No. 1 Clemson Upset by No. 4 Notre Dame in 2OT without Trevor Lawrence
In the second top-four matchup of the year (Week 7: No.3 Georgia 24, No. 2 Alabama 41), No.1 Clemson faced off against No.4 Notre Dame in a game that saw the best QB in college football and future No.1 pick Trevor Lawrence sidelined after testing positive for COVID-19 the week prior. Although many critics were hesitant on how Clemson would perform without their star quarterback, freshman QB D.J. Uiagalelei stepped into the spotlight for his second consecutive start and showed that he is going to be a problem for years to come. Although Uiagalelei broke the most single-game passing yards (439, 29/44 w/ 2 TDs, 1 rushing TD) against Notre Dame in Clemson history, the Fighting Irish were able to snap a 36-game regular-season winning streak and move up to No.2 in the AP Top 25 college football rankings. QB Ian Book had a spectacular night racking up 310 passing yards and a TD along with 15 carries for 68 yards that saw these two teams go back and forth until the final minutes of double overtime.
In other Top 25 news, No.13 Indiana stunned No. 23 Michigan (will this be the year that Harbaugh gets fired?😲) in a 38-21 victory that saw breakout QB Michael Penix continue his stellar play and put Indiana in the top 10 after holding Michigan to 13 TOTAL RUSHING YARDS! The Hoosiers are 3-0 to start the season for the first time since 1988. The other marquee matchup of the week was No. 8 Florida facing No. 5 Georgia at the Jacksonville Jaguars' TIAA Bank Stadium. QB Kyle Trask has been playing at a Heisman level all season and continued his success behind a 30/43 completions, 474 passing yards, and 4 touchdown game that saw the Gators overcome the Bulldogs 44-28. Georgia is off to a very shaky start and after dropping two games and barely getting past a 2-4 Kentucky team last weekend, the CFP is unlikely for Kirby Smart and his team.
🚨EXCUSE ME?!? Stat Line of the Week🚨- in just two weeks, Minnesota redshirt junior RB Mo Ibrahim has had: 71 carries, 431 rushing yards, and 8 TOUCHDOWNS.
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NFL Week 9: Steelers Stay Undefeated, Bills Beat the Seahawks, DALVIN
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Although the final score was way closer than most people expected, the Pittsburgh Steelers remain undefeated after a narrow 24-19 over the Dallas Cowboys who somehow had everything clicking for them in the first half with third-string QB Garrett Gilbert, the 7th year backup out of SMU. Big Ben seemed to suffer a knee injury that had him hobbling going into the second half, but came back after going to the locker room early and finished 29/42 with 306 passing yards and three touchdowns. The Steelers' next two games are the Bengals and Jaguars before they face a real test against the Ravens in Week 12 where they could very well be 10-0 heading into the latter half of the season.
One of the most exciting games of Sunday was between the Buffalo Bills and the Seattle Seahawks which saw QB Josh Allen shake off some questionable games in the past three weeks and return into the potential MVP conversation after a dominating 31/38 completions for 415 passing yards, and 3 touchdowns, followed by 7 carries, 14 yards, and another score on the ground. Russel Wilson had by far one of his worst performances this year after personally being responsible for four turnovers, but even after a 44-34 loss, the Seahawks remain one of the most dominant teams behind Russ' MVP caliber season thus far.
Here are three other storylines from Sunday's games that I want to touch on:
1) DALVIN. COOK. After suffering a groin injury in Week 5, Dalvin has not been able to play in every game this season, and the Minnesota Vikings are 3-5 as a result (not entirely on him, *cough* "Kirk what the fuck is good" *cough*). On the flipside though? Dalvin Cook is having a season of legends and it just makes you think what would his stats look like if he played every game 👀 Through five games, Dalvin Cook is the NFL rushing leader with 144 carries, 858 yards, and 12 TOUCHDOWNS. That's right, he's only played five games. The Vikings whooped on division rival the Detroit Lions winning 34-20, and if Dalvin Cook can maintain this level of one-of-a-kind production, it's going to be hard to stop the Vikings from extending their current two-game win streak.
2) Yeoo are the Dolphins good? How in the world did they beat the Cardinals 34-31 yesterday. I may be speaking from a biased perspective as a Jets fan who knew we would win 1-2 games a year playing the Dolphins every season, but heading into Week 10 this team is legit. Tua Tagovailoa showed good chemistry with the Dolphins receiving corp in his second official start at QB, connecting with seven different receivers for 20/28 completions, 248 passing yards, and two touchdowns, as well as showing some serious progression in his run game after his major hip injury at the end of his college career at Bama. The Dolphins are by no means a playoff contender but I will say that this team plays up to their competition tremendously. WRs Devante Parker and Preston Williams have been solid so far, and the Dolphins have really been able to focus on their young core of tenacious defenders with CB Xavien Howard, LB Kyle Van Noy, DE Christian Wilkins, DE Emmanuel Ogbah, LB Shaq Lawson, and solid coverage from CB Byron Jones. I don't think I am the only one who has been surprised by the Dolphins as of late.
3) Just a quick shoutout to the NY Giants for getting a win vs THE Washington Football Team and pushing the Jets closer to that No.1 Pick baby! Now the Jaguars just need to win one more so that I am confident that my mediocre team can enter the Trevor Lawrence era. Oh, and as always FUCK Adam Gase!
Look out for the AFTR PRTY NFL Midseason Predictions as we enter Week 10 on Thursday with a divisional game between the Colts and Titans.