Just as we’d expect, it was a wild and crazy final weekend of the regular season. A lot happened, so let’s catch up on all of the top headlines.
While expectations are always high, this year’s Iron Bowl between Auburn and Alabama was one of the most memorable in recent memory. The Tigers stayed in the game with two pick-sixes, with the Crimson Tide hurting themselves with penalties. In the end, Auburn pulled a fast one by lining up their punter as a wide receiver, causing Alabama to commit a substitution penalty that gave Auburn a first down and allowed them to run out the clock.
After the game, an irate Nick Saban called the penalty “unfair.” Of course, unfair or not, the loss knocks Alabama out of the College Football Playoff picture.
Just Give It To Him
LSU quarterback Joe Burrow may have wrapped up the Heisman Trophy on Saturday. He led the Tigers to a 50-7 win over Texas A&M to close out the regular season 12-0. Along the way, he set the SEC record for passing yards in a single season, surpassing Tim Couch’s 21-year record, while also tying Missouri’s Drew Lock for the most touchdowns in a season by an SEC quarterback with 44.
The Long Wait
After suffering 15 straight losses to rival Virginia Tech, the Virginia Cavaliers finally snapped their losing streak against their in-state rivals on Friday. Quarterback Bryce Perkins missed practice earlier in the week while being treated for tonsillitis, yet he was able to play on Friday and had a monster game, sparking the Cavs with two long touchdown runs early in the game.
Not only did Virginia finally beat Virginia Tech, but the win gave the Cavaliers the ACC Coastal title and a date with Clemson in the ACC Championship Game next week.
Same Old Story
In another rivalry clash this weekend, Ohio State had a convincing win over Michigan, beating the Wolverines in Ann Arbor 56-27. It’s the eighth straight win for the Buckeyes in this rivalry, with Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh going 0-5 in his career against Ohio State, keeping the monkey on his back. Afterward, Harbaugh got perturbed about some of the questions he was being asked, no doubt adding to the frustration.
As for Ohio State, the win keeps its perfect record intact heading into next week’s Big Ten Championship Game against Wisconsin, a team the Buckeyes beat 38-7 earlier in the year.
Second Time Around
A week after reports that negations between Rutgers and former head coach Greg Schiano had reached an impasse, the two sides appear to have a deal. Multiple reports coming out Sunday morning indicate Schiano has agreed to become the Rutgers head coach for the second time.
There was a backlash from fans and donors after reports of the school not agreeing to Schiano’s wishes to upgrade the athletic department’s facilities or increase the budget to hire assistant coaches. But it now appears that Rutgers has caved and will do what it takes to bring Schiano back.