College Football Week 13 Recap: Pick Results, Bowl Projections, Final Thoughts
Week 13 could likely have been the most interesting week of the season. Teams that had a chance to stay in their conference races fell, and there were also upsets that shook up the BCS Standings.
Oklahoma State quarterback Clint Chelf went 19-of-25, as he passed for a career-high 370 yards and scored four touchdowns. The Pokes also racked up an astounding 594 yards on offense, while the defense held the Baylor offense to just 453 yards and a season-low 17 points.
The Bears need to win out and have the Cowboys lose to rival Oklahoma on Dec. 7, if they want any chance of winning the Big 12 title and receiving an automatic BCS bowl bid.
With Baylor going down, No. 5 Oregon would be an easy lock to take the No. 4 spot in the BCS Standings with an easy win over Arizona, right? Unfortunately, that easy win never happened Saturday in Tucson, as Rich Rodriguez’s Wildcats rolled over the Ducks 42-16.
It’s the worst loss Oregon has suffered since 2008, when they lost on the road to USC by 34 points.
Just a week ago, Arizona had lost at home to Washington State. The Wildcats though, proved they wanted this game a lot more than the Ducks did.
Senior quarterback B.J. Denker passed for 178 yards and two touchdowns, and also rushed for 102 yards. Junior running back Ka’Deem Carey presented problems for the Duck defense the entire game by rushing for 206 yards and four touchdowns.
FCS Georgia Southern upset the Gators 26-20, despite completing no passes. The Eagles may have recorded no passing yards, but they did take care of business on the ground by rushing for 429 yards.
Florida lost to a current FCS opponent for the first time since 1946, and suffered its first losing season since 1979. The Gators will also miss their first bowl appearance since 1990. It’s fair to say that just one season after Muschamp led his team to a Sugar Bowl, he's on the hot seat.
The Pac-12 Championship is now set with Arizona State and Stanford winning their games. If the Sun Devils win against Arizona on Saturday, they will host the Cardinal. The Big Ten Championship is also set, as Michigan State and Ohio State both blew their opponents out on Saturday.
No. 8 Missouri had a convincing 24-10 win over No. 24 Ole Miss, meaning it will face the winner of Alabama-Auburn, if it can knock off Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M at home Saturday night. Duke is also one win away from advancing to its first conference championship game if it can win at rival North Carolina.
Game Attended: Michigan 21 at Iowa 24
Michigan came into Iowa City hoping to improve offensively and snap its two-game losing streak at Kinnick Stadium.
The Wolverines appeared to be in control early in the game after a seven-yard interception touchdown-return by linebacker Brennen Beyer, and two touchdown passes from quarterback Devin Gardner in the second quarter.
The Hawkeyes did get a five-yard touchdown pass from Jake Rudock to tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz late in the first quarter, but the special teams struggled with a missed 36-yard field goal and a mishandled hold to end the first half.
The Wolverine defense also converted three turnovers in the first half, two of which were interceptions.
The second half opened with a 55-yard touchdown reception by Tevaun Smith to cut the lead to 21-14. After Iowa scored, Michigan's offense couldn’t get anything going, as it punted on four consecutive possessions in the third quarter.
A Mark Weisman nine-yard touchdown run with 12:11 left in the fourth quarter is what knotted things up at 21. After yet another Matt Wile punt, the Hawkeye offense went down the field and converted a much needed 34-yard field goal from Mike Meyer to take the lead with 6:02 remaining in the fourth quarter.
The Wolverines would get one last possession, hoping to avoid blowing a 14-point lead, but as Gardner was leading the offense into Iowa territory, he appeared to be heading out of bounds when linebacker Anthony Hitchens stripped and recovered the ball on the 31-yard line.
The Hawkeye offense would then convert a first down to earn a hard fought 24-21 victory, and its seventh win of the season.
Iowa will travel to Nebraska on Friday, while a disappointed Michigan team will host bitter rival No. 3 Ohio State at home on Saturday.
Overall Record: 90-40
Week 13 Record: 3-7
Note: Team in bold indicates author’s pick
Prediction: Texas A&M 45, LSU 42
Result: LSU 34, Texas A&M 10
Prediction: Wisconsin 35, Minnesota 20
Result: Wisconsin 20, Minnesota 7
Prediction: UCLA 38, Arizona State 34
Result: Arizona State 38, UCLA 33
Prediction: Ole Miss 28, Missouri 24
Result: Missouri 24, Ole Miss 10
Prediction: Oklahoma State 38, Baylor 35
Result: Oklahoma State 49, Baylor 17
Prediction: Kansas State 31, Oklahoma 27
Result: Oklahoma 41, Kansas State 31
Prediction: Michigan 23, Iowa 20
Result: Iowa 24, Michigan 21
Prediction: Michigan State 34, Northwestern 26
Result: Michigan State 30, Northwestern 6
Prediction: Oregon 45, Arizona 24
Result: Arizona 42, Oregon 16
Prediction: Boise State 37, San Diego State 28
Result: San Diego State 34, Boise State 31 (OT)
BCS Standings and Projections
The sixth BCS Standings were released Sunday night. Here are the Current Top 10:
1. Alabama .9881
2. Florida State .9697
3. Ohio State .9200
4. Auburn .8236
5. Missouri .8077
6. Clemson .7726
7. Oklahoma State .7615
8. Stanford .6665
9. Baylor .6456
10. South Carolina .6101
Current BCS Bowl Projections
BCS National Championship (Pasadena, Calif.)
Alabama vs. Florida State
Rose Bowl (Pasadena, Calif.)
Ohio State vs. Stanford
Fiesta Bowl (Glendale, Ariz.)
Oklahoma State vs. Northern Illinois
Sugar Bowl (New Orleans)
Auburn vs. UCF
Orange Bowl (Miami)
Clemson vs. Baylor
For the second time in three games, the Oregon Ducks' offense struggled to hold onto the ball and put points on the scoreboard.
The last time Oregon scored 16 points or less was on Nov. 17, 2012, when Stanford pulled off a 17-14 overtime win to knock Oregon out of the BCS National Championship race.
An unexpected 42-16 loss to a then 6-4 Arizona team was a reality check for an Oregon program that had gone to four consecutive BCS bowl games, including a BCS National Championship in 2011, and controlled the Pac-12 with a 33-3 conference record under former head coach Chip Kelly.
Oregon seemed to be on track once again in conference play until it was shut down by Stanford in a 26-20 loss, which basically ended its BCS National Championship hopes for a second straight year.
Mark Helfrich’s team, though, suffered its major setback against Arizona, as it not only missed out on a chance to win a Pac-12 Championship, but potentially playing in a fifth consecutive BCS Bowl game.
Make no mistake, winning a potential 10 regular-season games is an accomplishment, but for a team who had national title hopes, and fan base that had “We Want Bama” on their minds heading into November, its been a rough month.
Part of the problem could be that Oregon expects to just show up and drop 40 or more points on its opponent week in, week out. The Ducks have the speed and talent to take down every Pac-12 opponent, except for maybe Stanford, any week, but the Pac-12 Conference as a whole has continued to improve the past few years.
Explosive running back De’Anthony Thomas said prior to playing at Stanford "I feel like, this team, we should at least put up 40."
The Oregon offense failed to put up a single point until the fourth quarter, where it miraculously found a way to put up 20 points.
Thomas said: "It's not a big deal at all...We already won a Rose Bowl, so it feels like, 'Whatever.'"
Huff told reporters: "I don't want to play in a Rose Bowl unless I'm playing for a national championship."
Yes, both players are disappointed about losing out on a chance to play for a BCS National Championship game, but the Rose Bowl is easily the second best BCS bowl game to travel to, and the most historic bowl game in college football history. Advancing to the Rose Bowl also means you’ve won a Pac-12 Championship.
USC made the short trip to Pasadena four out of five years between 2004 and 2009, with only one being for a BCS National Championship.
A blowout loss to a mediocre Arizona team may be just what this team needed. Hopefully it will become a learning experience that they can no longer take any team lightly.
Helfrich by no means has had a bad first year at the helm, but playing in a non-major bowl game, such as the Alamo or Holiday Bowl, could be a reminder to players and fans of how fortunate this program has been to play in major bowl games.
Oregon will host in-state rival Oregon State, who was blown out by Washington 69-27 Saturday night, on Friday night. The Ducks will be looking to win its sixth straight over the Beavers.