Wednesday, August 10

College Football Rankings: Michigan, Michigan State Climb SI Top 10

The beauty of college football is that when you sit down on a Saturday that doesn’t have much of a spectator appeal, things will end up happening that you’ve never seen before.

Like a nine overtime game in which only 38 points are scored.

Like a quarterback stealing the ball from his own running back and carrying it on a key first down to maintaining an undefeated season.

Both of these things happened at the games noon window, causing what was supposed to be a mundane weekend to go off the rails. Illinois stunned Penn State 20-18 in the nine-overtime fandango that showed the flaws of the completely gimmicky new overtime rules and showed both teams’ offensive futility. It was, technically, the longest match in the history of the sport and also one of the worst. Neither team was able to rack up three yards to score in five straight overtime periods when they progressed to the two-point conversion stage in the third overtime. For 10 straight plays out of three, neither team could find the end zone.

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