College Football Big Game Reaction: Ohio State, North Carolina & More

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Quick reaction to the biggest games of Week 10: Wake Forest at North Carolina, Ohio State at Nebraska, Auburn at Texas A&M, Michigan State at Purdue, LSU at Alabama

College Football Big Game Reaction: Week 10

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Week 10 Big Game Reactions
– North Carolina 58, Wake Forest 55
– Ohio State 26, Nebraska 17
– Auburn at Texas A&M
– Michigan State at Purdue
– LSU at Alabama

North Carolina 58, Wake Forest 55 Reaction

Nothing stops.

In the strange way the ACC season works this year, this technically wasn’t a conference game, so – as this is written before the afternoon games – Wake Forest is still two games up on NC State and two up on Clemson with three to play against NC State, at Clemson, at Boston College.

Don’t worry about the College Football Playoff talk for now. If Wake Forest wins those final three games – all solid now that Boston College has QB Phil Jurkovec back – win out, and put the pressure on the CFP committee as a 12-1 Power Five champion.

There are all sorts of strange tie-breaker things that could happen – I still think Clemson ends up winning yet another ACC Championship, somehow – but the Demon Deacons can realistically come close to locking this up by beating NC State next week.

However, for as much fun as the Demon Deacon offense is, this was the first true test for the team – Virginia was probably the best win so far – and the defense didn’t pass with a brutal fourth quarter and horrible game against the run.

Sam Hartman threw for close to 400 yards with five scores, he ran for 78 yards and two touchdowns, the receiving corps was amazing …

And the Demon Deacon run defense couldn’t do anything to help the cause.

Ty Chandler ran for 213 yards and four scores, Sam Howell threw for over 200 yards and a score and ran for over 100 with two touchdowns, and a big fourth quarter burst got the job done for a Tar Heel team that desperately needed this win.

With at Pitt, Wofford, and at NC State to go, a loss for a 4-4 team would’ve put all bowl hopes in jeopardy. Again, this game didn’t count in the ACC standings, but

If Pitt loses to Virginia or at Syracuse, and Virginia drops the game to Virginia Tech – or beats Pitt and the Panthers lose at Syracuse – North Carolin a is in the the ACC Championship by winning out.

It’s probably not going to happen – too many things have to come through – but Wake Forest vs. North Carolina doing this again in the ACC Championship would be a mighty fine end to the conference season.

NEXT: Ohio State 26, Nebraska 17 Reaction

Ohio State 26, Nebraska 17 Reaction

Ohio State got through the grind.

Everyone’s going to dismiss a win over a Nebraska team that’s 3-7 now, but this Husker team is a tough out.

It’s good enough to battle and ball with everyone, but not good enough to come up with a real, live win over a decent team.

It had its chances to get by Michigan … and lost.

It had its chances to get by Michigan State … and lost.

It had its chances to get by Ohio State, but the passing game stalled, the offense couldn’t get that one big second half play, and …

It was a loss.

Ohio State’s offense stalled, it settled for field goals in the second half instead of touchdowns, and it wasn’t as pretty a win as it could’ve and should’ve been, but there’s nothing that slips here.

It was a road win, it was tough, and it was part of the grind of the Power Five conference schedule.

Now do more, Ohio State.

Coming up with close to 500 yards of total offense was great, and CJ Stroud went off for over 400 yards through the air – uhhh, Nebraska, you might want to adjust when a receiver like Jaxon Smith-Njigba is catching 15 passes for 240 yards and a score with Garrett Wilson out – but it’s November and the Buckeyes still aren’t sharp enough.

Oh, they’re more than talented enough to beat Purdue, and Michigan State, and Michigan, and whatever is coming out of the West in a Big Ten Championship – likely Wisconsin – but can it get through all of that unscathed? Nebraska is stronger than it’s record, but Ohio State has to be better.

It can get by the Huskers with three second half field goals, two turnovers, and too many penalties. If can’t get by Georgia, or Alabama, or Cincinnati in the big tournament with that.

But they didn’t play their best and still won.

It’s on to Purdue.

COMING: Michigan State at Purdue, Auburn at Texas A&M, LSU at Alabama

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