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Northwestern's Mike McHugh Makes Absurd Leaping Catch vs. Iowa

Not a lot went right for the Northwestern Wildcats against the Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday, this play notwithstanding. 

Down 38-7 in the third quarter, sophomore wide receiver Mike McHugh made an absurd leaping catch while tapping a foot inbounds to give the Wildcats a 1st-and-goal. He somehow managed to tip the ball with his right arm and snag it as it fell, despite having a defender right on his tail.

Unfortunately, the Wildcats didn't end up scoring on the drive, as quarterback Trevor Siemian threw an incompletion on 4th-and-1.

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Indiana vs. Michigan: Live Score and Highlights

Michigan 10, Indiana 0 (Early 2nd Quarter)

Keith Heitzman, who's in for the suspended Jake Butt, just reeled in a six-yard catch for a touchdown--his first in college.

Michigan's offense has life today.  

Keep your browser locked to this live blog for the latest commentary, analysis, goodies from the Web and more as the Wolverines (3-5, 1-3) and the Hoosiers (3-4, 0-3) settle the score on this brisk fall day. 

 

Homecoming notes

Michigan is 3-0 on homecoming under coach Brady Hoke

The Wolverines are 11-1 vs. Indiana on homecoming. 

 

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Miami's Duke Johnson Runs Free on 90-Yard Touchdown vs. UNC

Miami Hurricanes junior running back Duke Johnson exploded for his longest career run against the North Carolina Tar Heels on Saturday.

In the second quarter against UNC, Johnson broke free on this 90-yard touchdown, with no one coming close enough to bring him down. According to the Miami Herald's Manny Navarro, that run tied the record for the longest in school history:

That wasn't Johnson's only major accomplishment on Saturday. He also moved past Edgerrin James for the second-most career rushing yards in school history, according to ESPN Stats & Info:  

It was Johnson's second touchdown run on the day, after having scored on a one-yard plunge in the first quarter. At halftime, he already had 17 rushes for 172 yards and two scores, with Miami holding a 30-6 lead over UNC.  

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TCU vs. West Virginia: Live Score and Highlights

West Virginia 13, TCU 7, Early 2nd Quarter

We are underway in Morgantown, as TCU and West Virginia will battle it out this afternoon. This top-25 matchup should see plenty of offense, and the winner of this game will likely be the team that can make a big stop defensively.

You can watch the game on ABC/ESPN2, but stay right here for live updates and analysis.

 

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Purdue Boilermakers vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers: Live Blog and Analysis

Nebraska and Purdue may be a new Big Ten rivalry, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be a good one.

But for this matchup to pick up steam, the Boilermakers will have to do better than they did a year ago. The Cornhuskers dominated the last meeting between these two squads, coasting to a 44-7 victory on Purdue’s home turf.

With a 3-5 record and only four games left on the schedule, Purdue can’t afford to lose another game.

Neither can Nebraska if it hopes to win the Big Ten. As it stands, the Cornhuskers are 3-1 in conference play, putting them in a tie with Minnesota for first in the Big Ten West.

Nebraska is led by the nation’s leading rusher, Ameer Abdullah, while Purdue features one of the Big Ten’s premier wideouts in Danny Anthrop. Keep it here for live updates and analysis throughout the game. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and ABC.

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College Football Week 10: Live Scores, Highlights and Reaction

Keep it locked right here with Bleacher Report throughout the day as we provide you with the latest scores, highlights and much more!

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Penn State's Christian Hackenberg Drills Person in Head on Maryland Sideline

Sometimes you don't even have to be on the field to get hurt during a football game.

In the second quarter against the Maryland Terrapins on Saturday, Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg threw an errant pass that wound up drilling an unsuspecting person in the head on the Maryland sideline. 

That's going to leave a mark.

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Maryland Captains Refuse to Shake Hands with Penn State Players, Get Flagged

The University of Maryland Terrapins are attempting to fire up their rivalry with Penn State, and they chose a very unsportsmanlike way to do it. 

Prior to their coin toss against the Nittany Lions on Saturday, Maryland's three captains refused to shake the hands of their opponents. As a result, the team earned a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the kickoff.

Not the best way to start a game, Terps.

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Lee Corso Makes His 250th Pick on 'GameDay,' Puts Mask on Backward

ESPN College GameDay analyst and absolute gem Lee Corso commemorated his 250th selection by picking No. 10 TCU over No. 20 West Virginia (in Morgantown).

However, he forgot to straighten the mask before putting it on.

He also butchered the words to "Take Me Home, Country Roads" before the blunder with the mask, too. 

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ESPN's 'College GameDay' Crew Brings Back Masks of Coaches for Halloween

ESPN's College GameDay crew brought back one of their oddest, slightly terrifying traditions during Week 10 of the 2014 college football season, as they all donned masks of prominent coaches.

This year's segment involved coaches on the outside looking in on the College Football Playoff, including Notre Dame's Brian Kelly, Oregon's Mark Helfrich, Kansas State's Bill Snyder, Michigan State's Mark Dantonio and TCU's Gary Patterson. 

Dantonio's staredown was pretty chilling.

Then, the men and their masks actually debated.

What capped it all off was a Patterson dance.

What do you think—is this segment scary and weird or just awesome?

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Best Signs from ESPN's 'College GameDay' Week 10

ESPN's College GameDay was in Morgantown, West Virginia, to see No. 10 TCU take on No. 20 West Virginia in Week 10 of the 2014 college football season, and the WVU fans brought their best stuff with their signs.

Hands down, the best sign of all belongs to WVU president E. Gordon Gee, who apparently knows what "bae" means and is a big fan of his quarterback's hair.

One fan paid homage to Ricky Bobby and Colonel Sanders.

Giving out apples on Halloween should be a criminal offense.

The West Virginia fans embraced their couch-burning tendencies.

One fan came with a Bobby Shmurda-related jab at Marshall.

A week of College GameDay can't go without a Nickelback mention. 

One fan took a shot at both UNC and Marshall with his sign.

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Kenny Hill Suspended: Latest Details, Reaction and Analysis

Texas A&M quarterback Kenny Hill has been suspended for two games after violating an unspecified team rule. The announcement comes a few days after it was reported Kyle Allen was set to take the reigns of the Aggies offense.

Joe Schad of ESPN broke the news:

Two days ago, CBSDFW reported the pending change at quarterback:

Hill got off to an extremely promising start. He led the team to a 5-0 record with 17 touchdowns and just two interceptions. His play fell off in recent weeks, however, with six touchdowns and an equal number of interceptions during the team's three-game skid.

Hill's decision making broke down as the season progressed, frequently throwing passes into coverage, which made the burst of interceptions make much more sense. It's unclear whether it was a breakdown of mechanics that prompted the collapse, or if there's more to his struggles than that. 

Things got bad enough that Hill would ultimately cede the starting job to freshman Kyle Allen. While Allen has yet to make a start for the Aggies, it's become clear that the job is his for the time being, and perhaps for good. 

It's unclear whether the looming suspension led to the quarterback switch or if the coaching staff simply decided Allen was the better option. Either way, he's now got a chance to showcase his hyped potential for at least the next two weeks.

Texas A&M faces off with the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks on Saturday.

 

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Maryland vs. Penn State: Live Score and Highlights

Maryland 7, Penn State 3—Early 2nd Quarter

The Nittany Lions host the Terrapins to renew a series that ran nearly uninterrupted from 1960 to 1993 (the two teams missed only 1976, 1981 and 1983 during that span).  It's also one of the most lopsided series in college football with Penn State holding a 35-1-1 advantage.

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Oklahoma vs. Iowa State: Live Score and Highlights

Oklahoma 21, Iowa State 0—Late 1st Quarter

The Oklahoma Sooners (5-2, 2-2 Big 12) look to stay alive in the conference race against the Iowa State Cyclones (2-5, 0-4).

Fox Sports 1 is carrying the Big 12 meeting. Bleacher Report is providing live scoring updates and in-game analysis. Please leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Louisiana-Monroe vs. Texas A&M: Live Score and Highlights

Texas A&M will look to get back on track as it faces Louisiana-Monroe at Kyle Field. The game will kick off at noon EDT, and it will be televised on the SEC Network.

The Aggies have made some personnel changes, as Kyle Allen will get the start at quarterback instead of Kenny Hill. They are also looking to get the offense back on track, as it has struggled the last three weeks.

Fortunately, the Aggies are facing a Sun Belt Conference team that has already lost to LSU and Kentucky this season.  However, defensive lineman Lorenzo Jackson could be a problem for the Aggies. He has 1.5 sacks and six tackles for loss through seven games this season.

Be sure to come back to the blog when the game kicks off for the latest scoring updates, highlights and analysis.

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Bowl Predictions 2014: Playoff Projections Heading into Week 10

There were a lot of College Football Playoff contenders and fanbases hoping that Louisville could hold onto a 21-0 lead on Thursday against Florida State.

Alas, the Cardinals collapsed down the stretch and the Seminoles made the necessary plays to win—which is ultimately far more important than any style points as long as there is a zero in the loss column—and the defending champs still have the inside lane to a playoff position.

With that in mind, here is a look at some updated playoff projections as we head into Saturday’s Week 10 games.

 

Playoff Projections

Sugar Bowl: No. 1 Florida State vs. No. 4 Mississippi State

Rose Bowl: No. 3 Michigan State vs. No. 2 Alabama

Championship Bowl (in Arlington, Texas): TBD (Semifinal Winners)

Florida State will win out with the majority of its difficult games behind it. An undefeated defending national champion is absolutely getting into the playoffs.

Michigan State will also win out and get credit for a Big Ten championship. Pac-12 contenders, Big 12 contenders and Notre Dame will all pick up a second loss (look for the Fighting Irish to lose to Arizona State or USC), which will open up a spot for the Spartans. 

Alabama will win out and grab a spot as the SEC champion, and Mississippi State will sneak in as the fourth team with only a single loss to the Crimson Tide and noteworthy wins over LSU, Auburn and Ole Miss on its resume.

 

Game of the Week with Biggest Playoff Implications: No. 3 Auburn at No. 4 Ole Miss

While neither Auburn nor Ole Miss are in these playoff projections, there is no Week 10 game with bigger postseason implications than the SEC showdown between the Tigers and Rebels.

The winner will stay right in the thick of the daunting SEC West race, but the loser will pick up a crippling second loss and a difficult head-to-head defeat against one of the other contenders. It is not an official elimination game in the conference race, but it certainly feels like it with the Crimson Tide hitting their stride and Mississippi State winning every week.

A loss could also mean elimination from the College Football Playoff race.

Neither team was particularly impressive in its last game, although Auburn’s offense and Ole Miss’ defense both get a pass because they played very well.

The Rebels lost 10-7 at LSU but had a chance to tie the game with a field goal in the final seconds. Instead, they went for a deep pass that was intercepted, which ended any hopes of an undefeated season.

The Tigers managed to beat South Carolina 42-35, but the defense allowed five fourth-down conversions and a successful onside kick. While it was one of those defense-optional type of games most of the way, Jonathan Jones did tally two interceptions, including one of the final play, to help secure the win.

Incredibly, Auburn is 8-1 in games decided by eight points or less since the start of last season.

The Tigers beat Ole Miss in 2013, but something will have to give in this matchup. Ole Miss is the one team in the country that has not given up more than 20 points in a game, and LSU has scored at least 20 in every contest since 2013. The Rebels are also first in the country in scoring defense at 10.5 points a game, while the Tigers are 15th in scoring offense at 39.3 points a game.

The Tigers are also 10th nationally at 281 rushing yards per game, which will prove to be the ultimate difference. It certainly was last year when Auburn ran for 282 yards in a win over Ole Miss.

Ole Miss allowed 264 rushing yards against LSU, and Auburn put 395 rushing yards on the board against South Carolina. What’s more, the Rebels will be without linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche for the season after he broke an ankle in the last game, which is devastating for a squad that relies so heavily on its defense.

That is a lot of momentum on Auburn's side going into this head-to-head showdown.

Cameron Artis-Payne leads the Auburn rushing attack with 831 yards and six touchdowns on the ground, but Nick Marshall is also threat with 581 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.

Joe Schad of ESPN highlighted the main storyline of the contest and the fact that Ole Miss has been winning by a different formula than other top-notch playoff contenders this season:

Auburn will win by controlling the clock and tempo with the ground game. That will be critical if and when the game comes down to the final minutes and is a major reason why the Tigers seem to win all those close contests. Artis-Payne suggested as much to STATS LLC, via ESPN.com:

“We found a way to win games late last year and we still feel that same way about this team. We feel like if it's tight in the fourth quarter we will find a way to win."

Artis-Payne is exactly right—this will come down to the final moments, and Auburn will once again find a way to win. 

Prediction: Auburn 27, Ole Miss 21

 

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College Football Rankings 2014: Final NCAA Overview of Week 10 Standings

It's almost hard to believe we're heading into the tail end of the 2014 college football season. However, when looking back at the preseason Top 25 rankings, it's easy to see how drastically things have changed through nine weeks.

Week 10 officially kicked off with No. 2 Florida State surviving a good Louisville team. The win will assure the Seminoles maintain their second-ranked standing for at least another week. Based on the roller-coaster season we've already experienced and looking ahead to some very intriguing Saturday matchups, we can assume the rankings will shift once again when the dust settles.

As we await the return of the nation's best squads to the gridiron, let's take a look at the current standings, followed by a preview and prediction for the week's marquee matchup.

 

Marquee Matchup

Auburn (4) at Ole Miss (7)

This matchup has huge College Football Playoff implications, as the loser of this game will record its second loss of the season and have little chance of finding its way back into the nation's Top Four.

After all, the year's first College Football Playoff rankings were released on Tuesday, and both of these teams earned a spot, according to SportsCenter:

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn stressed the importance of focusing and playing well on the road to come away with an enormous win on Saturday during a press conference, via ESPN.com: "We've got to go there and we've got to play well to win. That's the only thing on our mind. We aren't looking ahead to this and that. We are going to Ole Miss and we are trying to win the game."

The Tigers' potent offense has been running like a well-oiled machine for the most part this season. Coming into Week 10, Auburn is ranked as the nation's 10th-best rushing offense after a huge performance against South Carolina in Week 9 helped boost that number.

Quarterback Nick Marshall hasn't been overly prolific through the air this season, but he's been efficient for the most part. He has done a nice job of managing games as a passer while the Tigers' running game eats up chunks of yardage.

Marshall completed 12 of his 14 passing attempts for 139 yards and one touchdown against the Gamecocks, while the running game racked up an impressive 395 yards and five touchdowns on 47 carries. Marshall is a great dual-threat quarterback, and he's complemented nicely by workhorse Cameron Artis-Payne.

College GameDay tweeted the team's gaudy numbers since Malzahn came aboard:

One thing Auburn must be concerned about heading into this matchup is its defense. Dylan Thompson and the Gamecocks offense racked up a total of 535 yards against the Tigers, giving the team a bit of a scare until late in the fourth quarter.

Ole Miss, on the other hand, continues to compete in games due to its stellar defense. The Rebels boast the nation's top-ranked scoring defense, allowing just 10.5 points per game. This unit certainly has the talent to slow down the Auburn attack. However, this game will rest on the efficiency of quarterback Bo Wallace.

Wallace has had an up-and-down season. He's looked fantastic at times, but he's grossly floundered at others. Against a good LSU defense in Week 9, Ole Miss suffered it first loss of the season, due in part to some very poor throws by the quarterback. He finished the game having only completed 14 of his 33 passing attempts for 176 yards, one touchdown and the interception that sealed the game.

Dane Brugler of CBS Sports tweeted his take on the final plays of the team's loss to LSU:

Ole Miss will need to establish its running game against the Tigers in an effort to take some of the burden off Wallace's arm and keep the prolific Auburn offense off the field.

While the Rebels do have home-field advantage, which should play a huge factor in this one, Wallace's struggles and Hugh Freeze's questionable decisions are too concerning to back Ole Miss in this one.

Prediction: Auburn 24, Ole Miss 17

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Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Kansas State Wildcats: Complete Game Preview

The Oklahoma State Cowboys had their annual Homecoming festivities spoiled last week during a 34-10 loss to the West Virginia Mountaineers. Unfortunately, the Pokes don't get a chance to regroup, as they follow up that tough loss with a trip to Manhattan to face the Kansas State Wildcats.

The Wildcats are one of two teams in the Big 12 in the College Football Playoff Top 10 (TCU is No. 7, while K-State is No. 9), and currently lead the Big 12 with a 4-0 record in conference play.

On paper, Kansas State has the clear advantage, but does Oklahoma State have the firepower to engineer a colossal upset? Read on to find out.

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College Football: Top 5 Games to Watch in Week 10

Week 10 of the 2014 college football season is loaded with critical games that will decide conference titles, as well as national championship title hopes. 

No. 3 Auburn travels to No. 4 Ole Miss in what will determine who stays alive for the inaugural College Football Playoff Championship, as well as the SEC West division title. 

The Big 12 is more than likely in for a scoring spree when a dangerous seventh-ranked TCU team makes the trip to Morgantown to take on a West Virginia squad that many wouldn't have anticipated being in the Big 12 title discussion when the season started. 

While there are big games in both the SEC and Big 12 this week, it's a big week for the Pac-12. There are two Pac-12 South Division matchups consisting of ranked teams, along with Stanford at No. 5 Oregon. 

No. 12 Arizona is looking to go 7-1 for the first time since 2010 and get past a UCLA team that was originally supposed to run the table in the South Division this season.

After three close wins, No. 17 Utah is hoping to get the best of Arizona State on the road and put itself in position to win the South Division. The Utes have yet to defeat the Sun Devils since joining the Pac-12 in 2011. 

In what will be an exciting week with teams seeing their conference and national title hopes potentially coming to an end, here are the top five games to watch in Week 10.  

 

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Bowl Predictions 2014: Projecting Matchups in Season's Biggest Postseason Games

Jameis Winston and the Florida State Seminoles passed their last significant regular-season test with a 42-31 win over the Louisville Cardinals on Thursday. 

The Seminoles haven't looked great in any of their marquee matchups, but the bottom line is they are still undefeated. Their last three opponents have a combined record of 13-9 (Miami, FL, Boston College and Florida). Needless to say, these are all opponents the Noles should beat.

In the ACC title game, Florida State figures to take on the No. 24 Duke Blue Devils, barring a major upset. Duke has really established itself as a serious threat in the ACC, but it would be a surprise if it beat the Noles in the ACC finale.

Based on the schedule, Florida State has the smoothest path to the College Football Playoff. Because most of the other contenders—especially those in the SEC—figure to beat up on each other in the last four weeks of the regular season, and in conference championships, the Noles look like a good bet to grab the top seed in the CFP.

 

Repping the Big Ten

Another team with a pretty bump-less road to the CFP is the Michigan State Spartans. They have pretty much cleaned out their section of the Big Ten. The only major task left on the schedule for the Spartans comes up on Nov. 8 at home against the No. 16 Ohio State Buckeyes.

The winner of that game would become the Big Ten conference's best hope of having a representative in the CFP. That's assuming the Buckeyes beat the Illinois Fighting Illini on Saturday as expected.

The winner of the Spartans-Buckeyes clash is on pace to take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the conference championship, but the Spartans have already won that head-to-head battle.

The Spartans are awfully tough to beat at home. They haven't lost in East Lansing since 2012. Because of the home-field advantage, they get the edge over Ohio State on Nov. 8.

Quite honestly, the Spartans and Buckeyes would likely be the underdogs against just about any team they matched up with in the CFP, but anything can happen after kickoff.

 

The Oregon Ducks Will Rise

The Stanford Cardinal has been the bane of the Ducks' existence over the last two years. This year, the Ducks should come in confident and ready to get the Cardinal monkey off their back.

Stanford isn't ranked and at 5-3 and 3-2 in the Pac-12, this isn't the same type of team the Ducks have fallen to the last two years.

Oregon won't be out of the woods with a win over Stanford. Heisman Trophy front-runner Marcus Mariota will still have to lead his team past No. 17 Utah on the road and to a Pac-12 championship against a tough team from the conference's south division.

That could mean a rematch with the only team to beat them this season, the No. 12 Arizona Wildcats.

Even with those tough tests in front of them, Oregon finally has the leader in Mariota who is capable of helping the team avoid the disastrous, season-ruining loss.

The Ducks won't lose again before the CFP.

 

Mississippi State Will Make It in with One Loss

The schedule ahead of the Mississippi State Bulldogs is beyond brutal. Luckily for them, almost every other SEC team in contention has the same issue.

It's the product of a stacked SEC West division filled with legitimate national championship contenders.

The Bulldogs still have to take on the Alabama Crimson Tide and Ole Miss Rebels in the season finale. Running the table would be awesome for the Bulldogs and it would make all of this easier to figure out, but it just doesn't seem likely.

Alabama is playing great over the last three weeks, and that's the team I see knocking off Mississippi State. I do, however, believe the Bulldogs will win the Battle of Mississippi. Assuming the Bulldogs avoid upsets from the likes of UT Martin and Vanderbilt, that would put them at 6-1 in the SEC.

Alabama still has the Auburn Tigers and LSU Tigers to contend with. It seems too much to ask for the Tide to go undefeated the rest of the way. Long story short, my prediction is for Alabama and Ole Miss to finish with two losses in the conference, and that would elevate the Bulldogs to the SEC title game.

Beating Georgia—their logical opponent—in the conference championship is no given, but Mississippi State's run defense, which is ranked 23rd in the nation, and its diverse offense led by Dak Prescott brings enough to the table to emerge from the SEC as champions.

That'll be good for the No. 2 seed in the CFP.

 

The Bulldogs Win It All

Many have asked, if Florida State were in the SEC, would it still be undefeated? The answer is probably no. We're going to see proof of that in the national championship game when the Bulldogs bring a defense superior to any Florida State has faced in the last two years.

The Seminoles deserve credit for showing enough toughness to battle through distractions and a slew of teams bent on ending their soon-to-be 27-game win streak, but they will not beat Mississippi State.

Winston has been a turnover machine this season with nine picks. He and his teammates have overcome the problems most of the year, but the SEC is unforgiving. The Noles will find that out soon enough.

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