Weekend Recap - Appalachian State and SMU Lose For First Time, Georgia Turns Back Florida, Notre Dame Escapes Battle With Virginia Tech

November 3, 2019 by Dave Congrove

When it comes to the Florida-Georgia rivalry, good things apparently come in threes. Georgia took a 3-0 lead on Florida with 3:58 to go in the first quarter and never looked back en route to a 24-17 win in Jacksonville. The Bulldogs increased their lead in the border series to 52-43-2 with their third straight victory after dropping 3 in-a-row from 2014-2016. Georgia also won 3 straight from 2011-2013, and Florida took 3 in-a-row before that from 2008-2010.

The top 3 teams - Ohio State, LSU and Alabama were all idle, as were fellow unbeatens Penn State and Minnesota.

Appalachian State and SMU probably wish they had been idle as both went down to defeat for the first time this season. Appalachian State was a 24-21 loser at home to Georgia Southern on Thursday, and SMU fell 54-48 at Memphis on Saturday night.

Baylor remains unscathed after clawing past West Virginia 17-14 in Waco on Thursday, and Clemson is still perfect after crushing FCS member Wofford 59-14.

A couple of key games in the PAC-12 on Saturday saw Oregon rout USC 56-24, and Utah escape a visit to Washington with a 33-28 win. USC 's loss, combined with Utah's victory, gave the Utes sole possession of first in the PAC-12 South.

Auburn survived a tougher than expected home clash with Ole Miss, 20-14.

Notre Dame needed a touchdown with 29 seconds left to avoid a home loss to Virginia Tech and escape with a 21-20 win.

The College Football Playoff Committee will release its first rankings of the 2019 season this Tuesday night, sandwiched between a college basketball doubleheader on ESPN. The approximate start time of the reveal is 9 p.m. ET from the State Farm Champions Classic doubleheader at Madison Square Garden. The rankings will be revealed live after the conclusion of the Kansas-Duke game and before tip-off of the Michigan State-Kentucky game.

Subsequent rankings will be announced live on ESPN each Tuesday beginning at 7, with the Final Four and bowl matchups announced on Sunday, December 8 from Noon-4 p.m.

In other games of interest this week, Virginia won the 124th edition of "The South's Oldest Rivalry" 38-31 at North Carolina, Miami took down Florida State 27-10 in Tallahassee in their 65th meeting, and Kansas State rumbled past Kansas 38-10 in the 117th Sunflower Showdown.

Meanwhile, Air Force subdued Army 17-13 in the second round of this year's competition between the academies for the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy. Navy defeated Air Force 34-25 on October 5. Army is in current possession of the trophy for a second straight year. The Army-Navy game on December 14 now becomes a straight-up battle for the coveted hardware.

Nebraska's woes continued with a 31-27 loss at Purdue on David Bell's 90-yard run with 1:08 to play.  The 'Huskers have won just 1 of their last 10 road games against Big Ten foes.

Northwestern also stayed mired in a funk with a 34-3 lambasting at the hands of Indiana. The Wildcats fell to 1-7 overall and 0-6 in the Big Ten while the Hoosiers snapped a 5-game losing streak in the series to improve to 7-2 over-all and 4-2 in the conference. It's Indiana's best mark through 9 games since 1993 (also 7-2).

Cincinnati needed a 32-yard field goal for a 46-43 win at upset-minded East Carolina.

Oregon State was a 56-38 winner at Arizona as the Wildcats suffered their 4th straight loss and the Beavers won consecutive games for the first time since the end of the 2016 season.

Central Michigan has become one of the biggest surprises in the MAC. The Chippewas were 48-10 blowout winners over Northern Illinois to improve to 6-4 overall and 4-2 in the conference.


Here are the 7 teams that remain perfect, along with their schedule next week:

Clemson - at NC State (Saturday)

Big 12:
Baylor - at TCU

Big 10:
Minnesota - Hosts Penn State
Ohio State - Hosts Maryland
Penn State - at Minnesota

Alabama - Hosts LSU
LSU - Visits Alabama


Akron, New Mexico State and Rice are still searching for their first victory.

Akron lost 35-6 at Bowling Green, and Rice lost 20-7 at home to Marshall.

New Mexico State was idle.


114 games this year pit FBS teams against FCS schools. That's two more than a season ago when FBS teams won 105 of 112 games.

There was one FBS-FCS game this week as Clemson routed Wofford 59-14.

FBS teams are 101-3 (.971) for the season. Since we began tracking this in 2003, the FBS schools are 1,425-127 (.918).

FCS victories over FBS teams in 2019:
August 29: Central Arkansas 35, Western Kentucky 28
September 7: Southern Illinois 45, Massachusetts 20
September 14: The Citadel 27, Georgia Tech 24 (OT)

FCS victories over FBS teams in 2018
August 29: UC Davis 44, San Jose State 31
September 1: Villanova 19, Temple 17
September 1: Northern Arizona 30, UTEP 10
September 1: Nicholls State 26, Kansas 23 (OT)
September 2: North Carolina A&T 28, East Carolina 23
September 8: Maine 31, Western Kentucky 28
September 22: Illinois State 35, Colorado State 19


CLEMSON - Won 24 straight over-all (FBS longest). Won 26 straight regular season games (FBS longest) games. Won 19 straight conference games (FBS longest). Won 10 straight true road games (FBS longest).
Last: 59-14 home win over FCS member Wofford on November 2.
Next: Visits NC State on November 9.

ALABAMA - Won 31 straight home games (FBS longest).
Last: 48-7 home win over Arkansas on October 26.
Next: Hosts LSU on November 9.

RUTGERS - Lost 18 straight conference games (FBS longest).
Last: 38-10 loss at Illinois on November 2.
Next: Hosts Ohio State on November 16.

AKRON - Lost 14 straight overall (FBS longest). Lost 6 straight home games (FBS longest).
Last: Lost 35-6 at Bowling Green on November 2.
Next: Hosts Eastern Michigan on November 12.

NEW MEXICO STATE - Lost 15 straight vs FBS teams (FBS longest).
Last: Lost 41-7 at Georgia Southern on October 26.
Next: Visits Ole Miss on November 9.

RICE - Lost 15 straight road games (FBS longest).
Last: Lost 20-7 at home to Marshall on November 2.
Next: Visits MTSU on November 16.