Posted October 27, 2013

Alabama, Florida State continue recent roll; more midday Week 9 Snap Judgments

Alabama Crimson Tide, Florida State Seminoles, Snap Judgments
Amari Cooper

Amari Cooper’s 54-yard first-quarter TD set the tone for Alabama’s rout of Tennessee. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Snap Judgments from the Week 9 midday slate. For more coverage, check out Stewart Mandel’s file from Oregon-UCLA and our early and late Snaps.

No. 1 Alabama 45, Tennessee 10: The Crimson Tide’s defense has been the story in recent weeks, but top-ranked Alabama’s offense was arguably more impressive in a blowout victory over the Volunteers. Less than a minute into Saturday’s game, quarterback AJ McCarron hit receiver Amari Cooper for a 54-yard touchdown to put the Tide up 7-0. ‘Bama held a commanding 35-0 lead at halftime. The Crimson Tide converted 8-of-12 third downs and racked up 26 first downs in the victory.

McCarron completed 19-of-27 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns, as Alabama backed up its No. 1 BCS ranking. The Crimson Tide’s margin of victory over Tennessee was the largest for either team in the rivalry since 1963. [RECAP l BOX]

No. 3 Florida State 49, NC State 17: With legendary Seminoles coach Bobby Bowden in attendance, Florida State throttled the Wolfpack on Saturday. The Seminoles led 35-0 by the end of the first quarter and never looked back. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, the redshirt freshman phenom, didn’t miss a beat in his first outing since the Seminoles’ 51-14 rout of Clemson last Saturday. He completed 16-of-26 passes for 292 yards and three touchdowns, with one interception.

Florida State gained 566 yards of total offense (an average of 8.3 yards per play), and its defense put the clamps on NC State. The Wolfpack didn’t score until midway through the third quarter, when kicker Niklas Sade hit a 36-yard field goal.

Alabama is a deserving No. 1, but the unbeaten Seminoles have been nothing short of spectacular in winning their last three games, outscoring Maryland, Clemson and NC State by a combined 163-31. In those victories, Winston threw for nine touchdowns, with only two interceptions. [RECAP l BOX]

Duke 13, No. 16 Virginia Tech 10: Coach David Cutcliffe’s Blue Devils upset the Hokies to clinch bowl eligibility for the second consecutive season. For more on this result, click here. [RECAP l BOX]

No. 9 Clemson 40, Maryland 27: The injury-plagued Terrapins hung around with the Tigers for a while, as Maryland kicker Brad Craddock made a pair of 41-yard field goals early in the third quarter to cut Clemson’s lead to 16-13. But it didn’t take long for the Tigers to pull away after that. Quarterback Tajh Boyd and running back Roderick McDowell combined for three rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter to help Clemson improve to 7-1. The Tigers gained 551 yards of total offense to put last week’s blowout loss to Florida State behind them. [RECAP l BOX]

Michigan State 42, Illinois 3: The Spartans struggled offensively in last week’s 14-0 win over Purdue, but they looked a bit different in their victory over the Illini on Saturday. Michigan State gained 477 yards of total offense, with quarterback Connor Cook completing 15-of-16 passes for 208 yards and three touchdowns, and running back Jeremy Langord rushing for 104 yards and two scores. Illinois, meanwhile, scored its only points of the game on a 31-yard field goal in the first quarter. [RECAP l BOX]

Kansas State 35, West Virginia 12: It took a while for the Wildcats’ offense to get going, but Kansas State found its groove when it mattered. Coach Bill Snyder’s Wildcats scored the game’s final four touchdowns to erase a 12-7 Mountaineers lead and earn their first conference win of the season. K-State quarterbacks Jake Waters and Daniel Sams combined to throw for 291 yards and four touchdowns. [RECAP l BOX]

USC 19, Utah 3: The Trojans’ defense came to play on Saturday. USC forced four turnovers and limited the visiting Utes to just 201 total yards. Trojans quarterback Cody Kessler threw for 230 yards, and kicker Andre Heidari made four field goals in the win. [RECAP l BOX]

No. 23 Northern Illinois 59, Eastern Michigan 20: Huskies quarterback Jordan Lynch can do a little bit of everything. He ran for a score and passed for four more as Northern Illinois set season-highs in points (59) and total yards (658) in an easy win over the Eagles. Lynch also caught a 17-yard touchdown pass from receiver Tommylee Lewis in the second quarter.  [RECAP l BOX]

• Notre Dame 45, Air Force 10: If Tommy Rees felt any lingering effects from the strained neck injury he suffered last week against USC, he didn’t show it on Saturday afternoon. The Fighting Irish quarterback threw for a career-high five touchdowns in a win over the Falcons. Notre Dame has now won three straight games. [RECAP l BOX]

19 comments
Ryan47
Ryan47

Remember how all the SEC fans were saying that Tenn had gotten better......

JimKirkwood1
JimKirkwood1

Like last year, if the top teams win out, there will be controversy about the teams in the title game. IMO right now, Alabama, FSU and Oregon all seem compelling. We'll see if that's the case at the end of the season

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Concerning one of the losers from above, I keep wondering about the "injury-plagued Terrapins". That they have had so many serious injuries in the Randy Edsall era (and it is an incredibly long list) goes to coaching and conditioning. Competent staffs don't have this many players going down, often for the rest of the season. This is more than just bad luck. It's further proof that Edsall was a disastrous hire. Whether it's strength coaching, weight training, fundamentals, etc., I can't say, but it is a deficiency in coaching that Maryland needs to address right now. Nothing is going to change while the present coach is in place

Sputnik
Sputnik

Oregon is the perennial hype machine. Please. please try to win out so The Crimson Tide can open a can of Whoop @ss on y'all. I watched your game today and I saw a finesse team that would get throttled playing Alabama. 

Stanford will shut the Ducks down anyway.


JamesBrewer
JamesBrewer

hope the uninformed were watching as the ducks D dominated the 2nd half and also held the bruins to under 300 yds. That's the #12 bruins folks. Ducks blowout was easily the most impressive win among the top 3 today. Also Oregon 59  tenn. 14    ALA. 45  tenn 10,  do the math

JeffBockert
JeffBockert

Oregon's second string running back is better than any back in the SEC. 

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

@Sputnik Oregon has a lot of speed, and Alabama gives up big plays, so it would be a fun game. That said, i think you're right. Alabama (again) looks very good. I'm not a fan, and they annoy me, but there is no getting away from the fact that they are very good. 

jeffcooper71
jeffcooper71

@JamesBrewer By uninformed I guess you mean SEC fans watching the game.  Here is what this uninformed fan saw, a duck team that went into half time tied and held to 14 points(and tied).  A Duck team that had only scored 21 points in 3 quarters.  A Duck team that is very beatable.  So what Oregon scored 2 more touchdowns than Alabama. What does that prove? Look at the box score from the UCLA game and the Tenn game. They are mirror opposites.  Again what does this prove?  Tennessee and Alabama have 2 different levels of talent and depth.  I think most Oregon fans are hoping that Alabama somehow gets "gassed" by Oregon's speed.  You may want to Google "Alabama 4th quarter conditioning program" and get up to speed on what awaits you.

HerschelAnderton
HerschelAnderton

@JamesBrewer relax: the ducks still have a few more games in which to choke themselves out of a national championship birth.  but, i really do love all the tough talk from the 

ZERO (-0-) natl-championship-having oregon faithful.  

Sputnik
Sputnik

@JeffBockert Sure he is. 

Bama's got 5 RBs that would start on pretty much any team that employs a traditional offense. RB in a spread read option offense is not the same. That being said, Yeldon and Drake are better than anybody on the Ducks roster. Drake could star in both types of offensive schemes, he's that fast.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

@JeffBockert Irrelevant. SEC defense (and we're talking Alabama here, right?) will still stop him. Or slow them down considerably. Oregon's recent history is losing to good defensive teams. And except for A&M, Alabama has had a VERY good defense.

Ryan47
Ryan47

Cause I watched both games and in both I saw one really really good team and one really bad team. This notion that SEC teams all of the sudden figure things out when it comes time for conference play is the biggest load of crap I have heard from the SEC fan base to date.  

tallaman87
tallaman87

@jeffcooper71 @JamesBrewer Seems like the ducks are getting the benefit of legacy winning - people tend to think it's Oregon's year to get a shot at Bama and the NC. I look forward to the playoffs; at least four teams will have a legit chance to decide it on the field and not allow hypotheticals decide the NC. I'd like to see it expand to eight teams. 

jeffcooper71
jeffcooper71

@Rickapolis @JeffBockert That came up on college football final yesterday. Oregon struggles with physical Defensive lines.  I guess we will see if that has changed shortly.

doghockey
doghockey

@carnage_2012 Well, great educated one, technically you spelled umm wrong.  Don't let it get you down though.