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Oklahoma vs. Iowa State: Game Grades, Analysis for the Sooners

The No. 18 University of Oklahoma Sooners hammered the Iowa State University Cyclones for 751 offensive yards en route to a dominant 59-14 Big 12 conference victory.

Oklahoma scored the first 21 points of the game and relied on its rushing attack to overpower the Cyclones, which it did in convincing fashion.

Pass Offense: Trevor Knight is certainly electric with his feet, but his decision-making under center can be questionable at times. He completed 22 of 35 passes for 230 yards and three touchdowns, but he stared down receivers multiple times, tossing two interceptions.

After high-pointing a 46-yard bomb on Oklahoma's first offensive play, Sterling Shepard exited the game due to a groin injury. His absence was definitely felt, but Durron Neal and Michiah Quick combined to make 13 receptions for 116 yards. Blake Bell caught two scores, while K.J. Young reeled in his first career touchdown.

Run Offense: The Sooners essentially provided the definition of "dominant" on the ground. Behind a powerful offensive line, Oklahoma racked up 510 yards and 29 first downs, picking up an average of 8.6 yards per carry.

Knight was excellent in the read-option and on counter runs, finishing with 146 yards and three touchdowns. Alex Ross added 144 yards, while Samaje Perine contributed 110 and a score. David Smith chipped in 76 yards and found the end zone once.

Pass Defense: Other than being fried on a double-move by D'Vario Montgomery, the Sooners contained an Iowa State passing attack that had topped 300 yards in consecutive games. Eric Striker registered a sack, and Charles Tapper recorded a sack-fumble that set up his team's seventh touchdown.

The Cyclones managed just 5.5 yards per pass and went only 3-of-15 on third down when attempting to pass.

Run Defense: Sam Richardson was a dual-threat quarterback to be respected, and Oklahoma didn't have a letdown against him. The front seven contained Richardson and Co., limiting Iowa State's backfield to 87 yards on 31 attempts.

Aaron Wimberly, who was coming off a 110-yard performance two weeks ago, found no running room and tallied just 25 yards. The Cyclones moved the chains just five times on the ground.

Special Teams: Michael Hunnicutt nailed a 44-yard field goal and became the Big 12's career record holder for made attempts. He drilled all eight extra points. Jed Barnett pinned Iowa State inside its own 10-yard line with a 32-yard punt during an otherwise uneventful day for the senior.

Coaching: In a blowout like this, the offensive game plan wasn't difficult to grasp from the beginning. Oklahoma ran the ball 59 times, relying on its bulk to control the line of scrimmage—something at which the unit excelled.

Defensively, the Sooners mixed pressure and coverage well, forcing checkdowns, hurried throws and contested passes all game long. Iowa State quarterbacks completed just 17 of 45 passes.

 

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ECU Loss to Temple Means Group-of-5 Conferences Won't Be Crashing Playoff

We, as sports fans, love the underdog. The Kansas City Royals captured a nation’s attention with their incredible run before falling in Game 7 of the World Series. Every March, we’re captivated by the directional schools of the world who push heavily favored teams to the brink and beyond in the NCAA tournament.

But if you were looking for an underdog in the College Football Playoff, well, you’re going to be disappointed.

East Carolina’s ugly 20-10 loss at Temple ended any slim chance that a group-of-five representative would crash the four-team playoff.

The Pirates were ranked No. 23 in the initial College Football Playoff Top 25 rankings, giving them a slim opportunity at making a run at the playoffs should they keep winning handily with chaos happening ahead of them.

They do own two wins over power-five programs, beating ACC foes Virginia Tech and North Carolina in consecutive weeks (although neither the Hokies nor Tar Heels have distinguished themselves in league play this season). Luke DeCock of the News & Observer predicted Pirates' fans are cancelling their New Year's Eve plans:

Saturday was the Pirates’ worst offensive performance of the season, by far. ECU entered averaging 39.6 points per game (No. 14 nationally) but could only manage a field goal through three-plus quarters before adding a late touchdown. Senior quarterback Shane Carden was 24-of-41 for 217 yards passing, the first time he was held under 250 passing yards this season.

East Carolina was the only group-of-five team with anything approximating a chance at a College Football Playoff run.

Marshall is 8-0 and was ranked No. 23 in both the Associated Press Top 25 and USA Today polls but was not ranked in the initial College Football Playoff poll—a sign of the respect (or lack thereof) the committee has for the Thundering Herd.

Marshall is a strong favorite to win Conference USA and finish the regular season unbeaten, but its schedule is a major concern. The Herd have not played a power-five program this season and will not play one the rest of the regular season. Its nonconference games came against Miami (Ohio), FCS program Rhode Island, Ohio and Akron.

With strength of schedule noted as an important factor in the playoff committee’s deliberations, that slate spells death for the Herd’s playoff chances. TV play-by-play announcer Mark Followill highlighted Marshall's "pretty big result" from Saturday: 

Colorado State entered this week 7-1 and owns wins over power-five foes Boston College and Colorado, but the Rams are also not serious College Football Playoff contenders. They aren't ranked in any of the major polls.

At this point, the most interesting race will be for the group-of-five spot in the College Football Playoff-affiliated-access bowls; one of the group’s teams is guaranteed access. Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.com noted Marshall's previously assessed "weak sked" suddenly becoming a "stronger" one:

Will an unbeaten Marshall team be impressive enough to garner respect? Will East Carolina’s wins over power-five teams carry weight? Or can Colorado State make an appearance if it runs the table and wins the Mountain West?

It’ll be an interesting story to follow, but one thing is for sure: We won’t see an underdog in the actual College Football Playoff this season.

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Pittsburgh's Chris Blewitt Misses Game-Winning Field Goal vs. Duke

The Pittsburgh Panthers had a chance to take down the Duke Blue Devils with a game-winning field goal at the end of regulation, but Pitt's kicker missed the easy 26-yard attempt, sending the game into overtime.

To make things even worse for the kicker, his name is Chris Blewitt, so there will be plenty of jokes made at his expense.

Pittsburgh lost 51-48 in double overtime.

[Vine]

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USC vs. Washington State: Live Score and Highlights

USC's quest to get back into the Top 25 begins in Pullman, Washington, on Saturday afternoon as the Trojans take on Mike Leach's Washington State Cougars.

A late touchdown spurned USC (5-3) the last time out in a loss to then-No. 19 Utah, knocking the Trojans from the Associated Press rankings altogether for just the second time this season. But with the second-most votes in Week 10 among non-ranked teams, the Trojans could sneak their way back in with a convincing win in Martin Stadium.

The Cougars (2-6) pose more of a test than their 1-4 Pac-12 record indicates, with Connor Halliday and the Air Raid attack, but Steve Sarkisian's Trojans are still seven-point favorites entering the game, according to Odds Shark

There could be an offensive shootout in the works, with Washington State averaging almost 65 pass attempts per game—over 15 more than the second-most in the nation—and USC's Cody Kessler tossing for 20 scores and 2,148 yards on the year. 

Kickoff is slated for 4:30 p.m. ET on Pac-12 Network. But if you can't catch it for whatever reason, we'll be recapping the action as it happens below.

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USC vs. Washington State: Live Score and Highlights

USC's quest to get back into the Top 25 begins in Pullman, Washington, on Saturday afternoon as the Trojans take on Mike Leach's Washington State Cougars. A late touchdown spurned USC (5-3) the last time out in a loss to then-No...

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Oregon Football Unveils Black-on-Black Uniforms for Game vs. Stanford

The Oregon Ducks have another big Pac-12 matchup Saturday against the Stanford Cardinal, and as always, they'll be wearing some fresh threads for the game.

This week, the Ducks will be wearing these all-black uniforms with yellow details. With a win Saturday night, they'll likely be in the Top Four of the College Football Playoff rankings, but they still have a few more weeks before they can secure a Playoff spot.

[Twitter, h/t College Spun]

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Oregon Football Unveils Black-on-Black Uniforms for Game vs. Stanford

The Oregon Ducks have another big Pac-12 matchup Saturday against the Stanford Cardinal, and as always, they'll be wearing some fresh threads for the game. This week, the Ducks will be wearing these all-black uniforms with yellow details...

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Pitt's James Conner Abuses Duke Defender with Stiff-Arm on Career Day

Pittsburgh Panthers running back James Conner had the game of his life on Saturday against the Duke Blue Devils. One play in the fourth quarter encapsulated his dominance perfectly.

With just over seven minutes remaining in the game, Conner abused a Duke defender with a vicious stiff-arm, pushing him over on his way to a first down. Conner later scored on a one-yard touchdown to tie the game at 38 apiece.

At that point, Conner had already run for 236 yards and two touchdowns, setting a new career high in terms of rushing yardage. He finished the day with 263 yards and three touchdowns on 38 carries.

[Vine]

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Army Band Performs in Halloween Costumes During Game vs. Air Force

The Army Black Knights band got in the Halloween spirit for Saturday's football game against Air Force.

One member of the band dressed up as a ghoul playing a severed leg.

Another dressed as the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters while playing a marshmallow.

The creativity with the instruments is an added bonus, but the costumes were great regardless.

[SB Nation]

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Georgia vs. Florida: Live Score and Highlights

Early Second Quarter

Georgia 7, Florida 0

Nick Chubb put Georgia on the scoreboard first.  How will Florida respond?

Follow along for analysis and updates.

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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.

[Vine]

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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. 

 

Follow Bleacher Report's Michigan Wolverines football writer Adam Biggers on Twitter: @AdamBiggers81.

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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.  

[Twitter]

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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.

[Vine]

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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.

[@IncredibleMonk]

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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. 

[@WorldofIsaac]

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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?

[ESPN, SportsGrid]

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