It’s the last full weekend of regular season college football until September. This saddens me.
Top story lines
- Stanford’s dramatic win over Notre Dame makes College Football Playoff picture clearer
- Ohio State keeps Big Ten hopes alive by crushing Michigan
- Fisher reportedly will not leave Florida State for LSU
[All times Eastern. Rankings are College Football Playoff committee rankings.]
|No. 3 Oklahoma 58, No. 11 Oklahoma St. 23||Stats|
|No. 9 Stanford 38, No. 6 Notre Dame 36||Stats|
|No. 13 Florida State 27, No. 12 Florida 2||Stats|
|No. 18 Ole Miss 38, No. 21 Mississippi St. 27||Stats|
|No. 25 Temple 27, Connecticut 3||Stats|
|LSU 19, Texas A&M 7||Stats|
|Colorado State 34, Fresno State 31||Stats|
|Arizona State at California||Stats )|
|New Mexico 47, Air Force 35||Stats|
|Nevada at San Diego State||Stats|
Early in the night, someone tweeted that it looked like Notre Dame-Stanford would be determined by whoever had the ball last. They were right, but it’s unlikely even their crystal ball revealed how this game would end. With 20 seconds remaining and the Irish leading 36-35, a facemask penalty gave the Cardinal much needed field position. Kevin Hogan then connected with Devon Cajuste for 27 more yards and two plays later, Conrad Ukropina kicked the game-winner from 45 yards out. Stanford wins, 38-36. … No. 3 Oklahoma made have played its way into the College Football Playoff with a walloping of No. 11 Oklahoma State. If not, the Big 12 championship title won Saturday will have to do.
|No. 2 Alabama 29, Auburn 13||Stats|
|No. 5 Michigan St. 55, Penn St. 16||Stats|
|No. 14 North Carolina 45, N.C. State 34||Stats|
|No. 16 Northwestern 24, Illinois 14||Stats|
|Southern Cal 40, No. 22 UCLA 21||Stats|
|No. 23 Utah 20, Colorado 14||Stats|
|Wisconsin 31, Minnesota 21||Stats|
|Kansas State 45, Kansas 14||Stats|
|Tennessee 53, Vanderbilt 28||Stats|
|BYU 51, Utah State 28||Stats|
While we wait to see how conference title scenarios and their playoff implications shake out, let’s look at the other side: It appears there won’t be 80 bowl-eligible teams at the end of the regular season, which would force the NCAA to grant waivers to allow a handful of losing teams to play in the postseason. ….
Illinois is removing the “interim” from Coach Bill Cubit’s job title, giving him a two-year extension. Since the school is also without a full-time athletic director, the move is aimed at providing a measure of stability while giving Cubit somethign of an extended audition.
|No. 1 Clemson 37, South Carolina 32||Stats|
|No. 8 Ohio St. 42, No. 10 Michigan 13||Story | Stats|
|Maryland 46, Rutgers 41||Story | Stats|
|Virginia Tech 23, Virginia 20||Story | Stats|
|Fl.a Atlantic 33, Old Dominion 31||Stats|
|Georgia 13, Georgia Tech 7||Stats|
|Louisville 38, Kentucky 24||Stats|
|Indiana 54, Purdue 36||Stats|
|West Virginia 30, Iowa State 6||Stats|
|Memphis 63, SMU 0||Stats|
|Cincinnati 19, East Carolina 16||Stats|
|Southern Miss 58, Louisiana Tech 24||Stats|
|Duke 27, Wake Forest 21||Stats|
|Syracuse 20, Boston College 17||Stats|
Well, that’s interesting: Ohio State players found themselves locked out of their hotel rooms the night before the big game at Michigan. But if it had any effect, it only fueled the Buckeyes to a rout at the Big House.
Amid reports that Justin Fuente of Memphis will take over for the retiring Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech embraced the familiar: A 12th consecutive win over rival Virginia, which faces rumors of Coach Mike London’s imminent firing. …
Stat of the day: Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch tied the FBS record for touchdown passes in a half, throwing seven (out of nine completions on 14 attempts) to give the Tigers a 56-0 lead over SMU at intermission. It appears he was tehn given the rest of the day off, as backup Clay Holgorsen started the second half.
|No. 4 Iowa 28, Nebraska 20||Story | Stats|
|No. 19 TCU 28, No. 7 Baylor 21 (2 OT)||Stats|
|Houston 52, No. 15 Navy 31||Story | Stats|
|No. 17 Oregon 52, Oregon State 42||Stats|
|Washington 45, No. 20 Washington St. 10||Stats|
|W. Michigan 35, No. 24 Toledo 30||Stats|
|Miami 29, Pittsburgh 24||Stats|
|Arkansas 28, Missouri 3||Stats|
|Western Kentucky 49, Marshall 28||Stats|
|Boise State 40, San Jose State 23||Stats|
|Tulsa 45, Tulane 34||Stats|
The fourth-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes finished their record season campaign with a perfect 12-0 record after dispatching Nebraska, 28-20. The lack of offensive output may not persuade any voters that the Hawkeyes deserve a spot in the College Football Playoff, but a win in next week’s Big Ten title game will certainly help. It is Iowa’s first perfect regular season in 93 years. …
Houston (11-1, 7-1 AAC) proved the value of quarterback Greg Ward Jr. and reinserted itself into the discussion for a New Year’s bowl game — while dashing Navy’s hopes of playing in one. Ward was limited to just a few snaps of the Cougars’ lone loss, a 20-17 head-scratcher at U-Conn. last week. With him playing all of Saturday’s game, the Cougars’ offense was too much for Navy (9-2, 7-1), which allowed a season-high 55 yards, 52 points and stopped only three of Houston’s 19 third-down attempts. …
Tulane fired Curtis Johnson as coach Saturday morning, a day after the Green Wave blew a 10-point lead midway through the fourth quarter and lost to conclude a 3-9 season.
|Texas Tech 48, Texas 45||Stats|
|South Fla. 44, Central Fla. 3||Stats|
Texas (4-7, 3-5 Big 12), which wraps up its schedule next week vs. Baylor, clinched its second losing season in a row under Coach Charlie Strong. And Texas Tech (7-5, 4-5) concluded its regular season as it played it, with its powerhouse offense trying to bail out its defense. The Raiders scored what turned out to be the winning touchdown by breaking out a novel trick play from victory formation with three minutes to go. They have a 1,455-yard rusher in DeAndre Washington, a 4,000-yard passer in Patrick Mahomes and a defense that has allowed at least 44 points seven times. …
South Florida stayed alive in the American Athletic Conference title race by cruising past South Florida (0-12, 0-8), which completed its second winless season in 11 years. The Bulls (8-4, 6-2), who set a program record for conference wins in a season, need U-Conn. to upset Temple Saturday night to qualify for the first conference title game in school history, on Dec. 5 vs. the winner of Friday’s Navy-Houston game.