13) Clemson 27, Syracuse 23— Clemson’s week with their QB’s:
— Quarterback A is named the new starter.
— Quarterback B, the former starter, decides to transfer.
— Quarterback A gets hurt in the second quarter.
— TV announcers wonder if Quarterback B has withdrawn from school yet.
— Quarterback C (a redshirt freshman) comes in, rallies Clemson from a 23-13 deficit with a last-minute TD; he was 7-13 for 83 yards. Big day for him.
12) Ohio State 27, Penn State 26— Nittany Lions led 13-0 after a 93-yard TD pass in the 2nd quarter, then led 26-14 with 8:00 left, but Ohio State had drives of 75-96 yards in last 6:30 to pull out a big road win.
It is great to have a senior QB because at the end of the game in critical spots, the senior QB makes big plays, but on 4th-and-5 in the last minute, Penn State handed off instead of letting their terrific QB McSorley make a play, and they got stopped.
11) Northern Illinois 26, Eastern Michigan 23 OT— From 2012-15, Eastern Michigan was 7-41. Since start of ’16, they’re 14-16, but 0-6 in overtime games. Coach Chris Creighton has turned the program around, but it has to be frustrating- they lost last two weeks by FG in OT.
10) Kentucky 24, South Carolina 10— Wildcats are 3-0 in SEC play for first time since 1977, when I was a college freshman with an excellent head of hair. These days? No more hair.
Not only is Kentucky 5-0, they’ve already beaten Florida, South Carolina and Miss State, three quality wins- their game at Texas A&M next week will be fun to watch.
9) Fresno State 49, Toledo 27— Bulldogs are 13-5 in 1+ seasons under Jeff Tedford; they were 10-28 the three seasons before he got there.
Tedford was Aaron Rodgers’ college coach at Cal, later a head coach in the CFL. Why exactly did Cal fire him? He had winning seasons nine of his 11 years in Berkeley (82-57, 50-45 in Pac-12).
8) Washington State 28, Utah 24— Gardner Minshew threw an 89-yard TD pass with 4:14 left as the Coogs improved to 4-1. Wazzu had zero rushing yards in this game. Zero- they threw the ball for 445 yards.
Minshew is a grad transfer from East Carolina; only reason he is in Pullman is because the kid who was supposed to be Wazzu’s QB this season took his own life last January- that tragedy opened the door for Minshew to transfer in and he is having a big season.
7) Upsets of the Week:
— Tulane (+13.5) 40, Memphis 24
— Army (+8) 42, Buffalo 13
— Georgia State (+7.5) 46, UL-Monroe 14
— Louisiana Tech 29 (+7.5), North Texas 27
— Florida (+7) 13, Mississippi State 6
— Nevada (+6.5) 28, Air Force 25
— Liberty (+6.5) 52, New Mexico 43
6) Arizona State 52, Oregon State 24— Sophomore RB Eno Benjamin ran the ball 30 times for 312 yards, which is a new ASU record. In this pass-happy era, Herm Edwards’ Sun Devils ran the football 48 times for 396 yards.
5) Colorado 38, UCLA 16 (Friday)— If you had the Buffaloes to be the last unbeaten team in the Pac-12, a) pat yourself on the back, b) unless you’re lying, which you probably are.
Colorado QB Montez is very good, a mobile field general; their WR Shenault will be in the NFL fairly soon.
4) Army 42, Buffalo 13— This could be the Cadets’ best team in 20+ years (they went 10-2 in ’96 under current Chiefs’ DC Bob Sutton). Whipping a pretty good Buffalo team suggests that last week’s OT loss at Oklahoma wasn’t a big a shock as we thought it was. In their last two games, Army has converted 22-35 third down plays.
3) Michigan 20, Northwestern 17— Wildcats led 17-0 five minutes into the 2nd quarter, then didn’t score again and suffered a bitter loss. Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald is a pretty cool guy, but he fired his headset down when this game ended.
This was the 3rd-biggest comeback win in Michigan football history.
2) Western Michigan 40, Miami OH 39— Broncos’ QB Wassink was 27-42/439 yards passing with five TD’s, no INT’s. Wassink ran two yards for the winning score with 2:53 left in a game they trailed 33-21 in third quarter.
1) Middle Tennessee State 25, Florida Atlantic 24— Down 24-17 in last minute, Blue Raiders scored TD with 0:38 left, went for two points and the win; coach’s son Brent Stockstill threw for the two points, as MTSU wins a game they once trailed 21-3.