25 Virginia Tech vs 17 North Carolina:
I guess ACC Coastal Football isn't completely dead as they have 3 teams ranked in the top 25 going into today. Well, that number was going to go back down to two after today because one of these teams were going to have to lose. The Tar Heels were at home and coming off a huge win against Florida State, so all momentum was in their hands coming into this game. Virginia Tech got defeated by Tennessee in their first test of the season, but tonight they looked to redeem themselves against a conference rival on the road. They'd do just that as they annihilated the Tar Heels, when I say annihilated, I mean Virginia Tech left this game with the victory, and all the North Carolina players girlfriends. They were men amongst boys out their on the field today as they won 34-3. North Carolina had 131 yards of total offense, they turned the ball over 4 times, they were only able to pick up 8 first downs all night going 2-14 on 3rd downs. Those numbers will boot the Tar Heels out of the top 25 next week, for good reason. Virginia Tech could give Miami a run for their money, I wouldn't be shocked to see Virginia Tech in the ACC championship game after today's performance.
6 Houston vs Navy:
Houston blew it today, any hopes they had of playing in the college football playoff came to an end today. I'm hyped because even though I'm more of an Army guy than a Navy guy, I like to see our armed forces schools kick ass against big powerhouse programs. Although Houston is not a power 5 conference team they are clearly the best team not in the power 5 and they were ranked 6th in the nation. I would've liked to see Houston run the table but if anyone was going to beat them I'm glad it's Navy. Navy threw the ball 5 times today, yeah you read that right they only threw the ball 5 times. The even funnier part being that of the 5 passes attempted they completed 3 of them for 76 yards and 2 touchdowns, so nice job Houston secondary way to stay awake out there. Navy played like a high school football team, but somehow it worked because they were able to run for over 300 yards. How bad is Houston's defense that they knew the run was coming literally every time and they still couldn't do anything to stop it. This game was back and forth all through the first half, the score would be a deadlock at 20-20 going into halftime. That's when Navy began to put away the Cougars, they'd open the second half with three touchdowns in the third quarter, one of which came on a pick 6. Houston's defense was worn out by the time the 4th quarter came around and their offense was down by 14. They'd pull within one score of tying the game after opening up the fourth quarter with a touchdown drive. Navy would do enough to hold on as they forced a safety and got a field goal to pad their lead. Navy pulled off their biggest upset since 1984 so you know it's a good day to be a sailor.
9 Tennessee vs 8 Texas A&M:
A double overtime game that had no business being even close to an overtime game, just goes to show Tennessee has some good fortune of their side. Although the Aggies won, they should not feel all that satisfied with this win, they should've absolutely murdered the Vols today. Tennessee turned the ball over 7 times, how does a team manage to let a team with 7 turnovers hang around, and push it into a double overtime game. If Texas A&M lost this game the entire team should've quit the team, they were up 28-7 in the third quarter, and they were very close to losing this game. It surprises no one at this point that Tennessee made a huge come from behind effort because they've been doing that all season. Tennessee fought all the way back to tie this game late in the forth quarter when Josh Dobbs threw an eighteen yard touchdown pass to tie the game up at 35 a piece. The Aggies still had 41 seconds though, they'd move down the field with ease as they got themselves into field goal range with the chance to win the game in regulation on a 35 yard kick. Too bad the Tennessee head coach who was pushing all the right buttons tonight was able to get in the kickers head, and the kick missed by a mile. This game was headed for overtime, now this was one of the least dramatic overtimes I've ever seen though. Tennessee had the ball first they had to settle for a field goal. The Aggies would have to attempt a field goal as well, everyone in college station held their breathe and prayed to the football gods that this has been soccer player didn't miss the chip shot field goal again. He would drill it right through the uprights though, Texas A&M would start with the ball in overtime #2, and they'd score a touchdown with ease. Tennessee had a chance to redeem themselves though, on the first play of their drive Josh Dobbs would throw his second interception of the game, as the Vols go down just like that. Trevor Knight was player of the game tonight, he had 5 total touchdowns, and scored the game winning touchdown on a savage run in which he drove himself right through a defensive back for the score. Texas A&M gets a huge win, Tennessee's playoff hopes are probably dead, and neither of these teams will be in the playoffs regardless, but another legendary game that Tennessee was involved in. This team has a knack for doing some magical things despite always shooting themselves in the foot, I believe it's all in part to their coach doing a helluva job.
23 Florida State vs 10 Miami:
Florida State was the #2 overall team in the country just two weeks ago, after back to back losses they find themselves barely hanging on in the top 25, and things didn't get any easier for them tonight as they had to take on a renewed Miami program. Miami got their first test of the season tonight as they're about to go into the tough stretch of their schedule, if they can come out of this next 4 game stretch undefeated they'll be heavily considered as a team to be in the college football playoffs. Miami dominated the first half of this game, Florida State was unable to get anything going, and the drives that they did have something going for them ended in turnovers. Miami was up 13-0, FSU was able to score on their final drive of the first half making it 13-3 going into halftime. Florida State was not dead though, they started the second half with a 3 and out, so it wasn't looking good right off the bat. Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya threw an interception in the red zone which would shift momentum towards FSU. FSU would take advantage off the turnover, they'd capitalize with a 6 play 80 yard touchdown drive to pull within 3. They forced another Miami three and out right after, now they had their chance to take a lead, and start forcing some pressure onto Miami. They'd do just that as they went on a 7 play 60 yard touchdown drive to take a 17-13 lead, their first of the game. Would Miami be able to fight back or would they fold now that the pressure had been shifted to them. They'd allow three more points to Florida State making the game 20-13 as they had to look to tie it late in the fourth. The only problem being that their offense hadn't been able to do anything in the second half to this point. They were finally able to break through late in the forth with under 2 minutes to play when Brad Kaaya threw a 11 yard touchdown pass. It was all for nothing though as the extra point was blocked and Florida State held onto win 20-19. Probably the most devastating way to lose a game, let alone the most demoralizing way to lose a big game that's most likely going to define their season. An extra point could be the reason the Hurricanes don't make the college football playoffs, but a blocked extra point might've just saved Florida State's season from spiraling out of control. What a way to cap off an epic college gameday.