Dream League Days 6-7: Ground and pound – Jonathan Taylor and Ohio State defense boost Cal

We’re officially into the stretch run of the dream league, and the standings are lining up nicely. The current standings are:

1. Nathaniel’s SEC East All-Stars (5-1)

2. Cal Christoforo’s Team (3-3)

3. Andrew’s 2Peaters (1-5)

After splitting their first two contests, Cal slaughtered Andrew in their third game against each other, slamming the cellar-dwellers 55-9. Jonathan Tayor ran for 161 yards and caught three passes for 68 more en route to claiming Game MVP. Cal’s Ohio State defense, which has been dominant for large portions of the season, held Andrew to three field goals.

Nathaniel would add to Andrew’s misery the next day, as after Andrew surprising kept likely league MVP Joe Burrow at bay, tying the game 20-20 in the third quarter, Nathaniel pulled away with 17 straight points for a 37-20 win. After a wild comeback victory in the season opener, Andrew sits at 1-5, and he’s nearly clinched last place for the regular season.

Nathaniel finally took his first loss of the season, as he tried to outduel Cal at home by once again benching Joe Burrow for Lynn Bowden. Cal set the weather to 40 degrees to help out his run-heavy offense, and his defense had no issues in shutting down Bowden, who didn’t generate much with his legs, and was just 3-11 with a pick through the air. Cal cruised, 43-6. With Heisman winner Joe Burrow on the bench, Nathaniel drops to 5-1, missing his first of three chances to clinch first place and a bye into the championship round.

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