(#6) Oregon 53, (#3) Stanford 30
Heisman hopeful Andrew Luck threw for 271 yards and three touchdowns, but was also responsible for two interceptions and a lost fumble in the Cardinal’s first loss of the season. Stanford’s schedule has been fairly soft up to this game, so this loss is a huge hit for their credibility. For the Ducks, running back LaMichael James rushed for 146 yards and 3 touchdowns, showing he is a true playmaker and will be a great addition to whatever NFL team drafts him. All of the sudden, Oregon has replaced Stanford as the Pac-12 team that could slip into the title game should a team in front of them stumble.
Texas A&M 50, (#17) Kansas St 53 (4OT)
With the 4 extra periods of play, Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein was able to throw for a career-high 281 yards, and account for six touchdowns in the air and on the ground. The Wildcats were able to come up with yet another dramatic victory while handing A&M another heart-wrenching loss. The Aggies put up good numbers with running back Cyrus Gray rushing for 218 yards and two touchdowns, and QB Ryan Tannehill throwing for 210 yards and 3 touchdowns, but they still came up short. It’s amazing how far Texas A&M has fallen since being #9 in the preseason poll; now, they are sitting at 5-5 and must win one of their last 2 games against Kansas or Texas to even become bowl eligible.
TCU 36, (#5) Boise State 35
Not only did this game end the Broncos chances at a BCS bowl game, but now TCU is in the driver’s seat to win the Mountain West conference as both of their losses are out of conference. Boise State actually had a chance to win the game on a last second field goal, but the 39-yarder just missed thus snapping the nation’s longest home winning streak at 35 games. Kellan Moore was once again great throwing for 320 yards and 2 touchdowns, but this game was about the other quarterback – Casey Pachall. He hasn’t been given much credit this year, especially since he has to follow in Andy Dalton’s huge footsteps. However, throwing for 473 yards, tossing five touchdowns, and completing a crucial 2-point conversion to give his team the final lead established himself as a legitimate quarterback. Even though this is Boise’s only loss so far and is against a decent opponent, a loss for Boise State always means so much more due to their relatively weak strength of schedule.
(#2) Oklahoma St 66, Texas Tech 6
With Stanford and Boise State both losing, a spot in the title game is now the Cowboys’ to lose. They have been completely dominant lately, and Saturday was no different. Less than a minute into the second quarter, the score was 41-0. Enough said. Right now, an LSU/OSU matchup seems most likely, but anything can still happen. OSU is at Iowa State next week and finishes the season at home against in-state rival OU (who by the way has won 19 of the past 20 matchups). On the other hand, Texas Tech has just been awful ever since upsetting the Sooners in Norman a couple of weeks ago. That’s bad news for Oklahoma, as that loss to the Red Raiders looks worse and worse every week. If LSU or OSU slips up, voters are probably going to consider Oregon, Alabama, and Stanford over the Sooners due to the nature of their 1 loss.
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