1. Auburn Tigers-Something went click. The Auburn Tigers hit a switch and turned on both the offense and defense after falling behind 24-0 to the Alabama Crimson Tide. After allowing Alabama’s offense to rack up 379 yards of total offense in the first half, the Tide was held to 67 total yards in the second half. Auburn stopped Alabama on a fourth down try to seal a remarkable comeback 28-24.
Up Next: No. 2 Auburn at No. 19 South Carolina (Dec. 4 – SEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME), No. 11 Alabama’s regular season completed.
2. Oregon Ducks-What’s new? The Ducks keep on winning but they have struggled in the first half in their last two games having to come from behind to win each game. Don’t get it twisted. When the offense gets quacking there is not any doubt that the Ducks will take control of the game, but two games in the row tells me that other teams are starting to figure this team out. They just haven’t figured out how to maintain the game plan. Oregon’s offense got on track in the second half against the Arizona Wildcats and scored 5 touchdowns to put the game out of reach for a final score of 48-29. Arizona’s quarterback, Nick Foles, ate up the Duck’s defense for a career-high 448 yards. Both offenses combined for a total of 55 first downs and 1,043 total yards.
Up Next: No. 21 Arizona vs Arizona State (Dec. 2), No. 1 Oregon at Oregon State (Dec. 4)
3. TCU Horned Frogs-This weekend the Horned Frogs will be rooting for a cock to defeat a tiger. In real life we know that wouldn’t happen but in college football it is very much possible. Right now Oregon and Auburn are a lock to play in Glendale, Arizona for the BCS Championship, but there is a possibility that Auburn could lose against South Carolina in the SEC Championship Game this upcoming weekend. The Horned Frogs held up their end of the bargain by spanking a demoralized New Mexico team 66-17. TCU opened up the can with 3 straight touchdowns to take a 21-0 lead and never looked back. New Mexico has not beaten TCU since 1997.
4. Wisconsin Badgers-The last two weeks the Badgers have fun of their opponents by making the score look like a football score. And they have been very impressive while doing it. This past Saturday they threw a hefty 70 points on a bowl eligible Northwestern squad. In the second half, the Badgers threw the ball an obscene one time. Once. A single pass. That’s it. It is embarrassing when one of the opposing backs literally outruns a team’s entire squad. That is exactly what Montee Ball did to Northwestern. Ball scored a total of 4 touchdowns to help Wisconsin earn a share of the Big Ten Title and score 70 points or more for the third time this year.
Up Next: Northwestern’s regular season completed. No. 7 Wisconsin’s regular season completed.
5. Ohio State Buckeyes-This is a toss-up between this team and the Stanford Cardinals. I think Ohio State plays in a more difficult conference so they get the 5th spot. The Buckeyes easily dismissed the Michigan Wolverines 37-7. Running Back, Dan “Boom” Herron, skated his way to 175 yards and 2 touchdowns on 22 carries to help his Buckeyes earn at a least a share of the Big Ten Title for the sixth consecutive year.
Up Next: Michigan’s regular season completed. No. 8 Ohio State’s regular season completed.
6. Stanford Cardinals-Stanford kept Oregon State off the scoreboard and defeated the Beavers 38-0 while also setting a school record with 11 wins. The Cardinals have won 10 games three other times in their history. Stanford set the tone of the game on their first drive by driving 71 yards and scoring on an Andrew Luck touchdown. Andrew Luck had an efficient game by going 21 of 30 for 317 yards and four scores to help the Cardinals to a regular season record of 11-1.
Up Next: Oregon State vs No. 2 Oregon (Dec. 4), No. 6 Stanford’s regular season completed.
7. Michigan State Spartans-Okay. I want to knock these guys down a notch but I can’t do that to a team that has only lost 1 game and is the co-champion of the Big Ten Title with fellow conference mates Ohio State and Wisconsin. The Spartans had to recover an onside kick with under a minute left to end Penn State’s rally and hold on to a 28-22 win. Spartans’ running back, Edwin Baker, carried the rock 28 times for 118 yards and a touchdown. Michigan State joined the ranks of Stanford by winning 11 contests for the first time in school history.
Up Next: No. 10 Michigan State’s regular season completed. Penn State’s regular season completed.
8. Boise State-A lot of poles have moved a 2 loss team, most likely Arkansas, ahead of the Broncos after suffering their 1st loss of the season to the University of Nevada. It was an upset but not to the point that it was highly unexpected. They lost to a pretty explosive Nevada Wolf Pack team that itself has only suffered one loss on the season. No one expected the Wolf Pack to keep up with Boise State’s offense but not only did they accomplish that, they were able to contain one of the most efficient and explosive offenses in the country. By losing this game the Broncos have knocked themselves out of the national championship race and a shot at a BCS Bowl Game. Maybe it is time for Boise State to move to a Power Conference. Then, if they do suffer a late season loss, they won’t jeopardize the entire season making it a complete failure.
Up Next: No. 4 Boise State vs Utah State (Dec. 4), No. 19 Nevada at Louisiana Tech (Dec. 4)
9. Arkansas State Razorbacks-I jumped on their bandwagon after they stir fried my beloved chickens of South Carolina. The Razorbacks won their sixth consecutive game while beating three nationally ranked teams in the process, South Carolina, Mississippi State, and LSU. They defeated LSU, handing the Tigers’ their second loss of the season, 31-23. This team can score against the best of them.
Up Next: No. 5 LSU’s regular season completed. No. 12 Arkansas regular season completed.
10. Oklahoma Sooners-Oklahoma and it’s in-state rival, Oklahoma State, gave the fans a fourth quarter to remember. They both combined to score 40 points and nearly 400 points in the final quarter alone. Oklahoma held on to outpace the Beavers 47-41 in this gridiron track meet. Ryan Broyles recovered an onside kick with 36 seconds left in the game to seal the victory. Landry Jones threw for 468 yards and 4 touchdowns despite being picked off 4 times by the Beavers.
Up Next: No. 13 Oklahoma at No. 13 Nebraska (Dec. 4 – DR PEPPER BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP GAME), No. 9 Oklahoma State’s regular season completed.
Have a happy and safe holiday season!