Friday, 18 Jan 2019

Winners and losers of college football: Bedlam, Northwestern and lots of chalk

Bennett Skowronek and Northwestern, though 6-4 overall, earned a spot in the Big Ten championship with two weeks to spare. (Charlie Neibergall / Associated PRess)

From time to time, a Saturday of Status Quo arrives. It's one of 13 during the season, but it does serve as an alternate marker on weekends filled with delusional finishes, unexpected finishes and reversal of conventional wisdom.

This changes little and we will not necessarily remember much.

This summarizes the first actions of Saturday.

Alabama: Never threatened during a 24-0 loss to the state of Mississippi.

The ten great powers of the East, a lossOhio State departed Michigan State for a 26-6 victory. Michigan's visit to Rutgers was a special of choice, with the Wolverines opting for a relatively mild 42-7 loss to the Scarlet Knights.

West Virginia, a contender in the Big 12 playoffs: Completely taken aback by 47-10 attempts by TCU.

State of Washington: The final playoff opportunities of the Pac-12 also played, sending Colorado, 31-7, to Boulder to go up to 9-1.

And not to neglect, it's 9-0 Central Florida, who scored a few touchdowns in the first quarter and was never seriously threatened in the Navy's 35-24 loss.

There were two exceptions to the day mainly milquetoast.

First, look who will be heading to the Big Ten title game. Nothing else than North West, who managed to come out of Iowa Iowa in a 14-10 win at Iowa City to seal the West Division. Isaiah Bowser has collected 165 yards and a touchdown on 31 races and Northwestern (6-4, 6-1 Big Ten) has limited Iowa to 64 yards for a first game for the title and a date with Michigan or the United States. Ohio State. Yes, the game was a slog. And yes, the fact that the Wildcats are playing for a conference title despite their failure to win an off-conference game shows how disappointing Big Ten West was this year. But it's definitely not the status quo.

Secondly, there was the aptly named Bedlam game. Oklahoma had 702 rushing yards, with Kyler Murray scoring 349 yards and Kennedy Brooks and Trey Sermon totaling 289 yards and five touchdowns.

Still, Oklahoma State (640 yards alone) had the chance to take the lead when coach Mike Gundy decided to go for two after Tyler Cornelius' 24-yard pass to Tylan Wallace in fourth. and long with 1:03 to do. Gundy played to win – an always laudable choice – but the conversion failed and Oklahoma recovered the next kick to seal a 48-47 win.

So even the wild game of the afternoon has advanced the status quo an additional week. Alas, all weekends can not be chaotic. With some, the sport must just be content with stability.


Franks Felepe. The Florida quarterback, after being booed at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, managed to stifle local fans after a decisive touchdown late in the fourth quarter of a 35-31 victory over South Carolina.

"I'm a very emotional player," Franks told reporters afterwards. & # 39; & # 39; That's what makes it a two-way street. Many people will appreciate me and many will not like me. It may be something I should not have done. But at the same time, I am an emotional player. "

Franks had tough seasons and, yes, the situation was gloomy for the Gators (7-3, 5-3 SEC) when they were leading 31-14 in the third quarter. But as a rule of thumb, a guy who gets booed has little to apologize for if he sends a non-rude reminder of this treatment when he succeeds in a game later.

Penn State. The Nittany Lions bounced back after a nasty loss to Michigan, defeating Wisconsin 22-10 at Happy Valley, while Trace McSorley tied Todd Blackledge for the quarter-final winning program record (29).

To be clear, the Penn State offensive worked better on Saturday when Miles Sanders ran the show. He racked up 159 yards while the Nittany Lions (7-3, 4-3 Big Ten) took full advantage of Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook's absence and beat the Badgers (6-4, 4-3). ).

Pittsburgh. Another win and the Panthers (6-4, 5-1 ACC) will be heading to the ACC title game for the first time. Pittsburgh crushed Virginia Tech, 52-22, humiliating Bud Foster's Hokies coordinator defense, rushing for 492 yards. Qadree Ollison collected 235 yards and three touchdowns in 16 runs, while Darrin Hall only needed seven attempts to accumulate 186 yards and a touchdown.

Pitt already has a tiebreaker against the only team in a league match and he can lock a trip to Charlotte with a win over Wake Forest or Miami over the last two weeks of the regular season.


Kentucky. This season of a couple of generations was fun as long as it lasted. A week after being eliminated from the SEC title clash against Georgia, the Wildcats (7-3, 5-3 SEC) ended their league game with a 24-7 loss to Tennessee.

Kentucky only accumulated 262 yards against the Volunteers (5-5, 2-4), having never got serious traction in attack. There is still a chance to win 10 wins by defeating Middle Tennessee, Louisville and a Cup opponent, but the Wildcats will be hard pressed to win the Six Year New Year bidding they would have deserved very well. they had managed to get 10-2.

Purdue. Go ahead and try to understand the boilermakers, who in the last four weeks have struck down the state of Ohio, 49-20; amputee from a 23-13 loss to Michigan State; hit off Iowa, 38-36; and now have a 41-10 loss to Minnesota to their credit.

Would it surprise anyone if Purdue (5-5, 4-3 Big Ten) makes sure to win the cup title with a Wisconsin shot next week, and then lose the Old Oaken Bucket for profit? from Indiana and close the regular season? This should not shock those who have paid attention to one of the most unpredictable teams in the sport.

Maryland. The Terrapins' task of ending their tough season with a bowl offer became much more difficult when they dropped a 34-32 decision in Indiana. That leaves Maryland (5-5, 3-4 Big Ten) in need of a win over Ohio State or Penn State to deserve a playoff invite.

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