We’ve reached the halfway point of the season and there are 13 unbeatens remaining. All but one suit up Saturday and are 10 playing away from home with some potential bumps in the road.
Among the challenges in the first batch of games, No. 10 Michigan tries to avoid the first loss of the Brady Hoke era when it travels to No. 19 Michigan State. The Spartans have won three consecutive games in the series.
The marquee afternoon matchup is in Austin, where No. 21 Texas tries to rebound from last week’s loss to Oklahoma and knock off No. 7 Oklahoma State.
Stay tuned to Campus Rivalry throughout the day to keep updated on all the action.
5:37 p.m.: Moving at lightning speed – it helps when nobody is throwing – Ohio State enters the fourth quarter with a 10-0 lead on No. 15 Illinois. Speaking of throwing, the Buckeyes still have not completed a pass in the game. And no, they are not running the option. Just a conservative game plan with three passes that probably has Jim Tressel applauding at home.
5:32 p.m.: And there’s the answer from Texas. Foswhitt Whitaker answers Oklahoma State’s kickoff return with his own 100-yard sprint for a touchdown. That cuts the Cowboys’ lead to 28-17 just 24 seconds into the second half.
5:29 p.m.: Quite a start to the second half for Oklahoma State. Justin Gilbert takes the kickoff halfway in his end zone and bursts through the Texas coverage all the way for a touchdown. The fourth score on a kickoff return for Gilbert in his career puts the Cowboys ahead 28-10.
5:19 p.m.: LSU tacks on a field goal right before halftime to put the Tigers ahead 17-7 at Tennessee. Curious move by Les Miles to kick from the 1-yard line on fourth down.
5:13 p.m.: Tennessee has itself back within seven of LSU on a 2-yard run by Tauren Poole. The Volunteers have actually outgained the Tigers so far. But they trail 14-7.
5:08 p.m.: Defense sets up a short touchdown drive for Ohio State. An interception of Nathan Schleehaase sets up the Buckeyes for a one-play, 12-yard drive on a run by Daniel Herron. No. 15 Illinois trails 10-0 early in the third quarter.
5:03 p.m.: Oklahoma State’s Jeremy Smith bursts through the Texas defense on fourth-and-1 and cruises into the end zone for a 30 yard touchdown with 36 seconds let in the first half. Cowboys get a big score to pad their margin to 21-10.
5 p.m.: It’s haltime in Charlottesville, and Virginia is surprising No. 12 Georgia Tech 24-14. So far, the powerful Yellow Jackets offense hasn’t found its stride for the second consecutive week.
4:55 p.m.: LSU has gone ahead of Tennessee 14-0 on Jarrett Lee’s 13-yard pass to Spencer Ware. The Tigers haven’t lit it up offensively, but they’re again doing it with defense and a solid offense.
4:50 p.m.: Texas answered with a field goal after a time-consuming drive composed of running and short passes. Dan Bailey’s 34-yard kick with less than four minutes left in the second quarter cuts Oklahoma State’s lead to 14-10.
4:45 p.m.: That was a fast-moving first 30 minutes in Champaign. Ohio State leads No. 15 Illinois 3-0 after its field goal on the game’s opening drive. The teams have combined for less than 200 yards of offense, and the Buckeyes have been sacked more times (4) than they have attempted passes (3).
4:40 p.m.: Oklahoma State converts a fourth-and-9 with a Brandon Weeden pass to Justin Blackmon. Then two plays later, the duo combines for a 15-yard touchdown play. Cowboys go ahead of Texas 14-7.
4:32 p.m.: And just like that LSU has found the end zone. Morris Claiborne intercepts Matt Simms and returns the ball 89 yards to the Tennessee 5. Jarrett Lee finds Rueben Randle for a 5-yard touchdown pass two plays later. Tigers are up 7-0 early in the second quarter.
4:28 p.m.: Ohio State has attempted one pass, but the Buckeyes defense has Luke Fickell’s team ahead of Illinois 3-0. It’s still early in the second quarter.
4:22 p.m.: It’s getting late in the first quarter and LSU is still not on the scoreboard at Tennessee. Volunteers, who also have not scores, have the ball on their 1 yard line with one minute left in the quarter.
4:16 p.m.: And we’re all even at 7 in Austin. After Oklahoma State touched a punt and Texas recovered, Malcolm Brown rumbles for a 15-yard touchdown on the next play.
4:10 p.m.: Texas is doing its part on defense as it stops Oklahoma State’s defense for the second time without a first down. Problem is the Cowboys scored a touchdown on their other possession and the Longhorns offense isn’t able to put any points on the board. It’s 7-0 after the first quarter.
4:04 p.m.: Wasn’t expecting a shootout in Champaign and the first 15 minutes have held to form. Ohio State got a field goal on the game’s first drive for all the points so far. Illinois looking to get its passing game going. Only 2 yards through the air.
3:56 p.m.: Virginia is off to a great start against No. 12 Georgia Tech. Michael Rocco’s 37-yard touchdown pass to Tim Smith has the Cavaliers ahead of the Yellow Jackets 14-0 midway through the first quarter.
3:51 p.m.: Oklahoma State converts an interception of Texas quarterback David Ash with a 1-yard run by Joseph Randle capping a 64-yard drive in five plays. Cowboys lead 7-0 early.
3:45 p.m.: Staying exclusively on the ground, Ohio State gets three points on its first drive at Illinois. Drew Basil does the deed with a 43-yard boot. Buckeyes up 3-0.
3:40 p.m.: Both Oklahoma State and Texas have had the ball. Neither generated a first down, however. Longhorns get the ball back for their first possession.
3:36 p.m.: South Carolina closes the door on Mississippi State’s final drive with an interception by D.J. Swearinger. Gamecocks run out the final two minutes with the help of a safety on the final play and win 14-12. The bigger concern is the health of running back Marcus Lattimore.
3:32 p.m.: Connor Shaw hits Alshon Jeffery for a 4-yard touchdown with 4:38 left and No. 13 South Carolina gets ahead of Mississippi State 14-10. The bad news for the Gamecocks is the loss of running back Marcus Lattimore. He left the field on crutches with a brace on his knee.
3:29 p.m.: Michigan State sacks Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner on fourth down and then pounds out a first down on the ground to salt away its 28-14 win. With the help of their hard-hitting defense, Spartans have now won fourth consecutive times in the series for the first time since 1962.
3:24 p.m.: Texas AM has broken half a hundred against Baylor. Christine Michael scores on a 4-yard run to put the Aggies ahead 55-28 late in the fourth quarter. Bears were within six late in the third quarter before three consecutive touchdowns by AM.
3:18 p.m.: It wasn’t pretty but No. 25 Penn State has beaten Purdue 23-18 to improve to 6-1. Next up is a trip to Northwestern and the offense has to find more ways to get points on the board in Evanston.
3:14 p.m.: That might do it in East Lansing. Under pressure from a blitz, Denard Robinson makes an errant throw, Isaiah Lewis intercepts and returns 39 yards for a touchdown. Michigan State leads 28-14 with 4:31 left.
3:10 p.m.: Texas AM is pulling away from Baylor as Ryan Tannehill hits Uzoma Nwachukwu for his fifth touchdown of the day. Aggies extend their margin to 48-28 with under 10 minutes left.
3:07 p.m.: Michigan State’s defense does it again. The Spartans sack Denard Robinson on a play-action pass on fourth down from inside their 10. MSU takes over on its 19 with just more than six minutes left and a 21-14 lead.
3:02 p.m.: Penn State gets a little bit of breathing room with Anthony Fera kicking a 29-yard field goal. No. 25 Nittany Lions lead Purdue 23-18 with five minutes left.
2:58 p.m.: Michigan takes advantage of a short punt by Michigan State and needs just one play to find the end zone. Denard Robinson hits Ray Roundtree for a 34-yard touchdown across the middle. Wolverines now trail 21-14 with just under 10 minutes left, but have the wind at their backs.
2:55 p.m.: Ryan Swope is destroying the Baylor secondary all on his own. His 68-yard touchdown catch from Ryan Tannehill was his fourth of the game and puts Texas AM out front of Baylor 41-28.
2:52 p.m.: It’s getting tight in State College as Akeem Shavers scores on a 1-yard touchdown run for Purdue. Try for 2 fails, leaving Penn State ahead 20-18 with 8:50 left in the game.
2:50 p.m.: Michigan again drives into Michigan State territory, but comes away with no points as the Spartans continue to put pressure on Denard Robinson. MSU out front 21-7 early in the fourth quarter and will start from its 15.
2:45 p.m.: Baylor has pulled within six of Texas AM as Terrance Gasaway scores on a 4-yard touchdown run with four minutes left in the third quarter. Aggies out front 34-28 in a shootout.
2:40 p.m.: Headed to the fourth quarter in Starkville with South Carolina and Mississippi State tied at 7. Connor Shaw has been intercepted twice and Marcus Lattimore only has 38 yards on the ground for the struggling Gamecocks offense.
2:35 p.m.: With the wind advantage in the third quarter, Michigan State gets its second touchdown after halftime as Kirk Cousins connects with Keshawn Martin for a 13-yard scores. Spartans grown their advantage on Michigan to 21-7 with 24 seconds left in the half.
2:30 p.m.: No. 25 Penn State get a big defensive turnover as Purdue was driving for a potential tying score. Nick Sukay intercepts Caleb TerBush inside the Nittany Lions 15. Score stays at 20-12 at the end of the third quarter.
2:25 p.m.: Baylor has struck back with a 43-yard touchdown pass from Robert Griffin III to Tevin Reese. Still 10 minutes left in the third quarter with Texas AM out front 31-21.
2:20 p.m.: Michigan fails to generate points on its first drive of the second half. But the Wolverines are back in business after recovering a fumble at the Michigan State 40 with just more than six minutes left in the third quarter. Spartans lead 14-7.
2:15 p.m.: Texas AM is starting to open things up against Baylor. Ryan Tannehill connects with Ryan Swope for the third time for a touchdown. Aggies lead 31-14 early in the third quarter.
2:10 p.m.: No. 13 South Carolina hasn’t found its offense yet at Mississippi State, and the Gamecocks are tied 7-7 early in the third quarter. Connor Shaw, the replacement for Stephen Garcia, is struggling with less than 100 yards passing.
2:05 p.m.: A great start to the second half for Michigan State. Edwin Baker did most of the damage on ground before Kirk Cousins hit Keyshawn Martin for a 10-yard touchdown on third down. Spartans lead Michigan 14-7.
2 p.m.: Montee Ball has run for two scores and thrown for another as No. 4 Wisconsin is cruising 38-7 against Indiana early in the third quarter. Russell Wilson has thrown for a touchdown and added a touchdown catch.
1:55 p.m.: A late touchdown pass from Ryan Tannehill to Ryan Swoope has put No. 23 Texas AM ahead of No. 24 Baylor 24-14. Robert Griffin III has account for both of the Bears touchdowns through the air.
1:50 p.m.: About to start the second half in East Lansing. After both teams scored touchdowns on their opening drives, the defense took over. Michigan State gets the ball first with the score tied 7-7