A second victory this season against a Power Five school, a top three showdown in Tuscaloosa, and an upset at Heinz Field highlighted this past weekend’s slate of games in The Courier-Times weekly football contest.
Appalachian State, who made headlines earlier this season when they beat UNC, traveled to The University of South Carolina on Saturday, where they beat the Gamecocks by a close score of 20-15. Losing to an unranked Georgia Southern team in Boone the week before, the Mountaineers bounced back in a big way, as they were a six-point underdog in this game. With their victory, App. State finishes with a perfect record against Power Five schools this season.
LSU-Alabama was the biggest college football game in the country, if not the biggest football game across all levels in the country last weekend. This game did not disappoint, as the Tigers won a high-scoring, 46-41 game that saw the Crimson Tide nearly come back and win. Joe Burrow cemented himself as the Heisman Trophy frontrunner, and LSU snapped an eight-game losing streak to Alabama while dealing the Crimson Tide their first loss in Tuscaloosa since 2015.
The Los Angeles Rams were winners of two straight games and coming off a bye week. The Pittsburgh Steelers were winners of three straight games, and sealed this 17-12 victory with a game-ending interception by midseason acquisition Minkah Fitzpatrick. The Rams were favored in this game, but that did not stop the Steelers from coming out and playing some of their best defensive football of the season against a high-powered offense.
Maurice Comer, of Roxboro, picked 11 of the 16 games in last week’s contest to win the weekly football contest, the second time in three weeks a member of the Comer household has won the contest. The five that Comer missed were Florida State-Boston College, LSU-Alabama, Penn State-Minnesota, Lions-Bears, and Cardinals-Buccaneers, For his efforts, Comer wins a $30 gift certificate to Twins Meat Market.
Dale R. Brown, of Hurdle Mills, picked 11 correct games for a second-place finish in the weekly football contest. Although Brown tied with Comer for number of correctly-picked matchups, Comer won the top prize after his tiebreaker prediction of 21 points in the Harvard-Columbia game came closer than Brown’s guess of 42 points. Columbia won the game 17-10 for a total of 27 points in the Ivy League game. For his picks, Brown wins a $20 gift certificate to Tricia’s Espresso.
Jason Davis, of Roxboro, picked 11 correct games as he earned this week’s bronze medal spot in the contest. Davis’ tiebreaker prediction was 54 points. For his efforts, Davis takes home a $10 gift certificate to Jersey Mike’s.
A fourth entrant picked 11 games correctly, but their predicted score of 58 possible points out of the 27 scored in the Harvard-Columbia tiebreaker game left them just out of the top three. Ten other contestants picked 10 games correctly to finish just out of the top three as well.