Things at the top remained relatively unchanged over the weekend but there were a few interesting developments. I’ll get right to it.
Central Michigan 35 at Ball State 3- Dan LeFevour put on another Wednesday night show in the MAC.
Colorado 28 at Oklahoma State 31- The Buffs put up a fight in this one but Oklahoma State was able to come back with their 3rd string QB. I have to think that the Colorado job will be available come next weekend.
Boise State 52 at Utah State21- The Broncos continue to keep rolling. I don’t see how you can keep them out of the BCS at this point.
UConn 33 at Notre Dame 30- What a depressing November this has been. The Irish picked up their third consecutive loss in a double overtime soul crusher at home on Senior Day. It doesn’t get much worse than that. Throw in the countdown on the Weis era and surrounding media frenzy on top, and this stretch run has been painful. I started to write a Weis era wrap up type piece on Saturday and still haven’t been able to make myself finish it. Perhaps I’ll attempt it again later today.
Ohio State 21 at Michigan 10- Michigan will stay home for the second consecutive bowl season. If the Wolverines don’t make a drastic improvement next season their new AD will get to cut his teeth on a coaching search. Maybe Weis’ replacement can help finish him off next fall.
Oklahoma 13 at Texas Tech 41- The Dread Pirate got a little payback for the beat down in Norman last season. Granted little was at stake in this one but at 6-5 with Okie State left on the schedule Stoops could conceivably finish .500.
LSU 23 at Ole Miss 25- Did Les Miles really do that? For a guy that gets a fair amount of respect as a coach he seems to do something a couple of times each season that really make you wonder what he’s thinking. Lining up with 1 second on the clock to try and spike it vice kicking a field goal on Saturday was definitely one of those moments. Based on his post game comments it sounds like he intended to run a play because he did not think he could line up his field goal unit in time. Apparently that word didn’t get to QB Jordan Jefferson. Strange ending to a game for sure.
Kansas State 3 at Nebraska 17- Check out the Huskers, coming out on top of the Big 12 North. While the North is definitely down, this is still a very positive step for the Nebraska program under Bo Pelini. They will be big underdogs against Texas in the Big 12 title game but you never know how that is going to go. The Big 12 title game has had several notable upsets since its inception, one of the first being Texas knocking off Nebraska in 1996. A little payback 13 years later? I’ll get to that in a couple of weeks.
Kansas 20 at Texas 51- Is anyone ever going to stop Jordan Shipley? The Horns continue to control their own destiny and formally clinched the Big 12 South with the win over Kansas.
Oregon 44 at Arizona 41- This turned out to be a wild game, with Oregon winning in double overtime. I’ll be curious to see how Ohio State does against these guys in the Rose Bowl. I’m thinking the Bucks could seriously be in over their heads.
Cal 34 at Stanford 28- Stanford followed up two big wins over USC and Oregon by screwing around and losing "The Game." Perfect, now they’ll get all re-focused just in time to run rule Notre Dame this Saturday night. It will be hard to force myself to turn that one on.
What were Florida and Alabama doing playing FIU and Chattanooga in week 12?