The hype leading up to last weekend was unreal. The ranked opponents facing off against one another led to chatter of what could be a legendary day.
Fortunately for fans, the hype was real and what unfolded last Saturday will go down as one of the greatest Saturdays in College Football history.
First and foremost, let us say that the much-anticipated arrival of 'College Gameday' at The Grove lived up to expectations.
First chandelier of the #OleMiss morning spotted. They serious up in here. #GameDay pic.twitter.com/td2TDGA84T— Keri Potts (@MsPotts_ESPN) October 4, 2014
He is a fine Southern gentleman. #OleMiss # pic.twitter.com/0OFEj0xOO2— Keri Potts (@MsPotts_ESPN) October 4, 2014
#HottyToddy y'all. pic.twitter.com/79aTlWMztP— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 4, 2014
Dear The Grove, there is no place like you. You exceeded all expectations! Let's bring back @CollegeGameDay this season! #HOTTYTODDY— Lee Fitting (@leefitting) October 5, 2014
I mean, Katy Freakin' Perry practically stole the show.
Reminder, @katyperry picked #OleMiss and #MississippiState today wearing pink. Let that sink in, sportswriters. pic.twitter.com/4Yu3wdAh4o— Keri Potts (@MsPotts_ESPN) October 5, 2014
Special thanks to @KatyPerry for being on @CollegeGameDay. You were OUTSTANDING! pic.twitter.com/Beac5h6PsK— Desmond Howard (@DesmondHoward) October 4, 2014
Apparently Katy Perry's still having fun in Oxford: https://t.co/BuiXnMUf28— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) October 5, 2014
The state of Mississippi will remember the Fourth of October as a day that will live on forever.
A Historic Day in Mississippi pic.twitter.com/9ktc3twV1i— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 5, 2014
One of the better celebration pics from the Ole Miss victory: pic.twitter.com/NpxKJVGDLJ— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) October 5, 2014
Ole Miss fans are paying to replace the goalposts they tore down after beating Alabama - http://t.co/Qwh8BPRM6o pic.twitter.com/jrAPKVb0P4— For The Win (@ForTheWin) October 7, 2014
"Here for the goalpost?" What it's like to be in Oxford when Ole Miss beats Alabama. http://t.co/RYcMWUhPqe pic.twitter.com/YrPKcYAKXi— SB Nation (@SBNation) October 6, 2014
Where We Stand After Six Weeks
AP Poll Top 10: 1. Florida St 2. Auburn T3. Mississippi St T3. Ole Miss 5. Baylor 6. Notre Dame 7. Alabama 8. Michigan St 9. TCU 10. Arizona— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 6, 2014
After all the great games from this past weekend. My new top 4 for this week are: 1. Auburn 2. FSU 3. Mississippi St 4. Baylor— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) October 5, 2014
Florida State is still the #1 team in the nation and things will remain that way, for the time being, unless #2 Auburn keeps winning. The Tigers play a far superior schedule in a loaded SEC Conference, while the Seminoles are left to play a mediocre remaining schedule.
As for the local landscape, the Michigan Wolverines are left in College Football purgatory. The team cannot do anything to salvage it's season and, at this point, it seems like a far-fetched idea to even imagine them going 4-2 the rest of the way to even their record out at 6-6 and make a bowl game. Heck, if Michigan wins 1-2 more games, I think fans would be surprised.
The beauty of College Football is that it comes and goes in a blur. The fastest 4 months of the year are here today and gone tomorrow. Fans love every second of it, even when it involves heartbreak and embarrassment. For the Maize and Blue faithful, they can tune in every week and support The Team, The Team, The Team.
Michigan vs. Penn State - 7:00 P.M. EST. - ESPN2
'Under The Lights' returns to The Big House this weekend.
It may involve two teams that don't reside in the Top 25 polls, but nonetheless, they are two schools built on tradition with loyal fan bases.
Michigan will be looking to end it's four-game losing streak and come away with it's first win against a Power Five conference opponent this season. Penn State will be looking to get things back on track after it suffered a blowout loss to Northwestern.
As if Michigan didn't already have enough bad news going around, they lost starting RB, Derrick Green, for the season.
Michigan loses RB Derrick Green for season after suffering broken clavicle http://t.co/8h21iuNHlx— Maize n Brew (@MaizenBrew) October 6, 2014
Michigan has lost top RB Derrick Green for the season with a broken clavicle. http://t.co/oxRnvuQlZW pic.twitter.com/dwWEHIw5eJ— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 6, 2014
Devin Gardner is the man at QB and will likely remain in that spot for the rest of the 2014 season. The QB for 2015 is anyone's guess but all Michigan fans can do is look at the here and now. The Wolverines just aren't playing good football, in any phase of the game.
The kicking game is woeful. The special teams are mediocre. The defense, which was hyped about as having the potential to be special, has gotten worse as the season has gone on. The offense, well, it's painful to see.
Michigan needs to find a way to get a win. It doesn't matter how ugly it might be, at the end of the day, a win is a win and for this team that is quite fragile at the moment, a win could mean everything to Team 135.
One thing that everyone should agree on is letting Dave Brandon know that those legacy jerseys are stupid.
.@MaizenBrew says it’s time to lose the unnecessary pressure that comes with legacy jerseys: http://t.co/yePoYEjxHq pic.twitter.com/B1Ew0XVjWb— SB✯Nation CFB (@SBNationCFB) October 8, 2014
COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK SEVEN PREVIEW
#Breaking: GameDay is heading to Starkville for Auburn vs Mississippi State! #GetUp4GameDay pic.twitter.com/JoRtKiUmro— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 5, 2014
Week 7 Lineup: #2 Auburn vs #3 Miss St #3 Ole Miss vs #14 Texas A&M #9 TCU vs #5 Baylor #12 Oregon vs #18 UCLA #13 UGA vs #23 Missouri— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 7, 2014
Saturday, October 11th, 2014
#1 Florida State @ Syracuse - 12:00 P.M. EST. - ESPN
The Seminoles have survived some early season scares to remain unbeaten and stay atop the rankings. Jameis Winston needs to stay out of off-the-field trouble in order for this team to be in position to defend it's National Championship.
Syracuse isn't exactly the toughest competition out there, but the Seminoles can be their own worst opponent at times. A game on the road for a #1 can lead to an upset special.
FSU faces off against undefeated Notre Dame next week and has to make sure it doesn't look ahead to next week's premiere game.
From The Numerical: Florida State is quite injured right now. http://t.co/bluVKzq3r3 pic.twitter.com/lKFOEzS2Hm— SB✯Nation CFB (@SBNationCFB) October 8, 2014
Syracuse OC demoted. Then he told the media EXACTLY how he felt about it: http://t.co/6mvaX7NZJl pic.twitter.com/7LG92ukaGj— SB✯Nation CFB (@SBNationCFB) October 8, 2014
Texas vs. #11 Oklahoma - 12:00 P.M. EST. - ABC
Bob Stoops likely saw his Sooners' dreams of a College Football Playoff appearance die with it's loss in last Saturday.
Oklahoma was one of the most popular names to make the final four at the end of the season. That was before they faced TCU.
Now, Oklahoma is left to pick up the pieces and try to hope for teams ahead of them in the rankings to stumble and fall. The Sooners no longer have their fate in their own hands and all they can do is take things one week at a time and hope things shake out in their favor.
Texas is continuing it's rebuilding under new coach, Charlie Strong. He's a man who brings leadership and discipline, and that's evident by all of the players who have been kicked off the Texas team thus far in 2014.
If the Longhorns can pull off this upset, it'll go a long way towards making the fanatical fans of Texas feel as though they are, finally, on the right road.
Texas-OU is an event, not just a game, played in 1 of the best atmospheres in CFB " http://t.co/u706clBh49 pic.twitter.com/ry4mYTdidC— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) October 8, 2014
Watch Matthew McConaughey rile up the Texas Longhorns in an inspiring pep talk: http://t.co/N3r87dMA3X— Mashable (@mashable) October 2, 2014
Matthew McConaughey visits Texas Longhorns practice - http://t.co/Wh4iQJfGp2 pic.twitter.com/gynbUHYoiV— For The Win (@ForTheWin) September 25, 2014
#13 Georgia @ #23 Missouri - 12:00 P.M. EST. - CBS
This is a game to not overlook. While there are a lot of ranked opponents facing off against one another, this is a match-up that could lead to a lot of SEC and College Football Playoff implications.
Georgia came into the season as the favorite to win the SEC East and it still is, at 4-1 and only one loss in the Conference/Division. RB Todd Gurley has a Heisman candidate and leads a top ten scoring offense.
Missouri is the leader in the SEC East currently, undefeated in Conference play and with an impressive road win at (then) #13 South Carolina. The Tigers only blip on their resume is a loss, at home, to unranked Indiana. Yes, a Big Ten team won a game, on the road, against an SEC opponent. Let that sink in.
The winner of this game will be in the driver's seat to go to the SEC Championship game.
Big game coming up this Saturday. It might be time for a blackout! #matteblackhelmets @UGAAthletics @MarkRicht pic.twitter.com/OrlbjCY7tL— C Barnetto (@CBarn08) October 6, 2014
#Dawgs in shepherds' bodies! #GoDawgs #CommitToTheG @UGAAthletics @SECNetwork @universityofga #Ringthebell pic.twitter.com/sW6RsmZWs4— Donovan Nichols (@DonovanNichols) October 4, 2014
#2 Auburn @ #3 Mississippi State - 3:30 P.M. EST. - CBS
Auburn continues to win, with it's top 15 offense and top 10 defense.
The Tigers are in the early stages of a brutal stretch of their schedule. After their blowout win over LSU last week, Auburn five of their next six games look like this:
- @ Mississippi State
- vs South Carolina
- @ Ole Miss
- vs Texas A&M
- @ Georgia
- @ Alabama
And you wonder why they say the SEC is men amongst boys.
Auburn now goes on the road to the site of 'College Gameday.'
Mississippi State is lead by Junior QB, Dak Prescott. The Bulldogs just beat Texas A&M by almost 20 points and will now look to keep the good times rolling in Mississippi.
This game looks to be an offensive shootout with both teams having a shot at 30+ points.
SHOOTIN' BIRDS RINGIN' BELLS AT TH SAME DAMN TIME http://t.co/TPKj3MDfhg pic.twitter.com/UKUCyEIwVY— SB✯Nation CFB (@SBNationCFB) October 4, 2014
"You can't resist my ribs." - The #Duchess @msstate @UbonsBBQ #HailState #Tailgate #Hogcook pic.twitter.com/xV4BthJWZg— Erin Campbell (@BBQDuchess) September 22, 2013
My breakdown of Mississippi St QB Dak Prescott. http://t.co/SeFba4NU9X— Todd McShay (@McShay13) October 8, 2014
If looking for raw talent to dream on, look no further than Miss. St. WR De'Runnya Wilson " http://t.co/dSFwc5HENf pic.twitter.com/CT6jjpq6JL— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) October 8, 2014
#rockstarstatus #phideltatheta #LSUvsAUB #Auburn #tailgate #jamesmillermusic pic.twitter.com/6S4ZiOnHK1— James Miller (@jamesmillerCRB) October 5, 2014
"With the way Auburn runs the ball, I don't see them stopping." - @Joey_Galloway Are you bullish on Auburn? #CFBLive pic.twitter.com/IBKi7XU6FM— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) October 7, 2014
In his 2nd year at Auburn, Nick Marshall cut his INT rate & sack % in half since last year pic.twitter.com/G919TBy6Wk— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 8, 2014
#9 TCU @ #5 Baylor - 3:30 P.M. EST. - ABC/ESPN2
This would be the game of the week during most college football Saturdays. This game featuring two top-10 teams has a lot on the line when it comes to the Big 12 Conference and the College Football Playoff. The winner of this game has a legitimate shot at jumping into the Top 4 in the rankings.
Baylor, while they haven't played stiff competition, have continued to win and make it hard on people to keep them out of the College Football Playoff. TCU is coming off of one of the biggest upsets of last weekend, knocking off Oklahoma and pushing themselves into Big 12 Title contention.
It’s Baylor’s turn to make its case to the @CFBPlayoff committee " http://t.co/JIXsd3FXk5 pic.twitter.com/aVua2YuvOx— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 8, 2014
QB Bryce Petty LOOKS like a classic dropback passer, but he's actually a physical freak: http://t.co/tkF5iEROba pic.twitter.com/rXfRmEW1Xc— LostLettermen.com (@LostLettermen) October 8, 2014
Baylor loves to run the football, leading the Big 12 in Rush YPG (247.4) #CFBLive pic.twitter.com/FN8GOrRmjx— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) October 8, 2014
Calm before the storm #TCU pic.twitter.com/Bs4PlGKN6z— FROG UPDATES (@FrogUpdates) October 4, 2014
Best friends and TCU Football #BeatOU #GoFrogs pic.twitter.com/DTgpd8ZcDr— Krysela☀ (@kryselarayos) October 4, 2014
#12 Oregon @ #8 UCLA - 3:30 P.M. EST. - FOX
Both teams are coming off heart-breaking losses last weekend.
Oregon lost, at home, to Arizona and saw themselves fall from #2 to #12.
UCLA lost to an un-ranked Utah team that Michigan fans know a lot about. The Bruins were picked by a lot of "experts," to win the College Football Playoff this season. Now, the team will have to fight to get back into the conversation.
These teams will now have to focus on trying to win the PAC-12 Conference and hope, that when all is said and done, they find their way back into Playoff discussion.
Stakes are higher for Oregon & UCLA w/ 1 loss each, but they aren't out of the playoff yet " http://t.co/Zq10x3Hl0f pic.twitter.com/9M8DmVhrVB— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) October 8, 2014
This season, Brett Hundley has been sacked once every 7 dropbacks, the highest rate among Power 5 QBs pic.twitter.com/KIi3PTRI2r— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 7, 2014
spammin' yo twitta with our UCLA Football Game pic.twitter.com/vVVigI2rK6— lexis (@alexis_geee) October 5, 2014
ucla game with my twin pic.twitter.com/5Q9Onf78OX— Allie Miller (@allieeemill) October 5, 2014
#8 Michigan State @ Purdue - 3:30 P.M. EST. - ABC/ESPN2
Michigan State almost blew it last weekend.
The Spartans dominated Nebraska for the majority of the game, if you don't count the fourth quarter.
The Cornhuskers came thundering back and almost pulled off an improbably come back win, but the Spartans held on for the victory.
It was a lesson learned for MSU and one they'll have to keep in mind if they're going to finish games in a strong manner. Mark Dantonio has his men in East Lansing in the driver's seat to win the Big Ten Conference. The toughest remaining game is a home date with Ohio State in a few weeks, but before that, the Spartans will have to take care of business.
This should be an easy win for MSU but it has to not only win the rest of the games on it's schedule, it has to win in style. The Spartans saw their strength of schedule take a major hit when Oregon lost last week and now that loss at Oregon doesn't look so strong.
If MSU wants any realistic shot at making the final four at the end of the season, they better win and win decisively.
The Green and White fans in the student section better learn to stick around as well.
Michigan State AD took to Twitter to express his "embarrassment" with the empty seats in the student section: http://t.co/OsrGTv9maK— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 6, 2014
Does Michigan State have what it takes to make the @CFBPlayoff? #CFBLive pic.twitter.com/JqQK0wUEHP— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) October 3, 2014
#7 Alabama @ Arkansas - 6:00 P.M. EST. - ESPN
It's hard to imagine but Alabama is stumbling as of late.
Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide are all about winning, but lately, they have closer to a .500 team.
After blowing a win on the road last weekend at Ole Miss, Alabama is in an unusual situation. It no longer controls it's own destiny, but with a strong slate of games remaining on their schedule, they can easily climb back up in the rankings.
Alabama will have to play physical this weekend against an Arkansas team that almost beat Texas A&M a few weeks ago. If 'Bama somehow loses this weekend, prepare for some riots down in Tuscaloosa.
Alabama & Nick Saban are 4-3 in their last 7 games (0-3 vs ranked opponents). pic.twitter.com/HGNfSO98lK— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 6, 2014
Nick Saban has the best blockers in the country. Not talking about his O line. http://t.co/XDvc6PPJ4h pic.twitter.com/G7AbflbpMi— SB✯Nation CFB (@SBNationCFB) October 8, 2014
This morning @missar2014 appeared on @raznation to talk #MissAmerica and @ArkRazorbacks football! #WPS pic.twitter.com/6XwDT2Gdi4— MissArkansas (@MissArkansas) September 20, 2014
Tradition on Tradition on Tradition #NeverYield @ArkRazorbacks @UArkansas pic.twitter.com/9fyTrBdbkZ— Arkansas Cheer & Pom (@SpiritSquadsUA) September 6, 2014
LSU @ Florida - 7:30 P.M. EST. - SEC NETWORK
It seems like ages ago that this was must-see-tv. Les Miles vs. Will Muschamp is about as entertaining as it gets to sideline theater.
The Tigers and Gators have both had poor seasons thus far in 2014 and their fan bases are not happy.
Even worse, just as Florida made a QB switch to True Freshman, Treon Harris, they may have now lost the young man for the forseeable future.
So the Gators must go back to the bust of a recruit in Jeff Driskel.
Let the Will Muschamp anger show on the sidelines begin.
Florida QB Treon Harris suspended indefinitely: http://t.co/vM5d0r9sEQ pic.twitter.com/cw4wdelkBO— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 6, 2014
University of Florida police were called to the stadium to break up a fight involving 2 Gators CFB players. http://t.co/tADZvv7JLM— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 7, 2014
Florida fan honors Gators with a large, terrifying tattoo. That must have hurt. http://t.co/vGgjdqQqRl pic.twitter.com/8v2cKCoFmJ— theScore (@theScore) September 20, 2014
A Senator from Nola helped an LSU fan with a keg stand. pic.twitter.com/WERxQnasU1— What The F*** Facts (@WhatTheFFacts) October 2, 2014
This is the best idea ever, and the most LSU tailgate idea ever RT @BunkiePerkins Battleshots! RT @valleyshook: pic.twitter.com/GI965BVHe6— Jonah Keri (@jonahkeri) September 27, 2014
#3 Ole Miss @ #14 Texas A&M - 9:00 P.M. EST. - ESPN
Ole Miss is riding high after beating Alabama last week.
To keep their magical season alive, they'll face a tough environment, on the road at Texas A&M.
The Aggies lost last weekend and will be looking to right the ship in this SEC clash.
As if this weekend was loaded enough with huge games, this is quite the way to finish the night off.
VIDEO: Texas A&M backup QB Kyle Allen chats with a young lady on the sideline during the game. http://t.co/7Oi8p1dA91 pic.twitter.com/tEtBLeHWhY— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 5, 2014
Ole Miss fans needed all of four hours to pay the SEC's $50K goalposts fine + buy new ones: http://t.co/5gw9zTypcB pic.twitter.com/3L27fmCT8U— SB✯Nation CFB (@SBNationCFB) October 8, 2014
Let's check in on the Ole Miss Goalposts (H/T @ALaForce, @GQisreal) pic.twitter.com/k8TtinA0WS— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) October 5, 2014
Here's another pic of Ole Miss students bringing the goalpost into an apartment (H/T @BucknerCorso) pic.twitter.com/emhs7GA3v5— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) October 6, 2014
USC @ #10 Arizona - 10:30 P.M. EST. - ESPN2
Arizona pulled off the upset of the weekend last Saturday, and that's saying a lot when so many top 10 teams lost.
Rich Rodriquez has turned the Wildcats program around sooner than anticipated and has the results to show for it. It's more evidence that the problem in Ann Arbor wasn't as much him, but more so Michigan Athletic Director, Dave Brandon. Rich Rod can look back and know that while things didn't work out at Michigan, he is probably better off with where he is at now.
If Rich Rod can win this game, they'll be in a position to make a lot of SEC teams upset and continue to move up the rankings.
As Michigan's season goes up in flames, Rich Rodriguez has Arizona on fire with a 5-0 start " http://t.co/x3Ya2iJH7r pic.twitter.com/Hc1nbX4BHw— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) October 8, 2014
Makeover:Transformation of RichRod shows how team's in better shape like him since he joined #ArizonaWildcats in 2012 pic.twitter.com/RPa4B1XJST— Javier Morales (@JavierJMorales) October 6, 2014
The Rock Returns
Let's have some fun. LIVE in 3...2... #IfYaSmell #Surprise #RockOnRAW #BROOKLYN— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) October 7, 2014
Can you smell it? @TheRock #Raw #BrahmaBull pic.twitter.com/evWFEzuUUp— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) October 7, 2014
The Carlton Dance
Alfonso Ribeiro finally did the one thing he was put on Dancing With the Stars to do. http://t.co/cpum6cFHZI— Gawker (@Gawker) October 7, 2014
I strongly advise you begin your morning by watching Alfonso Ribeiro KILL it on Dancing with the Stars! Carlton... http://t.co/TUhKbw0ez1— afrobella (@afrobella) October 7, 2014
Yes, they made "Taken 3," and here's the trailer http://t.co/RcZmJOMhNI— Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost) September 30, 2014
'Taken 3' is called 'Tak3n'...and Liam Neeson says it's the last 'Taken' ever: http://t.co/5BSPdQVSoQ— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) September 24, 2014