This week was filled with analysts arguing who belonged in the title game. Beginning Friday night with OSU losing on the road in Ames, 4 of the top 10 teams in the country lost, and an all SEC BCS Championship game is looking more and more likely with LSU, Alabama, and Arkansas the probable top 3 when the polls come out today.
(#5) Oklahoma 38, (#25) Baylor 45
After 20 unsuccessful tries, the Baylor Bears finally got their first win over the Sooners, and it could not have come in a more dramatic fashion. With about a minute left, Oklahoma ran the ball into the end zone and tied up the game. When Baylor got the ball back, they ran the ball up the middle signaling that they were willing to take the game to overtime. However, Bob Stoops called a time out thinking that maybe they would have a little bit of time left to do something if they got the ball back. The Bears changed their strategy, Robert Griffin – who now needs to be seriously considered for the Heisman with his 479 passing yards and 4 touchdowns – drove his team down the field and threw a beautiful touchdown pass on a scramble, and OU’s chances at a title have all but disappeared.
(#2) Oklahoma State 31, Iowa State 37 (2OT)
The Cowboys’ dream season took a big hit with this loss, although an outside chance at the title game is still possible with all the other losses on Saturday. Both teams were pass-heavy, but OSU only amassed 60 total rushing yards. Heisman-hopeful Brandon Weedon threw for 476 yards and 3 touchdowns but also had 3 uncharacteristic interceptions. The December 3rd game against Oklahoma doesn’t have quite the impact anymore, but these two teams will be playing for the Big XII title (which OSU has never won).
(#7) Clemson 13, North Carolina State 37
A couple of weeks ago, the Tigers had national championship aspirations. Now, it looks like they’re going to have to beat a very good Virginia Tech team in the ACC title game in order to get into a BCS bowl game. Saturday’s game looked like an example of a good team not showing up to play. At halftime, the usually dominant Tigers had only racked up 86 yards of offense against a team that wasn’t even bowl-eligible yet. Next week, Clemson closes their season against cross-state rival South Carolina.
(#18) USC 38, (#4) Oregon 35
This is the third time this year that the longest home winning streak has been snapped. First, Texas Tech won at Oklahoma. Then TCU took down Boise State on their blue field. Now the Ducks have fallen to the Trojans. The star of the night was Matt Barkley who threw for 323 yards and 4 touchdowns. Unfortunately, due to NCAA sanctions, the Trojans aren’t allowed to play in the Pac-12 title game or a post-season bowl-game. So, right now, it’s all for pride. After the Cowboys went down, many analysts were arguing with each other over whether Alabama or Oregon should get a rematch against LSU in the title game. Well, this game put that argument to rest.
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