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Matt Cotcher

Riding the fences – Week 13

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Each week HornSports will take a look back at the national scene in college football, so mount up and let’s ride out and check the perimeter.


The Texas Longhorns looked incapable in a 24-10 loss to Baylor. The Longhorns have plummeted since losing to Oklahoma losing four of their last six games.

Ohio State beat Penn State 28-17, but it wasn’t as close as the final score indicates – the Buckeyes led 21-0 in the third quarter. Returning from a 2-game suspension, defensive lineman Chase Young dominated.

Minnesota and Wisconsin both won which set up a play-in game for the Big 10 championship game when the rivals meet this weekend. Although the B1G West title is on the line, the rivalry’s trophy, Paul Bunyan’s axe, is plenty of incentive.

Ugh-lternate uniforms: If you’re riding a losing streak, might as well wear alternate uniforms that look like a high school team – Missouri’s yellow helmets were awful.

People seem impressed that backup quarterback Mac Jones led Alabama to a win over Western Carolina. ‘Bama’s scout team should win a game like that.

USC thumped crosstown rival UCLA 52-35. The Trojans’ quarterback, Kedan Slovis threw for 515 yards and USC had four wideouts with more than 100 yards receiving.

On Senior Day, Navy beat SMU 35-28. After trailing by 11 at halftime, the Middies outscored the Mustangs 25-7 in the second half.

Iowa topped Illinois 19-10 and ended the Cloudbeards four game winning streak. Iowa isn’t splashy but they are steadily solid.

Wake Forest continued the winning ways against other teams from North Carolina, beating Duke 39-27. The real story of the game was Wake’s kicker, Nick Sciba, who made his 32nd consecutive field goal.

Michigan and Virginia Tech both won again. The Wolverines and Hokies have each rallied from early season low points, but rivalry games await both squads this weekend.

Massachusetts set the wrong kind of record when they lost to BYU 56-24. Not only did the Minutemen allow the Cougars to score 42 points in the second quarter, they also broke records for points allowed in a season (total and ppg).

UGA topped Texas A&M 19-10. The Dawgs defense held the Aggies to -1 yards rushing,

Without their quarterback and a top wide receiver, Oklahoma State hung on to beat West Virginia 20-13. The Cowboys are riding a four game winning streak as they head into their rivalry game with Oklahoma.

Arizona State had lost four straight games but turned things around and beat Oregon 31-28. The Ducks’ loss helped clear the CFP picture somewhat.

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