Urban Meyer hopes whatever happened in Kinnick stays in Kinnick after his Ohio State Buckeyes got shelled 55-24 at Iowa. A week after a dramatic win over Penn State, there seemed to be nothing left in the tank for Ohio State. Iowa took a 31-17 halftime lead and stretched it to 48-17 before the Buckeyes ever scored again.
Penn State also lost, falling 27-24 at Michigan State on Matt Coghlin's 34-yard field goal at the end of regulation. He also hit a 32-yarder with 10:56 left to knot the game at 24.
Oklahoma won a track meet at Stillwater, poking the Cowpokes 62-52. Oklahoma State had a chance to win the annual Bedlam rivalry game until turning the ball over on downs at the OU 38 with a minute to play. Oklahoma racked up 785 yards and Oklahoma State amassed 661. The game was tied 38-38 at halftime.
Miami (Fla.) got the signature win it may need to earn some respect from the College Football Playoff Committee as the Hurricanes' 13th straight victory was a 28-10 domination of visiting Virginia Tech. Miami was only ranked 10th in the initial 2017 playoff rankings, despite being unbeaten. Virginia Tech was ranked 13th. The 'Canes are now just one ACC win away from capturing their first-ever Coastal Division title and a trip to the conference championship game.
Clemson can wrap up the ACC Atlantic title next week with a win at home over Florida State. The Tigers held off N.C. State 38-31 in Raleigh on Saturday to move closer to their third straight conference championship game.
Every team in the Playoff Committee's top 25 played on Saturday and 8 of those went down to defeat. In addition to the aforementioned losses by 6th-ranked Ohio State, 7th-ranked Penn State, 11th-ranked Oklahoma State,13th-ranked Virginia Tech, and 20th-ranked N.C. State, there were also losses by No. 19 LSU (24-10 to No. 2 Alabama), No. 22 Arizona (49-35 to No. 17 USC), and No. 15 Iowa State (20-16 at West Virginia). Iowa State was the only ranked team to fall to an un-ranked foe.
Elsewhere, Army won the second leg of the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy competition among the military academies of Air Force, Army and Navy. The Black Knights won 21-0 for just their 4th victory ever at Air Force, and the first since 2005. Army's only other wins at Air Force came in 1977 and 1967. The Falcons hadn't been shut out since the 1992 Liberty Bowl, and hadn't been blanked at home since 1980. The Army-Navy clash in December becomes the de facto C-I-C Trophy championship game
Wisconsin is still undefeated and one win away from its fifth Big Ten Championship game appearance in seven years. The Badgers badgered Indian 45-17 on Saturday.
Arkansas needed a late rally at home to repel upset-minded Coastal Carolina and escape with a 39-38 win. The Razorbacks trailed 38-25 after the Chanticleers scored a touchdown with 12:57 to play in the game. Arkansas came right back to pull within 6 on its ensuing possession, but it wasn't until the 1:55 mark that the Hogs were able to reclaim he lead.
Florida State avoided a winless record at home by edging Syracuse 27-24.
The CUSA standings are completely out of whack. FAU leads the East with FIU a game behind. They play each other in two weeks in Boca Raton. Meanwhile, the is led by North Texas with the Mean Green a game ahead of UAB which fielded a football team this season for the first time since 2014. The consensus preseason favorites, Louisiana Tech and Western Kentucky, are in 4th-place in their respective divisions.
Fresno State is the leader in the MWC's West division after being picked to finish last.
Northwestern should just try to push all of their games into overtime. The Wildcats won 31-24 at Nebraska in a single extra period, and in doing so, become the first FBS team to play 3 straight overtime games in-a-row and win them. Last week, Northwestern won 39-31 in 3 overtimes against Michigan State in Evanston. The week before, it was a 17-10 home win in a single period vs. Iowa. Overall, the Wildcats have a 4-overtime-game winning streak dating back to a 43-40 single overtime win at Notre Dame. Northwestern is 12-6 in extra period games since the rule was first put into play in the FBS for the 1995 season Las Vegas Bowl, followed by complete in-season use in 1996. The 'Cats had back-to-back OT games that resulted in wins twice before in 2004 and 2007.
There were no FBS vs. FCS battles this week. FBS teams are 83-9 (.902) vs. the FCS this season, and 1,213-117 (.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.
98 FBS teams are playing 98 games vs. FCS members this year, down substantially from the 110 FBS schools that played 113 games vs. FCS squads last year.
Alabama - Won 39 straight regular season nonconference games (FBS longest). Won 18 straight home games (FBS longest). Won 13 straight road games (FBS second-longest). Won 23 straight conference games (FBS longest). Won 24-10 vs. LSU on Saturday.
Oklahoma - Won 15 straight road games (FBS longest). Won 62-52 at Oklahoma State on Saturday.
Miami (Fla.) - Won 13 straight overall (FBS longest). Won 28-10 vs. Virginia Tech on Saturday.
Baylor - Had lost 8 straight overall which was tied for FBS longest, and had lost 11 straight conference games which was also tied FBS longest. Won 38-9 vs. Kansas on Saturday.
UTEP - Lost 9 straight overall (tied for FBS longest). Lost 30-3 at Middle Tennessee on Saturday.
Coastal Carolina - Lost 11 straight conference games (FBS longest). Lost 39-38 at Arkansas on Saturday.
Kansas - Lost 45 straight road games (FBS longest). Lost 38-9 vs. Baylor on Saturday.