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Arkansas Sends Message to SEC with Back-to-Back Shutout Wins

Do you hear that?

That's not the sound of Arkansas walking through the door. That's the sound of a door being kicked down, chipped and turned into mulch.

After going without SEC wins for more than two calendar years, Arkansas has announced its presence with authority in November. The Razorbacks beat LSU 17-0 in a game that wasn't as close as the score indicated last week and followed it up with a 30-0 win over No. 8 Ole Miss on Saturday in Fayetteville.

Much like last week, this week's stomping wasn't as close as the score indicated.

The Hogs defense throttled the high-octone Rebels offense to the tune of 316 yards, 63 rushing yards and just 4.45 yards per play. Ole Miss, a team that hasn't been able to run between the tackles all season long, was absolutely shut down by an Arkansas front seven that has become one of the most underrated units in the entire conference.

“It’s big time for us defensive players," defensive end Trey Flowers said in quotes emailed by Arkansas. "To put up those type of numbers and stop some pretty good teams from getting in the end zone, it's big time.

As Bo Mattingly of Sports Talk with Bo in Arkansas notes, first-year defensive coordinator Robb Smith deserves a ton of credit for this turnaround:

It was a message to the SEC West, the SEC and the nation that these Hogs have found their groove and will not be a pushover anymore.

This was coming all season long. 

From the moment the Razorbacks went into halftime in their season opener vs. Auburn tied, it was clear that this wasn't the same team that existed under former head coach John L. Smith in 2012 and last season—Bret Bielema's first in Fayetteville.

They were confident.

They were prepared.

They were on the brink of walking through the door during the first two months of the season, and instead they decided to kick it down the last two weeks.

It took longer than Bielema imagined, but Arkansas evolved this year from a pushover to a potential power. Even when the Hogs lost this year, they made the opponent work. They're old-school in every sense of the term and have now learned a valuable lesson during the month of November: how to win.

Moving forward, what does it mean? It means that this team is going to be something to be reckoned with in 2015.

Arkansas' defense is loaded with young talent. Only one defender—Flowers—is a senior on the two-deep up front. The Razorbacks will also return four of five starters on the biggest offensive line in football (college or the NFL), quarterback Brandon Allen and talented running backs Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams.

This year's Hogs have already made a tremendous impact on the SEC West race, locking the door on Ole Miss' chances of representing the division in the SEC Championship Game for the first time ever. That will continue next season, and if the dominoes fall in the Hogs' favor, don't be surprised if they're in the SEC West title discussion in mid-November just like Ole Miss was this year.


Barrett Sallee is the lead SEC college football writer and video analyst for Bleacher Report as well as a co-host of the CFB Hangover on Bleacher Report Radio (Sundays, 9-11 a.m. ET) on Sirius 93, XM 208.

Quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. All stats are courtesy of, and all recruiting information is courtesy of 247Sports. Follow Barrett on Twitter @BarrettSallee.

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Does Florida State Really Deserve to Be a Playoff Team?

The Florida State Seminoles did it again. They found a way to squeak past another opponent, this time edging the Boston College Eagles 20-17. 

Bleacher Report college football analysts Michael Felder and Barrett Sallee discuss whether Florida State belongs in the Top Four.

Will the Seminoles drop out of the final four?

Watch the video and let us know!  

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Louisville vs. Notre Dame: Score and Twitter Reaction

Notre Dame's senior day didn't exactly go according to plan, as Bobby Petrino and the Louisville Cardinals rolled into South Bend and defeated the Fighting Irish, 31-28. Yet the victory didn't come easy for the visiting team.

A solid kickoff return by Amir Carlisle put Notre Dame in great starting field position at the team's own 47-yard line. Immediately, Everett Golson took to the air, finding William Fuller for a 27-yard gain deep into Cardinals' territory. Three Tarean Folston runs later, the Irish were faced with a 3rd-and-4 at the Louisville 9-yard line. Golson couldn't avoid pressure brought by the Cardinals rush and settled for a 28-yard Kyle Brindza field goal.   

A quick lead forced Louisville to respond, and quarterback Reggie Bonnafon was up for the challenge. He was sacked by Jarron Jones and Romeo Okwara to begin the drive, but running back Michael Dyer's ensuing 21-yard scamper got the offense out of trouble. The signal-caller found the dangerous DeVante Parker two plays later for a 14-yard gain that entered Notre Dame territory.

The remainder of the drive was all on the ground, as Dyer took the team down to the 12-yard line, and Bonnafon capped off the 10-play, 75-yard drive with a 12-yard touchdown run, giving Louisville a 7-3 lead.

Bleacher Report's Dan Hope tweeted his take on the drive:

Notre Dame couldn't get anything going on the following drive, and a great punt by Brindza pinned Louisville at its own 7-yard line. A personal foul on the Irish and an 18-yard completion to Kai De La Cruz quickly got the Cardinals out of the shadow of their own goalpost, and then the game's first big play struck, as Bonnafon connected with De La Cruz on a 52-yard strike.

According to Louisville Football, that completion was the longest of the quarterback's career:

Two plays later, Bonnafon took off for an eight-yard touchdown scamper—his second rushing score of the game.

CBS Sports CFB tweeted the updated score and game time:

Despite a limited amount of time to work with, it appeared the Irish would strike back, as Golson found Fuller for a 48-yard gain, all the way down to the Louisville 24-yard line. Unfortunately, the drive would stall shortly after, and Notre Dame settled for another short Brindza field goal.

The remainder of the second quarter didn't produce many points, but it was eventful. 

Notre Dame's defense finally clamped down on Bonnafon and Co., forcing a punt. However, Golson threw a terrible interception on the ensuing play, giving the ball right back to the Cardinals at the Notre Dame 11-yard line. The Irish defense held strong again, forcing a short John Wallace field goal.

After three consecutive punts to follow, Louisville went on the march again as time was ticking away in the first half. A pair of runs from Dyer and Bonnafon saw the Cardinals approach midfield; however, a poor throw by the quarterback on second down was intercepted by Drue Tranquill.

Mark Ennis of ESPN 680 tweeted an interesting fact about Notre Dame as the game entered halftime:

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly must have delivered a great halftime speech, because his team came out firing on all cylinders in the third quarter. The defense forced a quick Louisville punt and then went 51 yards on three plays to notch its first touchdown of the game.

Folston's six-yard run got the Irish within four points. Here's a look at the scoring drive, via The Fighting Irish:

The Irish defense continued to step up on the following drive, forcing yet another Louisville punt. This time, Greg Bryant found daylight and returned the kick 61 yards to the Louisville 3-yard line. Three plays later, Golson hit Corey Robinson on a seven-yard touchdown strike, giving Notre Dame its first lead since early in the first quarter.

Here's a still-shot of the score, via Notre Dame on NBC:

That score led to a change in the Cardinals' offensive strategy. The team came out featuring running back Brandon Radcliff in an effort to get a spark. It certainly worked, as the ball-carrier rushed five times for 45 yards on the drive. Bonnafon capped it off with a 21-yard touchdown pass to Parker, regaining the lead.

Rotoworld's Josh Norris tweeted how the talented wide receiver was able to get open:

Things continued in Louisville's favor shortly after. The defense forced a Notre Dame punt after applying some nice pressure on Golson, and then Radcliff took over once again. He rattled off a 41-yard run deep into Notre Dame territory, and began the fourth quarter with a 15-yard scoring scamper, putting the Cardinals up by 11.

CBS Sports CFB chimed in with the update:

The Irish would respond.

On the ensuing drive, Folston got things going with a nice 22-yard run, quickly moving the Irish into Louisville territory. Golson followed that up with a 21-yard completion to C.J. Prosise. Three plays later, the quarterback struck again, hitting Fuller on a 28-yard touchdown off a deflected pass.

Notre Dame Football enthusiastically tweeted the score:

Up by three points, Louisville's offense took the field once again. Radcliff continued to torch Notre Dame's defense, rattling off short, clock-killing runs while the team moved down to the 6-yard line. However, a well-timed sack by Greer Martini set the Cardinals back 14 yards, forcing a longer field-goal attempt.

That would prove to be devastating, as Wallace missed the 37-yard attempt.

With five minutes remaining, Notre Dame began to methodically move the ball down the field on some quality Folston runs. The Irish found themselves with a 4th-and-goal at the 15-yard line, setting up a game-tying field-goal attempt.

It just wasn't to be for Notre Dame, as a bad hold resulted in a missed 32-yard field goal for Brindza, ending the game with a devastating three-point loss for the Fighting Irish. Hope tweeted the scenario:

After starting 6-0 on the season, Notre Dame appeared to be one of the nation's top teams. Unfortunately, it was hit by a tough spell which included a decline in defensive production, an increase in turnovers and issues with special teams. The result has been an ensuing 1-4 stretch.

The Irish have one more game on their regular-season slate. At 7-4, they will travel out west to face USC in an effort to end the season on a high note. Despite several talented seniors leaving this team, there's plenty of youth on both sides of the ball, and the future looks bright for Notre Dame.

Louisville snuck into the College Football Playoff selection committee's Top 25 in Week 12, and upon a huge road win against Notre Dame Saturday, the Cardinals certainly proved they deserve to be there. It wasn't a pretty win, but Louisville was under some difficult circumstances in a hostile environment.

With the win, Louisville moves to 8-3 on the season, and following several losses by higher-ranked teams, expect this squad to move up the standings prior to Week 13. A victory against Kentucky on Saturday could propel the Cardinals into a rather prestigious bowl game.

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Keisean Lucier-South to UCLA: Bruins Land 5-Star DE Prospect

Keisean Lucier-South, one of the most sought-after pass-rushers in the country, has committed to the UCLA Bruins.

He announced the news on Twitter:

Rated as the 19th-best overall prospect in the class of 2015, per 247Sports' composite rankings, the 5-star recruit out of Orange County, California, ranks as the second-best weak-side defensive end and fourth-best player out of the state. 

Unsurprisingly, he received offers from nearly every powerhouse, ranging from in-state favorites UCLA and USC to schools like Michigan, Notre Dame and Texas. 

Ultimately, head coach Jim Mora was able to land the commitment of the elite star, though, and it serves as a massive get for this coaching staff.

Where Lucier-South will eventually line up is still a bit of an unknown. He is obviously rated as a defensive end, where he played at Orange Lutheran High School, but when asked about his position at the next level during an interview with 247Sports, he suggested otherwise.   

"Probably a 3-4 outside linebacker," he said. "Both hands down and up, two-point stance, all that."

Really, though, it won't matter where he lines up. His job, at least initially, will be simple: Find the quarterback and take him down. 

Lucier-South is an impressive specimen. At 6'5", he is one of the tallest defensive ends in the class and has a long wingspan that helps him create separation from offensive linemen. While he is still a bit lanky at 225 pounds, he has the frame to grow into an imposing force on the outside while retaining his athleticism.

Speaking of which, he flashed glimpses of a quick first step and good speed during the Nike Football Training Camp in March:

With his special combination of length, agility and explosiveness, Lucier-South could conceivably make an immediate impact as a passing-down edge-rusher. 

But as he continues to build strength, the potential is there for the California native to develop into a dominant player that teams will have to game-plan around. 

There's still a long way until the 2015 national signing day, but Mora's class already looks highly promising, and Lucier-South is a major reason for that. 

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Florida State's Rashad Greene Sets School Record for Most Career Receiving Yards

If Florida State University makes the College Football Playoff, you’ll hear plenty about sophomore quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston (as if you haven’t already). But senior receiver Rashad Greene might be the Seminoles’ most indispensable player.

Greene showed why Saturday in No. 3 FSU’s last-second, 20-17 win over Boston College. He caught eight passes for 106 yards and set a key program record in the process. Greene became FSU’s all-time leading receiver, passing Ron Sellers. Sellers rolled up 3,598 career receiving yards from 1966-69; Greene now has 3,613 yards receiving. Greene is also the Seminoles’ career receptions leader, passing Sellers and Peter Warrick this season.

On Saturday, Greene showed his toughness. In the first half, he suffered a right arm injury that briefly forced him to the locker room, but he returned for the second half.

He was crucial down the stretch, too. With the game tied at 17-17 and 4:37 remaining, Winston repeatedly targeted Greene in the game-winning drive. An 11-yard pass pushed FSU into BC territory with just over two minutes left, and a 15-yard connection got the Seminoles into field-goal range for Roberto Aguayo with 1:26 remaining. Five Dalvin Cook runs later, and Aguayo made a 26-yard field goal with three seconds left on the clock.

With one regular-season game remaining, Greene has 83 receptions for 1,148 yards and five touchdowns, which marks his second consecutive 1,000-yard receiving season. He’ll be a key part of FSU’s offense as the Seminoles push for a College Football Playoff berth. While Winston will get the attention, he'll utilize the steady senior, Greene, as his main target.

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Boston College vs. Florida State: Game Grades, Analysis for the Seminoles

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: No. 3 Florida State University was never able to put away an inferior opponent Saturday night and had to rely on some late-game playmaking to pull off the victory and extend its nation’s-best winning streak.

It's a different week but the same story for this FSU team in a 20-17 victory over Boston College at Doak Campbell Stadium. The Seminoles (11-0, 8-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) once again shook off in-game issues to remain out of the loss column and keep their College Football Playoff hopes intact.

For the Eagles (6-5, 3-4), it’s the case of another FSU opponent that couldn’t take advantage of a multitude of opportunities to knock off the defending college football champions.


Pass Offense

Jameis Winston was special Saturday night. The redshirt sophomore made throw after throw that were perfectly timed and placed to his wide receivers. There were many plays against the Eagles that will show up on Winston’s NFL draft highlight reel. He was terrific.

So why weren’t his statistics better? Winston went 22-of-32 for 281 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He probably should have only had three or four incompletions and definitely shouldn’t have had an interception.

But his pass-catchers dropped at least a handful of passes, and one of them even bounced off the most reliable player's hands (Rashad Greene) before being intercepted. Greene shook off that miscue and finished with 106 yards receiving on eight catches.

The passing game should have been more effective against Boston College, so a “C+” grade seems appropriate.


Run Offense

FSU appeared to have a nice thing going on the ground to start the game, capping off a long opening drive with a Karlos Williams dash to the end zone for the team’s first score. Freshman sensation Dalvin Cook had some terrific runs, and he was integral in FSU’s march down the field and into field-goal range at the end of the contest.

The issue was everything in between.

The Seminoles handed the ball to Williams and Cook just 15 more times after eight first-possession carries. But Jimbo Fisher elected to rely on the passing game in the rainy weather, and the ‘Noles finished with 110 yards on 29 carries for a per-carry average of 3.8 yards.

FSU is going to have a hard time competing for a national championship if it can’t get more from a terrific pair of tailbacks in Williams and Cook.


Pass Defense

FSU’s pass defense was fine Saturday, especially since it didn’t have much to do. Boston College's Tyler Murphy attempted just 10 throws and finished with 73 yards and no touchdowns.

How about a “B” grade for a unit that had to spend most of the night cleaning up tackles missed by the middle of the defensive line and the linebackers.


Run Defense

Florida State’s run defense gets a “C“ for its effort against the Eagles. Murphy and the Boston College ground game gashed the Seminoles repeatedly throughout the night and probably should have been the difference.

The Eagles finished with 240 yards on 51 carries. If FSU did anything well against Boston College’s rushing attack, it was keeping it out of the end zone. BC managed just one rushing score.


Special Teams

Roberto Aguayo missed a rare field goal early in the second half, but he more than made up for it with the game-winning 26-yard field goal with just three seconds left.

Cason Beatty averaged 49 yards per punt and did a terrific job of setting up a high snap on that game-winning field goal as the team’s holder.

This group gets an “A-“ grade.



This was one of the rare games where Fisher and his staff were outcoached in the second half. That crew typically makes amazing adjustments at the break, and all of FSU’s second-half comebacks have been predicated on that logic.

Saturday night, Fisher may have overthought some of his second-half game plan. He should have dedicated more effort to the running game and taking some of the pressure off Winston, who was being negatively affected by his receivers all night.


Brandon Mellor is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report. All quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. Statistics are courtesy of All recruiting information is courtesy of 247Sports.

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Ole Miss' Serderius Bryant Throws Punch vs. Arkansas, Doesn't Get Flagged

Had this punch landed, Ole Miss linebacker Serderius Bryant could have been in big trouble.

On Saturday against the Arkansas Razorbacks, Bryant took a swing at Denver Kirkland after a play had ended. Bryant's punch missed, but it was still a surprise that the referees didn't throw a flag.

It's not hard to figure out why Bryant was so frustrated, as the Razorbacks were dominating the Rebels.


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USC vs. UCLA: Live Score and Highlights

UCLA 17, USC 14 — Late 2nd quarter

Game action is now underway between No. 19 USC (7-3) and No. 9 UCLA (8-2). ABC is televising the matchup nationally from the Rose Bowl.

We are watching the game, providing live analysis as the action unfolds:

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Boston College vs. FSU: Score and Twitter Reaction

Style points haven't been the No. 3 Florida State Seminoles' strong suit this season, but all the defending national champions continue to do is win.      

Enduring rainy conditions and a physical matchup with ACC foe Boston College on Saturday in Tallahassee, Florida State found a way to improve to 11-0 with a 20-17 victory.

An impressive, clock-milking drive culminated in Florida State kicker Roberto Aguayo's game-winning 26-yard field goal with just three seconds left.

ESPN Stats & Info referenced the close-call, cardiac-kid type of games the Seminoles have been involved in several times this year:'s Jared Shanker wrote before the game that the field conditions favored the underdog Eagles:

Boston College had already defeated a Top 10 team earlier in the year in an upset over then-No. 9 USC, but going on the road and winning against the Seminoles would have been even more remarkable. A relentless commitment to the run allowed the Eagles to control time of possession, convert more often than not on third down and remain close throughout.

But as Anish Shroff of ESPN alluded to, the Seminoles dug deep to rally from the precipice of falling out of  college football's elite:

It was a far different story for Florida State's offense in the first half, as it relied almost exclusively on the talents of reigning Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston.

That was evident right away on an opening drive that went 75 yards and spanned 14 plays, capped by a three-yard touchdown jaunt by power back Karlos Williams. Dustin Tackett of the Orlando Sentinel put into context how slow the Seminoles had started prior to Saturday:

Williams' plunge to paydirt was a rare successful running play for FSU in the opening half, too.

The Orlando Sentinel's Brendan Sonnone explains:

One of the 10 pass attempts from dual-threat Eagles quarterback Tyler Murphy resulted in a 49-yard touchdown to Shakim Phillips, allowing the visitors to even the score at 10 with 5:29 to go in the second quarter.

Winston, who wound up 22-of-32, passing for 281 yards, a touchdown and an interception, was playing as well as he had all year, though, even amid the unfavorable circumstances and several drops by his receivers.

The sophomore threw a 30-yard touchdown strike to answer BC's first TD drive, finding decorated tight end Nick O'Leary for a 17-10 lead with 3:02 remaining before halftime.

Tom D'Angelo of The Palm Beach Post highlighted O'Leary's place in conference history:

While Winston's leadership and ability to combat adversity on the field is respectable, Sports Illustrated's Greg A. Bedard was a bit critical of the signal-caller's antics amid Saturday's tight contest:

Murphy scampered for a 21-yard TD to knot the score at 17 approximately midway through the third quarter, setting the stage for a tense fourth-quarter battle. College GameDay highlighted the play:

After Aguayo had missed a critical field goal earlier in the game, BC's Alex Howell blew a potential go-ahead shot wide right from 42 yards out. The play was noted by College GameDay:

ESPN's Andrew Brandt weighed in on the wayward kick:

That came with just 4:37 remaining on the clock, giving Winston and Co. favorable field position to mount a winning drive.

Senior leader Rashad Greene (who had a game-high eight receptions and 106 yards receiving) had multiple key receptions during FSU's triumphant final march of the season in Doak Campbell Stadium. FSU Football noted Greene's amazing accomplishment in that stretch:

Before the game, Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher discussed the new playoff system's relative disregard for Florida State's perfect record, via's Ben Jones:

Those words bear relevance now, and it will be interesting to see how the College Football Playoff selection committee views this latest gritty win.

With yet another difficult hurdle cleared, Fisher's resilient team can focus on the regular-season finale against archrival Florida. While that contest should be a bit easier to manage in theory, the ACC Championship Game against Georgia Tech ought to test the Seminoles in terse fashion.

Georgia Tech uses a run-heavy triple-option offense that is difficult to prepare for since it's so rare in modern college football. If BC's rushing success on Saturday is any indication, the Seminoles are far from a lock to win the ACC title game. 

This is a heartbreaking loss for the Eagles, yet there are plenty of positives to take away for the budding BC program under coach Steve Addazio.

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Arizona vs. Utah: Score and Twitter Reaction

The No. 15 Arizona Wildcats were undaunted by a raucous crowd and rainy weather conditions at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City Saturday as they easily defeated the No. 17 Utah Utes 42-10 in a Pac-12 clash.

While the Wildcats were dominant in victory, the win came at a cost due to the fact that freshman quarterback Anu Solomon was in a walking boot and did not return after the first half, according to Daniel Berk of The Arizona Daily Star.

With that said, Arizona had to be thrilled with its continued ownership of Utah in the running game as freshman Nick Wilson extended an impressive streak, per ESPN Stats & Info:

Both teams entered Saturday's game with slim chances of winning the Pac-12 South Division and qualifying for the Pac-12 Championship Game against Oregon, but they needed a victory in order to keep hope alive.

The Utes are no longer in the running, but the Wildcats have an outside shot depending upon what happens with Arizona State, USC and UCLA.

Utah seemed to have the advantage Saturday in terms of weather as the frigid temperatures didn't seem to bother the Utes players whatsoever, as evidenced by this photo courtesy of the team's official Twitter account:

Arizona certainly isn't used to playing in those types of conditions, but there was still reason to like their chances due to the presence of Solomon. The first-year player entered the game with over 3,000 passing yards and 25 touchdowns, which gave him a big statistical advantage over Utah signal-caller Travis Wilson.

After a pair of three-and-outs to start the contest, Solomon and the Arizona offense showed some signs of life. Solomon made some nice throws to keep the chains moving, and he even had an opportune nine-yard scramble for a first down, which impressed Matt Moreno of

The drive ultimately stalled and the Wildcats had to settle for a 39-yard field goal attempt, but kicker Casey Skowron missed it wide to the right.

Utah followed that up with another quick offensive series before the Wildcats finally got on the board late in the first quarter. After finding senior wide receiver Austin Hill for a 51-yard gain, Solomon hit pay dirt on his own from 11 yards out on a read-option play.

David Kelly of Tuscon News Now was quite complimentary of Solomon's ability to sell the defense on the fake:

Per the Wildcats' official Twitter account, it was the first rushing touchdown of Solomon's season and collegiate career:

Solomon had a 100-yard rushing effort against Colorado a couple game prior, so the Utes were well aware of what he could do in that regard. In fact, Utah safeties coach Morgan Scalley praised the frosh's ability to make plays when things break down around him, according to Matthew Piper of The Salt Lake Tribune.

"(He's) one of my favorites in the league," Scalley said. "He's a very good decision-maker. He does not panic under pressure. He stays alive. He keeps his eyes downfield."

For as well as Solomon was playing, his counterpart struggled mightily in the early going. Through four drives the Utes had yet to pick up a first down, and Wilson had somehow managed minus-four yards passing.

He seemed to be having issues with the rain as he bobbled a snap and nearly turned the ball over early in the second quarter:

After forcing Arizona to punt, Utah finally manages to make some positive gains offensively. A 33-yard keeper by Wilson put the Utes deep in Wildcats territory and gave them their initial first down of the game, according to Kyle Goon of The Salt Lake Tribune:

Just when it looked like Wilson was back on track, though, he made a mind-numbing mistake to give the ball back to Arizona.

The junior gunslinger was picked off by senior safety Jourdon Grandon in the end zone due to his decision to throw into triple coverage, per Kyle Gunther of 1320 KFAN:

A couple drives later, Solomon once again flashed his big-play ability for Arizona. After rolling right and buying himself some time, he found sophomore wide receiver Trey Griffey, who created a big play after the catch, according to Berk:

Wilson cashed in from 17 yards out one play later as the Wildcats took a 14-0 lead.

Utah hoped to get on the board in the closing minutes of the first half, but disaster struck while running back Bubba Poole was attempting to pick up a first down. The junior back was walloped by senior safety Tra'Mayne Bondurant, who forced a fumble.

It was recovered and returned 31 yards by senior defensive lineman Dan Pettinato to give Arizona a commanding 21-0 lead with just over a minute remaining in the half.

Per Greg Hansen of The Arizona Daily Star, it was the continuation of what was a big day for Bondurant off the field as well:

Despite being faced with dire circumstances, Utah was able to salvage the half to some degree with a frantic drive that culminated an 11-yard touchdown pass from Wilson to senior tight end Westlee Tonga to cut the deficit to 14 entering the locker room.

After a Utah drive to start the second half stalled, Arizona's offense took the field without Solomon. Although it is unclear how he was injured, Berk reported that the freshman star was wearing a walking boot:

He was replaced by senior Jesse Scroggins, who quickly moved the ball down the field with his arm and legs. The absence of Solomon was truly felt once the Wildcats entered the red zone, though, as Scroggins fumbled a snap and turned the ball over, according to Anthony Gimino of

After being contained throughout the first half, Utah junior running back Devontae Booker finally made his presence felt with a 61 yard run to the Arizona 12. The Utes couldn't punch it into the end zone, though, and an Andy Phillips field goal made it 21-10 in favor of the Cats.

That was followed by a quick defensive stop by Utah, and momentum seemed to be swinging in the Utes' direction. Senior wide receiver Kaelin Clay appeared to return the ensuing punt for a Utah touchdown, but the huge play was called back on a hold.

Clay infamously dropped the ball before crossing the goal line against Oregon a couple weeks ago, but's Kyle Bonagura quipped that he didn't make that same mistake Saturday:

Utah was still able to put together a strong drive despite the penalty, but the rainy conditions wreaked havoc once again. Wilson fumbled a snap at the Arizona 31 yard-line and was subsequently sacked, which took the Utes out of field goal range.

That proved costly as the Wildcats turned their next drive into a touchdown to go up 28-10 with less than 12 minutes left in the contest. On his fifth straight run to start the drive, Wilson broke a long one for 75 yards and a touchdown.

According to Berk, that run put the fantastic freshman over the 1,000-yard threshold for the season:

If that wasn't the final nail in the coffin for Utah, then the next drive certainly was as a Wilson pass tipped at the line was picked off by Arizona senior safety Jared Tevis. After a short return to the Utes' 19, Nick Wilson put the game away on the next play with a scamper for six.

As pointed out by's Ted Miller, things got out of hand in a hurry just when it seemed like Utah was closing the gap:

Travis Wilson was replaced at quarterback by freshman Conner Manning on the next drive, but things didn't get any better for the Utes as he promptly threw a 39-yard pick-six to Bondurant, which made in 42-10.

It was a rude welcome for Manning, who was making his first collegiate appearance, per Kurt Kragthorpe of The Salt Lake Tribune:

Following that, both teams were content to run the clock out and move on to the next one.

While neither Arizona nor Utah were factors in the College Football Playoff race entering their encounter, Arizona has a chance to play spoiler. If the Wildcats can beat the odds and reach the Pac-12 title game, then they will get another crack at the Ducks.

Oregon's only loss this season came against Arizona, and the Wildcats seem to have the Ducks' number as they beat them last year as well. Unfortunately, Solomon's status is certainly in question moving forward.


Unless Arizona has some other results break its way, though, it will be left playing in a lower-profile bowl much like Utah.

The Utes would've loved to put another feather in their already-loaded cap as it relates to big victories this season, but they were simply no match for Arizona.

Arizona and Utah are two great examples of the Pac-12's impressive depth this season, and the Wildcats proved that they were a cut above with a great road win.


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Bo Wallace Passes Eli Manning for Most Career Offensive Yards at Ole Miss

University of Mississippi senior quarterback Bo Wallace has been up and down this season, and Saturday was no different. Wallace struggled at the University of Arkansas, throwing two interceptions, losing a pair of fumbles and suffering an ankle injury as the Rebels suffered an ugly 30-0 defeat. But Wallace did find a positive admist the pain.

In the third quarter, Wallace pushed past one of Ole Miss’ all-time greats. He passed Eli Manning as the Rebels’ all-time offensive yards leader.

Manning, who played at Ole Miss from 2000-03, had 9,978 total yards (10,019 passing and -141 rushing). He was the No. 1 overall pick of the 2004 NFL draft by the San Diego Chargers, and he has won two Super Bowls with the New York Giants, who acquired his rights in a draft-day trade.

That joy was short-lived, though. Wallace threw an interception that was returned by Arkansas’ Rohan Gaines 100 yards for a touchdown. He finished with 235 yards and no touchdowns against two interceptions.

It marked Wallace’s third multiple-interception game this season. He has a penchant for throwing interceptions at costly times. With Ole Miss trailing Louisiana State University 10-7 and in field-goal range with less than 30 seconds to play, he floated a pass that was picked off deep in Tigers territory to seal defeat.

However, he is the SEC’s most experienced quarterback, and he has piled up four 300-yard passing games this season. He entered Saturday with 22 touchdowns against eight interceptions.

Wallace hasn’t been consistent enough to lead the Rebels to the College Football Playoff, but he’ll leave with a place in Ole Miss history.

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Missouri vs. Tennessee: Live Score and Highlights

Missouri 13, Tennessee 13—Halftime

Tennessee grinds the final two minutes off the clock, heading into the locker room with a tie game and the ball to start the second half.

Catch tonight's coverage over on ESPN, and be sure to follow the box score over at

Stay locked in to this page throughout tonight's action, and stick around the game to check out the grades for both teams.

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Vanderbilt vs. Mississippi State: Live Score and Highlights

Mississippi State 37, Vanderbilt 0, Halftime

We are underway in Starkville as No. 4 Mississippi State hosts Vanderbilt.

You can watch live on the SEC Network, but make sure to stay right here for live scoring updates, detailed analysis and the best postgame coverage around.

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Florida State's Jameis Winston Pushes Referee Away vs. BC, Doesn't Get Flagged

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has no time for referees trying to get set.

During Saturday's game against the Boston College Eagles, Winston was trying to get under center, but a referee was in the way. Winston pushed the official out of the way and was somehow not penalized for doing so.

Mike Pereira from FOX Sports believed that Winston should have been ejected from the game, saying:

Contact with an official can clearly lead to an ejection. Webster was doing his job, which was to hold the snap until the referee cleared him in this situation. Winston clearly pushes him out of the way so he can get the snap off.
That's a foul, folks.

[Vine, h/t Twitter]

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Brandon Allen Injury: Updates on Arkansas QB's Status and Return

Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen left Saturday's game against Mississippi after 10 pass attempts and was ruled out for the remainder of the contest.    

According to head coach Bret Bielema, via ESPN's Brett McMurphy, Allen has a soft tissue injury after taking a hit to the hip:

Allen did have a touchdown pass before leaving the game and has been efficient for the Razorbacks, who are showing signs of life after their first SEC win of the year against LSU last week. 

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Despite Early Scare vs. Indiana, Ohio State Still Controls Its Playoff Fate

COLUMBUS, Ohio — If you were looking to pick apart sixth-ranked Ohio State this week, the Buckeyes' 42-27 win over Indiana gave you plenty to work with.

Facing a 3-7 team on a five-game losing skid, Ohio State found itself trailing—at home of all places—until late in the third quarter, when a Jalin Marshall punt-return touchdown jump-started a 28-7 Buckeyes run to make a two-score win look much more impressive than it actually was.

But all of Ohio State's shortcomings—and there were plenty on Saturday—pale in comparison to the Buckeyes' clinching of the Big Ten East Championship, which will allow them to control their fate in their fight for a spot in the first-ever College Football Playoff.

"That's what we talk about when it comes to November," Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett said. "To go out there to compete for championships in November. We're right on course for what we talk about each and every year."

The Buckeyes' worthiness of a playoff spot will be questioned by those who saw an Ohio State team lack "game control" against the lowly Hoosiers, surrendering 228 yards and three touchdowns to Indiana running back Tevin Coleman. Comparisons to TCU's close call with Kansas last week are inevitable, especially after the Horned Frogs dropped from fourth to fifth in the playoff rankings three days later.

But it's also worth noting that while TCU's lack of style points didn't help its cause, its drop in the rankings was more of a result of Alabama's climb following the Crimson Tide's win over former No. 1 Mississippi State than it was the Horned Frogs' 34-30 scare with the Jayhawks.

The fact of the matter is that following its Nov. 8 win over seventh-ranked Kansas State, TCU ran out of quality opponents to bolster its resume with, leaving the Horned Frogs in need of more help than any other team still in playoff contention.

Meanwhile, the Crimson Tide proved just how much a win over a quality opponent can help you—a lesson Ohio State learned two weeks ago with its monumental win over Michigan State. In the matter of three weeks, the Buckeyes jumped a total of 10 spots in playoff rankings, as their wins over the Spartans and No. 25 Minnesota legitimized an otherwise unimpressive schedule.

And in beating Indiana and solidifying its spot in the Big Ten Championship Game, Ohio State guaranteed itself a shot at another resume booster. In Indianapolis, the Buckeyes will face the winner of next weekend's matchup between No. 16 Wisconsin and the Golden Gophers, adding a third potential quality win to Ohio State's case, which would easily make up for any deficiencies the Buckeyes showed on Saturday.

"Sometimes in college football, things don't go exactly as scripted," Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said. "We're fine. I guess whatever the score was—somewhat of a close call. We just have to play better. We still are division champs."

That's more than No. 4 Mississippi State would be able to say if Alabama wins out, which could ultimately prove to be huge should both the Buckeyes and Bulldogs remain in the hunt for a playoff spot through the next two weeks. According to the College Football Playoff's website, the first tiebreaker when it comes to comparable resumes is "championships won," an edge which would go to Ohio State.

As for what comparable means—after all, everything in the playoff system is still unprecedented—that remains undefined. But given that the Buckeyes have two wins over opponents currently ranked in the Top 25 compared to Mississippi State's one, it's safe to say Ohio State is at least in that conversation, with its date in the conference title game still looming.

Of course, there's also the argument that the Bulldogs' lone loss to Alabama trumps the Buckeyes' defeat to 5-6 Virginia Tech and that Mississippi State will be able to add to its case with next weekend's Egg Bowl showdown with No. 8 Ole Miss—even if the Rebels will inevitably fall in this week's rankings after their blowout loss to Arkansas.

But that only adds to the importance of Ohio State's divisional championship, as it not only keeps the Buckeyes' resume comparable, but it also gives them the tiebreaker in the process.

"It means a lot," Ohio State tight end Jeff Heuerman said of the Buckeyes' Big Ten East title. "It's obviously your goal at the beginning of the year, and so we accomplished one of them, but we definitely still have a few left that we need to accomplish."

That starts with next weekend's regular-season finale and rivalry game with Michigan, the lone obstacle standing between Ohio State having a potential playoff spot on the line during its trip to the Circle City. The Buckeyes have plenty they need to work on—starting first and foremost with their run defense—but still appear to have an inside track when it comes to a chance to play for the national championship.

"What a great place to play where you win a division championship, you put 500-some yards on the board, you still feel like you didn't play very well," Meyer said. "There's no place else you'd rather play or coach than one where you have high expectations at."


Ben Axelrod is Bleacher Report's Ohio State Lead Writer. You can follow him on Twitter @BenAxelrod. Unless noted otherwise, all quotes obtained firsthand. All statistics courtesy of and recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports.

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Should Nebraska's Bo Pelini Be on the Hot Seat After Loss to Minnesota?

Bo Pelini has been here before. In fact, this November feels eerily similar to last November for the Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach. As a result, Pelini is now being placed firmly back on the hot seat.

Should he be there, though? That's the million-dollar question.

The easy answer would be yes. After all, the head coach is now 66-27 overall and 9-17 against ranked opponents (he was 9-14 to start the season, per The Wall Street Journal) with Nebraska after Saturday's loss to the No. 25 Minnesota Golden Gophers. Then there is his recent performance against the Wisconsin Badgers, where the Huskers lost a significant early lead to ultimately lose 59-24.

Pelini wasn't worried at that point.

"I don't get into the big picture thing," he said, per The Associated Press' Eric Olson (via "It's one football game. This program has won a lot of football games."

Except against Minnesota, one football game became two. After heading into the half with a 21-7 lead, the Gophers immediately answered to make it 21-14 to start the second half. For some reason, it never felt quite right after. The Gophers ultimately won 28-24.

"We lost because we didn't deserve to win," Pelini said during his postgame press conference.

Talk about a punch to the gut. However, looking at the numbers, he wasn't wrong.

Does it mean Pelini is back on the hot seat? There are plenty of folks who believe so:

Matt Hayes of The Sporting News felt he was after the game against Wisconsin.

"This is different than any other current Power Five job in jeopardy, if only because Nebraska would be firing a coach who averages nine wins a season—even though none of those wins are of significance," Hayes noted after the loss in Madison.

Hayes went on to question how long Nebraska finds eight- or nine-win seasons acceptable. If the goal is championships and Pelini isn't winning them, it feels like time might be running out.

Firing Pelini still seems premature, though. The regular-season finale against the Iowa Hawkeyes on Nov. 28 will tell a lot about how this team can recover. It will also say a lot about Pelini as a coach and his future with the Huskers.

Pelini knows that.

"We have to make some changes because we didn't play very well," he said.

What exactly do those changes look like? That's the catch. Does it potentially mean a change in staff? Pelini has always been extremely loyal to his assistants, so it's hard to say what he's willing to do. However, if he's saying changes need to be made, there needs to be some clarity to that.

Sitting on the hot seat has to be getting old for Pelini. It's become sort of a trademark of his time as head coach for Nebraska. By November, things start to get warmer for Pelini. Does he deserve for it to be that way, though? Is a coach that wins eight or nine games a season truly deserving of the hot seat?

There is no denying that time is running out for Pelini. More questions are being created than answers. If he wants fans to know he doesn't deserve to be on the hot seat, he needs to be willing to make changes. Will he make them?

That's the other million-dollar question.


All quotes obtained firsthand via the Huskers' postgame press conference, unless otherwise noted.

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Florida State's Matthew Thomas Ejected for Targeting vs. Boston College

Defensive players in college football have gotten better at not leading with their helmet this season, but this hit from Florida State linebacker Matthew Thomas was not smart.

After an attempted pass from Boston College receiver Josh Bordner on a double-reverse play, Thomas led with his helmet as he hit Bordner late. Thomas was penalized and ejected for targeting.


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Ty Montgomery Injury: Updates on Stanford Star's Shoulder and Return

Stanford Cardinal star receiver Ty Montgomery exited the field in Saturday's Pac-12 showdown with California due to a shoulder injury.    

Fox College Football reported on Montgomery's status:

Jon Wilner of the Mercury News later reported more on Montgomery's status:

Montgomery entered Saturday's contest at Memorial Stadium as the Cardinal's leading receiver. The Stanford offense already lacks weapons on the outside, and the team is in the midst of a disappointing season after great success in prior years.

Losing Montgomery this late in the year only adds to the Cardinal's woes. The team will hope to have its playmaker back for next week's massive showdown against UCLA.  

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Ty Montgomery Injury: Updates on Stanford Star's Shoulder and Return

Stanford Cardinal star receiver Ty Montgomery exited the field in Saturday's Pac-12 showdown with California due to a shoulder injury...

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