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October 28, 2013

Opponent week in review

Temple (1-7): L 59-49 at SMU
AP ranking: N/A
This week: at Rutgers

Temple looked poised for its first American Athletic Conference victory, leading SMU 28-7 in the second quarter and 35-21 in the third. Then the Mustangs raced to 21 unanswered points as quarterback Garrett Gilbert threw for 538 yards and four touchdowns. Gilbert also rushed for 97 yards and two touchdowns.

Temple's defense collapsed, but the offense totaled 593 yards and committed only one turnover. Robbie Anderson paced Temple with 239 receiving yards.


Michigan (6-1): Bye
AP ranking: Rose one spot to No. 23 while idle
This week: at No. 24 Michigan State


Purdue (1-6): Bye
AP ranking: N/A
This week: vs. No. 4 Ohio State


Michigan State (7-1): W 42-3 at Illinois
AP ranking: Re-entered the poll at No. 24
This week: vs. No. 23 Michigan

Illinois led 3-0 after the first quarter, gaining 53 of its 128 total yards on its opening drive. From that point on, Michigan State dominated the Illini. Spartan quarterback Connor Cook had a touchdown-to-incompletion ratio of 3-to-1, and running back Jeremy Langford added two scores on the ground.


Oklahoma (7-1): W 38-30 vs. No. 10 Texas Tech
AP ranking: Rose to No. 13, up four spots from a week ago
This week: Bye

Facing its toughest test yet, Oklahoma earned a passing grade. Shutting down the Texas Tech offense was never a likely proposition, so the Sooners out-gunned the Red Raiders, gaining 526 total yards. With 277 of those yards coming on the ground, Oklahoma held the ball for 34:15.

Sooners head coach Bob Stoops put a premium on fresh legs in the running game with four different ball carriers getting at least eight attempts and gaining more than 40 yards.


Arizona State (5-2): Bye
AP ranking: Re-entered the poll at No. 25
This week: at Washington State on Oct. 31


USC (5-3): W 19-3 vs. Utah
AP ranking: N/A
This week: at Oregon State on Nov. 1

Playing in a sparsely-filled stadium against the only team to knock off Stanford this season, USC convincingly won a defensive showcase. Combined, the two teams rushed for 101 yards and converted nine of 32 third-down attempts.

Utah's four turnovers proved to be the difference, leading to 13 Trojan points. Su'a Cravens returned an interception 54 yards to set up a field goal seconds before halftime to make it a 13-point USC lead. Receiver Nelson Agholor had six catches for 97 yards and a touchdown.


Air Force (1-7): L 45-10 vs. Notre Dame
AP ranking: N/A
This week: vs. Army

Air Force remains winless against FBS-level opponents after the Irish drubbing. Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees threw as many incompletions as he did touchdowns (five).


Navy (4-3): W 24-21 vs. Pittsburgh
AP ranking: N/A
This week: at Notre Dame

Navy scored 17 fourth-quarter points to top the Panthers, including a last-second 30-yard field goal from kicker Nick Sloan. The Midshipmen averaged 4.7 yards per carry on their way to 220 rushing yards, compared to only 105 passing yards.

Even though Pittsburgh held the ball for eight more minutes than Navy, the Panthers managed a mere 13-yard advantage.


Pittsburgh (4-3): L 24-21 at Navy
AP ranking: N/A
This week: at Georgia Tech

Pittsburgh quarterback Tom Savage had an efficient afternoon against Navy, completing 20-of-27 passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns, one each to Devin Street and Tyler Boyd. Yet the Panther offense never clicked on all cylinders against the Midshipmen.

Pittsburgh may need to start worrying about bowl eligibility, with two of its five remaining games coming against top-25 BCS teams and two more games on the road.


BYU (6-2): W 37-20 vs. Boise State
AP ranking: Third amongst those receiving votes, which is the equivalent of the No. 28 position
This week: Bye

BYU quickly put the game out of Boise State's reach, holding a 24-3 lead at halftime. The Cougars displayed a balanced attack against the Broncos, throwing for 339 yards and rushing for 229 more.

The BYU defense kept pace with the explosive offense by forcing four turnovers.


Stanford (7-1): W at 20-12 at Oregon State
AP ranking: Rose two spots to No. 6
This week: Bye

Typically, when facing one of the nation's most-dynamic offenses on the road, Stanford would grind out a victory by relying on a hefty time of possession. Against Oregon State, the Cardinal held the ball for a mere 21:27, yet still limited the Beavers to 288 yards, including 17 on the ground.

Running back Tyler Gaffney provided all of Stanford's scoring with three rushing touchdowns and 145 yards on 22 carries. Meanwhile, quarterback Kevin Hogan completed just 8-of-18 passes for 88 yards.


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