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College football scores, schedule, games today: No. 4 Michigan in tough battle, USC falls again

Week 12 of the college football season is by no means the most alluring Saturday slate that we’ve seen this season, but that doesn’t indicate that the opportunity for chaos is completely out the window. No. 3 Notre Dame will face one of its toughest tests to date this season when it takes on Syracuse inside Yankee Stadium and No. 9 West Virginia travels to Stillwater to take on Oklahoma State, which are both contests that have the potential to shake up the top 10 of the College Football Playoff Rankings. It’s not a top-to-bottom loaded schedule, but the potential for madness is always there. 

CBS Sports will be with you the entire day Saturday, updating this story with the latest scores, results, highlights, analysis and from Week 12. Be sure to check back early and often for predictions, the day’s best plays and live GameTrackers covering all of the action. To manually refresh the page for the latest updates, just click here.  

Week 12 college football schedule, scores

All times Eastern

No. 1 Alabama 50, The Citadel 17 — Box score
No. 10 Ohio State 52, Maryland 51 — Recap
No. 3 Notre Dame 36, No. 12 Syracuse 3 — Recap
No. 9 West Virginia at Oklahoma State — LIVE updates
Missouri 50, Tennessee 17 — Recap
Indiana at No. 4 Michigan — GameTracker
Duke at No. 2 Clemson — 7 p.m. on ESPN — Preview, picks
No. 16 Iowa State vs. No. 15 Texas — 8 p.m. on Longhorn Network — Preview, picks
No. 24 Cincinnati at No. 11 UCF — 8 p.m. on ABC — Preview, picks
Arizona at No. 8 Washington State — 10:30 p.m. on ESPN

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Clay Helton is in trouble

USC coach Clay Helton entered Saturday’s game against cross-town rival UCLA on one of the hottest seats in the country, and it might be even worse after losing to the Bruins. Quarterback JT Daniels tossed two interceptions, the defense got torched by Bruins running back Joshua Kelly for 289 yards and the Trojans fell to the 3-8 Bruins 34-27. It is USC’s first six-loss season since 2000 and the Trojans first loss to an opponent with eight losses since Nov. 26, 1960.

Michigan sloppy vs. Indiana

No. 4 Michigan is in control of its own College Football Playoff destiny, but control in Saturday’s game vs. Indiana is proving to be a little bit more difficult than expected. The vaunted Wolverines defense let Hoosiers running back Stevie Scott top the 100-yard mark and Wolverines quarterback Shea Patterson tossed his first interception since Oct. 6, which has kept this game tight throughout. Michigan leads Indiana 22-17 midway through the third quarter.

Utah State survives a Hail Mary scare

No. 23 Utah State improved to 10-1 and kept hope alive for a New Year’s Six bowl with a 29-24 win over Colorado State … but just barely. Rams quarterback Collin Hill hit Preston Williams on a 34-yard Hail Mary touchdown as time expired to spring the upset and spoil the Aggies party. But referees ruled that Williams stepped out of bounds prior to making the catch, and the touchdown was taken away. The win sets up a winner-take-all game for the Mountain West Conference Mountain division championship between Utah State and Boise State in Boise next weekend.

Alabama woke up

No. 1 Alabama might have been looking ahead to Auburn next week and the SEC Championship Game vs. Georgia on Dec. 1 in the first half vs. The Citadel, but woke up after going into the locker room tied at 10 at halftime. Tua Tagovailoa tossed two touchdowns and ran in another score in the third quarter, linebacker Anfernee Jennings found the end zone on a scoop and score and the Crimson Tide dispatched of the Bulldogs — it just took a little longer than expected. Tagovailoa’s third-quarter touchdown pass to Irv Smith Jr. put Tagovailoa in the Tide record books, and helped Alabama cruise to a 50-17 win.

Ohio State survives

No. 10 Ohio State escaped a test from Maryland in one of the wildest games of the 2018 college football season. Quarterback Dwayne Haskins ran it in from five yards out in the top of the first overtime to push the score to 52-45 and give Ohio State its first lead of the game. Tayon Fleet-Davis punched it in for Maryland in the bottom of the first overtime frame, but quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome missed a wide open receiver after coach Matt Canada decided to go for two and the win. Haskins had 405 passing yards, three touchdowns, 59 rushing yards and three more touchdowns to keep the Buckeyes College Football Playoff hopes alive.

Pitt wins the ACC Coastal

Pitt locked up the ACC Coastal division crown Saturday afternoon against Wake Forest thanks to a stellar second half from a Panthers offense that looked incredibly sluggish in the first half. Quarterback Kenny Pickett went 23-of-30 passing for 316 yards and three second-half touchdown passes, Taysir Mack had three catches for 105 yards and a touchdown and the Panthers put together two, 11-play touchdown drives to wear down the Demon Deacons defense. Pitt will play Clemson in the ACC Championship Game on Dec. 1 in Charlotte. 

Old-school game between Michigan State and Nebraska

Points were at a premium Saturday afternoon in Lincoln, as Michigan State led Nebraska 3-0 at halftime. Rocky Lombardi got the start at quarterback in place of an injured Brian Lewerke, and went 15-of-41 passing for 146 yards. The passing attack has been stagnant, but the Spartans did rack up 93 rushing yards and got a field goal from Matt Coghlin to give the Spartans the lead. But three fourth-quarter field goals from the Cornhuskers, including a 47-yard strike from Barret Pickerling, gave them the victory over a sputtering Michigan State squad. 

Purdue rocks Tyler Trent-inspired lids 

One of college football’s more inspiring stories this season involves Tyler Trent, a former Purdue student and passionate Boilermakers fan who has been stricken with terminal cancer. He was a major highlight of Purdue’s stunning 49-20 upset over Ohio State and has been a source of motivation for the team. That motivation will physically be on display for Purdue’s game at 3:30 vs. Wisconsin. The Boilermakers will wear one of four special designed helmets that say “Tough,” “Unrelenting,” “Courageous” or “Tenacious.” 

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