The epic showdown between Michigan and Ohio State ruled the weekend but there were other shifts in the landscape, as well as an SEC/ACC shocker that the college football odds makers didn't see coming.
Buckeyes Rally But No Big Ten Crown
The Wolverines were in command after surging to a 17-7 lead off an eight-yard toss from Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight to Khalid Hill in the third quarter. The boisterous Ohio State crowd fell eerily silent and Michigan was poised to cement their place as a College Football Playoff entrant.
However, there was a palpable change later in that same quarter after the Wolverines had extinguished a nine play Buckeye drive and forced them to punt. Michigan took over deep in their zone but shortly thereafter, Wilton Speight's pass was intercepted by Jerome Baker and returned 22 yards to the Michigan 13 yard line. That spelled the beginning of the end for Michigan. Ohio State would score on that drive and pull to within three points. The Buckeyes would then go on to knot the game at 17 and ultimately prevail 30-27 in the first game to go to overtime in the 113-game history of the rivalry. Nevertheless, those who backed Michigan as four-point road dogs in their college football picks were rewarded with the narrow cover.
Now that the Buckeyes have ended their 2016 regular season with an 11-1 record and ranked No.2 in the nation, one would assume they have a conference championship game slated for this weekend. But that assumption would be incorrect as the only blemish on their record came from Big Ten Conference rival Penn State that also just happens to own an 8-1 Big Ten record of their own but a 10-2 overall mark. The tie between the two Big Ten East goliaths is broken due to their head-to-head mark, which means Penn State will be declared the Big Ten East champ and will play the Big Ten West king, the Wisconsin Badgers, while the second-ranked team in the country watches their conference tilt in the comfort of their living rooms.Cardinals Shocked by Wildcats
The college football odds makers installed the Louisville Cardinals as 28-point home favorites over the visiting Kentucky Wildcats. Not too long ago the Cardinals were a CFP candidate but were now vying for ACC supremacy along with their rivals from Clemson. However, after Saturday's shocking 41-38 upset to their SEC visitors from Kentucky, Louisville must be content to receive an invitation to the most attractive bowl possible.
The Cardinals are no longer a top 10 team and have tumbled to No. 16 in the nation. The ACC title tilt will feature the Clemson Tigers from the Atlantic Conference versus Virginia Tech hailing as Coastal division champs. The early line on this one has the Tigers as 10-point neutral site (Orlando) favorites over the Hokies.College Football AP Top 101. Alabama 12-02. Ohio State 11-1 3. Clemson 11-1 4. Washington 11-1 5. Michigan 10-2 6. Wisconsin 10-2 7. Oklahoma 9-2 8. Penn State 10-2 9. Colorado 10-2 10. USC 9-3 Must Read: Early Value Found In Championship Week