Georgia is still the top Dawg among The Real College Football Playoff Rankings. Here are all the nuggets and MY rankings for week 10. My poll came out before CFP committee’s did. Here is Boo on his reasoning.
3 of the top-6 teams in the CFP rankings fall in the first Saturday of November
In a battle between the College Football Playoff committee’s No. 1 team and the AP’s No. 1 team, Georgia jumped out to an early lead and came away with a 27-13 win over Tennessee. The win is Georgia’s 3rd straight against an AP top-2 team and 2nd win ever against a CFP No. 1 team.
Tennessee closed as a 10-point underdog, the largest by a team ranked No. 1 in the CFP rankings. The Volunteers’ loss is the 4th regular-season loss by a CFP No. 1 team, not including conference championship games. The win is also Georgia’s 17th straight at home, tied for the 2nd-longest streak in program history. The Bulldogs won 24 consecutive home games from 1980-83.
Georgia’s defense went after Hendon Hooker, finishing with a season-high 6 sacks. The Dawgs entered the game with just 10 sacks on the season, the fewest in the SEC.
Georgia Will Move Up In The Playoff Rankings
Georgia blitzed Hendon Hooker on 29-of-47 dropbacks (62%), the most blitzes and highest blitz rate for the Bulldogs since ESPN began tracking blitzes in 2011. In their first 8 games of the season Georgia blitzed on 23% of opponent dropbacks.
Clemson’s 14-game win streak is snapped in loss vs Notre Dame
Notre Dame dominated No. 4 Clemson, winning 35-14. For the 3rd time since Dabo Swinney became Clemson head coach in 2008, Alabama and Clemson lost on the same day. The other instances were Nov. 30, 2013 and Oct. 9, 2010.
Clemson saw its 14-game win streak come to an end, which was the longest active win streak in FBS. The Tigers lost by 21 points, it largest defeat to an unranked opponent since 2011. For Notre Dame, this marked the first time it defeated an AP Top-5 team since Nov. 7, 2020 against… No. 1 Clemson. The Fighting Irish recorded touchdowns off a blocked punt and an interception. They have 6 blocked punts on the season, the most in a season in its modern era (since 1937).
LSU defeats Alabama in a wild OT finish
No. 10 LSU won 32-31 in overtime against No. 6 Alabama, giving the Crimson Tide multiple losses prior to the Iron Bowl for the first time since 2010. Jayden Daniels scored a rushing touchdown in OT and then the Tigers converted the 2-point conversion to get the victory.
This was the 5th OT meeting between LSU and Alabama, the most by any pair of schools all-time. The Tigers came away with the one point win, its first victory by a single point against Alabama since 1988. Despite leading multiple times, the Crimson Tide never ran an offensive play with the lead.
Daniels finished with two passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown, becoming the first LSU quarterback to record 10 rushing touchdowns in a season in school history. Daniels did get sacked a career-high six times on Saturday, but also threw both of his passing touchdowns against the blitz.