The Florida Citrus Sports Team Selection Committee congregated on the first Monday of November to talk about another thrilling week of college football.
The ACC provided fans with one of its most exciting weekends yet, highlighted by Florida State at Louisville and Duke at Pittsburgh. The Seminoles had their best comeback of the season, beating the Cardinals after trailing 21-0. This marks the fourth time in the past six games that Florida State has come back from a halftime deficit to win. The Blue Devils and the Panthers went into double OT after the Pittsburgh kicker Chris Blewitt missed a field goal at the end of regulation. Thomas Sirk, Duke’s backup quarterback, forced his way into the end zone in the second overtime to seal the win. Committee representatives also attended Virginia vs. Georgia Tech and North Carolina vs. Miami.
On the other side of our Russell Athletic Bowl matchup, TCU kept their Big 12 title aspirations alive after rallying to defeat WVU 31-30 on a field goal as time expired. B.J. Catalon was a key piece of the Horned Frogs’ victory, spurring the TCU offense in the fourth quarter. This was the Big 12’s closest game during Week 10. Besides visiting Morgantown, our committee also attended Kansas vs. Baylor and Oklahoma State vs. Kansas State.
The closest game in the Big Ten this past weekend saw the rebirth of a rivalry between Maryland and Penn State. After a pregame scuffle, the game stayed tight until the very end, when a 43-yard field goal sent the Terps out of Beaver Stadium with their first win against the Nittany Lions since 1961. The committee was also on hand for a pair of dominant victories by divisional contenders: Northwestern vs. Iowa and Illinois vs. Ohio State.
The SEC had a handful of close games in Week 10. Ole Miss fell to Auburn in a game that really could have gone either way. An unfortunate goal-line fumble, on a play in which Ole Miss Receiver Laquon Treadwell broke his leg, cost the Rebels a shot at a victory. However, Auburn had some clutch third-and-long plays that helped lead the Tigers to a victory. Florida cranked out 418 rushing yards and 31 straight points to upset Georgia 38-20. Members of our selection committee also scouted Tennessee vs. South Carolina in an exciting overtime win for the Volunteers.
Stadium reconstruction is in full effect as we are less than twenty days away from the 2014 Florida Blue Florida Classic. A majority of the turf is filled in; the remainder will be laid in the north end zone by midweek.
Representatives will be on the road at a number of notable games this coming weekend. You can see weekend previews for the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl and the Russell Athletic Bowl at the bowl sites.