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21 November 2010


Although this past weekend did not have many “marquee match-ups,” in college football you never really know what may happen.  The Ole Miss Rebels almost pulled off a huge upset of a top 10 team, while the Texas A&M Aggies did just that.

Biggest Upset:

No. 19 Texas A&M Aggies 9, No. 8 Nebraska Cornhuskers 6.  The Texas A&M Aggies came into this game with something to prove, and they did just that.  The Aggies have been in the bottom of their conference (the Big 12) for several years now after having solid teams throughout the 80s and 90s.  They had a chance to make a big statement against the No. 8 Cornhuskers who have had a tremendous season.  This game came down to field goals, and the Aggies were able to get three while the Cornhuskers only got two.  The Cornhuskers’ offense was limited since their starting quarterback, Taylor Martinez, was in and out of the game due to an injured ankle.  The Cornhuskers only had 306 total yards, and they didn’t help themselves with 145 yard in penalties.  Cornhusker coach Bo Pelini tried to downplay the loss, saying that the game “was irrelevant.”  The Cornhuskers do control their own destiny in their effort to get the Big 12 North Championship—if they beat Colorado this upcoming weekend, they will win the Big 12 North division.  However, you know Pelini and company could not have been happy about their performance on Saturday.

Good one-liner:  “I think the Huskers underestimated the Aggies coming into last week’s game.

Almost upset:

No. 5 Louisiana State University (LSU) Tigers 43, Ole Miss Rebels 36.  LSU has had a great year, but they almost let a mediocre Ole Miss team hand them a loss on Saturday.  LSU scored a go-ahead touchdown with 44 seconds left to secure the victory.  LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson had a huge game, passing for a career high 254 yards, throwing for one touchdown and running for another.

Historic game:

Notre Dame Fighting Irish 27, Army Black Knights 3.  Neither one of these teams is competing for a championship, but this game was one of the hottest tickets of the season.  Why?  The two teams have huge, loyal fan bases and were dominant programs in the 1940s and 1950s.  To celebrate the historic rivalry, the game was played in the new Yankee Stadium, the first football game to be played in the new field.  Army got out to an early 3-0 lead, but then their offense decided to stop trying to move the ball.  Notre Dame was in control for the rest of the contest and gained their 6th win of the season, making them eligible for a post-season bowl game.

Good one-liner:  “To be the first football game in Yankee Stadium, it would have been nice to actually have had a good game.”

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BCS: Bowl Championship Series, the post season system developed to pit the #1 and #2 teams in the nation against each other in a national championship game.  It determines this through a ranking system that is a combination of two polls where individuals vote on the rankings and a third set of rankings comprised of a number of computer generated polls.  The BCS as a system for college football has been very controversial. 
FBS: Football Bowl Subdivision – a subset of Division I football where the largest football colleges are grouped.  These are the ones you traditionally see on TV.  It is named the Bowl Subdivision because the post season for these teams are the bowl games.
FCS: Football Championship Subdivision – the next level down from FBS where the teams play a play-off to determine their national champion

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