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Riding the fences – Week 12

Photo: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports



Each week HornSports will take a look back at the national scene in college football, so mount up and let’s ride out and check the perimeter.


Texas flopped to a 23-21 loss to Iowa State in Ames. The Cyclones kicked a field goal as time expired and sent the Longhorns home with a loss, their third in the last five games.

Rutgers scored a touchdown against Ohio State for the first time in four years, but that didn’t stop the Buckeyes from rolling to a 56-21 victory. Ohio State has steamrolled its way to 10-0 with every win being by at least 24 points.

Georgia beat Auburn 21-14 in a mostly unremarkable game. Of note, Auburn quarterback Bo Nix ran for a touchdown and it was the first rushing touchdown that UGA has allowed this season.

LSU quarterback Joe Burrow passed for 489 yards in a win over Ole Miss. Burrow, the clear favorite to win the Heisman Trophy, already holds seven school records.

Georgia Southern smashed Louisiana Monroe 51-29. In the process, the Eagles scored a touchdown in all three phases (offense, defense, special teams). It is the third time GSU has completed the trifecta this year.

Ugh-lternate uniforms: Courtesy of Iowa’s helmets, and Iowa State’s uniforms, the state of  Iowa made a strong run at the weekly title. But UNC took home the prize with an early bid on Thursday night with their ridiculously bad helmets, featuring a giant foot and the tarheel as the ear hole.

Don’t look now but Michigan is throttling teams – Jim Harbaugh has his team rolling. After destroying in-state rival Michigan State 44-10 on Saturday, Michigan has now only committed one turnover in the last 3.5 games.

Alabama rolled to another easy SEC win, but may have lost in the process…their starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was carted off field at the end of the second quarter. With their former backup, Jalen Hurts, now playing for OU, the Tide must turn to redshirt sophomore Mac Jones.

Utah dominated UCLA, 49-3. Saturday was the fourth time this season that the Utes have not allowed a touchdown.

A week after one of the biggest wins in school history, Minnesota fell on the road at Iowa, 23-19. To advance to the Big 10 Championship Game, the Gophers are now in a must-win situation when the face Wisconsin in Week 14.

Whether you call it a collapse or a comeback, Oklahoma beat Baylor 34-31. The Sooners were 21 points behind at the half and trailed 28-3 at one point. In the comeback, all kinds of records were broken – Saturday’s triumph by OU was the largest comeback win in school history.

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