The story of Week 10 was the Big Ten as a whole. The conference’s hopes of getting a team in the College Football Playoff were severely crippled after Iowa blew out Ohio State and Michigan State edged out Penn State.
Now, every team in the Big Ten East division has at least two losses, and it’s really hard to make a case for either Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan State or Michigan to be named one of college football’s four best teams. The lone hope is undefeated Big Ten West leader Wisconsin, which has played a sham of a schedule and can’t afford even one loss.
Most Fun Game of Week 10 – Oklahoma 62, Oklahoma State 52
This game was expected to be a shootout and these two teams did not disappoint. Bedlam lived up to the name as the Sooners and Cowboys traded scores throughout, highlighted by a wild 52-point second quarter.
The box score from this game is absurd. Oklahoma won despite allowing 661 total yards of offense thanks to three Mason Rudolph turnovers. Justice Hill pounded out big chunks of yardage all day long against the Sooners defense, so coordinator Mike Stoops will continue to get a lot of heat. Meanwhile, Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy might be questioned for throwing the ball as much as he did.
Baker Mayfield was the story of the game. He should be the frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy after this performance. Although he threw two interceptions, he also completed 24 of 36 passes for 598 yards. Averaging almost 25 yards per completion is something that just doesn’t happen in college football.
Biggest Statement of Week 10 – Miami 28, Virginia Tech 10
Kudos to Miami. The Hurricanes saved one of their best defensive performances of the season for Virginia Tech in a victory that will give this team some legitimacy. Miami’s defense held Virginia Tech to less than 300 total yards of offense and forced four turnovers. The front seven was phenomenal, completely controlling the ground game and not allowing a run of more than 15 yards all night.
Malik Rosier’s performance in the win was a bit concerning, though. He completed less than 50 percent of his passes and threw three interceptions. It was the second straight week that he did not look good as a passer. His running ability gives Miami another dimension, though, and that has helped the Hurricanes stay undefeated.
Heartbreaking Loss of Week 10 – West Virginia 20, Iowa State 16
You had to think it was only a matter of time before Iowa State’s dream run came to an end. The Cyclones shot up to No. 15 in the polls thanks to surprising wins over Oklahoma and TCU. Amazingly, they had a great chance to win the conference if they could get by West Virginia and Oklahoma State the next two weeks. But it was not to be. Still, this team can hold its collective head high after a solid performance.
West Virginia jumped out to a 20-0 lead and it looked like Iowa State was going to go out with a whimper. However, the Cyclones slowly chipped away at the lead and were able to bend without breaking on the defensive end. They looked poised to possibly keep the magic alive after Will Grier was picked off in the Cyclones end zone with less than five minutes remaining. But the ISU offense couldn’t move the ball down the field and get a game-winning score.
Misleading Final Score of Week 10 – Washington State 24, Stanford 21
If you glance at this box score, you would think that it was a close, hard-fought game between two evenly matched sides. That couldn’t be further from the truth.
Stanford’s offense was simply bad against Washington State. The Cardinal couldn’t even crack 200 total yards of offense and Heisman hopeful Bryce Love saw his candidacy derailed in Pullman. Quarterback K.J. Costello was unable to get anything going through the air in the second start of his career, and that meant the Cougars loaded up to stop Love.
Stanford’s defense was unable to stop Washington State’s offense, too. Wazzou racked up 430 total yards, and the only reason it was close was due to a pick-six from Stanford and some solid Cardinal special teams.