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Ohio knocks off Northern Illinois

Northern Illinois failed to clinch a spot in the MAC title game as it fell to Ohio 26-21. That opens the door for No. 24 Toledo to win the MAC West title later this week with a victory.


David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

At No. 9 in the most recent College Football Playoff rankings, Stanford is still very much alive. The easiest path to the final four appears to involve both No. 3 Oklahoma and No. 7 Baylor losing on the road this weekend. But Cardinal coach David Shaw is more interested in his own team's remaining games, the next of which comes against Notre Dame. Instead of spending my time trying to guess whats going to happen, Id rather just play our games and see what happens," Shaw said today.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Why are No. 16 Northwestern and No. 9 Stanford so far apart in CFP rankings? Northwestern beat Stanford 16-6 in the season opener. Both teams are 9-2. Record of Northwestern's opponents: 52-47. Record of Stanford's opponents: 47-55. Northwestern has losses to No. 4 Iowa and No. 10 Michigan. Stanford has losses to No. 16 Northwestern and No. 17 Oregon.

Northern Illinois fails on onside dropkick

Northern Illinois needed an onside kick to keep its hopes alive against Ohio. However, Christian Hagan went a little different by going for a dropkick, but was recovered easily by Ohio.


Ohio holds on against Northern Illinois

Northern Illinois' Tommy Fiedler hit Kenny Golladay for a late TD, but failed to recover the onside kick, giving Ohio a 26-21 win. With the result, Toledo can clinch a spot in the MAC title game with a win over Western Michigan.


Here's where the CFP stands

Oklahoma and Iowa have moved up to No. 3 and 4, respectively, as Michigan State and Notre Dame are the first two teams out.

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Domer TD caps off Bowling Green win

Matt Domer's 95-yard TD run with less than a minute left capped off Bowling Green's 48-10 win against Ball State.


Huskies score on pretty 27-yard TD

Northern Illinois cut Ohio's lead to 20-14 with this 27-yard strike to Kenny Golladay for the score. (Live on ESPNU)


Brandon Chatmon ESPN Staff Writer 

The committee preached patience with regard to the Big 12, saying the conference was saving its best games for last. Those words are coming true with tonights rankings of No. 3 Oklahoma and No. 7 Baylor representing the clear amount of respect for both teams. The third-ranked Sooners seem set to land a playoff spot, particularly with No. 11 Oklahoma State as their final test. Baylor seems in perfect position to strike if any of the six teams above them falter and Fridays road trip to No. 19 TCU providing another chance to add to the resume.

Joe Schad @schadjoe

In a year in which it scheduled Texas, USC, Clemson and GTech, that Notre Dames best wins are vs. Navy and Temple is a problem.

Dieter does it again with TD catch

With this TD, Bowling Green's Gehrig Dieter caught his 4th TD in two weeks. (Streaming live on ESPN3)


Two-Star Tuesday: Pittburgh's Ejuan Price

Pittsburgh's senior defensive end endured much in the seasons leading up to his five-sack masterpiece against Louisville last Saturday. 'Giant-man's game'

(Keith Srakocic/AP)

Gehrig Dieter catches everything

The Bowling Green WR already has a few one-handed snatches on his highlight reel. Here, he shows off the footwork on the sideline.


Huff ties things up with TD run

Northern Illinois tied things up with Ohio after a 5-yard run from Jordan Huff. (Live on ESPNU)


CFP rankings: 1-6

  • 1. Clemson
  • 2. Alabama
  • 3. Oklahoma
  • 4. Iowa
  • 5. Michigan State
  • 6. Notre Dame

Projected CFB playoff lines

If the College Football Playoff were held today, here are the projected lines from the Las Vegas Westgate Super Book:

  • Clemson -9 vs. Iowa
  • Alabama -6 vs. Oklahoma

'We had a number of revotes in the 3-6 area'

CFP selection committee chair Jeff Long said Oklahoma and Michigan State helped their cases and rose in the rankings with big wins, but that there was plenty of talk about how to rank Iowa, Oklahoma, Michigan State and Notre Dame.


Bobcats strike first with passing TD

Ohio kicked off the scoring against Northerin Illinois with this 28-yard TD pass from JD Sprague to Jordan Reid on ESPNU.


Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Also keep an eye on the Ole Miss-Miss. State winner. If Florida loses to Florida State the winner of that game could jump the Gators and knock them out of the Sugar Bowl spot. Committee would have to take top-rated SEC team behind Bama if the Tide then beats UF in the SEC title game and goes to the playoff

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Florida justly drops from 8th to 12th in the CFB Rankings after an ugly 20-14 OT win over FAU. Gators failing the eye test now and you have to wonder if they'll need help even if they beat No. 13 FSU and No. 2 Bama. Don't forget the eye test really means something. And what if Notre Dame wins out too? What if another one-loss Big 12 team takes OU's spot?

Notre Dame goes down in CFP rankings

Kirk Herbstreit, Rece Davis, Joey Galloway and Danny Kanell break down the top 4 teams in this weeks CFP rankings, which now doesn't include the Irish.


Greg Ostendorf ESPN Staff Writer 

Down year for the SEC? With Florida dropping to No. 12 after Saturday's overtime win over FAU, there is only one SEC team (Alabama) in the top 10 and just four SEC teams in the top 25.

Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer 

Wisconsin running back Corey Clement says if the NFL draft advisory board projects him as a third round pick or worse, he will return to school. Badgers RB coach John Settle told me he will advise Corey to stay because he hasn't put together a complete season. Clement has appeared in only three games while battling a sports hernia injury.

Watch: Northern Illinois-Ohio

Northern Illinois can clinch its third straight trip to the MAC title game if it can beat visiting Ohio. Both teams will be playing with backup quarterbacks tonight. Live on ESPNU, WatchESPN