13) Ohio State 28, Penn State 17— Buckeye coach Ryan Day was complaining at halftime because his team (which was up 14-0) wasn’t up 34-0. Wonder how his mood was when Penn State closed the gap to 21-17.
Buckeyes outgained Penn State 417-227; playing in a competitive game should help them down the road. Nittany Lions got a 3rd quarter boost from freshman backup QB Will Lewis, but they came up short.
Penn State coach James Franklin is 54-23 in Happy Valley, 33-18 in conference games, 2-3 in bowls; before that, he was 24-15 in three years at Vanderbilt, 11-13 in SEC games, 2-1 in bowl games. Winning at Vanderbilt is no small feat.
12) Florida International 30, Miami 24— Panthers become bowl eligible with this stunning upset, which happened at Marlins’ Park, which was built on the spot where the old Orange Bowl used to be. The Orange Bowl was Miami’s home stadium.
Former Miami coach Butch Davis is FIU’s coach; all of FIU’s players probably grew up wanting to play for Miami. Hard to underestimate how much this win means for the FIU program.
11) USC 52, UCLA 35— Trojans finish their regular season 8-4 after using three different QB’s due to injuries; the kid who emerges as the #1 QB is a true freshman who threw for 515 yards and four TD’s. The new USC athletic director has an interesting decision; do you bring in a new coach, or give Clay Helton another chance?
To be clear here, lot of rich boosters aren’t all that excited by an 8-4 record.
10) Arizona State 31, Oregon 28— Sun Devils become bowl eligible while they knock Oregon out of the national title picture. In his two years at ASU, Herm Edwards is 2-7 ATS when ASU is favored, 8-4 when they’re the underdog.
9) SouthPoint Casino in Las Vegas has a fun prop bet every week; which team will score the first touchdown of the day? Lowly UConn (25-1) was this week’s winner.
8) Washington State 54, Oregon State 53— Coogs scored two TD’s in last 2:10 to stave off the surging Beavers, who now have to upset Oregon next week to become bowl eligible.
Wazzu started this season 3-0, then blew a 49-17 3rd quarter lead and lost 67-63 to UCLA- they fired their defensive coordinator and limp into the Apple Cup with a 6-5 record.
Coogs’ QB Gordon threw for 606 yards, with three INTs.
7) College football upsets:
— Florida International (+20.5) 30, Miami 24
— Colorado (+14) 20, Washington 14
— Arizona State (+14) 31, Oregon 28
— Nevada (+13.5) 35, Fresno State 28
— Charlotte (+7) 24, Marshall 13
— UNLV (+7) 38, San Jose State 35
6) Charlotte 24, Marshall 13— 49ers upset the Thundering Herd on a rainy night, becoming bowl eligible for the first time in their five years of I-A football.
5) Tennessee 24, Missouri 20— Vols win their 4th game in a row, becoming bowl eligible for the first time in three years. Solid coaching job by Jeremy Pruitt.
4) College basketball upsets:
— Penn (+13.5) 81, Providence 75
— Sacramento State (+12) 77, Pepperdine 72
— NC-Wilmingtonn (+10) 66, FIU 63
— Cleveland State (+7) 65, Eastern Kentucky 51
— George Washington (+7) 78, Evansville 70
— Utah Valley (+6) 68, North Dakota State 62
3) College basketball games of the day:
Boise State 82, Pacific 76, 3OT— Broncos won second consecutive OT game; they made 11-23 on arc, Pacific 3-12.
Memphis 87, Ole Miss 86— Rebels were down 16 in 2nd half, but drained 12-27 on arc and made it a ballgame. Both teams took 30+ foul shots in what is a regional rivalry game.
2) I enjoy SEC football, but this shouldn’t happen on November 23:
— Alabama 66, Western Carolina 3
— Auburn 52, Samford 0
— Kentucky 50, UT-Martin 7
— Vanderbilt 38, East Tennessee State 0
— Mississippi State 45, Abilene Christian 7
It is embarrassing to brag that you’re the best league in the country, then play I-AA teams the week before Thanksgiving. There are plenty of bad I-A teams (UMass, New Mexico State, MAC, Sun Belt teams) who could use a payday. Charging people to watch Alabama play a I-AA team is theft.
In the ACC, North Carolina/Virginia also played I-AA teams this week. Not good.
1) Arkansas State 38, Georgia Southern 33— Great coaching job this season by ASU coach Blake Anderson, whose wife passed away just before this season started. Red Wolves are 7-4 and will go to a bowl, putting a cap on what has had to be a very emotional season.