It’s rivalry week, folks.
While plenty of fans have been waiting all year for matchups like The Game and the Iron Bowl, college football’s penultimate regular-season week wasn’t too shabby. Some giants survived scares and other storylines took sideways turns.
MARYLAND TESTS MICHIGAN
Maryland, which became bowl-eligible by taking down Nebraska last week, gave Michigan a serious run for its money. The Wolverines escaped with a 31-24 victory and will host Ohio State with an unscathed record. Michigan fans even stormed the field at SECU Stadium to celebrate the program’s 1000th win.
Michigan fans are running onto the field to join the team to celebrate win No. 1,000 as Maryland PA booms, “visiting fans stay off the field!” pic.twitter.com/KkaKX7DvpG— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) November 18, 2023
Side note: it makes zero sense how Maryland can play Ohio State and Michigan really close every year and then just get blown out by Penn State— Penn State Talk (@PSURecruitTalk) November 19, 2023
Words I never ever thought I’d say:— Caroline (@_supcaroline) November 18, 2023
COME ON MARYLAND
Michigan players and coaches arrive for today’s game at Maryland. Lot of “Michigan vs. Everybody” shirts and at least one “Free Harbaugh.” pic.twitter.com/6epXHQlagI— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) November 18, 2023
WASHINGTON STILL ATOP PAC-12
Washington is beating the Pac-12 cannibalization allegations this year as the Michael Penix Jr.-led Huskies continue to stack impressive wins. A 22-20 victory over Oregon State is just their latest resume booster, and they pulled it off amid terrible conditions.
This Oregon State/Washington game is the exact kind of beautiful mess that the 38-degree and rainy night demands.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) November 19, 2023
Winner in this Oregon State-Washington game: the weather— Dana O'Neil (@DanaONeilWriter) November 19, 2023
not sure what was better… the bold play call or the celebration from Penix— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) November 19, 2023
PENIX & ODUNZE CONNECT AGAIN— PFF College (@PFF_College) November 19, 2023
Things are getting weird in Washington vs. Oregon State, thanks, in part, to some sloppy weather conditions.— The Athletic (@TheAthletic) November 19, 2023
The Huskies lose the ball after the big gain.
But the Beavers would also lose a fumble two plays later.
Texas and Alabama fans hyping up Oregon State to beat Washington so there’s some space in the playoff race— J.D. PicKell (@jdpickell) November 17, 2023
DUKES NO LONGER UNDEFEATED
Despite an electric atmosphere in Harrisonburg and a College GameDay visit, James Madison could not keep its undefeated season alive. Appalachian State did what it does best and played spoiler to a Cinderella season, toppling the Dukes 26-23 in overtime.
This is why College Gameday needs to go to other places besides Athens and Tuscaloosa. pic.twitter.com/WjEYthpGa2— Big Game Boomer (@BigGameBoomer) November 18, 2023
Appalachian State upsets No. 18 James Madison 26-23 in OT. JMU immediately files NCAA appeal that OT shouldn't count & regulation tie should be considered a win for the home team— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) November 18, 2023
APPALACHIAN STATE, HAS STUNNED THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL WORLD (REMIX) pic.twitter.com/OIsN5jmhrT— Colton Denning (@Dubsco) November 18, 2023
UCLA FLEXES IN BIG TEN MATCHUP
In what may have been Caleb Williams’ last game in the Coliseum, the Trojans crumbled. UCLA came out firing and pulled off an impressive 38-20 as rumors of Chip Kelly getting the ax continue to swirl.
UCLA taking advantage of the USC defense. 14-0!! pic.twitter.com/LPFggxXcP6— Sickos Committee (@SickosCommittee) November 18, 2023
This image is eerily similar to the recent days under Clay Helton.— Tarek Fattal (@Tarek_Fattal) November 18, 2023
With more than 9 minutes to play and USC trailing UCLA 38-13, fans are filing out of the Coliseum. pic.twitter.com/uvDk9Krj7r
Caleb Williams shows great sportsmanship as he shakes hands with UCLA players pic.twitter.com/Z3oOBNClNc— Trojan Football (@TrojanFBx) November 19, 2023
Caleb Williams last of his team mates to leave the field.— Trojan Football (@TrojanFBx) November 19, 2023
The way he’s running in the tunnel like this …
Call me crazy.
Dude could be coming back pic.twitter.com/X9QjrnIIhB
NORTHWESTERN IS GONG BOWLING
So long, Ryan Field. Northwestern is all but officially set to move on from its nearly century-old stadium, and the Wildcats did their best to send it off right. Northwestern clinched bowl eligibility with a 23-15 win over Purdue, and fans stormed the field to pay homage to an unlikely season and their long-time home field.
Northwestern went 1-11 last year, fired their head coach about a month before fall camp, and is now bowl eligible.— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) November 18, 2023
Simply phenomenal work by David Braun this year. pic.twitter.com/f3vcmhkL7x
Purdue and Northwestern are in a Big Ten West Masterpiece. Wildcats lead 6-0 at Halftime. pic.twitter.com/q5lWiixP7W— Sickos Committee (@SickosCommittee) November 18, 2023
LAST EVER FIELD RUSH HERE AT RYAN FIELD!!! pic.twitter.com/jfiMCrLN8X— College Football Campus Tour (@CFBcampustour) November 18, 2023
Saturday COULD be the last game ever for Ryan Field in its current form. A vote on an $800 million stadium overhaul takes place on Monday. Ryan Field’s look is timeless & few stadiums remain w/ its classic feel. I’ll be there on 11/18 to showcase it, possibly for the final time. pic.twitter.com/293fCgblLL— College Football Campus Tour (@CFBcampustour) November 15, 2023