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    导出博客文章We knew chaos would show its big, beautiful face in college football once the
    calendar flipped to November.We figured it would return during the final week of
    the regular season, when No. 1 Alabama played No. 9 Auburn in the Iron Bowl, No.
    3 Michigan played No. 5 Ohio State in The Game, and No. 4 Washington played No.
    23 Washington State in the Apple Cup.But if weve learned anything about the
    worlds greatest sport during the past 100 seasons or so, its that chaos returns
    when we least expect it.Saturday was supposed to be a ho-hum day for the top
    College Football Playoff contenders. Each of the top three teams in the CFP
    rankings -- Alabama, Clemson and Michigan -- was favored by more than three
    touchdowns. No. 4 Washington was a 7?-point favorite over No. 20 USC at home.It
    looked like another opportunity for the last remaining unbeaten FBS teams to
    pile up style points and move a step closer to securing one of the four spots in
    the playoff.Yeah, right.For only the second time in the history of the AP top
    25, No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 each lost on the same day during the regular season.
    The last time it happened was Oct. 19, 1985, and Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has
    the dubious distinction of being involved in both of them.First, Pittsburgh
    stunned No. 2 Clemson 43-42 at Death Valley on?Chris Blewitts?48-yard field goal
    with six seconds left. The loss was Clemsons first against an unranked opponent
    in 46 games and also ended its 21-game home winning streak, which was the
    longest in the FBS.Shortly after the Tigers fell, USC bullied Washington in a
    26-13 win in Seattle, ending the Huskies 12-game winning streak. Trojans
    freshman Sam Darnold threw for 287 yards with two touchdowns and upstaged
    Heisman Trophy candidate Jake Browning, who was harassed by USCs defense all
    night. After losing three of their first four games, the Trojans have won six in
    a row.And then finally, unranked Iowa, which lost 41-14 at Penn State last week,
    stunned Michigan 14-13 at home. Freshman Keith Duncan kicked a 33-yard field
    goal as time expired to give the Hawkeyes their first victory over a top-five
    ranked opponent in six years. Iowas last win over a No. 2-ranked Michigan team
    was a 12-10 victory on Oct. 19, 1985, when Harbaugh was the Wolverines starting
    quarterback. Iowas Rob Houghtlin kicked a 29-yard field goal as time expired to
    beat the Wolverines that day.How unlikely were Saturdays dramatic events?
    According to ESPNs Football Power Index, there was only a 5 percent chance that
    at least two of the four remaining unbeaten teams would lose and a 0.3 percent
    chance that at least three would fall.Is college football not the greatest thing
    in the free world? USC coach Clay Helton said. Unbelievable.Most unbelievable is
    that the surprising outcomes probably wont affect the CFP selection committees
    rankings all that much when theyre released Tuesday night. All of the previously
    unbeaten teams that lost are still in position to win their respective
    conference championships, which carries a lot of weight with the committee.About
    the only certainty we know is that defending national champion Alabama will
    remain No. 1 after blasting Mississippi State 51-3. The teams that lost for the
    first time will fall in line somewhere behind the Crimson Tide.Washington coach
    Chris Petersen summed it up best after the Huskies loss to the Trojans, saying,
    [When] guys are looking down the horizon, they get hit right between the
    eyes.And theres a good chance that our old friend chaos is out there somewhere
    waiting to do it again.Playoff teams after Week 111. Alabama: The Crimson Tide
    won twice, cruising to a 51-3 rout over Mississippi State and then winning the
    SEC West title after Auburn lost 13-7 at Georgia. Alabama plays FCS foe
    Chattanooga next week, then closes the regular season against rival Auburn at
    home in the Iron Bowl on Nov. 26.2. Ohio State: By defeating then-No. 10
    Nebraska and Maryland by identical 62-3 scores the past two weeks, the Buckeyes
    became the first team in 30 seasons to score at least 60 points and give up
    fewer than 10 in consecutive conference games. The last three teams to pull off
    the feat -- Oklahoma in 1986, Michigan in 71 and UCLA in 54 -- went on to win
    conference championships.3. Michigan: The Wolverines fell from the unbeaten
    ranks with a 14-13 loss at Iowa. They can probably still reach the CFP if they
    beat Indiana (home) and No. 5 Ohio State (road) in their last two regular-season
    games and then win the Big Ten championship game.4. Clemson: The Tigers stunning
    43-42 loss to Pittsburgh at Death Valley was their first home defeat since
    falling to Florida State in 2013. But ESPNs Football Power Index still gives the
    Tigers a 94 percent chance to win the ACC Atlantic and an 80 percent chance to
    win the ACC. As long as it doesnt lose again, Clemsons still very much alive in
    the CFP race.Next four in contention1. Louisville: After another slow start, the
    Cardinals dominated Wake Forest in the second half of a 44-12 victory at home.
    After trailing 12-3 at the half, the Cardinals scored 34 points in the final
    10:35. The Cardinals have to bounce back quickly for Thursday nights trip to
    Houston, before closing the season at home against rival Kentucky on Nov. 26.2.
    Washington: The Huskies 26-13 loss to USC in Seattle doesnt knock them out of
    the CFP race, but it sure raised some concerns about whether theyre still the
    best team in the Pac-12. As long as Washington wins its last two games against
    Arizona State (home) and No. 23 Washington State (road), and then wins the
    Pac-12 championship game, it will have a good chance of being one of the four
    teams in the playoff.3. Wisconsin: The Badgers remained in control of the Big
    West by crushing Illinois 48-3 at home. Tailback Corey Clement ran for 123 yards
    and three touchdowns, and the Wisconsin defense intercepted Illinois quarterback
    Jeff George Jr. four times. The Badgers play at Purdue next week and then host
    Minnesota in a regular-season finale that might decide the division title.4.
    Penn State: The Nittany Lions get the nod over Oklahoma for now because of their
    24-21 win over Ohio State on Oct. 22. They won 45-31 at Indiana and should
    cruise in their final two games against Rutgers (road) and Michigan State
    (home). If Penn State wins out, Ohio State cant win the Big Ten East. But if
    Michigan wins out, the Wolverines claim the division title.Heisman candidates1.
    Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville: For the first time this season, Jackson actually
    looked human in the first half against Wake Forest, before leading the Cardinals
    to a 44-12 victory. He completed 14 of 26 passes for 145 yards with one
    touchdown, and ran 22 times for 153 yards. It was his lowest passing total and
    fewest touchdowns in a game this season.2. Jalen Hurts, QB, Alabama: After
    Washingtons Jake Browning and Clemsons Deshaun Watson struggled, maybe its time
    to give the Alabama freshman some serious consideration. In the rout of
    Mississippi State, Hurts became the first Tide quarterback to pass for 300 yards
    and run for 100 in a game, completing 28 of 37 passes for 347 yards and running
    11 times for 100. It was his fourth 100-yard rushing performance, most in a
    season by an Alabama quarterback, and he tied another school single-game record
    with five touchdowns (four passing and one rushing).3. Dede Westbrook, WR,
    Oklahoma: Westbrook had four catches for 88 yards with two touchdowns in the
    Sooners 45-24 win over Baylor, giving him 14 touchdown catches in 10 games,
    which is one shy of the Sooners single-season record. Each of his 14 touchdown
    catches and 1,100 of his 1,254 receiving yards have come in the past seven
    games.4. DOnta Foreman, RB, Texas: Foreman ran for 167 yards on 35 carries in
    the Longhorns 24-20 loss to West Virginia, his 11th consecutive game with more
    than 100 rushing yards, tying Earl Campbells school record and extending the
    longest active FBS streak. Foreman has 758 rushing yards with five touchdowns in
    his past three games.Best momentsTweets of the nightBest playsWorst playsQuotes
    of the night1. Everythings hard on me. Going gray. Losing hair. Getting fat. You
    name it. Its hard. Its fun, too. Ima go enjoy it. -- West Virginia coach Dana
    Holgorsen after his teams 24-20 win at Texas.2. Its one of the things weve been
    wanting to do is try to develop some confidence in the passing game, and
    obviously he was able to do that very well today. He got the ball to some of our
    playmakers down the field and they had opportunities to make big plays. --
    Alabama coach Nick Saban on freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts.3. We always joke
    about the offense, that you want to be good up the middle, and we were missing
    all three -- the center, the quarterback and the b-back. Those guys filled in.
    Since Ive been coaching football, I dont know if I ever started three true
    freshmen on the offensive line, especially on the road. Someone forgot to tell
    them they were freshmen, they just went out there and played. -- Georgia Tech
    coach Paul Johnson, after the undermanned Yellow Jackets upset No. 14 Virginia
    Tech 30-20 on the road.4. I cant worry about that, and I really dont worry about
    that. I have a really good group of guys and I know they are going to play for
    me. -- Texas coach Charlie Strong, on his job security after the Longhorns fell
    to 5-5.Stats that matter1. 112: The longest regular-season winning streak in
    NCAA history ended Saturday when Division III John Carroll upset Mount Union
    31-28, ending the Purple Raiders 112-game winning streak. Mount Union hadnt lost
    in the regular season since falling to Ohio Northern on Oct. 22, 2005. The
    Purple Raiders are 222-1 in their past 223 games dating to 1994.2. 443: Kentucky
    rushed for 443 yards in its 49-36 loss at Tennessee, its highest rushing total
    in a game since it ran for 446 against Tennessee Tech in 1951. The Wildcats
    became the first FBS team to lose a game this season when rushing for 400 yards
    or more; teams were 30-0 when doing it before Saturday.3. 127-0: After losing to
    Michigan State 49-0, Rutgers has been outscored 127-0 by the two Big Ten teams
    from Michigan (the Wolverines defeated the Scarlet Knights 78-0 on Oct. 8). It
    was Michigan States first Big Ten win, and Nov. 12 is the latest the Spartans
    have won their first conference game since going winless in Big Ten play in
    1958.4. 45: Alabamas 51-3 win over Mississippi State was the 45th game in which
    Nick Saban coached the No. 1-ranked team in the AP top 25 poll (hes 40-5 in such
    games). His total tied Bobby Bowden and Woody Hayes for the most in major
    college football history.
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    playing out the option year of his contract with the Lions in 2014, and he again
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    James van Riemsdyk. "Its still the same cranky Phil. RALEIGH, N.C. -- A loss
    forced North Carolina State to re-evaluate itself. One of the Wolfpacks key
    conclusions: They cant afford another one this week.N.C. State looks to move on
    from its loss at East Carolina on Saturday night when Old Dominion visits.The
    Wolfpack (1-1) are coming off a mistake-filled 33-30 loss to the Pirates in
    which they allowed 445 total yards, let them complete more than 75 percent of
    their passes and flubbed a series of special-teams plays.We watched that, we
    corrected that and were going to turn everything we have over to ODU, coach Dave
    Doeren said. Im not going to sit around and dwell on the past. Weve got 10
    (games) in front of me and Im going to do everything I can to help our players
    and coaches learn from it, have a 1-0 mentality and make up for it as the season
    goes on. Thats the only thing that we can do around here.The Monarchs (1-1) were
    equally frustrated during their 31-7 loss at Appalachian State , though they
    allowed only 97 total yards in the second half. Theyll play at Carter-Finley
    Stadium for the second time in three years, and will play the Wolfpack for the
    third straight year after losing the first two meetings by a combined 84-48.This
    team can handle going on the road, Old Dominion coach Bobby Wilder said.
    Obviously, the results (have) got to be better but they can handle the
    atmosphere. Theyll handle the environment this weekend. ... They love it, theyre
    up for the challenge. They know were going to be huge underdogs going into this
    game but theyre excited to play.---Some things to know about the Old
    Dominion-N.C. State game:WOLFPACK OFFENSE: N.C. State certainly showed its new
    offense can move thee ball, with QB Ryan Finley throwing for 254 yards and a
    touchdown last week.dddddddddddd The Wolfpack have gained at least 500 total
    yards in both games with new coordinator Eli Drinkwitz. Old Dominion could test
    them, only allowing 361.5 total yards per game.PLAYMAKERS: Its no secret N.C.
    State wants to get the ball to RB Matt Dayes and FB Jaylen Samuels. Dayes ranks
    third in the Atlantic Coast Conference with 241 yards rushing while Samuels has
    four touchdowns this season -- three rushing, one receiving. Thats made Finleys
    transition to the Wolfpack that much easier. A guy makes plays like that, youve
    got to get him the ball as much as you can, Finley said of Samuels.LAYING DOWN
    THE LAWRY: Old Dominion RB Ray Lawry has rushed for 100 yards in both games,
    including a 119-yard effort against Appalachian State, and has breakaway speed
    once he gets through the line . He should provide a strong test for an N.C.
    State defense that is giving up 105 yards per game on the ground.ODU VS. POWER
    FIVE: Since the Monarchs restarted their program in 2009, they have yet to beat
    a team from a power conference and are 0-6 against teams from the Atlantic Coast
    Conference. Theyve come close, though, losing by nine points at Pittsburgh in
    2013 and by 12 in their previous visit to N.C. State. They basically know, we
    dont have anything to lose, were not expected to win, Wilder said. But what I
    want our guys thinking ... is `Lets go make history, lets go do something
    special.---OnlineAP College Football website: www.collegefootball.ap.org
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