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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.

 

Coaching

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 Seminoles.com. 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:

ESPN.com'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 Rivals.com'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 Rivals.com:

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 FoxSportsArizona.com:

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 ESPN.com'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 ESPN.com'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 NCAA.com.

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.

You can find the official box score at NCAA.com

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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.

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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 cfbstats.com 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 NCAA.com). "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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Watch Biggest Runs from Samaje Perine's Record Performance in 60 Seconds

Melvin Gordon had the FBS single-game rushing record for about 6.5 days. Samaje Perine decided that was long enough, as the Oklahoma running back ran for 427 against the Kansas Jayhawks, eclipsing the previous mark held by Gordon at 408. And for that, Perine gets our Lexus Top Performer for Week 13. 

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Amari Cooper Injury: Updates on Alabama Star's Leg and Return

Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Amari Cooper exited the team's matchup with Western Carolina after suffering a leg injury in the first quarter.

The injury was reported by Rivals.com:

As CBSSports.com's Dennis Dodd notes, Cooper returned to the sideline but didn't reenter the game:

Marc Torrence of Bleacher Report has more on Cooper staying on the sideline:

Cooper has been sensational this season for the Crimson Tide after seeing his numbers take a dip during his sophomore season. In 2013, he had just 45 receptions for 736 yards and four touchdowns. He's eclipsed each of those totals already this season, with 87 receptions for 1,303 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Heading into the 2014 season, coach Nick Saban referenced how lethal Cooper can be, via Andrew Gribble of AL.com:

The guy’s really an explosive guy. He’s got great speed, he’s got really good hands, he’s got good size. He can catch the ball vertically down the field. He’s difficult to cover coming out of a break. 

He’s good against press (coverage), so he’s a pretty hard guy to stop unless you put two guys on him.

Much of those struggles as a sophomore were due to a foot injury, but he has been explosive this year. Earlier this season, Cooper was hampered with another injury which wasn't ruled as a serious ailment.

That agility and explosiveness returned this season, as Cooper already set a school record against Tennessee, per ESPN Stats & Info:

Along with his talent on the field in college, he's also considered a coveted player by NFL teams. Matt Miller of Bleacher Report noted just how high he might go in the NFL draft when he decides to leave Alabama:

When he's 100 percent, the junior is easily one of the top receivers in college football. However, his draft stock could potentially take a hit due to questions about his ability to remain healthy.

If he is forced to miss any time, it will be up to DeAndrew White and Christion Jones to fill the void. Both have playmaking ability, but are far from the weapon that Cooper is on offense.

In a tough SEC West that isn't forgiving of any team, not having Cooper on the field would be a critical blow to the Tide's national title aspirations.

 

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We Remember: Yale Pranks Harvard Fans to Say 'We Suck'

The rivalry between the Harvard and Yale football teams has gone on for quite some time, and although the Crimson got the 31-24 win on Saturday, the Bulldogs will always have this to look back on.

In 2004, a group of supposed Yale students disguised as a Harvard pep squad passed out signs to fans in the stadium. When the fans lifted the signs up, they ended up spelling out, "We Suck".

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Bo Wallace Injury: Updates on Ole Miss Star's Ankle and Return

Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace left the team's game vs. Arkansas with an ankle injury.    

Barrett Sallee of Bleacher Report passed along the news as the quarterback headed to the locker room:

Wallace would later return to the game, via Dr. Saturday of Yahoo Sports:

A senior, Wallace has appeared in all 10 of the Rebels' games this season. Inconsistent for his first two years as a starter, he's shown marked improvements across the board in leading Ole Miss to its best season in recent memory. His three-touchdown day helped lead the Rebels in a surprising win over Alabama in October, and they were a fixture in the national championship race before consecutive losses to LSU and Auburn.

Despite the strong performances, injury questions have persisted. Wallace has dealt with persistent shoulder problems in his right arm for most of his career, which has limited his velocity and downfield passing ability at times. The shoulder has held up for the 2014 season but has nonetheless been a storyline fans point to whenever a pass falls short or comes off a bit wobbly.

For now, all eyes will be on Wallace as he manages the injury.

 

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Samaje Perine Breaks FBS Single-Game Rushing Record vs. Kansas

Oklahoma Sooners running back Samaje Perine had a game to remember Saturday. Against the Kansas Jayhawks, the freshman broke the single-game FBS rushing record, as ESPN's Brett McMurphy noted: 

It's been an incredible debut season for Perine, who ran for more than 200 yards against West Virginia and Texas Tech and had 14 rushing touchdowns before Saturday's game. But what happened against Kansas was one of the best performances in NCAA history and came just one week after Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon established a new FBS single-game record with 408 rushing yards, which he accomplished in just three quarters.     

Here was the record-breaking 42-yard run by Perine, via Anthony Slater on Vine:

As hard as it is to believe, Perine's performance looks even better when you put it into context. First, as noted by ESPN's Jake Trotter, the freshman running back wasn't the starter for Oklahoma in this game: 

Second, weather conditions in Norman were terrible with heavy rain. Oklahoma quarterback Cody Thomas had two completions on 11 attempts through three quarters. 

So even though Kansas knew Bob Stoops was going to call a lot of running plays, the Jayhawks were powerless to stop them.

Perine broke the Big 12 record for rushing yards in a game late in the third quarter when a three-yard run pushed his total to 378, via Mark Followill of Fox Sports Southwest:

Eric Bailey of The Tulsa World also made an observation about Perine's all-around efforts before he broke Gordon's record:

Paul Myerberg of USA Today explained that 400 yards is becoming a new norm in college football based on the last two weeks:

The Sooners haven't had the season they expected to after starting the year ranked No. 4 in the Associated Press poll, losing three games in the Big 12. But Perine's performance all season and a young nucleus give Stoops a lot to build around. 

We saw how well Oklahoma finished last season, defeating Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. It couldn't carry that over into this season, but things can change quickly in college football. All it takes is one dynamic talent to make everyone else better. 

It's safe to say that Perine falls into that category with his incredible performance against Kansas and exceptional effort all year. 

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