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28 November 2010


Saturday featured some classic in state rivalries like Florida-Florida State, Georgia-Georgia Tech, and Oklahoma-Oklahoma State.  There were a couple of other big rivalries too like Notre Dame-USC and Ohio State-Michigan.  When the dust settled, most of the “favored” teams won, but there were a couple of big upsets that changed the championship picture for next weekend.  We’ll cover this more in our college preview later in the week, but here is the skinny on the conference championship games this upcoming weekend:

Atlantic Coastal Conference (ACC):
Florida State Seminoles vs. Virginia Tech Hokies (Saturday, 7:45pm, ESPN)

Big 12 Conference:
Oklahoma, Texas A&M, or Oklahoma State (to be determined by the BCS rankings on Sunday) vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers (Saturday, 8pm, ABC)

Southeastern Conference:
South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Auburn Tigers (Saturday, 4pm, CBS

Here are the quick recaps of the big games from Saturday…

Biggest Upset:

Florida State Seminoles 31, Florida Gators 7.  This rivalry has turned into a one-sided affair lately as Florida had beaten Florida State six straight times coming into this game.  Not this time, though.  Florida has some big quarterback problems as they used three different quarterbacks, none of which was especially effective at running the offense.  On the other side of the ball, Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder looked strong, tossing three touchdowns and no interceptions.  While the victory was nice for Florida State over their in-state rival, their big “win” today occurred when Maryland beat North Carolina State, paving the way for Florida State to get a shot against Virginia Tech in the ACC title game. 

Good one-liner:  “Florida’s quarterback situation is really bad.”

Battle for Georgia:

Georgia Bulldogs 35, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 34.  This game featured two teams with disappointing seasons.  Georgia Tech was coming off of an impressive campaign last year, but struggled to become bowl eligible this year.  On the other side of the ball, the Georgia Bulldogs could never put it together this season, entering this game at 5-6 and just hoping to get by Georgia Tech to get to the magic 6-win mark which is the threshold to go to a bowl game.  This contest was a back and forth affair, but in the end it was decided by a kicker.  Georgia Tech’s normally reliable kicker, Scott Blair, missed an extra point that would have knotted the game at 35.  The win gave Georgia one more game for this season, making them bowl eligible for the 15th straight year.

Battle for Oklahoma:

Oklahoma State Cowboys 41, Oklahoma Sooners 47.  This game had a crazy ending.  Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones hit receiver Cameron Kenney for an 80 yard touchdown pass to put the Sooners up by 9 points with a little over three minutes left.  On the ensuing kickoff, Oklahoma State returned the kick for a touchdown to close Oklahoma’s lead to two points.  Then things really got interesting—Oklahoma got the ball back again and took just two plays to score again, with Jones hitting receiver James Hanna for a 76-yard touchdown pass.  Oklahoma State then hit a field goal to get within six, but could not get the ball back in enough time to make another run.  All-in all, the teams combined for 37 points in a crazy fourth quarter.

Good one-liner:  “The fourth quarter of the Oklahoma State and Oklahoma game was probably the best quarter of football this whole year.”


Luck of the Irish:

Notre Dame Irish 20, University of Southern California (USC) Trojans 16.  This win was huge for Notre Dame.  After years of mediocrity, they have a new coach this year and fans are hopeful.  This win put them at 8-5 for the year, but even more importantly, finally gave them a victory over USC after eight straight losses.  Notre Dame’s quarterback, Tommy Rees, is a true freshman and has been playing pretty well lately.  Is Notre Dame “back?”  Too early to tell, but I am sure their fans will take this victory.

No luck for Big Blue:

No. 8 Ohio State Buckeyes 37, Michigan Wolverines 7.  This rivalry is another one that has become pretty one-sided.  The Buckeyes steamrolled Michigan, known as the “big blue,” all day.  Ohio State’s running back, Dan Herron, had 175 yards rushing and a touchdown.  To put it into perspective, the entire Michigan offense had just 83 yards of total offense in the second half.  The win was Ohio State’s seventh in a row in this historic rivalry.

BCS Bound No More:

No. 12 Arkansas Razorbacks 31, No. 5 Louisiana State University (LSU) Tigers 23.  This game had some huge implications for both schools.  With Boise State losing on Friday, LSU had the chance to get an “automatic” bowl bid to a BCS game.  To put that into plain English, the top four ranked teams in the country get an automatic invitation to one of the top bowl games in January, guaranteeing prestige and a lot of money for the school involved.  Since the previous No. 4 ranked Boise State Broncos lost on Friday, all LSU had to do was get by Arkansas and they would get an automatic bowl bid.   Arkansas’s passing attack proved to be too much for LSU,though.  Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett passed for over 300 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Hawgs to the victory.  With the win, Arkansas has an outside chance at a BCS bowl.  With the loss, LSU is definitely out of the BCS-bowl picture, but will still go to a respectable bowl 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. 
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