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College Football Week 13 Recap: Baylor and Manziel stumble in Key Games

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College football in 2013, at least in Week 13, is a lesson in waiting your turn.

Ohio State’s case to remain next man up in the BCS championship race after Alabama and Florida State needed little statement on the Buckeyes’ part this week. Ohio State made easy work of Indiana, but Baylor cleared up any room for debate with a loss to Oklahoma State.

No doubt, Ohio State fans are pleased with this development, but the Buckeyes’ ability to secure the No. 3 spot for good was due to another actor sitting in wait in Stillwater.

Oklahoma State quarterback Clint Chelf was a starter, then a backup, then a starter again. Now, he’s the quarterback who changed the national championship picture and Heisman race all while putting the Cowboys’ into the frontrunner spot in the Big 12.

And in the Heisman chase, AJ McCarron did nothing out of the ordinary against Chattanooga, but he’s almost the de facto leader as those around him this week — Bryce Petty, Johnny Manziel and Marcus Mariota, namely — struggled.

In a sport where patience isn’t always a virtue, waiting for a turn was this week's greatest teammate.

Three and Out: College Football Week 13 Recap

Three Things We Learned from LSU 34, Texas A&M 10

Johnny Manziel won’t repeat as Heisman winner. Archie Griffin’s singular achievement as the only two-time Heisman winner likely remains intact. If there’s any remaining hope for Manziel, it’s because nearly every other frontrunner faltered in recent weeks. LSU remains Manziel Kryptonite. The sophomore started 2 of 11 and never found running room against the Tigers. Manziel finished 16 of 41 for 224 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. In two meetings with LSU, Manziel is 45 of 97 for 500 yards with five picks against the Tigers in easily the two worst starts of his career. Manziel has been short on big wins this season, largely due to a suspect defense, but the sophomore also has six interceptions in Texas A&M’s three losses.

LSU’s defense has grown up. Defensive coordinator John Chavis may have the only blueprint to contain Manziel, but don’t forget he was essentially starting from scratch with the 2013 defense. The Tigers returned only three starters on defense and lost six underclassmen to the NFL Draft. The replacements are as talented as any LSU defense, but experience was at a premium. The Tigers young cornerbacks did their part bottling up Manziel and preventing extended drives for most of the first half. Now, LSU’s defense needs to prove it can do the same on the road when it faces Missouri next week.

LSU’s running back depth strikes again. Three LSU tailbacks carried 13 or 14 times, plus eight carries from a fourth. None was more productive than Terrence Magee. His 149 yards on 13 carries was a career high, highlighted by a five-play, 71-yard touchdown drive all on his shoulders. Before Saturday, his two 100-yard games had come against Furman and Kent State. But this highlighted the work of the entire corps of running backs as LSU held the ball for 40:19 and limited A&M to a season-low 59 plays.

Three Things We Learned from Oklahoma State 49, Baylor 17

Clint Chelf is one of the best stories this season. In a depleted quarterback class in the Big 12, C