Ohio State is still the Big Pull defeated team.
The Buckeyes, under third-year coach Ryan Day, played 20-0 in the conference game, and they beat the opposition 400-237 at the time. Ohio State lost a Week 2 loss to Oregon and outscored an opponent who could be the most explosive offense in college football.
But Saturday was a taste of what could be the most exciting Big Ten race of the year. Who wants a piece of sentences? Three undefeated teams remain in the conference.
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Iowa? The Hockeyers rallied at home in the top-five showdown against Penn State for a 2K-20 win. Iowa has added four more hurdles to its FBS top 116 total. Iowa is a weird choice at one or less rates through the Big Ten West game, and they lost to Ohio State 55-24 in their last meeting in November, 2017.
The state of Michigan? Kenneth Walker has quietly created an explosive offense with the help of the Spartans ’top racer in third FBS, and second-year coach Mel Tucker quarterback Payton Thorne and receivers Jellon Nyler and Jaden Reid. The Spartans are the last Big Ten team to win at Ohio Stadium; 17-14 shock at November 21, 2015.
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Michigan? The Wolverines escaped from Nebraska and may have lost to Jim Harbaugh in a road test at Memorial Stadium at Memorial 2-29. The ongoing game with Hassan Huskins and Blake Quorum is strong, and the defense has improved with new coordinator Mike McDonald.
Those three teams are undefeated, but Ohio State remains the losing team. Everyone in the Big Ten knows that. However, the rest have the loss of that one non-conference. The Penn State-Iowa matchup was the first taste of several huge spotlight games in the Big Ten.
What’s left of the Big Ten game
|October 30: Iowa, Wisconsin; Penn State, Ohio; Michigan in the state of Michigan.|
|November 13: Michigan in Penn State|
|November 20: The state of Michigan in the state of Ohio|
|November 27: Michigan Penn State, Ohio State Michigan|
October 30 could be two top-10 showdowns. Penn State and Ohio State could meet in a one-on-one team fight, and Michigan and Michigan State East Lansing should fight for an unbeaten run for the Paul Bunyan Trophy. Iowa also travels to Wisconsin.
That will be set up in November. Michigan travels to Penn State (November 13) and faces Michigan State Ohio State (November 20). The game set up, which was canceled last season due to Michigan COVID-19 problems.
Everything is back again, and the Big Ten is the most interesting race in Power 5, even if the Buccaneers beat the team.
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Texas faced its first three-game losing streak under A&M Zimbo Fisher and had a perfect comparison to former coach Kevin Sumlin before playing prime-time against top-ranked Alabama.
Aggies respond with a program-building moment. Fisher became the first former assistant head-to-head of Nick Saban, and pulled the biggest disaster of the season in a 31-8 shootout at Texas A&M Kyle Field.
Zach Kalzada led the game-winning drive with a leg injury in the fourth quarter, and the Aegis blocked 522 yards of Alabama offense to win.
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Texas A&M is still behind the Crimson tide and the SEC West could be a long shot, but such wins for recruitment are huge, especially Oklahoma and Texas will soon join the SEC. Fisher is the right coach for the Aggies, and he proved to be the most important in his tenure at this point.
Oklahoma playoff perfection
Not all one-score wins are equal. Oklahoma started 5-0 this season, but in comparison, close calls with the states of Nebraska, West Virginia and Kansas called into question the headline and offense at the Red River Showdown.
Texas led 28-7 after a quarter before the emergence of a different story.
Lincoln Riley made Spencer Ratler stand out for the truly young Caleb Williams, who in turn passed 212 yards, ran for 88 more and got a total of three TDs in the 55-48 thriller. It’s another one-score victory, but it’s more than that.
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Oklahoma now has tracks inside the Seventh Big Ten Championship, and Williams helped unlock Big-Play offense. In the second half, Oklahoma had four scoring drives set up by a big game of 30 yards or more. Kennedy Brooks and Mavin Mimes made those plays around Jr. Williams, and that’s the Oklahoma offense we’ve been hoping for this season.
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Soon there was a one-loss team that had to run the Big 12 table to get into the top four with an offense that could find extra special gear with Williams. Oklahoma does not have a ranking team until the end of the regular season against Oklahoma State on November 2nd.
WAKE’S UNDEFEATED SEASON
Wake Forest’s impossibly unbeaten start continues. Damon Deacon needed overtime to hold Syracuse, but Sam Hartman hit Perry for a 22-yard TD for Wake Forest’s second game to win Per0-27.
Hartman continues as an under-the-radar success story. He now has 47 TD passes and 18 interceptions.
Wake Forest has won back-to-back three-point games in the last two weeks and is the only undefeated ACC team to make the impossible-predictable. Dave Clauson has had uninterrupted success in eight seasons and Damon Dickens has made his sixth consecutive bowler appearance.
Could this team be more than that? A week before the match at Wake Forest Army, then it was a Tobacco Road tour against Duke, North Carolina and the NC states. Could this team change the final role and take a 10-0 record in Death Valley to face Clemson on November 20? It’s a story worth watching.
BYU’S DREAM SEASON
After three wins against Pack-12 Schools in September, the Cougars looked like they could be another potentially limited CFP contender. Cougars also had a schedule that had 5 more power 5 opponents than Cincinnati.
A BCS buster is on its way. Boyce State took advantage of four BYU turnovers in 26-17 disasters that knocked the Cougars out of the playoffs and six contests on New Year’s Day. Jerin Hall lost for 302 yards after missing the last two games due to injury.
There are better days ahead for BYU with the Big 12 membership, but this game was another reminder that the program is not free from being overwhelmed by other groups of 5 powers. Even under-500 Boyce State teams can play spoilers.
The pre-season poll is kind of meaningless, we have some bulletin board material.
Three of the top 15 teams in the SN Precision Top 25 are 3-3 halfway through the season.
LSU (Pre-Season No. 11) allowed 330 racing yards 42-21 in Kentucky, which is going to give coach Ed Orgern significant heat in the second half of the season. It is difficult to think about the merits of bowling as the next four opponents are ranked in the schedule.
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USC (Pre-Season No. 12) lost 42-26 to Utah. The Trojans were a popular preseason pick to win the Pack-12, and now they’re playing strings after shooting Clay Helton.
North Carolina (Pre-Season No. 14) lost 21-2 points in the second quarter, losing 35-25 to Florida State. The Seminoles dominated the third down (7 of 10) and did not turn the ball around in their second drawn win against Tar Hill. Sam Howell also struggled, scoring just 17 of 32 passes for 203 yards, two TDs and one interception.
Yukon’s 0-7 record
The Huskies are the only 0-7 team on FBS after a 27-13 loss to the previous undefeated UMass. Is this a low point?
There have been two battles between the three worst teams in the FBS since the CFP era began. UMass (18-64) now has a better record than UConn (17-63), who is ahead of Kansas (13-73).
Yukon was ruled out of the 2020 season, Randy Edsal resigned in September, and interim coach Lou Spanos tested positive for Covid-1 for and missed Saturday’s game.
It is foolish to pile up from there.