There are a lot of sports cliches - a lot of them happened this weekend. (Source: College Press Box)
(RNN) – Style points, bulletin board material, last-minute stunner, blowouts, making a case, statement win.
These tired sports clichés were in effect Saturday, as the No. 3 Florida State Seminoles (8-0, 6-0 ACC) won by double digits in primetime again, defeating the No. 7 Miami Hurricanes (7-1, 3-1 ACC) 41-14.
Florida State now has three wins over ranked teams (Maryland, Clemson and Miami), and beaten them by a total score of 155-28 in 2013. Signature win - take your pick! Alabama and Oregon, the two teams ranked above them in the Associated Press and BCS polls, are the only ones that could claim such success, and will be able to match them next Saturday.
In comparison of the No. 2 and 3 teams in the country, the Seminoles are slightly better than the Oregon mighty Ducks in many statistical categories, including passing yards, points for and points against.
So if numbers never lie and "statement wins" matter, will the Seminoles' win propel them past Oregon in the rankings this week? If strength of schedule is important and the quarterback role is most important position on the field, is Florida State better than Oregon?
Clichés can't answer this question, but the Seminoles' three wins against ranked opponents make them the most feared team in the country right now.
Week 10 winners
Ohio State - A butt-whooping is a butt-whooping right? The No. 4-ranked Buckeyes (9-0,5-0 Big Ten) scored early and often against the Purdue Boilermakers (1-7, 0-4 Big Ten), who wished Drew Brees was their quarterback again.
OSU quarterback Braxton Miller was a solid part of the 640 total yards of total offense, going 19-of-23 for 233 yards, four touchdowns and one interception in their 56-0 win. The Big Ten may be down as a whole, but Ohio State keeps on rolling. NEXT UP: at Illinois on Nov. 16.
Clemson - Being used as a punching bag by Florida State would take the wind out of anyone, but not No. 8 Clemson (8-1, 6-1 ACC). Since the Tigers already have one signature win – the season-opening home win against Georgia – Clemson can do nothing more than keep playing good football.
The Tigers did exactly that Saturday, defeating lowly Virginia (2-7, 0-5 ACC) 59-10. Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd had a career-making day: he passed current San Diego Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers with the most touchdowns accounted for in ACC history. He is currently at 116 touchdowns and counting. NEXT UP: vs. Georgia Tech on Nov. 14.
Other week 10 winners: No. 25 Notre Dame defeated Navy 38-34; No. 22 Michigan State beat No. 21 Michigan 29-6; No. 17 Northern Illinois beat UMass 63-19 to go 9-0; No. 18. Oklahoma State defeated No. 15 Texas Tech 52-34; Colorado lost to No. 20 UCLA 45-23; No. 3 Florida State beat Miami 41-14 in primetime; No 24. Wisconsin beat Iowa 28-9; No. 16 Fresno State defeated Nevada 41-23.
Week 10 losers
Michigan – Three factors that are never good for a ranked team: 1.) losing on the road, 2.) losing to a ranked conference opponent and 3.) losing to your bitter in-state rival.
That's precisely what the offensively hapless Michigan Wolverines (6-2, 2-2 Big Ten) did against the Michigan State Spartans (8-1, 5-0 Big Ten), losing 29-6 in East Lansing. The Wolverines only managed 168 yards of total offense, and -48 yards rushing thanks to seven sacks.
No, that's not a typo; the Wolverines couldn't hang with the Spartan front seven, who manhandled quarterback Devin Gardner and the Michigan offensive line. NEXT UP: vs. Nebraska on Nov. 9.
Other week 10 loser: No. 3 Florida State beat No. 7 Miami 41-14 in primetime; No. 18. Oklahoma State defeated No. 15 Texas Tech 52-34.
Week 11 game of the week: No. 2 at No. 5 Stanford, 9 p.m. EST on ESPN – As the girls on the west coast would say, "like, duh."
A better game would be No. 10. Oklahoma at No. 6 Baylor, 7 p.m. EST on Fox Sports 1. With both teams making a run for Texas in the Big 12 standings, this matchup will be a shootout; Baylor (7-0, 4-0 Big 12) leads the nation in passing yards, and is top 10 in rushing yards (7th), points for (63.9 per game) and points against (6th with 15.9 per game).
Lest we forget: Aren't you glad your last name isn't Pelini this week? - It took a last-ditch, but successful, effort on a Hail Mary pass to keep Nebraska Cornhuskers' head coach Bo Pelini out of the hot seat (cliché, it's so hard not to do) for one week at least. But, for the little that Nebraska has accomplished – being a bit more than mediocre – Bo isn't the Pelini who made headlines this week.
Carl Pelini, Bo's older brother, resigned as the head coach of the Florida Atlantic University Owls this week. The resignation, effective immediately, came after Carl confronted allegations of drug use, a clearly written no-no in his contract. FAU defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis was also accused of drug use.
According to the Associated Press on Friday, two people, including a member of Pelini's coaching staff, signed sworn and notarized affidavits that admitted "the football coach [Pelini] was seen using marijuana and cocaine" in the last 12 months, and as recent at Oct. 19. The affidavits, which The USA Today obtained, were a part of the FAU athletic association's investigation of the allegations.
Carl, who was in his second year as the FAU Owls head coach with a 5-15 record, and was beginning the 2013 season 2-6 before his resignation. His last job was as his brother's defensive coordinator at Nebraska in 2011. He might be headed back to Lincoln to look for work, and FAU might attempt to recoup some of his annual $472,500 salary.
FAU (3-6, 2-4 CUSA) was unfazed by the drama - the Owls defeated Marshall on Saturday, 34-17.
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