College Football: Notre Dame Upsets Clemson in 2 OTs

Hey everyone, this is Sam with Sports Obsessive. College Football fans, we know you can’t watch every game and that sometimes you have to rely on stats and highlights to catch up. We want to make sure you turn to us for all your college football analysis. Let Sports Obsessive get you completely up to date, starting with a look at the action from the games, including Notre Dame upsetting #1 Clemson.

The Shakeup At The Top

This weekend was a shakeup of top ten team. We are finally getting all the conferences playing after them almost sitting out the whole season. We have a new #1 at the top of the AP Poll for the first time this season. Alabama takes over their normal spot that they have had for 13 straight years. ESPN stated, “The Crimson Tide’s streak of seasons with at least one appearance at No. 1 started in Nick Saban’s second year as coach in Tuscaloosa. The Tide reached the top of the poll for the first time under Saban on Nov. 2, 2008, the day after beating Arkansas State.” However, let’s breakdown Notre Dame upsetting Clemson.

Game of the Year?

Can you think of another game this season that kept you on the edge of your seat like this one? I can’t and I’m not a big fan of either team. It was just a great game. Many didn’t think that the #4 Notre Dame had a chance even with them at home. Somehow it seemed to be the right game at the right time in this crazy 2020 with the #1 Clemson coming in without their star QB Trevor Lawrence for the second game because of Covid-19.

Clemson vs Notre Dame was extremely good and action packed with this 47-40 game in double overtime. This was the first time Clemson has lost in the regular season since 2017. Even though it was an instant classic, fans watching it had to be thinking that the QB is out because of Covid-19 and there aren’t many fans around the country in the stadium because of Covid-19. Yet, Notre Dame’s 11,000 fans were allowed to storm the field to celebrate in spite of the possibility of it becoming a Covid-19 super-spreader event.

Notable Scores

  • #3 Ohio State beat Rutgers 49-27
  • #8 Florida beat #5 Georgia 44-28
  • #12 Oregon beat Stanford 35-14
  • #13 Indiana beat #23 Michigan 38-21

AP Top-10

1. Alabama (6-0)
2. Notre Dame (7-0)
3. Ohio State (3-0)
4. Clemson (7-1)
5. Texas A&M (5-1)
6. Florida (4-1)
7. Cincinnati (6-0)
8. BYU (8-0)
9. Miami (6-1)
10. Indiana (3-0)

Ranking Thoughts

#10 Indiana is back in the top ten since 1969. #23 Northwestern is ranked for the first time since the Wildcats finished the 2018 season at #21. Also, #25 Louisiana-Lafayette returns to the rankings after cracking them earlier this season for the first time in almost 80 years.

The other big story of the rankings besides Alabama taking over #1 was Michigan is out of the top 25 for the first time this season after falling to 1-2. The Wolverines were last unranked at the end of 2017.

Total Craziness

Did you hear about this? I can’t let this one go  I’ve told everyone that will listen about it even though I only saw it on highlights. In the Illinois vs Minnesota game, there was a punt, but it was a weird one. They punted on fourth and goal. Yes, you read that right. Fourth and GOAL. Illinois lost 23 yards on the second down and ended up having a 37 yard punt on fourth down.

Heisman Watch

It is becoming a tight race, with five QBs joining the fray. In fact, Justin Fields — who has more TDs than incompletions — might be the frontrunner now.

  • Justin Fields (Ohio State): 72/83 (86.7%); 908 yds; 11 TD, 0 INT; 57 rush yds, 2 TD
  • Kyle Trask (Florida): 125/182 (68.7%); 1,815 yds; 22 TD, 3 INT; 70 rush yds
  • Zach Wilson (BYU): 165/220 (75%); 2,511 yds; 21 TD, 2 INT; 158 rush yds, 8 TD
  • D’Eriq King (Miami): 143/224 (63.8%); 1,831 yds; 16 TD, 4 INT; 406 rush yds, 2 TD
  • Mac Jones (Alabama): 138/177 (78.5%); 2,196 yds; 16 TD, 2 INT; -9 rush yds, 1 TD

Next Week-Big Game? 

Next week, there aren’t any top 25 matchups. Many had penciled in LSU vs Alabama, but defending national champions LSU have let everyone down this tough year by going 2-3 so far this season. This will be the first time an unranked LSU will face Alabama since 2001. Could LSU still upset Alabama though? Do they have enough?

What are your thoughts on the latest college football games and updates? Who surprised you? Let us know in the comments below!

Written by Samantha Sayre

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