Hard to believe that another college football regular season is just about come and gone. This is why I try to tell myself whenever that first full week of action rolls around in late August/early September to savor it, because it’ll be gone in a flash, and we’ll be back to our long, cold, offseason doing whatever it is that we do when there’s no CFB on.
Speaking of which Let’s see how Penn State’s former foes (and bros down in Starkville) seasons are finishing out...
Last Seen: The Vandals completed their 2019 campaign in epic fashion, winning a 60-53 overtime thriller at Northern Arizona.
Up Next: The offseason has arrived, as Idaho’s record was not good enough to make the FCS playoffs. They will next play on September 5th, 2020 at home against the Western Oregon Wolves.
2019 Record: 5-7
Last Seen: Clinching bowl eligibility last Wednesday against Toledo.
Up Next: Da Bulls host Bowling Green this Friday in their final regular season tilt.
2019 Record: 6-5
Last Seen: Exiting light, entering night, and taking someone’s hand off to Never-Never-Land en route to a 28-0 shutout loss at Virginia Tech.
Up Next: The Fightin’ Narduzzis will shoot for win No. 8 on the year when they host Boston College this Saturday.
2019 Record: 7-4
Last Seen: Allowing Nebraska to take a whole month’s worth of frustration out on them, losing 54-7 on a rainy Senior Day at Maryland Stadium.
Up Next: Mike Locksley’s first season in College Park as head coach mercifully comes to an end this Saturday at Michigan State.
2019 Record: 3-8
Last Seen: Putting up a valiant effort at Wisconsin, even leading for a brief moment in the second quarter, before Jonathan Taylor at the Badger offense bowled over them, en route to a 45-24 defeat.
Up Next: With a losing record and bowl-less season now guaranteed, the Boilers will try to end the season on a high note with a win at home over their arch-rivals Indiana this Saturday.
2019 Record: 4-7
Last Seen: Beating Illinois at home, 19-10 in a defensive slugfest of a game that saw the Hawkeyes’ kicker Keith Duncan nail four field goals to carry the team, scoring-wise.
Up Next: A trip to Lincoln on Black Friday to take on a Nebraska team seeking its sixth win and an opportunity to extend their season.
2019 Record: 8-3
Last Seen: Delivering a decisive win at Indiana, 39-14. After falling behind 14-7 in the early going, the Wolverines rattled off the game’s final 32 points, thanks in large part to Shea Patterson’s whopping five TD passes for 366 yards.
Up Next: “The Game” against Ohio State this Saturday. The Wolverines will seek their first win in this historic rivalry since 2011.
2019 Record: 9-2
Michigan State Spartans
Last Seen: Handling their business in New Jersey but blanking Rutgers, 27-0.
Up Next: Sparty goes home for its season finale against Maryland. Take care of business against the other Big Ten program in total freefall, and they will be spending their holiday season somewhere other than East Lansing.
2019 Record: 5-6
Minnesota Golden Gophers
Last Seen: The Gophers steadied the boat in Evanston, defeating Northwestern 38-22.
Up Next: PJ Fleck’s crew returns to Minneapolis, where they will welcome ESPN’s College Gameday for the first time in school history, as they host Wisconsin for all the Big Ten West marbles this Saturday.
2019 Record: 10-1
Last Seen: Getting waxed at home by Michigan, 39-14.
Up Next: #9WINDIANA still remains a possibility, but only if they first beat Purdue in West Lafayette this Saturday.
2019 Record: 7-4
Ohio State Buckeyes
Last Seen: Jumping out to an 21-0 advantage against Penn State and seeing that lead suddenly evaporate to 21-17, which meant they had to actually try to play football later into the second half. Ultimately, a beautiful TD strike from Justin Fields to Chris Olave early in the fourth quarter along with some stellar defense led by Chase Young helped OSU preserve a 28-17 victory and clinch the Big Ten East for the third consecutive season.
Up Next: Ryan Day will experience his first-ever game against Michigan as head coach, when the Buckeyes travel to Ann Arbor this Saturday. A loss would not derail their playoff hopes, since all they need to do at this point is win the Big Ten Champoinship game against either Minnesota or Wisconsin, but for Day’s sake, it’s best he keeps the eight-year win streak alive.
2019 Record: 11-0
Mississippi State Bulldogs
Last Seen: Waxing Abilene Christian 45-7, in their annual weekend-before-Thanksgiving Southern Conference sacrificial lamb game. On-again, off-again starter Tommy Stevens threw for a pair of TD’s while true freshman on-again, off-again backup Garrett Shrader also added a TD pass of his own.
Up Next: JoeMo’s squad gets the honor of hosting Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl on Thanksgiving night. Hopefully, by the time you wake up from your turkey-induced slumber on the couch, you will catch them earning their sixth win and clinching bowl eligibility.
2019 Record: 5-6