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Week 12 of the  season is officially in the books. With the playoff and bowl picture coming into focus, there were no shortage of critical games or must-see matchups on Saturday. And the weekend slate produced its share of crazy moments, wild finishes and big plays.  

 

Miss anything from Week 12? Here are 25 must-see plays, moments or post-game celebrations from the weekend of action:

 

25 Must-See Moments from College Football's Week 12 Games

 

1. Michigan State knocks Ohio State from the ranks of the unbeaten with last-second field goal:

 

 

2. Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott was unhappy with the play-calling in the loss to Michigan State:

 

Teammate Darron Lee had a different take than most on Elliott's comments:

Quarterback Cardale Jones also indicated he's leaving for the NFL at the end of the season:

 

3. Virginia Tech honors Frank Beamer in final home game:

 

4. An emotional day at Missouri in Gary Pinkel's last home game:

 

5. A bad week for LSU coach Les Miles continues. The Tigers lose big at Ole Miss, and Miles took a shot from one of his players on this play:

 

6. Great news from Central Michigan coach John Bonamego:

 

7. North Carolina clinches ACC Coastal title on this touchdown pass in overtime:

 

North Carolina coach Larry Fedora did a little celebrating after the big win:

8. Virginia Tech defensive end Dadi Nicolas was very unhappy with a penalty and took his frustration out on the referee:

9. The Citadel scores huge upset over South Carolina:

 

10. Oklahoma survives TCU's upset bid after Steven Parker deflects two-point conversion pass:

 

11. Mississippi State and Arkansas combined for 12 touchdown passes. Bulldogs escaped with a 51-50 victory after blocking a Razorbacks' field goal with less than a minute remaining:

Mississippi State receiver Fred Ross made this nifty one-handed grab during Saturday night's win:

A fight broke out in the stands with less than a minute to go:

 

12. Baylor ends Oklahoma State's unbeaten season thanks to third-string quarterback Chris Johnson:

 

13. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh goes crazy during Saturday's game against Penn State:

14. What is a catch these days? No one knows. Wisconsin lost to Northwestern after this pass was ruled incomplete:

 

Wisconsin fans expressed their anger with the referees by throwing snowballs at them:

 

Earlier in the game, Wisconsin cheerleaders left the field after being hit with snowballs:

 

15. Oregon quarterback Vernon Adams becomes first player to throw six touchdown passes against USC:

 

16. Georgia ends Georgia Southern's upset bid with this touchdown in overtime:

 

17. Snow covers Iowa's Kinnick Stadium on Friday night/Saturday morning:

 

18. The banners are back at Miami:

 

19. This awesome photo was taken at Fenway Park on Saturday morning well before Notre Dame-Boston College kicked off:

 

20. Clemson offensive lineman Daniel Stone proposes on Senior Day (she said yes):

21. Mark Mangino was let go by Iowa State as the team's offensive coordinator earlier this season. On Saturday, he took to Twitter to get a jab in at the Cyclones after their last-second loss to Kansas State:

 

22. Bowling Green receiver Gehrig Dieter makes an awesome one-handed touchdown catch against Toledo on Tuesday night:

 

23. UConn fans stormed the field after upset victory against Houston:

 

24. Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville shows his disappointment with his team in a 65-27 loss at USF:

25. Iowa clinched the Big Ten West Division title with win over Purdue. Snoop Dogg was very excited about this development:

 

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Ohio State’s unbeaten season ended with a surprising 17-14 loss to Michigan State on Saturday. Despite the Spartans missing starting quarterback Connor Cook, coach Mark Dantonio’s team found a way to win and altered the outlook of the Big Ten Championship and College Football Playoff picture.

 

The primary culprit in Saturday’s loss for the Buckeyes was an offense that generated just 132 yards.

 

After the loss, running back Ezekiel Elliott sounded off on the team’s play-calling. Elliott had only 33 yards on 12 carries against the Spartans. Needless to say, the junior isn’t happy:  

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is inching closer to the top four of the College Football Playoff rankings, but two huge tests remain for coach Mike Gundy’s team, with the first coming on Saturday night with a matchup against . The Bears suffered their first loss of the season last week, losing to Oklahoma 44-34 in Waco. While Baylor needs a lot of things to go its way in order to make the playoff, coach Art Briles’ team isn’t necessarily out of the picture after dropping to No. 10 in Tuesday’s rankings release.

 

After surviving a scare in Ames against Iowa State, Oklahoma State moved into the No. 6 spot and is the highest ranked Big 12 team in the playoff rankings. The Cowboys have made a habit out of winning close games this year, needing last-minute escapes against Texas, Kansas State and West Virginia. Additionally, Oklahoma State rallied from a 24-7 deficit in the first half against Texas Tech to win 70-53. While the late-game magic has been a running storyline, it’s also important to note the Cowboys easily handled TCU (49-29) two weeks ago.

 

Baylor entered the season as a co-favorite with TCU to win the Big 12 title. The Bears were on track to meet preseason expectations before last week’s loss to Oklahoma. Quarterback Seth Russell was lost for the season due to a neck injury suffered against Iowa State. True freshman Jarrett Stidham played well against Kansas State but was limited by a back injury against Oklahoma. Russell’s injury was a setback for the Bears in the Big 12 title picture. However, there’s time to make up ground, as matchups against Oklahoma State, TCU and Texas – combined with chaos in other leagues – leave enough margin for Baylor to remain a factor for the playoffs.  

 

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Oklahoma State holds a 19-14 series edge over Baylor. The Cowboys have not lost to Baylor in Stillwater since 1939 and hold a 12-4 advantage in home matchups against the Bears.

 

Baylor at Oklahoma State

 

Kickoff: Saturday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: FOX

Spread: Oklahoma State -1

 

Three Things to Watch

 

1. Can Baylor’s Offense Get Back on Track?

While Baylor’s 34 points last week are hardly anything to be concerned about, there were some concerning totals for Briles. The Bears averaged 5.9 yards per play, threw for 257 yards and rushed for 159 – all the second-lowest totals of the season for this offense. A deeper look at the rushing totals shows Baylor has averaged less than four yards per carry in back-to-back games. Getting the offense back on track is priority No. 1 for Briles this week. However, Oklahoma State’s defense is one of the best in the Big 12. The Cowboys rank second in scoring defense (24.5 ppg), are holding opponents to 5.2 yards per play, have generated 35 sacks and lead the conference with 24 takeaways. Quarterback Jarrett Stidham suffered a back injury against Oklahoma and played at less than full strength. Stidham is not expected to be sidelined on Saturday night, and the coaching staff hopes the true freshman rebounds from a sluggish performance against a good Sooner defense (16 of 27 for 257 yards and two interceptions). Additionally, receiver Corey Coleman was quiet (three catches for 51 yards). Oklahoma State’s defense is going to bend and give up some yards. However, the Cowboys put the clamps on opponents in the red zone and on third downs. Will Baylor connect on a few big plays and turn those into touchdowns? Or will Oklahoma State’s defense trade yards for giving up three points or a turnover? That’s the key battle to watch on Saturday night.

 

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2. Turnover Margin

Luck and good fortune are two driving forces behind turnover margin and takeaways. While defenses can gameplan and put players in the best position to succeed, it’s impossible to predict turnovers. Simply, you need some good luck to generate turnovers and catch all of the right bounces each week. So far this year, Oklahoma State and Baylor rank as the top two teams in the Big 12 in turnover margin. The Cowboys are +12 and the Bears are plus-nine. The Cowboys have forced 24 takeaways, while the Bears have 22. In Oklahoma State’s victory over TCU, coordinator Glenn Spencer’s defense generated four turnovers. And to further illustrate why turnover margin is important, Baylor was minus-two in last week’s loss. With the ability of both offenses and the timely defenses, one or two mistakes could shift this game. Whichever team comes out on top in turnover margin is likely to end up with the victory.

 

3. Oklahoma State’s Two-Quarterback System

If you have two quarterbacks, you really don’t have a quarterback. That’s the general cliché about quarterbacks and offenses. While there is some truth to that statement, using a two-quarterback system actually works for some teams. Oklahoma State’s offense has thrived under the tandem of Mason Rudolph and J.W. Walsh, averaging 43.6 points per game this season. Rudolph is the better passer (316.1 ypg), while Walsh is the better runner (20 overall TDs). Walsh’s rushing ability is critical for an offense struggling to establish a traditional ground attack (3.8 ypc), and the senior is expected to play a key role on Saturday, as Baylor has struggled to stop the run (181.3 ypg in conference matchups) and is not expected to have defensive tackles Beau Blackshear and Byron Bonds due to injuries. When the Cowboys throw, big-play threat James Washington (20.5 ypc) and David Glidden (45 catches) are the top options. Baylor’s defense held Oklahoma to 5.87 yards per play last week. That’s not bad. Can the Bears do it again – with injuries hitting the defensive line and secondary hard – versus an offense that has scored at least 49 points in three out of the last four games?

 

Final Analysis

 

Another shootout in the Big 12. Even though quarterback Jarrett Stidham might be less than 100 percent, Baylor’s offense should get back on track this week. Expect receiver Corey Coleman to see a few more deep shots in his direction, while running back Shock Linwood will be a tough matchup for Oklahoma State’s rush defense. While the Bears are going to get their share of points, the Cowboys once again find a way to win a close game. Baylor’s injuries on defense and a quarterback at less than full strength could be the difference in a tight game. The lead changes hands a few times in the second half, but Oklahoma State finds a way to win another close game, improving to 11-0 and setting up a huge showdown against Oklahoma next Saturday.

 

Prediction: Oklahoma State 41, Baylor 38
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Big Ten supremacy and a spot in the Playoff could be on the line Saturday in Columbus, as hosts in one of the biggest remaining matchups of the 2015 season. The Buckeyes ranked No. 3 in the latest committee rankings, with the Spartans at No. 9. Saturday afternoon’s contest won’t necessarily decide the Big Ten East champ – Michigan will have a chance to stake its claim after a matchup against Ohio State next week – but this game will have major ramifications in the national landscape.

 

Ohio State has its share of imperfections, but the Buckeyes are 10-0 and poised to make another late-season run at the national championship. The upcoming schedule isn’t kind to coach Urban Meyer’s team. According to the playoff committee, Ohio State does not have a win over a team currently ranked in the top 25. However, the Buckeyes have arguably the toughest three-game stretch to close the regular season. After Saturday’s game against Michigan State, Ohio State plays at Michigan on Nov. 28. Assuming the Buckeyes beat the Spartans and Wolverines, they will face Iowa (No. 5 in this week’s rankings) in the Big Ten Championship.

 

Just like Ohio State, Michigan State has showed flaws through the first 10 games but also had the misfortune of questionable officiating in a 39-38 loss at Nebraska on Nov. 7. Despite the defeat to the Cornhuskers, the Spartans are still alive for a playoff spot. If Michigan State wins out, it’s safe to assume coach Mark Dantonio’s team will be one of the four remaining teams battling for the national championship in late December.

 

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Ohio State leads the all-time series 29-14 over Michigan State. The Buckeyes have won nine out of the last 11 matchups in this series. The Spartans won the 2013 Big Ten Championship and claimed a 10-7 victory in Columbus in 2011.

 

Michigan State at Ohio State

 

Kickoff: Saturday, Nov. 21 at 3:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ABC

Spread: Ohio State -13.5

 

Three Things to Watch

 

1. Michigan State’s Defensive Line Versus Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott

It’s a battle of strength versus strength in the trenches on Saturday afternoon. Michigan State owns one of the nation’s best defensive lines, headlined by standout end Shilique Calhoun (11 TFL, 8.5 sacks), and there's depth and talent on the interior with rising star Malik McDowell (10.5 TFL) and Joel Heath. The front seven is also anchored by a solid group of linebackers, including Riley Bullough (79 stops) and Darien Harris (65 tackles). In Big Ten-only matchups this season, the Spartans are limiting opponents to 122.5 rushing yards per game and only one opponent over the last four matchups has managed to eclipse more than 110 yards. Those totals will be put to the test this week. Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott is quietly building an impressive Heisman resume and enters this matchup with 15 consecutive games of 100 rushing yards or more. In last year’s game, Elliott rushed for 154 yards and two scores on 23 attempts. This defense also has to contend with quarterback J.T. Barrett’s mobility. Ohio State’s passing attack is working to find its rhythm under Barrett, and this offense thrives off establishing the ground attack. If Michigan State can force Barrett into third-and-long situations and keep him in the pocket, that’s a win for Mark Dantonio’s defense. 

 

2. Michigan State QB Connor Cook

Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook suffered a shoulder injury in last week’s win over Maryland and finished with just 77 yards on six completions. Just how healthy is Cook? While Dantonio won’t discuss injuries, Cook is not expected to miss any snaps on Saturday. But is the senior quarterback at full strength? That’s the million dollar question surrounding this matchup. When healthy, Cook is one of the nation’s best quarterbacks. Through 10 games, the senior has passed for 2,482 yards and 21 scores and tossed only four picks. Michigan State has a standout supporting cast, but the offensive line – largely due to injuries – hasn’t lived up to preseason expectations. One area the Spartans have to find answers to before Saturday is with the rushing attack. Michigan State is averaging only 3.9 yards per carry. That’s a huge concern against an Ohio State defensive line giving up only 3.6 yards per rush and has generated 30 sacks in 2015. Cook can put this team on his back and keep the Spartans in the mix for the win. However, he also needs a lot of help from his supporting cast.

 

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3. Ohio State’s Passing Game

Looking for a spark on offense, Ohio State made the switch from Cardale Jones to J.T. Barrett under center prior to the Oct. 24 game against Rutgers. In his first start of the season, Barrett helped the Buckeyes tie their highest point total of the season (49) and averaged a healthy 7.5 yards per play mark. Barrett was suspended due to an off-field incident for the Nov. 7 game against Minnesota but returned to the lineup against Illinois and completed 15 of 23 passes for 150 yards and one score and rushed for 74 yards and a touchdown on 16 attempts. While Ohio State’s offense wasn’t bad with Jones at the controls, Barrett is more dynamic and his mobility is a huge asset. The sophomore has connected on three passes of 30 yards or more this season. In 10 games (with seven starts), Jones only has 11 completions of 30 or more yards. If Ohio State was looking for a week to turn in a breakout performance for its passing attack, Saturday afternoon against Michigan State’s secondary has plenty of potential. The Spartans “No Fly Zone” has been more vulnerable than in recent years, surrendering 14 touchdown tosses and 17 passing plays of 30 yards or more. Receivers Michael Thomas, Jalin Marshall and Braxton Miller each average just over 14 yards per catch. This could be the week Barrett and his receivers turn in a breakout performance.

 

Final Analysis

 

Ohio State entered 2015 as the favorite to repeat, but the Buckeyes are still working to put all of the pieces together for a run at another playoff title. Saturday’s game against Michigan State is the biggest test so far on Ohio State’s schedule and the start of the most critical stretch for this team in 2015. How will the Buckeyes respond? The guess here is the switch is flipped on this weekend and Ohio State shows why it was the favorite to win the national title this preseason. Michigan State’s defensive front presents some challenges, but Barrett’s mobility and ability to make plays on the run is a huge asset against an aggressive front seven. The Spartans need Connor Cook to be at full strength to have a shot at the upset, and the rushing attack has to perform better than it has over the last four games (3.2 yards per carry). Michigan State battles and keeps it close into the fourth quarter, but Ohio State just has too much on both sides of the ball and has its eyes set on moving one step closer to the Big Ten title. 

 

Prediction: Ohio State 34, Michigan State 24
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With the 2015 season reaching its final stretch, all 128 teams, players and coaches are making their last push to reach preseason goals, play in a bowl or avoid the hot seat going into the offseason. And this is also the portion of the season where the award scene starts to clear and the candidates for some of college football’s top hardware begins to emerge.

 

With 128 head coaches at the FBS level, it’s not easy for every one of them to get the proper attention or appreciation they deserve for their coaching job during the 2015 season. Entering Week 13, it’s fair to say most of the attention for coach of the year honors is with Florida’s Jim McElwain, Houston’s Tom Herman, Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh, Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly or Clemson’s Dabo Swinney. But what about the coaches doing an under-the-radar job this season? With that question in mind, Athlon Sports examines 10 coaches – plus one wildcard name – that deserve more attention for the job they have done in 2015.

 

10 Underappreciated Coaching Jobs in 2015

 

Bret Bielema, Arkansas

The Razorbacks won four out of their last six games last season and finished 2014 as one of the hottest teams in the nation. The momentum for Bielema slowed with a 2-4 record through the first six games of 2015, but the third-year coach has Arkansas positioned once again as one of the teams no one wants to play at the end of the year. The Razorbacks have won four in a row, including a dominant 31-14 victory at LSU on Nov. 14. Arkansas enters Week 13 with wins in five out of its last six games and will be favored to get to 8-4 overall with home games remaining against Mississippi State and Missouri. Bielema’s hire of Dan Enos as play-caller has helped the Razorbacks offense take a step forward in 2015, as this unit leads the SEC (conference-only games) in yards per play (6.4) and points per game (32.8).

 

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Bob Davie, New Mexico

Davie has rebuilt a program that won three games from 2009-11, as the Lobos are poised for their first bowl trip since the 2007 season. New Mexico went 11-26 in Davie’s first three seasons and is 6-4 through 10 games in 2015. The offense hasn’t been the problem for Davie, but the defense ranked near the bottom of the Mountain West from 2013-14. The Lobos have made gains on that side of the ball in 2015, limiting opponents to 26.1 points per game and 5.7 yards per play (down from 6.8 in 2014). New Mexico has scored huge back-to-back victories, defeating Utah State 14-13 on Nov. 7 and a road win at Boise State on Nov. 14. Davie’s team still has a chance to play for the Mountain West title with wins in their last two games of the year – Colorado State and at Air Force.

 

Larry Fedora, North Carolina

Fedora is making a strong case for ACC Coach of the Year honors. After losing to South Carolina in the opener, North Carolina has reeled off nine wins in a row and is on the doorstep of winning its first Coastal Division title. Offense is always a strength for Fedora’s teams, but the Tar Heels had to get better on defense to contend for an ACC title. Fedora hired former Auburn coach Gene Chizik to coordinate the defense, and this unit has made marked progress under his watch. North Carolina gave up 6.5 yards per play last season, surrendered 22 plays of 40 yards or more and allowed 39 points a game. Those totals have decreased significantly under Chizik’s direction. The Tar Heels are fourth in the ACC in points allowed per game (18.8), limit opponents to 5.2 yards per play and allowed seven plays of 40 yards or more. This is North Carolina’s best season under Fedora, and the fourth-year coach has this program trending in the right direction. 

 

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Kirk Ferentz, Iowa

There were plenty of doubts surrounding Ferentz’s long-term outlook at Iowa entering 2015. The Hawkeyes seemed to be trending down after a disappointing 7-6 record in 2014 and no finish in the final Associated Press poll from 2010-14. But Ferentz has reinvented himself and made a few tweaks to his coaching style, which included bringing more of an aggressive approach on offense to pair with a solid defense (4.75 yards per play allowed). Ferentz has pushed all of the right buttons in 2015, guiding the Hawkeyes to a 10-0 record and a chance to clinch the Big Ten West Division with a win over Purdue on Saturday. Even if Iowa falls short of winning the Big Ten Championship, Ferentz’s reinvention – known as Ferentz 3.0 in Iowa City – there’s a chance the program wins 12 games for the first time in program history.

 

Mike Leach, Washington State

Leach’s 2015 season started with a disappointing 24-17 loss to Portland State. But since the opening week defeat, Leach has guided Washington State to a 7-2 mark over the last nine games. During that nine-game slate, the Cougars picked up road wins over Oregon, Arizona and UCLA and lost by only two points to Stanford. As expected from a Mike Leach-coached team, Washington State leads the nation by averaging 414.4 passing yards per game. However, new coordinator Alex Grinch has brought improvement to a defense that allowed 38.6 points per game last season. With remaining games against Colorado and Washington (and a bowl trip), Leach has a good chance to lead Washington State to first campaign of double-digit wins since 2003. 

 

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Rocky Long, San Diego State

Long isn’t the flashiest coach at the FBS level, but the defensive mastermind is simply a winner. He was promoted to head coach at San Diego State after Brady Hoke left for Michigan in 2011, and the Aztecs are 39-23 over the last five years. Additionally, San Diego State has not missed out on a bowl appearance under Long’s direction. The formula for success for Long's teams are pretty simple - run the ball and play defense. Since 2011, the Aztecs have not finished lower than third in the Mountain West in fewest yards per play allowed. At 7-3 in 2015, the Aztecs are poised for their best season in Long’s tenure at San Diego State. If this team finds a way to win its last four games (assuming SDSU wins the Mountain West’s West Division and plays in the conference championship), the 11 wins will tie the most in program history (11 in 1969). 

 

Todd Monken, Southern Miss

Southern Miss fell on hard times after Larry Fedora’s final season (2011). Ellis Johnson was picked as Fedora’s replacement, and the Golden Eagles suffered through a miserable 0-12 season in his only year in Hattiesburg. Monken replaced Johnson in 2013 and inherited a significant rebuilding project. Even though Southern Miss went 4-20 in Monken’s first two years, there were signs of progress. The Golden Eagles are in the midst of their best season since 2011, sitting at 7-3 with two games remaining and a chance to win Conference USA’s West Division on Nov. 28 at Louisiana Tech. Monken’s offense ranks third among Conference USA teams at 38.6 points per game, while the defense went from 12th in the league in yards per play allowed (6.4 in 2014) to 5.03 in 2015.

 

Ken Niumatalolo, Navy

Houston, Memphis and Temple have garnered most of the national attention from the American Athletic Conference this season, but Navy ranks as the highest Group of 5 team headed into Week 12 action. The Midshipmen are 8-1, with the only loss coming at Notre Dame in a matchup where quarterback Keenan Reynolds missed over two quarters of snaps due to injury. Navy has a huge showdown at Houston on Nov. 27 to decide the American Athletic Conference’s West Division – and likely a spot in a New Year’s Six bowl. Niumatalolo has won at least eight games in each of the last four seasons and deserves coach of the year consideration if Navy wins the American Athletic Conference in its first year in the league.

 

Scott Satterfield, Appalachian State

Barring two losses by Arkansas State in its last two games, Appalachian State is going to fall just short of winning the Sun Belt title. However, the Mountaineers are going to be a factor for the conference championship on a yearly basis under Satterfield’s direction. After going 4-8 in his first year as Appalachian State’s coach, Satterfield guided the program to a 7-5 mark in its first season at the FBS level (2014) and is 8-2 through 10 games in 2015. The Mountaineers have nothing to be ashamed about when it comes to their losses – Arkansas State and Clemson – this year. With games remaining against UL Lafayette and South Alabama, there’s a good chance for Appalachian State to reach double-digit victories for the first time since 2010.

 

Willie Taggart, South Florida

With a 6-18 record in his first two seasons at South Florida, Taggart entered 2015 sitting squarely on the hot seat. While all signs suggested Taggart would be a home-run hire for the Bulls, this program struggled to find its footing and was 5-11 in American Athletic Conference games in Taggart’s first two years. However, Taggart is building a strong case as one of the leading contenders for coach of the year honors in the American Athletic. The Bulls have showed marked improvement after a 1-3 start, winning five out of their last six games, including a 44-23 victory over Temple last Saturday. Taggart is one of the top recruiters in the Group of 5 conferences and has USF pointed in the right direction.

 

Bonus Candidate: ​Bill Clark, UAB

At first glance, it may seem odd to consider Clark for a space in this article. However, let’s consider all the UAB coach has had to overcome over the last year. The Blazers shut down their football program in December but later reinstated the team for 2017 after donations and fan support showed there was more than enough interest for UAB’s team to return. Needless to say, Clark has a monumental task in rebuilding a program from scratch. Clark is already putting the pieces into place for 2017, which includes improved facilities and a recruiting class that ranks No. 1 (247Sports Composite) among Conference USA teams. With no team in 2016, Clark is simply selling a vision to this year’s recruiting class. Imagine what Clark and his staff can do with better facilities (a new stadium?) and on-field results in the next few years.

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With just three remaining weeks in the 2015 college football regular season, the race to win the Heisman Trophy is officially entering the homestretch.

 

Thanks to strong performances in recent weeks, quarterback Baker Mayfield has emerged as one of the frontrunners for the Heisman. The junior delivered a clutch performance against Baylor last Saturday, throwing for 270 yards and three touchdowns in a 44-34 win in Waco. Mayfield has passed for 3,082 yards and 31 touchdowns through 10 games and rushed for 301 yards and six scores.

 

Oklahoma is doing all it can to promote Mayfield for college football’s top award, as the school released a hype video with some of the junior's top highlights and plays from the season:  

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Week 12 of the 2015 season starts on Wednesday night with two matchups from the MAC. Northern Illinois looks to move one step closer to a MAC West title in a key conference game against Western Michigan. Central Michigan also travels to Kent State on Wednesday night. The pre-Saturday action continues on Thursday with East Carolina at UCF and ULM at Texas State, followed by two intriguing matchups on Friday night in Cincinnati at USF and Air Force at Boise State. The Saturday slate features six matchups between top 25 teams, with the biggest taking place in Columbus between Ohio State and Michigan State. Outside of the Big Ten, the Big 12 is in the spotlight once again. TCU plays at Oklahoma and Oklahoma State hosts Baylor in two of the week’s most important matchups. The SEC’s Week 12 slate is light on standout contests, but LSU-Ole Miss and Mississippi State-Arkansas headline the schedule.

 

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Which teams will come out on top in every FBS game for Week 12? Athlon's editors predict the winners for every game this week:

 

College Football Week 12 Predictions
 

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

David

Fox

Braden

Gall

Mark

Ross

Central Michigan at

Kent State

Western Michigan at

Northern Illinois

East Carolina at 

UCF

ULM at

Texas State

Cincinnati at

USF

Air Force at

Boise State

Fresno State at

BYU

Houston at

UConn

Tulane at

SMU

Memphis at

Temple

Navy at

Tulsa

Buffalo at

Akron

South Alabama at

Georgia State

NMSU at

UL Lafayette

Nevada at

Utah State

Wake Forest at

Clemson

FAU at

Florida

Chattanooga at

Florida State

Georgia Southern at

Georgia

Charlotte at

Kentucky

Indiana at

Maryland

Georgia Tech at

Miami

Syracuse at

NC State

Michigan State at

Ohio State

Michigan at 

Penn State

Louisville at

Pittsburgh

Citadel at

South Carolina

Duke at

Virginia

North Carolina at

Virginia Tech

WKU at

FIU

North Texas at

MTSU

Rutgers at 

Army

Miami, Ohio at

UMass

Charleston Southern at

Alabama

Mississippi State at

Arkansas

Idaho at

Auburn

Purdue at

Iowa

West Virginia at

Kansas

Iowa State at

Kansas State

Illinois at

Minnesota

Tennessee at

Missouri

TCU at 

Oklahoma

Baylor at

Oklahoma State

LSU at

Ole Miss

Texas A&M at

Vanderbilt

Northwestern at

Wisconsin

Arizona at

Arizona State

UCLA at

Utah

Louisiana Tech at

UTEP

USC at

Oregon

Washington at

Oregon State

California at

Stanford

Colorado at

Washington State

Old Dominion at

Southern Miss

Colorado State at

New Mexico

Rice at

UTSA

Notre Dame vs.

Boston College

San Diego State at

UNLV

San Jose State at

Hawaii

Bowling Green at

Ball State 

(Tuesday)

Ohio at 

Northern Illinois

(Tuesday)

 

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The  Playoff Committee released its third set of top 25 rankings of the 2015 season on Tuesday night. Clemson remained No. 1 for the third straight week in a row, followed by Alabama at No. 2, Ohio State at No. 3 and Notre Dame at No. 4. 

 

The committee will meet each week until the end of the season, releasing rankings on Tuesday night until the final reveal on Dec. 6 for the last top 25 and playoff announcements.

 

While the weekly rankings are critical in gauging where teams stand in early November, it’s important to remember last year’s top 25 featured Mississippi State at No. 1 and Ohio State – the team that won it all in 2014 – ranked No. 16.

 

Needless to say, this poll will look significantly different in early December.

 

College Football Playoff Committee Top 25 Rankings (Nov. 17 Edition)
RankTeamRecord
1Clemson10-0
2Alabama9-1
3Ohio State10-0
4Notre Dame9-1
5Iowa10-0
6Oklahoma State10-0
7Oklahoma9-1
8Florida9-1
9Michigan State9-1
10Baylor8-1
11Stanford8-2
12Michigan8-2
13Utah8-2
14Florida State8-2
15LSU7-2
16Navy8-1
17North Carolina9-1
18TCU9-1
19Houston10-0
20Northwestern8-2
21Memphis8-2
22Ole Miss7-3
23Oregon7-3
24USC7-3
25Wisconsin8-2

 

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is on the verge of winning its sixth consecutive MAC West title, but the Huskies still have work to do, starting with Wednesday night’s showdown against . Northern Illinois, Western Michigan and Toledo enter Week 12 action tied atop the West Division at 5-1 in league play. The Rockets play at Bowling Green on Tuesday night, while Central Michigan still has faint MAC West title hopes at 4-2 in league play.

 

Northern Illinois enters this matchup riding a five-game winning streak, which included a 32-27 victory at Toledo on Nov. 3. The Huskies survived a late rally by Buffalo last week to win 41-30. Injuries have hit coach Rod Carey’s team hard since November, as starting quarterback Drew Hare suffered a torn Achilles in the win over Toledo. In addition to Hare’s season-ending injury, receiver Tommylee Lewis suffered an ankle injury against the Rockets and missed last week’s game against Buffalo. He’s questionable to play against Western Michigan on Wednesday night.

 

Western Michigan’s overall record is just 6-4 entering Week 12, but coach P.J. Fleck’s team has faced a challenging schedule. The Broncos played Michigan State and Ohio State – two of the nation’s best teams – in the non-conference portion of their schedule, along with a road trip to Georgia Southern (one of the top teams in the Sun Belt). Western Michigan also played Bowling Green – the MAC East champion this season – and still has road tests remaining at Northern Illinois and Toledo. The Broncos started 1-3 but won five in a row before last week’s loss at Bowling Green.

 

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Western Michigan owns a 23-17 lead in the all-time series against Northern Illinois. However, the Huskies have won the last six matchups against the Broncos.

 

Western Michigan at Northern Illinois

 

Kickoff: Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN2

Spread: Northern Illinois -3

 

Three Things to Watch

 

1. Northern Illinois QB Ryan Graham

Drew Hare’s season-ending Achilles injury was a huge blow to Northern Illinois’ offense. In nine games, Hare threw for 1,962 yards and 14 touchdowns and added 252 yards and a score on the ground. Graham was pressed into action after Hare’s injury and has played well in his first extended action. The redshirt freshman completed 9 of 12 passes for 132 yards and one score in the 32-27 win over Toledo and threw for 190 yards and two touchdowns on 15 completions against Buffalo. Depth at the quarterback position is a concern for Northern Illinois, but coordinator Bob Cole has utilized Graham on 28 runs so far, recording 119 yards over the last two games. With a strong supporting cast and steady offensive line, Graham does not have to win this game on his own. The redshirt freshman needs to simply match his production and play from the last two games, limit his mistakes and take care of the ball. When Graham throws, standout Kenny Golladay (15.7 yards per catch) will be the top target. Graham and the rest of the Huskies’ offense should have opportunities to make plays against a Western Michigan defense allowing 5.8 yards per play in conference contests.

 

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2. The Running Backs

This Wednesday night matchup features a couple of the MAC’s best at running back. Northern Illinois’ Joel Bouagnon leads the conference with 110.6 rushing yards per game, while Western Michigan’s rushing attack is a three-man rotation. Redshirt freshman Jamauri Bogan leads the way for the Broncos, averaging 76.4 yards per game. Bogan has recorded back-to-back 100-yard efforts and seems to have supplanted Jarvion Franklin as the go-to back for Fleck. Franklin rushed for 1,551 yards and 24 scores last season but has only 43 yards on 11 carries over the last two games. And when Franklin or Bogan needs a rest, LeVante Bellamy has showed big-play ability (7.7 yards per carry) in limited snaps. How will both teams handle the battle up front? In conference games, it’s a virtual draw. The Broncos rank fourth in the MAC by allowing 142.3 yards per game, while the Huskies are fifth at 147 per contest. 

 

3. Northern Illinois’ Secondary vs. Western Michigan’s Passing Attack

It’s a matchup of strength versus strength when the Western Michigan passing offense takes on Northern Illinois secondary. The Huskies are No. 1 in the MAC in pass efficiency defense, while the Broncos rank third in the conference in passing offense. Quarterback Zach Terrell ranks third in the MAC by averaging 265.1 yards per game and has tossed 23 scores to just seven picks this season. Terrell has plenty of help from his supporting cast, which includes two receivers headed for All-MAC honors in Corey Davis (69 catches) and Daniel Braverman (90 catches). The junior has only one interception over his last six games, but that total will be put to the test against an opportunistic Northern Illinois’ secondary. The Huskies have intercepted 17 passes and are led by a strong group of candidates for All-MAC honors, including safety Marlon Moore and cornerbacks Shawun Lurry and Paris Logan. This unit has allowed only seven passes of 30 or more yards in conference games this season. Can the Huskies continue their streak of opportunistic play? Or will the Broncos find a few cracks in the secondary for big plays?

 

Final Analysis

 

Northern Illinois has set the standard for the rest of the teams in the MAC West. And at 5-1 in league play, the Huskies are on the doorstep of another trip to Detroit. Western Michigan is a program on the rise under Fleck and needs a win in DeKalb to keep its division title hopes alive. There are reasons to like the Broncos’ chances at an upset. However, it’s hard to pick against a team that has experience in situations like this one, and the Huskies – while not flashy or as dynamic on offense as Western Michigan – can win with defense, limiting mistakes and a strong rushing attack. The Broncos come close, but Northern Illinois moves closer to the West Division title with a tight victory on Wednesday night.

 

Prediction: Northern Illinois 31, Western Michigan 30 
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The start of ’s 2015-16 bowl season is less than two months away, but it’s never too early to take a peek at the potential matchups this postseason.

 

The bowl season is bigger and better than ever with 41 matchups, starting on Dec. 19 with five games. The postseason concludes on Jan. 11 with the national championship, while the playoff semifinals are on Dec. 31 this year.

 

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The post-Week 11 bowl projections are a mixture between picks for the next few weeks, how things would look if the season ended today, and the results from the first 11 weeks of action. Expect several changes over the next few weeks.

 

College Football's Post-Week 11 Bowl Projections
BowlDateTie-InProjection
AutoNation CureDec. 19Sun Belt vs.
American

Georgia Southern vs.

Tulsa 

Gildan New MexicoDec. 19C-USA vs.
MW

New Mexico vs.

Rice 

Royal Purple
Las Vegas
Dec. 19MW/BYU vs.
Pac-12

 UCLA vs.

Boise State 

Raycom Media
Camellia
Dec. 19MAC vs.
Sun Belt

Appalachian State vs.

Toledo 

R+L Carriers
New Orleans
Dec. 19C-USA vs.
Sun Belt

UL Lafayette vs.

Southern Miss 

Miami BeachDec. 21American vs.
C-USA

WKU vs.

Temple 

Famous Idaho PotatoDec. 22MAC vs.
MW

 Utah State vs.

Ohio 

Boca RatonDec. 22American vs.
MAC

Cincinnati vs.

Bowling Green 

SDCCU PoinsettiaDec. 23Mountain West vs.
Army/MAC

San Diego State vs.

Akron 

GoDaddyDec. 23

MAC vs.

Sun Belt

Arkansas State vs.

Northern Illinois 

Popeyes BahamasDec. 24

C-USA vs.

MAC

MTSU vs.

Western Michigan 

HawaiiDec. 24American vs.
BYU/MW

BYU vs.

California* 

St. PetersburgDec. 26C-USA vs. 
American

USF vs.

Marshall 

Hyundai SunDec. 26ACC/ND vs.
Pac-12

Washington State vs.

NC State 

Zaxby's Heart of
Dallas
Dec. 26Big 12 vs.
C-USA

 Washington* vs.

Louisiana Tech 

New Era PinstripeDec. 26ACC/ND vs.
Big Ten

Pittsburgh vs.

Indiana 

IndependenceDec. 26ACC/ND vs.
SEC

 Duke vs.

Colorado State* 

Foster FarmsDec. 26Big Ten vs.
Pac-12

Oregon vs.

Nebraska 

MilitaryDec. 28ACC/ND vs.
American

Navy vs.

Miami 

Quick LaneDec. 28ACC/ND vs.
Big Ten

 Central Michigan* vs.

South Alabama* 

Lockheed Martin
Armed Forces
Dec. 29MW vs.
Big Ten

 Air Force vs.

Arizona State* 

Russell AthleticDec. 29ACC/ND vs.
Big 12

 TCU vs.

North Carolina 

NOVA Home 

Loans Arizona

Dec. 29

C-USA vs. 

Mountain West

 Old Dominion vs.

Nevada 

AdvoCare V100
Texas
Dec. 29Big 12 vs.
SEC

Texas Tech vs.

Texas A&M 

BirminghamDec. 30American vs.
SEC

Memphis vs.

Auburn 

BelkDec. 30ACC/ND vs.
SEC

Virginia Tech vs.

Mississippi State 

Franklin American
Music City
Dec. 30ACC/ND/Big Ten vs.
SEC

Georgia vs.

Penn State 

National University
Holiday
Dec. 30Big Ten vs.
Pac-12

Wisconsin vs.

Utah 

OutbackJan. 1Big Ten vs. 
SEC

Arkansas vs.

Northwestern 

Buffalo Wild Wings
Citrus
Jan. 1Big Ten vs.
SEC

 Michigan vs.

LSU 

TaxSlayerJan. 2ACC/ND/Big Ten vs.
SEC

 Louisville vs.

Ole Miss 

AutoZone LibertyJan. 2Big 12 vs. 
SEC

 West Virginia vs.

Tennessee 

Valero AlamoJan. 2Big 12 vs.
Pac-12

Baylor vs. 

USC 

CactusJan. 2Big 12 vs. 
Pac-12

Kansas State vs.

Arizona 

    
Chick-fil-A PeachDec. 31At-large vs.
At-large

 Florida State vs.

Michigan State 

FiestaJan. 1At-large vs.
At-large

Houston vs.

Notre Dame 

RoseJan. 1Big Ten vs.
Pac-12

Stanford vs.

Iowa 

SugarJan. 1SEC vs.
Big 12

Oklahoma State vs.

Florida 

    
CottonDec. 31Playoff
Semifinal

 Alabama vs.

Oklahoma 

OrangeDec. 31Playoff
Semifinal

 Ohio State vs.

Clemson 

National ChampionshipJan. 11Cotton Bowl Winner vs.
Orange Bowl Winner

 Ohio State vs.

Alabama 

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Bitter rivals and meet on Tuesday night for the 80th time in program history with plenty at stake in this MAC matchup. The Falcons clinched the MAC East title in last week’s win over Western Michigan, and coach Dino Babers’ team needs to win out to have a shot at finishing as the top Group of 5 team and for an opportunity to play in a New Year’s Six bowl. Toledo rebounded from a disappointing loss to Northern Illinois on Nov. 3 by defeating Central Michigan 28-23 last week. The Rockets are still alive for the MAC West title but have to win out and need a loss by the Huskies in conference action.

 

Thanks to rising stars at head coach, both of these teams have generated national headlines during the 2015 season. Under the direction of Matt Campbell, Toledo defeated Power 5 opponents Iowa State and Arkansas and ranked No. 24 in the first playoff committee rankings. Bowling Green knocked off Maryland and Purdue in non-conference matchups and nearly defeated Memphis (44-41). Coach Dino Babers is one of the nation’s top offensive minds and could be a candidate for openings at the Power 5 level this December.

 

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Bowling Green leads the all-time series at 39-36-4. However, the Rockets have won five consecutive meetings against the Falcons. Three of the last four meetings between these two programs were decided by a touchdown or less. These two teams play annually for the I-75 Trophy, which replaced the Peace Pipe as the trophy awarded to the winner of this matchup in 2011.

 

Toledo at Bowling Green

 

Kickoff: Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN2

Spread: Bowling Green -7

 

1. Toledo’s Rushing Attack

Bowling Green’s “Falcon Fast” offense is one of the best in the nation. The Falcons rank fourth nationally by averaging 45.4 points per game, 12th with an average of seven yards per play and tied for first with 26 plays of 40 yards or more. Quarterback Matt Johnson is the MAC’s top quarterback and one of the most efficient nationally (36 TDs to four interceptions). What exactly does the Bowling Green offensive totals have to do with Toledo’s ground attack? The gameplan should be simple for the Rockets on Tuesday night. Keeping the Falcons off the field and limiting possessions are a priority. Toledo has the necessary pieces in place to control the pace of the game, as this team averages 216.2 rushing yards per game. Running back Kareem Hunt has recorded back-to-back 100-yard efforts and has plenty of support from Terry Swanson (seven yards per carry). Bowling Green’s defense has struggled to stop the run at times, surrendering 168.6 yards per game this season. Additionally, the Falcons allowed six rushing scores and 504 yards in their last two contests. In order for Toledo to win on Tuesday night, Hunt and Swanson have to get on track and the offensive line has to control the line of scrimmage.  

 

2. Bowling Green’s Explosive Offense

As mentioned above, the numbers on Bowling Green’s offense are staggering this season. The Falcons put a significant amount of pressure on opposing defenses by taking (and connecting) on deep shots downfield, while running back Travis Greene (105.7 ypg in MAC contests) is capable of making defenders miss at the line of scrimmage and turning five-yard gains into big plays. Babers’ offense can hurt defenses in a variety of ways, which is a nightmare for opposing teams to gameplan and stop. How can Toledo slow down the Falcons’ offense? The Rockets’ defense could use help from their offense to control the tempo and overall pace of the game. But when Toledo’s defense is on the field, it has to eliminate the big plays and make Bowling Green drive the length of the field. The Rockets have allowed 13 passing plays of 30 yards or more this season and gave up 349 passing yards in last week’s win over Central Michigan. This defense has been solid up front this year, limiting rushers to 3.3 yards per carry and generating 21 sacks. Getting pressure on Johnson and forcing this offense into third-and-long situations are two areas to watch for Toledo on Tuesday night.

 

3. Toledo QB Phillip Ely

While most of the pregame attention is focused on Bowling Green’s Matt Johnson, Toledo’s Phillip Ely shouldn’t be overlooked. The Alabama transfer suffered a season-ending leg injury last year and has rebounded with a strong 2015 campaign (2,192 yards, 18 TDs). The senior didn’t have a standout performance against Northern Illinois (1 TD, 2 INT) but rebounded to throw for 322 yards and two touchdowns against Central Michigan last Tuesday. The Falcons are 58th nationally in pass efficiency defense but has been susceptible to big plays (nine of 40 yards or more allowed). Ely has a solid group of weapons at his disposal, including Cody Thompson (20.5 ypc) and Alonzo Russell (28 catches for 482 yards). The success of Toledo’s offense starts on the ground. However, Ely will have his opportunities to shine on Tuesday night. After throwing five combined picks against UMass and Northern Illinois, Ely threw zero on 39 attempts against Central Michigan. That’s the type of performance Toledo needs from its quarterback on Tuesday night.

 

Final Analysis

 

Tuesday night’s meeting in Bowling Green could be a preview of the MAC Championship in early December. Of course, Toledo has some work to do in order to win the West Division, starting with this matchup against the Falcons. In last year’s game, the Rockets ran for 325 yards and four touchdowns. Running back Kareem Hunt gashed Bowling Green for 265 yards on 30 attempts. That’s the best-case scenario for Toledo on Tuesday night – establish the run, control the time of possession and eliminate the big plays allowed on defense. While Hunt will get his yardage, stopping Bowling Green quarterback Matt Johnson and a talented group of receivers won’t be easy. This one should go back-and-forth, but the Falcons have too much firepower at home.

 

Prediction: Bowling Green 41, Toledo 38
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Week 11 of the  season is in the books. The weekend slate provided plenty of highlights, big plays, standout performances and surprises. 

 

With another weekend of action in the books, it’s time to hand out the hardware to honor the best of the best from Week 11. Here’s a look at Athlon Sports’ picks for the offensive, defensive, coordinator, freshman and unsung hero from Week 11:

 

College Football Week 11 Awards

 

Offensive Player of the Week: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma

Oklahoma took a step forward in the race to win the Big 12 and potentially a spot in the College Football Playoff with a 44-34 victory at Baylor on Saturday night. Mayfield led the way for the Sooners’ offense, completing 24 of 34 passes for 270 yards and three scores. He also added 76 yards and one touchdown on the ground. Mayfield also made one of the biggest plays of the game by scrambling in the pocket on third-and-goal with less than five minutes remaining, eventually hitting H-back Dimitri Flowers for a seven-yard score. The touchdown toss to Flowers gave the Sooners a 10-point lead and ended Baylor’s hopes of an unbeaten season.

 

Defensive Player of the Week: Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama

Alabama’s defense turned in another dominant effort on Saturday, forcing nine sacks and holding Mississippi State to just six points and 4.5 yards per play. Allen led the way for the Crimson Tide’s dominant effort in the trenches, recording three sacks, seven tackles (three for a loss) and one forced fumble. The junior was also a big reason why Mississippi State rushed for just 89 yards on 42 attempts.

 

Coordinator of the Week: Robb Smith, Defensive Coordinator, Arkansas

For the second year in a row, Arkansas is finishing the season as one of the hottest teams in the nation. The Razorbacks earned their fourth consecutive victory by defeating LSU 31-14 in Baton Rouge on Saturday night. Both sides of the ball delivered for coach Bret Bielema, but Smith’s defense found the right gameplan to contain running back Leonard Fournette (91 yards) and limited the Tigers to just 14 points. Additionally, Smith’s defense forced two turnovers, five sacks and eight tackles for a loss. Only three of LSU’s 11 drives spanned longer than 50 yards.

 

Freshman of the Week: Jalin Moore, RB, Appalachian State

With standout running back Marcus Cox sidelined due to a few nagging injuries, the Appalachian State coaching staff turned to Moore to handle the ground attack. The redshirt freshman gashed Idaho’s defense for 244 rushing yards on 27 attempts, which led the way for a Mountaineers’ ground attack that recorded 401 overall yards. The 244 rushing yards by Moore set an Appalachian State freshman record.

 

Unsung Hero: Kyle Postma, QB, Houston

Houston’s unbeaten season, American Athletic Conference title chances and opportunity to play in a New Year’s Six bowl was hanging in the balance after starting quarterback Greg Ward suffered an ankle injury in the first half against Memphis. However, due to Postma’s performance, coach Tom Herman’s team rallied for a 35-34 over the Tigers and improved to 10-0 this season. Postma completed 21 of 33 passes for 236 yards and one score and added 49 yards and one touchdown on the ground. The sophomore also delivered in the clutch, leading Houston on a nine-play, 77-yard drive to score the game-winning touchdown with less than two minutes remaining.  

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Numbers and statistics are a huge part of . Every Sunday, reading updated box scores and stats is like Christmas for fans and media members. Some stats like total offense and total defense are overrated, but each help paint a picture for a team or particular game.

 

Whether the stats are historic, advanced or just an observation from a box score, Athlon Sports brings the most intriguing, important, historic and bizarre stats from around the weekend of college football action:

 

10 Amazing College Football Stats from Week 11

 

15: Consecutive 100-Yard Performances by Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott

Ohio State’s offense is still putting all of the pieces together to make a run at the national championship. While coach Urban Meyer is looking for more consistency from his quarterbacks and offensive line, this unit continues to lean on the steady play of Elliott. In Saturday’s 28-3 win over Illinois, Elliott recorded 181 yards and two touchdowns on 27 attempts. The 181-yard effort extended Elliott’s streak of consecutive 100-yard games to 15 and moved the junior to third all-time on Ohio State’s career rushing list behind Eddie George and Archie Griffin.

 

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125: North Carolina Sets Program Record With Points Scored Over Last Two Games

The Tar Heels aren’t getting much national respect at 9-1, but coach Larry Fedora’s team is quietly building an impressive resume. North Carolina has scored 125 points over its last two games – blowout victories over Duke and Miami – which is the best-two game mark in program history. In addition to the 59 points scored against the Hurricanes, North Carolina recorded 487 overall yards, forced two turnovers and held Miami without a score on its first 10 drives.

 

7: Games by Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield of At Least Four TDs in 2015

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield is making a strong case for Heisman votes and All-America honors this season, as the junior has been a big reason for the Sooners’ offensive improvement in 2015. Mayfield has scored at least four touchdowns in seven games this season, including four overall scores in Saturday night’s 44-34 victory over Baylor. The seven games of at least four touchdowns in a single contest are tied with TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin for the most in the nation this year.

 

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81: Career Rushing Touchdowns by Navy QB Keenan Reynolds

Navy senior quarterback Keenan Reynolds entered the NCAA record book during Saturday’s easy 55-14 victory over SMU. Reynolds rushed for four touchdowns and 137 yards on 14 carries and completed 2 of 9 passes for 81 yards and one score. The senior now has 81 career rushing touchdowns, which surpassed Wisconsin’s Montee Ball (77) for the all-time record. Reynolds will have a chance to add to this total over the next few weeks, as Navy takes on Tulsa in Week 12, followed by a trip to Houston on Black Friday. The Midshipmen also have the annual battle against Army on Dec. 12 and could play in the American Athletic Conference title game on Dec. 5.

 

9: Sacks by Alabama in Saturday’s Win Over Mississippi State

A week after a huge victory against LSU, there was some concern in Tuscaloosa about a letdown performance at Mississippi State. Alabama’s defense quickly put an end to those concerns in a dominant effort in Starkville. This unit held the Bulldogs to just 4.5 yards per play (a season low for Dan Mullen’s team) and forced nine sacks. Prior to Saturday’s game, Mississippi State allowed only 13 sacks all season. The nine recorded sacks were the most by an Alabama defense since 1998.

 

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1994: Georgia Tech’s Last Season of a .500 or Worse Record in ACC

Virginia Tech’s 23-21 victory at Georgia Tech on Thursday night likely ended the Yellow Jackets’ bowl hopes. At 3-7, coach Paul Johnson’s team needs to beat Miami and Georgia to close out the regular season and hope 5-7 teams are needed to fill bowl tie-ins. If the Yellow Jackets do not play in a postseason matchup, this program’s run of 18 consecutive seasons with a bowl game will end. Additionally, Georgia Tech’s remarkable run of consistency within the ACC is also slated to end this year. This program will suffer its first record of .500 or worse in conference games for the first time since 1994.

 

3: Night-Game Losses by LSU in Last Two Seasons

Tiger Stadium is one of college football’s best venues and toughest places to play for opposing teams. However, the home-field advantage at night hasn’t been as intimidating for opponents in the last two seasons. LSU has lost three night games over the last two seasons, including Saturday's 31-14 defeat against Arkansas. According to the Advocate, the Tigers are now 48-6 under coach Les Miles in night games at home. Three of those losses took place in the last two seasons.

 

47.6: Oregon’s Average Points in Last Three Games

A healthy Vernon Adams at quarterback makes a huge difference for Oregon’s offense. The Ducks scored 38 points and averaged a healthy 9.1 yards per play in Saturday night’s upset victory over Stanford. Adams suffered a finger injury in the opener against Eastern Washington and was clearly not at full strength against Michigan State or Utah. However, over the last three games, Adams has showed why he was an impact transfer for this offense. The senior has guided Oregon to an average of 47.6 points per game in its last three contests and completed 10 of 12 passes against the Cardinal for 205 yards and two touchdowns.

 

15: Consecutive Games With a Rushing Touchdown by Alabama RB Derrick Henry

With three efforts of 200 or more yards over his last four games, Alabama running back Derrick Henry has emerged as the frontrunner in the Heisman Trophy race. The junior recorded 204 yards and two scores on 22 attempts (9.3 ypc) in the convincing 31-6 victory over Mississippi State on Saturday. Henry has now scored a rushing touchdown in 15 consecutive games, which is the longest active streak in the nation. Additionally, the junior’s 15-game run is the longest in the SEC over the last 20 years.

 

118: Wins by Gary Pinkel at Missouri Since 2001

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel capped an emotional week with a 20-16 victory over BYU Saturday night, which improved the Tigers to 5-5 overall this year. Missouri needs a victory in one of its two remaining games (Tennessee or at Arkansas) to play in a bowl. Due to health reasons, Pinkel announced his intentions to retire at the end of the season on Friday. The 63-year-old coach was arguably one of the nation’s most underrated coaches and is the winningest coach in Missouri history at 118 career wins.

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Week 11 of the  season is officially in the books. With the playoff and bowl picture coming into focus, there were no shortage of critical games or must-see matchups on Saturday. And the weekend slate produced its share of crazy moments, wild finishes and big plays.  

 

Miss anything from Week 11? Here are 25 must-see plays, moments or post-game celebrations from the weekend of action:

 

25 Must-See Moments from College Football's Week 11 Games

 

1. Paris tributes take place from several college football teams and players: 

 

2. Marshall pays tribute to the victims of the 1970 plane crash:

3. Mississippi State honors fallen teammate Keith Joseph Jr.:

 

4. Missouri coach Gary Pinkel caps emotional week with win over BYU (and celebration):

 

5. Two of the nation's top quarterbacks - Connor Cook (Michigan State) and Trevone Boykin (TCU) - leave games with minor injuries:

6. Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield seals victory over Baylor with late touchdown:

 

7. Oregon stops Stanford's two-point play to score upset victory:

 

8. Alabama running back Derrick Henry and receiver Calvin Ridley score on big plays in easy win over Mississippi State:

Nick Saban also ended up with a cut on his face during the game:

 

9. Arizona receiver Nate Phillips makes game-winning touchdown catch to stun Utah in overtime:

 

10. Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds breaks the NCAA career record for most rushing touchdowns:

 

11. Houston remains unbeaten after Memphis misses field goal:

Cougars also win Twitter on Saturday night with this tweet after Baylor's defeat to Oklahoma:

 

12. Michigan scores on final play of regulation against Indiana to force overtime. Wolverines eventually win 48-41:

13. West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen crowd surfs after win against Texas:

 

14. North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams celebrates a touchdown against Miami:

 

15. Georgia defensive back Rico McGraw is injured after congratulatory slap from a coach:

16. LSU scores bizarre touchdown on deflected pass. However, Tigers dominated by Arkansas:

17. Maryland's punter took his frustration out after a bad punt on the bench:

 

18. Boise State nearly scores on last-second lateral play in loss against New Mexico:

 

19. Washington State knocks off UCLA on last-second touchdown pass from Luke Falk to Gabe Marks:

 

20. Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer celebrates win over Georgia Tech:

21. This official was not happy with the cheerleaders or band during the Central Michigan-Toledo matchup:

 

22. Ohio State defensive lineman Joey Bosa destroys an Illinois offensive lineman:

23. UCLA, South Carolina, ULM and Iowa used new (and awesome) alternate uniforms for Week 11:

 

24. Notre Dame defensive lineman Sheldon Day and his mom shared a cool moment on senior day:

25. Former Nebraska coach Bo Pelini (now at Youngstown State) exploded at the officials on Saturday:

 

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coach Gary Pinkel is resigning due to health reasons effective at the end of the 2015 season. Pinkel was one of the nation’s most underrated coaches during his 15-year run in Columbia. During his tenure with the Tigers, Pinkel went 118-71 and claimed back-to-back SEC East titles in 2013-14. Pinkel also went 73-37-3 at Toledo from 1991-00.

 

Pinkel was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in May and had treatments during May and June. According to a release from the school, Pinkel is “not doing poorly and that this is a manageable disease.”

 

There’s no question Pinkel will be missed at Missouri. This job isn’t easy. In a recent expert poll by Athlon Sports, . There’s plenty of potential though, as Pinkel went 23-5 overall from 2013-14 and guided the program to three seasons of at least 10 wins from 2007-10. Needless to say, Pinkel set the bar high for the next coach.

 

Who might be the next coach at Missouri? Here are seven names to watch:

 

Seven Coaching Candidates to Replace Gary Pinkel at Missouri

 

Dino Babers, head coach, Bowling Green

Babers was a long-time assistant that finally got his chance to be a head coach in 2012 at Eastern Illinois. Over the last four years, Babers has emerged as one of the nation’s top offensive minds and is a coach poised to make the jump into the Power 5 ranks. After recording a 19-7 mark at Eastern Illinois from 2012-13, Babers has led Bowling Green to a 16-8 record in two seasons. The Falcons won the MAC East in 2014 despite losing star quarterback Matt Johnson to a season-ending hip injury in the opener. And with Johnson back at the controls this year, Bowling Green is a perfect 6-0 in the MAC, defeated Purdue and Maryland in non-conference games and ranks fourth nationally with an average of 45.4 points per game. Babers is a former assistant under Art Briles, which helped to shape his background on offense, as well as stops as an assistant at Texas A&M, UCLA, Arizona and Pittsburgh.

 

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Matt Campbell, head coach, Toledo

Hiring a coach from Toledo worked out well for Missouri when it brought Pinkel to Columbia in 2001. Could the school turn to another Toledo coach in this coaching search? Campbell is 34-14 with the Rockets and is poised for his best season after an 8-1 start in 2015. Toledo also picked up victories against Power 5 opponents in Arkansas and Iowa State this year. The 35-year-old coach also has stops on his resume from stints as an assistant at Bowling Green and Mount Union. Campbell is ready for the chance to run a Power 5 program. 

 

P.J. Fleck, head coach, Western Michigan

Fleck is 15-20 in his third season at Western Michigan, but the former Northern Illinois’ receiver has brought marked improvement to the Kalamazoo program. After a 1-11 mark in Fleck’s first season (2013), the Broncos are 14-9 over the last two years and have a chance to win the MAC’s West Division in 2015. Fleck is also regarded as an excellent recruiter and also has stops on his resume from stints with the Buccaneers and Rutgers. At 34-years-old, Fleck is the nation’s youngest coach.

 

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Justin Fuente, head coach, Memphis

Fuente is expected to generate interest from several schools this offseason. Virginia Tech, South Carolina and Miami are three schools expected to gauge Fuente’s interest and other top 25-30 jobs could open by December. Fuente has transformed Memphis into a top 25 program after inheriting a team that won three games under Larry Porter’s direction from 2010-11. Fuente’s first team showed marked improvement (4-8) in 2012 and finished 3-9 in the program’s debut in the American Athletic Conference. The Tigers took a huge step forward in 2014, finishing 10-3 with a No. 25 rank in the final Associated Press poll. Memphis is 8-2 this season and spent four weeks as a ranked team in the Associated Press poll before losing to Navy in Week 10. Current Missouri defensive coordinator Barry Odom worked for three years under Fuente at Memphis.

 

Tom Herman, head coach, Houston

Similar to Memphis’ Justin Fuente, Herman will be contacted by several schools this offseason to gauge his interest in an opening at a Power 5 job. Herman is 10-0 in his first season as Houston’s head coach, guiding the Cougars to a No. 13 ranking in the latest Associated Press poll. Prior to taking the top spot in Houston, Herman worked as Ohio State’s offensive coordinator from 2012-14 and held the same position at Iowa State (2009-11), Rice (2007-08) and Texas State (2005-06). Herman also has ties to the program, as he was hired at Houston by current Missouri athletic director Mack Rhoades.

 

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Barry Odom, defensive coordinator, Missouri

Odom is a former Missouri player and rejoined Gary Pinkel’s staff after a three-year stint at Memphis calling the defensive signals for Justin Fuente from 2012-14. The Tigers showed significant improvement on defense under Odom’s direction, limiting opponents to just 4.7 yards per play in 2014. While Missouri is likely to finish 2015 with a losing record, Odom’s defense certainly isn’t the problem. The Tigers rank second in the SEC in scoring defense and are holding opponents to 4.3 yards per play. Odom worked from 2009-11 under Pinkel as an assistant coach and also worked on the staff from 2003-08 as a football operations assistant. Odom does not have any previous head coaching experience. 

 

Matt Rhule, head coach, Temple

Rhule played under Joe Paterno at Penn State from 1994-97 and has spent most of his coaching career on the East Coast. Would the Pennsylvania native be interested in a SEC job or could he hold out for an opening in the Big Ten or ACC? Although Rhule is content at Temple, Power 5 programs will come calling. The Owls are 16-18 under his watch, including an 8-2 mark in 2015. Temple is the frontrunner to win the American Athletic Conference’s East Division and nearly knocked off Notre Dame on Oct. 31 this season. If the Owls win their remaining regular season games (two) and claim the conference championship or a bowl victory, Rhule’s team will surpass the program’s highest win total mark (10 in 1979).

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The is on the outside looking in of the ’s Playoff after the Nov. 10 rankings release, but the news isn’t all bad for the conference, as and have a chance to make an impression on the committee Saturday night in Waco. The Big 12 schedule wasn’t intentionally backloaded, but this league features a handful of the best games in the nation over the next four weeks, with the Sooners and Bears at the center of most of those matchups.

 

Heading into Week 11, Baylor does not have a victory against a team with a winning record. However, the month of November represents an opportunity for the Bears to impress. After Saturday’s game against Oklahoma, Baylor still has games against Oklahoma State and TCU, followed by the season finale versus Texas. Despite losing quarterback Seth Russell to a season-ending neck injury, coach Art Briles’ team won 31-24 at Kansas State last week. The offense is in good hands with true freshman quarterback Jarrett Stidham, but the performance of the defense is likely to determine whether this team can finish 12-0 and reach the playoffs.

 

While the Bears entered the season as the co-favorite with TCU to win the Big 12 title, Oklahoma opened 2015 looking to rebound after an 8-5 mark last year. Bob Stoops made changes to his coaching staff get the program back on track. Rising star Lincoln Riley was hired to call the plays, and three other new assistants joined the staff. The moves have paid off for Stoops, as Oklahoma is 8-1 and is in the mix to climb in the rankings and contend for a playoff spot. The lone defeat for the Sooners this season came at the hands of rival Texas in early October.

 

Oklahoma has a 21-3 all-time series edge against Baylor. However, the Bears have won two in a row against the Sooners and three out of the last four meetings.

 

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Oklahoma at Baylor

 

Kickoff: Saturday, Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ABC

Spread: Baylor -2.5

 

Three Things to Watch

 

1. Baylor QB Jarrett Stidham

Stidham earned high marks in his first start. The true freshman replaced the injured Seth Russell prior to last week’s game against Kansas State and torched the Wildcats for 419 yards and three touchdowns on 23 completions. For the season, Stidham has completed 47 of 61 passes for 750 yards and nine scores. Additionally, the talented true freshman has yet to throw an interception and averages 12.3 yards per attempt. While Stidham has been impressive, the schedule is going to get tougher. Saturday night’s matchup against Oklahoma is the true freshman’s toughest opponent so far this year, as the Sooners rank No. 1 in the Big 12 in pass efficiency defense and have allowed just six passing touchdowns so far in conference matchups. Only one opponent (Tulsa – 427 surpassed more than 260 yards through the air against Oklahoma. The Golden Hurricane’s 427 yards is notable, as former Baylor assistant Philip Montgomery is in his first season as Tulsa’s head coach. The Sooners’ secondary also has reinforcements on the way. Standout Zack Sanchez returns to the lineup after missing two games due to an ankle injury. Sanchez’s return comes at an ideal time. Stidham is throwing to the nation’s No. 1 receiving corps, headlined by explosive junior Corey Coleman (20.3 ypc), Jay Lee (21.9 ypc) and KD Cannon (16.8 ypc). Even though Oklahoma’s secondary is having a standout 2015 season, stopping Baylor starts up front. The Sooners lead the Big 12 with 33 sacks generated, but the Bears have a protective wall in front of Stidham, giving up just nine sacks this season. The true freshman was in clear control of the offense last Thursday, made decisive reads and showcased the talent that made him top 50 prospect in the 2015 signing class. How will he perform against a tougher defense?

 

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2. Oklahoma’s Rushing Attack

The best way to slow down Baylor’s offense is to simply keep them off the field. The Bears are fifth in the Big 12 against the run and surrendered a season high of 258 yards against Kansas State last week. Standout defensive tackle Andrew Billings suffered an ankle injury against West Virginia on Oct. 17 and is getting closer to 100 percent, which should help the interior of this defense. Last week’s struggles against the run are a bad sign for Baylor with Oklahoma’s offense coming to Waco. The Sooners struggled early in the year to get a push from their offensive line and managed only 67 yards in a loss against Texas. However, ground game has progressed in recent weeks, recording at least 232 yards in each of the last four games. Samaje Perine (806 yards) is the headliner, but Joe Mixon (6.65 yards per carry) and quarterback Baker Mayfield all contribute to the ground attack. Can Oklahoma match Kansas State’s success last week? If the Sooners can, that’s a big problem for the Bears.

 

3. Preventing Big Plays in the Passing Game

With both offenses averaging over 45 points per game, this should be a high-scoring affair. It’s unlikely either defense can deliver a shutdown performance on Saturday night, which is why both units need to eliminate the big plays. Oklahoma will challenge Baylor at the point of attack with Perine and Mixon, with Mayfield spreading the ball to an improved group of receivers. Sterling Shepard and Dede Westbrook are the primary targets for Mayfield, but Durron Neal and Mark Andrews, along with Mixon out of the backfield will contribute. The Sooners rank fifth in the Big 12 with 19 passing plays of 30 yards or more, but this unit jumps to first in plays of 60 yards or more. The potential is there to take any play to the house for six points. The same theory applies on the Baylor sideline. Stidham is confident in this offense and has a strong supporting cast to lean on. In addition to a deep receiving corps and standout offensive line, running back Shock Linwood leads the Big 12 with 1,046 yards. Both defenses will bend and yield yardage. However, it’s critical for both units to not allow 15-yard gains to become 60-yard touchdowns. Oklahoma has allowed only nine plays of 30 yards or more, while Baylor has surrendered 19. Which team can prevent the big play on Saturday night?

 

Final Analysis

 

The Big 12 might be college football’s most intriguing conference for the month of November. Some of the best remaining games are in this league, and Saturday night’s matchup between Oklahoma and Baylor shouldn’t disappoint. Both teams are going to land their share of punches and points on the scoreboard. The Sooners’ ground attack presents a big challenge for the Bears after struggling to stop the run in Manhattan last Saturday. The secondary is also limiting big plays, which is critical with Baylor receiver Corey Coleman looming this weekend. While optimism should be high in Norman for the upset, the Bears connect on one big play in the fourth quarter to remain unbeaten.

 

Prediction: Baylor 45, Oklahoma 41
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seized control of the SEC West with a victory over LSU last week, but the Crimson Tide still have obstacles to navigate, starting with a trip to Starkville to take on on Saturday afternoon. Alabama’s win against the Tigers, along with an Ole Miss loss to Arkansas cleared the way for coach Nick Saban’s team to win the SEC West once again. Mississippi State is also in the mix to win the SEC West, but its scenario to take the No. 1 spot in the division is a little complicated.

 

The Crimson Tide ranked No. 2 on Tuesday night’s College Football Playoff rankings release and could unseat Clemson for No. 1 overall depending on what transpires over the next four weeks of action. Since losing to Ole Miss 43-37 in mid-September, Alabama has dominated against Georgia, Texas A&M and LSU and posted conference wins over Tennessee and Arkansas. On the other sideline, Mississippi State quietly landed at No. 17 in the latest rankings, as the Bulldogs have gained momentum behind a four-game winning streak. Coach Dan Mullen had to replace several key starters from last year’s team but managed a quick rebuild behind senior quarterback Dak Prescott.

 

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Alabama leads the all-time series against Mississippi State 77-18-3. The Crimson Tide have won seven in a row against the Bulldogs. Mississippi State’s last win in this series was in 2007.

 

Alabama at Mississippi State

 

Kickoff: Saturday, Nov. 17 at 3:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: CBS

Spread: Alabama -8

 

Three Things to Watch

 

1. Avoiding a Letdown

Alabama has a tough assignment on Saturday afternoon, as the Crimson Tide have to find a way to match the intensity and energy displayed in last week’s matchup. After a showdown between top-five teams, can Alabama rekindle that energy on the road after a physical affair against LSU? In each of the last two seasons, the Crimson Tide have played Mississippi State the week after a game against LSU. Alabama won 25-20 in Tuscaloosa last season and claimed a 20-7 slugfest victory over the Bulldogs in 2013. While Mississippi State may not be as strong of a team as it was last season, the Crimson Tide cannot afford to show up in Starkville with a flat performance. The Bulldogs are hungry for the upset and could spoil Alabama’s national and SEC title hopes with a win. Last week’s game against LSU was arguably the biggest of the season for the Crimson Tide. Fast forward to Saturday and Mississippi State is in the same position. Will Alabama match the Bulldogs energy and avoid a letdown on Saturday afternoon?

 

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2. Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott

It’s no secret the SEC’s best quarterback resides in Starkville. Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott is having an outstanding senior campaign, throwing for 2,351 yards and 18 touchdowns to just one interception. He also leads the team with 418 rushing yards and seven scores. Prescott isn’t a one-man show, but he drives the Mississippi State offense and is the key to the upset hopes on Saturday afternoon. The senior has to continue to limit mistakes and use his mobility to escape the nation’s best front seven. Additionally, he needs a little help from his supporting cast. The Bulldogs are dealing with a few ailments to their offensive line, but this unit has allowed just nine sacks in five SEC games. Prescott can spread the field with one of the SEC’s best receiving corps, including De’Runnya Wilson (eight touchdowns) and Fred Ross (51 catches). The rushing attack will be under the spotlight, as Prescott needs more help from Brandon Holloway (220 yards), Ashton Shumpert (174 yards) and Aeris Williams (164 yards) out of the backfield. Prescott might be the most valuable player in this game. He’s capable of carrying Mississippi State to the upset and is a tough matchup for Alabama’s defense with his dual-threat ability. After all, dual-threat quarterbacks have provided the most headaches for Nick Saban's defense in recent years. The Crimson Tide is going to focus on Prescott. Will the supporting cast step up in this matchup? Just how far can the senior quarterback carry Mississippi State on Saturday afternoon?

 

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3. Battle in the Trenches

On paper, this area is where Alabama has an advantage over Mississippi State. The Crimson Tide has the best front seven in the nation on defense, and the offensive line is among the best in the SEC. Alabama’s rush defense ranks second nationally, limiting opponents to 75.8 yards per game. Additionally, this group wreaks havoc at the line of scrimmage with 29 sacks and 60 tackles for a loss. The offensive line has experienced a few ups and downs so far this year but is coming off a standout performance against LSU. The front five led the way for the Crimson Tide to rush for 250 yards and three touchdowns on 55 attempts last week. Stopping the run has been a challenge at times for Mississippi State this season and this defense faces another test against Alabama running back Derrick Henry. The Bulldogs rank 10th in the SEC by giving up 167.7 rushing yards per game. This unit surrendered 215 yards on the ground to Missouri last week, while LSU recorded 266 back in September. However, the numbers are better for coordinator Manny Diaz in terms of per carry totals. Mississippi State is allowing only 3.9 yards per rush and just 2.7 inside of the red zone. Even if Prescott finds rushing lanes or makes a few big throws against Alabama’s secondary, it won’t matter if Mississippi State struggles to keep the pass rush away from its senior quarterback. Additionally, the Bulldogs have to find a way to slow down Henry and force quarterback Jake Coker to win this game with his arm.

 

Final Analysis

 

There are factors working in Mississippi State’s favor on Saturday afternoon. The atmosphere, a potential letdown by Alabama and senior quarterback Dak Prescott all provide hope for the Bulldogs. However, will a huge performance from Prescott be enough to score the upset? Probably not. As good as the senior quarterback is, the other pieces for Mississippi State have to step up. The defense has to shut down Henry, force a couple of turnovers and get help from the supporting cast. That’s a lot to ask. Sure, Alabama may not be as fired up for this game as it was last week. However, there’s an edge in talent on the Crimson Tide sideline. History is also in Alabama’s favor. In the last seven matchups between these two teams (all Crimson Tide wins), Mississippi State has scored more than 10 points one time. Alabama starts slow but takes control in the second half to move one step closer to winning the SEC West.

 

Prediction: Alabama 27, Mississippi State 20
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The College Football Playoff selection committee’s top 25 rankings are the biggest source of discussion and criticism among fans and media after their release on Tuesday nights. While the rankings are important to show where teams stand relative to the other contenders, as well as how the committee is evaluating different teams, it’s important to remember that the top 25 is going to change significantly by Dec. 6.

 

With four weeks of games remaining, college football is due for a few upsets. Which teams could play spoiler and end the playoff hopes of some of the leading contenders after Week 10? Here are five teams to watch the rest of 2015: 

 

5 Teams That Could Play Spoiler to CFB Playoff Contenders

 

Michigan (7-2)

High expectations surrounded Jim Harbaugh’s return to Ann Arbor, and the first-year coach has the Wolverines sitting at 7-2 and in position to play in one of college football’s top bowl games. Michigan should be favored in upcoming matchups against Indiana and Penn State, with the regular season finale at Ohio State looming large. Assuming the Buckeyes defeat Illinois on Nov. 14 and Michigan State on Nov. 21, coach Urban Meyer’s team will take a 31-game winning streak in Big Ten play to Ann Arbor. The Wolverines are a work in progress on offense with an average of 5.4 yards per play in Big Ten matchups, but the defense leads the conference by holding opponents to just 11.9 points a game. Harbaugh’s defense also leads the Big Ten in fewest third-down conversions allowed and ranks third nationally in rush defense. After losing three in a row to the Buckeyes, Michigan will be hungry to spoil the season of its bitter rival. 

 

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Mississippi State (7-2)

The Bulldogs were picked by most to finish last in the challenging SEC West, but coach Dan Mullen has relied on the right arm and legs of senior quarterback Dak Prescott to guide Mississippi State back in contention for a 10-win season. Prescott is the SEC’s top quarterback, throwing for 2,351 yards and 18 scores and rushing for 418 yards and seven touchdowns through nine games. Prescott needs more help from his rushing attack and offensive line, but the senior has one of the SEC’s top receiving corps. Coordinator Manny Diaz returned to Starkville after four years away and has helped Mississippi State’s defense reload after returning only three starters. The Bulldogs are giving up 5.2 yards per play and rank fourth in the conference by holding opponents to 17.2 points a game. It’s a longshot, but Mississippi State is still alive in the SEC West title picture. To keep those slim West Division title hopes alive, the Bulldogs have to upset Alabama on Saturday. The Crimson Tide are coming off a huge win in a physical affair against LSU and have to quickly refocus for a tricky road trip to Starkville. A win by Mississippi State on Saturday would have huge implications in the playoff picture.   

 

North Carolina (8-1)

The Tar Heels have reeled off eight wins in a row after losing to South Carolina 17-13 in the season opener. Coach Larry Fedora’s team is in control of the Coastal Division and could clinch this Saturday with a win, combined with a Duke victory over Pittsburgh. As usual, the offense is a strength under Fedora. North Carolina ranks second nationally with an average of 7.6 yards per play, quarterback Marquise Williams is second in the ACC with 297.2 total yards per game, and freshman running back Elijah Hood is having a standout season with 813 yards and 11 scores in nine games. While the offense is explosive, the difference in North Carolina’s run at the Coastal title in 2015 is its defense. The addition of new coordinator Gene Chizik has paid huge dividends for Fedora’s team, as this unit has made significant strides. The Tar Heels are limiting ACC opponents to 5.3 yards per play, down from 6.3 in 2014. Additionally, Chizik’s defense has surrendered only 11 plays of 30 yards or more. With an explosive offense and an improving defense, North Carolina could give Clemson trouble in the ACC Championship. 

 

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Texas (4-5)

The final Saturday in the regular season shouldn’t be short on drama as teams make their final pitch to the committee for a playoff spot. If – and it’s a big if – Baylor can run the table in November and defeat Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and TCU, the Dec. 5 matchup against Texas could determine whether or not coach Art Briles’ team makes the playoff or just misses for the second year in a row. On paper, Baylor should be a heavy favorite against Texas. However, coach Charlie Strong and coordinator Vance Bedford have experienced some success in slowing down the high-powered Bears’ offense. In 2013, the Longhorns limited Baylor to 30 points and 5.5 yards per play (third-lowest mark of the season). Last year, Texas held the Bears to 28 points and just 4.7 yards per play. The personnel is different for the Longhorns’ defense, but this unit has not allowed more than 234 passing yards in each of its last four games. Additionally, Texas can control the pace of the game with an offense averaging 227.8 rushing yards per game in Big 12 contests. It’s a long shot, but the season finale could determine whether or not the Longhorns go to a bowl. If that’s the case, Texas will have plenty of motivation on Dec. 5 in Waco.  

 

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UCLA (7-2)/USC (6-3)

The Pac-12 South title is a three-team race with three weeks remaining until Championship Saturday. Utah is the clear favorite at 5-1 in league play, but USC and UCLA are both positioned to make a run at 4-2. The Trojans also own a critical tiebreaker over the Utes thanks to a head-to-head win on Oct. 24. The Bruins will have their shot at Utah on Nov. 21 in Salt Lake City, followed by a road test at USC on Nov. 28. For USC or UCLA to play spoiler, it needs some help. Utah has to lose once – UCLA on Nov. 21 is the most-likely outcome – and the Bruins or Trojans have to win out and play Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship. If the Cardinal defeats Notre Dame on Nov. 28, there’s a good chance for David Shaw’s team moves to No. 4 in the committee rankings. While Stanford would be favored over UCLA and USC, both teams would have revenge on their mind after losing to the Cardinal already in the regular season. 

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Week 11 of the 2015 season starts with two games on Wednesday night, including an intriguing matchup in the MAC between Bowling Green and Western Michigan. The midweek portion of the schedule continues on Thursday, as Virginia Tech travels to Georgia Tech in a critical game for the bowl hopes of both teams. On Friday, USC looks to stay alive for the Pac-12 South title with a trip to Colorado. Week 11’s Saturday slate isn’t as intriguing as last week’s, but there are plenty of must-see matchups and games that will affect the playoff picture. The first round of games on Saturday features NC State at Florida State and Ohio State visiting Illinois. The action continues into the 3:30 slate with No. 1 Clemson playing at Syracuse and Mississippi State at Alabama. The night portion of Week 11’s schedule features Memphis at Houston, Arkansas at LSU and Oklahoma versus Baylor.

 

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Which teams will come out on top in every FBS game for Week 11? Athlon's editors predict the winners for every game this week:

 

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Michigan State

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Rutgers

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South Carolina

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Tennessee

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West Virginia

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FAU

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Marshall

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Baylor

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Iowa State

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LSU

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Mississippi State

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Texas A&M

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Rice

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’s offseason coaching carousel is already shaping up to be one of the busiest in recent years. Nine FBS coaching jobs are open as of Nov. 11, and the turnover won’t stop at the top. With several openings at the head coach level, the turnover and changes will continue into the assistant ranks. Coordinator changes should be active this offseason in every conference, and the pressure is already starting to build on a handful of play-callers.

 

Reprots have already surfaced about job security for Texas A&M offensive coordinator Jake Spavital, as the Aggies have slumped on offense in recent weeks. Additionally, Georgia’s Brian Schottenheimer is under scrutiny after the Bulldogs scored 12 combined points in games against Missouri and Florida.

 

Here are five coordinators on the hot seat with four weeks left in the 2015 season:

 

5 Coordinators on the Hot Seat

 

Brian Knorr, Defensive Coordinator, Indiana

Defense has been a longstanding issue for the Hoosiers. Since 2008, Indiana has ranked 10th or worse in the Big Ten in yards per play and points allowed. Just how much of a struggle has defense been for the Hoosiers recently? In 2013, Indiana gave up 41.9 points per game (Big Ten-only matchups) in 2013 and surrendered 7.4 yards per play. Regardless of how explosive Indiana’s offense is, reaching bowl eligibility in the Big Ten East is almost impossible with those numbers allowed on defense. Knorr joined Kevin Wilson’s staff in 2014 and you have to look hard to find improvement. The Hoosiers are giving up 6.6 yards per play and 41 points in league matchups this season. Additionally, this unit has been susceptible to the big play. Indiana has allowed 14 plays of 40 yards or more and 11 of 50 yards or more.

 

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Don Pellum, Defensive Coordinator, Oregon

Pellum inherited big shoes to fill when he was promoted to defensive coordinator prior to the 2014 season. The long-time assistant replaced Nick Aliotti after he retired following the 2013 campaign and has experienced his share of ups and downs in his first opportunity to call the defensive signals at Oregon. The statistical totals of the Ducks’ defense are always skewed due to their up-tempo, high-powered offense, and Pellum’s group held opponents to a respectable 5.5 yards per play in 2014. However, there were signs of trouble, as Oregon ranked 12th in the Pac-12 in third-down defense and relied on takeaways (34) to stem the offensive momentum of other teams. The Ducks lost a handful of key players from last year’s unit and have struggled so far in 2015. Oregon ranks last in the Pac-12 in points allowed (37.2 per game), yards per play (6.1) and ninth in red-zone defense. Considering the track record of continuity in Eugene and turnover in personnel this season, Pellum is likely to call the defensive signals once again in 2016. However, this defense has to show improvement next year, especially as the offense looks for a replacement for Vernon Adams at quarterback.

 

Brian Schottenheimer, Offensive Coordinator, Georgia

Schottenheimer’s arrival was met with plenty of skepticism last January. So far, the first-year coordinator has done little to ease those concerns. The Bulldogs rank eighth in the SEC in scoring offense and averaged less than five yards per play in three out of their last five conference matchups. This unit has struggled to produce big plays, recording only eight plays of 40 yards or more through nine contests. The loss of star running back Nick Chubb was a huge setback to Georgia’s offense, but inconsistency at quarterback and a lack of proven receivers limited the explosiveness and production of this group. The Bulldogs have only one touchdown pass and tossed five picks in their last three games. While Schottenheimer didn’t inherit the SEC’s best offense and lost this team’s best player (Chubb), it’s fair to wonder if he’s the right hire for 2016 and beyond in Athens. 

 

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John Shoop, Offensive Coordinator, Purdue

Third-year coach Darrell Hazell is only 6-27 in three years at Purdue, but he’s expected to return in 2016. Hazell inherited a rebuilding project when he was hired in 2013 and progress has been hard to come by the last three seasons. Assuming Hazell returns, would he be forced to make staff changes? Shoop has a wealth of experience as a coordinator, including 2007-11 at North Carolina and in the NFL with the Bears from 2001-03. However, the Boilermakers’ offense has struggled under his watch, averaging only 22 points in Big Ten games this season. Purdue is also averaging 4.8 yards per play in 2015 and finished with a 4.6 mark in 2013 and a 4.95 total in 2014. Some perspective is needed on Shoop’s job, as the Boilermakers are rebuilding and this staff didn’t inherit a ton of proven talent. However, in a win-now mentality, Hazell may have to reconsider his offensive staff before a make-or-break 2016 campaign.

 

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Jake Spavital, Offensive Coordinator, Texas A&M

Spavital was considered a rising star when he was hired at Texas A&M in 2013. The Oklahoma native was hired by Kevin Sumlin to tutor the quarterbacks after two years working under Dana Holgorsen at West Virginia (2011-12). Spavital spent 2013 as a co-offensive coordinator and was promoted to play-caller prior to the Chick-fil-A Bowl against Duke. In Spavital’s debut, the Aggies averaged 7.96 yards per play and scored 52 points in the 52-48 win over Duke. Spavital’s job was tougher in 2014 with the departure of Johnny Manziel, receiver Mike Evans and standout tackle Jake Matthews to the NFL. However, Texas A&M averaged only 5.3 yards per play in league games last season and finished 10th in the SEC in red zone offense (conference-only matchups). This year has been much of the same for Spavital, as the Aggies average just 21.5 points and 5.3 yards per play in league games. Both of those totals are the lowest mark under Sumlin’s watch. Considering the skill talent in College Station, along with two talented quarterbacks (Kyler Murray and Kyle Allen), Texas A&M should have one of the SEC’s best offenses. Spavital needs to find a way to get this offense back on track in November. 

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The start of ’s 2015-16 bowl season is less than two months away, but it’s never too early to take a peek at the potential matchups this postseason.

 

The bowl season is bigger and better than ever with 41 matchups, starting on Dec. 19 with five games. The postseason concludes on Jan. 11 with the national championship, while the playoff semifinals are on Dec. 31 this year.

 

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The post-Week 10 bowl projections are a mixture between picks for the next few weeks, how things would look if the season ended today, and the results from the first 10 weeks of action. Expect several changes over the next few weeks.

 

College Football's Post-Week 10 Bowl Projections
BowlDateTie-InProjection
AutoNation CureDec. 19Sun Belt vs.
American

Tulsa vs.

Georgia Southern 

Gildan New MexicoDec. 19C-USA vs.
MW

Rice vs.

New Mexico 

Royal Purple
Las Vegas
Dec. 19MW/BYU vs.
Pac-12

 Boise State vs.

Arizona State 

Raycom Media
Camellia
Dec. 19MAC vs.
Sun Belt

 Appalachian State vs.

Toledo 

R+L Carriers
New Orleans
Dec. 19C-USA vs.
Sun Belt

 Southern Miss vs.

UL Lafayette 

Miami BeachDec. 21American vs.
C-USA

Temple vs.

WKU 

Famous Idaho PotatoDec. 22MAC vs.
MW

 Utah State vs.

Central Michigan 

Boca RatonDec. 22American vs.
MAC

Cincinnati vs.

Bowling Green 

SDCCU PoinsettiaDec. 23Mountain West vs.
Army

 San Diego State vs.

Ohio* 

GoDaddyDec. 23

MAC vs.

Sun Belt

 Arkansas State vs.

Western Michigan 

Popeyes BahamasDec. 24

C-USA vs.

MAC

MTSU vs.

Northern Illinois 

HawaiiDec. 24American vs.
BYU/MW

 BYU vs.

Washington* 

St. PetersburgDec. 26C-USA vs. 
American

USF vs.

Marshall 

Hyundai SunDec. 26ACC/ND vs.
Pac-12

Oregon vs.

Pittsburgh 

Zaxby's Heart of
Dallas
Dec. 26Big 12 vs.
C-USA

Louisiana Tech vs.

Buffalo* 

New Era PinstripeDec. 26ACC/ND vs.
Big Ten

 Wisconsin vs.

Duke 

IndependenceDec. 26ACC/ND vs.
SEC

Virginia Tech vs.

Colorado State* 

Foster FarmsDec. 26Big Ten vs.
Pac-12

 Nebraska vs.

Washington State 

MilitaryDec. 28ACC/ND vs.
American

NC State vs.

Navy 

Quick LaneDec. 28ACC/ND vs.
Big Ten

Illinois vs.

Miami 

Lockheed Martin
Armed Forces
Dec. 29MW vs.
Big Ten

Indiana vs.

Air Force 

Russell AthleticDec. 29ACC/ND vs.
Big 12

 Florida State vs.

TCU 

NOVA Home 

Loans Arizona

Dec. 29

C-USA vs. 

Mountain West

 UTEP vs.

Nevada 

AdvoCare V100
Texas
Dec. 29Big 12 vs.
SEC

Texas Tech vs.

Texas A&M 

BirminghamDec. 30American vs.
SEC

Memphis vs.

Kentucky 

BelkDec. 30ACC/ND vs.
SEC

 Miss. State vs.

North Carolina 

Franklin American
Music City
Dec. 30ACC/ND/Big Ten vs.
SEC

 Georgia vs.

Penn State 

National University
Holiday
Dec. 30Big Ten vs.
Pac-12

 Northwestern vs.

UCLA 

OutbackJan. 1Big Ten vs. 
SEC

 Michigan vs.

Ole Miss 

Buffalo Wild Wings
Citrus
Jan. 1Big Ten vs.
SEC

 Tennessee vs.

Michigan State 

TaxSlayerJan. 2ACC/ND/Big Ten vs.
SEC

Arkansas vs.

Louisville 

AutoZone LibertyJan. 2Big 12 vs. 
SEC

 Auburn vs.

West Virginia 

Valero AlamoJan. 2Big 12 vs.
Pac-12

 Oklahoma State vs.

USC 

CactusJan. 2Big 12 vs. 
Pac-12

Kansas State vs.

California 

    
Chick-fil-A PeachDec. 31At-large vs.
At-large

 Florida vs.

Notre Dame 

FiestaJan. 1At-large vs.
At-large

 Houston vs.

Utah 

RoseJan. 1Big Ten vs.
Pac-12

Stanford vs. 

Iowa 

SugarJan. 1SEC vs.
Big 12

 LSU vs.

Oklahoma 

    
CottonDec. 31Playoff
Semifinal

 Ohio State vs.

Baylor 

OrangeDec. 31Playoff
Semifinal

 Clemson vs. 

Alabama 

National ChampionshipJan. 11Cotton Bowl Winner vs.
Orange Bowl Winner

 Ohio State vs.

Alabama 

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The Playoff Committee released its second top 25 rankings of the 2015 season on Tuesday night. Clemson remained at No. 1 for the second week in a row, followed by Alabama at No. 2, Ohio State at No. 3 and Notre Dame at No. 4. 

 

The committee will meet each week until the end of the season, releasing rankings on Tuesday night until the final reveal on Dec. 6 for the last top 25 and playoff announcements.

 

While the weekly rankings are critical in gauging where teams stand in early November, it’s important to remember last year’s top 25 featured Mississippi State at No. 1 and Ohio State – the team that won it all in 2014 – ranked No. 16.

 

Needless to say, this poll will look significantly different in early December.

 

College Football Playoff Committee Top 25 Rankings (Nov. 10 Edition)
RankTeamRecord
1Clemson9-0
2Alabama8-1
3Ohio State9-0
4Notre Dame8-1
5Iowa9-0
6Baylor8-0
7Stanford8-1
8Oklahoma State9-0
9LSU7-1
10Utah8-1
11Florida8-1
12Oklahoma8-1
13Michigan State8-1
14Michigan7-2
15TCU8-1
16Florida State7-2
17Mississippi State7-2
18Northwestern7-2
19UCLA7-2
20Navy7-1
21Memphis8-1
22Temple8-1
23North Carolina8-1
24Houston9-0
25Wisconsin8-2

 

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brings its high-powered “Falcon Fast” offense to Kalamazoo on Wednesday night for a key conference matchup against . This contest features two of the best teams in the MAC, as the Broncos and Falcons are the only remaining unbeatens in league play entering Week 11. While both teams have a lot of work remaining, this Wednesday night showdown is a potential preview of the MAC Championship in Detroit in early December.

 

The two coaches in this game – Bowling Green’s Dino Babers and Western Michigan’s P.J. Fleck – are widely regarded as rising stars. Babers is 15-8 in two seasons with the Falcons, while Fleck is 15-19 in his third season with the Broncos. Both coaches are on track to have their best overall team of their tenure in 2015. Western Michigan has a five-game winning streak, which includes a 54-7 blowout win over Ball State last Thursday. Bowling Green scored wins over Maryland and Purdue earlier this year, with its only losses coming at the hands of Tennessee (59-30) and Memphis (44-41).

 

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Bowling Green holds a 31-18-3 series edge over Western Michigan. The Broncos defeated the Falcons 26-14 in last season’s matchup.

 

Bowling Green at Western Michigan

 

Kickoff: Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN2

Spread: Bowling Green -3

 

Three Things to Watch

 

1. Bowling Green’s “Falcon Fast” Offense

Bowling Green’s high-powered offense is one of the best in the nation, averaging 45.9 points a game this season. Can Western Michigan find a way to slow down prolific quarterback Matt Johnson and a deep group of skill players? No team has managed to hold the Falcons under 30 points in a game this season, and this offense has scored at least 48 points in each of the last four contests. Johnson is the catalyst for the attack, passing for 3,686 yards and 33 scores in nine games. The senior is efficient (70.5 completion percentage) and doesn’t make mistakes (three interceptions). Johnson has plenty of help at receiver in the form of Roger Lewis (64 catches), Ronnie Moore (54), Gehrig Dieter (49) and Ryan Burbrink (43). While Bowling Green’s offense loves to throw (fourth nationally with 401 attempts in 2015), there’s balance on the ground with Travis Greene and Fred Coppet. Western Michigan will have its hands full against the Falcons, but Fleck’s defense has limited MAC opponents to 20.2 points a game this season. However, there are signs of concern for the Broncos. This unit is giving up 5.7 yards per play and has surrendered 17 passing plays of 30 yards or more. Additionally, the Broncos have recorded only 10 sacks in nine games. Bowling Green’s offensive line has struggled at times (25 sacks allowed), which should create opportunities for Western Michigan to get pressure on Johnson. But if the Broncos struggle to generate a pass rush and give up big plays in the secondary, Bowling Green will have no trouble equaling its season average in points per game (45.9).

 

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2. Western Michigan’s Ground Attack

Bowling Green’s offense is the best in the MAC, but Western Michigan is also capable of lighting up the scoreboard. The Broncos rank second in the MAC with an average of 38 points per game, headlined by the steady play of quarterback Zach Terrell and a trio of talented running backs. Jarvion Franklin (660 yards) leads the team in rushing, but Jamauri Bogan and LeVante Bellamy have seen an increased workload in recent weeks. Bogan leads the team with nine rushing scores, while Bellamy (40 carries) averages 8.2 yards per rush. Bowling Green has experienced its share of issues against the run, giving up 164.6 yards per game. In last week’s victory over Ohio, the Falcons surrendered 299 yards and three scores on the ground. Time of possession is a meaningless statistic to most coaches. However, that total could be critical on Wednesday night. Western Michigan has the offensive line and talent at running back to control the pace of the game, limiting the opportunities for the Bowling Green offense. And when the ground attack has success, it sets up opportunities for Terrell to attack downfield on throws to Daniel Braverman and Corey Davis.

 

3. Turnover Margin

Even if Western Michigan establishes its ground attack and wins the time of possession battle, it still needs a few breaks to slow down Bowling Green’s offense. With that in mind, the turnover battle will be critical to monitor. The Falcons have the MAC’s best turnover margin at +11, while the Broncos are minus-two. However, in conference-only games, the totals look better for Western Michigan at plus-seven. Bowling Green has lost only five turnovers all season, which only adds to the difficulty of slowing down the “Falcon Fast” attack. The Broncos need to win this statistical category on Wednesday night.

 

Final Analysis

 

Expect plenty of fireworks in Kalamazoo on Wednesday night. Bowling Green and Western Michigan own the MAC’s top scoring offenses, and there’s no shortage of skill talent in this matchup. Starting fast and establishing the flow of the game is critical for both teams. The Broncos want to establish the run and control the time of possession to limit the plays and opportunities for the Falcons. On the other sideline, Bowling Green would prefer to start fast and force Western Michigan to go away from its ground attack. Both teams will land their share of big plays in this game. This one goes back-and-forth until the fourth quarter, but Bowling Green quarterback Matt Johnson seals the victory with a late scoring drive.

 

Prediction: Bowling Green 41, Western Michigan 38
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With only three weeks left in the regular season, Tuesday night’s matchup between and should play a key role in shaping the final MAC West standings. Four teams have a shot at winning the West Division, with Toledo, Northern Illinois and Central Michigan each having one loss in conference play. Western Michigan is unbeaten in league action. Considering the Rockets and Chippewas already have one loss within the MAC, Tuesday night’s matchup could be an elimination game to stay alive for a trip to Detroit in early December.

 

Toledo is coming off its first loss of the season after a 32-27 defeat at the hands of Northern Illinois. While the loss knocked the Rockets out of the top 25 rankings, coach Matt Campbell’s team has compiled a solid resume. Toledo scored two huge non-conference wins, defeating Arkansas in Little Rock and Iowa State in the Glass Bowl in September. Additionally, the Rockets defeated the favorite (Arkansas State) to win the Sun Belt title. Central Michigan is off to a 5-4 start under new coach John Bonamego. The Chippewas enter Tuesday night’s matchup with wins in four out of their last five games. Additionally, Bonamego’s team played well in losses against Oklahoma State (24-13), Syracuse (30-27) and Michigan State (30-10). 

 

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Toledo owns a 22-18-3 series edge over Central Michigan. The Rockets have won five in a row against the Chippewas.

 

Toledo at Central Michigan

 

Kickoff: Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN2

Spread: Toledo -4

 

Three Things to Watch

 

1. Toledo’s Rushing Attack

Toledo recorded 291 rushing yards and two scores in last week’s loss against Northern Illinois. Kareem Hunt appears to be over an early-season injury, gashing the Huskies for 140 yards and two touchdowns. While Hunt could be the MAC’s best overall running back, he has plenty of help in the form of Terry Swanson (7.5 ypc), Damion Jones-Moore and Marc Remy. Central Michigan’s rush defense ranks fourth in the MAC by limiting opponents to 135.1 yards per game. However, the Chippewas struggled to stop Western Michigan (215 yards) and Northern Illinois (211) earlier this season. The Rockets have rushed for at least 238 yards in each of their last five games. Can Central Michigan find a way to slow down the Toledo rushing attack?

 

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2. Central Michigan QB Cooper Rush

Overall pass defense numbers isn’t the best indicator of how well a team’s secondary is performing. With that in mind, let’s note Toledo ranks 10th in the MAC in pass defense but is second in pass efficiency defense. A deeper look at those totals shows some signs of concern for coach Matt Campbell. The Rockets have allowed six passing scores in the last two games and gave up 17.3 yards per completion in last week’s loss to Northern Illinois. Additionally, Toledo’s pass defense numbers are skewed. The Rockets faced Ball State, Kent State and Eastern Michigan – all ranked ninth or worse in the MAC in passing offense. This unit will be challenged once again on Tuesday night, as Central Michigan’s passing attack averages 296.2 yards per game behind quarterback Cooper Rush. The junior is completing 69 percent of his passes, has only eight interceptions on 335 attempts and has passed for 300 yards in three out of his last four games. Rush likes to spread the ball to a deep group of skill players, with Jesse Kroll (43 catches) as the top option. However, expect to see Anthony Rice (41 catches), Mark Chapman, Corey Willis and tight end Ben McCord targeted frequently on Tuesday night. The Chippewas rank last in the MAC in rushing offense, so it’s up to Rush and the passing attack to keep the chains moving against Toledo.

 

3. Protecting the Passer

The previous sections highlighted the importance of Toledo running back Kareem Hunt and Central Michigan quarterback Cooper Rush, but neither player will have any success on Tuesday night if the offensive line struggles to win the battle at the point of attack. The Chippewas have allowed 20 sacks (eighth in the MAC), while the Rockets have allowed only two sacks this season – both against Northern Illinois. Toledo quarterback Phillip Ely has tossed five picks over the last two games, and if the Chippewas can get pressure, the secondary will have opportunities to create turnovers. However, generating a pass rush has been an issue for Central Michigan. Through nine games, the Chippewas have recorded only 10 sacks. By comparison, Toledo has 19 in eight contests. After allowing two sacks last week, can the Rockets tighten their pass protection on Tuesday night? Keep an eye on how well the offensive lines perform in this key conference matchup.

 

Final Analysis

 

As mentioned above, it’s fair to count this contest as an elimination game in the MAC West standings. There are plenty of scenarios still in play, but the loser of this matchup is going to have a tough time finishing No. 1 in the West Division. Plenty of fireworks should be expected in Mount Pleasant. The winning team in this series has recorded at least 38 points in each of the last six matchups. Toledo didn’t take care of the small things in last week’s game. The small errors led to the Rockets’ first loss of the season. How will they rebound on the road? The guess here is Campbell’s team gets back on track. Central Michigan keeps this one close well into the fourth quarter, but the Rockets have better balance on offense and a slight edge on defense. Toledo wins and keeps its MAC West title hopes alive.

 

Prediction: Toledo 34, Central Michigan 27
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Week 10 of the  season is in the books. The weekend slate provided plenty of highlights, big plays, standout performances and surprises. 

 

With another weekend of action in the books, it’s time to hand out the hardware to honor the best of the best from Week 10. Here’s a look at Athlon Sports’ picks for the offensive, defensive, coordinator, freshman and unsung hero from Week 10:

 

College Football Week 10 Awards

 

Offensive Player of the Week: Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama

The Alabama-LSU showdown was the weekend’s most anticipated matchup, but thanks to Henry and the Crimson Tide offensive line, Saturday night’s contest in Tuscaloosa ended in a convincing 14-point win for Nick Saban’s team. Henry rushed for 210 yards and three scores on 38 carries against the Tigers, which included 78 yards on the game’s final drive to seal the win. The junior’s totals are even more impressive when you consider LSU was limiting opponents to just 93.7 rushing yards per game entering Saturday night’s matchup.

 

Defensive Player of the Week: Gionni Paul, LB, Utah

Paul might be the best defensive player . The senior turned in another dominant performance on Saturday night, recording nine tackles (two for a loss), two sacks and one interception in Utah’s 34-23 victory over Washington. Paul also returned a fumble 54 yards for a score in the second quarter. The senior should get strong consideration for Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year honors in December.

 

Coordinator of the Week: Glenn Spencer, Defensive Coordinator, Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State’s surrendered 663 yards and 29 points to TCU, but the box score doesn’t tell the whole story about the clutch performance of Spencer’s defense. The Cowboys limited the Horned Frogs to just nine first-half points, forced four turnovers, ended two drives on fourth-down stops and broke up six passes. Every time TCU started to build momentum on offense, Oklahoma State’s defense made a play. Spencer’s aggressive gameplan worked to perfection, and the Cowboys limited the Horned Frogs to just 1.7 points per offensive possession – the stat Spencer cares the most about.  

 

Freshman of the Week: Jarrett Stidham, QB, Baylor

Stidham earned high marks in his first start for the Bears. With Seth Russell sidelined for the remainder of 2015 with a neck injury, Baylor’s playoff hopes could hinge on how well Stidham performs. In a 31-24 win at Kansas State, Stidham completed 23 of 33 for 419 yards and three scores. He also added one rushing touchdown. Even though Thursday night was only one start, Stidham’s performance showed why Baylor’s offense won’t miss a beat the rest of the year. 

 

Unsung Hero of the Week: Brandon Allen, QB, Arkansas

Bret Bielema’s Razorbacks are known for their ground attack and massive offensive line, but on Saturday, the passing game carried the team to a 53-52 victory in overtime at Ole Miss. Allen threw for a career high 442 yards and recorded six passing scores against the Rebels in the upset road win. Additionally, Allen scored the game-winning two-point conversion on a one-yard rush in overtime. Allen is often overlooked in the conversation among best quarterbacks in the SEC. However, the senior is quietly making a strong case for all-conference honors this season. 

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