WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. - Gregory Shamus
Ohio State has won all of their games, but what about everybody else?
Miami OH (4-5, 3-2) LOST AT Buffalo 27-24. Right after the Redhawks knocked off an undefeated Ohio team in one of their biggest wins in recent memory, they blow a winnable game via a last minute field goal, ruining any chances of Miami making any real noise in the MAC race. Buffalo's Branden Oliver ran for nearly 199 yards and a score to pace the Bull attack, who stormed back after Miami's Zac Dysert (3 TDs, 242 yards) threw a 5 yard TD pass to tie the game at 24. The Redhawks will continue their tough climb into bowl eligibility next week against mighty Kent State.
UCF (7-2, 5-0) BEAT SMU 42-17. The Golden Knights continued their run through hapless CUSA, as Latavius Murray ran for 155 yards and scored 3 times. SMU had the league's best rush defense, but was gouged for 241 yards by the Golden Knights, who went on a 28-0 run to blow a competitive game wide open. UCF will face UTEP next week, as they creep slowly back towards the top 25.
Cal (3-7, 2-5) LOST to Washington 21-13. The Golden Bears clinched a losing season in the most ignominious fashion, as they turned the ball over 4 times in an extremely sloppy game. Washington's Bishop Sankey rumbled for a career high 189 yards and 2 TDs, which was enough to overcome 4 Husky turnovers and 108 yards of penalties. Cal QB Zac Maynard left the game with an injury, and may not come back this season. Star wideout Kennan Allen also missed the game. The Golden Bears continue the Jeff Tedford farewell tour next week, when they will be ritualistically slaughtered by Oregon.
UAB (2-7, 1-4) BEAT Southern Mississippi 27-19. What happened to Southern Miss? They have routinely been one of the strongest mid-major programs, but now sit at 0-9 after dropping a game to the woeful Trogdors. UAB held Southern Miss to under 300 yards and forced 3 turnovers, and the Blazers rode a strong performance from running back Darrin Reaves (223 yards, 2 TDs) to come back from a 16 point halftime deficit. Remember, UAB gave up 55 points to Tulane last week. WOOF. The Blazers face the Thundering Herd of Marshall next week.
Michigan State (5-5. 2-4) LOST to #20 Nebraska (7-2. 4-1) 28-24. Taylor Martinez tossed a 5 yard TD pass with six seconds left, taking advantage of a perhaps questionable pass interference call to beat the Spartans and maintain their hold on the Legends Division lead. Both teams had strong games running the ball, as MSU's Le'Veon Bell ran for 188 and 2 scores, and Nebraska ran for 313 as a team, including 205 and 2 scores from T-Magic. Michigan State couldn't overcome their own mistakes, like 2 turnovers and 100 yards of penalties. Martinez threw 3 picks, but had 365 total yards. Michigan State will try to get bowl eligible next week against Northwestern, while Nebraska faces Penn State.
Indiana (4-5, 2-3) BEAT Iowa (4-5, 2-3) 24-21. BREAK UP THE HOOSIERS. By beating the Hawkeyes, Indiana controls their own destiny in the Leaders Division, and is playing a legitimate, important Big Ten game in November. The Hoosiers got there thanks to a strong effort from QB Cam Coffman, who threw for 315 yards and 3 scores after reliving Nate Sudfeld, who threw a pick six. With Iowa still needing to play Michigan and Nebraska, a bowl game seems far fetched, but the Hawkeyes thrive under the low lights of low expectations, so maybe they win them all to win the right to get curbstomped by a Big 12 team in a bowl game. Indiana faces Wisconsin next week in what will determine who wins the Leaders Division and I swear that's totally true. Iowa will face Purdue.
Purdue (3-6, 0-5) LOST to Penn State (6-3, 4-1) 34-9. Purdue was blown out at home again, which shouldn't do Danny Hope any favors, thanks to another strong performance from Penn State QB Matt McGloin (321 yards and 2 TDs). Penn State rolled up 506 total yards, and Purdue once again failed to settle on 1 QB, playing both Marve and TerBush. Purdue scored the first 3 points, then gave up 34 consecutive points to Penn State, who even got two field goals from much-maligned kicked Sam Ficken. Penn State will face Nebraska, while Purdue, who will need to win out to get to a bowl, will face Iowa.
Illinois (2-7, 0-5) LOST at Ohio State 55-22. Illinois will play Minnesota next week.
Wisconsin (6-3, 3-2) Wisconsin had the week off to get ready for their huge game against Indiana. In football!!
Michigan (6-3, 4-1) BEAT Minnesota (5-4, 1-4) 35-13. Michigan's star QB Denard Robinson sat this game out, but backup Devin Gardner filled in admirably, throwing 2 TDs and 234 yards. Minnesota had plenty chances to put points on the boards, but their drives routinely stalled after midfield and QB Phillip Nelson was only 13-29. Michigan's stout defense held the Gophers to 275 total yards. Michigan will play Northwestern next week, while Minnesota will try to get to bowl eligibility against Illinois.