Miami fell to BC in their season finale, but the Hurricanes solidified their future with a four-year contract extension for Al Golden. Golden is now under contract until 2020, the Canes finished the season 6-6.
In our weekly look at crowds that seem surprisingly thin as kickoff approaches, here's a recent photo of the attendance at Kentucky. On the one hand, basketball season has started. On the other, Senior Day vs. Tennessee ... yeah. (Via Kyle Tucker.)
Isaiah Crowell is dressed and on the Georgia sideline, but it looks as if he's out for the game. With Carlton Thomas suspended, Ken Malcome got the start ... and promptly lost three yards on his first carry. Expect a heavy dose of cornerback/moonlighting offensive player Branden Smith in the backfield for the Dawgs today.
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There isn't much at stake in the Michigan State-Northwestern game this week. MSU's already got the Legends Division locked up, and Northwestern is a seemingly insignificant 6-5 (3-4) on the year.
And yet, Northwestern is an absolute beast in November play, going well over .500 in conference play over the last six years -- even though the 'Cats are almost always underdogs. This game? This is exactly the type of game Northwestern has won lately.
Just ask Nebraska.
(Dan Conroy has just kicked a chip shot to make it 3-0 MSU late in the first quarter.)
How do you overcome a huge touchdown on the game's opening drive? You strike back hard and repeatedly. Michigan gave up a WIDEWIDEWIDE-open 54-yard strike from Braxton Miller to Corey Brown, then had to punt. Michigan has responded with a forced 3-and-out, a touchdown, a forced safety, another touchdown, and now another forced 3-and-out. It's now 16-7 Wolverines, and we're still in the opening quarter.
With little fanfare, the season's first BCS berth could be handed out in the Carrier Dome today ... but not to either team playing there. A Syracuse win over Cincinnati would clinch the Big East title for Louisville and send the Cards off to the Orange Bowl in just Charlie Strong's second season.
It won't be easy for Cincy to get out of the dome with their own title hopes intact, either. Backup QB Munchie Legaux hasn't been able to get the Bearcat offense on track since starter Zach Collaros's injury, and early in the second quarter it's Orange 3, Bearcats 0 (though Cincy has a first-and-goal). Follow this game with our Gametracker here.
Maryland 14, NC State 7 (End of 1st)
The Terps have benefited from three NC State turnovers - including a fumble returned for a touchdown by Dexter McDougle - to jump out to an early lead on the Wolfpack. Tom O'Brien needs one win for the Wolfpack be bowl eligible for back-to-back seasons. Maryland is seeking their first conference win since Sept. 5. GAMETRACKER
HALFTIME: Connecticut 24, Rutgers 10
Rutgers' BCS hopes were not helped with Louisville's win against South Florida on Friday. But tie-breaker advantages may not matter if the Scarlet Knights cannot defeat the Huskies in their season finale. Connecticut has gotten an efficient start from Johnny McEntee, completing 9 of his first 11 passes for 84 yards. The Huskies have also gotten some help from three early Rutgers turnovers.
There weren't any punches thrown -- or flags thrown, for that matter -- in this scuffle between Michigan and Ohio State in the first quarter, but the two teams have taken that fight to the field of play, as Michigan has just taken a 23-17 lead on Denard Robinson's second rushing touchdown of the day, late in the second quarter. It was the fourth lead change of the game (and probably not the last).
HALFTIME: Oklahoma 23 Iowa State 6
Iowa State may want to consider itself lucky to be down only 17 points at halftime in Norman. That's because the Cyclones turned the ball over 4 times in the first half and have only 89 yards of total offense.
The good news for Iowa State is that Oklahoma hasn't been able to take full advantage of the turnovers, and had a red zone interception of its own. Still, the Sooners have picked up 282 yards of offense in the first half, and Blake Bell has rushed for two touchdowns to supply the Sooners with most of their scoring.
Considering how windy it is in Norman this afternoon, it won't be easy for Iowa State to get back into this game in the second half, as the wind is doing as it pleases with the football right now, making passing tougher than normal.
The nation's longest annual series winning streak is in jeopardy. Tyler Bray and the Tennessee Volunteers have beaten Kentucky 26 consecutive seasons (well, not Bray personally), but a miserable first-half performance on the road in Lexington -- the Vols collected just 129 total yards, missed a field goal, and were stopped on downs at the UK 31 -- has them down 3-0 at halftime. Kentucky has shifted WR Matt Roark to QB and run heavy, heavy loads of Wildcat, resulting in fewer than 100 total yards of their own. But for the time being, it's enough.
HALFTIME: Ohio State 24, Michigan 23
Fans of drama were hardly left wanting in the first half of UM-OSU, as the teams traded the lead back and forth several times before a 44-yard strike from Braxton Miller to DeVier Posey gave the Buckeyes the lead 1:21 before the half.
The drama didn't end there, either, as Denard Robinson struggled to come off the field after a 5-yard run during the final possession of the half. Robinson looked to be holding his head, which would signal bad news for his status for the game, but further examination showed that it was an eye problem for Denard, and Brady Hoke said during his halftime interview that Robinson had merely gotten one of the little rubber pellets from the field turf stuck in his eye. A water flush is generally all that's needed to fix that, and Robinson is not expected to be hampered by this after halftime.
Still, the story today so far is the electric effort by Braxton Miller. He's got all three of Ohio State's touchdowns -- two on long passes (one to Corey Brown, one to DeVier Posey) and one on an awe-inspiring 19-yard keeper to the outside.
All in all, Miller's 8-15 for 127 yards with seven carries for 59 yards, the three touchdowns mentioned earlier, and most importantly no fumbles. If he stays even near that level of production in the second half, Michigan's going to need to put up a ton of points to keep pace.
Gene Chizik goes through Auburn's traditional Tiger Walk outside the stadium. Kickoff in the Iron Bowl -- with a BCS title game berth presumably on the line for the No. 2 Crimson Tide -- is about 80 minutes away on CBS. For all of CBSSports.com's pregame coverage, click here.
Kendall Reyes (pictured) and the Connecticut defense have forced five Rutgers turnovers as the Huskies lead 40-10 with 9:03 remaining in the game. With the loss, the Scarlet Knights finish (8-4, 4-3 conference) and fall from the Big East title hunt. GAMETRACKER
With Cincinnati's 30-13 victory at Syracuse, the Bearcats move into a three-team race for the Big East BCS bid. Cincinnati gets the bid with a week against Connecticut next week and a West Virginia loss to South Florida. If Cincinnati loses to Connecticut, Louisville gets the BCS bid. West Virginia's best hope to win the tiebreaker is to win next week against South Florida AND for Cincinnati to defeat Connecticut. The Mountaineers would then need to have the best BCS ranking of the three 5-2 teams.
QUICK HITS: Michigan 40, Ohio State 34
WHY MICHIGAN WON: Michigan took a page out of Ohio State's gameplan and rushed nearly 75% of the time on Saturday, and it was a recipe for success. Robinson's 170 yards led the team, but Fitzgerald Toussaint added 120 yards of his own on 20 carries, and Ohio State really had no answer on defense for Michigan's physical rushing game. Even Robinson ran with authority, frequently putting his head down and fighting for extra yardage and first downs. His effort was as conspicuous as it was successful, and doubtless his Wolverine teammates fed off that determination.
QUICK HITS: Kentucky 10, Tennessee 7. The Wildcats spring the historic upset, with a big assist from a Tennessee offense that's just flat awful. Derek Dooley's on the hot seat ... and the way the Vol offense has collapsed, there's reason for him to be.
HALFTIME: Virginia Tech 14, Virginia 0
The Hokies are one half away from their fifth ACC Coastal Division title and another shot at Clemson in the ACC Championship Game. Logan Thomas has led the way for Virginia Tech, completing 7 passes for 138 yards and both of the Hokies' touchdowns. The Cavaliers' best drive before the end of the first half was ended on a Michael Rocco fumble in VT territory. GAMETRACKER
HALFTIME: Wisconsin 28, Penn State 7
Penn State opened the half's scoring with a 44-yard bomb from Matt McGloin to Curtis Drake to take a 7-0 lead. If it were up to the Nittany Lions, they would have just ended the game there.
That, clearly, did not happen.
Russell Wilson has shredded the Penn State defense for 149 yards and two TDs on 15-21 passing (plus five carries for 44 yards, including two magnificent second-quarter scrambles). Montee Ball, meanwhile, has chipped in 19 carries for 68 yards and his 31st and 32nd touchdowns of the year.
Penn State hasn't looked terrible, necessarily; for the vast majority of this first half, this was a one-score game. But the miscues are coming from Penn State in this one, not Wisconsin, and in a game where Penn State's already struggling to move the ball, that just can't continue. It's not etched in stone that Wisconsin's going to win this game, but, y'know, the stone's been ordered.
HALFTIME: Alabama 24, Auburn 7. The Tide are, in all likelihood, 30 minutes away from locking up a trip to New Orleans to play for the national title. This just-so-happens to be the same score as last year's meeting, but -- as Tony Barnhart said at CBS halftime -- Cam Newton ain't walking through that door. Auburn gained a grand total of 31 offensive yards and one first down in the first half, giving zero indication their offense is capable of leading a 21-point comeback against the nation's No. 1 defense.
And as has been par for the course vs. opposing quarterbacks with a pulse for Auburn, they're not getting much from their D, either. AJ McCarron has hit 14-of-18 for 9 yards an attempt and 3 TDs without a pick. Unless he suddenly flings a flurry of picks -- Auburn's only score so far came on a McCarron fumble at his own 5 --the Tigers don't have a prayer.
This is a tweet from the Idaho Stateman's Brian Murphy early in Boise's comfortable win over Wyoming. At the time the Cowboys were up 7-0 and threatening ... but thanks to Moore's leadership the Broncos would wind up cruising to victory, and Moore would keep this amazing streak intact.