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Week 12 at College attended the confrontation of the Shamrock series at Yankee Stadium, a monumental fuss in Stillwater and more.
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Technically, Ohio State remains alive in search of college football playoffs. Buki's faint grip on a place in conversation Survived the best shot of Maryland, with 52-51 overtime forever not sealed until Teryrins Tyrrell Pigrome missed an open team member in the end zone on what was already deciding on two conversion points.

Wins are college football champions, as in all sports, and the Buckeyes will take what they can get in what was the most serious season of the urban illustrator era. With victory, OSU continues into the winner of next Saturday, taking every match with the Michigan rival – this game will decide on the Big Ten Ten Division and send the winner one step closer to the national final.

It is hard to imagine the Ohio State locates the type of performance required to defeat what is clearly the best Michigan team since the return of Jim Harbaugh to the show in 2015. The defense of the Wolverines, stingy as always, has been added to a rare addition: Shay Patterson, A legitimate quarterback at the NFL level. This is the first for Michigan under Harbaugh, at least.

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This will be the game of the week in college football, and for a good reason. The question: Which group should feel the pressure?

It's easy to say Ohio State, which has cobbled together 10 victories around a foul defense offense that replace blasts with inconsistencies. In what will be an amazing twist based on the recent history of this rivalry, Buckeyes may be underdogs on their home field against the hated Wolverines.

But the pressure is really on Michigan, which remained unbeaten in the Big Ten to play with a 31-20 victory Saturday against Indiana. Harbaugh has yet to hit the Ohio State since taking over his Alma Mater; When the thrust has come to push, the Buckeyes have more inside the tank.

The pressure is on Harbaugh and Wolverines that if not now – if not against this specific Ohio State group, with a certain Michigan team – then when? The pressure is only increased by the fact that Michigan, unlike the OSU, is almost certainly in the national semi-finals with a victory against Buckeyes and a victory against Northwestern in the Big Ten game.

Here are the other winners and losers of Saturday:

Winners

Central Florida

UCF just keeps winning, the last wind blowing past Cincinnati in a committed game as a confrontation between the two best teams from the five group. Well, the pregame charge was half right. Cincinnati is not a bad team, if not really as good as the Berkces' 9-2 record offers.UCF is simply a very good team, not only the best from the American Athletic Conference but again likely again the top team of non-major conferences.

Texas

Toping Iowa State 24-10 gives Texas eight wins in the regular season For the first time since the Mac Brown era, along with the loss of Virginia West to Oklahoma State, Longhorns has the right on the precipice of reaching Big Game 12. The overall victory alone has made the Tom Herman's second season for success. Getting into the title game is another milestone.

State of Florida

This is not the season fans admire the state of Florida hoped from Willie Taggart's debut, but a 22-21 victory against Boston College may provide a kind of boost to Taggart and the Seminoles should build towards 2019. The Eagles' coating also brings FSU one step closer to save On the college bowl's longest bowl, although it requires a win against Florida next week in a meeting rivalry.

Pittsburgh

The Panthers captured the ACC Coastal Division with a 34-13 win at Wake Forest. Now a 7-4 overall 6-1 league play, Pittsburgh was one of the success stories of the second half of the season. And as a reward? Greetings, Pittsburgh: Clemson will wait in early December. No matter what happens in the ACC header game, it was a great season for the Panthers and coach Pat Narduzzi, who erased any doubts about his ability to pick up the program into the six year bowl controversy.

Nebraska

9-6 slugfest with Michigan State marked a fourth victory in Nebraska in five attempts after a 0-6 start, with one stback loss 36-31 in Ohio State. The progress was clear and unquestionable: Scott Frost has the Cornhuskers storming into the offseason behind the young actors of the donors. Look for Nebraska to be one of the trendy teams of offseason.

State of Utah

Aggies won a thriller in Colorado State 29-24 to switch to a 10-1 title next matchup next week with Key Boys State. Utah State 10-game winning streak on the heels of a loss to the Michigan state to open the year has this program in the midst of the most regular season in its history.

The Citadel

Bulldogs were tied 10-10 with a mighty Alabama in half. The final score was 50-17. But who cares? The fortress scored 10 more points in 30 minutes against Alabama than LSU and Mississippi combined state. Bulldogs should take a team photo on the field in half.

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The losers

Syracuse

The neutral site with Notre Dame provided Syracuse with an opportunity to create national noise and secure a place in the New Year's bowl. Instead, Orange's strong offense ran only three points and put no fear into what was designed to be an exceptional defense of Notre Dame.

Illinois

You'd laugh if it was not painfully sad. Illinois paid coach Bobby Smith an unclear amount of money – six years at $ 21 million – in March 2016, at a time when no other program in the country even Smith was on its list of candidates for a potential opening. The results have been un-sailing since the beginning, but Saturday was something out of the staggering charts: Iowa beat the Illini 63-0 to match the worst margin of defeat in its history. The last time Illinois lost 63 points was at the University of Chicago in 1906.

Louisville

Another week, another ugly sight from the cardinals. Story of the week: North Carolina State dropped 52 points and 518 yards of victory foul 42 points. The first was that Louis had lost without Bobby Petrino, who had been shot last week, and better to lose without Petrino. And the best news? Louisville is one game closer to closing the miserable season.

West Virginia

The playoff hopes of "Mountaineers" ended in a 45-41 loss to Oklahoma State, and if you think it hurts to consider the halftime score: 31-14 in favor of West Virginia. Ouch. To make matters worse, the Mountaineers are now hard in place in terms of reaching the Big 12 Championship game. Victory next week against Oklahoma should ensure a big bowl, but this is the best West Virginia can hope for in 2018.

Virginia Tech

The Hawks dropped to 4-6 after a loss of 38 – 14 to Miami (Florida), who scored 21 points in the third quarter to steer clear of a game that looked like he could have gone anyway in half. What to say about hockey? The national perspective of this team was built on the back of a victory against the state of Florida in the opener, which is quickly revealed meaningless. With so many personnel losses of the offseason and a series of injuries on both sides of the ball, perhaps a losing finish should not be too surprising.

UConn

Hasidim lost 55-21 to East Carolina. Not much to add here.

Southern California

The clock ticks on USC coach Clay Hutton, whose team sits 5-6 after a dreadful loss to the UCLA team yet to rebuild under first-year coach Kelly Kelly. The two fan bases have the same thought: If Kelly is hitting the USC now, in his first season, will the Trojans ever win the Bruins again? There is doubt about Hutton's ability to maintain the USC as the dominant team in Los Angeles, not to mention a team capable of winning a national championship, which is why he may be training for his role in the next non-stop meeting with Notre Dame.

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