13) Ohio State 62, Michigan 39
— Rough day for the Wolverines, the most points they’ve ever allowed in a non-OT game.
— Michigan has now lost its last nine visits to Columbus.
— Urban Meyer is 7-0 SU as an underdog with the Buckeyes.
— Ohio State had four TD plays of 24+ yards; they also blocked a punt for a TD.
— Michigan QB Patterson got hurt late in game; check status for their bowl game.
Who does this promote to the #4 spot nationally? Oklahoma? Ohio State? Georgia? Oklahoma is 108th in country in yardage defense, giving up 449 yards per game. Oy.
12) Texas A&M 74, LSU 72, 7 OT’s— Fifth 7-OT game in history, highest scoring game in I-A history. I actually felt bad that someone had to lose— kids were all trying so hard.
Aggies ended a 7-game losing streak to LSU.
Plays run: Texas A&M 107, LSU 90. By way of comparison, in the Rams’ 54-51 win over the Chiefs Monday night, plays run were: Rams 75, Chiefs 69
11) Arizona State 41, Arizona 40— Wildcats missed a 45-yard FG with 0:13 left; the kid had gone 4-4 on FG’s before that, but now Arizona doesn’t go bowling.
This was first time since 2007 that ASU won a game after trailing by 19+ points.
10) Purdue 28, Indiana 21— Boilermakers are bowl eligible, Hoosiers aren’t. Question becomes this for Purdue; will coach Brohm still be their coach for the bowl game, or will have bolted to Louisville by then? It is a fair question.
9) Baylor 35, Texas Tech 24— Bears are 6-6 and bowl eligible; Texas Tech is 5-7 and may be looking for a new head coach. Baylor coach Matt Rhule won at Temple, which says a lot; he is a very good coach.
Baylor was 32-7 from 2013-15, so the fanbase was getting spoiled before off-field issues sent the Bears into a tailspin. Rhule has pulled them out of the tailspin.
8) Florida 41, Florida State 14— Seminoles finish 5-7, their first losing season since 1976, the first time they’re not going bowling since 1981. Over last 11 years, FSU is 1-6 vs spread when they’re a home underdog.
7) Upsets of the Week:
— Charlotte (+17) 24, Florida Atlantic 21
— UNLV (+13.5) 34, Nevada 29
— Wake Forest (+12.5) 59, Duke 7
— Minnesota (+11) 37, Wisconsin 15
— Western Kentucky (+10.5) 30, Louisiana Tech 15
— Rice (+7.5) 27, Old Dominion 13
— Syracuse (+7) 42, Boston College 21
— Western Michigan (+6.5) 28, Northern Illinois 21
6) NC State 34, North Carolina 28 OT— A fracas broke out right after the Wolfpack scored the game-winning TD. Watching a replay of it, the funny thing is that there are no officials in the picture at all- they must have bolted to the locker room as soon as the kid crossed the goal line.
Tar Heels finish a putrid season 2-9, which started with a lot of their players being suspended for selling the free Jordan Brand stuff they get from the school.
5) Southern Mississippi 39, UTEP 7— Eagles are the 78th I-A team to clinch at least a 6-6 record, so with 39 bowl games, there will be no 5-7 teams headed to bowls this season.
Tulane 29, Navy 28— Congrats to the Green Wave on going bowling for first time since 2013.
4) Central Michigan fired football coach John Bonamego this week, ending a cruddy year for the Chippewas. Earlier this season, Paulette Bonamego, the coach’s wife, was banned from Kelly/Shorts Stadium following an October 13 confrontation with CMU play-by-play broadcaster Don Chiodo in the press box.
Losing is often as hard on the coach’s family as it is on the coach.
3) Washington 28, Washington State 15— Huskies win Apple Cup for sixth year in a row, and wins a spot in next weekend’s Pac-12 title game.
2) University of Albany was supposed to be one of the best basketball teams in America East this winter, but both their returning senior guards bolted as graduate transfers, one to Villanova, one to Florida State. The grass always looks greener on someone else’s lawn.
As luck would have it, Villanova-Florida State play today in finals of the AdvoCare tournament at DisneyWorld in Orlando. Neither kid starts for his new team.
1) Best wishes to NFL legend Mike Ditka 79, who had a mild heart attack in Florida this week. Get well soon, coach.