Tigers.