Submitted by Dave Cokin on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 7:00 PM
Another wild day of college football is in the books. Scratch Houston off the list of playoff contenders, as the Cougars were upset at Navy. The magical run of rallies ended for Tennessee (more on that in a bit). Notre Dame’s stunning tumble continued, Michigan State’s slump was maintained and I think Michigan just scored again.
Okay, back to the Tennessee-Texas A&M game. Butch Jones might have blown this one for the Volunteers. Tennessee scored with 41 ticks remaining to cut the Aggies lead to one, 35-34. Jones decided to play for overtime, which I guess was okay with. That is, until Texas A&M was flagged for being offside, which meant Tennessee could take the penalty, get half the distance to the goal line and then go for the deuce and the win.
I was really stunned when Jones opted to decline the penalty and settle for the PAT. Obviously, there’s no guarantee the Vols convert on the two-point try, in which case they lose the game. But there is no question in my mind Jones should have rolled the dice after the flag, and he played safe. That cost him and his team dearly, as the Aggies got the double OT win and the Volunteers saw their playoff hopes take a substantial hit in the process.