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Weekly Sports Report
Here's a summary of last week's action:
Midwest - Toledo scored a huge 31-17 upset win at Northern Illinois, putting the Rockets in the driver's seat to win the MAC-West title. Toledo trailed 17-14 at the half, but outscored the Huskies 17-0 in the final 30 minutes. The winning score came on a 10 yard run by Scooter McDonald in the 3rd quarter. McDonald carried 28 times for 133 yards and 2 TDs, while junior QB Bruce Gradkowski completed 28 of 37 passes for 297 yards. Northern Illinois was hampered by the absence of star RB Garrett Wolfe, who missed the game with an unspecified injury. His replacement, Josh Harris, rushed 16 times for 95 yards.
South - #12 Louisville scored on their first three possessions en route to a 55-28 drubbing of TCU. Senior QB Stefan LeFors completed 13 of 21 passes for 275 yards and 3 TDs, two to senior WR J.R. Russell. Russell had 5 receptions for 107 yards, as the Cardinals piled up 587 yards of total offense. For the Horned Frogs, junior QB Tye Gunn completed of 8-16 passes for 140 yards and 2 TDs.
South - In what could either be regarded as a tough defensive struggle or the battle of two inept offenses, #11 Florida State rallied to defeat North Carolina State 17-10 in Raleigh. The Wolfpack led 10-0 at halftime on a 28 yard field goal by sophomore John Deraney and an 87 yard punt return by freshman Darrell Blackman. The Seminoles finally generated some offense in the 3rd quarter, getting a one yard TD run from junior FB James Coleman, a 4 yard TD run by sophomore RB Lorenzo Booker, and a 44 yard field goal from freshman Gary Cismesia. The two teams combined for an anemic 244 yards of total offense. With the win, Florida State stayed in contention for a New Year's Day bowl game. The defeat dropped the Wolfpack to 4-6 and out of bowl eligibility.
Southwest - Arkansas State defeated Utah State 16-7 in Jonesboro as Eric Neihouse booted three field goals. The clinching score came on a 61 yard punt return in the 4th quarter by Darren Toney. Indians' RB Antonio Warren was the game's offensive star, rushing 27 times for 144 yards.
South - Memphis rallied from a 26-14 third quarter deficit to top Southern Mississippi 30-26. Junior RB DeAngelo Williams led the Tigers, rushing 27 times for 199 yards and 2 TDs including a game-winning 75 yard run in the 3rd quarter. Senior QB Danny Wimprine completed 21 of 35 passes for 247 yards and a TD and ran for a score. For the Golden eagles, junior QB Dustin Almond was 17-37 for 202 yards and 2 TDs.
West - Fresno State scored touchdowns on their first 8 possessions of the game, routing Hawaii 70-14. The Bulldogs rang up 679 yards of total offense, including a school-record 503 yards on the ground. Junior RB Bryson Sumlin led the way with 220 yards and 3 TDs on 18 carries and Wendell Mathis added 23 carries for 176 yards and another 3 scores. For the Rainbow Warriors, senior QB Timmy Chang completed 26 of 43 passes for 167 yards and a TD.
East - #21 Boston College upset #13 West Virginia 36-17. The win moved the Eagles into 1st place in the Big East, and was their first in Morgantown since 1990. Senior QB Paul Peterson threw 2 TD passes in the 1st half, as Boston College opened up a 24-7 lead. Peterson finished with 18 completions in 32 attempts for 162 yards. Freshman RB L.V. Whitworth carried 18 times for 84 yards and was on the receiving end of one of Peterson's TD tosses. For the Mountaineers, senior RB Kay-Jay Harris rushed 19 times for 112 yards. Senior QB Rasheed Marshall completed 21 of 35 passes for 224 yards and a TD and ran 20 times for 100 yards and a score.
Temple put Syracuse's Big East title hopes in major jeopardy with a 34-24 upset win. It was the first victory by the Owls over a D1A team this season. Junior QB Walter Washington once again provided most of Temple's offense. He carried 29 times for 185 yards and 3 TDs and completed 10 of 19 passes for 130 yards and a score. For the Orange, junior RB Damien Rhodes started in place of the injured Walter Reyes and rushed 29 times for 200 yards and 3 TDs.
Buffalo scored 28 unanswered points in the 2nd quarter en route to a 36-6 win over Central Michigan. Bulls QB P.J. Piskorik carried 10 times for 85 yards and a TD. For the Chippewas, it was their 13th consecutive road loss.
South - #3 Auburn turned in a dominating performance, blasting #8 Georgia 24-6. Senior RB Carnell Williams carried 19 times for 101 yards and a TD and also tossed a 29 yard TD pass to junior WR Anthony Mix. Senior QB Jason Campbell had another very effective game, completing 18 of 22 passes for 189 yards and a TD. The Tigers defense did their part, limiting the Bulldogs' senior QB David Greene to just 159 passing yards and one TD. Freshman RB Thomas Brown carried 22 times for 92 yards.
#18 Miami got back in the ACC title race with a 31-21 road win over #10 Virginia. After a 34 yard TD run by the Cavs' senior RB Alvin Pearman tied the game at 14 in the 3rd quarter, the Hurricanes went ahead to stay on sophomore Jon Peattie's 43 yard field goal. Junior WR Roscoe Parrish then gave Miami a ten point cushion with a 62 yard punt return for a TD. Virginia closed to 24-21 on a 3 yard TD run by junior RB Wali Lundy, but Miami iced the win on a 4th and four play from the Virginia 25 yard line with less than a minute to play. Miami head coach Larry Coker elected to go for it rather than kicking a field goal and senior QB Brock Berlin connected with Parrish for the game-clinching TD. Berlin finished with 18 completions in 33 attempts for 177 yards and two TDs. Junior RB Frank Gore added 195 yards and a TD on 28 carries. For Virginia, Pearman had 106 yards and a TD in 21 carries.
#17 LSU remained alive for a New Year's Day bowl invitation with a 26-10 win over Alabama. The Tigers trailed 10-6 in the 3rd quarter when senior DE Marcus Spears sacked Crimson Tide QB Spencer Pennington, forcing a fumble. Junior LB Cameron Vaughn returned the fumble 8 yards for the go-ahead score. The Tigers then scored two insurance TDs in the 4th quarter, both by junior RB Joseph Addai. The first came on a 35 yard pass from freshman QB JaMarcus Russell and the second on a 47 yard run. Addai rushed 12 times for 99 yards. Alabama's sophomore RB Kenneth Darby was the game's leading rusher with 109 yards and a TD in 35 carries.
Florida became bowl-eligible with a 48-14 rout of South Carolina. Sophomore QB Chris Leak paced the Gators with a career-high 6 TD passes. In all, Leak completed 18 of 31 passes for 319 yards. The Gators' defense also came up big, intercepting four Gamecock passes.
Georgia Tech improved to 6-3 with a 30-10 pasting of Connecticut. Sophomore QB Reggie Ball paced the Yellow Jacket attack, completing 22 of 38 passes for 288 yards and 2 TDs. Freshman WR Calvin Johnson had 6 receptions for 131 yards. Huskies senior QB Dan Orlovsky was 28-49 for 205 yards, but UConn was held to just 20 yards on the ground.
North Carolina edged Wake Forest 31-24 on a 45 yard TD pass from senior QB Darian Durant to Jesse Holley with less than one minute remaining. The Demon Deacons had rallied to tie the game at 24 with two 4th quarter TDs, both one yard runs by junior RB Chris Barclay. Durant was 18-36 for 225 yards and 2 TDs. Barclay was the game's leading rusher with 138 yards on 30 carries. The Tar Heels still need a win over Duke on Saturday to become bowl-eligible.
Duke upset Clemson 16-13 on a 53 yard field goal by senior Matt Brooks on the final play of the game. The Blue Devils tied the score at 13 with 1:21 left on a 4 yard TD pass from sophomore QB Mike Schneider to Ronnie Drummer. Brooks' winning kick was set up by an interception of a Charlie Whitehurst pass by Deonto McCormick. Schneider completed 20 of 31 passes for 213 yards. The Tigers must now defeat arch-rival South Carolina at home on Saturday to become bowl-eligible.
Elsewhere, Kentucky broke a seven game losing streak and recorded their first SEC win with a come-from-behind 14-13 win over Vanderbilt. Senior QB Shane Boyd threw two 4th quarter TD passes to Glenn Holt, the last a 25 yarder with 1:39 remaining. Junior QB Darrell Hackney threw two TD passes to senior WR Roddy White, leading UAB past Houston 20-7. Andre Hall carried 27 times for 161 yards and a TD as South Florida drubbed East Carolina 41-17. Tulane RB Matt Forte rushed 34 times for 216 yards and 3 TDs and also caught 3 passes for 67 yards and another score as Tulane topped Army 45-31. Senior RB DeWhitt Betterson carried 27 times for 122 yards as Troy State edged Louisiana-Lafayette 13-10. Junior RB Ryan Moats, the 3rd leading rusher in Division 1A, carried 31 times for 205 yards and 2 TDs helping Louisiana Tech past Tulsa 38-21. Middle Tennessee QB Clint Marks threw two TD passes, both to WR Kerry Wright, as the Blue Raiders defeated Louisiana-Monroe 37-24. Finally, Senior QB Buck Pierce passed for two TDs and ran for another as New Mexico State overcame Florida-Atlantic 35-7.
Midwest - #4 Wisconsin suffered their first defeat of the season, a shocking 49-14 pounding by Michigan State. The Spartans led 21-14 at the half after holding the Badgers on four plays from inside their one yard line late in the 2nd quarter. That gave Michigan State the momentum going into the final 30 minutes and they totally dominated the 2nd half. The Spartans rolled up 430 yards on the ground against the nation's #1 scoring defense. Redshirt freshman RB Jehuu Caulcrick rushed 13 times for 146 yards and a TD and junior RB Jason Teague added 112 yards and a score on 17 carries. For the Badgers, sophomore John Stocco was 20-38 for 178 yards and senior RB Anthony Davis had 128 yards and a TD on 21 attempts.
# 6 Texas needed last minute heroics from sophomore QB Vince Young to squeak past Kansas 27-23. The Longhorns trailed 23-13 in the 4th quarter before Young took over. He scored on an 18 yard run with 4:11 left after picking up a crucial 1st down on a 4th and 18 play with a 22 yard scramble. The Jayhawks were forced to punt after a controversial offensive pass interference call. Young then led the Longhorns on their winning drive, which culminated with a 21 yard TD pass to senior WR Tony Jeffrey with 11 seconds left. Young finished with 22 completions in 40 attempts for 289 yards and also ran for 114 yards and a score on 19 carries. Senior RB Cedric Benson added 161 yards and a TD on 28 attempts. Kansas was forced to use their 4th string QB, Brian Luke, after John Nielsen was injured in the 2nd quarter. Luke completed 14 of 25 passes for 225 yards and a TD.
#9 Michigan sits alone atop the Big Ten after defeating Northwestern 42-20. The Wolverines only led 7-6 at intermission, but scored touchdowns on their first five possessions of the 2nd half to break the game wide open. Michigan's attack was again led by their true freshman combo of QB Chad Henne and RB Michael Hart. Henne completed 19 of 26 passes for 187 yards and 2 TDs and Hart ran for 151 yards and 3 TDs on 23 carries. Sophomore WR Steve Breaston scored the Wolverines' final two TDs in the 4th quarter on a 10 yard pass from Henne and a 68 yard punt return. For the Wildcats, senior RB Noah Herron carried 23 times for 156 yards and a TD.
#19 Iowa survived another nail-biter, edging Minnesota 29-27 in the Metrodome for their 6th straight win. Senior Rhys Lloyd was wide-left on a potential game-winning field goal from 51 yards out with 28 seconds left, keeping the Hawkeyes hopes alive for a New Year's Day bowl game. Sophomore QB Drew Tate had a huge game for Iowa, completing 24 of 39 passes for 333 yards and 2 TDs. One of Tate's TD tosses went to WR Clinton Solomon, who finished with nine receptions for 157 yards. Sophomore Kyle Schlicher added five field goals for the Hawkeyes. Minnesota got big games from their RB combo of junior Marion Barber III and Laurence Moroney. Barber gained 167 yards on 29 carries while Moroney rushed 19 times for 156 yards and a career-high 3 TDs. However, turnovers repeatedly hurt the Gophers. They had 3 passes intercepted and lost a fumble.
In South Bend Pittsburgh upset #24 Notre Dame 41-38 as junior Josh Cummings booted a game-winning 32 yard field goal with one second left. There were a number of "firsts" for the Panthers; this was their 1st win in South Bend since 1986, sophomore Tyler Palko became the 1st opposing QB to throw 5 TD passes against the Irish, and 41 points was the most ever scored by Pittsburgh in their long series with Notre Dame. Pitt took a 38-35 lead with 2:24 left on a 9 yard pass from Palko to junior TE Eric Gill. The Irish responded with a long drive that ended with a 45 yard game-tying field goal by senior D.J. Fitzpatrick with 1:11 remaining that glanced off the left upright and went through. Palko then calmly led the Panthers into position for Cummings' winning kick. Palko was 26 of 42 for 334 yards. For Notre Dame, freshman RB Darius Walker rushed 16 times for 112 yards and 2 TDs and sophomore QB Brady Quinn completed 15 of 26 passes for 259 yards and 3 scores. The win made the Panthers bowl-eligible at 6-3, while Notre Dame's chances for a Gator Bowl bid took a major blow.
Purdue snapped their four game losing streak with a 24-17 win over Ohio State. Senior QB Kyle Orton came off the bench midway through the final quarter and drove the Boilermakers 80 yards for the winning TD, a 14 yard pass to redshirt freshman WR Dustin Keller, with 2:17 left. On the previous series, the Buckeyes had tied the game on a 5 yard TD run by sophomore QB Troy Smith. Orton completed 7 of 8 passes for 54 yards in relief of sophomore Brandon Kirsch, who was 22 of 34 for 210 yards and 2 TDs. Smith was 14-29 for 192 yards and a TD, but was picked off 3 times including one on the Buckeyes final drive.
Penn State ended their 6 game losing streak with a 22-18 win at Indiana. The winning score came on a 2 yard run by sophomore RB Tony Hunt with 4:51 left. The Nittany Lions preserved the victory with a great goal line stand on the Hoosiers final possession. With the ball at their one yard line, they held Indiana on four straight running plays. Senior QB Zack Mills completed 11 of 19 passes for 169 yards and a TD and ran for another score. Indiana's senior QB Matt LoVecchio was 11 of 22 for 137 yards.
In other games, Senior DE Dwayne LeFall keyed Akron's 31-19 win over Ohio. He forced two fumbles, recovered two more, had two sacks, and for good measure returned an interception 60 yards for a TD. Miami (Ohio) remained tied with Akron for 1st place in the MAC-East with a 42-21 victory over Western Michigan. The teams meet on Saturday in Akron with the winner going on to the MAC Championship game. Bowling Green QB Omar Jacobs completed 24 of 37 passes for 389 yards and 5 TDs as the Falcons topped Marshall 56-35. Senior QB Joshua Cribbs had a huge game as Kent State routed Eastern Michigan 69-17. He completed 28 of 33 passes for 306 yards and 3 TDs and ran 11 times for 104 yards and a score. Finally Ball State QB Joey Lynch threw his 2nd TD pass of the game to junior WR Dante Ridgeway, a 38 yarder with 7:24 remaining, to give the Cardinals a 21-17 victory over winless Central Florida.
Southwest - #2 Oklahoma improved to 10-0 with a 30-3 drubbing of Nebraska. 6th year senior QB Jason White had a memorable final home game for the Sooners. He hit on 29 of 35 passes for 383 yards and 3 TDs. He also set a school record with 18 consecutive completions. Junior WR Travis Wilson had 9 receptions for 135 yards. Freshman RB sensation Adrian Peterson played sparingly after suffering a dislocated left shoulder last week. He rushed 15 times for 58 yards. For the Cornhuskers, the lone bright spot was junior RB Cory Ross, who had 130 yards on 30 carries.
#22 Texas A&M needed overtime to get past Texas Tech 32-25 in College Station. It was the Aggies 3rd overtime game in their last four contests. The Red Raiders got the tying TD late in the game on a 9 yard pass from senior QB Sonny Cumbie to sophomore WR Jarrett Hicks. On the first play of overtime, sophomore RB Courtney Lewis ran 25 yards for the go-ahead TD. The Aggies then held on downs for the win. Lewis carried 19 times for 115 yards and 2 TDs and junior QB Reggie McNeal completed 16 of 26 passes for 254 yards and another score. Cumbie was 31-50 for 294 yards and 2 TDs, but was picked off 3 times.
#23 UTEP won their 6th in a row, edging Rice 35-28 in double overtime. This was the most bizarre game of the day, as the Miners led 21-17 in the 4th quarter before giving up two safeties in the final 5:20. The final one came when senior punter Bryce Benekos fumbled the snap out of the end zone with 17 seconds left. In the 1st overtime, the Owls senior RB Ed Bailey scored on a one yard run, but UTEP responded with a 3 yard TD pass from sophomore QB Jordan Palmer to Casey Mauch. Palmer then gave the Miners the lead with a 25 yard TD pass to Johnnie Lee Higgins. Rice drove to the UTEP two yard line, but Bailey fumbled and the recovery was made by senior LB Robert Rodriguez. Palmer finished with 19 completions in 28 attempts for 191 yards and 3 TDs. Bailey was the game's leading rusher with 155 yards and 2 TDs on 36 carries.
#25 Oklahoma State pounded Baylor 49-21. The Cowboys got a great game from back-up senior RB Seymore Shaw who filled in for injured starter Vernand Morency. Shaw carried 30 times for 172 yards and a TD. Redshirt freshman QB Donovan Woods completed 8 of 15 passes for 164 yards and 2 TDs and ran for another score. The Bears got an impressive performance from freshman QB Terrance Parks, who was replacing injured starter Shawn Bell. Parks completed 18 of 34 for 261 yards and 2 TDs.
Arkansas snapped a four game losing streak with a 35-3 rout of Mississippi. Senior QB Matt Jones completed 11 of 16 passes for 108 yards and 2 TDs, both to junior TE Jared Hicks. Jones also carried five times for 126 yards including a 72 yard TD jaunt.
Elsewhere, freshman RB Jamario Thomas tied an NCAA record with his 5th consecutive 200+ yard rushing game as North Texas topped Idaho 51-29. Thomas carried 28 times for 291 yards and 4 TDs, helping the Eagles to their 6th straight win and 4th consecutive Sun Belt Conference title. Finally, junior FS Alvin Nnabuife returned two fumbles for TDs of 17 and 95 yards in the 3rd quarter to help SMU past Nevada 38-20.
West - #1 USC shook off a 3-0 deficit after one quarter went on to crush Arizona 49-9. Sophomore RB LenDale White carried 16 times for 118 yards and 3 TDs and junior QB Matt Leinart completed 27 of 35 passes for 280 yards and 3 scores. Two of Leinart's TD tosses went to freshman WR Dwayne Jarrett, who had 6 receptions for 144 yards. For the Wildcats, junior RB Mike Bell carried 15 times for 74 yards.
#5 California survived a rare off-day by junior QB Aaron Rodgers. The Golden Bears led hapless Washington only 7-6 at the half, but rang up five 2nd half TDs in a 42-12 win. Senior RB J.J. Arrington rushed 22 times for 121 yards and a TD. His back-up, Marshawn Lynch, added 121 yards and 2 TDs on 9 carries and also scored on a 29 yard TD pass from Rodgers. For the Huskies, junior QB Casey Paus completed 20 of 44 passes for 328 yards and a TD, but was intercepted 3 times.
#7 Utah stayed alive for a BCS Bowl bid with an impressive 45-28 road win over Wyoming. The start of the game was delayed nearly 90 minutes by a power failure, and it was played in frigid temperatures exacerbated by a strong wind. That did not slow down the Utes at all. Junior QB Alex Smith, a leading Heisman Trophy candidate, completed 17 of 27 passes for 244 yards and 3 TDs and rushed for 90 yards and another score on 14 carries. For the Cowboys, junior QB Corey Bramlett completed 17 of 28 for 278 yards and 2 TDs and ran for their other two scores.
#14 Boise State needed double overtime to defeat San Jose State 56-49 and extend their nation's best winning streak to 20 games. The Spartans trailed 42-35 when senior RB Lance Martin scored on a one yard run with 4:42 remaining to tie the game. San Jose State had a chance to win in regulation, but sophomore CB Gerald Alexander blocked a 30 yard field goal attempt by senior Jeff Carr with 1:07 remaining. San Jose scored on their first OT possession on Martin's 16 yard run, but the Broncos tied it on a 12 yard scamper by Lee Marks. Boise State then scored the winning TD on a one yard run by sophomore RB Jon Helmandollar, his 3rd rushing TD of the game. Marks gained 140 yards on 22 carries and sophomore QB Jared Zabransky completed 15 of 24 passes for 200 yards and ran for a score. For the Spartans, Martin carried 25 times for 114 yards.
#20 Arizona State received a super performance from senior QB Andrew Walter in his final home game. Walter completed 27 of 42 passes for 332 yards and 5 TDs as the Sun Devils topped Washington State 45-28. Junior WR Derek Hagan caught 9 of Walter's throws for 113 yards and a score. For the Cougars, RB Jerome Harrison carried 19 times for 118 yards and a TD. At halftime, Arizona State honored the late Pat Tillman's memory by retiring his #42. Tillman was killed in April while serving with the Army Rangers in Afghanistan.
UCLA was without star RB Maurice Drew, but still got past Oregon 34-26 in Eugene. Senior Manuel White and true freshman Chris Markey filled in ably for Drew. White carried 21 times for 82 yards and 2 TDs while Markey had a game-high 131 yards on 23 carries and also caught 5 passes for 84 yards. For the Ducks, junior RB Terrence Whitehead gained 124 yards on 14 attempts.
Oregon State evened their record at 5-5 with a 24-19 win at Stanford. Senior QB Derek Anderson led the Beavers with 29 completions in 42 attempts for 334 yards and 3 TDs. Neither team could move the ball on the ground. Oregon State had 36 rushing yards and Stanford just 1. For the Cardinal, redshirt freshman QB T.C. Ostrander was 17-45 for 247 yards and 2 TDs.
In other games, New Mexico became bowl eligible at 6-4 after a 21-14 win over BYU in Provo. Junior RB DonTrell Moore led the Lobos with 25 carries for 101 yards and a TD. San Diego State topped Air Force 37-31, ending their 6 game losing streak. Finally, Colorado State trounced UNLV 45-10.
Here's a look at this week's key games:
South - Maryland @ #15 (tie) Virginia Tech - The Hokies are in the driver's seat for the ACC title, but probably need to win their final 3 games. Maryland victories in their last two games to be bowl eligible.
East - #19 Boston College @ Temple - A battle of the two teams leaving the Big East, but for different reasons. The Eagles can clinch a tie for conference title with wins here and at home against Syracuse on November 27th.
South - #2 (tie) Auburn @ Alabama - The Tigers have long since clinched the SEC-West. They need a win here and in the SEC Championship game to have a shot at the Orange Bowl. The Crimson Tide and their fans would relish ruining Auburn's National Championship hopes.
#10 Florida State @ Florida - The Seminoles will at worst get a New Year's Day bowl invitation with a win. The Gators would like to give finish the regular season with 3 straight wins for departing head coach Ron Zook.
Wake Forest @ #12 Miami - The Hurricanes will win the ACC with victories over the Demon Deacons and Virginia Tech on December 4th. Wake Forest needs an upset to stay bowl eligible.
Mississippi @ #14 LSU - The Tigers will get a new Year's Day bowl bid with a win here and at Arkansas on November 27th.
#15 (tie) Tennessee @ Vanderbilt - The Vols need to win one of their final two games to capture the SEC-East.
#18 Virginia @ Georgia Tech - The Cavaliers are out of the ACC title race, but will go to a New Year's Day bowl game if they can win out.
Midwest - #7 Michigan @ Ohio State - The Wolverines will earn a trip to Pasadena if they can get past the Buckeyes.
#9 Wisconsin @ # 17 Iowa - The Badgers can tie for the Big Ten crown with a win and a Michigan loss.
Iowa State @ Kansas State - The Cyclones can clinch the Big Twelve-North with a victory here and at home against Missouri on November 27th.
Kansas @ Missouri - Believe it or not, the Tigers still have a remote shot at capturing the awful Big Twelve-North.
Miami (Ohio) @ Akron - The winner is the champion of the MAC-East. Both the Zips and RedHawks have won 5 in a row.
Southwest - #2 (tie) Oklahoma @ Baylor - The Sooners have a final warm-up before the Big Twelve Championship game. Their margin over 3rd place Auburn in the BCS Standings is dwindling.
#8 Louisville @ Houston - The Cardinals are still undefeated in CUSA play.
SMU @ #24 UTEP - Mike Price's Miners have won six in a row. He'll garner quite a few "Coach of the Year" votes if he wins out.
West - Stanford @ #4 California - The Golden Bears will likely end up in Pasadena if they can beat the Cardinal (and their band) and then survive a visit to Southern Mississippi on December 4th.
BYU @ #5 Utah - Only old rival BYU stands between the Utes and an undefeated season. Even with a win, it will still be touch and go whether Utah can become the first team from a non-BCS Conference to receive a BCS Bowl bid.
Louisiana Tech @ #13 Boise State - This game and a trip to Nevada next Saturday are all that stands between the Broncos and an 11-0 record. Maybe other schools will dye their turf blue.
Oregon @ Oregon State - A big rivalry game gets some added spice. The winner becomes bowl-eligible, the loser stays home for the holidays.
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