The regular season is over. Conference championships are next week, TCU and North Texas get a shot at their leagues' respective belts.
An eventful week thirteen came and went, let's see how the Roundup squads did:
Kliff Saved his Job
On Friday night Tech and Texas went at it to determine whether both would finish 6-6 or Texas might pull up to 7-5. The Red Raiders started McLane Carter in place of Nic Shimonek, but it was Shimonek who pulled Tech's bacon out of the grease in the final five minutes for a 27-23 win. Texas' red zone struggles continue as the Red Raiders are bowl eligible for the third time in Kingsbury's tenure.
Gary Patterson's team had a nice warmup beating Baylor 45-22 in Fort Worth. Kenny Hill threw for 325 yards while Baylor QB Charlie Brewer added 301 he was injured. TCU improves to 11-1, Patterson's eleventh double-digit win season in his TCU career. The Bears drop to 1-11 as the 2017 season mercifully ends for Matt Rhule.
North Texas handles Rice
The Mean Green handled their business in Houston as the Owls fell 30-14 and to 1-11 in 2017. Seth Littrell's squad improves to 9-3 with a chance for ten wins next week in the CUSA title game. Mean Green running back Nic Smith rushed for 178 yards in place of Jeffery Wilson. The Rice loss may have been the last in David Bailiff's coaching stint in West U.
Houston sinks Navy
See what we did there with the title, military humor. The Coogs took care of a tough Navy squad for their seventh win in 2017. Ed Oliver was his usual disruptive self, destroying Navy's backfield almost single-handedly. D'Eriq King continues to play as a dual-threat revelation, rushing for 57 yards and two scores and throwing for another 277.
0-for For UTEP
The Miners want to forget about 2017, quickly. UTEP led in their 28-7 loss to UAB, but as was the case for the rest of 2017, they couldn't close out the Blazers. The offense once again was the primary culprit, with just 208 yards to UAB's 334. The Miners now turn their focus to hiring a coach in the next few weeks.
Another Loss to LSU
If Saturday night was the last game in the Kevin Sumlin era at A&M, at least it was a familiar final stanza. The Aggies lost to LSU once again, and once again it wasn't close. The Tigers pulled away 45-21 in the second half. A&M made Danny Etling look like a Heisman candidate as he threw for a career-high 347 yards in the win.
The Roadrunners offensive cliff dive continued in Ruston Saturday night in a 20-6 loss to the Bulldogs. UTSA ventured inside the Bulldogs five-yard-line three times and left with six points. Frank Wilson's team must now sit around and wait for the Bowl system to decide if their 6-5 record merits a bowl invite.
Mustangs Win, We think
SMU held on to beat Tulane in their season finale. SMU improves to 7-5 after the 41-38 win. The game wasn't without controversy, the Green Wave appeared to score on the last play of the game, but the official review was inconclusive. Willie Fritz' team failed to qualify for a bowl game thanks to the loss.
Bobcats Get Got
Troy didn't mess around with Texas State on Friday afternoon. The Trojans blew out the 'Cats 62-9 in a game of complete domination. Everett Withers squad looked overmatched and disinterested. Troy ran up 641 yards of total offense in the win.
Notes and Quotes
Houston's Ed Oliver registered 14 tackles, two sacks, and 3.5 tackles for loss.
Kenny Hill ended his TCU home career going 26-36 for 325 yards and three scores.
Baylor true freshman Charlie Brewer finished 19-29 for 301 yards and two touchdowns.
Texas committed four turnovers in their loss to Texas Tech.
Two of Nic Shimonek's four completions went for Tech scores.
SMU's Ben Hicks was productive yet again, 24-33 for 375 yards and four touchdowns.
Trey Quinn and Courtland Sutton each had 100 plus yards receiving in the SMU win.
North Texas' Nic Smith rushed for 178 yards and a score.
Rice's Brian Womac set the Owls single season tackles for loss mark with 22.
Nic Shimonek "I told him that [Kingsbury] he's about to run out of time, and then he put me in."
Kevin Sumlin "It's just business as usual. I don't have any scheduled meeting. That could probably change in the next couple minutes or whatever. But as of right now, the [recruiting] contact period starts."
David Bailiff on his pending meeting with Rice's AD "It's probably not good."
Tech AD Kirby Hocott "Kliff has led this program the right way, we're not where we want to be, but we're not far off."