Michigan's penchant for Payback could bring it to the playoffs.
Since an opening defeat at Notre Dame, the Wolverines have defeated opponents relatively easily (a comeback victory in Northwestern is an exception). And they were in the best match against teams that had lost last year.
First they rolled Wisconsin, 38-13. Then they dominated the spit line in a 21-7 win over Michigan State.
And on Saturday, Jim Harbaugh's team humbled Penn State 42-7 and improved to 8-1 (6-0, Big Ten).
Michigan entered the day and finished only 3.75 meters per game. Penn State fared a little better, averaging 3.96.
The Wolverines have one last stop on the revenge. With Rutgers and Indiana competing against Rutgers and Indiana over the next two weeks, chances are they'll be 10-1, with only Ohio State getting in the way of a Big Ten title appearance.
This could be the most brutal defender of coordinator Don Brown since joining Ann Arbor, Chase Winovich and linebacker Devin Bush. No one has surpassed the 24-point plateau against the Wolverines, and it is justified to wonder if anyone wants to get ahead of a possible national semi-final.
One thing is for sure: with the Wolverines having a chance to cash out, they left Wisconsin, Michigan State, and now Penn State, not close to committing an offense.
Notre Dame, The fighting Irish remained unbeaten. The home team Northwest 31-21 has been improved to 9-0.
Notre Dame wrote perhaps the most impressive ride of the day after the Wildcats (5-4) had made a 17-point deficit a straight field hit with two quick touchdown rides. The Irish went to 89 yards in 10 games, culminating with a 23-yard shot from quarterback Ian Book after a fake handover that came from a break.
The question for Brian Kelly's team: Can it sweep through Florida State, Syracuse and Southern California and complete a perfect regular season? If that's the case, it's hard to imagine the Irish missing a play-off spot.
army, The Black Knights can be sure that they will retain the Commander-in-Chief Trophy after defeating the Air Force 17-14. Army (7-2) still can win with a Navy defeat on December 8, and the Black Knights are likely to opt for a 10-win season as FCS opponents Lafayette and Colgate head west for the next two Point travel will be weeks.
An astounding statistic: With the victory over the hawks, the army will have the trophy for successive seasons for the first time in program history.
Georgia, The Bulldogs closed their second SEC-East title in a row and sent Kentucky (34-17). Georgia (8-1, 6-1) must now survive the next three games (against Auburn, Massachusetts and Georgia Tech) to turn the SEC title game's performance into a de facto play-in playoff game ,
UTEP, Bow down, miners. The longest defeat in the FBS – 20 miserable games – ended when the UTEP defended against Rice (34-26). Not that it was not more interesting than it had to be. The Miners (1-8, 1-4 Conference USA) led 34-10 into the fourth quarter before the Owls (1-9, 0-6) made a late burst. Nevertheless, they brought their first victory since 2016, three coaches.
West Virginia, Luck prefers the brave, something the mountaineers remembered on Saturday. West Virginia retreated within a point of Texas when Will Grier found Gary Jennings Jr. for a 33-yard touchdown catch that was 16 seconds before the jump. After three break times (one from West Virginia, then two from Texas), Grier hopped for the two-point conversion and a 42-41 win.
* Seth Williams, Catch of the day?
Jarrett Stidham, the 11-meter touch point of the Auburn freshman, passed the Tigers to Texas A & M (28-24). Auburn is now suitable for the bowl at 6-3. Georgia and Alabama will come this month.
Bobby Petrino, It will be embarrassing. The relegation of the Cardinals to Lamar Jackson continued as they sealed an inferior season. It was fairly obvious that a team that had lost 66-31 to Georgia Tech and 56-35 to Wake Forest had a select one at Clemson. Only Clemson could select the result, and it was 77-16.
The Cardinals (2-7, 0-6 ACC) fell apart and that lands in the fifth year of the coach. With Syracuse, N.C. There is a good chance that coming to State and Kentucky will not only give him a new coach, but that he will inherit a nine-game defeat.
Miami, The hurricanes lost three in a row. That's bad for a team that's expected to win the ACC's Coastal Division.
They had an average of 13 points per game during the skid. This is even worse for a team with an experienced quarterback (Malik Rosier) and a coach (Mark Richt) known for their offensive acumen.
And those losses came against Virginia, Boston College and Duke. That's terrible, at least for a fan base that is apoplectic if Miami does not win eleven games a year. This is only in: Miami (5-4, 2-3 ACC) will not win eleven games this year.
Penn State, The Nittany Lions 42-7 defeat to Michigan was not only ugly, but also meant that James Franklin's team was swept away by the other three great powers of the US East. Unlike home losses to Michigan State and Ohio State, this was not competitive at all.
Maybe it was too much of Penn State to win 10 or 11 regular season games. It was not to be believed that the Nittany Lions (6-3, 3-3) could avoid such a thrashing. On the other hand, maybe it's the Big House. Penn State lost 49-10 at Ann Arbor two years ago
Pac-12 South, With Arizona State's 38-20-20 loss to Utah, all six teams in Pac-12 South have suffered at least three defeats. To call mediocre is a disadvantage for mediocrity.
Florida, One week after retiring from the SEC East race by beating Georgia, the Gators failed to beat Missouri 38-17. Florida dropped to 6-3.
marine, The midshipmen (2-7, 1-4 Americans) not only defeated an inferior season but also suffered the most unilaterally suspended failure since 1992. The Navy fell 42- 0 in Cincinnati, the sixth loss in a row, which led to an untypical loss shaky year