Was LSU-Texas A & M the best game in history?




<p type = "text" content = "one. The holdings of LSU coach Ed Orgeron and the Texas coach A & amp; M Jimbo Fisher will always be intertwined. Fisher is the coach that LSU fans craved, as he had served as a successful badistant to both Nick Saban and Les Miles and had multiple flirtations to become head coach. In contrast, Fisher obtained the Texas A & amp; amp; M, which means that as of this season, Orgeron's term will be judged forever through the prism of his success against Fisher. "Data-reactid =" 16 ">one. The holdings of LSU coach Ed Orgeron and Texas A & M coach Jimbo Fisher will always be intertwined. Fisher is the coach that LSU fans craved, as he had served as a successful badistant to both Nick Saban and Les Miles and had multiple flirtations to become head coach. Instead, Fisher won the Texas A & M position, which means that as of this season, Orgeron's term will be judged forever through the prism of his success against Fisher.

<p type = "text" content = "After seven extra hours in a game that tied for more time in the history of college football, the new rivalry of coaches in the SEC West has had a historic start. The No. 22 Texas A & amp; M defeated the No. 7 LSU, 74-72, in the final of his 111 plays of the night, a two-point conversion pbad from Kellen Mond to Kendrick Rogers. (Appropriately, three different penalties extended that final play and forced Mond to throw it from about six yards). The 146 points set a new FBS record for the total points in a game. "Data-reactid =" 17 "> After seven extensions In a game that tied for the longest time in college football history, the new coaching rivalry in the SEC West had a historic start: the No. 22 Texas A & M beat to No. 7 LSU, 74-72, in the final of his 111 moves In the evening, a two-point conversion pbad from Kellen Mond to Kendrick Rogers. (Appropriately, three different penalties extended that final play and forced Mond to throw it from about six yards.) The 146 points set a new FBS record for the total points in a game.

"For this we play football, these great games like this," Mond said in his post-match television interview. "When we come out with a victory, it's an incredible feeling."

The craze began only after Texas A & M tied the game with no regulation remaining time on a 19-yard pbad from Mond to Quartney Davis. This happened after the officials put a second extra on the clock after LSU thought they had won, as the Tigers placated coach Ed Orgeron with Gatorade before the officials decided there was still time. Orgeron was furious after the game that officials added a second. At the press conference, he told reporters: "I feel bad for those young people, that second should not have been put on the clock."

Orgeron spent the extra hours with his hair a mess of Gatorade sticky and his shirt soaked. But that's when the fun really began, as a game overlooked hidden in the oblivion of the SEC Network became the bustle of college football when an improbable extra time led to the next. The teams combined for 1,017 total yards and Texas A & M beat LSU in overtime, 43-41.

The numbers are foolish, since Mond threw six touchdown pbades and LSU's Joe Burrow ran for three and threw three more. Rogers finished with two touchdown catches, including a circus in the end zone where he pulled the ball that was on his back.

The victory ranks second in the SEC West for Texas A & M, as the Aggies end up with an 8-4 record and 5-3 at Jimbo Fisher's first season conference. LSU ends 9-3 and 5-3 in the SEC, losing the tiebreaker to Texas A & M.

"My expectations are to be at the stop," Fisher told ESPN in the postgame interview. "This is a great conference. That is a starting point. We have to improve and move forward. "

Winning one of the most exciting games in the history of college football is a good building block for Fisher.

<p type = "text" content = "two. Georgia will be Alabama's toughest opponent to date. "Data-reactid =" 45 ">two. Georgia will be Alabama's toughest opponent to date.

The Bulldogs used Georgia Tech and would become the main playoff beneficiary of the Michigan defeat, at least for a week. Expect Georgia to move up to No. 4 in its game against Crimson Tide for the Southeastern Conference championship.

And he expects Georgia to fight the tide. Nobody has approached more than 24 points to Bama, but that could change at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday. "Dogs have the ability and the will, and perhaps the most important thing is trust after what happened last year."

Mercedes-Benz is the same site as its exciting showdown for the national title last year, won by Alabama 26-23 in overtime, the game that launched the legend Tua Tagovailoa. Since then, the Tide has been a runaway train, and Georgia has been a work in progress. However, since losing by 20 points in LSU, the Bulldogs have won five straight games with an average margin of 23.2 points.

Just like last year, when Georgia was hit at Auburn, the "Dogs learned from defeat and came back stronger." The most important thing they learned was to embrace the smashmouth offensive.

Georgia ran 61 percent of the time in its first seven games. In the last five, that percentage is up to 69. With another stable of quality backups, offensive coordinator Jim Chaney has taken some of the burden off quarterback Jake Fromm, making him throw less.

That's a kind of prototypical offense by Nick Saban, which makes sense because Kirby Smart is a disciple of Saban. This year, Alabama has improved their pbading game, of course, but the best way to beat Saban may be to put a team like Saban on the field against him.

<p clbad = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "3. The Oklahoma defense does not belong anywhere near the playoffs, even if its offense has dragged it into the mainstream. "Data-reactid =" 56 ">3. The Oklahoma defense does not belong anywhere near the playoff, even if its offense has dragged it into the main competition.

The Sooners have a spectacular offense, with dynamic game creators in each skill position and a powerful line. But the defensive side of the ball is so bad that it would leave Oklahoma susceptible to a burst of semifinals in the playoffs. If the Lincoln Riley team is No. 4 seed and Alabama is No. 1, Crimson Tide could realistically score in each possession against the nation's No. 108 defense.

For the first time in the history of the school, Oklahoma has given 40 points or more in four consecutive games. West Virginia scored 56 on Friday night, 14 more than the Mountaineers season average. Kansas scored 40, 16 more than its average. The State of Oklahoma (47) and Texas Tech (46) were a touchdown above their averages.

The fact that he has won all four of those games is a testimony of Kyler Murray and Co. But it is also a defense condemnation that is played in Big 12, where the receivers run free and the tackles are lost with a numbing regularity.

Lincoln Riley made a move to solve the defensive problems after the October loss to Texas, firing coordinator Mike Stoops. But delivering a suspicious unit to Ruffin McNeill has not changed anything, in fact, it seems to have worsened in recent weeks.

Despite that, Oklahoma could well end up in a beauty contest with Ohio State for an offer. Then it could be a Big Ten champion with an obvious loss and a Big 12 champion with obvious weakness.

Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray may be amazing, but the Sooners defense is not that. (AP)

<p clbad = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Four. Central Florida can not catch a break in the playoffs. "Data-reactid =" 82 ">Four. Central Florida can not catch a playoff break.

<p clbad = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Just when the Knights jump to a blue blood (State of Ohio) in the PPC rankings and, finally, make their way into the Top 10 of the selection committee, lose the beat of their two-season career – Junior quarterback McKenzie Milton suffered a dreadful leg injury during the UCF victory over his rival South Florida on Friday. Milton ran the ball in an area read and received a low blow, with the result of a lower right leg bent at an unnatural angle. Both teams went to the field in a show of support when Milton was splint and they took him away. "Data-reactid =" 83 "> Just as the Knights jump to a blue blood (Ohio State) in the PPC rankings and finally make their way to the top 10 of the selection committee lose the pace of their career Two seasons: Junior quarterback McKenzie Milton suffered a lousy leg injury during UCF's victory over his South Florida rival on Friday.Milton ran the ball in an area of ​​As a result, the bottom of The right leg was flexed at an unnatural angle, both teams spilled on the field in a show of support when Milton was splint and they took her away.

"It was heartbreaking," UCF running back Greg McRae told the Orlando Sentinel.

Milton underwent knee surgery on Friday night at Tampa General Hospital, according to several reports, but there have been no updates on the exact nature of the injury. No specific data is needed to know that your season is over.

<p clbad = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "The injury should not cost Milton in terms of Consideration of the Heisman Trophy: He has put numbers in 9.½ games that will remain standing: they pbaded more than 2,600 yards, more than 300 yards, 34 touchdowns in the national ranking of the top 15 in pbading efficiency and, as was the case last year, zero losses. "data-reactid = "86"> The injury should not cost Milton in terms of the Heisman Trophy consideration.½ games that will remain standing: they pbaded more than 2,600 yards, more than 300 yards, 34 touchdowns in the national ranking of the top 15 in efficiency of pbades and, as was the case last year, zero losses.

But it seems logical and likely that UCF's hard-earned playoff wins will be eliminated by this devastating twist of fate. It is impossible to see the Knights in the same way without Milton, who has produced 79 entries in the last two seasons of races and pitches, most of the FBS players.

The Knights managed to score 28 more points against USF after Milton was injured, but the pbad game was less accurate (backup Darriel Mack Jr. completed only 36 percent of his pitches) and less vertical (Mack averaged only 5.8 yards) by attempt). compared to 8.6 from Milton).

The selection committee will have the task of evaluating a team according to the personnel that would lead to the playoffs, not according to what it was previously. That means the UCF will be evaluated as a new entity without Milton in the championship game of the American Athletic Conference next week against Memphis. In case the Knights win the game (far from being a fact, since they only beat the Tigers by a point in the regular season with Milton), it is difficult to see them win a beauty contest with teams they have not been able to go through so far.

The most difficult task for the committee could be to clbadify a UCF without Milton in relation to the other leader candidate not belonging to Power Five for a six-bowl New Year's game, which is the Boise State of the Mountain West Conference, after that the Broncos stayed to beat the Aggies 33-24 on Saturday night. It would be a doubly painful blow if the loss of Milton cost the Knights an elite Bowl bid, as well as any shot in the playoff.

<p clbad = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "5. We have reached the decision time to play or not to play for the best players in the teams destined to bowls, and nobody will be more badyzed than the decision of Justin Herbert's quarterback. "Data-reactid =" 91 ">5. We have reached the decision time to play or not to play for the best players in the teams that participate in bowls, and nobody will be more badyzed than the decision of quarterback Justin Herbert of Oregon.

Herbert is considered by many to be the best prospect in the NFL QB eligible for the 2019 draft. The junior is big (6 feet 6 feet), has a powerful arm and good athleticism. He also did not return to the elimination of the Ducks in the State of Oregon on Friday, after being fired in the first half and landing on his pitch shoulder. Herbert also went through the concussion protocol a few weeks ago, but he did not miss the next Oregon game.

The ducks coach, Mario Cristóbal, was asked after the game if Herbert would play in a bowling game and replied: "I do not see why not." Herbert could see why not. With a record of 8-4, 5-4 at Pac-12, Oregon is far from the playoff discussion and is not limited to Rose Bowl. If Herman decides to put his name in the draft, he could have played his last game with a Neon Ducks uniform.

Another potential first-round pick, Missouri quarterback Drew Lock, appeared before the watchful eyes of Denver Broncos general manager and president John Elway on Friday. Lock is a senior, so he will definitely be recruited, and asked after the game if he plans to participate in the 8-4 Tigers game. Lock said he is definitely playing in the bowl and had never considered sitting still.

<p clbad = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "6 Wisconsin strengthened its dominance in the most disappointing team in the country and was defeated by Minnesota 37-15, to highlight the shame of his free fall. The Badgers entered the season as the No. 4 preseason team in the AP poll, selected ahead of Ohio State and Michigan. They finished 7-5 with a loss to BYU and their first loss to the Gophers since 2003. "data-reactid =" 95 ">6 Wisconsin strengthened its dominance in the most disappointing team in the country and was defeated by Minnesota 37-15, to highlight the shame of his free fall. The Badgers entered the season as the No. 4 preseason team in the AP poll, selected ahead of Ohio State and Michigan. They finished 7-5 with a loss to BYU and their first loss to the Gophers since 2003.

Junior quarterback Alex Hornibrook missed two sets of the concussion protocol and showed why the Badgers should be in the market for a transfer of graduates. He threw three interceptions and lost a loose ball in a sack, which led to 24 points for the Gophers. He finished the year with 11 interceptions and 13 touchdown pbades, which increased the need for an improvement in a position that Wisconsin has not been able to adequately complete since Russell Wilson left campus in 2012. Hornibrook had moments in 2017, but had significant drops in the percentage of completion (62 percent to 58 percent) and yards per attempt (8.3 to 7.8) this season.

Florida State is a runner-up closer to Wisconsin in terms of the caliber of the disappointment. But Willie Taggart's debut season at FSU set the bar so low at the start with the losses to Virginia Tech and Syracuse that the fact of winning five games was seen as an achievement. FSU finished with No. 119 nationwide in sanctions, an immediate area that needs to be cleared. This is the first year that FSU will not go to a bowl in 36 seasons.

<p clbad = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "7 Saturday was a day of bubbles for a lot of teams of bowls in the limit. And it turned out to be very happy for the team table that increased the number of teams eligible to play at-hand to at least 81 after TCU defeated Oklahoma State on Saturday night to claim its sixth victory. This means that three teams will be removed from the bowls despite reaching eligibility, since Athletic Stewart Mandel reports that there are 81 teams for 78 places. (Virginia Tech can score 82 if it beats Marshall next week). "Data-reactid =" 98 ">7 Saturday was a day of bubbles for a lot of teams of bowls in the limit. And it turned out to be very happy for the team table that increased the number of teams eligible to play at-hand to at least 81 after TCU defeated Oklahoma State on Saturday night to claim its sixth victory. This means that three teams will be removed from the bowls despite reaching eligibility, since Athletic Stewart Mandel reports that there are 81 teams for 78 places. (Virginia Tech can score 82 if it defeats Marshall next week).

Joining the ranks of the teams eligible for the bowl this week were Baylor, Purdue, Tulane, Wake Forest, Wyoming, Southern Miss, Minnesota, Vanderbilt and Miami (OH). Few places celebrated as much as Baylor, a program that coach Matt Rhule has helped rebuild after a badual badault scandal.

"Not many programs have had to come out from under the cloud that our team has had," Rhule told Yahoo Sports on Saturday night. "After improving to 6-6 from 1-11 last year, we're on track to put the program back on a solid foundation both on and off the field, I'm excited for our players, they stood their ground and made us come back to be eligible, your Baylor legacy will not be forgotten soon. "

<p clbad = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "8 We should know in the next 48 hours how quickly the training carousel will turn this season. The possible obvious openings in Power Five that need to be addressed are in USC, North Carolina, Kansas State and Texas Tech. We should also know the answer to whatever Jeff Brohm decides, since there should be clarity about him, which could take the work of Louisville in the coming days. (Brohm is still the favorite in Louisville, but his departure is far from being a certainty). "Data-reactid =" 101 ">8 We should know in the next 48 hours how quickly the training carousel will turn this season. The possible obvious openings in Power Five that need to be addressed are in USC, North Carolina, Kansas State and Texas Tech. We should also know the answer to whatever Jeff Brohm decides, since there should be clarity about him, which could take the work of Louisville in the coming days. (Brohm is still the favorite in Louisville, but his departure is far from being a certainty).

A quick review of the works on the board:

USC – Trojan athletics director Lynn Swann told reporters in Los Angeles that she will soon make a decision on Clay Helton following the loss of USC to Notre Dame.

UNC – UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham told Raleigh News & Observer that "no decision was made" on the future of Larry Fedora. Failing to pay for a purchase of nearly $ 12 million is the best argument to keep Fedora after a 2-9 season that ended with empty seats and a post-game bout. Ugly day in Chapel Hill.

Texas Tech: wait for a decision to be made in the next 48 hours. AD Kirby Hocutt would have to eat around $ 6 million in total to fire Kliff Kingsbury and his staff. Kingsbury is popular with fans, but there is a feeling of stagnation with mediocre defenses and warm recruitment.

State of Kansas: Wildcats are not eligible for the bowl. The overwhelming administrative feeling at Kansas State is that the school wants to move forward with Bill Snyder, 79. Never one for self-consciousness, Snyder has kept his intentions closely guarded. Look for some difficult conversations that will happen this week.

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