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The 9 craziest things that happened in Week 11 of the college football season

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The 9 craziest things that happened in Week 11 of the college football season

The game of the week, neigh, the century took place on Saturday in Tuscaloosa between Alabama and LSU and it did not disappoint.  College football, however, is about so much more than just the biggest game of the week.

Here are the nine craziest things that happened in Week 11 of the college football season.

LSU finally beat Alabama

Alabama had not lost at home in the last 31 games and had not lost to LSU for eight straight. That all came to an end on Saturday with LSU's 46-41 win over the Crimson Tide. It looked like we were headed for a blowout in the first half when the Tigers took a 33-13 lead into halftime, but Nick Saban doesn't get blown out so of course Alabama rallied to keep things close and likely keep their playoff hopes alive.

But all of that will be discussed ad nauseam in the coming weeks. This is LSU's moment as Ed Orgeron let everyone know (WARNING: this link contains the tyep of language you would expect from a football locker room).

Minnesota stays undefeated by beating an actual good team

Let's look at the first four games of Minnesota's schedule this season:

  • 28-21 win over South Dakota State
  • 38-35 win over Fresno State
  • 35-32 win over Georgia Southern
  • 38-31 win over Purdue

Somehow, this team is still undefeated. Credit head coach P.J. Fleck as obviously Minnesota has improved as the season has gone along. Now the Golden Gophers are 9-0 after beating No. 4 Penn State in a game in which they never trailed. If Minnesota beats Iowa next week, then it may be time to talk to your kids about an undefeated Minnesota.

Baylor-TCU score no touchdowns in regulation

Baylor improved to 9-0 on the season with a 29-23 win over TCU despite not scoring a touchdown for 60 minutes. The Bears were shutout in the first half, the Horned Frogs were shutout in the second. Both teams kicked three field goals to tie the game at 9 and force overtime. The game went to triple overtime as Baylor scored three touchdowns and TCU scored two. Ironically, neither team was forced into taking a field goal in overtime.

Ohio State breaks out a trick play against...Maryland?

Already up 14-0 in the first quarter, Ohio State dialed up an onside kick which they ran to perfection.

It was a beautiful play made possible by flawless execution and some great scouting to notice that hole in Maryland’s coverage.

But was this really an opponent in which Ohio State needed to empty its bag of tricks against? No. No it was not.

Yes, the Terps hung tough with Ohio State last year, but it was very clear in the first quarter that this year was going to be different and that the runaway freight train that is the Buckeyes was going to crush Maryland.

The Buckeyes won this game by 59 points. They didn’t need to show off a trick play for all of their upcoming opponents to now plan for.

Maryland commit decommits during Maryland beatdown

Three-star offensive line prospect Jordan White committed to Maryland in March. He decommitted on Saturday.

I don't know why White decommitted, how long he had been thinking about this or why he chose that moment to announce that he was decommitting. What I do know is that the Tweet happened to come during the Maryland-Ohio State game, a game in which the Terps were getting taken to the woodshed. Read into that what you will

Illinois pulls off another crazy win beating Michigan State after Dantonio gets dreaded vote of confidence

If I was an AD, I would never publicly express any confidence in any coach ever. Nothing good can come of it.

Michigan State athletic director Bill Beekman  told the Lansing State Journal on Friday that replacing head coach Mark Dantonio "is not even a discussion." The next day, the Spartans blew a 28-3  lead to lose to Illinois at home.

It should be said that any team that wears this monstrosity as the Spartans did Saturday, deserves to lose:

They did not wear the neon pants and went with the dark green instead, which certainly helped, but these are still total garbage.

Clemson gets bored

Let's be real, Clemson is the only good team in the ACC at this point. That's just a sad fact. After beating Texas A&M on Sept. 7, their schedule is pretty close to just one long bye into the ACC Championship Game. No one wants to admit it, but they're bored so Dabo Swinney is livening some things up.

In another meaningless game on Saturday, the Tigers drubbed NC State 55-10, but starting guard John Simpson scored one of the Tigers' touchdowns, lining up at running back for a 2nd-and-goal opportunity on NC State's 1.

On Clemson's final touchdown of the game, James Skalski lined up to take the extra point. Why is that significant? Because Skalski is a starting linebacker. He missed the extra point. These are the kinds of things you do when you know your team is bored with the season.

No word yet on how the selection committee will respond to Clemson winning by only 45 instead of 46.

Arkansas loses to Arkansas transfer quarterback

Arkansas is 2-8 and has not won an SEC game since Oct. 2017. How could things get any worse for an Arkansas team that is 2-8 without an SEC win since Oct. 2017? That eighth loss this season came in a blowout against Western Kentucky on Saturday. It can't possibly get worse than that for an Arkansas team that is 2-8 without an SEC win since Oct. 2017 and that was blown out by Western Kentucky on Saturday, could it? Oh, yes it could as WKU quarterback Ty Storey is actually an Arkansas transfer who left after losing his starting job in 2018. He scored three total touchdowns against the Razorbacks with 213 passing yards and 77 rushing yards.

Pac-12 refs award penalty to wrong team

Pac-12 refs get a bad rap because they are terrible. Just in case you didn't know that, the conference confirmed as much on Sunday suspending a referee for what it called a "Mechanics Error." In reality the referee called a penalty on the wrong team.

Virginia Tech spoils halftime lead, falls to No. 10 Duke

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Virginia Tech spoils halftime lead, falls to No. 10 Duke

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Tre Jones was pleased that when No. 10 Duke fell behind early at Virginia Tech, the Blue Devils showed composure and gradually worked their way back.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski was glad he had Jones to lead the way.

“They follow his lead,” Krzyzewski said after Jones scored 10 of his 15 points in the second half as Duke rallied to beat the Hokies 77-63 Friday night.

On a team with many prominent freshman, the sophomore point guard said seeing his teammates respond in the right way was “huge for us tonight just like on Tuesday" when the Blue Devils won 87-75 at Michigan State. “Another big road game. A big crowd. In past years we've struggled here.”

Freshmen Vernon Carey Jr. and Wendell Moore Jr. added 12 points each for the Blue Devils (9-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who had lost three in a row in Cassell Coliseum. They used runs of 12-2 just after halftime and 12-3 a short time later to take command after trailing for almost the entire first half.

“We played an outstanding 18 minutes in the second half,” Krzyzewski said, “although I'll say this: We played an outstanding 12 minutes in the first half to stay in the game.”

P.J. Horne scored 15 points to lead the Hokies (6-3, 1-1), who lost their third in a row and ended their three-game home winning streak against the Blue Devils. Wabisa Bede and Tyrece Radford added 12 points each.

The Hokies made 10 of their first 14 shots and led by 12 early, but Duke slowly climbed back. The early 12-2 run in the second half gave them their first lead, 50-47, since the opening minute. After Virginia Tech pulled even at 52 on Horne's 3-pointer with 11:10 remaining, the Blue Devils scored 12 of the next 15 points and gradually pulled away.

Jones had four in that latter burst, which ended with the Blue Devils ahead 62-55.

“Tre Jones is so disruptive. He's made great progress with his game offensively but he is a mean dude defensively,” Hokies first-year coach Mike Young said.

BIG PICTURE

Duke: The Blue Devils came in averaging seven 3-pointers and had three by the time Carey scored his first point (9:24 into the game) and six by halftime. Virginia Tech had 10 field goals before the game was 10 minutes old, and it took Duke 15 minutes to make 10 shots. Five of them were 3s, though, to keep the score close.

Virginia Tech: Landers Nolley II is the Hokies' leading scorer (20 ppg) and is second on the team in assists. He had three first-half assists, each time feeding a teammate for an easy lay-in when the defense came toward him. But Nolley had an otherwise pedestrian night, finishing with seven points, eight rebounds, four assists and nine of their 14 turnovers. He also was called for a flagrant foul with the Hokies trailing 66-57 with 4:34 to play.

“I think they got up under his chin, and I didn't think he handled it very well,” Young said.

STREAK ENDS

Carey arrived on a streak of seven double-doubles but played just 15 minutes and grabbed only five rebounds as Duke went with a smaller lineup.

UP NEXT

The Blue Devils don't play again until Dec. 19 at home against Wofford.

The Hokies are at home against next Wednesday against Chattanooga.

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Howard football coach Ron Prince resigns amid investigation into verbal abuse allegations

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Howard football coach Ron Prince resigns amid investigation into verbal abuse allegations

Ron Prince resigned from his position as head coach at Howard University on Friday. Prince had been on administrative leave since November after allegations of verbal abuse and mistreatment of players.

“Coach Ron Prince has resigned as head coach of Howard’s football program, effective immediately,” Howard athletics director Kery Davis said in a statement to ESPN. “The university and Coach Prince have agreed to mutually part ways. A national search for a replacement will begin immediately."

The allegations came to light after HBCU Gameday reported that Davis received a letter from a parent with the accusations against Price. The university put Price on administrative leave and launched an investigation into the matter.

Four Howard players joined the transfer portal in October, the most notable being quarterback Caylin Newton, the brother of former NFL MVP Cam Newton. Prince joined Howard after the 2018 season and has had 17 players enter the transfer portal during his tenure.

Price's previous experience includes coaching in the NCAA for Rutgers University and Michigan University, and in the NFL for the Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars and Indianapolis Colts. He was the head coach at Kansas State from 2006-08. 

Howard assigned interim responsibilities to director of football operations Aaron Kelton, who will continue on in that role until a new coach is hired.

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