Ohio State handles Michigan; FSU wins Four-and-Six Bowl over Florida

November 25, 2017 by Dave Congrove

Though Ohio State trailed 20-14 when quarterback J.T. Barrett left the game with a leg injury in the third quarter, the Buckeyes rallied to beat hated rival Michigan 31-20. Dwayne Haskins was 6-of-7 for 94 yards in relief and, most importantly, completed the drive that Barrett began to give Ohio State a 21-20 lead on J.K. Dobbins 1-yard run. Haskins had a 27-yard pass completion for a first down on 3rd-and-13 and then ran 22 yards to the Wolverine 1 two plays later to set up Dobbins' TD.

Saturday was the first time since 1958 that Florida State and Florida met with both teams owning losing records (the series began in 1957). FSU kept its bowl hopes alive with a 38-22 win in Gainesville to improve to 5-6 while UF finished the season 4-7. The 'Noles host Louisiana-Monroe next Saturday in a make-up game that was cancelled by Hurricane Irma in early September.

In other early games on Saturday, Georgia obliterated Georgia Tech 38-7 and Memphis steamrolled East Carolina 70-13.

UAB brought football back with a vengeance in 2017, finishing 8-4 with Saturday's 28-7 win over UTEP. It's the best record for the Blazers since they joined the FBS in 1996. This was UAB's first season back on the gridiron after abandoning the program for financial reasons following a 6-6 campaign in 2014.

Conference Championship Games

Conference Matchup
AAC Memphis at UCF
ACC Miami (Fla.) vs. Clemson (at Charlotte)
Big Ten Ohio State vs. Wisconsin (at Indianapolis)
Big 12 TCU vs. Oklahoma (at Arlington)
CUSA North Texas at FAU
MAC Akron vs. Toledo (at Detroit)
MWC Fresno State vs. Boise State (most likely at Boise State)
PAC-12 USC vs. Washington State or Stanford (at Santa Clara)
SEC Georgia vs. Alabama or Auburn (at Atlanta)


98 FBS teams played 98 games vs. FCS members this year, down substantially from the 110 FBS schools that played 113 games vs. FCS squads last year. FBS teams finished 89-9 (.908) vs. the FCS this season, and are now 1,219-117 (.912) since 2003.

These are the FCS victories in 2017:
September 23: Western Illinois 52, Coastal Carolina 10
September 16: North Carolina A&T 35, Charlotte 31
September 16: Idaho State 30, Nevada 28
September 9: South Dakota 35. Bowling Green 27
September 9: New Hampshire 22, Georgia Southern 12
September 2: Liberty 48, Baylor 45
September 2: Howard 43, UNLV 40
September 2: James Madison 34, East Carolina 14
August 31: Tennessee State 17, Georgia State 10.


Alabama - Won 39 straight regular season nonconference games (FBS longest). Won 18 straight home games (FBS longest). Won 14 straight road games (FBS second-longest). Won 24 straight conference games (FBS longest). Visits Auburn on Saturday.

Oklahoma - Won 16 straight road games (FBS longest). Hosts West Virginia on Saturday.

Miami (Fla.) - Had won 15 straight overall (FBS longest) before 24-14 loss at Pittsburgh on Friday.

Wisconsin - Won 12 straight overall (FBS longest). Visits Minnesota on Saturday.

UTEP - Lost 11 straight overall (FBS longest). Visits UAB on Saturday.

Ball State - Lost 13 straight conference games (FBS longest). Lost 28-7 vs. Miami (O.) on Tuesday.

Kansas - Lost 45 straight road games (FBS longest). Visits Oklahoma State on Saturday.