It had been a very tough year for the Ohio State Buckeyes. They went through drama over their coaches off-field behavior, they have seen Urban Meyer suffer with health problems, and they even had fallen behind UCF despite having just one loss due to how bad that loss was. But, there seem to be three constants in life at the moment: death, taxes, and the Buckeyes defeating the Wolverines. That rolled on Saturday as they won big against the maze and blue by a score of 62-39. The win makes it 14 out of the last 15 for the Ohio State University over the Wolverines.
They were led on the afternoon by QB Dwayne Haskins, who absolutely picked apart the Michigan defense, throwing for five touchdowns and over 300 yards in a dominant performance that should shut quite a few people up. Freshman Chris Olave also had the game of his young career so far by scoring twice and also blocking a punt that ended up being a touchdown. The win will surely move up the #10 Buckeyes, and they could well take over the #4 slot from the Wolverines now. It will be a debate that is answered on Tuesday: is Oklahoma or Ohio State more worthy? All of that could be moot, though, if one or both lose in their conference title games next week.
If I had told you that Saturday’s meeting of LSU and Texas A&M would see both teams put up over 70 points, you would have laughed at me and bet your entire fortune that it wouldn’t. But that’s exactly what played out in College Station, with the Aggies coming out on top… in seven overtimes, that is. Yep, you read that correctly. The epic game saw #7 LSU fall by giving up the most points ever by a ranked team, and it tied the record for most overtimes in Football Bowl Subdivision history. Over half of the scoring was done after regulation, with the game tied at 31 after four quarters. They traded points in each period until finally LSU missed their two point conversion and A&M made theirs. While most people will love the drama involved in this game, it also underlines the contrived nature of the whole system. Putting the ball on the 25 yard line each time is not football, and there is no way the score would ever have been that high without that. I don’t know what a good system would be, but this just shows how silly the game can be at times in college football.