2013 rivalry weekA lot of things happened this weekend in college football and I’d like to get to as many as possible, so hold on to your keyboard tight, this is your quick hits for week 14.

#2 Ohio State University @ Michigan – Final Score: 42-41

This one was so much closer than I, or most other people predicted. The Wolverines played out of their minds and looked a bit like the team from 2011. Quarterback Devin Gardner put up 451 yards and threw 4 touchdowns on the day, but what really kept the Wolverines in the game was that Gardner didn’t throw an INT. Although Braxton Miller was kept to only 133 yards in the air, he ran for 153 yard along with RB Carlos Hyde who had 226 yards on the day. Over the course of the game, the teams threw punches back and forth and the game was lost when the Wolverines unsuccessfully attempted a 2 points conversion after scoring with 30 seconds left. With the victory, Ohio State survives Michigan and moves on to play the Michigan State Spartans in the Big Ten Championship next weekend.

#2 Florida State @ Florida – Final Score: 37-7

This was no shocker to anyone. Florida State is one of the best teams in the nation. This is what happens when they take on an in-state rival a terrible years. I don’t want to take anything away from FSU’s win, they certainly could have looked past this game to the ACC championship game, but instead they completed their regular season with a flawless 12-0 record.

#13 Oregon @ Oregon State – Final Score: 36-35

For two high powered offenses, this game was a little weak. I was hoping for total points to be above 100. Either way, this game featured the most ridiculous combination of uniforms ever to take the field. It looked like a video game, with bright orange on one side and green/neon yellow on the other side. I guess I admire the state of Oregon for peacocking for the rest of the nation, I wonder what they’ve got planned next.

 

Texas Tech @ Texas – Final Score: 16-41

After a very rough start, Mac Brown has corralled his Longhorns into a position for a Big 12 championship. By beating Texas Tech, Texas is one of three teams with 7-1 conference records and sit tied for first place in the Big 12. All they have to do is beat Baylor next week and hope that Oklahoma can beat OK St. A win over Baylor would also mean Texas will have swept all the major Texas football schools on their schedule, which raises the questions on why the state of Texas doesn’t have it’s own football conference.

San Jose State Spartans beat Fresno State Bulldogs#16 Fresno State @ San Jose State – Final Score: 52-62

Fresno State dropped a close one to rival San Jose State on Saturday and dropped off the map for the BCS. On the bright side, this game offered the seasons’ second highest point total at 114; the only game to have a high total points was Baylor/West Virginia with 115 points. This game also featured a combine 1,382 total yards. Both teams had over 500 yards of passing each. Even more surprising, despite 95 passes being thrown, 75 were complete and only 3 were picked off. Obviously, this was a pretty competitive game with both teams scoring almost every time they touched the ball. I’m sure the Fresno State Bulldogs are going to be disappointed they’ll miss out on a BCS opportunity, but I would imagine they have to be pleased with the season.

#9 Baylor @ TCU –  Final Score: 41-38

Baylor’s high scoring offense went missing in the 4th quarter to make this game exciting. After missing a field goal early in the 4th, Baylor’s offense couldn’t manage to stay on the field beyond 3 downs. TCU was able to cut the 10 point lead to 3 after Casey Pachall found a wide open David Porter in the end zone. TCU was driving again and looked as if they would score until safety Terrell Burt grabbed a deflected ball out of the air in the end zone and put an end to TCU’s comeback. With the win, Baylor sits at the top of the Big 12 along with Oklahoma State and Texas. To win the Big 12, Baylor has to beat Texas and hope OK State loses to Oklahoma next week.

#21 Texas A&M @ Missouri – Final Score: 21-28

Completing their second regular season in the SEC, Mizzou managed to stave off the Johnny Manziel, win the SEC East division, and earn a spot in the SEC championship game on Saturday. The Tiger defense played well and kept Johnny Football to a season low 216 total yards. They also managed to keep him 1 touchdown. The Aggies struck first blood and scored on their second drive of the game and it wouldn’t be until late in the second quarter when the Tigers evened the game at 7. That tie didn’t last because a minute later Manziel connected Darel Walker to take the lead. The third quarter was all Tigers as they forced Texas AM to punt twice and managed to score on the ground and in the air to go up 21-14. Texas AM drove the length of the field to score again and tied the game up at 21, but the Tiger defense held the Aggies to 3 and outs for the final 3 Aggie possessions of the game. Mean while, with three and a half minutes, rb Henry Josey ripped a 57 yard run and the Tigers took the lead one last time.

#1 Alabama @ #4 Auburn –  Final Score 28-34

Finally, this was premier match up of the weekend. It’s really all that I wanted to see. Will Alabama have another undefeated season or will it falter and allow a SEC opponent to ruin the party? Well, just like 2011, the party was ruined. Unfortunately for Alabama, it is a little to late in the year to rebound in the polls with a few quick wins. The 2013 Iron Bowl is the most significant game in the history of the rivalry. It has seen two top 5 teams face off, but this is the first time a #1 has met another top 5 team. This in-state rivalry between Alabama and Auburn tips slightly in Alabama’s favor, as they hold a 42-35-1 record, but as most rivalry games go, anything can happen. Auburn came into the match with as strong a run game as anyone had this year, and continued to run through the Alabama defense for almost 300 yards. Despite that monumental effort, Auburn only managed to tie the score against Alabama with 30 second left in the game. What follows is inexplicable, I don’t believe it could have been imagined any more far fetched. Bama runs out of time and kicks a field goal for the win with a back up kicker. The kick is short, and is caught in the end zone by Chris Davis and run end-to-end to win the game. See it yourself below:

 

What a great week of football.