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Teams begin to fall from college football playoff


With five weeks of college football down, the four playoff teams and bowl games are beginning to form with future potential powerhouse teams.

The most important point from Saturday was the massive slate of games and their end results, with a few predicted games and some shockers.

To start with the biggest game, No. 10 Washington cruised past No. 7 Stanford, 44-6, allowing college football’s all-time all-purpose yards leader Christian McCaffrey to only 56.

Washington outmatched the Cardinals in every aspect of the game.

The Huskies were under serious question about whether or not the team deserved a spot in the top ten but after this week, the team has certainly proved worthy of the No. 5 seed now after crushing the Kings of the Pac 12.

The ESPN-dubbed “game of the year” also lived up to its expectations with No. 5 Clemson outlasting a surge from No. 3 Louisville 42-36.

The articles I read about this game were disappointing. They said was “Louisville isn’t legit” or “Lamar Jackson doesn’t deserve the attention he’s getting.” Writers: Please actually watch the game.

What actually happened in the game was a last minute mental mistake by Louisville receiver James Quick. Instead of fighting for the final yard, Quick stepped out of bounds on 4th and 12, one yard shy of a first down with 30 seconds left. The Cardinals were in the red zone, too.

So please, before you trash the best player in college football, make sure you have your facts straight.

Middletown graduate Justin Falcinelli played multiple snaps in the Tiger’s important win.

The “game of the year” wasn’t the only battle from the weekend. Saturday can be highlighted with important games.

The No. 1, No. 2, and No. 4-ranked teams can all breathe another week after surviving their match-ups.

No. 1 Alabama controlled Kentucky both on the ground and through the air with 488 total yards and a 34-6 victory. The Crimson Tide once again proved to have the most dominant defense in the country, allowing the Wildcats to get two field goals, 72 rushing yards and 89 passing yards.

No. 2 Ohio State proved  to jump the Crimson Tide and claim the No. 1 ranking in college football with a 58-0 thrashing of Rutgers.

The Buckeyes had 669 total yards compared to 116 for the Scarlet Knights, 33 of which were passing.

Ohio State should be ahead of Alabama in the rankings. The Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett has torn single-handedly torn up his opponents.

No. 4 Michigan survived a scare against the No. 8-ranked Wisconsin Badgers, 14-7.

The Wolverines made that game closer than the team needed to by missing three field goals. A touchdown pass late in the 4th quarter from Wilton Speight to Amara Dorboh and a highlight reel interception from Jourdan Lewis sealed the deal for Michigan.

Another major headline from the weekend came from Athens, Georgia, where the luckiest team in the nation, No. 11 Tennessee broke No. 25 Georgia’s fans’ hearts with the team’s win.

True Freshman quarterback Jacob Eason tossed what Georgia thought to be the game winning touchdown with 0:09 seconds left, only to be stunned when Joshua Dobbs answered back with a game winning touchdown pass to Jauan Jennings as the clock hit zero.

Continuing with heartbreaking losses, No. 17 Michigan State was officially eliminated from the college football playoff with a 24-21 overtime loss to unranked conference rival, Indiana.

No. 12 Florida State also suffered a brutal loss to North Carolina on a field goal as time expired, 35-37.

Florida State has officially been eliminated from the playoff after the team’s second loss. The Seminoles can’t feel ashamed despite the loss. North Carolina is an upcoming team in NCAA football who I see making huge waves as the years go on.

I’m confused on why North Carolina isn’t ranked this far into the season.

My favorite story from the weekend came from from LSU.

The Tigers crushed SEC opponent, Missouri, 42-7. This was a much needed win for the Tigers with the recent firing of long-time head coach, Les Miles.

I look forward to seeing how the Tigers’ season continues with the team’s new interim head coach.

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Jake Stafford, Newsroom managing editor
Jake Stafford is a senior at Middletown High School and in his sixth semester of journalism. He is the newsroom managing editor alongside Audrey Fisher. He is attending Lehigh University where he will study economics and get his bachelors. He swims year round for Monocacy Aquatic Club and intends on swimming at Lehigh as well. Jake’s goal is to work on Wall Street following the completion of his MBA. His hobbies include watching football with friends, watching Netflix, and playing video games.

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