Every week is crucial in college football, but some weeks just have a bigger feel to them than others. Whether it’s because of something monumental taking place, or meetings between ranked teams, they just end up being instrumental to the entire outcome of the season. Week 7 looks like it might be the biggest week of the season we’ve seen so far. First and foremost, two games that will affect the College Football Playoff kicked off around noon, with #3 Georgia hosting the South Carolina Gamecocks and the #6 Oklahoma Sooners facing the #11 Texas Longhorns in the Red River Rivalry. Things went much, much better for the Sooners than they did the Bulldogs, as they ran out 34-27 winners over their biggest rivals. Jalen Hurts once again unleashed himself upon a defense, throwing for 235 yards and rushing for 131. Combined, he went for four touchdowns (three in the air, all to CeeDee Lamb, and one on the ground). His three-yard scamper in the fourth with just over four minutes to go gave them a 14-point lead, and though Texas tried to come back, it was too little too late. This win is massive due to the fact that the aforementioned Bulldogs ended up losing 20-17 to the Gamecocks in double overtime. The Bulldogs couldn’t muster any offense all day and they kept on spinning their tires in OT as well. With a chance to win the game, they had to settle for a field goal attempt to tie the game in the second OT period. But a missed field goal ensured South Carolina, who finished the game with a third-string QB under center, would upset them in dramatic fashion. That sets up an interesting clash next week for Georgia when they face Florida in Jacksonville. After the #7 Gators’ 42-28 loss at #5 LSU, they will be playing what basically amounts to an elimination game.
For the first time this postseason, the Houston Astros have been beaten at home. And they were beaten handsomely, too, as the New York Yankees crushed them 7-0 in Game 1 of the ALCS. While Masahiro Tanaka had a great night on the mound with six innings of one hit ball, it will be Gleyber Torres that gets the status as the hero. Torres had four at-bats that drove in a run (a home run, a double, a single, and a fielder’s choice) to collect five RBI’s and give his team an unassailable lead.
By all indications, the Washington Nationals are cruising in their NLCS series against the St. Louis Cardinals. On the road again for Game 2 on Saturday evening, the Nats once again got a fine performance on the mound to hold the Cards from doing much of anything offensively in a 3-1 victory. Max Scherzer, not one to be shown up by Anibal Sanchez, almost had a no-hitter of his own, allowing just a single hit in seven innings of work. Michael Taylor had hit a homer to give the Nats a 1-0 lead in the third inning and it held until the eighth when Adam Eaton’s double drove in a pair of runs. Jose Martinez gave the Cards hope with a double that drove in a run, but it was not enough. The series now swings to Washington with the Cardinals in a humongous hole to climb out of.