By Stewart Mandel
October 13, 2013
Henry Josey (20) ran for a seven-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to ice Missouri's win at Georgia.
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Ohio State and Baylor are getting no help from their conferences. The fourth-ranked Buckeyes are 6-0 and are coming off consecutive wins over ranked teams (Wisconsin on Sept. 28 and Northwestern on Oct. 5) ... but their national title hopes are worse than they were two months ago. For that, Ohio State can blame the Big Ten. A schedule that was already perceived as weak just keeps getting weaker. Michigan (5-1, 1-1) was supposed to redeem the Buckeyes at the end of the season, but the Wolverines' mistake-filled 43-40 loss at Penn State (4-2, 1-1) on Saturday confirmed suspicions that they were not as good as their record. The Nittany Lions, who play Ohio State on Oct. 26, lost to lowly Indiana by 20 on Oct. 5. The Buckeyes have to hope that either the 25th-ranked Badgers (4-2, 2-1) win out and move into the top 10, or that possible Big Ten title game opponents Nebraska (5-1, 2-0) or Michigan State (5-1, 2-0) dominate en route to meeting Ohio State in Indianapolis on Dec. 7.

Tenny Palepoi (91) and Utah's defense forced two turnovers in a surprising upset victory over Stanford.
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Johnny Manziel led two fourth-quarter scoring drives to help Texas A&M escape with a win at Ole Miss.
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Tailback Orleans Darkwa (26) and the Green Wave improved to 5-2 after winning their last three games.
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USC at Notre Dame, Saturday (7:30 p.m. ET): If the Trojans' offense plays like it did against Arizona, it may well extend USC's current five-game winning streak in South Bend. If the Fighting Irish defense plays like it did against Arizona State, however, it may make life difficult for Kessler and his offensive line.

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