After everything you knew about the College Football Playoff contenders was thrown for a loop last Saturday, another week of exciting college football is ahead of us.
Houston got an early start knocking another top pick off the list Thursday night. The Cougars thoroughly decimated No. 5 Louisville 36-10, putting an end to the Cardinals' Playoff hopes with their second loss.Now, each of the top teams are feeling immeasurable amounts of heat to avoid being the next domino to fall. The last few weeks of the season are where the true contenders separate from the pack, and we will find out which teams fit the bill.
On Saturday, No. 2 Ohio State had a close call versus Michigan State, but came out with a win. Florida topped LSU, while Kansas picked up its second win of the season by beating Texas.
Only three games sit on the Week 12 schedule between a pair of ranked teams, but, as last week and Thursday night's contest showed, that really doesn't guarantee anything. Read on below recaps and updates from the 12th week of the college football season.
Houston 36, No. 5 Louisville 10 — GameCenter
The madness from last Saturday continued, as Houston stormed No. 5 Louisville for the game’s first 31 points on the way to a blowout win at home. The Cardinals never got any closer than 21 points in the second half, as the game was never in doubt after halftime for the Cougars.
No. 20 Boise State 42, UNLV 25 — GameCenter
It was all Jeremy McNichols, all night as Boise State trampled over visiting UNLV to move to 10-1 on the season. The No. 22 Broncos got four touchdowns from their star running back and stymied the Rebels’ passing attack on the way to victory.
Saturday, Nov. 19
No. 2 Ohio State 17, Michigan State 16 — GameCenter
One week after moving back into the No. 2 slot in the CFP rankings, Ohio State almost became the fourth top four team to fall in the last two weeks. Michigan State scored to pull the game to one in the final five minutes but elected to go for the two-point conversion in an attempt to take the lead. The Buckeyes defense forced the incomplete pass, however, maintained the lead. With one final chance in the final minute of play, Spartans quarterback Tyler O'Conner was picked off by Gareon Conley to allow Ohio State to hold on.
No. 11 Oklahoma State 31, TCU 6 — GameCenter
The Cowboys continued their rise with a dominating performance against the Horned Frogs in Fort Worth, Texas. TCU was held to zero points after the opening quarter and two Cowboys running backs exploded for more than 140 yards in the victory. Justice Hill led the charge with 154 yards on the ground while Chris Carson added 146 and a touchdown. Quarterback Mason Rudolph was held to 206 yards of offense but that was more than enough in Oklahoma State's seventh straight victory.
No. 23 Florida 16, No. 16 LSU 10— GameCenter
In a game college football fans had to wait a month to see, Florida came out on top in a defensive battle and clinched the SEC East title. The Gators came away with a game-winning goal line stand to clinch the victory as the Tigers were stopped on three straight run plays with less than two yards to get. LSU outgained Florida 423-270 but the Gators defense held its own the stretch and held LSU to a single field goal over the final three quarters.
Navy 59, East Carolina 31 — GameCenter
East Carolina WR Zay Jones broke the FBS record for career catches when he grabbed his 388th reception in the second quarter on Saturday. The previous record was held by former East Carolina wide receiver Justin Hardy, who currently plays with the Atlanta Falcons. Hardy hauled in 387 receptions while a member of the Pirates team.
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No. 3 Michigan 20, Indiana 10 — GameCenter
By the end of the Michigan-Indiana game many were making snow angels on the field, but despite the tough conditions the Wolverines held on at home to get their 10th win of season. No. 3 Michigan defeated the Hoosiers, 20-10. Running back De'Veon Smith rushed for 158 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries.
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No. 22 Washington State 24, No. 10 Colorado 38 — GameCenter
Colorado snapped Washington State's eight-game winning streak on the road against a Buffaloes team that has now won five in a row and seven of eight. Just two years ago, the two teams combined for five victories but are now both ranked in the Top 25. The Buffaloes lost to the Cougars last season in Pullman 27-3 and trail the all-time series 5-4.
San Diego State 33, Wyoming 34 — GameCenter
Heading into Saturday, the Aztecs hadn’t lost since Oct. 1. That streak ended when the Cowboys defeated San Diego at home is a close game. Wyoming (6-1) is part of a three-dog sprint to the title in the Mountain Division.
Texas 21, Kansas 24 — GameCenter
Kansas picked up its second win of the season after defeating the Longhorns, who are now 5-6 on the season.
KANSAS WINS! Matthew Wyman's 25-yard field goal in overtime completes an emphatic comeback against Texas on senior day! pic.twitter.com/UYy9cBXfJF— Kansas Football (@KU_Football) November 20, 2016
Oregon 30, No. 12 Utah 28 — GameCenter
Oregon upset the Utes on the road thanks to a go-ahead touchdown by Darren Carrington. With the win, the Ducks are now 4-7 and face Oregon State in the Civil War game next weekend.
No. 24. Stanford 45, Cal 31 — GameCenter
Running back Christian McCaffery had a big day for the Cardinal, recording 284 rushing yards as Stanford won the Bay Area rivalry game against the Golden Bears.
No. 1 Alabama 31, Chattanooga 3 - GameCenter
The Tide picked up another win defeating Chattanooga to remain undefeated. Alabama faces Auburn next week in the Iron Bowl. Quarterback Jalen Hurts was 15-21 for 136 yards and three touchdowns.
No. 4 Clemson 35, Wake Forest 13 — GameCenter
Clemson took home a win on Saturday, as Heisman hopeful DeShaun Watson went 23-for-33,while throwing for 202 yards and one touchdown. The TIgers also secured the ACC Atlantic Division title with the victory.
Seniors with ACC Atlantic Division Trophy! pic.twitter.com/bcW7jHTfHl— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) November 20, 2016
No. 6 Washington 44, Arizona State 18 - GameCenter
Washington recovered from its loss against USC with a strong showing vesus Arizona State.
No. 9 Oklahoma 56, West Virginia 28 — GameCenter
As the snow got more intense on the evening, the Sooners easily beat No. 14 West Virginia. Baker Mayfield looked strong, leading his team to victory.
No. 13 USC 36, UCLA 14 - GameCenter
The Trojans keep rolling adding another win to the season, defeating SoCal rival UCLA on Saturday night at the Rose Bowl. USC was also kept alive in the Pac-12 South race due to Utah's loss to the Ducks.
Fight Song: Lit pic.twitter.com/IY26uRTpMj— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) November 20, 2016