Just as we thought.
In a season like no other and with the Big Ten debut this week, Indiana lets us give the game of the year in college football. The Hoosiers unbalanced Penn State 36-35 in overtime in an exciting (and controversial) way when quarterback Michael Penix Jr. fell far enough to reach the goal line in a two-point winning conversion.
The referees on the pitch decided that Penix had managed to hit the plane of the goal line with the ball before it hit the ground. After much deliberation, the appeal on the pitch was maintained, giving Hoosiers its biggest victory in decades and putting it in 11th place in ESPN’s power rankings.
So, yeah, the Big Ten really is back, and we still have two weeks before the Pac-12 joins the party.
The top three teams on this week’s list haven’t changed: Alabama #1, Clemson #2 and Ohio #3.
And how did these three teams dominate their conference colleagues? Back to the beginning of the 2015 season: Clemenson 48:2 against ACC, Alabama 45:4 against SEC and Ohio 44:4 against the Big Ten.
Until proven otherwise, it’s the big three and then all the others.
It’s an expensive victory. Alabama’s 14th. The victory over Tennessee with a 48-17 road loss on Saturday came at the cost of a seasonal loss to star receiver Jaylen Waddle, who broke his ankle early in the season. Quarterback Mac Jones made another 387 yards and Naji Harris made three touchdowns. But the absence of Weddle, one of the most explosive game makers in the country, will be a blow to the attack of Alabama, who has scored 35 or more points in 18 consecutive games since the beginning of the 2019 season.
Next: against the state of Mississippi (Saturday, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN).
Clemson has established a dominance standard in the CAC that is easy to adopt. The Tigres were knocked out on Saturday with a 47-21 home victory by Syracuse, who won only one game throughout the season. It was a 27-21 game halfway through the third quarter, and even quarterback Trevor Lawrence dropped his first interception of his career, which came back for a touchdown. But in the end, the Tigers continued with their 27th place, winning right on the ACC opponent, while Travis Etienne scored a few touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
Next rendezvous: Boston College (Saturday, noon ET, ABC).
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Trevor Lawrence throws two touchdowns and Travis Etienne runs in three runs to help Clemenson improve his score to 6-0.
We didn’t have to wait long to remember why Justin Fields is one of the leading players in student football. It was an almost perfect Saturday for the season in Ohio – with 52-17 victories in Nebraska. Fields 12 of 13 passed 233 steps in the first half and ended 20 of 21 with two touchdowns and one burst. Currently, the Buckeyes have won 16 consecutive games against their Big Ten rivals with an average lead of 27.4 points over the 16 games.
Next: Penn State (Saturday, 7:30 ET, ABC).
While we’re dealing with Clemson on the 7th. As November approaches, Notre Dame continues to expand its repertoire. The Irish, who were on their way to Pittsburgh on Saturday 45-3, got an explosive passing game thanks to Ian Book, who joined Ben Scouroneck twice from a distance. Once again they have played in a stifling defensive style and now have 13 points or less for their opponents in four out of five matches. With a blocked kick they even scored a touchdown in the special teams.
Next point: Georgia Tech (Saturday, 3:30 p.m. EST, ABC).
The Bulldogs had an opening date after closing against Alabama in the second half of the week. Coach Kirby Smart remains in quarterback position with Stetzon Bennett after a tough second half against Tide. Dougs is always good enough for the defense to beat any opponent until Bennett turns him over. He made three stops on a Crimson Tide loose. Georgia could get another chance at the SEC championship in Alabama if they win and it will be interesting to see if JT Daniels is healthy and if he takes pictures in the next games.
Next: Kentucky (Saturday, noon ET, SEC network).
Fans in Wisconsin were waiting for a newcomer in the red jersey of Graham Mertz as quarterback, who got a record-breaking version for him in his first career debut. Mertz broke the school record for completion rate (20 out of 21) and tied the school record with five touchdowns in the first season in the 45-7 loss to Illinois. Mertz took the lead after Jack Coan’s leg was operated on. Coan is out of the game indefinitely and it can be difficult for him to get back in the starting line-up if Mertz continues to play as he did on Friday.
Next: Nebraska (Saturday, 15:30 ET, FS1).
So much for the rust. The Bearcats did not play for three weeks, but showed no negative effects of the suspension in the biggest game of the season, which involved the teams in the fifth group. They controlled the game against the previously undefeated SMU from the start and won 42-13, a victory that puts Cincinnati in first place in the New Year’s Six. The next three games are The Bears at home in Nippert Stadium, where they won 16 games in a row. As good as the defense, it was quarterback Desmond Knight and the Cincinnati offense that set the tone for the two touchdowns in the first quarter, then Knight postponed the game with a 91-yard touchdown.
Next point: against Memphis (Saturday, noon ET, ESPN2).
It has been a while since Oklahoma played (October 3). Although the Cowboys have had a few hiccups along the way, their defense continues to play at a level normally reserved for the attack in Stillwater. Oklahoma defeated Iowa No. 17 24-21 on Saturday and still has more than three touchdowns in the game. The Cowboys remain the only undefeated team in the Big 12 and will take Texas home next weekend. The state of Oklahoma lost to Texas a year ago, but it’s already won four straight sets.
Next point: v. Texas (Saturday, 16:00 ET, Fox)
The beginning certainly wasn’t what Michigan wanted. Wolverine’s first possession of the season ended in a blocked race that ended in a touchdown for Minnesota. But then Michigan took control of the game and took over Minnesota’s No. 21 for a convincing 49-24 victory on the road. Quarterback Joe Milton takes his first steps, scoring 225 yards and a touchdown. The second half of Michigan’s defense adds to the heat of passion that drives Wolverine to the top 10 after just one game.
Next: against the state of Michigan (Saturday afternoon ET, Fox).
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Joe Milton made 15 of 22 passes, threw a touchdown and won 49-24 for Michigan of Minnesota.
After the State of Texas scored a touchdown for their first possession of the ball, BYU used the rest of the game to show why Lynx’s cautious dominance is on its way to the Sixth New Year’s Cup. Quarterback Zack Wilson finished 19 of 25 assists in 287 yards and remains in the discussion for the Heisman Trophy. In six games, Wilson threw 16 touchdown passes with an interception and became one of the most effective passes in student football.
Next point: West Kentucky (Saturday, 10:15 a.m. ET, ESPN).
In the summer, when it looked like the Big Ten season wasn’t going to happen, no one cried with sadness that Indiana wouldn’t get a chance to race. Well, hello, Hoosers. So far, Indiana miraculously leveled in the last minutes of the ordinance and then beat Penn State’s No. 8 in added time 36-35. How long has she been with the Hoosiers? It was the first victory against the AP Top 10 team since 1987 and the first loss in the 42-game series against Top 10 opponents.
Next stop: at Rutgers (Saturday, 15.30 ET, the Big Ten network).
Aggi, who was out of town that week, went to the history section of her diary where she could see her preferences or at least choose from each game for the rest of the trip. Balance in attack was exactly what coach Jimbo Fisher was looking for, especially with second full-back Isaiah Spiller, who made 100 yards in three of his first four games. Team Texas A&M and Team Ole Miss were in the fifth grade. Week of the league the only two teams in the SEC. On average they have covered more than 250 meters per race and hurried 170 meters.
The next item is against Arkansas (Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET, SEC network).
Sophomore Tyler Shaw is working with the first quarterback team while the Ducks prepare for Stanford in their season opener next month. Although he did not have much time to train on the field during his off-season, he is very happy with the potential and flexibility of this attack. In particular, Shaw says he believes that the Ducks will be able to divide the ball between different players and that there will be plenty of opportunities for explosive play. And if the situation forces him to stay on the ball, he thinks it could be an extra dimension in his attack on Oregon this season.
Next: against Stanford (November 7, tbc).
The State of Kansas has won four straight games after the opening of the season with a loss to the State of Arkansas, and the Wildcats take the role of hard and effective freshman coach Chris Kliman a little more every week. In the first half of Saturday, they scored three non-offensive touchdowns and defeated Kansas 55-14, including several pointers for Phillip Brooks’ touchdowns. In the last two games, they have scored four non-offensive touchdowns.
Next stop: West Virginia (Saturday, 12 noon ET, ESPN/ESPN2).
The alligators were amazed by the problems of KOVID-19, whether it was head coach Dan Mullen, multiple assistant coaches or multiple players. You’ve been in the hospital since the 10th. October did not play any game, lost 41:38 to Texas A&M and was scheduled to play Missouri this week. But this game was postponed a week after the last coronavirus outbreak in Florida. The Alligators scored at least 38 points in all three games with quarterback Kyle Trask scoring 14 touchdown assists and stealing only one. This is a protection that you need to correct (along with your problems with KOVID-19) if you want to run a run called SEC.
The next item is against Missouri (Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET, SEC network).
Losing Indiana 36-35 in overtime on Saturday will be hard enough for the Nittani Lions. They held on to most of the game, seemed to win, only to lose again in overtime. But with Ohio arriving in Happy Valley this weekend, Penn State must now find a way to avoid falling 2-0 and leaving the Big Ten two weeks into the season. Penn State made some offensive plays, but not being able to finish that play can be emotionally destructive.
Next point: Against the state of Ohio (Saturday, 7:30 p.m. EST, ABC).
It was a rainy night in South Florida that didn’t help get style points, and Miami won’t get them by beating Virginia on Saturday 19:14. But Hurricane Manny Diaz will undoubtedly win, and he now has a week’s holiday for the games against North Carolina and Virginia Tech. D’Eriq King has 322 yards and a touchdown, and the Miami defense has four of its six opponents this season at 19 points or less.
Next stop: North Carolina (November 6, 19.30 ET, ESPN).
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D’Eriq King throws 19-14 and wins over Virginia for 322 yards in Miami.
It was hard to read about North Carolina this season. Just when you think Tar Heels is the top 10 or top 15 on the legal team, she loses to the state of Florida, just like a week ago. But on Saturday, they scored together 48-21 shots against a competitor from North Carolina. For the second time in the last three races Javont Williams and Michael Carter stormed more than 100 meters. Williams had 160 and Carter 106, and they worked together for four touchdowns. North Carolina should be 7 to 1 when Notre Dame opens on the 27th. November’s coming to Hill Chapel.
Next: Virginia (Saturday, 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, ACC network).
A year ago, Michael Pittman’s last season was one of the most productive in the history of USC. Losing to the NFL has been a blow, but the Trojans will probably be out of position. USC quarterback Kedon Slovis appears to be holding an impressive fall camp, taking advantage of the return of receivers from Amon-Ra St. Brown, Tyler Vones and Drake London, who scored 17 touchdowns last season. The second round receiver was a newcomer in the red shirt, Bru McCoy, a former five-star on the avenue who was taken out of the game last season due to illness.
Next: Against the state of Arizona (7 November afternoon ET, Fox).
On Saturday, the Chanticleers played their first game as an AP-ranked team without quarterback Grayson McCall, who was suspended for an upper-body injury. But Fred Peyton stepped in and made three touchdown passes and won 28-14 against Georgia South. Peyton played his first six games for the Carolina Coast in 2019 before being injured. For the first time in the Sun Belt Conference, the Chanticleers were 3-0.
Next point: Georgia (Saturday, noon ET, UNSPSC).
Soon the boys took the lead with 30-7 positions and on Saturday they won on track 33-14 at TCU to stay alive in the Big 12. However, Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley liked the balance of speed in attack. They had a 300-yard pass with Spencer Rattler throwing at 332 yards and two touchdowns with a 100-yard mate (T.J. Pledger, 122 yards) and a 100-yard receiver (Marvin Mims, 132 yards).
Next point: Texas Tech (Saturday, 20:00 p.m. ET, Fox).
Billy Napier’s kids did it again. Louisiana earned its fourth victory of the season on Friday night when the Ragin Cajuns beat UAB 24-20 on the road, 13-3 in the second quarter. Chris Smith’s return for a 100-yard touchdown just before halftime has completely changed the game. Levy Lewis scored his two touchdowns in the second period to lead Louisiana to the third victory of the offseason.
Next: In Texas (Saturday, 20:00 ET, ESPNU).
Liberty quarterback Malik Willis, a transfer from Auburn, exploded with six touchdown passes in his career and was on his way to another goal when Liberty won 56-35 on Saturday. In the third quarter, the South Miss went to 35-28 before the Liberty got three unanswered touchdowns. Hugh Freeze’s Flames was the best game in the history of the school before its launch, but the hardest part of the program has yet to be done, starting with a trip to Virginia Tech in two weeks. This will only be the second time Liberty takes on Virginia Tech in soccer.
Next point: Virginia Tech (November 7, tbc).
Marshall has survived two postponed games at 5-0 this season. The Thundering Herd is the only undefeated team in the U.S. conference after beating Atlantic Florida 20-9 in the second half of Saturday. Marshall’s defense has been excellent all season. The team scored just six touchdowns in five games, including two late in the game against Kentucky West when Marshall had already taken a 38-0 lead.
Next point: Florida International (Friday, 7 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network).
The Big Ten weren’t the only ones to open the conference this weekend. Mountain West also rejected it, and the Broncos impressed all fans with 42-13 victories over Utah on the blue grass. Quarterback Hank Bachmayer, who was injured a year ago, scored three touchdowns when Boise State advanced 28-0 in the semi-final. The Boise State defense held Utah at 45 yards in the first half, and the Broncos certainly looked like pre-season favorites to win Mountain West.
Next point: Air Force (Saturday, 18.00 hours ET, CBS Sports Network).
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