Week 12 was hyped to be a great day of college football with three ranked matchups that should all be pretty close games. Two of the three lived up to that hype. Outside of the big games, only one ranked team fell this weeked yet again. Liberty fought their way to an 8-0 record but N.C State was favored in the game. Most saw this “upset” coming.
We start off in the noon slate as Ohio State jumped out to an early lead led by a 21 point second quarter. The Ohio State defense was tested but employed a bend but don’t break philosophy in the first half. Indiana made it into Ohio State territory three times but only came away with seven points en route to a 28-7 halftime score. Tom Allen made great adjustments at halftime as his Hoosiers came up with big play after big play on the Buckeye secondary. Michael Penix Jr. threw for five touchdowns, four of which came in the second half. Indiana had the ball twice with a chance to tie the game but the Buckeye defense was able to get a few stands; not allowing Indiana to get into their side of the field.
In the typical ugly Big 10 game of the day, Northwestern showed that they are legit, taking down top 10 Wisconsin 17-7. If you had your Big 10 bingo board by your side, you could mark off nine punts in a row, three interceptions by one of the quarterbacks, and five turnovers for one team. The storyline going into the week was that Northwestern had not faced an offense like Wisconsin. Graham Mertz showed his age as he struggled all day reading the coverage from the Wildcats. A first quarter touchdown was all the Badgers could find. Northwestern now looks to make it through a soft schedule of Michigan State, Minnesota, and Illinois to make it to the Big 10 title game.
Bedlam under the lights turned out to be much of the same from previous years as Oklahoma jumped on the Pokes early on the way to a 41-13 victory. Much has been said about the Oklahoma State defense leading the way in the Big 12 and the OU players had to hear about it all week long. They showed up early and often, getting an interception and a three an out in the first two possessions. Spencer Rattler took advantage throwing for two touchdowns and running for another on those three possessions. Spencer Sanders was knocked out of the game early in the first half and never looked the same after coming back in. I’m still a little frustrated at him not being able to punch the ball in the endzone on the last possession to hit the over. After a rough start to the season, the Sooners now control their own destiny in the Big 12.