2018 College Football Week 13 Scores: The Closing Argument
Face your rivals.
The 2018 College Football Week 13 Scores: For fans who found Week 12 boring. We did not, but we rarely find college football boring.
Rivalry Week is historically a big “moving week,” to borrow part of a golf term for the day when the contenders and pretenders separate themselves. College football’s contenders are becoming clear, and those who will not be in the College Football Playoff also make more sense now. Here, we will go into as many of these games as possible without delay.
2018 College Football Week 13 Scores: Major Results
#1 Alabama 52, Auburn 21. Nothing else to say about Alabama that has not already been said, including “Who the hell is going to beat them?” If it’s anyone, it’s Clemson, as it was for certain not Auburn. Tua Tagovailoa threw five touchdown passes and Jalen Hurts also threw one on his only pass attempt of the game. Auburn made this a game early but Alabama wore down the Tigers and cracked the game open in the second half.
#10 Ohio State 62, #4 Michigan 39. Ohio State wrecked Michigan to win the Big Ten East, advance to the conference championship, and end Michigan’s College Football Playoff hopes. Dwayne Haskins is a star and if the Buckeyes streak all the way into the playoff, he’ll be the guy the other team needs to stop.
#6 Oklahoma 59, #13 West Virginia 56. In a hostile environment with the division on the line, Oklahoma (and the next winner down on this list) did what Michigan could not: win. The football flew in Morgantown, West-By-God Virginia, and despite Will Grier’s superb game, Kyler Murray and the Sooners prevailed. In case you were wondering, the offensive statistics were as video-game absurd as you expected: 1,372 total combined yards.
#16 Washington 28, #8 Washington State 15. The Cougars, leading the way through the Pac-12 North hunt, could not deliver in the Apple Cup. This cost them the division title and any chance of contending for a College Football Playoff bid. At 9-3, this season was a bit less than what the Huskies expected, but they still have a chance to get to the Rose Bowl. Myles Gaskin is a big part of the reason why.
#3 Notre Dame 24, USC 17. The start of the game was not pretty, but Notre Dame showed themselves to be the better team by persevering to a 24-17 win. This gets them to 12-0 and all but confirms their position in the College Football Playoff.
2018 College Football Week 13 Scores: Quick Hitters
#18 Mississippi State 35, Ole Miss 3. The Rebels laid an egg in the Egg Bowl, fittingly.
#9 UCF 38, South Florida 10. Today in “Pyrrhic Victories,” the Knights won the game, but they lost their quarterback to a horrible injury. (Link: ESPN)
#14 Texas 24, Kansas 17. The Horns are off to the Big 12 title game; meanwhile, let the Les Miles era begin in Kansas.
#20 Syracuse 42, Boston College 21. The Orange shook off last week’s clunker against Notre Dame, while the Eagles lost their third straight.
#2 Clemson 56, South Carolina 35. Clemson is one win away from clinching a playoff berth after handling their in-state rivals.
#22 Texas A&M 74, #7 LSU 72 (7OT). You read that right: it was a seven-overtime game. Highest-scoring FBS game ever and tied for the longest FBS game ever. LSU was not going to make the playoff, anyway, but they got hosed a few times. Still, both teams had MANY chances to win and one did eventually.
#25 Iowa State 42, Kansas State 38. A wild comeback for the Cyclones means Bill Snyder is not going to a bowl.
#5 Georgia 45, Georgia Tech 21. The Bulldogs did not look past Tech, setting up a gigantic SEC championship game next week.
#11 Florida 41, Florida State 14. Florida could get to a New Year’s Six bowl, but the end of FSU’s bowl streak is the story. This is their first non-bowl season since 1981, and their first losing season since 1976, the latter Bobby Bowden’s first season. (Yes, they vacated some wins in the 2000s, but the games happened.)
#12 Penn State 38, Maryland 3. An easy win for the Nittany Lions means Maryland will not be bowling this year, either.
#15 Kentucky 56, Louisville 10. An atrocious 10-loss season for the Cardinals comes to an end, but rival Kentucky is staring a 10-win season in the face.
#19 Northwestern 24, Illinois 16. Sayonara, Lovie Smith? (Link: Chicago Sun-Times)
Miami 24, #24 Pittsburgh 3. It took them until Game 12, but Miami actually beat someone this season.
#17 Utah 35, BYU 27. The Utes closed a big early deficit to win the Holy War.
#23 Boise State 33, #21 Utah State 24. The Broncos are back on top of the Mountain West.
2018 College Football Week 13 Scores: The Big Winner
We had options, including the Ohio State Buckeyes, who responded after an ugly win last week, and Alabama, who could be this team every week. Instead, we went with Oklahoma. Why? For one thing, with Michigan’s demise, they are the next likely conference champion up to take the Wolverines’ playoff spot. Second, they secured their spot in the Big 12 title game with a huge win in West Virginia. The Sooners are one of the most fun teams in college football.
2018 College Football Week 13 Scores: The Big Loser
A couple weeks ago, you were our big winner. Now, Michigan, you are the big loser. You had everything in front of you: a Big Ten title, the College Football Playoff, and a defeat of your hated rivals in Columbus. Instead, you received an embarrassing loss that ended your national and conference championship designs. All Michigan had to do was beat Ohio State to finish what they started, and they soiled themselves spectacularly with the cameras rolling. Rivalry Week was a disaster for the Wolverines.