13) Wyoming 30, Boise State 28— Wyoming coach Craig Bohl won three consecutive I-AA national titles at North Dakota State; this is his third year in Laramie- he went 4-8/2-10 in his first two years, but behind the terrific soph QB Allen, Cowboys are 6-2 and on a serious roll. This is a great, great win for Wyoming, which trailed 21-7 early.
12) Clemson 37, Florida State 34— This was a great college football game.
Showtime will have tough time whittling highlights of this game into their Tuesday night reality show on the Seminoles. I said this once before this year and I’ll say it again; Dalvin Cook is the best college RB in the country. He is a beast and he plays every game.
Trivia: Rex Ryan’s son is Clemson’s long snapper.
Florida State QB Francois got pummeled in this game; he was like the QB in the movie Friday Night Lights in the climactic state championship game— he got crushed, but that was a movie and this was very real. Young Francois is a freshman and a damn tough kid.
11) Temple 34, Cincinnati 13— Why hasn’t Temple coach Matt Rhule gotten a better job? Guy is 21-13 in his last 34 games at Temple, where winning one game used to be a big deal. Owls outgained Cincy 474-186 in this one- they’ve won five of their last six games.
10) Auburn 40, Ole Miss 29— Brent Musburger is 77 years old; if I’m lucky enough to live that long, I pray to God that I have Brent’s enthusiasm and energy for what he does. He is still the best at his job. This wasn’t an easy game to call, with not many huddles and lot of scoring, but Brent and analyst Jesse Palmer are a great team and a pleasure to listen to.
9) Texas 35, Baylor 34— Bears lost a fumble inside the Texas 10 and kicked FGs of 24 and 27 years, meaning they failed in the red zone and that cost them this game.
8) Notre Dame 30, Miami 27— Hurricanes are now 4-4 after a 4-0 start; they stormed back from down 20-0 to lead 27-20, but couldn’t finish the job. There was a time when this was THE GAME of the regular season in college football; that seems like a long time ago, because it was.
7) Texas Tech 27, TCU 24 OT— Last year, Horned Frogs beat Tech 55-52; two years ago, it was 82-28, so you know Kliff Kingsbury has to be a happy man today.
6) South Carolina 24, Tennessee 21— I was at this game in 2008; what a great day. Sat all day in a folding chair in a field next to a Winnebago, watching a flatscreen TV that was in the luggage compartment of the Winnebago and attached to a satellite dish. Ate Church’s fried chicken, the best fried chicken ever and talked football for 6 or 7 hours before going across the street to the stadium. It was 75-80 degrees in late October; good stuff.
5) Houston 31, Central Florida 24— UCF led this game 21-3 at the half; Knights were winless last year, but are 4-4 and will be very good soon if they can keep coach Frost in Orlando. As for Houston, they’ve lost their confidence/swagger with two losses- maybe this will help them get it back.
4) Thursday night was Upset Night in the MAC this week; 16.5-point dog Ohio U won 31-26 at Toledo, 18-point underdog Buffalo won at home over the Akron Zips.
3) Michigan 32, Michigan State 23— Spartans had bedeviled Michigan for most of the last decade and gave them fits here, but Wolverines held on and State is 0-5 in the Big 14 for the first time since 1982.
2) Washington 31, Utah 24— Huskies are 8-0 but because they play in the northwest, no one in the media cares too much. Washington coach Chris Petersen was the Boise State coach who won that bowl game against Oklahoma with a trick play- he is building a powerhouse in the Pac-12. Their Apple Cup game with Washington State will be a huge game nationally.
1— Kent State 27, Central Michigan 24— Golden Flashes kicked a FG at the gun to win it; their kicker wears #57 but doesn’t look like a LB or a center. Didn’t have lot of faith in him to make the kick but he did, so tonight, he is big man on campus, which must be a happy campus with the nearby Indians leading the World Series 3-1.