Memorial Stadium filled with ramped up Clemson Tiger fans//photo courtesy of Berniestew at English Wikimedia

By: Kemrick Petree, Contributing Writer.

With the college football season rounding up, the playoffs shaking up and the bowl projections, fans are going insane.

Entering this weekend in the AP Top 5 Poll are followed by teams from the Big Five Conferences. The Bulldogs jumped to the No. 1 spot after beating South Carolina last weekend 24-10 and with an impressive earlier win over Notre Dame on September 9.

            Taking on the Bulldogs this weekend was the Auburn Tigers.  The Tigers came ranked in at No. 10, and had just come off of a big win against Texas A&M last week.

Auburn’s quarterback, Jarrett Stidham, gave the Tigers a lot of help through the air; throwing 16 for 23 with 214 yards and three touchdowns. Auburn then went on to win 40-17 and will be knocking Georgia out of the playoff picture, but might still fall short as well.

Georgia fell down to No. 7 bumping the Tigers up to No. 6, which puts them in a great advantage for the playoffs.

           Coming in ranked No. 2 was Alabama, who are undefeated still after coming off a win against LSU, but fell off the No. 1 spot after voter thought Georgia deserved it more.

The Crimson Tide had to travel to Davis Wade Stadium to take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs. The Bulldogs came out strong in the first quarter with an 11yard run by Aeris Williams for his first touchdown of his two, Alabama retaking the No. 1 spot puts them back ahead at 10-0, which knocked Mississippi State down to 7-3.

           As for Notre Dame, they unfortunately had a rough game against the Miami Hurricanes at their home field. Notre Dame came in ranked at No. 3 after a win against Wake Forest, winning 48-37 which helped tally up some points for them.

Even though coming into this game 8-2, the Fighting Irish weren’t worried about the Hurricanes, who were undefeated at 8-0 and ranked No. 7. Miami scored in the first quarter, off a 7yard touchdown caught by Braxton Berrios from Quarterback Malik Rosier.

The passing game for Notre Dame on the other hand was a rough one, the Hurricanes intercepted three of the Fighting Irish’s passes.

Late in the first, quarter Safety Jaquan Johnson intercepted a pass from Notre Dame Quarterback Brandon Wimbush. Later that drive in two plays, Rosier scored on a 16yard touchdown run, which added to their three total rushing touchdowns.

           Miami Running backs, Travis Homer and Deejay Dallas carried a lot of the load. Homer rushed for 146 yards on 18 carries, and Dallas rushed for 53 yards on 12 carries and a touchdown.

The Hurricanes defense dominated the Fighting Irish with an interception being returned for a touchdown by cornerback Trajan Brandy at the end of the first half, leaving the score 27-0. They held Notre Dame to only 109 rushing yards and Running Back and Heisman-watch candidate Josh Adams to only 40 yards. Notre Dame came into this came ranked No.5 in team rushing yards with 303 yards per game.

           It wasn’t until the third quarter when Notre Dame scored off a pass to Alize Jones from Brandon Wimbush, who went 10 for 21 of 119 yards. Miami went on to win by dominating Notre Dame 41-8, which helped keep their undefeated season going.  

The Hurricanes went on to move up five spots to No. 2, which knocked Notre Dame down six spots on the poll to No. 9.

           The No. 5 ranked Oklahoma Sooners and Heisman-watch candidate Quarterback Baker Mayfield, had the challenge of hosting No.6 TCU. Oklahoma came out with the win by beating the Horned Frogs 38-20. Mayfield went 18 of 27 for 333 yards and three touchdowns. The Sooners moved up two spots to No. 3 taking over Notre Dame’s spot, while TCU dropped down to No. 11.

           Clemson was able to keep their No. 4 spot on the polls by holding off Florida State Seminoles, who came into this game 3-5. The Tigers were able to have control over the game, with the weight being pushed by the running game. Their 228 rushing yards helped them gain four touchdowns, and holding the Seminoles to 229 total yards, opposed to Clemson’s 378 total yards.

            The playoff bracket as of Dec.3 has Clemson at No.1, Oklahoma at No.2, Georgia at No. 3 and Alabama No.4. Clemson will host Alabama in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Jan. 1 at 8:45 pm, while Oklahoma will host Georgia in the Rose Bowl Jan. 1 at 5:00 pm. Winner of each matchup will play for the BCS National Championship Jan. 8.