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Ohio State opens a 2.5-point favorite over Michigan, other Rivalry Week odds


Ohio State lost to Michigan State but, contrary to popular opinion, the Buckeyes are not packing it in for the rest of the season and folding the program. At least, that’s what the folks in Vegas think.

The Buckeyes opened Week 13 a 2.5-point favorite over Michigan Sunday, according to Vegas Insider. After all, Ohio State is 48-4 under Urban Meyer and has posted a 12-2 record against the hated Wolverines since Jim Tressel‘s arrival in 2001. However, both Michigan wins came in Ann Arbor, as Saturday’s game will be.

Other Rivalry Week opening lines of note:

  • Iowa (-1) at Nebraska
  • Navy at Houston (-1.5)
  • Marshall at Western Kentucky (-10.5)
  • Baylor (pick ’em) at TCU
  • North Carolina (-6) at N.C. State
  • Florida State at Florida (-3)
  • Clemson (-15.5) at South Carolina
  • Georgia (-4.5) at Georgia Tech
  • Texas A&M at LSU (-4)
  • Alabama (-13) at Auburn
  • Southern Miss at Louisiana Tech (-6.5)
  • Ole Miss (-2) at Mississippi State
  • Oklahoma (-3.5) at Oklahoma State
  • Notre Dame (-2) at Stanford
  • UCLA at USC (-3.5)


No. 22 Ole Miss keeps SEC title hopes afloat by flattening No. 15 LSU

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No. 22 Ole Miss kept the faint hopes of its first SEC championship since 1963 alive with a 38-17 whipping of No. 15 LSU Saturday in Oxford.

After leading 3-0 after one, the Rebels jumped out to a 24-0 second quarter lead thanks to touchdown marches that totaled 150 yards and a one-play, 11-yard strike set up by a long interception return of Brandon Harris.

LSU, though, pulled within 24-17 from the close of the second quarter through the first five minutes of the third, but Ole Miss immediately responded with a seven-play, 83-yard drive capped by a Chad Kelly touchdown run, then put the capper on the game with a six-play, 57-yard push punctuated by a 36-yard Kelly pass to Evan Engram.

The win meant Hugh Freeze became the first coach since Houston Nutt to beat LSU, Alabama and Auburn in the same season. For what it’s worth: that 1998 Arkansas team did not play for that December’s SEC championship.

Kelly completed 19-of-33 passes for 280 yards and two touchdowns (with no interceptions) and led the Rebels in rushing with 81 yards and two scores on 12 carries. Kelly passed Eli Manning for the Ole Miss single-season touchdowns record on an 11-yard touchdown run with 7:34 in the third quarter.

Robert Nkemdiche participated for ill older brother Denzel in Ole Miss’s senior day festivities, which was fitting considering it was likely his final appearance at Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium as well.

The Rebels (8-3, 5-2 SEC) need a win at Mississippi State Saturday paired with an Auburn upset of No. 2 Alabama. The Iron Bowl kicks before the Egg Bowl, meaning Ole Miss will know whether it plays for a championship or for pride by kickoff.

Now, about LSU.

The Tigers, No. 2 in the country just two weeks ago today, will likely find themselves outside the rankings tomorrow after losing their third straight in ugly fashion; LSU (7-3, 4-3 SEC) has now lost consecutive games to Alabama, Arkansas and these Rebels by a combined 99-47. In each loss LSU has allowed 30 or more and scored 17 or fewer.

A team reportedly playing for its head coach’s job played like it’d just as well return to Baton Rouge and help pack Les Miles‘ bags.

Harris was awful, completing 22-of-44 passes for 284 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. He overthrew a wide-open Malachi Dupre when the Bayou Bengals had a chance to grab a 7-3 lead, tossed an interception to help push the deficit to 24 and, finally, blew the Tigers’ final chance to claw back in the game in the fourth quarter when a miscommunication with Leonard Fournette led to a turnover on downs at the Ole Miss goal line.

Speaking of Fournette, the one-time Heisman leader was quiet as a sedated bengal, rushing 25 times for 110 yards and no scores. After rushing for 16 touchdown in his first seven games, Fournette has totaled only two during LSU’s three-game skid.

The loss marks Miles’ first three-game losing streak in 11 seasons and 142 games on the job and means his Tigers will finish with at least three SEC losses for the third consecutive season.

LSU will fight for what’s left of their season – and the Les Miles era – next Saturday in Tiger Stadium against Texas A&M.

Four DEs make up Lombardi Award finalists

CHAMPAIGN, IL - NOVEMBER 14: at Memorial Stadium on November 14, 2015 in Champaign, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The Lombardi Award is an honor handed out annually to either a lineman on either side of the ball or a linebacker who lines up no deeper than five yards off the line of scrimmage.  This year, the finalists will have a decided end lean to them.

Tuesday, The Rotary Club of Houston announced the four finalists for this year’s award, and all four are defensive ends: Ohio State’s Joey Bosa, Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett, Clemson’s Shaq Lawson and Penn State’s Carl Nassib.  Garrett is the only sophomore in the group, while Bosa and Lawson are juniors.  Nassib is a senior who is a former walk-on for the Nittany Lions.

Nassib leads the country in sacks with 15.5, while Garrett is tied for fourth with 10.5.  Nassib also is tops in tackles for loss with 19.5.

All four are actually in the top 10 in tackles for loss.  In addition to Nassib, Lawson is tied for second (17.5), Garrett tied for fourth (17) and Bosa sixth (15).

Bosa is a finalist for the second consecutive year, and, as the OSU sports information department points out, he’s the fifth Buckeyes to be a two-time Lombardi finalist: linebacker Chris Spielman (1986-87), offensive tackle Orlando Pace (1995-96), linebacker Andy Katzenmoyer (1997-98) and linebacker James Laurinaitis (2007-08). The last OSU winner was A.J. Hawk in 2005.

Clemson has a finalist for the second straight year, with Lawson joining former teammate and fellow defensive end Vic Beasley. Nassib is the first finalist from Penn State since Paul Posluszny in 2005 and 2006.

Garrett is looking to become A&M’s second Lombardi winner, joining Dat Nguyen in 1998. Three other Aggies have been named finalists: Ed Simonini in 1975, Robert Jackson in 1976 and Sam Adams in 1993.

Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright won last year’s award.

Week 11, Statistically Speaking

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A statistical snapshot of the week that was in college football…

.886 — Percentage of plays that have been rushing attempts for Navy (537 of 606) in 2015, the highest in the FBS.

.9 — Yards per carry South Carolina averaged on 23 carries in a 24-14 loss to Florida.

2 — Number of players who caught passes for Northern Illinois in its Thursday night win over Buffalo.  Aregeros Turner hauled in a career-high nine passes for 49 yards, while Kenny Golladay totaled six receptions for 141 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

6 — School-record passing touchdowns for Jake Rudock in Michigan’s double-overtime win over Indiana.  Four of those went to Jehu Chesson, which tied a school record as well.

Miami v North Carolina7 — Career punt returns for touchdowns by North Carolina’s Ryan Switzer, one off the FBS record of eight held by Oklahoma’s Antonio Perkins and Texas Tech’s Wes Welker.

13 — Players who were credited with at least one carry in Navy’s 55-14 win over SMU.

15 — Consecutive 100-yard rushing games for Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott, the top such streak in the country.

21 — Teams that have multiple national championships and produced at least one Heisman winner: Alabama, Army, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami (Fla.), Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Pittsburgh, SMU, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M and USC.

23 — Consecutive games in which TCU has scored a first-quarter touchdown.  It’s the second-longest streak the last 20 years, behind only Stanford’s 25 straight from 2009-11.

28 — Consecutive regular season conference games in which Ohio State has scored at least 20 points, the longest active streak among Power Five schools.  Georgia Tech and TCU are next at 20 straight.

Maryland v Michigan State28 — Interceptions Maryland has thrown this season.  The next closest is Charlotte with 21.

31 — Including the Week 11 matchup with Virginia Tech, the number of Thursday night ESPN games Georgia Tech has appeared in, the most of any FBS team.  23 of those games were played at Bobby Dodd Stadium, also the most at this level.  Tech’s opponent this past Thursday, Virginia Tech, is next at 30 total appearances.

32 — Wins for Stanford’s Kevin Hogan and Michigan State’s Connor Cook, the most of any active FBS quarterbacks.  Wisconsin’s Joel Stave and Navy’s Keenan Reynolds are next with 29 each.

55 — Different mascot headgears Lee Corso has donned making his selections on ESPN‘s College GameDay show after picking Baylor to beat Oklahoma.

78— MAC head-coaching wins for Ohio’s Frank Solich, moving him past Bowling Green’s Doyt Perry‘s 77 from 1955-64 and into fourth place on the conference’s all-time list.  Next up is the 79 by Marshall’s Bob Pruett (1997-03).

Wake Forest v Notre Dame98 — Yards on a touchdown run by Josh Adams against Wake Forest, the longest play from scrimmage in Notre Dame history

134 — Touchdowns allowed by the Alabama defense since 2009, the fewest in the FBS. Florida is next with 174, followed by LSU’s 179.

227 — Games Memphis has gone without returning a kickoff for a touchdown.  The last one came in November of 1996 against Tennessee.

230 — Rushing yards for Marlon Mack in USF’s upset of Temple that made the Bulls bowl-eligible.  Mack averaged 11 yards on his 21 carries.

238 — Rushing yards for Jordan Howard in Indiana’s loss to Michigan.

244 — Career-high rushing yards for Appalachian State’s Jalin Moore.  The freshman came into the win over Idaho with 203 career yards to his credit.

248 — Career-high rushing yards for Texas Tech’s DeAndre Washington in a 15-point win over Kansas State.  Washington’s previous best was 188 in a Week 4 loss to TCU.

271 — Career-high passing yards for Karson Roberts in a win over Utah State, the most by an Air Force quarterback since 1989 (Dee Dowis, 306 vs. Notre Dame).  This was the first time Roberts had passed for 200 or more yards; his previous career-high was 156, set just last weekend.

New Mexico v Boise State281 — Career-high receiving yards for Boise State’s Thomas Sperbeck in the loss to New Mexico.

292 — Combined rushing yards for Chase Price (152) and Donnel Pumphrey (140) in San Diego State’s 38-3 win over Wyoming.

402 — Career points for UCLA kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn, breaking the Pac-12 record of 390 set by fellow Bruin kicker John Lee from 1982-85.

405 — Career-high passing yards for Jake Browning in Washington’s come-from-ahead loss to Arizona State.  The true freshman also tossed a career-high three interceptions.

453 — Season-high passing yards for Cal’s Jared Goff.  The junior also tossed a career-high six touchdowns in the 54-24 win over Oregon State.

461 — Career-high yards of total offense (361 passing, 105 rushing) for Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson in the win over Syracuse.

471 — Career-high passing yards for Nick Arbuckle in Georgia State’s 41-19 win over Texas State.  It’s the second time this season and fifth in his career he’s gone over 400 yards in a single game.

493 — Points through nine games for Baylor, the third-best nine-game stretch to a start a season behind only 2013 Baylor (551) and 1944 Army (504).

490147750501 — Passing yards by three Southern Miss players  (Nick Mullens, 386; Tyler Matthews, 109; Tyler Sarrazin, 6) in a 65-10 win over Rice.  The three also combined for seven touchdowns, with Mullens tossing five of them.

503 — Career-high passing yards for Brett Rypien in Boise State’s loss to New Mexico.  The true freshman had set his career-high the previous week with 469.

761 — Combined passing yards for Cincinnati’s Gunner Kiel (386) and Tulsa’s Dane Evans (375) in the Bearcats’ 49-38 win.

1,311 — Games played by Rutgers in its history, the most of any FBS program.

1916 — The last season Arkansas scored 50-plus points in back-to-back-to-back games, a streak that was ended by LSU Saturday.

1980 — The last time North Carolina started 6-0 in ACC play prior to this season.

A&M suspends WRs Reynolds, Noil for W. Carolina game

COLLEGE STATION, TX - SEPTEMBER 12:  Josh Reynolds #11 of the Texas A&M Aggies hauls in a 3 yard touchdown catch in front of  Marc Walton #23 of the Ball State Cardinals  drops back to pass in the first half of their game at Kyle Field on September 12, 2015 in College Station, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Call it convenient if you’d like, but Texas A&M has nonetheless announced a pair of suspensions for its scrimmage, errr, non-conference finale later on today.

A&M announced a short time ago that wide receivers Speedy Noil and Josh Reynolds have been suspended for this evening’s game against FCS Western Carolina (6-3) in College Station.  Not surprisingly, the only reason given was an unspecified violation of team rules.

Reynolds is currently tied for the team lead with four receiving touchdowns and second in receiving yards with 555.  His 32 receptions are third on the Aggies.

Noil has 14 receptions for 125 yards on the season.  In April of this year, Noil took some time off to “take care of some things.”

Earlier this year, the Catamounts lost 55-10 to Tennessee in Knoxville.