Originally posted on The Duck Stops Here  |  Last updated 10/19/13
Two games with Duck implications have already taken place this week. On Thursday night #10 Miami escaped with a 27-25 win versus North Carolina. The Canes needed two fourth quarter touchdowns to pull out the win, a pair of three-yard runs by Dallas Crawford, the last one coming in the last 16 seconds of the game. Friday night ershwhile Heisman candidate Teddy Bridgewater and #8 Louisville fell 38-35 to the University of Central Florida 38-35. The Cardinals had a 28-7 lead late in the third quarter but the visiting UCF Knights rallied for four touchdowns and a field goal in the game's last 19 minutes. Almost Famous: With Teddy Bridgewater and Louisville falling to UCF Friday night, Jameis Winston vaults to the top two of the Heisman race if he engineers a win over Tajh Boyd and Clemson tonight. The redshirt freshman has been spectacular in his first five games.   The loss effectively eliminates Louisville from national title consideration, as they do not have a single game this season against a team currently ranked in the Top 25. Bridgewater was 29-38 for 341 yards and two touchdowns. He was not intercepted. UCF quarterback Blake Bortles found Jeff receiver Jeff Godfrey with a 2-yard touchdown pass with 23 seconds left in the game for the win, the first time the Knights led all night. The upset and near upset start up a big weekend in college football with most of the top teams in action, many in pivotal games. #3 Clemson hosts #5 Florida State in a matchup of ACC unbeatens, televised on ABC at 5:00 p.m. Pacific. That game features two of the top candidates for the Heisman Trophy, quarterback Tajh Boyd of the Tigers and "Famous Jameis" Winston of the Seminoles, the 6-4 228-lb. redshirt freshman who is also a star baseball player at the school. So far in his first fall as a starting quarterback Winston's completed 90-123 passes (73.2%) for 17 touchdowns and just two interceptions. In the 'Noles last game against Maryland on October 5th, he threw for 393 yards and five tds in a 63-0 victory. The week before that, he had four touchdowns and 330 yards yards against Boston College. Opposite him, Boyd has led Clemson to a 6-0 record, including a 38-35 win over Georgia in the season opener. He's thrown for 1783 yards and 15 tds, also just two interceptions, while adding 5 more scores on the ground.   Florida State's offense is 4th in the country in scoring at 53.6 points a game. Their defense rates 3rd in the country also, allowing just 12 points a game. The Seminoles have been more effective on the ground this season, rushing for over 228 yards a contest, compared to 172.5 for Clemson. The visitors are favored by a field goal in Las Vegas. Upset winners over Georgia last week, the 6-0, 14th-ranked Missouri Tigers get another chance to prove they are for real as they host #22 Florida this afternoon at 9:21 a.m. on ESPN3 and ESPN Gameplan. Missouri quarterback James Franklin is out with separated shoulder, however. Redshirt freshman Maty Mauk takes over. He's thrown just six passes in his college career, completing 5 of them for 41 yards, including 3-3 coming off the bench in the win over the Bulldogs. The Tigers have rushed for over 1400 yards as a team this year, but Florida's defense gives up just 13 points a game. The 4-2 Gators have a pair of tough losses on their resume, 21-16 to Miami in week 2, 17-6 at LSU last week. Their starting quarterback Jeff Driskel is also out for the year. He broke his leg in a win over Tennessee. Elsewhere in the Top Ten, #7 Texas A&M and Johnny Manziel host #24 Auburn. Both teams are 5-1 and need a win to stay in the SEC West race behind defending national champion Alabama. Manziel has shaken off preseason controversy to throw for 1835 yards and 14 tds so far, 131-179 (75%), 14 touchdowns, 5 interceptions. He's also the Aggies leading rusher, 435 yards, 6 tds, 6.5 yards per carry. Former Duck Tra Carson is a backup running back for A&M, 43 carries for 237 yards and 4 tds, 5.5 yards a carry, a role not a lot bigger than the one he gave up in Eugene. #1 Alabama hosts Arkansas at 4 p.m. Pacific on ESPN. Iowa is at #4 Ohio State, a 12:30 kick on the West Coast, carried on ABC/ESPN2. The Buckeyes don't play a team ranked in the AP Top 25 for the rest of the regular season, although 5-1 Michigan is close. They meet November 30th in The Big House.
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