Keeping tabs on the biggest scores and highlights from Week 8 of the 2017 NCAA football season
As we pass the midway point of the 2017 season, business — as they say — is about to pick up. The slate of games on Saturday may not be tremendous all day long, but a pair of top 25 matchups in the evening will certainly make headlines across the world of sports. That’s all assuming there are a rash of upsets in the early part of the schedule, which is certainly possible considering some of the showdowns we have ahead of us.
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Predictions, schedule and scores
Oklahoma State 13, Texas 10 — Box score
Tennessee at Alabama — CBS —
UCF at Navy — CBSSN — LIVE GameTracker
Oklahoma at Kansas State — FOX — LIVE GameTracker
USC at Notre Dame — 7:30 p.m., NBC —
Michigan at Penn State — 7:30 p.m., ABC —
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Oklahoma on upset alert at Kansas State
Oklahoma is on the ropes, again. The Sooners trail at halftime for the first time this season with a 21-10 deficit at Kansas State. Outside of an early score, Oklahoma’s offense hasn’t been able to finish drives. K-State has done an excellent job of controlling the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. On offense, the Wildcats have been lethal in the run game with Alex Delton, who has the perfect combination of speed and patience. Through 30 minutes, he has 138 yards and two rushing touchdowns.
Miami’s defense has four interceptions already
So much for the Orange building off their upset over Clemson. If Syracuse is going to get two big wins in a row, it needs to rebound from a rough start. Quarterback Eric Dungey had four first-half interceptions against Miami. Now, it’s a matter of playing catch up as the Orange are exchanging touchdowns for field goals. Miami leads 20-6 in the third quarter in a game in which the gap feels larger than it actually is.
Michigan State locked in a low-scoring battle with Indiana
The Hoosiers are always going to play tough, and Michigan State is finding that out firsthand in a 3-3 tie. Outside of running back LJ Scott, there just hasn’t been much working for the Spartans’ offense. Can Indiana pull off the road upset? The Hoosiers were awfully close to beating Michigan in Week 7.
Louisville skates past Florida State on a last-second field goal
Louisville survived a furious comeback by Florida State and kicked a go-ahead field goal with only seconds remaining to beat the Seminoles 31-28. Lamar Jackson was his usual self with 334 yards and two touchdowns, leading the final drive following a James Blackman fumble for Florida State. The good news for Florida State is the offense was able to generate enough points to stay with the Cardinals. Long term, though, Florida State could struggle to make a bowl game if it has to get into higher-scoring games. The Seminoles are now 0-3 at home to start the season for the first time since 1974.
Iowa State is a surprise team in the Big 12 title race
One of the surprising scores from the early games was Iowa State’s 31-13 win at Texas Tech, highlighted by this one-handed pick-six by the Cyclones’ Marcel Spears’ Jr. Iowa State is now 5-2 and 3-1 in Big 12 play. That’s the Cyclones’ best start since 2002. ISU has a brutal schedule the rest of the way, however. It starts in Week 9 against TCU and follows up with games against West Virginia, Oklahoma State, Baylor and ends with Kansas State. No game — not even Baylor — is a guaranteed W. Still, Iowa State is on track for a bowl appearance and Matt Campbell is emerging as one of the biggest coaching names in the game.
#BrohmsAway alert in Piscataway
Say this for Purdue coach Jeff Brohm: He’s arguably the most entertaining play caller in college football. Though the Boilermakers fell to Rutgers 14-12, this fake flea-flicker by running back D.J. Knox went for a huge 41-yard gain that eventually put the offense on the board. However, that was about the best offense Purdue executed all day in a loss to Rutgers.