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Week 12: The 5 Teams That Impressed Us The Most This Weekend

A general view of a goal post.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 27: A general view is seen during the College Football Sydney Cup match between Stanford University (Stanford Cardinal) and Rice University (Rice Owls) at Allianz Stadium on August 27, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

These five teams impressed us the most.

With the twelfth week of college football in the books, it’s time to take stock of what exactly went down now that the dust has settled. We saw No. 3 Miami put together a pretty impressive comeback to stay perfect, and we also watched No. 13 Oklahoma State fall to Kansas State, and now there’s just one week of the regular season left to go.

So without further ado, let’s take a look at the five teams the teams that impressed us the most this weekend, listed in alphabetical order:

1. Kansas State

Kansas State is always good for an upset each season, and the Wildcats got it today versus No. 13 Oklahoma State, defeating the Cowboys 45-40 on their own turf. Incredibly, the Wildcats actually almost gave up the game in the fourth quarter. After going up 42-13 in the third, the offense completely stalled while Mason Rudolph went nuclear to try and salvage the game. In the end, Kansas State did just enough to steal this one, and that's all that matters. K-State is now bowl eligible for its ninth straight season.

2. Miami

Miami took care of business against Virginia, but the first half wasn't pretty. At one point the Hurricanes were down 14-0, but the second half was all Miami, and we should've expected it by now. The Hurricanes, who've been a fourth quarter team all year, appropriately finished on a 30-0 run to seal the deal and keep their undefeated record intact with a resounding 44-28 win. You might (fairly) knock the Canes for getting down early to the Cavaliers, but their explosive response to the halftime deficit was quite impressive.

3. Northwestern

Northwestern put on a clinic versus Minnesota, routing the Gophers 39-0. The Wildcats rushed for 277 yards on 55 carries (5 YPC), and three of Clayton Thorson's nine completed passes were for touchdowns. Pretty efficient work, and it puts Northwestern at 8-3 on the season. Not bad for a team that started 2-3. Northwestern caps off the regular season at Illinois next Saturday.

4. TCU

Playing without starting quarterback Kenny Hill, the Horned Frogs didn't miss a beat versus Texas Tech, wining 27-3 in dominant fashion. True freshman Shawn Robinson filled in for Hill and played well, throwing for 85 yards and a touchdown while also running for 84 more with no turnovers. With the win, TCU remains in contention for a spot in the Big 12 championship game.

5. Wisconsin

It was classic Big Ten football at first in the Wisconsin-Michigan game. A lot of punts, a lot of defense, but the Badgers were just too much for the Wolverines to handle on both sides of the ball and Wisconsin came away victorious, 24-10. In the first half it looked like it'd be a close game; Michigan actually sustained an 84-yard drive for a score, but the second half was a different story as Wisconsin took over with two touchdowns to open the game up in the third quarter. At that point, the game was all but over. The Badgers take on Minnesota next week, and will play Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game the following week.