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Weekend Takeaway: Five observations on college football

Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott had only 12 carries for 33 yards in Saturday’s loss to Michigan State. The dearth of action prompted him to say he won’t return for his senior season.
Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott had only 12 carries for 33 yards in Saturday’s loss to Michigan State. The dearth of action prompted him to say he won’t return for his senior season. AP

Some observations while watching the gridiron journey Saturday of America’s football student-athletes:

1Oklahoma seemed poised to make a CFP declaration on Saturday night and then promptly reminded the committee about the Texas game in the fourth quarter.

2Baylor hadn’t won in Stillwater since the days of J. Frank Norris, but did on Saturday, thereby beginning a CFP revival tour that will make a stop in Fort Worth this week.

3Oh, you mean this schedule? By defeating Oklahoma State, Baylor joined Alabama as the nation’s only programs to defeat teams ranked in The Associated Press top 10 in each of the last five seasons.

4Anticipating losses by Florida and North Carolina in their championship games, if not sooner, a one-loss Big 12 team would also seem to need a Stanford victory over Notre Dame. What it doesn’t need is a Michigan State loss to Penn State, opening the door once again to Ohio State. Been there, done that.

5Ohio State, though, seems as if it’s coming apart at the seams. Ezekiel Elliott, while panning the play-calling in the loss to Michigan State, appeared to be the first underclassman to declare for the NFL Draft in a statement indicating he couldn’t wait to get out of Columbus: “Honestly, this is my last game in the Shoe. I mean, there’s no chance of me coming back next year.”

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