CFB Week 8 Weekly Roundup – Unexpected Losses Throughout the Country
It was a busy week 8 in college football, and while the slate of games throughout the day did not disappoint, some of the country's top-ranked programs did. Take a look at some of the scores from the most anticipated games of the week.
Welcome to the Tide 100.9 Weekly Roundup, where we highlight some of the best storylines of the week in college football that you may have missed.
Syracuse (14) at Clemson (5) - Clemson Escapes Upset With Backup Quarterback
Clemson found itself in another close battle with a rival ACC opponent, this week being the surprising and underrated Syracuse Orange. After his second interception of the game and remaining in a two-score deficit, Dabo Swinney elected to bench starting quarterback DJ Uiagalelei for freshman Cade Klubnik. But it would be Will Shipley saving the day for Clemson, scoring two touchdowns in both quarters of the second half along with rushing for 172 yards on the day. With the benching of Uiagalelei, it might be worth keeping an eye on a potential quarterback battle brewing in Clemson.
Final: Syracuse 21, Clemson 27
Ole Miss (7) at LSU - Rebels Get Embarrassed in Death Valley
Brian Kelly and the LSU Tigers scored a big win at home against SEC West rival Ole Miss. Tigers quarterback Jayden Daniels had another big game, accounting for five touchdowns (two passing, three rushing), after having a monstrous six-touchdown game last week against Florida. The Rebels had an early 17-3 lead in the game, but would fail to put another touchdown on the board as the Tigers would finish the game on a 42-3 run. Both LSU and Alabama have a bye week before facing off in Baton Rouge, and Ole Miss will take on Texas A&M next week.
Final: Ole Miss 20, LSU 45
Texas A&M at South Carolina - A&M Drops Third Straight Game
Texas A&M’s underwhelming season continued Saturday night as they lost its third consecutive game in SEC play, this time to the South Carolina Gamecocks. South Carolina jumped out to an early lead after a 100-yard kickoff return by Xavier Legette on the first play of the game. The Gamecocks would not look back and would hold the lead for the rest of this sloppy matchup full of punts and turnovers from both sides. Even with the large contract, it’s not ridiculous to speculate that Jimbo Fisher’s seat is getting a little warm.
Final: Texas A&M 24, South Carolina 30
UCLA (9) at Oregon (10) - The Legend of Bo Nix Continues
The site of “College GameDay” this week featured the UCLA Bruins and the Oregon Ducks, in a Pac-12 matchup that held major conference and even playoff implications. The Ducks jumped out to an early lead thanks to a 28-point second quarter. Quarterback Bo Nix went 22-of-28 and threw five touchdowns against the Bruins. The Ducks get the win and only have one loss on the season, the opener against Georgia. With the victory, Oregon remains a dark horse contender to make the College Football Playoff.
Final: UCLA 30, Oregon 45