Hi everyone. Welcome back to another edition of Tailgate Talk. Each week I recap some of the major games from the week before and preview the games next week. Feel free to talk about the games, off season antics, seasons past, health concerns, ethics, the bands, the mascots, or what have you. However, if you’re here to complain about “sportsball,” this is simply not the forum for you, okay?
Georgia @ Auburn Georgia found ways to make errors in all facets of the game. Auburn held Nick Chubb, Sony Michel and the SEC’s top ground game to 46 yards. Kerryon Johnson ran for 167 yards and caught a 55-yard touchdown pass from Jarrett Stidham. The Tigers knocked off the #1 Bulldogs 40-17
Alabama @ Mississippi State This one went down to the wire. Nick Fitzgerald threw for 158 yards in the air, and 66 yards on the ground. Jalen Hurts threw for 242 yards and rushed for 40. Hurts completed a pass to DeVonta Smith for 26 yards for a touchdown with 25 seconds left. The Tide survived the Bulldogs on the road 31-23.
Notre Dame @ Miami Malik Rosier threw for 137 yards and a touchdown, but it was the defense that won the night with three interceptions, five sacks, and a fumble recovery. The Hurricanes humiliated the Fighting Irish 41-8
Iowa @ Wisconsin Alex Hornibrook was 11 of 18 for 135 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. Two if those were pick sixes by Josh Jackson. However the Iowa offense failed to find the end zone, and the Badgers stay undefeated by beating the Hawkeyes 38-14
Washington @ Stanford Bryce Love ran 30 times for 166 yards and three touchdowns on an injured ankle, as the Cardinal beat the Huskies 30-22
Michigan State @ Ohio State J.T. Barrett threw for 183 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, whike rushing for 55 yards and two more scores. Mike Weber ran for 162 yards and two touchdowns. The Buckeyes crushed the Spartans 48-3.
Oklahoma State @ Iowa State Mason Rudolph threw for 376 yards and three touchdowns, while Iowa State’s David Montgomery ran for 105 yards and three touchdowns as well. Zeb Noland threw an interception to A.J. Green to end the game. The Cowboys survived the Cyclones 49-42
Virginia Tech @ Georgia Tech TaQuon Marshall only completed two passes, but they were both for touchdowns. He also ran for 64 yards and two more scores. The Yellowjackets beat the Hokies 28-22
TCU @ Oklahoma Kenny Hill threw for 270 yards and a touchdown, and ran for 40 and another score, but it wasn’t enough. Baker Mayfield threw for 333 yards and three touchdown, along with another fifty yards on the ground. Rodney Anderson rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns as the Sooners toppled the Horned Frogs 38-20.
Around the League: Clemson beat Florida State 31-14; Penn State beat Rutgers 35-6; USC beat Colorado 38-24; UCF remain undefeated by besting Connecticut 49-24; South Carolina beat Florida 28-20; Washington State beat Utah 33- 25; NC State beat Boston College 17 -14; Arkansas lost to LSU 33-10; Purdue lost to Northwestern 13- 23.
Play of the week: Leon Jacobs’s quick thinking earned the Badgers touchdown https://youtu.be/2GK_ILrv2lE
At the polls: Alabama rose to the top spot in the AP poll, followed by Miami, Oklahoma, and Clemson. Wisconsin and Auburn are at five and six.
This weeks tailgate recipe: Pepperoni Bread
1 13.8-ounce package refrigerated pizza dough; 6-ounces sliced pepperoni; 8-ounces sliced sliced provolone cheese; 3 tablespoons butter; 1 teaspoon garlic powder; 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. and prepare a rimmed baking sheet by spraying it with cooking spray. Remove the pizza dough from the canister and roll it out onto a lightly floured surface or parchment so that it measures into a rectangle about 10 X 15 – inches. Beginning at one of the longer ends, place the pepperoni in an overlapping layer down the length of the dough. Tear a few of the provolone slices in half and place over the pepperoni. Pull the dough up from under the pepperoni and roll it over the cheese so that it sticks to the dough beyond the pepperoni. Repeat adding the pepperoni and cheese and rolling until you have completely rolled the dough. Place the roll seam side down onto the prepared rimmed baking sheet. You may have to curve it so that it fits. In a microwavable-safe bowl, melt the butter for about 30 seconds. Mix in the garlic powder and Italian seasoning. Brush completely over the Pepperoni Bread. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until lightly golden.