When last we checked on Arkansas Coach-NCAA football schedule ombudsman Bret Bielema, he was noting the difference between the number of ranked teams on the Razorbacks’ remaining schedule and the number of ranked teams on Ohio State’s remaining schedule. Then Arkansas lost to Toledo. Heh. And now Bielema is noting the possible similarities between the Razorbacks this year and Ohio State last year. “I’m not going to comment on any other team’s schedule, but there were teams last year that lost early but came back later in season,” he said this week.

Thing is, he’s right.

But then Arkansas lost again to Texas Tech on Saturday.

College football is a national treasure.

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SATURDAY NIGHT SHIFT

Game Follow (TV)
Ole Miss 43, Alabama 37 StoryStats
TCU 56, SMU 37 Stats
Stanford 41, No. 6 Southern Cal 31 Stats
No. 7 Georgia 52, South Carolina 20 Stats
Texas Tech 35, Arkansas 24 Stats
Tennessee 55, Western Carolina 10 Stats
Colorado 27, Colorado State 24 (OT) Stats
Florida 14, Kentucky 9 Stats
California 45, Texas 44 Stats
Penn State 28, Rutgers 3 Stats
Iowa 27, Pittsburgh 24 Stats
Oregon State 35, San Jose State 21 Stats
Toledo 30, Iowa State 23 Stats
Washington State 31, Wyoming 14 Stats
UCLA 24, BYU 23 Stats
No. 21 Utah at Fresno State Stats
Northern Arizona at No. 20 Arizona Stats

Ole Miss had never beaten Alabama in consecutive years and, per ESPN, no team has beaten a top 3 Crimson Tide team in back-to-back seasons since Notre Dame in 1973 and 1974. Yet the Rebels pulled off both feats in a wild 43-37 victory in Tuscaloosa, Ala., late Saturday. Alabama had been 9-1 in payback games under Coach Nick Saban. … BYU nearly pulled off another surprise before falling to UCLA, 24-23. The Cougars have dealt with some adversity this season. Jamaal Williams, a three-year starter at running back, decided to leave the team in August. They then lost starting quarterback Taysom Hill to a season-ending foot injury in the opener.

SATURDAY SWING SHIFT

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No. 1 Ohio State 20, Northern Illinois 13 StoryStats
No. 8 Notre Dame 30, No. 14 Georgia Tech 22 Stats
No. 12 Oregon 61, Georgia State 28 Stats
No. 13 LSU 45, No. 18 Auburn 21 Stats
No. 24 Wisconsin 28, Troy 3 Stats
No. 25 Oklahoma State 69, UTSA 14 Stats
Virginia Tech 51, Purdue 24 StoryStats
Navy 45, East Carolina 21 StoryStats
Virginia 35, William and Mary 29 StoryStats
Miami 36, Nebraska 33 (OT) Stats
Mississippi State 62, Northwestern State 13 Stats
Washington 31, Utah State 17 Stats

An earthquake atop the polls was dodged as Ohio State hung on despite five turnovers to beat Northern Illinois, which had the ball with a chance to tie several times down the stretch. … LSU’s Leonard Fournette should vault up in the Heisman race based on his first half alone against Auburn. Jeremy Johnson and the Tigers, meanwhile, are struggling to hang on to the ball, but maybe you can blame that on the tropical heat. … Navy’s Keenan Reynolds continues to plow toward the major college record for career touchdowns, scoring an AAC-record five times in the Midshipmen’s inaugural game as a conference member, a 45-21 win over East Carolina. … Oregon QB Vernon Adams Jr. sat out with a broken finger, but the Ducks didn’t need him against overmatched Georgia State. … It’s a banner-filled day at the Nebraska-Miami game, though it seems the fire-Al-Golden crowd could use some more money for the kitty.

SATURDAY EARLY SHIFT

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No. 4 Michigan State 35, Air Force 21 Stats
No. 16 Oklahoma 52, Tulsa 38 StoryStats
No. 19 Texas A&M 44, Nevada 27 Stats
No. 22 Missouri 9, Connecticut 6 StoryStats
No. 23 Northwestern 19, Duke 10 Stats
Maryland 35, South Florida 17 StoryStats
North Carolina 48, Illinois 14 Stats
Michigan 28, UNLV 7 Stats
Minnesota 10, Kent State 7 Stats
Wake Forest 17, Army 14 Stats
Syracuse 30, Central Michigan 27 (OT) Stats

No. 22 Missouri beat Connecticut at home, but it took a curious fake field goal attempt by the Huskies to seal it. Down 9-6 with less than a minute left, U-Conn. lined up for a field goal from 42 yards but instead tried a slow-developing pass lofted over the middle that was closed on by three Tigers defenders and intercepted. The Tigers mustered less than 300 yards of total offense. … Tulsa lit up Oklahoma for 603 yards and a Hail Mary for a touchdown to end the first half, but Sooners QB Baker Mayfield ended up with the stat line of the day: 32 of 38 passing for 487 yards and four touchdowns, plus 13 carries for 85 yards and two more scores.

FRIDAY

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No. 9 Florida State 14, Boston College 0 Stats
Hampton 37, Howard 19 Story | Stats

Everett Golson and the Seminoles offense struggled — though they can brag about the quarterback’s pancaking of an Eagles defensive end — but the defense was dominant in earning the team’s first road shutout since 2003. The Eagles suffered a major blow with the loss of quarterback Darius Wade for the remainder of the season because of a broken ankle. That likely means more playing time for one of his backups, Troy Flutie, nephew of BC legend Doug Flutie.

THURSDAY

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No. 11 Clemson 20, Louisville 17 Stats

Clemson seemed ready at times to, well, Clemson, but a stout defensive performance helped it hold off Louisville, which started its third quarterback in as many games and is now 0-3 for the first time since 1984.