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Would OU be tied to the SEC if David Boren were still the President of the Sooners?

Bedlam won't continue within the confines of the Big 12. The Sooners will soon be joining the SEC, which would never have happened under David Boren. (Author: Gardener)

David Boren“There's a common saying in the Capitol. They say if Henry Bellmon had been alive today it would not have happened. ”At that time, of course, the Republican governor was very much alive and in office. Which brings us to David Boren, who is quite a politician himself but is known to later generations as the 24 year old President of OU. And this summer there was a common saying around the Big 12. If David Boren were in office today, that would not have happened. The saying may be true. If Boren were still president, would OU leave the Big 12 with Texas and head to the Southeastern Conference? "These decisions are difficult to make," said Boren the other day. Bedlam Football arrives at Stillwater on Saturday, the first OU-OSU Gridron game since the SEC news was released in July. And it's hard to imagine the Sooners leaving OSU under Boren's leadership for the SEC. Boren often promised that the Sooners and Cowboys were partners who should stick together. 'It's a bit bigger': In Stillwater, people used to expect a loud crowd - whether or not the SEC change was imminent. Some in the Big 12 believe that the move from OU / Texas to the SEC was instigated by ESPN, which may break away from its disastrous deal with UT for The Longhorn Network now that the Sooners and ‘Horns are headed for Big Dixie. The exodus from OU was nothing personal against OSU. "The focus on Texas, I get that," said Boren. "But especially from the point of view of a state situation, it is very important that we try to keep them (the OSU relationship) together." Boren, 80, is recovering from eye surgery that has been sideways since the onset of infection. He lost his right eye and was hospitalized for five weeks. He rehabilitates himself at home and says his strength is slowly returning. Boren did not criticize his successor Joe Harroz or the OU decision-makers. Boren is no longer privy to all inside information. And he knows the landscape in 2021 will be different from what it was a decade earlier, when the conference realignment hit college football and threatened the existence of the Big 12, and the only sure thing seemed to be that Bedlam's rivals would either in the Big 12 or in a proposed Pac-16. "I would have thought long and hard about it," said Boren. “I think we were very at home in many ways, culturally with the Big 12 and geographically. "It would have been a very difficult step I think." Burns Hargis was Boren's OSU counterpart for 10 years; On July 1, he retired as President of the OSU. Kayse Shrum took office, and SEC news leaked 21 days later. Hargis, 76, and Boren were long-time colleagues. Hargis entered OU Law School when Boren graduated from the OU with a law degree. Boren was elected governor in 1974 and appointed Hargis to the state's electoral board. Hargis ‘son was once interned with Boren, then U." We just always had a good relationship, "said Hargis. "I admired his service as governor and senator." Hargis became regent of OSU in 2001 and university president in 2008. "He's been a real mentor to me," said Hargis. OU and OSU provided each other with a trustworthy comrade in the meeting room. Maybe there will be such collegiality with OU and Texas in the SEC. But it is safe to say that the OU and OSU will never again have a conference partner as they did for the last quarter century. Carlson: This isn't the greatest bedlam of all time, but OU & ​​OSU have rarely played for bigger booty. "We were friends and communicated a lot," said Boren. “We stood up for one another in the conference. “I was for the whole state when I was governor and senator. I'm proud of what all of Oklahoma has done, including OSU. ”Did David Lyle Boren ever rank OU second? No. Boren has always been OU's biggest booster. He's had his flaws and certainly his controversies, but Boren has done more for the university than any other administrator. And now the partnership that Boren cherished is broken. Hell, the rivalry itself could be over soon. OU will play against South Carolina and Mississippi State and Kentucky, but maybe not against OSU. OSU will play against Central Florida and Cincinnati and Brigham Young, but maybe not against OU. "It gives us two great rivalry games, not just one," Boren said of Bedlam. Bedlam is not going to continue within the confines of the Big 12. The Sooners will be joining the SEC soon enough, which would never have happened if David Boren were in office today. Support his and other journalists in Oklahoma by purchasing a digital subscription today.

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Five lessons learned from the Cowboys' epic win over Sooners in Bedlam

The Oklahoma State Cowboys host the Oklahoma Sooners on week 13 of college football season. Here is everything you need to know: (Author: Gardener)

CowboysThe true defensive end for Oklahoma State sacked Caleb Williams in fourth and tenth place with the game on the line, sealing No. 7 Oklahoma State's 37-33 win over No. 10 Oklahoma on Saturday night at Boone Pickens Stadium. It was Oliver's second sack of the night and he has a 9.5 for the season. OSU dismissed Williams six times for the game and did not allow a point in the second half, which ushered in the cowboy comeback. More: Meet the Senior Class of Oklahoma State Football Honored During Bedlam During the first half, it looked like the Oklahoma State defense had come back to earth. Despite offensive and special team errors in the third quarter that gave OU a 33-24 lead, the Cowboy defense held out tough. With eight OU holdings in the second half, OSU forced five punts, won back a fumble, and ended the game with consecutive turnovers on downs in OSU territory. In the fourth quarter, the OSU finally got its offense going with a touchdown drive of 58 yards. And the Cowboys benefited from a subdued punt from OU that Demarco Jones rescued from the Sooners' 5-yard line. "It Means It All": Chance To Play The Big 12 Football Title Is The Next Step For Oklahoma State. It will be OSU's first appearance in the Big 12 championship game. OSU won the Big 12 title in 2011, but the championship game was not valid that year. During the first half of the season, the third quarter followed the OSU offensive in the form of an inability to score. Running back Dominic Richardson fiddled with OSU's first offensive game, and the ball bounced into the end zone, where an OSU offensive lineman recovered it for safety. Moments later, Brennan Presley dampened a punt salvaged for a touchdown by OU's Justin Broiles. OSU was beaten 9-0 in the third quarter. More: What you need to know about the OU-OSU soccer showdown at Bedlam -yarder versus Kansas in 2013. With their second sack of the game and 45th of the season coming in the first half, OSU set the school record for Sacks up in a season. The 1983 OSU defense had 44 sacks. He surpassed the 100 tackle mark for the second time in his career. With his 11 tackles on Saturday, he now has 107 for the season and 386 for his career, placing fifth on the OSU all-time list. Oklahoma State Soccer Live Score Updates, Observations

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Sooners booted from the Big 12 title in the wild Bedlam classic

Here are five lessons learned from Oklahoma's 37:33 loss to the state of Oklahoma on Saturday. If this is the last time these two programs will play soccer against each other ... (Author: Gardener)

BedlamHere are five lessons learned from Oklahoma's 37:33 loss to the state of Oklahoma on Saturday. The last time the two programs played soccer against each other for a while will at least be remembered. Oklahoma State's 37:33 win over Oklahoma marks the Cowboys' first win over OU since 2014. The Cowboys led 24-17, then followed 33:24, ultimately killing a Caleb Williams-led desperation on the final drive off Oklahoma night after the four-point victory seal. The game consisted of 70 points scored, nearly 800 yards offensive, a kickoff return for a touchdown, a safety, two muffed punts from which Oklahoma recovered in the end zone for a touchdown, and, perhaps most predictably, controversial office. Oklahoma had been the absolute leader in the Big 12 since week 7. Now the Sooners are falling out of the top two slots in the Big 12 pretty abruptly after losing two of the last three games of their regular season. Surviving a tough effort from Texas Tech, Baylor beat the Red Raiders 27:24 earlier in the day to improve to 7-2 in the Big 12 game and put pressure on Oklahoma. The Sooners knew they were going into the game against Oklahoma State tonight, that it would win-and-you're in, lose-and-you're out. OU's loss to Baylor two weeks ago gave the Bears the tie-break. Losing 37:33 at Bedlam brings Oklahoma's streak of six consecutive Big 12 championships to an end in 2021. It also puts an end to all hopes, although the Sooners are unlikely to sneak into the college football playoffs. Oklahoma moved the offensive brilliantly in the first half, especially freshman quarterback Caleb Williams. Williams finished the first half with 14 of 21 passes for 204 yards and three touchdowns. But in the second half it came to a standstill. Oklahoma scored nine points in the final 30 minutes of the game, and they came on a safety from defense and a fumble in the end zone from the punt cover unit. Williams was kept to just 48 yards in the second half. He looked like he was doing some miracle to get Oklahoma back in a couple of times, like his 56-yard scramble on the Sooners' last ride that night. Mid-game defensive adjustments by the Cowboys pushed their collateral back and Williams struggled to find open recipients for the remainder of the game. Williams was sacked six times tonight, including a 4th and a 10, to end the game. Tonight the Sooners were on both ends. It started with Oklahoma State's Brennan Presley giving back 100 yards for the game's third touchdown of the game's Cowboys. The Sooners then got a present in the third quarter when Oklahoma State muffled a punt within its own 10-yard line and Justin Broiles of Oklahoma took it in the end zone for an easy result. That gave the Sooners a nine-point lead in a disastrous third quarter for the Cowboys. The Sooners gifted the cowboys with their subdued puntback, with Eric Gray screwing you up in almost the same spot on the field as before in the state of Oklahoma. The Cowboys scored two games later to take a lead they would not lose. There was a penalty for illegal beating at one point. The game was first flagged, the referees convened and finally decided that there was no penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. The no-call resulted in a fourth down and the Sooners had to poke. The big one came on the game's final drive from OU as they were desperate to run down the field in less than a minute with no time outs. After Williams' big 56-yarder, OU hit a first and a 10 from OK State 24. Caleb Williams went straight to the end zone looking for Jadon Haselwood, but the pass was defended by Jarrick Bernard-Converse. No flag was thrown and the Sooners flipped the ball three games later at Downs, ending the game and sealing the Cowboys' last laugh at Bedlam.

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Wake Forest, Old Dominion various success stories; Texas A&M ends the season with a bang

The Demon Deacons play for the ACC championship. The monarchs are entitled to bowl after sitting out the 2020 pandemic season. (Author: Gardener)

Wake ForestSecond year quarterback Tanner McKee finishes on his highest completion percentage (80) this season after completing 20 of 25 attempts to pass for 172 yards and a touchdown against the Fighting Irish. Stanford finished the season 3-9 overall and 2-7 in the conference. Follow Pac-12 soccer with the Pac-12 Now app. Download the Pac-12 Now app today and set notifications for Pac-12 soccer ball to make sure you don't miss a moment of the action.

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Wake Forest, Old Dominion various success stories; Texas A&M ends the season with a bang

The monarchs are entitled to bowl after sitting out the 2020 pandemic season. The aggies blow it. (Author: Gardener)

Wake ForestMichigan's Running Game and Pass Rush were fueled by a decade of frustration in one of the sport's major rivalries. Running back Hassan Haskins scored five goals, defensive end Aidan Hutchinson had three sacks and Jim Harbaugh took his first win over Ohio State when the Wolverines beat the Buckeyes 42-27. That knocks Ohio State out of the college football playoff competition and sends Michigan to the Big Ten championship game. Over in the SEC, Alabama scored a late touchdown after struggling to move the ball against Auburn's defense, then won the first overtime game in Iron Bowl history. The narrow win keeps the Crimson Tide alive for the playoffs but raises serious questions about how the offensive against Georgia's senior defense will fare. From NFL games to college sports scores, all the top sports news you need to know every day. Here are the winners and losers of the penultimate Saturday of the regular season: The win consisted of just 20 passes from quarterback Cade McNamara as Michigan relied on both lines to dominate Ohio State and regain some momentum from what has become one was one-sided rivalry. Taking the step of Hutchinson, who would win every defensive honor after a brilliant senior year, the defense held Ohio State at its worst performance on the ground since 2011. The offensive front allowed the Wolverines to line up nearly 300 yards on the ground and to increase the pace control in one of the great regular season victories in program history. Let's not look at next week's SEC championship game against Georgia and wonder what the Bulldogs defensive front will do with an offensive in Alabama that couldn't handle Auburn. Beating the Tigers 24-22 will keep Alabama in the top four of the penultimate playoff rankings and open up the opportunity to secure first place overall with a surprise against Georgia. Another plus that emerged from an ugly win was the demeanor of quarterback Bryce Young, who may have sealed the Heisman Trophy by scoring the Tigers' best shot and providing a late touchdown drive to force overtime. Oklahoma State scored the last 13 points of the game, beating Oklahoma 37-33 for a rare win in a series historically dominated by the Sooners. The win will send the Cowboys to a rematch with Baylor for the Big 12 championship game and potentially make things very interesting next Sunday should Alabama take home the SEC. If so, the playoff selection committee election could boil down to: is the unbeaten Cincinnati a better pick than the 12-1 in the state of Oklahoma? The Demon Deacons will play for the conference championship after beating Boston College at 41-10 to take down the ACC Atlantic. Quarterback Sam Hartman had his best game in weeks with 236 yards through the air, another 51 on the ground and four combined touchdowns. ODU is one of the success stories of the 2021 season after beating Charlotte 56-34 to achieve bowl eligibility. The Monarchs are the only conference affiliate that decided not to play the Conference USA Action during the pandemic. ODU is one of several teams set to play bowls after unexpectedly successful regular seasons. Purdue bounced back to win eight games after handling Indiana to retake the Old Oaken Bucket. Western Kentucky has won seven straight wins and will play for the Conference USA championship after defeating Marshall. Kent State won the MAC East after winning an overtime shootout against Miami, Ohio. Kentucky flashed Louisville behind 262 yards overall attack from quarterback Will Levis, winning 52-21. Michigan State defeated Penn State to win the Land Grant Trophy. Virginia Tech ended a weak year with a win over Virginia. Loss to Michigan. Lose the Big Ten East. Lose the chance of reaching the playoffs. It was a nightmare for Ohio state and coach Ryan Day undergoing rigorous scrutiny for the first time in his tenure after his team returned control of this rivalry to the Wolverines. The Aggies gave up the game-winning touchdown in less than a minute and lost 27:24 to LSU as a regular season that was supposed to bring the breakthrough of the program under Jimbo Fisher instead ends with a blow to an opponent who the string below plays off an interim trainer. This helps define the team's unevenness: A&M beat Alabama and still finished fifth in the SEC West. There's no chance UTSA will give North Texas a 45-23 win after four early fumbles and a sloppy run defense. No longer unbeaten, the Roadrunners will fall behind Houston in this week's playoff rankings, with that gap growing exponentially should the Cougars anger Cincinnati to win the American. Lose the Big Ten West. Lose the chance to participate in the conference championship game. Lose the chance to participate in the conference championship game. That does little to mitigate the sting of the 23:13 fall against Minnesota, only the Golden Gophers' second win in the streak since 2004. The Badgers finished the Big Ten's top running team by yards per game on Saturday at just 62 yards 22 bears and couldn't balance the balance with a meaningful production from quarterback Graham Mertz. The year is over for the teams that are about to kick off a long, bloody, fearful off-season. Arizona lost the Territorial Cup to Arizona State and won only once under new coach Jedd Fisch. Georgia Tech ended a year in three wins with a 45-0 loss to Georgia. Florida State made a really nice charge in the second half under Mike Norvell but got a pre-Bowl eligibility win after a 24-21 fall against Florida. This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: College Football Winners and Losers: Wake Forest, Old Dominion Various Success Stories; Texas A&M ends the season with a bang

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College football picks 2021, best model predictions for week 13

SportsLine's mockup just revealed its CFB tips and bets for Boston College vs. Wake Forest (Author: Gardener)

2021No. 18 Wake Forest (9-2) and Boston College (6-5) will compete in a conference duel on Saturday afternoon. This matchup features the strong offense of Wake Forest and the solid defense of Boston College. The Demon Deacons are third in the ACC with a total of 490 yards per game. The Eagles' defense ranks fourth at the conference, allowing 338 yards per game. A win for the Demon Deacons would secure their place in the ACC Championship Game. Caesars Sportsbook's latest Boston College vs. Wake Forest odds lists the Demon Deacons as five-point favorites. Before choosing Wake Forest vs. Boston College, be sure to check out the college football predictions and the SportsLine projection model's betting recommendations. The SportsLine projection model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. For the past over five years, the proprietary computer model has made a staggering profit of nearly $ 3,700 for $ 100 players with its top-rated college football picks against the spread. It also competes in all top-rated college football selections with a 39-25 run in week 13 of the 2021 season. Now the model has focused on Wake Forest vs. Boston College and just revealed its CFB picks and predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the range of models. Here are the college football odds and betting lines for Boston College vs. Wake Forest: * WAKE: Over is 5-0 in the Demon Deacons' last five games after a direct loss. The Demon Deacons have a solid 1-2 combination when Recipient. T. Perry is the leading pass catcher with 52 receptions for 1,031 yards and a team-strong 11 touchdown. Perry also has a team high of 93.7 yards per game. The native Florida American has covered over 100 yards in six games, including four in a row. Redshirt junior Jaquarii Roberson is second in the squad with 943 yards and 57 receptions with eight touchdowns. Wake Forest has one of the worst run defenses in the ACC. It ranks 13th and allows 213.7 yards per game. This can be a benefit to Boston College as the Eagles average 165.8 yards per game. He is fourth in the ACC with 980 yards on 194 carries with seven scores. The Pennsylvania native has stormed more than 100 meters in four games this season. Against Missouri, Garwo II had 25 carries for a season high of 175 yards and two touchdowns. Averaging 89.1 yards per game, he will have another stellar appearance this Saturday against a weak Wake Forest Run Defense. SportsLine's model is based on the sum, as both quarterbacks throw multiple touchdowns in the simulations. The model also says that one side of the spread hits over 50 percent of the simulations. You can only get the Boston College vs. Wake Forest selection of model from SportsLine. So who will win Wake Forest vs. Boston College? Head over to SportsLine now to see which side of the spread to jump on, all of the model that destroyed his college football picks and find out.

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Wake Forest wins the ACC Atlantic Division and prepares the championship game against Pitt. before

The Demon Deacons defeated Boston College and won the division for the second time ever (Author: Gardener)

Wake ForestNo. 18 Wake Forest won his second absolute title in the ACC Atlantic Division on Saturday and secured a place in the ACC Championship Game with his 41:10 win at Boston College. The Demon Deacons will play against Pittsburgh in Charlotte next Saturday night, with the winner securing a spot in a New Year's Six Bowl game. The Demon Deacons flexed their muscles all season in one of the most dangerous passing attacks in the country and showed again in the big win. Quarterback Sam Hartman threw three touchdown passes and ran for another, helping to keep the lead through the air before the offense iced the game in the fourth quarter with the roaring attack. Perry defended a seven point lead as time ran out before half time, not only giving the Demon Deacons a 24-10 lead in the locker room, but also setting a new season touchdown reception mark in the Wake Forest record books . Dave Clawson, who agreed to a contract extension this week, will be pleased with the defense's performance as he takes this team from the celebration of the moment to next week's championship game. QB Phil Jurkovec and the Boston College Offensive didn’t have a great day, drawing only 19 passing yards, two of which were interceptions, on a total of 12 attempts. The turnovers and big stops of the Demon Deacons helped suppress the competitiveness of the competition as well as the productive offensive that was pouring for points. Boston College ended the season with a 6-6 record, but after two home defeats to Florida State and Wake Forest carried a streak of two games into the bowl season. The Demon Deacons have set the pace for the ACC for most of the season, maintaining an unbeaten record well into November and remain one of the few rated teams to represent the league on the national stage. Not only did a loss to Clemson last week prevent them from winning the division, it put both the Tigers and NC State back in the mix as the division's title contenders heading into the final weekend of the regular season. If Wake Forest had lost at Boston College, it would have been a three-way battle with the Tigers and the Wolfpack, and ultimately a poorer odds against division opponents would have cost a shot to play for the ACC Championship. But beating Boston College and winning the division directly with a 7-1 record in conference play will avoid those headaches. Two of the best quarterbacks in the country face Hartman on one side and Pitt's Kenny Pickett on the other. Both players started in the top 10 in passing yards per game, in the top 11 for passing touchdowns and in the top 14 in yards per attempt at the weekend. While the ACC Championship Game may not have the same impact on college football playoffs as it has in recent years, the quality of the offensive football that is shown should be top notch. Wake Forest and Pitt only played once - in 2018 - and in fact, these two veteran quarterbacks made it to the Panthers' 34-13 win. Pickett threw 316 yards and three touchdowns, while Hartman, the team's quarterback earlier in the year, sustained an end-of-season leg injury just two games earlier. The time both Hartman and Pickett spent at the ACC made them the most decorated callers in league history, and now the conference season ends with one of them leading their team to the crown.

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# 21 Wake Forest will play for the ACC title after routing Boston College

No. 21 Wake Forest earned a spot in the championship game of the Atlantic Coast Conference by defeating Boston College 41-10. (Author: Gardener)

Boston CollegeBOSTON - Wake Forest trainer Dave Clawson had no complaints about sharing the screen on his post-game video call. "Say hello to our new friend," he said, holding up the ACC's Atlantic Division trophy after the No. 21 Demon Deacons beat Boston College 41-10 to advance to the conference title game. “We knew what was at stake. It was as big a game as we trained and played it, "said Clawson." We knew what we had to do. "Sam Hartman threw three touchdowns and ran for another on Saturday as the Demon Deacons earned the right to play Pittsburgh for the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship next weekend, which would be Wake Forest's first ACC title since 2006, and the only other time in more than a century of football to win 10 or more games "We have a game next week and our goal was to be ACC champions," said Clawson. While the state of North Carolina was hoping for a BC win that would bring the Wolfpack the division crown, the Demon Deacons left early lead 14-0 and scored the last 24 points of the game. With backups for a few final knee-downs, Wake Forest players and coaches hugged on the sideline before bringing their celebration onto the field. "It was a cool moment to share with our fans, people who have traveled or are here in Boston, ”said Hartman. "It was a great moment for Wake Forest and for our football team and the boys who have been here all year." Hartman ran out of 7 yards in the middle of the first quarter and made 14-0 with a 33-yard pass to A. It was 17:10 late in the second when Brandon intercepted Sebastian Hartman in the end zone, but BC went three and out and then Wake Forest scored on Hartman's 7-yard pass to Perry just before half-time. BC (6-6, 2-6) ran out of four threes in the second half - only interrupted by an interception. Wake Forest extended his lead with a field goal, a 3-yard run by Christian Turner to make it 34-10, and Hartman's 2-yard pass to Blake Whiteheart. Hartman made 20 of 32 passes for 236 yards and ran 11 times for 51 yards. Perry caught four passes for 81 yards and two scores. Phil Jurkovec was a 3-for-11 pass for 19 yards for a touchdown and two interceptions, but he also led the Eagles with 66 yards of rushing. Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons grabbed Clemson's streak of six consecutive titles in the Atlantic Division. They appeared only once in the ACC championship game, defeating Georgia Tech in 2006. Boston College: The Eagles lost four games in a row after Jurkovec sustained a wrist injury that was originally thought to be the end of the season. C. State also had a chance at the ACC title game that started over the weekend. The Wolfpack defeated North Carolina on Friday night to eliminate Clemson, but they needed a loss at the Wake Forest. Wake Forest doesn't want to take a big step but that could change with a win over Pittsburgh next week. The flu ran through the Boston College locker room during the week, affecting 32 players. Fifteen players, including Jurkovec, were sidelined on Wednesday, forcing the team to go for a complete fix rather than regular training. Ten players were out on Saturday, mostly backups. On BC's first possession in the second half, receiver Zay Flowers ran 73 yards on a reverse to reach the end zone, only to reset play for a blindside block from Jurkovec against defensive tackle Miles Fox. Reruns seemed to show the hit was legal, but the call cannot be verified. On the next turn Jurkovec threw a screen pass to Pat Garwo, which was originally considered a catch in BC 14, the original line of scrimmage. The game was held up while the game was being reviewed; The ball was found to have hit the ground meaning it was an incomplete pass and the ball was sighted - on BC 14.

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Wake Forest, Old Dominion various success stories; Wisconsin stung by Minnesota defeat

The Demon Deacons play for the ACC championship. The monarchs are entitled to bowl after sitting out the 2020 pandemic season. (Author: Gardener)

Wake ForestMichigan's Running Game and Pass Rush were fueled by a decade of frustration in one of the sport's major rivalries. Running back Hassan Haskins scored five goals, defensive end Aidan Hutchinson had three sacks and Jim Harbaugh took his first win over Ohio State when the Wolverines beat the Buckeyes 42-27. That knocks Ohio State out of the college football playoff competition and sends Michigan to the Big Ten championship game. Over in the SEC, Alabama scored a late touchdown after struggling to move the ball against Auburn's defense, then won the first overtime game in Iron Bowl history. The narrow win keeps the Crimson Tide alive for the playoffs but raises serious questions about how the offensive against Georgia's senior defense will fare. The win consisted of just 20 passes from quarterback Cade McNamara as Michigan relied on both lines to dominate Ohio State and regain some momentum from a one-sided rivalry. Taking the step of Hutchinson, who would win every defensive honor after a brilliant senior year, the defense held Ohio State at its worst performance on the ground since 2011. The offensive front allowed the Wolverines to line up nearly 300 yards on the ground and to increase the pace control in one of the great regular season victories in program history. Let's not look at next week's SEC championship game against Georgia and wonder what the Bulldogs defensive front will do with an offensive in Alabama that couldn't handle Auburn. Beating the Tigers 24-22 will keep Alabama in the top four of the penultimate playoff rankings and open up the opportunity to secure first place overall with a surprise against Georgia. Another plus that emerged from an ugly win was the demeanor of quarterback Bryce Young, who may have sealed the Heisman Trophy by scoring the Tigers' best shot and providing a late touchdown drive to force overtime. The Demon Deacons will play for the conference championship after beating Boston College at 41-10 to take down the ACC Atlantic. Quarterback Sam Hartman had his best game in weeks with 236 yards through the air, another 51 on the ground and four combined touchdowns. ODU is one of the success stories of the 2021 season after beating Charlotte 56-34 to achieve bowl eligibility. The Monarchs are the only conference affiliate that decided not to play the Conference USA Action during the pandemic. ODU is one of several teams set to play bowls after unexpectedly successful regular seasons. Western Kentucky has won seven straight wins and will play for the Conference USA championship after defeating Marshall. Kent State won the MAC East after winning an overtime shootout against Miami, Ohio. Loss to Michigan. Lose the Big Ten East. Lose the chance of reaching the playoffs. It was a nightmare for Ohio state and coach Ryan Day undergoing rigorous scrutiny for the first time in his tenure after his team returned control of this rivalry to the Wolverines. There's no chance UTSA will give North Texas a 45-23 win after four early fumbles and a sloppy run defense. No longer unbeaten, the Roadrunners will fall behind Houston in this week's playoff rankings, with that gap growing exponentially should the Cougars anger Cincinnati to win the American. Lose the chance to participate in the conference championship game. Lose the chance to participate in the conference championship game. That does little to mitigate the sting of the 23:13 fall against Minnesota, only the Golden Gophers' second win in the streak since 2004. The Badgers finished the Big Ten's top running team by yards per game on Saturday at just 62 yards 22 bears and couldn't balance the balance with a meaningful production from quarterback Graham Mertz. The year is over for the teams that are about to kick off a long, bloody, fearful off-season. Arizona lost the Territorial Cup to Arizona State and won only once under new coach Jedd Fisch. Georgia Tech ended a year in three wins with a 45-0 loss to Georgia. Florida State made a really nice charge in the second half under Mike Norvell but got a pre-Bowl eligibility win after a 24-21 fall against Florida.

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Wake Forest, Old Dominion various success stories; Wisconsin stung by Minnesota defeat

The Demon Deacons play for the ACC championship. The monarchs are entitled to bowl after sitting out the 2020 pandemic season. (Author: Gardener)

Wake ForestMichigan's Running Game and Pass Rush were fueled by a decade of frustration in one of the sport's major rivalries. Running back Hassan Haskins scored five goals, defensive end Aidan Hutchinson had three sacks and Jim Harbaugh took his first win over Ohio State when the Wolverines beat the Buckeyes 42-27. That knocks Ohio State out of the college football playoff competition and sends Michigan to the Big Ten championship game. Over in the SEC, Alabama scored a late touchdown after struggling to move the ball against Auburn's defense, then won the first overtime game in Iron Bowl history. The narrow win keeps the Crimson Tide alive for the playoffs but raises serious questions about how the offensive against Georgia's senior defense will fare. From NFL games to college sports scores, all the top sports news you need to know every day. The win consisted of just 20 passes from quarterback Cade McNamara as Michigan relied on both lines to dominate Ohio State and regain some momentum from a one-sided rivalry. Taking the step of Hutchinson, who would win every defensive honor after a brilliant senior year, the defense held Ohio State at its worst performance on the ground since 2011. The offensive front allowed the Wolverines to line up nearly 300 yards on the ground and to increase the pace control in one of the great regular season victories in program history. Let's not look at next week's SEC championship game against Georgia and wonder what the Bulldogs defensive front will do with an offensive in Alabama that couldn't handle Auburn. Beating the Tigers 24-22 will keep Alabama in the top four of the penultimate playoff rankings and open up the opportunity to secure first place overall with a surprise against Georgia. Another plus that emerged from an ugly win was the demeanor of quarterback Bryce Young, who may have sealed the Heisman Trophy by scoring the Tigers' best shot and providing a late touchdown drive to force overtime. The Demon Deacons will play for the conference championship after beating Boston College at 41-10 to take down the ACC Atlantic. Quarterback Sam Hartman had his best game in weeks with 236 yards through the air, another 51 on the ground and four combined touchdowns. ODU is one of the success stories of the 2021 season after beating Charlotte 56-34 to achieve bowl eligibility. The Monarchs are the only conference affiliate that decided not to play the Conference USA Action during the pandemic. ODU is one of several teams set to play bowls after unexpectedly successful regular seasons. Purdue bounced back to win eight games after handling Indiana to retake the Old Oaken Bucket. Western Kentucky has won seven straight wins and will play for the Conference USA championship after defeating Marshall. Kent State won the MAC East after winning an overtime shootout against Miami, Ohio. Loss to Michigan. Lose the Big Ten East. Lose the chance of reaching the playoffs. It was a nightmare for Ohio state and coach Ryan Day undergoing rigorous scrutiny for the first time in his tenure after his team returned control of this rivalry to the Wolverines. There's no chance UTSA will give North Texas a 45-23 win after four early fumbles and a sloppy run defense. No longer unbeaten, the Roadrunners will fall behind Houston in this week's playoff rankings, with that gap growing exponentially should the Cougars anger Cincinnati to win the American. Lose the chance to participate in the conference championship game. Lose the chance to participate in the conference championship game. That does little to mitigate the sting of the 23:13 fall against Minnesota, only the Golden Gophers' second win in the streak since 2004. The Badgers finished the Big Ten's top running team by yards per game on Saturday at just 62 yards 22 bears and couldn't balance the balance with a meaningful production from quarterback Graham Mertz. The year is over for the teams that are about to kick off a long, bloody, fearful off-season. Arizona lost the Territorial Cup to Arizona State and won only once under new coach Jedd Fisch. Georgia Tech ended a year in three wins with a 45-0 loss to Georgia. Florida State made a really nice charge in the second half under Mike Norvell but got a pre-Bowl eligibility win after a 24-21 fall against Florida. This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: College Football Winners and Losers: Wake Forest, Old Dominion Various Success Stories; Wisconsin stung by Minnesota defeat

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