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Coaches of the Week - Week 12

After yet another wild Saturday of college football, which coaches stood above the rest and gave their teams the biggest advantage? Find out in our Week 12 FootballScoop Coaches of the Week.

Head Coach of the Week - Art Bries, Baylor: In his fifth season in Waco, Art Briles continues to transform the DNA of Baylor football. Briles' team earned its first victory over a No. 1-ranked team, and first sub-.500 team to beat a BCS No. 1, and did so by 28 points. Baylor controlled the game for all 60 minutes, scoring first, constructing a 28-7 lead and, when Kansas State pulled within 35-24, ripping off 21 straight points to put the game out of reach. Kansas State, which had imposed its will physically on 10 straight opponents, was dominated at the line of scrimmage as Baylor out-rushed the Wildcats 342-76. Phil Bennett's defense also forced Heisman Trophy front-runner Collin Klein off his game as he threw for 286 yards and two touchdowns, but needed 50 passes (and 23 incompletions) to get there, with a season-high three interceptions. 

Offensive Staff of the Week - Michigan: The Wolverines didn't do anything spectacular in their 42-17 win over Iowa, but this award honors their methodical demolition of the Hawkeyes defense. The Wolverines' first six drives of the game went as follows: 12 plays, 70 yards, touchdown; seven plays, 79 yards, touchdown; eight plays, 85 yards, touchdown; seven plays, 87 yards, touchdown; 11 plays, 81 yards, touchdown; and six plays, 60 yards, touchdown. That's 452 yards on 51 plays (8.86 yards per play) of unrelenting execution from Al Borges' offense. Junior quarterback Devin Gardner got the start and completed 18-of-23 passes for 314 yards with three touchdowns and an interception while rushing nine times for 37 yards and three more scores. With regular starting quarterback Denard Robinson nursing a wrist injury, Michigan utilized him at running back (13 carries for a team-leading 98 yards) and wide receiver (two catches for 24 yards). 

Defensive Staff of the Week - Stanford: Not since Chip Kelly's first game had Oregon been held to 14 points or less, a span of 50 games. In fact, the Ducks came in to Saturday night riding an NCAA-record streaks of 13 straight games of 40 points or more and 23 straight games of 30 points or more, but none of that mattered in Stanford 17-14 overtime win in Eugene. Over four quarters plus overtime, Stanford held Oregon under its 2012 first quarter scoring average. Derek Mason's defense forced Oregon to punt eight times, matching a season high and held the Ducks to a season-low 405 yards of total offense. Stanford committed three turnovers, but the Cardinal's defense limited Oregon to no points off those takeaways. 

Special Teams Unit of the Week - LSU: Trailing 35-28 in the fourth quarter, a sputtering LSU offense faced a long field ahead of it until Odell Beckham returned an Ole Miss punt 89 yards for a game-tying touchdown. "Everyone had their block, everyone had their man and everyone covered their assignments," Beckham said following the return. Beckham's score completely swung momentum of the game as LSU would eventually win the game, 41-35. Drew Alleman nailed two-of-three field goal attempts and, despite another Les Miles coming up empty on another gamble, made all three of the extra points he actually attempted. Brad Wing boomed five punts for a 44.8-yard average with three pinned inside the 20, and the special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey's coverage units did not allow Ole Miss any significant returns. 

Call of the Week - Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia: It may not have resulted in a win, but Oklahoma had no answer for Holgorsen's decision to play wide receiver Tavon Austin at running back. Austin, who had carried the ball 14 times for 103 yards thus far this season, rushed 21 times for a school-record 344 yards and two touchdowns. Coupled with his four receptions for 82 yards and his eight kickoff returns for 146 yards, Austin's 572 all-purpose yards were school and Big 12 records and came just six yards shy of tying the NCAA record. 

 




VIDEO: A Les Miles post-game press conference you need to see

Les Miles led LSU to a 41-35 victory over Ole Miss on Saturday afternoon. Afterwards, Miles opened his post-game press conference in a display of emotion that only Miles can pull off. Plenty of moments will surely be added to the Les Miles lexicon, but it's up to you to pick your favorite.




Western Michigan terminates contract of head coach Bill Cubit

Following a 29-23 loss to Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan announced Saturday evening it has terminated the contract of head coach Bill Cubit. 

The Broncos finished this season with a 4-8 record and 2-6 in MAC play. Cubit led Western Michigan to a 51-47 record in eight seasons in Kalamazoo. He is the fifth-winningest coach in WMU history.

"I want to thank Coach Cubit for his years of service and recognize the work he and all of his assistants have done over the years in support of our student-athletes," said WMU Director of Athletics Kathy Beauregard.  I also want to thank Nancy and the entire Cubit family for what they have meant to this community."

"Although this is a time of transition, the expectations of our department remain the same.  Our vision and mission is winning division and conference titles and growing our number of postseason bowls.  We continue to value student-athlete success academically and expect them to be great citizens in this community."

Link to the official announcement. 




Saturday Scoreboard - Week 12

Throughout Saturday we will keep you up to date on all the important happenings throughout college football. Check back continuously for all the day's important recaps, quotes, tweets and highlights. 

Stanford 17, Oregon 14 (overtime). ....And then there was one. Stanford solved its Oregon problem in a big way, ending the Ducks undefeated season and putting Stanford in control of its own destiny to play for a spot in the Rose Bowl. The Stanford run defense came to play in a big way, limiting the Ducks to 198 rushing yards and one touchdown on 40 carries. Kevin Hogan, making his first road start, made plenty of big plays in throwing for 211 yards and a touchdown and rushing for 37 more yards and a score. The play of the game came on Hogan's touchdown throw, hitting tight end Zach Ertz from 10 yards out to send the game into overtime. The Cardinal flummoxed Oregon on its possession, which ended in a missed field goal. Stanford recovered a fumble that initally landed in the arms of an Oregon defender on its second play of overtime, and Jordan Williamson nailed a 37-yard field goal for the win. Stanford can win the Pac-12 North by defeating UCLA on Saturday and, with a win, the Cardinal will turn around and host UCLA six days later in the Pac-12 Championship. 

Baylor 52, Kansas State 24. On the same weekend that Iowa State beat Oklahoma State last year, another Big 12 national title contender goes on the road and loses. Before tonight Baylor had never beaten a No. 1-ranked team, and they do it by 28 points. Credit the Baylor coaching staff for a brilliant game plan, abusing the Kansas State defense for 342 rushing yards and 580 total yards. Defensive coordinator Phil Bennett's unit, statistically the worst in the Big 12, frustrated the Wildcats to the tune of 76 rushing yards on 31 carries and intercepting Collin Klein three times. The Bears so thoroughly dominated this game that they didn't even need to score in the fourth quarter to win by four touchdowns. 

Oklahoma 50, West Virginia 49. What's the point of a West Virginia game that doesn't close in on 100 points and end with a Hail Mary? In an all too familiar tale, West Virginia's defense allowed an opposing quarterback to top 500 yards and gave up half a hundred. But credit Dana Holgorsen for coming up with a new wrinkle, moving the dynamic wide receiver Tavon Austin into the backfield, that gave his team a chance to win. Oklahoma had no answer for Austin out of the backfield as he rushed 21 times for 344 yards and two scores. Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones could become yet another WVU opponent to win Big 12 Player of the Week honors as he connected on 38-of-51 passes for 554 yards with six touchdowns and one interception. With Kansas State's impending loss, hope is not lost for Oklahoma to win its eighth Big 12 title under Bob Stoops. 

Vanderbilt 41, Tennessee 18. The most surprising thing about the outcome is how unsurprising it is. Vanderbilt has been the better team all season and played like it on Saturday night. Vanderbilt punished a struggling Tennessee defense, scoring a string of four touchdowns to take a 13-10 halftime lead into a 41-10 advantage. The loss dooms Tennessee to back-to-back-to-back losing seasons for the first time in more than a century. Meanwhile, James Franklin's program will aim for an 8-4 season with a season-ending win over Wake Forest next week. 

UCLA 38, USC 28. Five seasons later, the football dynasty in LA is officially over. UCLA backed the Trojans into a corner and won their second straight Pac-12 South championship, and first without the aid of sanctions. Jim Mora's team started the game white hot, intercepting Matt Barkley's first pass and racing out to a 24-0 second-quarter lead. USC battled back to a 24-14 halftime deficit and pulled within 24-20 on UCLA's first drive in the second half when, with rain pouring hard on the Rose Bowl turf, a Bruins fumble changed hands three times before the Trojans fell on the ball in the end zone. But UCLA answered that score, and again when USC pulled within 31-28. The game in essence ended when a hard sack knocked USC quarterback Matt Barkley out of the game late in the fourth quarter. Third down was time and again key as UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley continually found open receivers beyond the sticks on numerous third downs. The win, UCLA's first in the series since 2006, signifies a proverbial chaning of the guard as the Bruins welcomed their fifth straight win and the Trojans, ranked No. 1 in the pre-season, dropped their fourth game of the year with No. 3 Notre Dame still ahead. 

Utah State 48, Louisiana Tech 41 (overtime). Fittingly, the final WAC title may be decided by a classic, wild shootout. In a battle between Utah State's stout defense and Louisiana Tech's prolific offense, the Aggies dominated early in building leads of 27-3 and 41-17, while also snapping Colby Cameron's NCAA-record streak of 444 straight passes without an interception. The Bulldogs then ripped off 24 straight points, starting with D.J. Banks' 98-yard kickoff return touchdown late in the third quarter, to force overtime. Utah State scored on three plays to open overtime, and then stuffed Louisiana Tech on 4th-and-3 at the 18-yard line to seal the win. Gary Andersen's team now must beat Idaho to achieve a 10-win season with an outright WAC championship. 

LSU 41, Ole Miss 35. It's becoming more and more appearant that the hurry up spread offense is the great equalizer in college football, and even the SEC. A five-win Ole Miss team compiled 35 points and more than 460 yards of total offense but could not hold a 35-28 lead with 10 minutes to play. Odell Beckham returned a punt 89 yards for a score, and the LSU offense drove 64 yards in nine plays to notch the game-winning score with 15 seconds to play. Hugh Freeze's team must rebound quickly from a gut-wrenching loss. The Rebels will compete for bowl eligibility with Mississippi State, who Ole Miss has not beaten in Dan Mullen's tenure, coming to Oxford. 

Clemson 62, N.C. State 48. Tom O'Brien's team posted 48 points and 597 yards of total offense, but it wasn't enough to match Clemson's 62 points and 754 yards of total offense. Quarterback Tajh Boyd threw for 426 yards and five touchdowns, while the Tigers compiled 328 rushing yards and three additional scores. The win locks in one of the most anticipated Palmetto State battles ever, with the 10-1 Tigers preparing to host 9-2 South Carolina. 

Ohio State 21, Wisconsin 14 (overtime). Wisconsin appeared dead with 2:46 remaining when running back Montee Ball, while stretching the ball out toward the goal line, had the ball punched out and recovered by Ohio State. But the Badgers got the ball back with 1:33 to go and marched 59 yards, capped by a Curt Phillips scoring strike to Jacob Pedersen from five yards out with eight ticks remaining. Ohio State opened overtime by achieving 25 yards on four consecutive rushes and then held Wisconsin short of a first down on the ensuing possession. Urban Meyer's team heads into Michigan week looking to clinch a 12-0 season and possibly knock the Wolverines from the Big Ten title game at the same time. 

Oklahoma State 59, Texas Tech 21. What appeared to be an evenly-matched game quickly evaporated as Mike Gundy's team ran off 52-of-59 points to turn a 7-7 game into a 59-14 blowout. Tommy Tuberville's team tacked on a late cosmetic score, but the gap between these programs is clear. After the home team winning each game from 2002-08, Oklahoma State has won four straight in this series, with a combined score of 125-27 over the last two years. These squads are undeniably headed in opposite directions: Oklahoma State's only defeat since September came at the hands of Kansas State, while Texas Tech has dropped three of its last four. Clint Chelf started his first game for Oklahoma State and completed 11-of-21 passes for 229 yards for three touchdowns and no picks. The Cowboys out-rushed the Red Raiders, 256-99, and held a 3-0 turnover edge. 

Notre Dame 38, Wake Forest 0. It took until Senior Day, but Notre Dame finally put together a dominant home win. The Fighting Irish scored 21 points in the first quarter and 31 in the first half to cruise into its 11th win of the year. Notre Dame gained more than 430 yards in the first half, and Everett Golson reached his new career passing high in the second quarter (he finished with 346 yards on the day). Bob Diaco's defense limited Wake Forest to only nine first downs and 209 yards of total offense. Brian Kelly's team can now take dead aim on a perfect season and hope for a spot in the BCS National Championship, with only USC standing in between Notre Dame and 12-0.  

Northwestern 23, Michigan State 20. This was a game that featured an ultra-rare halftime score of Wildcats 6, Spartans 5. Things normalized in the second half, and Northwestern's two interceptions of Michigan State quarterback Andrew Maxwell proved to be the difference, the first of which was returned 43 yards for a score early in the third quarter. Most importantly for Pat Fitzgerald's team, the Wildcats protected a late lead, forcing the Spartans to punt at the NU 42-yard line with 2:46 to go and then securing four straight incompletions after Michigan State regained the ball with 1:29 to play. 

Michigan 42, Iowa 17. Michigan scored touchdowns on its first six drives and cruised to its sixth Big Ten win in seven tries. In his final home game, quarterback Denard Robinson rushed for 98 yards while Devin Gardner started at quarterback and accounted for 351 total yards and six touchdowns. The nation may not take notice, but Brady Hoke's teams only sins are losses to No. 4 Alabama, No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 14 Nebraska, all away from Ann Arbor. The nation will notice if Hoke and co. can beat Ohio State for the second straight year on Saturday.

Tulsa 23, Central Florida 21. Bill Blankenship's team survived a pick-six, two blocked field goals and a missed extra point to win a key game in the Conference USA title chase. The Golden Hurricane salted the game away with a 14-play, 59-yard drive that ultimately ended in a missed field goal, but caused the Knights to exhaust all of their remaining timeouts, allowing UCF to take over at its own 20 with just under 3:50 to play. The Tulsa defense forced a turnover on downs and promptly ran out the remaining game clock. The win allows Tulsa to host the Conference USA Championship on December 1, likely in a rematch with UCF. 

Rutgers 10, Cincinnati 3. Kyle Flood's team won this game in a very Rutgers way, by letting its defense do all the heavy lifting. The Scarlet Knights kept Cincinnati off the scoreboard for the first 59:49 of the game, only allowing a 36-yard field goal with 11 ticks left. Rutgers only substantial offense came in the form of a 97-yard drive in the middle of the second quarter, capped by a 71-yard touchdown pass from Gary Nova to Mark Harrison. At 8-1 overall and 5-0 in the Big East, all signs point toward a winner-take-all showdown on the final Thursday night of the season at Louisville. 

 




PHOTO: Virginia Tech breaking out new helmets today

Virginia Tech will look rather cartoonish when they kick off at 12:30 p.m. ET at Boston College on ACC Network. Five days before Thanksgiving, the Hokies will wear cartoon turkeys on their helmets.

Here's hoping for Frank Beamer's sake these turkeys meet better ends than their real life counterparts next week.

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Photo credit: @VTFBEquipment




Saturday TV - Full Division I Schedule

Thanks to the National Football Foundation for providing this week's full Division I schedule.

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* All times Eastern
* FBS Rankings reflect the USA Today Coaches’ Poll
* FCS Rankings reflect the Sports Network/Fathead.com Poll
* Schedule organized by home team.

This schedule is compiled by Jill Kemp, NFF Correspondent. Any comments or updates, please email [email protected] 

ACC

Date Time Game Network (Talent)
Thu., Nov. 15 7:30 p.m. North Carolina
at Virginia
ESPN
(Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack, Samantha Steele)
Sat., Nov. 17 12 p.m. (6) Florida State
at Maryland
ESPNU
(Tom Hart, John Congemi)
Sat., Nov. 17 12:30 p.m. Virginia Tech
at Boston College
ACC Network
(Tim Brant, Dave Archer, Mike Hogewood)
Sat., Nov. 17 3 p.m. USF
at Miami 
RSN
(Rich Waltz, Keith Jones, Jenn Hildreth)
Sat., Nov. 17 3:30 p.m. North Carolina State
at (9) Clemson
ABC/ESPN2
(Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham, Jeannie Edwards)
Sat., Nov. 17 3:30 p.m. Duke 
at Georgia Tech
ESPNU
(Anish Shroff, Dan Hawkins)

Big East

Date Time Game Network (Talent)
Sat., Nov. 17 12 p.m. (20) Rutgers
at Cincinnati
Big East Network
(Eamon McEneaney, David Diaz-Infante, Paul Carcaterra)

Big Ten

Date Time Game Network (Talent)
Sat., Nov. 17 12 p.m. Iowa
at (23) Michigan
ESPN
(Dave Pasch, Brian Griese2, Jenn Brown)
Sat., Nov. 17 12 p.m. Northwestern
at Michigan State
ESPN2
(Bob Wischusen, Danny Kanell2, Maria Taylor)
Sat., Nov. 17 12 p.m. Indiana
at Penn State
Big Ten Network
(Kevin Kugler, Chris Martin, J. Leman2)
Sat., Nov. 17 3:30 p.m. Purdue
at Illinois
Big Ten Network
(Tim Neverett, Glen Mason, Rebecca Haarolow)
Sat., Nov. 17 3:30 p.m. Ohio State
at Wisconsin
ABC/ESPN2
(Joe Tessitore, Matt Millen, Quint Kessenich)
Sat., Nov. 17  3:30 p.m. Minnesota
at (14) Nebraska
Big Ten Network
(Eric Collins, Derek Rackley, Jon Janson)

Big 12

Date Time Game Network (Talent)
Sat., Nov. 17 3:30 p.m. (25)Texas Tech
at (24) Oklahoma State
FSN
(Ron Thulin, Brian Baldinger, Jim Knox)
Sat., Nov. 17 7 p.m. Iowa State
at Kansas
FSN
(Steve Physioc, J.C. Pearson, Laura McKeeman))
Sat., Nov. 17 7 p.m. (12) Oklahoma 
at West Virginia
FOX
(Craig Bolerjack, Joel Klatt, Petros Papadakis)
Sat., Nov. 17 8 p.m. (2) Kansas State
at Baylor
ESPN
(Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe)

Conference USA

Date Time Game Network (Talent)
Sat., Nov. 17 12 p.m. Houston 
at Marshall
CSS
(Bernie Guenther, Chuck Oliver, Rachel Baribeau)
Sat., Nov. 17 12 p.m. UCF
at Tulsa
FOX Sports Network
(Mike Gleason, Dave Lapham, Desmond Purnell)
Sat., Nov. 17 2 p.m. Memphis
at UAB
UABSports.com
(David Crane, John Whitcomb, Sam Miller)
Sat., Nov. 17 3:30 p.m. SMU 
at Rice
CSS
(Dave Raymond, ND Kalu, Leila Rahimi)
Sat., Nov. 17 3:30 p.m. East Carolina
at Tulane
Cox Sports TV
(Tim Grubbs, Deuce McAllister, Eric Richey)
Sat., Nov. 17 8 p.m. UTEP
at Southern Mississippi
CBS Sports Network
(James Bates, Aaron Taylor, Lauren Gardner)

MAC

Date Time Game Network (Talent)
Sat., Nov. 17 12 p.m. Kent State
at Bowling Green
ESPN3
(Greg Franke, Tom Cole)
Sat., Nov. 17 1 p.m. Miami (Ohio)
at Central Michigan
CMUChippewas.com
(Don Chiodo, Brock Gutierrez, Justin Hoff)
Sat., Nov. 17 2 p.m. Eastern Michigan
at Western Michigan
WMUBroncos.com
(Matt Shepard, Herman Moore)
Sat., Nov. 17 3 p.m. Buffalo
at Massachuseets
UMassAthletics.com
(Paul Peck, Jim Kubiak, Nick Mendola)
Tue., Nov. 20 7 p.m. Akron
at Toledo
ESPN2

Mountain West

Date Time Game Network (Talent)
Fri., Nov. 16 9:30 p.m. Hawaii
at Air Force*
ESPN2
(Carter Blackburn, Rod Gilmore, Jemele Hill)
Sat., Nov. 17 3:30 p.m. Colorado State
at (22) Boise State
NBC Sports Network
(Paul Burmeister, Rod Woodson, Anthony Herron)
Sat., Nov. 17 3:30 p.m. Nevada
at New Mexico
Charter 3/15 & Comcast New Mexico
(Rich Cellini, Ted Sundquist, J.P. Murrieta)
Sat., Nov. 17 4 p.m. Wyoming
at UNLV
Time Warner Cable Sports Net & KTWO-TV/KKTU-TV
(Barry Thompkins, Jay Leeuwenburg)

Pac-12

Date Time Game Network (Talent)
Sat., Nov. 17 1:30 p.m. Washington
at Colorado
FX
(Justin Kutcher, Eric Crouch, Darius Walker)
Sat., Nov. 17 3 p.m. Washington State
at Arizona State
Pac-12 Networks
(Kevin Calabro, Adam Archuleta, Yogi Roth)
Sat., Nov. 17 3 p.m. (21)USC
at (16) UCLA*
FOX
(Gus Johnson, Charles Davis, Julie Alexandria)
Sat., Nov. 17 8 p.m. (13) Stanford
at (1) Oregon
ABC
(Brent Musburger3, Kirk Herbstreit3, Heather Cox)
Sat., Nov. 17 10 p.m. Arizona
at Utah
ESPNU
(Joe Davis, Kelly Stouffer)
Sat., Nov. 17 10:30 p.m. California
at (17) Oregon State
Pac-12 Networks
(Ted Robinson, Glenn Parker, Ryan Nece)

SEC

Date Time Game Network (Talent)
Sat., Nov. 17 12:21 p.m. Western Carolina
at (5) Alabama
SEC Network
(Mike Morgan, Chris Doering, Jill Montgomery)
Sat., Nov. 17 12:21 p.m. Arkansas
at Mississippi State
SEC Network
(Dave Neal, Andre Ware1, Cara Capuano)
Sat., Nov. 17 1 p.m. Jacksonville State
at (7) Florida
PPV
(Larry Vettel, Nat Moore, Brady Ackerman)
Sat., Nov. 17 1 p.m. (9) Wofford
at (11) South Carolina
Gamecock TV
(Andy Demetra, Brad Muller)
Sat., Nov. 17 1:30 p.m. (6) Georgia Southern
at (4) Georgia
WSB-ATL
(Bob Neal, D.J. Jones, Zach Klein)
Sat., Nov. 17 2 p.m. Alabama A&M
at Auburn
Auburn PPV
(Andy Burcham, Ben Leard)
Sat., Nov. 17 3:30 p.m. Ole Miss
at (8) LSU
CBS
(Verne Lundquist3, Gary Danielson, Tracy Wolfson)
Sat., Nov. 17 3:30 p.m. (3) Sam Houston State
at (10)Texas A&M
Fox Sports Net
(Ralph Strangis, Shea Walker, Will Johnson)
Sat., Nov. 17 7 p.m. Syracuse
at Missouri
ESPNU
(Clay Matvick, Matt Stinchcomb, Allison Williams)
Sat., Nov. 17 7 p.m. Tennessee
at Vanderbilt
ESPN2
(Mark Jones, Brock Huard, Jessica Mendoza)
Sat., Nov. 17 7:30 p.m. Samford
at Kentucky
ESPN3
(Matt Steward, Cole Cubelic, Angela Mallen)

Sun Belt

Date Time Game Network (Talent)
Thu., Nov. 16 8 p.m. Florida International
at Florida Atlantic
ESPNU
(Adam Amin, Tom Luginbill)
Sat., Nov. 17 3:30 p.m. Middle Tennessee
at South Alabama
USAJaguars.com
(Lee Shirvanian, Rick Cleveland, Pat Greenwood)
Sat., Nov. 17 3:30 p.m. Arkansas State
at Troy
Troy IMG Sports Network
(Sam Smith, Kelin Johnson)
Sat., Nov. 17 4 p.m. North Texas
at Louisiana-Monroe
ULMWarhawks.com
(Frank Hoffman, Bruce Hanks, Joey Trappey)
Sat., Nov. 17 7 p.m. Western Kentucky
at Louisana-Lafayette
ESPN3
(Jonathan Yardley, Forrest Conoly)

WAC

Date Time Game Network (Talent)
Sat., Nov. 17 4 p.m. Utah State
at (19) Louisiana Tech
ESPN3
(Trey Bender, John Bunting)
Sat., Nov. 17 5 p.m. UTSA
at Idaho
KCWX-2
(Sam Adams, Bill Ames, Jim Goodman)
Sat., Nov. 17 10:30 p.m. BYU
at San Jose State
ESPN2
(Beth Mowins, Joey Galloway, Kaylee Hartung)

FBS Independents

Date Time Game Network (Talent)
Sat., Nov. 17 12 p.m. Temple 
at Army
CBS Sports Network
(Ben Holden, Randy Cross, Cadet Dan Sprouse)
Sat., Nov. 17 3:30 p.m. Texas State
at Navy
CBS Sports Network
(Grant Boone, Todd Christensen, Sheehan Stanwick Burch)
Sat., Nov. 17 3:30 p.m. Wake Forest
at (3) Notre Dame
NBC
(Tom Hammond, Mike Mayock, Alex Flanagan)

FCS

Big Sky

Date Time Game Network (Talent)
Sat., Nov. 17 2:05 p.m. North Dakota
at Northern Colorado
BigSkyTV.org
(Troy Coverdale, Matt Priesmeyer)
Sat., Nov. 17 3:05 p.m. (2) Montana State
at Montana
ROOT Sports
(Tom Glasgow, Sherdric Bonner, Jason Stiles, Jenny Cavnar, Jen Mueller)
Sat., Nov. 17 4 p.m. (5) Eastern Washington
at Portland
Comcast Sports Net
(Bob Akamian, Mouse Davis, Trysta Krick)
Sat., Nov. 17 6:05 p.m. Weber State
at Idaho State
BigSkyTV.org
(Jerry Miller, Tim Lewis)
Sat., Nov. 17 6:05 p.m. (17)Cal Poly
at (15) Northern Arizona
Fox College Sports/NAU-TV
(Mitch Strohman, Kevin Stephens)
Sat., Nov. 17 6:05 p.m. Sacramento State
at UC Davis
Comcast Sports Net
(Roxy Bernstein, Mike Lamb, Dan Dibley)

 

Big South

 

Date Time Game Network (Talent)
Sat., Nov. 17 1:30 p.m. Presbyterian
at Gardner-Webb
Big South Network
(Fabian Fuentes, David Allen)
Sat., Nov. 17 1:30 p.m. Liberty
at VMI
ESPN3
(Mark Bryant, Lenny Batycki)
Sat., Nov. 17 3:30 p.m. Charleston Southern
at Coastal Carolina
MASN, Big South Network
(Matt Hogue, Nate Ross)

CAA

Date Time Game Network (Talent)
Sat., Nov. 17 12 p.m. Maine
at Rhode Island
GoRhody.com
(Steve McDonald, Terry Lynch)
Sat., Nov. 17 12 p.m. (19) Towson
at (7) New Hampshire
CSN
(Gary Tanguay, Andry Gresh)
Sat., Nov. 17 1:30 p.m. (20) Richmond 
at William & Mary
TribeAthletics.com
(Jay Colley, Bob Seeran, Matt Ridjaneck)
Sat., Nov. 17 3:30 p.m. (16) Villanova
at Delaware
The Comcast Network
Sat., Nov. 17 7 p.m. (4) Old Dominion
at (13) James Madison
NBC Sports Network
(Todd Harris, Blaine Fowler)

Ivy League

Date Time Game Network (Talent)
Sat., Nov. 17 12 p.m. Yale 
at Harvard
NBC Sports Network
(Randy Moss, Ross Tucker)
Sat., Nov. 17 12:30 p.m. Columbia
at Brown
BrownBears.com
(Scott Cordischi, John Anderson)
Sat., Nov. 17 12:30 p.m. Penn
at Cornell
CornellBigRed.com
(Barry Leonard, Buck Biggs)
Sat., Nov. 17 1 p.m. Dartmouth
at Princeton
GoPrincetonTigers.TV
(Dan Loney)

MEAC

Date Time Game Network (Talent)
Sat., Nov. 17 1 p.m. Hampton
at Morgan State
None
Sat., Nov. 17 1 p.m. Delaware State
at Howard
Howard Sports Network
(Khari Arnold, Glynn Hill)
Sat., Nov. 17 1:30 p.m. Savannah State
at South Carolina State
None
Sat., Nov. 17 2 p.m. North Carolina A&T
at North Carolina Central
NCCUEaglePride.com
(Chris Hooks, Joe Simmons)
Sat., Nov. 17 2:30 p.m. (24) Bethune-Cookman
vs. Florida A&M
(Orlando, Fla.)
ESPN Classic
(Mike Corey, Jay Walker)

Missouri Valley

Date Time Game Network (Talent)
Sat., Nov. 17 1 p.m. (1) North Dakota State
at (11) Illinois State
ESPN3
(Brian Shawn, Lee Timmerman)
Sat., Nov. 17 2 p.m. (18) Indiana State
at Youngstown State
ESPN3
(Chad Krispinksy, Dave Sess)
Sat., Nov. 17 3 p.m. South Dakota
at (21) South Dakota State
Midco Sports Network
(Jay Elsen, Andre Fields)
Sat., Nov. 17  3 p.m. Western Illinois
at Southern Illinois
Saluki Sports Network
(Mike Reis, Gene Green, Joe Sambursky)
Sat., Nov. 17 5 p.m. Missouri State
at Northern Iowa
None

Northeast

Date Time Game Network (Talent)
Sat., Nov. 17 12 p.m. Monmouth
at Robert Morris
RMUColonials.com
(Chris Shovlin, Brian Cleary)
Sat., Nov. 17 12 p.m. Sacred Heart
at Saint Francis (Pa.)
NECFrontrow.com
(Pat Farbaugh, Jay Roberts)
Sat., Nov. 17 12 p.m. Duquesne
at Wagner
GoDuquesne.com
(Alex Panormios, Tad Maurey)
Sat., Nov. 17 1 p.m. Central Connecticut State
at Albany
Dane Zone
(Rodger Wyland, Zach Bye)

Ohio Valley

Date Time Game Network (Talent)
Sat., Nov. 17 12 p.m. Tennessee Tech
at Austin Peay
Fox College Sports
(Kevin Ingram, Bob Belvin)
Sat., Nov. 17 2 p.m. Southeast Missouri
at Murray State
OVC Digital Network
(Neal Bradley, Paul Bubb)
Sat., Nov. 17 3 p.m. (23) Tennessee State
at UT Martin
OVC Digital Network
(Russ Barker, Robin Francis)

Patriot League

Date Time Game Network (Talent)
Sat., Nov. 17 1 p.m. Bryant
at Bucknell
BucknellBison.com
(Kevin Herr, Todd Newcomb)
Sat., Nov. 17 1 p.m. Colgate
at Fordham
FordhamSports.com
(Alex Smith, DJ Sixsmith, Kenny Ducey)
Sat., Nov. 17 1 p.m. Holy Cross
at Georgetown
GUHoyas.com
(Chuck Timanus)
Sat., Nov. 17 1 p.m. (14) Lehigh
at Lafayette
Lafayette Sports Network
(Gary Laubach, Mike Joseph, John Leone)

Pioneer League

Date Time Game Network (Talent)
Sat., Nov. 17 1 p.m. Marist 
at Campbell
GoCamels.com
(Chris Hemeyer)
Sat., Nov. 17 1 p.m. San Diego
at Davidson
DavidsonWildcats.com
(Mark Plemmons, Ryan Arnold)
Sat., Nov. 17 1 p.m. Drake
at Jacksonville
CW-17
(Cole Pepper, Steve Gilbert)
Sat., Nov. 17 1 p.m. Valparaiso
at Morehead State
OVC Digital Network
(Chuck Mraz, Jason Blanton, Mike Williams)

Southern

Date Time Game Network (Talent)
Sat., Nov. 17 1:30 p.m. The Citadel
at Furman
FurmanPaladins.com
(Dan Scott, Corey Stewart, David Cobb)
Sat., Nov. 17 2 p.m. Elon
at Chattanooga
GoMocs.com
(Jim Reynolds, Will Poindexter)

Southland

Date Time Game Network (Talent)
Sat., Nov. 17 4 p.m. Northwestern State
at Stephen F. Austin
Southland Conference Television Network
(Randy McIlvoy, Rene Nadeau, Erin Cofiell)
Sat., Nov. 17 6 p.m. (24) Eastern Illinois
at (10) Central Arkansas
UCA Game Day
(Justin Acri)
Sat., Nov. 17 7 p.m. Southeastern Louisiana
at Nicholls State
GeauxColonels.com
(Mike Wagenheim, Seth Thomas)
Sat., Nov. 17 8 p.m. Lamar
at McNeese State
McNeeseSports.com
(Tom Hoefer, Johnny Suydam, Richard Dow)

SWAC

Date Time Game Network (Talent)
Sat., Nov. 17 2 p.m. Jackson State
at Alcorn State
None
Sat., Nov. 17 2 p.m. Mississippi Valley State
at Texas Southern
KHOU
(Nick Strong, Lemont Williams, Ken Burough)
Sat., Nov. 17 3:30 p.m. Prairie View A&M
at Arkansas Pine-Bluff
None

1 - College Football Hall of Famers
2 - Former NFF National Scholar-Athletes
3 - NFF Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football honoree
* - Site of NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute




VIDEO: Notre Dame makes Manti Teo's case for the Heisman Trophy

Earlier today we posted Texas A&M's video pushing Johnny Manziel's Heisman Trophy candidacy. Texas A&M's task was pretty clear cut - everyone knows Johnny Football's story so all A&M needed to do was let his highlights do the talking. Creating a highlight video for a player that's scored 33 touchdowns is a pretty straight-forward process.

And therein lies the challenge for Notre Dame's promotion of Manti Te'o. After all, it's been 20 years since a linebacker finished in the top 5 of Heisman voting. Knowing that, Notre Dame puts Te'o's argument front and center, opening with his statistics and importance to the Fighting Irish's 10-0 start. 

Will it work? We'll find out in early December.




14 staffs competing for bowl eligibility

Some move out while others move in. When we started this exercise, 17 staffs were on the brink of bowl eligibility. Last week it was 16. Now, it's 14. An unlucky few (Air Force, Arizona State, Iowa State, Michigan State, Ole Miss and West Virginia) have spent close to a month (or more) on the outside looking in. Is this the week the bouncer finally lets them in the club? 

Air Force: vs. Hawaii (9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2 on Friday). Last non-bowl season: 2006. Outlook: Troy Calhoun's team is part of the unlucky three-timer group. If it doesn't happen tonight at home versus Hawaii, it may not happen at all. Air Force closes at conference-leader Fresno State.

Arizona State: vs. Washington State (3 p.m. ET, Pac-12 Network). Last bowl appearance: 2010. Outlook: Four weeks ago, the Sun Devils were 5-1 and led the Pac-12 South. Now they must beat Washington State to avoid an all-or-nothing game at Arizona to close the year. 

Georgia Tech: vs. Duke (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU). Last non-bowl season: 1996. Outlook: The Yellow Jackets have the longest bowl streak of any team on this list. The 15-year streak appeared in serious jeopardy a month ago, but three wins in four games have righted the ship for Paul Johnson and co. Saturday is an important game, though, as a loss will require a win at No. 5 Georgia to reach six wins. 

Iowa State: at Kansas (7 p.m. ET, FSN). Last non-bowl season: 2010. Outlook: Paul Rhoads' team is thankful for the 9-6 win over Iowa because Big 12 play has not been kind to Iowa State. Saturday brings an important trip to face winless-but-scrappy Kansas. 

Louisiana - Lafayette: vs. Western Kentucky (7 p.m. ET, ESPN3). Last non-bowl season: 2010. Outlook: After coming achingly close to a shocker at the Swamp, the Ragin' Cajuns get a Hilltoppers team that's lost three of its last four. If Mark Hudspeth's team does stumble on Saturday, ULL still has Florida Atlantic and South Alabama (combined league record: 3-9) on the schedule.

Miami (Fla.): vs. South Florida (3 p.m. ET, Sun Sports). Last bowl appearance: 2010. Outlook: With a trip outside ACC play on Saturday, the Hurricanes could conceivably battle Duke next week not only for bowl eligibility, but also for a spot in the ACC title game.

Michigan State: vs. Northwestern (12 p.m. ET, ESPN2). Last non-bowl season: 2006. Outlook: Mark Dantonio's hard luck Spartans are just 2-4 in Big Ten play, but their four losses have come by a combined 10 points. Northwestern is also no stranger to close finishes (just see last week's game with Michigan), so tune in around 3:30 ET to see a tight finish.

Missouri: vs. Syracuse (7 p.m. ET, ESPNU). Last non-bowl season: 2004. Outlook: Winning Saturday is imperative for Gary Pinkel's team as the Tigers close the year on the road against Johnny Football and red-hot Texas A&M. 

Ole Miss: at LSU (3:30 p.m. ET, CBS). Last bowl appearance: 2009. Outlook: Unless the Rebels shock LSU in Death Valley, Hugh Freeze will need to beat Mississippi State for the first time in Dan Mullen's tenure in Starkville to end Ole Miss' two-year bowl drought. 

SMU: at Rice (3:30 p.m. ET, CSS). Last non-bowl season: 2008. Outlook: After a loss to Tulane on Oct. 13, SMU stood at 2-4 and seemingly out of any post-season picture. Now, the Mustangs are not only on the brink of a bowl game for the fourth straight year, but could potentially host Tulsa for a spot in the Conference USA title game next week. 

Syracuse: at Missouri (7 p.m. ET, ESPNU). Last bowl appearance: 2010. Outlook: A upset thumping of Louisville puts the Orange on the brink. In a scheduling oddity, Doug Marrone's team closes the year on the road for four of their final five games. 

Troy: vs. Arkansas State (3:30 p.m. ET). Last bowl appearance: 2010. Outlook: The Trojans have Arkansas State and Middle Tennessee ahead on the schedule. Unfortunately for the Trojans, those teams are currently on a collision course for the Sun Belt title. Larry Blakeney and co. need an upset. 

Wake Forest: at Notre Dame (3:30 p.m. ET, NBC). Last non-bowl season: 2010. Outlook: Jim Grobe's team runs the risk of ending the season on the outside looking in. After losing to N.C. State, the Demon Deacons are heavy underdogs this week and close the year with a hot Vanderbilt team next week.

West Virginia: vs. Oklahoma (7 p.m. ET, FOX). Last non-bowl season: 2001. Outlook: Even in the face of a four-game losing streak, Dana Holgorsen's team is a trendy upset pick this week. Saturday will mark six full weeks since West Virginia's last victory.