Sometimes it’s the sleepy Saturdays that get you.

The pitfalls were clear: Maryland has been leaking oil for the past five weeks. They have lost in an inexplicable and shameful way. Ames is always a tough spot for any highly ranked conference opponent. AND Oregon State, with wet weather at home, had as much reason to be angry as any team in the country about how Washington helped put an end to the Pac-12. The mark of a great team is seeing the traps and not getting caught in them. that is what Michigan, Texasand Washington He did it on this penultimate Saturday of the regular season.

The gluttons notched victory No. 1,000 in the process, and triumphed for the second time without Jim Harbaugh on the sidelines. They needed two safeties and a Taulia Tagovailoa fumble in the end zone to do it, but they took advantage of the breaks they had and played complementary football to rescue a passing offense that wasn’t giving much in the way of explosive outings (again).

Michigan rose to a level no program has reached on Saturday despite the sign-stealing controversy swirling around the program.

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There were questions about how Texas would fare without Jonathan Brooks, but they got more than enough offense from their other skill players and another great defensive effort from T’Vondre Sweat and Byron Murphy inside to win. Sweat’s blocked extra point in the second half was returned for two points and helped Texas gain some much-needed breathing room. Washington held on while taking Oregon State’s best hits all night as his own passing game failed to connect in miserable conditions. You’d think Washington would be used to playing in the rain, but they looked grumpy throughout. But none of that matters as long as you win.

Those victories preserve a lot of drama down the stretch. No need to explain what’s at stake between undefeated Michigan and undefeated Ohio State. But Texas still has its playoff hopes alive and Washington is still unblemished with the Apple Cup and a potential showdown with Oregon in the Pac-12 championship game all but assured. It’s all because no traps were set today.

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These different Dawgs continue to show that they will win on offense, although their defense didn’t play too poorly in the 38-10 blowout. Tennessee. Carson Beck, at this point, is a certified good quarterback and gives Georgia a dimension that he hasn’t had in recent years.

2. Ohio State

The Buckeyes are playing very good football. While Michigan has taken up all the energy and headlines in the Big Ten lately, its massive game next week will determine both teams’ national title aspirations, just as it should.

3. Florida State

Senior Day in Tallahassee, Jordan Travis’s serious looking leg injury It was a heartbreaking way for the Noles to end their season at home. While their playoff hopes are one thing, Travis’ health and well-being are another.

4. Michigan

The Wolverines played their second game on Saturday against a rival with a pulse and the results were the same: little passing game but enough defense to win. Will it be enough against Ohio State?

5. Roof tiles

The Longhorns haven’t looked as explosive in recent weeks on offense, but they’re still winning. And for a Texas program that long lacked this killer instinct when they didn’t perform at their best, it’s a big step in the right direction.


Bless the rains in Corvallis. They gave Washington plenty of adversity. But Oregon State finally folded as the University of Washington’s dream season continues.

7. Oregon

Maybe the Ducks have something to prove, because they keep burying teams. Without a doubt against Arizona State today. Now, the state of Oregon is calling.


The Tide had FCS UT-Chattanooga at home today. Don’t worry, we’re going to the Iron Bowl.


The Cardinals had to survive Miami in a close game, but despite sloppy play, their faint hope for a playoff spot remains.

10. Missouri

The tigers survived Florida at home as the Gators took them all the way. But Mizzou has shown this season that they are a different team than in previous years.

SI Players of the Week

Dillon Bell, WR, Georgia, T’Vondre Sweat, DL, Texas

  • Bell threw for a touchdown and caught a touchdown in addition to 90 yards receiving and 34 yards rushing. A great day for the wide receiver.
  • What Sweat (and his defensive line cohort, Murphy) do often can’t be measured on the stat sheet, but these guys are the reason Texas’ defense has an edge this season without a doubt.

Did you see that?

-The rotation accessories are very good:

  • Darude came to Columbia to play “Sandstorm” live. She did not disappoint:
  • Chip Kelly is every opponent Caleb Williams has to face:
  • Talmage Gunther running out with his son on senior day is the healthy thing you need to see today:
  • Jordan Travis.

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