Tuesday, November 16, 2010

College Football 2010: Week 11

Week 11 of college football should have brought a lull with nothing out of the ordinary. But that's the beauty of college football; that's never the case.

Standard Victories

As expected, (4) Boise State rolled over Idaho 52-14 and (5) LSU shut-out LA-Monroe 51-0. Both of my teams won on Saturday as well: Michigan outscored Purdue 27-16 in a really ugly game, and (12) Alabama defeated (19) Mississippi State 30-10. However, the biggest ranked win came from (7) Wisconsin, who destroyed Indiana 83-20.

Last-Minute Wins

While there are always close wins by ranked teams, I was not expecting them to come from the No. 1, 2, 3, and 6 ranked teams in the country. (1) Oregon defeated Cal by a narrow 15-13 margin. Yes, the same Oregon that defeated UCLA 60-13. I guess what they say about Cal playing at home is true (they're now 4-1 at home and 0-4 away, with even greater point margins). (2) Auburn ended up defeating Georgia 49-31, but that wasn't before entering halftime 21-21. Clearly the only person who wasn't affected by Cam Newton drama was Cam Newton, as he shined brightly in the second half of the game. (3) TCU narrowly escaped defeat by San Diego State when they started off being down 14-0 at the beginning of the game. The final score ended up as 40-35, and the frogs are safe for another week. (6) Stanford also narrowly escaped defeat by Arizona State, but Stanford managed to hold them off with a final score of 17-13. Lastly, (21) Nevada defeated Fresno State by one point, leaving the score 35-34.

Big-Time Upsets

Any upset this late in the season is an important one for determining bowl eligibility and placement. So when Notre Dame stomped on once-national championship contender (14) Utah outscoring them 28-3, they destroyed their hopes of entertaining any legitimate bowl game in December. Northwestern defeated (17) Iowa 21-17, in a game that was completely Iowa's to win. Once again, Iowa is no longer a contender for the Big Ten title due to it's own clock mismanagement and poor passes. Even though neither team was ranked, another huge Big Ten upset was Minnesota defeating Illinois 38-34. Minnesota was 1-9 going into that game, 0-6 in the Big Ten. Be embarrassed, Illinois. (18) Arizona was also upset, by the big, bad, USC with a final score of 24-21. And for the SEC East Championship, (22) Florida lost to (23) South Carolina 36-14, giving Steve Spurrier and the gamecocks their first SEC East championship in school history.

BCS Rankings: Week 5

In the spirit of keeping things interesting, the BCS managed to do the same:

1. Oregon
2. Auburn
3. TCU
4. Boise State
5. LSU
6. Stanford
7. Wisconsin
8. Nebraska
9. Ohio State
10. Oklahoma State

TCU almost loses and still stays ahead of Boise? Stanford almost loses and Wisconsin scores 83 points and Stanford is still one rank ahead? Ok. Cool.

And the bottom 15 are just as interesting:

11. Alabama
12. Michigan State
13. Arkansas
14. Oklahoma
15. Missouri
16. Virginia Tech
17. South Carolina
18. Nevada
19. Texas A&M
20. Iowa
21. Mississippi State
22. Arizona
23. Utah
24. Miami (FL)
25. Florida State

Well well well, welcome back Miami & Florida State. Nevada, nice to see that your 1-point win moved you up three spots. And Iowa, lovely to know that your unranked upset only moved you down three, while it moved Utah down 9. Sometimes, I just don't understand.

Games to Watch this Weekend:

(8) Nebraska vs. (19) Texas A&M: there are some bitter Cornhuskers and Aggies that College Game Day is at Illinois / Northwestern (although I'm not sure why it's there either). This should be a pretty good Big 12 match-up if A&M can hang on during the second half. [8pm/7 central, ABC]

(9) Ohio State vs. (20) Iowa: I would have thought this would be a good game, and it still might be, but Iowa has me doubting their abilities after last weekend's upset. [3:30pm/2:30 central, ABC]

(13) Arkansas vs. (21) Mississippi State: Arkansas made its way back up into the rankings and will be playing MSU after a loss to Alabama. This should be a pretty easy win for the razorbacks [7pm/6pm central, ESPN]

(16) Virginia Tech vs. (24) Miami: Miami is all of a sudden back in the rankings and Virginia Tech did an amazing job coming back from that ugly James Madison loss at the beginning of the season. Even though Miami has faltered throughout the season, this should be a great ACC match-up. [3:30pm/2:30 central, ESPN]

As for my teams, (11) Alabama is playing Georgia State and Michigan is taking on (7) Wisconsin in Ann Arbor. Alabama should have no problem whatsoever, and I'm praying that Michigan does not get slaughtered.

Also, I'm aware that NCAA Men's Basketball season has started, but so has the Alabama School of Law's finals season. Considering there are so many more basketball games and we're a long way from March, unless something real impressive comes up in basketball, I will be sticking to football until after the bowl season, or at least until December 15th when I take my last final.

Roll Tide & Go Blue.

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