Well, it’s been a hell of a Rivalry Week already and we haven’t even kicked off a game on Saturday.
Ole Miss beat the #16 Mississippi St. Bulldogs on a late field goal in the Egg Bowl on Thanksgiving. Yesterday, #2 Miami lost to a gamely Pitt team ensuring Tuesday’s college football rankings will be absolutely impossible to form without endearing some form of popular outrage. #25 Virginia Tech and unranked Virginia played the most #25 Virginia Tech and unranked Virginia game possible. And #15 UCF remained undefeated by holding off a very good South Florida squad.
Oh, and UCLA confirmed they have agreed in principle to hire Chip Kelly as their new head coach for 2018.
So yeah, Rivalry Week is on one.
Today still stands as a heck of a day for college ball even if the early run looked much better two months ago.
One of the bigger themes will be upset challenges, especially given the result in the Rock yesterday. #7 Georgia is on the road against Georgia Tech. #9 Ohio St. will be at the Big House against a Michigan side looking to regain some faith in HC Jim Harbaugh heading into 2018. #5 Wisconsin will be on the road against Minnesota who could use a signature win in HC P.J. Fleck’s first year. And it’s a quality Palmetto Bowl at Williams-Brice as #3 Clemson will have to deal with an improving #24 South Carolina team that will likely have HC Will Muschamp on full emotional tilt with the Gamecocks on the ascendancy in the SEC East. West Virginia will have their hands full traveling to Norman to deal with #4 Oklahoma though the early benching of QB Baker Mayfield for his lewd, crude, crotchfeud with Kansas last week could make things interesting.
But the big game today is, as is the case many years, is the Iron Bowl.
Suffice to say, today’s going to be a damn good day for some college football.
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