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Clemson vs. Georgia Tech: Score and Twitter Reaction

The No. 22 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets kept their dreams of playing for an ACC title alive Saturday as they cruised past No. 19 Clemson 28-6 at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta.

Georgia Tech used 251 rushing yards to improve to 9-2 on the season and 6-2 in the ACC, which keeps it in contention for the Coastal Division title along with Duke.

According to ESPN College GameDay, the Jackets' defense also came up huge in the victory:

As for the Tigers, they are now 6-2 in the ACC, which means their chances of catching undefeated Florida State in the Atlantic Division have evaporated. Per Tom D'Angelo of The Palm Beach Post, Clemson's loss allowed the Seminoles to clinch a spot in the ACC Championship Game:

The main focus entering Saturday's game was the status of Clemson freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson. After missing three games with a broken finger, he returned to action against the Yellow Jackets.

According to Clemson football's official Twitter account, Watson was confident that his hand would hold up just fine:

Following a fumble by senior running back Tony Zenon on Georgia Tech's first offensive drive, Watson showed that while his hand had just healed, there was nothing wrong with his legs. He rushed four times for 28 yards, which resulted in the Tigers taking a 3-0 lead by virtue of a short field goal.

Although Clemson couldn't cash in with a touchdown, Aaron Brenner of The Post & Courier liked what he saw out of the returning signal-caller:

While driving for another score late in the first quarter, though, disaster struck for the Tigers. There was so much emphasis placed on Watson's hand, but he went down awkwardly on a running play and seemed to be favoring his leg, per Manie Robinson of The Greenville News:

Watson was able to walk off on his own power, but he was replaced by senior Cole Stoudt. As pointed out by's Bryan Fischer, Watson's exit was a major blow to the Clemson offense:

That much was abundantly clear just three plays after Watson left the game as Stoudt was intercepted by Georgia Tech defensive back Jamal Golden, who returned it 85 yards for a touchdown. The Jackets went up 6-3, and they were unable to add the extra point after a botched snap.

Clemson went 3-0 with Stoudt as the starter during Watson's previous absence, but the Tigers were clearly lacking dynamism when Stoudt entered Saturday's game.

Georgia Tech added a field goal to make it 9-3 early in the second quarter after a 46-yard run by junior running back Broderick Snoddy. Unfortunately, Snoddy appeared to suffer a fate similar to Watson just a couple series later as he suffered a serious leg injury, according to Ken Sugiura of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

In a show of support for the their fallen teammate, the entire Georgia Tech squad surrounded Snoddy while he was being tended to, as seen in this photo courtesy of Fox 5's Merissa Lynn:

The Yellow Jackets had a chance to take a 12-3 lead into halftime, but kicker Harrison Butker missed a 48-yard field goal, which left the advantage at six.

During the half it was officially announced that Watson would not return with a knee injury, which meant it would be left up to Stoudt:

That unfortunate news certainly didn't inspire Clemson as Georgia Tech came flying out of the gates in the second half. On the first play from scrimmage, Yellow Jackets quarterback Justin Thomas ran for 65 yards into the Tigers' red zone.

He then cashed in with a touchdown pass to DeAndre Smelter to make the score 16-3.

Things continued to go south for Clemson on the ensuing drive as Stoudt was intercepted by junior defensive back D.J. White. According to Brenner, it was a continuation of the senior quarterback's uneven play this season:

That allowed Georgia Tech to take on another field goal, which put the Tigers in a deep, 16-point hole. Clemson was able to answer with a 32-yard field goal from Ammon Lakip, but it squandered an opportunity as Stoudt missed an open receiver in the end zone.

The Yellow Jackets were moving the ball once again following the field goal, but their drive was stalled by their second fumble of the game. This time it was senior running back Zach Laskey who coughed it up in his first action since October, per ESPN ACC:

Clemson was done in by poor quarterback play yet again, however, as another Stoudt interception was returned 62 yards for a touchdown by junior defensive back Chris Milton. According to ESPN's Brett McMurphy, it marked the second time that Stoudt essentially handed the Jackets a touchdown:

After that nightmarish play put Georgia Tech up 25-6, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney finally made the decision to replace Stoudt with sophomore Nick Schuessler.

The change didn't do much to spark the Tigers, though, as the offense continued to sputter. With just over eight minutes remaining in the contest, Georgia Tech added another field goal to take an insurmountable lead of 28-6.

Georgia Tech's win means that an ACC championship is still possible. The Jackets will need some help since the Blue Devils beat them a few weeks ago, but Georgia Tech needs to take care of its own business.

A rivalry game against Georgia in two weeks is the only game remaining on its regular-season schedule, which means it can't suffer another ACC loss.

As for Clemson, a game against struggling Georgia State is on tap next week before hosting South Carolina in the finale.

The Tigers are bowl eligible and likely won't finish worse than 8-4, but Clemson fans can't be overly optimistic if Watson is forced to miss a significant amount of time.

There is no question that Clemson was damaged significantly by Watson going down Saturday, but Georgia Tech deserves all the credit in the world for taking advantage of it.


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Nebraska vs. Wisconsin: Live Score and Highlights

No. 16 Nebraska - 17

No. 20 Wisconsin - 17

2nd Quarter


Time: 3:30 p.m. EST

First to 200 rushing yards wins?

In a critical Big Ten battle, two of the nation's best running backs will duel it out in Madison as Ameer Abdullah and the Nebraska Cornhuskers hit the road to face Melvin Gordon and the Wisconsin Badgers.


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Northwestern vs. Notre Dame: Live Score and Highlights

Northwestern 23, Notre Dame 20—Middle of the 2nd Quarter

After five turnovers last week against Arizona State in a loss that likely eliminates the Fighting Irish from College Football Playoff consideration, Notre Dame will look to rebound at home against a Northwestern team similarly looking to shake off the bad taste of a close 10-9 loss to Michigan.

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Missouri vs. Texas A&M: Live Score and Highlights

The Missouri Tigers, who are in first place in the SEC East, will travel to College Station, Texas, to face the Texas A&M Aggies. The game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. EST, and it will be televised on the SEC Network.

Missouri is in the driver’s seat to win the SEC East. But it needs to virtually win out to secure a spot in the Georgia Dome, because Georgia and Florida are not out of the race yet.

The problem is that the Tigers are facing a Texas A&M team that is coming off of a big road win against Auburn. Quarterback Kyle Allen had a breakout game for the Aggies, throwing for 277 yards and one touchdown against the Tigers. However, he is facing a Missouri defensive line that has tallied 29 sacks through nine games.

Be sure to have this blog open when the game kicks off for the latest scoring updates and highlights.

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Kentucky vs. Tennessee: Live Score and Highlights

Tennessee 20, Kentucky 3, Start of 2nd Quarter

The matchup between the Tennessee Volunteers and Kentucky Wildcats is underway at Neyland Stadium.

The Vols are looking to capitalize on their newfound offensive success with sophomore quarterback Joshua Dobbs under center while the Wildcats are trying to snap a four-game SEC losing streak.

After a strong 5-1 start to the season, Kentucky has hit a skid and now needs to beat either Tennessee or in-state rival Louisville on the road to make a bowl game.

Meanwhile, Tennessee's bowl chances improved dramatically after Dobbs put together a dramatic, come-from-behind win against the South Carolina Gamecocks two weeks ago. 

The Vols need to win two of their last three games to reach a bowl, and a victory on Saturday would make a postseason appearance for Tennessee likely to happen for the first time since the 2010 season. 

Stay tuned right here for updates and live analysis as the game progresses. 

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Mississippi State vs. Alabama: Live Score and Highlights

Alabama 12, Mississippi State 0—Mid 2nd Quarter

The No. 5 Alabama Crimson Tide (8-1, 5-1 SEC) are hosting the top-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs (9-0, 5-0).

CBS is carrying the conference tilt. Bleacher Report is providing live scoring updates and in-game analysis. Please add your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Western Kentucky Scores on Hail Mary to End 1st Half vs. Army

Western Kentucky was up 17-10 just before halftime on Saturday against the Army Black Knights, but the Hilltoppers weren't ready to head into the locker room clinging to a seven-point lead. 

With only three seconds remaining and the Hilltoppers on Army's 45-yard line, senior quarterback Brandon Doughty threw up a prayer to the end zone. His fellow senior, wide receiver Willie McNeal, somehow emerged from the scrum with the ball.

Thanks to McNeal's heroics, the Hilltoppers held a 14-point advantage heading into halftime.


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Florida Gators Teammates Block Each Other Once Again vs. South Carolina

Not again.

The Florida Gators were frequently the butt of jokes last season after two players accidentally blocked each other in a 26-20 loss to Georgia Southern. On Saturday, Gators fans had to be feeling a sense of deja vu. 

Against the South Carolina Gamecocks, two Florida players ended up blocking each other while trying to protect their quarterback. 

Here's a Vine of the play.

At least they were quicker to realize their mistake this time around.

[SB Nation, Vine]

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Deshaun Watson Injury: Updates on Clemson QB's Knee and Return

Clemson freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson returned to action Saturday after missing three games with a broken finger, but he lasted just three series before going down again.

Clemson reported Watson was ruled out of the game:

Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports indicated the talented signal-caller was forced to leave in the first quarter of a pivotal ACC clash against Georgia Tech:

Per's Travis Haney, he appeared to injure his knee while carrying the ball, although he did leave on his own power:

Watson was eventually taken to the locker room,. SI Now's Zac Ellis provides more details on Watson's demeanor: 

Senior backup Cole Stoudt took over for Watson and will be tasked with leading the Tigers if Watson misses any more time.


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Ohio State's J.T. Barrett Runs for 86-Yard Touchdown vs. Minnesota

Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett has filled in admirably for injured signal-caller Braxton Miller this season. Runs like this have made the redshirt freshman stand out in his first year of play.

Early in the first quarter Saturday against the Minnesota Golden Gophers, Barrett faked a toss to his running back, then kept the ball and ran 86 yards for Ohio State's opening touchdown. 

It was the third-longest touchdown run in Buckeyes history, according to ESPN's College GameDay on Twitter:

That score gave the dual-threat Barrett 35 total touchdowns this season, including nine on the ground.

[YouTube, h/t Vice Sports]

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Best Signs from ESPN's 'College GameDay' Week 12

ESPN's College GameDay is in a familiar place, as it hit up Tuscaloosa, Alabama, for the Top Five matchup between No. 1 Mississippi State and No. 5 Alabama. 

As we all know, Crimson Tide fans aren't happy with their team being ranked lower than the visiting Bulldogs, so you know the fans were going to come with their best signs. 

Let's get to it! 

Well, Tom Brady does, too. 

This was a sweet Mullet burn.  

This fan nailed it with this lawyer joke.  

No animals were hurt while making this sign. 

It's like a meme—in real life!  

You all saw this coming, right?  

Well, that was fun.

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College Football Week 12: Live Scores, Highlights and Reaction

Keep it locked right here as we bring you live coverage of all the Week 12 college football action!

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Ohio State vs. Minnesota: Live Score and Highlights

Ohio State 17, Minnesota 14 — Halftime

Game action is now underway between No. 8 Ohio State (8-1) and No. 25 Minnesota (7-2). ABC is televising the matchup nationally from Minneapolis .

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

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Clemson vs. Georgia Tech: Live Score and Highlights

Georgia Tech 19, Clemson 3—Early 3rd Quarter

The Tigers and Yellow Jackets are underway in Bobby Dodd Stadium. These two-loss teams are both looking to keep their hopes alive for an ACC title, but both need help from the teams in front of them.

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

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College Football Rankings 2014: Final NCAA Overview of Week 12 Standings

We're on the heels of possibly the most turbulent week of college football that's taken place so far this year. Week 11 caused dynamic shifts throughout the nation's rankings, sending some teams rocketing up the standings and others plummeting out of contention.

If you thought Week 12 would be any different, think again.

One impending game has the ability to completely change the College Football Playoff picture as we know it. This contest has more postseason implications than possibly any other we've seen this year. Get ready for Mississippi State versus Alabama.

Before we discuss the immense changes that could come to fruition in the wake of this monumental game, let's take a quick glance at the final overview of the nation's standings heading into Week 12.


College Football Playoff committee rankings can be viewed at

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Week 12 Storylines to Watch

Fallout from Mississippi State vs. Alabama

The ripple effect this game has a chance to leave on college football is simply astronomical. Not only does this contest affect both the Bulldogs and the Crimson Tide, but it affects any other team in contention of reaching the College Football Playoff.

Sure, plenty of other factors will end up determining the nation's hierarchy following Week 12, but there are two intriguing scenarios that could emerge from the final result of this game.

In the first scenario, Mississippi State defeats Alabama. The size of the margin of victory doesn't matter much because the sheer difficulty of the road win will keep the Bulldogs securely in the No. 1 position. Oregon has a bye week, and should Florida State and TCU defeat their unranked opponents handily, there shouldn't be any changes in the Top Four.

In the second scenario, Alabama defeats Mississippi State. This is the conclusion that would send the college football rankings into a state of shock. With the undefeated No. 1 team going down, the new Top Four would be significantly altered. According to College GameDay, it's a likely probability:

Despite having the week off, Oregon could easily wind up as the new top team. However, Florida State would improve to 10-0, and Alabama could be considered the best one-loss team due to strength of schedule. Both squads would surely be under consideration for the nation's top spot.

What about TCU? The Horned Frogs have been playing extremely solid football this season. Would Alabama's win be enough to leapfrog this team even if TCU defeats Kansas by a handful of touchdowns?

One thing is for certain: If Alabama wins, it won't be a fun week to be a member of the College Football Playoff selection committee.


The Playoff Dark Horse

We have a good idea of what teams will comprise the Top Four as a result of the game between Alabama and Mississippi State. But which team is a dark-horse candidate to squeeze into the College Football Playoff in the near future?

Keep an eye on Arizona State in Week 12. The Sun Devils face off against Oregon State.

A huge victory over Notre Dame in Week 11 quickly saw Arizona State leap up the standings to No. 6 overall. SportsCenter tweeted the contest's final score:

This team is clearly in the favor of the selection committee right now, and a few more big wins could propel the Sun Devils into the playoffs.

It hasn't been an easy road for Arizona State this year. It has already faced five ranked opponents, earning a record of 4-1 in those games. Oregon State is riding a four-game losing skid; however, it has been rather unpredictable against better teams this season, taking Utah to two overtimes in October.

Should Arizona State earn a decisive road victory in Week 12, it will be on the cusp of the playoffs. After all, the loser of Alabama and Mississippi State is likely to fall below the Sun Devils in the standings, moving Arizona State up to No. 5 overall—just one spot away.

Sure, the Sun Devils will need a bit of help to move into the Top Four, but aside from Florida State, each team ranked above them still has yet to face another ranked opponent before the regular season comes to a close.

Don't look now, but Arizona State could be playoff bound.

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Bowl Projections 2014: Last-Minute Playoff Predictions Before Week 12

If Week 11 was separation Saturday with six games featuring clashes between ranked teams, Week 12 is a tale of survive and advance.

A number of the nation’s top teams hit the road on Saturday for tricky contests in front of hostile crowds. If any of the home underdogs can pull the upset, it could drastically alter the College Football Playoff picture as the conference championship games quickly approach.

Florida State is at Miami, TCU is at Kansas, Arizona State is at Oregon State, Ohio State is at Minnesota, Auburn is at Georgia, Michigan State is at Maryland, Nebraska is at Wisconsin and LSU is at Arkansas. Every one of those road teams is ranked in the top 17 of the College Football Playoff rankings.

Of course, there is also the marquee showdown between No. 1 Mississippi State and No. 5 Alabama that takes place in Tuscaloosa.

There is plenty at stake in a critical Week 12, and the new batch of rankings will likely look completely different on Tuesday as a result. 

With that in mind, here is a look at the updated bowl predictions before the Week 12 slate kicks off.


Bowl Predictions

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

Rose Bowl: No. 3 Oregon vs. No. 2 Alabama 

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



Even though undefeated Florida State fell from No. 2 to No. 3 in the latest rankings, the defending champions are making the playoff field if and when it wins out.

The Seminoles have a stiff test against underrated running back Duke Johnson and the Miami Hurricanes on Saturday night, but if they get past that, they will easily handle Boston College and Florida at home before the ACC championship game against (possibly) Duke.

The Blue Devils are an impressive 8-1, but they lost to Miami by two scores, and four of those wins came against the likes of Elon, Troy, Kansas, Tulane. That’s not exactly murderer’s row. 

Remember, the Seminoles crushed Duke in last year’s ACC title game and would do it again this time around.

Alabama is also going to win out with its remaining three games all at home before the SEC title contest. College GameDay didn’t exactly paint a pretty picture for those hoping Mississippi State knocks off the Crimson Tide in Week 12:

A loss to Alabama would cripple the Bulldogs’ playoff chances because they still have to travel to Ole Miss and would miss out on the SEC title game. The selection committee is going to put extra emphasis on conference championships at the end of the year, and the Bulldogs wouldn’t even have a division title on their resume.

The nonconference schedule won’t do them any favors either if they are on the bubble, via Jake Trotter of ESPN:

Elsewhere, Oregon moved ahead of undefeated Florida State in the most recent rankings, even with a loss, and controls its own destiny for the playoffs.

Yes, the win over Michigan State lost a bit of luster when Ohio State walked into East Lansing and made the Spartans defense look like a junior-varsity squad, but the Ducks still have conference wins over UCLA, Utah and Stanford and will likely get a crack at Arizona State in the Pac-12 title game.

Whoever wins that is certainly going to be in the field of four, as Arizona State coach Todd Graham insinuated, via Antonio Gonzalez of The Associated Press:

I do think there's a lot of anticipation about the playoff. I think there's a lot of excitement. I can sense that from the players. I can't imagine winning the conference championship, the Pac-12 champion not being in the four-team playoff. But you got to win. Our focus and anyone who plays in the Pac-12 is to win the Pac-12 championship. We got a shot to do that.

Oregon and potential Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota will exploit a Sun Devils defense that allowed 62 to UCLA earlier in the year and clinch a postseason spot.

In early bowl projections, I pegged TCU as the fourth playoff team, but these revised predictions believe that Baylor’s head-to-head victory from earlier in the season over the Horned Frogs will carry more weight later in the year.

What’s more, TCU’s nonconference win over Minnesota will lose virtually all of its value when the Golden Gophers drop games against Ohio State, Nebraska and Wisconsin to finish the season. 

Baylor and the nation’s No. 1 scoring offense gets three home games against Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Kansas State to finish the season. The Bears will win out and leapfrog the Horned Frogs by season’s end as the fourth and final playoff squad.


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South Carolina vs. Florida: Live Score and Highlights

Steve Spurrier will return to Gainesville for the fifth time as an opposing head coach when South Carolina travels to Florida to take on the Gators. The game will kickoff at noon EST and it will be televised on the SEC Network.

The Gamecocks come into this game looking to snap a two-game losing skid. They fell short against Auburn and lost to Tennessee in overtime. One of the reasons for the struggles of Spurrier’s group is they are last in the conference in scoring and rushing defense.

And they are facing a Florida team that has found its offense. After a 38-20 win against Georgia and a 34-10 performance against Vanderbilt, the Gators have an outside shot of winning the SEC East, but they would need Georgia to lose against Auburn and Missouri to lose its last three games.

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

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