The Weekly Sports Report

For the first time this season, there was some significant movement in the upper level of the A.P. Top 25 poll. The top five teams remained in place after last weekend's action, but Auburn jumped from #8 to #6 after their impressive road win over Tennessee.

West Virginia dropped ten notches from #6 to #16 after losing to Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.  Ohio State fell all the way from #7 to #18 after their shocking upset by Northwestern.  California jumped up three places to #7 after a big road win over Oregon State.  Florida State moved up one spot to #8 after easily disposing of North Carolina.  Purdue made the biggest upward move.  The Boilermakers leaped from #15 to #9 after trouncing Notre Dame in South Bend.  Finally, Virginia moved from #12 to #10 despite having the weekend off.  This week features a number of big games, the most important being the PAC 10 match-up of 3-0 California at 4-0 USC.

 

 All of this week's top contests are listed following the recap of last week's action below:   

WEDNESDAY 

South –

Marshall finally got into the win column, 33-25 over Miami (Ohio).  Senior QB Stan Hill led the way for the Thundering Herd, completing 23-37 passes for 184 yards and 3 TDs.  Two of Hill's TD tosses went to senior WR Brad Bates.  Marshall's defense also figured prominently in the victory.  They sacked RedHawks' QB Josh Betts six times, four recorded by senior DE Johnathan Goddard.  Betts also tossed two interceptions and lost two fumbles.  Goddard forced one of the fumbles and recovered the other. 

THURSDAY 

East –

Connecticut's first Big East home game was a huge success.  The Huskies rallied past Pittsburgh 29-17. UConn's senior CB Justin Perkins opened the scoring in the 1st quarter, intercepting a Tyler Palko pass and returning it nine yards. Pittsburgh rallied to tie the game at 10 late in the 2nd quarter on a short field goal by junior Josh Cummings.  The kick followed a controversial decision by Pitt coach Walt Harris on 3rd down.  After a time out, Harris had Palko take the snap and "slide" down in the middle of the field rather than try for a go-ahead TD.  The Huskies made Harris' move look even worse by returning the subsequent kickoff to near midfield and then completing a pass to get them within field goal range.  Sophmore Matt Nuzie then connected on a 49 yarder as time expired.  After another Nuzie field goal put the Huskies ahead 16-10, the Panthers gained their only lead of the game on a 1 yard TD run by Palko.  Senior QB Dan Orlovsky responded with an 8 yard TD toss to senior WR Keron Henry late in the 3rd quarter that put the Huskies ahead for good.  Sophomore RB Cornell Brockington added an insurance score on an 11 yard TD run with 6:25 left.  Brockington was the game's leading rusher with 185 yards on 31 carries.  Orlovsky completed 23-43 passes for 237 yards and a TD.  Palko, who was under intense pressure all game, finished with 11 completions in 31 attempts for 267 yards and 1 TD.  The outstanding player of the game was clearly Connecticut's senior MLB Alfred Fincher, who recorded 17 tackles. 

West -

Navy improved to 5-0 with a thrilling 24-21 win over Air Force.  The Middies will win their 2nd consecutive Commander-In-Chief's trophy with a victory over Army on December 4th.  Navy held a 14-6 lead at intermission and the 3rd quarter was scoreless.  Then, the fireworks erupted.  Air Force tied the game at 14 on a 14 yard TD pass from freshman QB Shaun Carney to senior RB Darnell Stephens.  Carney ran the ball in for a 2 point conversion.  Navy responded with a long drive capped off by a 3 yard TD run by senior FB Kyle Eckel.  Carney then engineered a beautiful drive capped off with a 12 yard TD pass to TE J.P. Waller with 2:21 left to re-tie the game at 21.  After returning the ensuing kickoff back to the 25 yard line, Navy quickly drove down the field. The key play was a 32 yard scamper by senior QB Aaron Polanco.  Senior kicker Geoff Blumenfeld than calmly booted a 30 yard field goal with just 4 seconds remaining for the winning points. 

FRIDAY 

West -

#14 Utah scored an impressive 28-7 road win over New Mexico.  Utes' junior QB Alex Smith opened the scoring in the 1st quarter with a 3 yard run.  The Lobos tied the game at 7 when junior CB Gabriel Fulbright returned a Smith fumble 68 yards.  Utah then tallied twice in the 2nd quarter, one on another Smith TD run, to put the game away.  Utah's final TD came in the 4th quarter on a 10 yard reverse by sophomore WR Steve Savoy, who also added 11 receptions for 150 yards.  The Utes' defense was dominant, holding New Mexico to eight 1st downs and only 157 yards of total offense. 

SATURDAY 

East –

Boston College used the running of freshman A.J. Brooks to get past D1AA Massachusetts 29-7.  Brooks carried 23 times for 160 yards and 2 TDs.  Eagles' Senior QB Paul Peterson completed 16-30 passes for 239 yards and another TD, but kept the Minutemen in the game by tossing 3 interceptions. 

Syracuse scored two TDs in the final 2:24 to rally past Rutgers 41-31 in the Carrier Dome.  The Orange went ahead 13-10 at the half on a 25 yard field goal by senior Colin Barber.  The teams traded touchdowns in the 3rd quarter before the Scarlet Knights regained the lead 24-20 on an 8 yard pass from junior QB Ryan Hart to TE Clark Harris, his 2nd TD catch of the game.  Syracuse came back on a 4 yard TD pass from sophomore QB Perry Patterson to senior FB Greg Hanoian.  Rutgers then responded with a 5 yard TD pass from Hart to WR Chris Baker with 3:58 left to go ahead 31-27.  On the first play following the kickoff, Rutgers recovered a fumble by senior RB Walter Reyes at the Orange 21.  However, the Knights lost 5 yards on the next 3 plays and freshman kicker Jeremy Ito's 43 yard field goal attempt sailed wide.  The miss seemed to deflate Rutgers as Syracuse quickly drove down the field for the winning TD on a 21 yard run by Reyes with 2.24 to play.  The Orange's ground game was dominant, as Reyes rang up 237 yards and 2 TDs on 19 carries and junior Damien Rhodes added 102 yards and 2 TDs on 10 carries.  For Rutgers, Hart completed 29-49 passes for 311 yards and 3 TDs. 

TCU extended Army's losing streak to 19 games, the longest in D1A, with a come-from-behind 21-17 win over the Black Knights.  Junior RB Lonta Hobbs ran for two TDs for the Horned Frogs, who had to rally from a 17-0 deficit. 

Elsewhere, Bowling Green destroyed Temple 70-16 as QB Omar Jacobs threw for a career-high 367 yards and 4 TDs.  Buffalo recorded their first win of the season, 48-20 over winless Central Florida. 

South –

#3 Georgia's senior QB David Greene made the most of a limited number of opportunities.  Greene threw 5 TD passes as the Bulldogs routed last year's National Co-Champion LSU 45-16.  Greene only attempted 19 passes, completing 10 for 172 yards.  The Bulldogs' ground game was solid as well.  Freshman RB Danny Ware rushed for 109 yards.  Georgia opened up a 24-0 lead on the shocked Tigers in the 2nd quarter before LSU recovered to close the 1st half trailing 24-10.  Georgia ended any hope of an LSU comeback by outscoring the Tigers 14-0 in the 3rd quarter. 

#4 Miami made a successful road debut in the ACC, trouncing Georgia Tech 27-3.  Senior QB Brock Berlin tossed a career-high 3 TD passes for the Hurricanes, and completed 10-20 passes for 202 yards.  Junior RB Frank Gore added 124 yards on the ground in 15 carries.  Miami's defense was once again dominant, forcing four Yellow Jacket turnovers including 3 interceptions of sophomore QB Reggie Ball. 

#6 West Virginia's dream of an undefeated season went up in flames as the Mountaineers were defeated by Virginia Tech 19-13 in Blacksburg.  Brandon Pace, the Hokies sophomore kicker, made amends for missing a game-winning kick last week against North Carolina State by booting four field goals.  Virginia Tech's junior RB Mike Imoh, in his first career start, rushed for 115 yards.  The Hokies defense came up with a huge play late in the game to preserve the win.  Senior FS Vince Fuller intercepted a Rasheed Marshall pass at the Tech 22 with 18 seconds remaining. 

#8 Auburn kept the playing of "Rocky Top" to a minimum as they upset #10 Tennessee 34-10 in Knoxville, the first Tiger win there since 1983.  Senior QB Jason Campbell was outstanding for Auburn, passing for 252 yards and 2 TDs.  The Tigers potent RB duo of seniors Carnell "Cadillac" Williams and Reggie Brown each rushed for another score.  Auburn's defense totally frustrated the Vols' pair of true freshman QBs.  Erik Ainge completed 17-35 passes for 173 yards, but suffered 4 interceptions and also lost a fumble.  Brent Schaeffer was just 1-5 with an interception.  Four of the five Auburn interceptions were made by senior SS Junior Rosegreen, who set a school record. 

#9 Florida State had little trouble with North Carolina, winning 38-16 in Tallahassee.  Sophomore QB Wyatt Sexton, replacing the injured Chris Rix, made a successful debut as a starter.  He threw for 3 TDs, two to senior WR Chauncey Stovall.  The Seminoles' ground game was also effective.  Junior RB Leon Washington had 10 carries for 153 yards and a TD, and sophomore Lorenzo Booker added 84 yards and another TD. 

#16 Florida held off a late rally to defeat Arkansas 45-30.  The Gators had a seemingly safe 38-7 lead late in the 3rd quarter before the Razorbacks ran off 23 straight points to close to within eight points at 38-30.  With Arkansas driving for a possible tying TD, sophomore MLB Channing Crowder intercepted a Matt Jones pass with just under 5 minutes left.  The Gators then drove for the insurance touchdown on a 2 yard pass from sophomore QB Chris Leak to junior WR Dallas Baker.  Leak completed 23-38 passes for a career-high 322 yards and 3 TDs.   

#22 Louisville continues to impress.  The Cardinals destroyed winless East Carolina 59-7 behind junior RB Eric Shelton.  The Florida State transfer rushed for 129 yards and 5 TDs, tying the school record.  Louisville piled up 549 yards of total offense and their defense forced five Pirate turnovers.  East Carolina's losing streak is now at nine games. 

In the "Battle of the Bulldogs," Louisiana Tech shocked #17 Fresno St. 28-21as junior RB Ryan Moats rushed 34 times for 236 yards and all four Tech TD's.  Moats' last score came on an 8 yard run with 3:20 remaining, following an interception of junior QB Paul Pinegar by senior LB Byron Santiago.  Fresno State's'last gasp ended on another interception, this one by Tramon Williams, at the Tech 20 yard line with 1:03 remaining.  The loss ended Fresno State's hopes of crashing the BCS party.   

North Carolina St. won a thriller over Wake Forest, 27-21 in overtime in Raleigh.  The Demon Deacons led 14-0 at intermission, but the Wolfpack rallied to take the lead with three TDs in the 3rd quarter.  Wake Forest tied the game at 21 on a one yard run by Micah Andrews, his second TD of the game, in the final period.  In OT, Wake junior kicker Matt Winosky's 34 yard field goal attempt hit the left upright.  The Wolfpack then turned to their star junior RB, T.A. McLendon.  He carried four straight times, the last resulting in a TD from 8 yards out.  North Carolina State's much-maligned junior QB Jay Davis recovered from a poor 1st half to complete 16-21 passes for 228 yards and a TD. 

Without injured starting QB Brodie Croyle, Alabama's offense is nearly non-existant.  The Crimson Tide dropped a 20-3 decision to South Carolina as their back-up quarterbacks threw 4 interceptions.  Neither team showed much early offense as the 1st half ended with the Gamecocks clinging to a 6-3 lead.  South Carolina's sophomore back-up QB Syvelle Newton then took charge, scoring on runs of 8 and 9 yards in the 3rd quarter to ice the win. 

Junior QB Dustin Almond threw for 200 yards and 2 TDs to lead Southern Mississippi to a 27-20 road win over South Florida.  The Golden Eagles defense came through with 4 interceptions of the Bulls sophomore QB Pat Julmiste. 

Elsewhere, Duke finally got in the win column with a 28-10 win over D1AA Citadel.  Louisiana-Lafayette rallied past Florida International 43-34.  Memphis got a school record 262 rushing yards and 4 TDs from junior RB DeAngelo Williams to rout Houston 41-14.  Mississippi edged Arkansas St. 28-21.  Troy St. opened up a 35-0 halftime lead and coasted past Utah St. 49-21.  Vanderbilt recorded their first win of the season, 31-13 over Mississippi State.  Finally, Ohio shocked Kentucky 28-16 as WR Scott Moyle caught 4 passes for 157 yards and 2 TDs and Kentucky suffered 5 second half turnovers. 

Midwest -

#7 Ohio State lost a shocker, 33-27 in overtime to Northwestern.  It was the first time the Wildcats have defeated the Buckeyes since 1971, and their first win over OSU in Evanston since 1958!  Ohio St. trailed 27-17 but forced overtime with ten points in the final 9:30, the last score coming on a 21 yard pass from sophomore QB Justin Zwick to fellow sophomore WR Santonio Holmes.  On Ohio State's 1st possession in overtime, usually reliable senior kicker Mike Nugent's 40 yard field goal attempt sailed wide right.  Wildcats' junior QB Brett Basanez set up the winning score, a 1 yard run by senior Noah Herron, with a 21 yard scramble on their 2nd play.  Basanez finished with 24 completions in 44 attempts for 278 yards and 2 TDs.  Herron rushed 33 times for 111 yards and 2 TDs and also caught a 12 yard TD pass from Basanez.  Zwick ended the evening with 18 completions in 38 attempts for 211 yards.  Northwestern deserved the victory, shredding Ohio State's usually tough defense for 444 yards while holding the Buckeyes to just 308.   

#15 Purdue was another school that broke a long losing streak.  The Boilermakers defeated Notre Dame 41-16, their first win in South Bend in 30 years.  Senior QB Kyle Orton continues to look like the front runner for the Heisman Trophy.  He completed 21-31 for 385 yards and 4 TDs, including a 97 yarder to his favorite target, senior WR Taylor Stubblefield.  For the season, Orton has thrown 17 TD passes with no interceptions!  The key play in the game came with the score tied at 3 following a Notre Dame field goal.  Jerome Brooks returned the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for the TD that put Purdue ahead to stay.  The lone bright spot for the Irish was the play of sophomore QB Brady Quinn, who completed 26-46 passes for a career-high 432 yards. 

#18 Minnesota topped Penn St. 16-7 behind the running of their talented duo of sophomore Laurence Moroney and junior Marion Barber III.  Moroney carried 24 times for 144 yards and a TD while Barber added 88 yards and a TD on 21 rushes.  The Nittany Lions' struggling offense was held in check most of the game.  Their only score came in the 3rd period on a Zack Mills TD pass.  Mills completed 24-46 passes for 250 yards, but Penn St. only managed 21 yards on the ground against the Gophers.  Penn State's special teams work kept them in the game.  They blocked two field goals and an extra point. 

#19 Michigan overcame a sluggish first half to drub Indiana 35-14 in Bloomington.  The Wolverines' true freshman QB Chad Henne lost two fumbles in the 1st half but still went into the locker room leading 14-7 as sophomore Leon Hall returned a punt 76 yards for Michigan's 2nd TD.  The Wolverines quickly took charge in the 3rd quarter.  Grant Murray returned the opening kickoff to the Hoosier 3 yard line and freshman RB Michael Hart then scored on a 1 yard run.  Michigan scored two more TDs in the 3rd quarter to break the game wide open.  Henne finished with 17 completions in 21 attempts for 316 yards and 3 TDs, two to senior WR Braylon Edwards.  Indiana's offense struggled all afternoon.  Their leading rusher was junior punter Tyson Beattie who rambled 39 yards on a fake punt. 

#20 Wisconsin finally got some offense to go along with their defense, which has given up the least points per game in the country.  Senior RB Anthony Davis, who missed the previous three games with an orbital bone fracture, sparked the Badgers with 27 carries for 213 yards and all 3 of their TDs.  It appeared Wisconsin would waltz to victory, but the Illini closed to within 10 points at 17-7 on a 3 yard TD pass from 3rd string QB Chris Pazan to sophomore TE Melvin Bryant with 7 ½ minutes left.  Davis then sealed the Badgers' win with a 31 yard TD run. 

Missouri held on to defeat Colorado 17-9 in Columbia.  The Tigers had a 10-9 lead at the half after blocking the PAT after a late Buffalo TD.  Senior QB Brad Smith then gave Missouri some insurance with a 51 yard TD pass to junior WR Sean Coffey in the 3rd quarter.  Smith finished with 16 completions in 25 attempts for 189 yards and also rushed for 76 yards on 17 carries.  Colorado's junior QB Joel Klatt was 18-28 for 171 yards, but suffered 3 costly interceptions. 

Nebraska survived four turnovers and two missed field goals to edge Kansas 14-8, their 36th straight win over the Jayhawks.  Diminutive junior RB Cory Ross led the Cornhuskers, scoring both TDs.  He rushed 19 times for 107 yards and also caught a game-winning 14 yard pass from sophomore QB Joe Dailey in the 3rd quarter that erased an 8-7 deficit.   

Iowa rebounded from two straight losses to pound Michigan State 38-16.  The Hawkeyes were paced by sophomore QB Drew Tate, who completed 25 of 36 passes for 340 yards and a TD. 

In other games, UAB held on to defeat Cincinnati 30-27.  Toledo recorded their 3rd straight win, 52-14 over Ball St.  Junior QB Kent Smith's 4th quarter run gave Central Michigan a 24-21 win over Kent St.  Northern Illinois opened up a 21-0 lead after the 1st quarter and coasted past Akron 49-19.  Finally, Idaho broke into the win column with a 45-41 win over Eastern Michigan.  The Vandals' two freshman RBs, Jayson Bird and Rolly Lumbala, each scored 3 TDs. 

Southwest -

#2 Oklahoma used the passing of Heisman Trophy winner Jason White to defeat Texas Tech 28-13 in Norman.  White tossed 3 TD passes, two to junior WR Travis Wilson.  White has now thrown 54 career TD passes, breaking the previous school record held by Josh Heupel.  The Sooners also were effective on the ground, with true freshman RB Adrian Peterson leading the way with 146 yards and a TD. 

#5 Texas had little trouble with Baylor, routing the Bears 44-14.  Senior RB Cedric Benson, a Heisman Trophy candidate, rushed 34 times for 188 yards and 3 TDs to lead the Longhorns.  Sophomore QB Vince Young completed 15-20 passes for 189 yards and 2 TDs, both to senior WR Tony Jeffrey. 

#25 Oklahoma St. overcame a slow start to crush Iowa St. 36-7.  The game was scoreless after the first fifteen minutes, but the Cowboys outscored the Cyclones 23-0 in the 2nd quarter to take command.  Junior RB Vernand Morency paced Oklahoma St. with 143 yards and 2 TDs.  The Cowboys' defense was too much for the Cyclones, holding them to 59 yards on the ground and forcing four fumbles. 

Texas A&M won their 3rd straight, 42-30 over Kansas St.  Sophomore RB Courtney Lewis rushed for 62 yards on 18 carries and scored 3 TDs for the Aggies.  The Wildcats trailed 35-17 before closing to 35-30 on two 4th quarter TD passes by sophomore QB Dylan Meier.  After another Kansas St. drive was stopped short, the Aggies got the clinching TD on a 62 yard scramble by junior QB Reggie McNeal. 

Elsewhere, North Texas won their first game of the year, edging Middle Tennessee 27-21.  Finally, UTEP improved to 2-2 with a 45-0 win over New Mexico St. 

West -

#10 California prepared for this week's meeting with #1 USC by routing Oregon St. 49-7 in Corvallis.  Junior QB Aaron Rodgers completed 12-16 passes for 140 yards and 3 TDs and senior WR Chase Lyman had 5 receptions for a career-high 176 yards and 3 TDs.  His 2nd TD catch came on a 76 yard halfback option pass from Terrell Williams and broke a 7-7 tie.  The play seemed to demoralize the Beavers, as the Golden Bears outscored them 35-0 the rest of the game.  Oregon State was held to 91 yards rushing and senior QB Derek Anderson was picked off twice by Cal's defense. 

#21 Arizona St. improved to 5-0 with a 28-13 road win over Oregon.  Sun Devil's senior QB Andrew Walter completed 14-23 for 164 yards and 3 TDs including the clinching score, a one yard pass to Rudy Burgess with 3:03 remaining.  3rd string RB Hakim Hill came up big for Arizona St. with 134 yards and a TD.  The Sun Devils' top two RBs are sidelined by suspension and injury. 

#23 Boise St. bounced back from an early 7-0 deficit to defeat SMU 38-20.  The Mustangs got on the board first on a 53 yard interception return by junior FS Alvin Nnabuife.  The Broncos responded with 28 straight points to take a 28-7 lead into the locker room.  Sophomore QB Jared Zabransky completed 20-31 passes for 190 yards and 2 TDs and senior Chris Carr returned a punt 78 yards for another score for the Broncos. 

Once again, sophomore RB Maurice Drew was instrumental in leading UCLA to victory.  He rushed 21 times for 161 yards and a TD as the Bruins overcame San Diego St. 33-10.  Sophomore Justin Medlock added four field goals for UCLA, who extended their winning streak over the Aztecs to 17. 

Surprising Stanford improved to 3-1 with a 27-13 win over Washington in Palo Alto.  J.R. Lemon led the Cardinal, rushing for 162 yards and 3 TDs.  Sophomore QB Trent Edwards completed 23-33 passes but his 3 interceptions allowed the Huskies to remain in the game.  The loss dropped Washington to 0-4 and snapped their six game winning streak against Stanford. 

BYU overcame a terrific performance by Colorado State's junior WR David Anderson to defeat the Rams 31-21.  Anderson had 12 receptions for 232 yards.  The Cougars were paced by QB John Beck's 238 passing yards. 

In other games, Hawaii broke a 13-13 halftime tie with two 3rd quarter TDs and went on to rout Tulsa 44-16.  Wyoming drubbed winless Louisiana-Monroe 31-10.  UNLV presented retiring head coach John Robinson with his first win of the year, as the Runnin' Rebels scored 35 second half points to defeat rival Nevada 48-13.  Finally, in the "Bizzaro World" game of the year, San Jose St. overcame Rice 70-63.  Among the NCAA records set were: 

1.       Most combined points in a Division 1A game.

2.       Most points scored by a losing team in a Division 1A game.

3.       Most TDs scored (19) in a Division 1A game. 

The Owls set a school record, running an even 100 plays from scrimmage and piling up 634 yards of total offense.  By contrast, the Spartans only ran 49 plays, but stayed in the game with several long kick returns.

San Jose trailed 34-7 after the first twenty minutes and 49-35 in the 3rd quarter before pulling the game out with 28 fourth quarter points.  Senior QB Dale Rogers, who sat out the early part of the game with an injury, led the furious Spartan comeback by passing for 359 yards and 5 TDs. 

Incidentally this thrilling spectacle was witnessed by a "crowd" of only 4,093, many of whom doubtless left Spartan Stadium early.

 

This weekend's games will have a major impact on the BSC Bowl picture.  Here's a look at the top games this week: 

THURSDAY 

South –

Clemson @ #10 Virginia – The Cavs are still very much alive for the ACC crown, with a big game at Florida State a week from Saturday.  Tommy Bowden can help his dad and his future employment prospects by upsetting Virginia. 

Houston @ Southern Mississippi – The Golden Eagles are 3-0 and don't face Louisville this season.  Wouldn't it be something if their home game with California on December 4th (postponed from September 18th) matched two undefeated teams! 

SATURDAY 

East –

# 9 Purdue @ Penn St. – Will Joe Paterno sprout a few more gray hairs after this one is over? 

South -

#17 Tennessee @ #3 Georgia – I'm not forgetting I'll owe the Bulldogs an apology if they win again.  Can Tennessee's two true freshmen QBs recover from their tough game against Auburn last week? 

#24 LSU @ #12 Florida – Florida head coach Ron Zook will quiet a lot of his critics if he can tame the Tigers in The Swamp. 

Georgia Tech @ #23 Maryland – The Terps are still undefeated in ACC play and can't afford to look past the Yellow Jackets. 

Virginia Tech @ Wake Forest – The Hokies are coming off an emotional revenge win over West Virginia.  They can't afford to come out flat against the underrated Demon Deacons. 

North Carolina St. @ North Carolina – This is always a good rivalry game.  The Wolfpack is also undefeated in the ACC.  Did they finally find their offense in the 2nd half of last week's overtime win over Wake Forest? 

Midwest -

#13 Minnesota @ #14 Michigan – Gophers have a slightly easier schedule than Michigan after this game.  The Wolverines needed a miracle rally last season to pull out a 38-35 win in the Metrodome. 

#15 Wisconsin @ #18 Ohio St. – The Buckeyes will be in a foul mood after their upset by Northwestern.  Can the offensively challenged Badgers score enough to win?  A loss virtually eliminates Ohio St. from the Big Ten race. 

Texas A&M @ Iowa St. – Aggies have reeled off 3 straight wins after losing their opener at Utah. 

Southwest -

#3 Oklahoma vs. #5 Texas in Dallas – The winner will be in the driver's seat for the Big 12 – South title.  After a 65-13 blowout by the Sooners last year, the fans in Austin are still waiting for Mack Brown to win the big one! 

Nebraska @ Texas Tech – The Cornhuskers have as good a shot as anyone in the weaker Big 12 – North.  A road win over the Red Raiders would be a big stepping stone. 

Missouri @ Baylor – Tigers are another strong contender for the Big 12 – North crown.  They should have little trouble with the Bears. 

West -

#7 California @ #1 USC – The Golden Bears overcame a three week layoff to rout Oregon St. 49-7 in Corvallis last Saturday.  They obviously were not looking ahead to meeting the #1 Trojans, who had last weekend off.  The winner will have a big leg up on the PAC 10 title and a possible berth in the Orange Bowl. 

Oregon @ Washington St. – The Cougars are 1-0 in the PAC 10.  They have USC at home and don't face California.  You never know, right? 

#22 Oklahoma St. @ Colorado – The 4-0 Cowboys get little notice, but are slowly moving up the ladder.  The Buffaloes return home after dropping a tough decision at Missouri, and are still alive in the Big 12 - North. 

 

 

 


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