Best of Week 13: Road field storms, the best NIL commercial yet and much more

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year — Rivalry Week! That’s right. It’s the last week of the regular season, and we’ve got rivalry games all over the place, which always puts an exclamation point on the season. Can Jim Harbaugh finally beat Ohio State? Can Oklahoma State take another step toward the College Football Playoff by taking down the Sooners?

Come back here throughout the day for the latest results, reaction and revelry from throughout the land.

There’s a recipe for beating every team. Granted, for some it’s basically “Butter the bread, place in skillet, put cheese on each slice,” and for others it’s the most complicated dessert in “Mary Berry’s Baking Bible.” But a recipe exists all the same.

We explored the Beating Georgia recipe a couple of weeks ago, and since Ohio State’s domination of Michigan State last week made the Buckeyes feel inevitable — and since most recent OSU-Michigan games have left us with the same feeling — it’s time to do the same for the Buckeyes.

Ohio State has obviously rounded into form. Head coach Ryan Day shuffled defensive playcalling responsibilities after a Week 2 loss to Oregon, and the Buckeyes have allowed just 15.4 points per game over their past eight contests. Meanwhile, their offense has easily been the best in FBS. When the receiver trio of Garrett Wilson, Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Chris Olave is dialed in, you’re left with choices like “I don’t know, maybe try to force them to run the ball?” Then you remember that TreVeyon Henderson and Miyan Williams average 7.4 yards per carry. Read more from Bill Connelly’s Week 13 preview (ESPN+).

To follow OSU-Michigan live, check this out.

Full schedule: All teams | Top 25


Plays of the day

We don’t really understand how Garrett Wilson scored this, so we’ll just be watching it over and over again.

Rutgers is making plays today! Well, making at least one nice play, but that’s good enough.

It’s not what you want

So, Liberty tried to catch Army off guard with this trick play, and well, did not.

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Liberty kicker Max Morgan attempts to fool Army with a pass instead of a kick, but his throw is intercepted by the Black Knights.

And Florida’s attempt also failed, but is considerably worst since it’s against rival FSU.

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A play after intercepting Florida State, Florida’s trick play falls into the hands of Seminoles DB Jammie Robinson for an interception.

Scene in the stands

They definitely got into in argument on the way home, right?

Florida Man — displeased with the Gators.

Best of Rivalry Week

Who knew Florida and Florida State fans could come together?

Alas, things on the field are still a bit testy.

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Florida and Florida State players nearly break out into a scuffle on the field prior to their heated rivalry match.

Note to referees: Don’t do this.

Field stormings are all the rage this year. But Friday night brought out something we’re not sure we’ve seen before. Rushing the field as the road team. That’s what Washington State did after routing rival Washington 40-13 in the Apple Cup. Hope the Huskies don’t get fined for this one.

Ohio State is always going the extra Xile whenever it faces Xichigan.

And yes, the Buckeyes are Xaking sure they’re having some fun.

This is the best, or the worst, depending on whether you’re an Army or a Navy fan.

It’s all fun and games

Arkansas got back on its top-level trolling, and had some fun with the win over Missouri.

And Reese has decided Alabama is going to win the Iron Bowl.

She said yes

During the biggest game of the year, one Michigan fan took a bigger chance than going for it on fourth down. And she said yes!

NIL deal of the week

Josh Paschal, defender of decay, coming to the rescue.

For more on perhaps the NIL deal of the year, check this out.

GameDay antics

Desmond Howard received a warm welcome at the Michigan hockey game.

And Lee Corso’s pick is …

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Lee Corso makes his headgear pick for the Big Ten rivalry matchup between No. 2 Ohio State and No. 5 Michigan.

For all the best signs, check this out.

Latest threads

Miami is going with this classic ensemble.

And here’s Cincinnati’s uniform.

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