Ohio State (11-1) was one of just three teams with one loss this season. The program's last claimed national title came in the 1991 season, and it finished the 2008 season 0-12. The Huskies barbecued Rutgers , Idaho and Portland State to begin the season, giving them an out-of-conference slate ranked 127th-hardest out of 128 FBS teams.
The Buckeyes again missed out on the conference title game this season and are headed back to the Fiesta Bowl. While Alabama, Clemson and Washington all wrapped up conference titles on Saturday, Penn State came away with the Big Ten's title with a win over Wisconsin.
Apart from their place in the standings, losing to a lackluster Bengals team says a lot about where the Eagles are in their season. Just one bad moment in a game full of them for the Eagles rookie quarterback. Wentz's 36 completions were a club rookie record and tied for the third-most in club history overall. They also had a missed 51-yard field goal attempt by Caleb Sturgis .
The Steelers have Ben Roethlisberger and playmakers Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell, as good a trio as there is in the NFL. Manning needed only two plays after the recovery to break the scoreless tie. Pierre-Paul's TD was originally ruled an interception before being changed to a fumble. With the Giants leading 14-6, Pierre-Paul rumbled 43 yards for his third career TD.
The level of urgency is far greater for the defending NFC champion Panthers . Carolina's injury list grew again. The Arizona Cardinals lost their second straight game. Last week was last week. Seattle on the other hand is sitting in a better situation. The Seahawks are 8th in the NFC in rushing yards per game, giving up an average of 100.2 yards to opposing running backs, and the Panthers are 6th in the NFC with an average of 109.5 yards per game.
Apart from the likes of David Warner and Smith at the top of the order, the Australians also have all-rounders James Faulkner, Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell , who are making a comeback into the ODI series. Guptill insisted they would look to be more clinical in the second ODI: "We know we're better than that". "If we reflect back, we bowled poorly in the middle stage", he said.