Connor Cook and Michigan State rolled into the Big Ten title game with their most emphatic win of the season. Cook threw three touchdown passes in his return from a shoulder injury, and the sixth-ranked Spartans wrapped up a division title with a 55-16 rout of Penn State on Saturday.
Elijah Hood and T. J. Logan ran for touchdowns in a dominating first quarter as No. 11 North Carolina beat North Carolina State 45-34 on Saturday. Logan scored on runs of 42 and 40 yards, while Hood had a 39-yard run of his own before scoring from a yard out in that 35-point avalanche for the Tar Heels (11-1, 8-0 Atlantic Coast Conference, No.
Derrick Henry ran 46 times for 271 yards and Adam Griffith kicked five field goals to propel No. 2 Alabama to the SEC West title with a 29-13 victory over rival Auburn on Saturday. Griffith emerged as an Iron Bowl hero for the Crimson Tide (11-1, 7-1 Southeastern Conference) two years after his last-play attempt touched off the Tigers' winning Kick-Six play.
It's Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving when Americans take a brief respite from stuffing their faces with turkey to stampede into stores to take advantage of what appear to be great deals. But it's a mistake for shoppers to think they're somehow winning at the cost of the retailer.
OK, maybe there are too many bowls. Losses by Kentucky, Minnesota, Illinois and others on Saturday meant there will not be enough six-win teams with .500 records to fill a record 40 bowls. At least two teams with a 5-7 record will be in the postseason, and maybe as many as five.
Cody Kessler threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score, and Southern California clinched the Pac-12 South title with a 40-21 victory over No. 22 UCLA on Saturday in the 85th edition of their crosstown showdown. Darreus Rogers and Taylor McNamara caught TD passes while the Trojans (8-4, 6-3 Pac-12) scored 20 consecutive points in the second half before raising the Victory Bell in the frenzied Coliseum.