What Is This? Basketball? Duke Takes ACC Coastal Lead
Kansas Ends 27-game Big 12 Losing Streak
Duke and Kansas manhandled their opponents on Saturday and I'm not talking basketball. The two hoops powers made noise on the gridiron with Duke whipping Miami and Kansas beating West Virginia.
Duke's 48-30 win over Miami was the 3rd-straight loss for the Hurricanes - all by 18 points or more - and it put the Blue Devils in the driver's seat for the ACC Coastal division crown. If Duke wins out, the school would will face Florida State for the ACC title and the Cameron Crazies may invade Charlotte.
Virginia Tech has done its best to help Duke get in this position. The Hokies lost at home to the Blue Devils before heading to Miami to whip the 'Canes. And finally, Virginia Tech returned back home on Saturday and promptly blew its own rejuvenated shot at the title by losing to Maryland 27-24 in overtime.
Meanwhile, Kansas shook off one of its two streaks of futility as the 31-19 win over West Virginia halted its losing streak to Big 12 foes at 27 games. Next on the agenda is a trip to Iowa State where the Jayhawks have a legitimate shot at ending their 23-game road losing streak.
For the most part, the top teams performed to expectations with comfortable blowout wins.
Florida State, the No. 1 team in the Congrove Computer Rankings, annihilated Syracuse 59-3 while 2nd-ranked Baylor blitzed Texas Tech 63-34. 4th-ranked Ohio State outscored Illinois 60-35, and No. 5 Oregon crushed Utah 44-21.
However, 3rd-ranked Alabama was less than impressive in a 20-7 win at Mississippi State where the Tide committed four turnovers. Fortunately for 'Bama, the Bulldog offense couldn't cash in the gifts or Nick Saban's crew would be hungover today from an unexpected loss.
Instead, No. 6 Stanford was the lone casualty among the computer's top 20 teams. The Cardinal bowed 20-17 at USC on a 47-yard FG with 19 seconds left and, in doing so, relinquished the PAC-12 North lead back to Oregon just one week after dumping the Ducks.
A few teams had great escapes, but perhaps none was greater than the miracle performed by No. 15 Auburn. The Tigers beat Georgia 43-38 on a 4th-and-18 pass that went for a 73-yard score after the ball tipped off a Bulldog defender. Georgia had just rallied from a 20-point 4th quarter deficit for a 38-37 lead with 1:49 left on an Aaron Murray 5-yard run on 4th down.
No. 14 UCF's escape takes a close second to Auburn's win. The Golden Knights edged Temple 39-36 by scoring a TD with 1:06 left, and later kicking the game-winning 24-yard FG as time expired after holding Temple to a quick 3-and-out.
No. 20 South Carolina eluded the upset with a 19-14 comeback win over Florida. The Gators led 14-6 at the half, but were outscored 13-0 after the break. Florida dropped to 4-6 with its 5th straight loss after opening the season 4-1. That means Will Muschamp's team needs to win its last two games just to keep its 22-year bowl streak alive. FCS member Georgia Southern is next on the schedule, but the finale is a home date with Florida State.
No. 8 Fresno State and 10th-ranked Missouri had bye weeks.
No. 25 Texas lost 38-13 at home to 7th-ranked Oklahoma State, 22nd-ranked Ball State lost 48-27 on Wednesday to No. 12 Northern Illinois, and 24th-ranked Miami had the loss at Duke.
The computer was 42-8 in picking the winner of heads-up FBS games, and 28-22 against the spread. So far this season, it has forecasted the winner of nearly 81% of all games played while hitting 57.1% against the spread.
CollegeFootballPoll.com's Feature Picks writer Mike Mitchell is 148-19 with his selections after a 9-2 week. He is 97-70 against the spread. The computer was 0-2 in outright upset projections and is now 38-37 straight up and 48-27 against the spread with those games.
UNDEFEATED AND WINLESS TEAMS:
The undefeated list still stands at 6 teams as Alabama, Baylor, Florida State, Fresno State, Northern Illinois and Ohio State remain perfect.
The winless list stays at 5 as Connecticut, Georgia State, Hawaii, Miami (Ohio) and Southern Miss are still searching for their first victory.
FBS vs. FCS:
1 FBS team faced a FCS school this week as BYU beat Idaho State 59-13. The FBS is 90-15 (.857) vs. the FCS this year and 826-80 (.912) in such matchups since 2003.
Here are the results of the FBS losses to FCS schools this season:
8/29: Towson 33, Connecticut 18
8/29: Southern Utah 22, South Alabama 21
8/30: Samford 31, Georgia State 21
8/30: North Dakota State 24, Kansas State 21
8/31: Northern Iowa 28, Iowa State 20
8/31: Eastern Washington 49, Oregon State 46
8/31: Eastern Illinois 40, San Diego State 18
8/31: McNeese State 53, USF 21
9/7: UT-Chattanooga 42, Georgia State 14
9/7: Maine 24, Massachusetts 14
9/7: Nicholls State 27, Western Michigan 23.
9/14: Fordham 30, Temple 29
9/14: Bethune-Cookman 34, FIU 13
9/21: Jacksonville State 32, Georgia State 26 (OT)
11/9: Old Dominion 59, Idaho 38
Eastern Washington, McNeese State and North Dakota State also had wins vs. FBS teams last year.
Originally, 106 FBS schools scheduled a total of 110 games against FCS foes this year. But Colorado later replaced a game it lost vs. Fresno State (due to flooding) with Charleston Southern. Thus, 106 FBS schools will play a total of 111 games vs. FCS foes. The schedule change also made Colorado the 4th FBS team to face at least two such schools this year. The others are Clemson and Georgia Tech with 2 apiece while FBS newcomer Georgia State scheduled 3 FCS teams and lost to each of them.
Ohio State - Won 22 straight overall. Won 60-35 at Illinois on Saturday
Northern Illinois - Won 25 straight at home and 23 straight vs. conference foes. Won 48-27 vs. Ball State on Wednesday.
LSU - Won 45 straight regular season nonconference games. Idle this week.
Southern Miss - Lost 22 straight overall. Lost 41-7 vs. FAU on Saturday.
New Mexico State - Lost 21 straight to FBS teams. Idle this week.
Kansas - Ended 27-game losing streak to Big 12 teams with a 31-19 win over visiting West Virginia. Still has a 23-game road losing streak.
Illinois - Lost 20 straight conference games. Lost 60-35 vs. Ohio State on Saturday.