Top 25 Scores and Afternoon Roundup: Baylor Crushes Oklahoma & More


Here are the Top 25 scores and roundups for the first wave of Saturday afternoon games.

Baylor Bears Destroy Oklahoma Sooners 48-14

Player of the Game: Corey Coleman- 15 Receptions for 224 Yards and 1 Touchdown; 1 Rushing Touchdown

Well it looks like Bob Stoops can shut up with all the hype he tries to put on his team every year. Once again, his Oklahoma Sooners have fallen flat on their faces in every big game and proved that they were extremely overhyped at the beginning of the year.

At home, Oklahoma was supposed to get back into the Big 12 elite conversation. Instead, they got flat-out destroyed. They are now clearly at second-tier status in the Big 12, having lost to Baylor, Kansas State, and TCU.

The game started out nicely for Oklahoma as Trevor Knight led them to a 14-3 lead in the first quarter. But then, Baylor rebounded and came back to take the lead. And as Knight had done all year, he fell apart when things got tough and managed to play pathetic for the next three quarters. He threw one interception and should have had about five more.

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Baylor, meanwhile, managed to reel off 45 unanswered points and win 48-14. Bryce Petty found Corey Coleman 15 times for 224 yards and a touchdown, and Antwan Goodley stepped up with 9 receptions for 92 yards. Shock Linwoodd and Devin Chafin each had 2 touchdowns as well.

The Bears remain in control of their own destiny for the Big 12 championship and should be ranked ahead of TCU no matter what happens Saturday night. They are still in the thick of the College Football Playoff race. A blowout win against Oklahoma should gain them more respect.

Oklahoma, meanwhile should drop out of the Top 25.


Wisconsin Badgers Beat Purdue Boilermakers 34-16

Player of the Game: Melvin Gordon- 25 Carries for 205 Yards and 1 Touchdown; 3 Receptions for 44 Yards and 1 Touchdown

Melvin Gordon had another 200-yard game, Joel Stave played efficient once again, and the Wisconsin Badgers keep on rolling. At 7-2 they control their own destiny for a Big Ten championship as long as they keep on winning, which they have been doing at ease over the past three weeks.

Showing improvement every week under Darrell Hazell, Purdue gave the Badgers everything they could handle. But Wisconsin was simply too much for them in the end.

The Boilermakers jumped out to a 3-0 lead early and were only down 7-6 in the second quarter, but Wisconsin then scored 17 straight to go up 24-6. That sealed it.

The Badgers belong back in the Top 25 after these past three performances.  


Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Beat N.C. State Wolfpack 56-23

Player of the Game: Synjyn Days- 19 Carries for 157 Yards and 1 Touchdown

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets consistently dominate teams with their option offense. Paul Johnson’s team is back to being relevant again after nearly falling off the face of the earth.

Like Wisconsin, the Yellow Jackets have earned the right to be back in the Top 25 as an 8-2 team. And they fell down 13-7 before they got on a roll.

Synjyn Days was the dominant rusher of the day with 19 carries for 157 yards and a touchdown. Justin Thomas only threw 6 passes, and the team put up a total of 56 points despite never throwing it. Gaining 479 yards on the ground will do that.

N.C. State, meanwhile, is beating everybody they should beat and losing to everybody who is good this year under Dave Doeren. But even with this loss, they can’t give up. A bowl game would do a lot for this team, and they’re one win away. So they need to keep playing.

As for Georgia Tech, kudos to them for fighting their way back to being relevant.


Duke Blue Devils Beat Syracuse Orange 27-10

Player of the Game: Breon Borders- 2 Interceptions

David Cutcliffe’s Duke Blue Devils remain at the top of the ACC Coastal Division race as a Top 25 team that still has a crazy off-chance to reach the College Football Playoff. And it’s all thanks to the defense.

Anthony Boone is still a very efficient quarterback who doesn’t turn the ball over, the running game was decent, but the defense shut down Syracuse in the win. And that had to be expected.

This might be the best and most well-coached defense in the conference, and Syracuse’s offense is absolutely pathetic. Winning 27-10 was the type of score you would expect.

And now, as an 8-1 Top 25 team, the Blue Devils could be thinking a lot bigger.


Georgia Bulldogs Beat Kentucky Wildcats 63-31

Player of the Game: Isaiah McKenzie- 175 Return Yards, 2 Return Touchdowns

The Georgia Bulldogs managed to dominate the Kentucky Wildcats, further proving that they simply can’t handle the pressure as their loss to Florida last week showed.

Mark Richt once again demonstrated his ability to rebound from a sickening loss. The Dawgs still have a great chance to win the SEC championship with another Missouri loss. And Todd Gurley is on his way back.

Georgia is clearly a great team that always lays an egg in the biggest moments, but a win at Kentucky brought them back to relevance a bit. Special teams carried this team to 63 points.

Don’t sleep on this team just yet.


Ole Miss Rebels Beat Presbyterian Blue Hose 48-0

Player of the Game: Mark Dodson- 3 Carries for 128 Yards and 2 Touchdowns

No analysis for this game. You don’t need to know why Ole Miss rebounded and blew out Presbyterian.