Beat UCF, 30-16
Temple continues to be, quite possibly, the best Group of 5 team in the country. Sure, UCF is maybe the worst team in America, but Temple just keeps winning. This one came under weird circumstances, as the Owls trailed the Black Knights by two heading into the fourth quarter. Behind a pair of 20+-yard rushing touchdowns by Jahad Thomas, the Owls put 16 points during the final period. Temple is No. 22 in the AP poll. Not bad.
Up Next: @ ECU (4-3)
Lost to Central Michigan, 51-14
Buffalo stood no chance against Central Michigan's high-powered offense, as the Chippewas accrued 463 yards of total offense against the Bulls. Buffalo shot itself in the foot with four turnovers and a terrible job converting on third down (just 3-for-13), and once it fell behind early, it stood no chance – the halftime score was 37-7.
Up Next: vs. Ohio (5-2)
Beat Indiana, 55-52
There really aren't any words to accurately sum up how batshit insane this game was. Rutgers outscored Indiana 22-0 in the fourth quarter and kicked a field goal as time expired to win. I'll just screenshot the scoring drive chart thing, since that sums it up better than I could.
There are no words for this, other than Indiana went full Cleveland sports. Never go full Cleveland sports. Anyway, congrats to Rutgers. Now you get the Buckeyes.
Up Next: vs Ohio State (7-0)
San Diego State (4-3)
Beat San Jose State, 30-7
Look out, San Diego State is suddenly getting really good. Its defense was stifling in its win over San Jose State, as it held the Spartans to an insane 148 yards of total offense. The crazy thing was 75 of those yards came on SJSU's lone scoring drive. As for the offense, Maxwell Smith was efficient – 10-for-14, 144 yards and a touchdown – while Donnell Pumphrey was a monster, as he ran 20 times for 152 yards and a score.
Up Next: vs. Utah State (3-3)
Beat Bucknell, 21-14
Here was the lede from ESPN's recap of this game: "You could describe Army and backup quarterback A.J. Schurr with the same terms on Saturday: hobbled, sometimes ugly, but victorious." That seems...not good. After facing a 14-7 halftime deficit, Army scored once in the third quarter and once in the fourth to knock off Bucknell. Schurr threw for 100 yards and ran for another 99, scoring all three of the team's touchdowns (two on the ground, one on the air). Still, you'd, uh, expect that the Black Knights would do a little better at home against a 3-3 FCS team.
Up Next: @ Rice (3-3)
Lost to Rutgers, 55-52
See the Rutgers section, but my god, I feel so bad for Indiana. Which is weird, because they're our most bitter rivals.
Up Next: @ Michigan State (7-0)
Ohio State (7-0)
We're not talking about this.