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Here are the Ballers & Busters of Week 9 college football


Ballers

•Cameron Smith (USC Trojans)- 3 Interceptions by the freshman linebacker (one returned for a touchdown), on 9 tackles led USC to an improbable huge upset over the number 3 Utah Utes 42-24.  Smith helped lead the Trojans to a huge victory in a season-saving blowout of one of the toughest Pac 12 opponents in the conference.

•Clemson Tigers- Clemson seems to be on a mission to prove that they are a for real national title contender.  Refusing to fall in a let down game, the Tigers not only served victim Miami its worst loss in school history, but got their head coach fired in doing so.

•Memphis- The 7-0 Memphis Tigers of the AAC conference have reached number 16 in the nation and hold a double-digit win over SEC power Ole Miss. Their 66-42 win over Tulsa keeps head coach Justin Fuente one of the hottest coaching names in the nation.

•Leonard Fournette- The obvious heisman front-runner has been nothing short of amazing all season long. Intense heat, monsoon-like rain, nothing stops Fournette from rushing all over opponents at will.

Fournette is in pursuit of a record season, multiple awards, and potentially an NFL 1st round draft selection?

Georgia Tech- The Yellow Jackets had every reason to just call this season a wrap and just try and stay competitive. After a 5 game losing streak, instead, Georgia Tech knocked off ACC power and number 9 ranked Florida State.

In what likely gives head coach Paul Johnson a stay clear from the hot seat, Georgia Tech proved they still have plenty of fight in them.


 

Busters

•Miami Hurricanes/Al Golden- Suffering their worst loss in school history, the Miami Hurricanes and their fans may be the most miserable 4-3 team in the nation.

Al Golden was shortly fired after a whirlwind of fans, media, and former Miami players calling for his head.

•Jimbo Fisher- Jimbo Fisher and the Florida State Seminoles fell victim to the 2015 season’s infamous “kick-6.”

In a close game with Georgia Tech where perhaps NOT kicking a 56 yard field goal and playing for overtime would have sufficed, Jimbo went for the home run.  And, instead the home run was hit on HIM in shocking fashion by a team who had lost 5 straight games consecutively.

With Clemson on the horizon, the ‘Noles must regroup fast in order to stay in the conversation of a college football playoff after a devastating loss that could have well been avoided.

•Tennessee Volunteers- The Vols just can’t buy a break. And, it may result in costing a good coach in Butch Jones his job inevitably.

Nearly every week minus Tennessee’s thrashing of Georgia the Vols seem to be into every game, just to falter in crunch time.  The vols 4 losses this season are a combined 17 points. And, all of these games of which they lead at the half, or were tied at the half at some point.

The 2nd half of games are literally killing the Vols. And, may cost their coach a job.

•Utah Utes- The Utah Utes were well on their way to feeding the hype machine of their playoff hopes until they kicked off in Los Angeles vs. USC.

The 3rd ranked team in the nation often looked lost and sloppy vs. the head coach-less USC Trojans and were blasted back to Utah with a 42-24 loss. With a depleted UCLA team and an underachieving Arizona team the only winning teams left on schedule, Utah had it pretty golden down the final stretch of the season. And, that is no more.

•Auburn- This is not the season Gus Malzahn was hoping for.

He’s benched a starting quarterback who was heavily touted as one of the best in the SEC, The Tigers, ranked number 6 in the nation, needed overtime to defeat FCS school Jacksonville St in September,  their defense is the worst ranked in the SEC, oh, and the Tigers remaining schedule includes, Texas A&M, Georgia, and Alabama.

Nope, this is NOT the season Gus Malzahn was looking forward to.

 

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