A look back at the week that was with three college football teams that impressed and three whose weekends did not go as planned.
2016 Record: Straight-Up 3-0, Against-the-Spread 3-0
Live look at FSU-Louisville pic.twitter.com/GshaZPHpBS
— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) September 17, 2016
The Cardinals passed their first real test of the season with flying colors. Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson rushed for four touchdowns and threw for another score as the Cardinals stomped Florida State 63-20.
Louisville earned its first win ever against a top-2 team and established themselves as true national contenders. The Cards win will launch them up the rankings.
This was the worst loss in Jimbo Fisher’s seven seasons at FSU. The Noles had never given up more than 60 points in a game. This was also the third biggest margin of victory against a top-two team ever.
Next Up: Marshall
Louisville has lost four straight to Marshall, I feel bad for what will happen to the Herd next week.
Ohio State Buckeyes
2016 Record: Straight-Up 3-0, Against-the-Spread 3-0
Good night. Go Bucks. pic.twitter.com/tUyt3GvUHg
— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) September 18, 2016
Noah Brown’s amazing catch epitomizes Ohio State’s 45-24 victory over Oklahoma. Even when the Sooners did everything right, the Buckeyes were the better team.
J.T. Barrett threw for 152 yards and four touchdowns adding another 74 yards on the ground. Ohio State extended its school-record road winning streak to 19 games, the longest active road winning streak in the FBS.
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) September 18, 2016
For Oklahoma, any hope for reaching the playoffs is gone.
Next Up: Rutgers
Ohio State has a bye before hosting Rutgers. Urban Meyer has won 14 in a row coming off a bye and is 10-4 ATS in those games.
North Dakota State
2016 Record: Straight-Up 3-0, Against-the-Spread 1-0
The Bison upset No. 13 Iowa 23-21 with a last second field goal. North Dakota State knocked off the favorites in the Big Ten West for the program’s first win vs. an FBS Top 25 team.
Pay days in college football per Darren Rovell. Iowa smallest favorite, -14.5 vs. ND State pic.twitter.com/K0HRbjcFe6
— Bet Labs Sports (@Bet_Labs) September 17, 2016
The Hawkeyes were a handful of teams paying opponents this week to play them. For North Dakota State this is nothing new. The Bison have been paid $2,175,000 by the six FBS programs it has beat since 2010.
Iowa can still win the West and the Big Ten Championship. However, it’ll be hard to convince the committee to let them in the playoff after losing to an FCS program, even one as good as North Dakota State.
Next Up: Illinois State
The Bison are favorites to win a sixth straight FCS championship. North Dakota State has won six in a row against FBS teams. The Bison were double-digit underdogs on average in every game.
Ole Miss Rebels
2016 Record: Straight-Up 1-2, Against-the-Spread 1-2
It had been 17 years since somebody had beaten a Nick Saban team three times in a row. In fact it was rare for a squad to upend Saban in back-to-back games (only happened five times).
It looked like that streak was going to end with Mississippi up three touchdowns in the first half over Bama.
Let’s check in with Ole Miss’s big early lead vs Bama. pic.twitter.com/6bsk5IP3TT
— Peter Burns (@PeterBurnsESPN) September 17, 2016
Then Ole Miss became the first Power 5 teams to blow two 21-point leads in the same season in the last ten years (per ESPN). The collapse was epic and somehow predictable. The Rebels don’t have time to feel sorry for themselves with Georgia coming to town next week.
Next Up: Georgia
The Rebels have lost four in a row to Georgia and are just 1-3 ATS since 2006.
2016 Record: Straight-Up 2-1, Against-the-Spread 2-1
Texas scored on its first four possessions and led Cal by 10 points halfway through the second quarter. Then the offense started to stall and Cal took over. Bears quarterback Davis Webb threw for 397 yards, four touchdowns and ran for another score.
The game appeared to be over after Texas punted to Vic Enwere who ran it back for a 55 yard touchdown.
However, Enwere dropped the ball at the one yard line and the touchdown was overturned. The officials said that Texas did not recover the fumbled ball quick enough so Cal retained possession. What if? That is the question Longhorn fans are asking themselves this morning.
Next Up: Oklahoma State
Texas has a bye week before facing Oklahoma State. The Longhorns are 9-1 ATS in their last ten games off a bye.
2016 Record: Straight-Up 3-0, Against-the-Spread 0-2
Dabo Swinney is selfish. Sure, he did the right thing (boo, sportsmanship) by agreeing to shorten the second half of Clemson’s 59-0 blowout of South Carolina State to two 12 minutes quarters but he cheated bettors that backed the Tigers.
Check your sportsbook rules if you bet the Clemson/South Carolina State game but likely will be voided now. https://t.co/DbxZ68UA1b
— Sports Insights (@SportsInsights) September 17, 2016
Clemson managed to cover the 53 point spread even with a quicker second half. Unfortunately, most sportsbooks have rules against changing the length of the game for bets to count.
Didn’t know games could be shortened? Either did I but the NCAA allows it if both coaches agree.
Next Up: Georgia Tech
Clemson plays GaTech on Thursday. The Tigers have played six games since 2006 on short rest and are 3-3 straight-up and ATS in those games.