Rivalry week is here
It’s week 13 of the college football season, also known as rivalry week. Thanks to the Thanksgiving holiday, the festivities continued on Friday afternoon. And they picked up right where the Egg Bowl left off on Thursday with an unranked team handing their ranked rival a loss.
NC State made the less than 30-mile trip from Raleigh to Chapel Hill to hand No. 18 North Carolina a 30-27 double overtime loss. The game was just one of five rivalry games involving the top 25 teams on Friday. All of them were back and forth battles.
No. 19 Tulane faced No. 21 Cincinnati and put together a drive in the fourth quarter with five minutes and change remaining in the game. Green Wave’s late touchdown was a response to a Bearcats score and was enough to secure a 27-24 victory.
The No. 24 Texas faced Baylor on Friday and had his hands full with the now 6-6 Bears. The Longhorns had to overcome multiple Baylor leads and were finally able to run away with a hard-fought 38-27 victory.
No. 17 UCLA had a 21-10 deficit to overcome in their game against Cal. A late touchdown and two-point conversion followed by a Cal fumble helped them bring home a 35-28 victory.
The wildest game might have been between Florida and No. 16 Florida State. The two teams racked up points while trading hay throughout. In the end, the Seminoles were too much for the Gators and they survived with a 45-38 W.
The fun continues on Saturday.
Saturday has more promising rivalry games. None bigger than No. 3 Michigan facing No. 2 Ohio State in Columbus. Both teams enter the game undefeated, only one will remain unbeaten in the afternoon.
That’s where Joe is this morning. She made the call to the bullpen Friday night because she had a 5 am alarm waiting for him and his trip to Columbus.
Good luck Joe and the Buckeyes. He will be back in the saddle on Monday morning.
It was a tough day to be a Tar Heels fan.
The rivalry week’s upset loss to NC State wasn’t the only disappointment for Tar Heels fans on Friday.
In addition to the shortcomings of the football team, the No. 1 ranked college basketball team was also upset by an unranked opponent.
Iowa State defeated No. 1 North Carolina 70-65, handing the Tar Heels their first loss of the season in the process.
Friday will be a day many UNC fans will want to forget. Two upset losses is not the way fans imagined things would play out.
To make matters worse, NC State players planted a Wolfpack flag at the 50-yard line in Chapel Hill. Talk about a difficult way to spend the day after Thanksgiving.
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