Oklahoma, ND, and Mich St Score Big Wins

This weekend’s “A” grades went to the Mid-American and American Athletic Conferences, while Conference USA and the SEC struggled.

All 127 teams in action received a grade on the scoreboard below. Memphis backed our billing as perhaps the best non-Power Conference team by thrashing Kansas 55-23, while in the SEC Arkansas was shocked and Auburn, Florida and Missouri barely survived.

Scores listed by conference. Grade for each team based on if they exceeded or fell short of our projected score (C = they did exactly as well as we projected).

ACC fell from +7 to +6 points better than average: Houston shocked Louisville and Notre Dame hit a late bomb to win at Virginia to hold the ACC one game below expectations at 11-3. Georgia Tech rolled up a great margin and plays Notre Dame next week with a chance to be on course for the playoffs.

ACC 11-3, -1 wins, Grade C September 12 opp Final Score Grade Pred Pwin
Boston College Howard 76 0 B- 43 100%
Clemson Appalachian St 41 10 C 31 98%
Duke NC Central 55 0 C+ 39 100%
Florida St South Florida 34 14 C- 30 98%
Georgia Tech Tulane 65 10 B- 30 98%
Louisville Houston 31 34 F+ 13 83%
Miami FL FL Atlantic 44 20 C+ 12 80%
NC State E Kentucky 35 0 C+ 28 97%
North Carolina NC A&T 53 14 C+ 31 99%
Pittsburgh Akron 24 7 C 16 85%
Syracuse Wake Forest 30 17 I 5 65%
Virginia Notre Dame 17 34 D+ -5 36%
Virginia Tech Furman 42 3 C+ 33 99%
Wake Forest Syracuse 17 30 I -5 35%
Drop +7 to +6 C 22 11.73

American Athletic improves from -4 to +0: Memphis backed our claim they may be the No. 1 non-Power Conference team in the country, but Houston’s stunning upset of Louisville of the ACC and lopsided upsets by SMU and Tulsa established the conference as the 6th best in the land.

Amer 6-5, +1 wins, Grade A September 12 opp Final Score Grade Pred Pwin
Cincinnati Temple 26 34 I 5 63%
Connecticut Army 22 17 C+ 3 55%
East Carolina Florida 24 31 C+ -14 16%
Houston Louisville 34 31 A- -13 17%
Memphis Kansas 55 23 B 6 70%
Navy Idle 0 0 I 0 0%
SMU North Texas 31 13 A -7 28%
South Florida Florida St 14 34 C+ -30 2%
Temple Cincinnati 34 26 I -5 37%
Tulane Georgia Tech 10 65 D+ -30 2%
Tulsa New Mexico 40 21 A -3 44%
UCF Stanford 7  31 F -10 26%
Improve -4 to +0 A -8 3.6

Big 12 improves +9 to +10: Oklahoma’s rally from down 3-17 to win at Tennessee moved the Big 12 closer to the SEC overall. Disappointing losses from Kansas and Iowa State hurt.

Big12 8-2, +1 win, C September 12 opp Final Score Grade Pred Pwin
Baylor Lamar 66 31 C- 44 100% 6.6
Iowa St Iowa 17 31 D+ -3 45% (1.7)
Kansas Memphis 23 55 D -6 30% (2.4)
Kansas St UT San Antonio 30 3 C+ 17 94% 4.1
Oklahoma Tennessee 31 24 B -3 44% (1.7)
Oklahoma St Cent Arkansas 32 8 C- 30 98% 5.5
TCU SF Austin 70 7 C+ 43 100% 6.6
Texas Rice 42 28 B- 3 56% 1.7
Texas Tech UTEP 69 20 B+ 7 72% 2.6
West Virginia Liberty 41 17 C- 30 98% 5.5
Improves +9 to +10 C 16 7.37 4.0

Big Ten stays improves from +7 to +9: Michigan State won the big game of the day 31-28, the exact 3-point margin we gave them over Oregon in the college football preview. Several slight favorites looked very impressive in blowouts, with Maryland the only disappointment of the day. With Michigan blowing out Oregon State and Illinois, Indiana, and Purdue all delivering blowouts in games that could be tough, the Big Ten had a nice day even before Minnesota survive in OT.

BigTen 12-2, +1 Win, C September 12 opp Final Score Grade Pred Pwin
Illinois W Illinois 44 0 B 10 76%
Indiana Florida Intl 36 22 B- 3 56%
Iowa Iowa St 31 17 B- 3 55%
Maryland Bowling Green 27 48 F- 15 85%
Michigan Oregon St 35 7 B- 11 75%
Michigan St Oregon 31 28 C 3 56%
Minnesota Colorado St 23 20 C- 5 64%
Nebraska South Alabama 48 9 C+ 25 95%
Northwestern E Illinois 41 0 C+ 28 97%
Ohio St Hawaii 38 0 C 35 99%
Penn St Buffalo 27 14 C 16 85%
Purdue Indiana St 38 14 B- 7 73%
Rutgers Washington St 34 37 F+ 11 75%
Wisconsin Miami OH 58 0 B- 34 99%
Improves +7 to +9 Average +15 favorite C 15 10.9

Conference USA drops from -3 to -7. Conference USA came back to earth after a great Week 1 with Ohio shocking heavily favored Marshall and several slight underdogs getting blown out.

CUSA 4-9, -3 wins, Grade F September 12 opp Final Score Grade Pred Pwin
Charlotte Presbyterian 34 10 B- 6 53%
FL Atlantic Miami FL 20 48 D+ -12 20%
Florida Intl Indiana 22 36 D+ -3 44%
Louisiana Tech W Kentucky 38 41 I 2 55%
Marshall Ohio 10 21 F- 24 95%
MTSU Alabama 10 37 C+ -33 2%
North Texas SMU 13 31 F 7 72%
Old Dominion Norfolk St 24 10 D+ 33 97%
Rice Texas 28 42 D+ -3 44%
Southern Miss Austin Peay 52 6 C 40 99%
UT San Antonio Kansas St 3 30 C- -17 6%
UTEP Texas Tech 20 69 D- -7 28%
W Kentucky Louisiana Tech 41 38 I -2 45%
Drops from -3 to -7 F 3 6.6

Independents: Many will be thankful at LDS and Catholic churches Sunday as both BYU and Notre Dame threw long touchdown passes in the closing seconds.

Independents September 12 opp Final Score Grade Pred Pwin
Army Connecticut 17 22 C -3 45%
BYU Boise St 35 24 C+ -1 47%
Notre Dame Virginia 34 17 B- 5 64%
C 0 1.56

Mid-American Conference improves from -13 to -7: Four underdogs won big with Bowling Green crushing Maryland, Eastern Michigan killing Wyoming, Ohio stunning Marshall, and Toledo saving the best for last by shocking Arkansas.

MAC 7-6, +3 Wins, Grade A September 12 opp Final Score Grade Pred Pwin
Akron Pittsburgh 7 24 C -16 15%
Ball St Texas A&M 23 56 C -29 3%
Bowling Green Maryland 48 27 A+ -15 15%
Buffalo Penn St 14 27 C -16 15%
C Michigan Monmouth NJ 31 10 C- 27 96%
E Michigan Wyoming 48 29 A+ -12 20%
Kent Delaware St 45 13 C 31 99%
Massachusetts Colorado 14 48 D -7 28%
Miami OH Wisconsin 0 58 D+ -34 1%
N Illinois Murray St 57 26 C 33 99%
Ohio Marshall 21 10 A+ -24 5%
Toledo Arkansas 16 12 A -25 5%
W Michigan Ga Southern 17 43 D- -2 44%
Improves -13 to -7 A -7 4.45

Mountain West Conference drops from -5 to -11: BYU’s late miracle bomb to beat Boise State wrapped up a dreadful weekend in which the conference went 1-11—three wins fewer than expected. Colorado State was the only to finish within double digits and Air Force the only one to win.

MAC 7-6, +3 Wins, Grade A September 12 opp Final Score Grade Pred Pwin
Akron Pittsburgh 7 24 C -16 15%
Ball St Texas A&M 23 56 C -29 3%
Bowling Green Maryland 48 27 A+ -15 15%
Buffalo Penn St 14 27 C -16 15%
C Michigan Monmouth NJ 31 10 C- 27 96%
E Michigan Wyoming 48 29 A+ -12 20%
Kent Delaware St 45 13 C 31 99%
Massachusetts Colorado 14 48 D -7 28%
Miami OH Wisconsin 0 58 D+ -34 1%
N Illinois Murray St 57 26 C 33 99%
Ohio Marshall 21 10 A+ -24 5%
Toledo Arkansas 16 12 A -25 5%
W Michigan Ga Southern 17 43 D- -2 44%
Improves -13 to -7 A -7 4.45

Pac-12 Conference improves from +3 to +8: Oregon and Oregon State lost to Michigan schools on national TV, but in fact the conference dominated everywhere else with a 10-2 record. UCLA looks every bit the national contender—but so did USC and Arizona, and Cal looked very good, too.

Pac-12 10-2, +2 wins, Grade A September 12 opp Final Score Grade Pred Pwin
Arizona Nevada 44 20 B 5 64%
Arizona St Cal Poly SLO 35 21 C 21 95%
California San Diego St 35 7 B+ 1 53%
Colorado Massachusetts 48 14 B 7 72%
Oregon Michigan St 28 31 C -3 44%
Oregon St Michigan 7 35 D+ -11 25%
Stanford UCF 31 7 D 10 74%
UCLA UNLV 37 3 C 22 95%
USC Idaho 59 9 C+ 34 98%
Utah Utah St 24 14 C+ 5 63%
Washington CS Sacramento 49 0 B- 22 97%
Washington St Rutgers 37 34 A- -11 25%
Improves +3 to +8 A 9 8.05

SEC Conference drops from +16 to +12: Toledo stunned Arkansas, Jacksonville State just missed stunning Auburn for the biggest upset since Appalachian State stunned Michigan. Tennessee then blew a two touchdown lead against Oklahoma, and Florida and Missouri joined Auburn in dodging upsets. The silver lining on a bad day was that Alabama and Mississippi looked every bit the playoff contenders.

SEC 9-5, -1 win, Grade D- September 12 opp Final Score Grade Pred Pwin
Alabama MTSU 37 10 C- 33 98%
Arkansas Toledo 12 16 F 25 95%
Auburn Jacksonville St 27 20 F+ 34 99%
Florida East Carolina 31 24 C- 14 84%
Georgia Vanderbilt 31 14 I 24 95%
Kentucky South Carolina 26 22 I -7 27%
LSU Mississippi St 21 19 B- -3 44%
Mississippi Fresno St 73 21 B- 28 97%
Mississippi St LSU 19 21 D+ 3 56%
Missouri Arkansas St 27 20 D+ 24 95%
South Carolina Kentucky 22 26 I 7 73%
Tennessee Oklahoma 24 31 D- 3 56%
Texas A&M Ball St 56 23 C 29 97%
Vanderbilt Georgia 14 31 I -24 5%
drops from +16 to +12 D- 14 10.21

Sun Belt Conference improves from -17 to -15. Arkansas State narrowly missed stunning Missouri, while Georgia Southern and Troy won big in games that were supposed to be close.

SunB 6-5, +1 win, Grade B September 12 opp Final Score Grade Pred Pwin
Appalachian St Clemson 10 41 C -31 2%
Arkansas St Missouri 20 27 B- -24 5%
Ga Southern W Michigan 43 17 B+ 2 56%
Georgia St New Mexico St 34 32 I -4 38%
Idaho USC 9 59 C- -34 2%
New Mexico St Georgia St 32 34 I 4 62%
South Alabama Nebraska 9 48 C- -25 5%
Texas St Prairie View 63 24 C+ 27 97%
Troy Charleston So 44 16 B+ 2 56%
ULL Northwestern LA 44 17 C+ 15 84%
ULM Nicholls St 47 0 C+ 37 100%
improves from -15 to -17 B -3 5.07


Comment count on this article reflects comments made on Breitbart.com and Facebook. Visit Breitbart's Facebook Page.