College football rivalry week started off with a bang last night as Ole Miss lost in hilariously devastating fashion, missing the extra point to tie the game at 21-21 after they were penalized 15 yards for an excessive celebration on the touchdown.
If you happened to miss it, Ole Miss receiver, Elijah Moore, scored a touchdown late in the 4th quarter to get Ole Miss within 1 point… but his celebration penalty made the extra point 15 yards longer… and, well, the rest is history. We have plenty of college football on today, but it really is the college hoops action that I’m excited for if we are being honest. Here is what I’m watching throughout the day (all times in EST):
NCAAB 11:30AM: Oregon vs UNC, ESPN: Both teams losing for the first time this year, how will they bounce back. The battle of point guard in this one will be fascinating to watch. Oregon is lead by Senior, Payton Pritchard, while UNC has arguably the top freshman NBA prospect in Cole Anthony running the show.
NCAAF 12PM: Virginia Tech @ UVA, ABC: I don’t expect much from UVA in this one, so I’ll be impressed if they can keep it close. UVA just doesn’t have much talent. Both teams pretty much had the easiest schedule in power 5 football this season, so it is hard to tell just how good either of these teams are, but UVA being down to mostly 2nd stringers in the secondary has me believing it will be a struggle to stop the Hokies today. Bryce Perkins is going to have to play out of his mind, but I don’t think Bud Foster is gonna allow that in his last game against UVA. I think Virginia Tech wins easily to bring the streak to 16.
NCAAF 12PM: Texas Tech @ Texas, FOX: Has there been a more disappointing team in college football than the Texas Longhorns? Per Horns247, major staff changes will be coming, potentially on both sides of the ball. This team struggles to score and struggles to stop other teams from scoring. I’m not sure how much motivation the Texas players will have, and I’m not sure how much motivation a bunch of potential lame duck assistant coaches are going to have to finish the season strong.
NCAAB 2PM: Gonzaga vs Michigan, ESPN: Juwan Howard has impressed early on as head coach of the Wolverines, especially after serving notice to the entire country with a big win over UNC yesterday. On the other side, Gonzaga is simply still Gonzaga. With the talent they lost from the previous season, it would be reasonable to expect them to take step back this year, but that doesn’t look like it will be the case. Even with the loss of elite forwards, Brandon Clarke and Rui Hachimura, to the NBA (both first round picks), 6’11 Filip Petrusev has shown he’s got next, putting up 22 points and 15 rebounds against a top 15 ranked Oregon team in the win.
NCAAB 7PM: Seton Hall vs Iowa State, ESPNU: Two of the best college players in the game will be facing off in this one. Seton Hall’s Myles Powell is as good of a scoring guard as you will find in Division 1 hoops, while Iowa State’s Tyrese Haliburton is probably the best passer in the country, averaging nearly 10 assists per game. He had 23 points, 11 rebounds, and 9 assists in the win over Alabama yesterday, but the scary part about Haliburton is he still has a ton of room for improvement in my opinion.
NCAAB 10:30PM: Texas Tech vs Creighton, FS1: Tech lost a tough one to Iowa last night, but the bigger issue could be the availability of their leading scorer, true frosh, Jahmi’us Ramsey. He had an apparent knee issue in the 2nd half which kept him out down the stretch. Averaging over 17 points per game, it would be a major blow for the Red Raiders if Ramsey were to be out for an extended period of time. Creighton got blown out vs San Diego State last night, and they’re still without senior guard, Davion Mintz. Both teams could be shorthanded, but there is still plenty of talent for both coaches to make use of to try and squeak out a W.