The Week in Review
Here's a brief look at the highlights of the 13th week of the college football season, a week which featured two huge showdowns in the SEC, some of the best rivalry games in the nation, and a shocking upset in Reno. The rankings used in this recap are the BCS Standings from prior to the games.
#2 Auburn 28, #11 Alabama 27: This much-talked about game lived up to all expectations as Alabama jumps out to a 24-0 victory then Auburn and Cam Newton battle all the way back for a miracle victory to stay alive in the BCS National Championship picture.
#12 Arkansas 31, #5 LSU 23: Ryan Mallett uses big plays (TD passes of 85-, 80- and 39-yards) to knock off the Tigers in Little Rock as Les Miles' luck appears to run out after a magical season.
#19 Nevada 34, #4 Boise State 31 (OT): Boise State jumped out to a 17-0 lead and most people on the East Coast went to bed expecting another easy win for the Broncos. Instead, Nevada controlled the ball for 24:12 in the second half while the Broncos managed just 5:12 of possession time to even the game and then missed field goals at the end of regulation and in overtime to lift the Wolf Pack to victory at 1:52 a.m. Eastern.
BIG TEN TITLE CHASE
#7 Wisconsin 70, Northwestern 23: The Badgers take care of business in a big way, using a strong game from quarterback Scott Tolzien and huge rushing games from Montee Ball (178 yards) and James White (133) to likely clinch a trip to the Rose Bowl as the Big Ten champion after tiebreakers.
#8 Ohio State 37, Michigan 7: The Buckeyes' defense shuts down Michigan as Ohio State picks up its seventh straight win over its archrival while also earning a share of its sixth straight Big Ten title.
#10 Michigan State 28, Penn State 22: The Spartans post their first victory in State College since 1965 - the year before Joe Paterno became Penn State's head coach - and clinch a share of their first Big Ten title since 1990.
OTHER RIVALRY GAMES
#9 Oklahoma State, #13 Oklahoma: The Big 12 South is decided in Bedlam as the Sooners and Cowboys each score two touchdowns within 92 seconds late in the fourth quarter, but Oklahoma comes out on top and will likely win the BCS Standings tiebreaker to advance to the Big 12 title game.
#14 Missouri 35, Kansas 7: In the 119th renewal of the nation's second-oldest rivalry, Missouri cruises to its fourth 10-win season in program history and a share of the Big 12 North title - though Nebraska goes to the Big 12 Championship game due to its victory over the Tigers.
#16 Virginia Tech 37, Virginia 7: Ryan Williams rushes for two touchdowns and the Hokies win their 10th straight game as they complete the first undefeated regular season in ACC play since Florida State turned the trick in 2000.
#17 Texas A&M 24, Texas 17: Cyrus Gray rushes for 223 yards and two long touchdowns as Aggie fans can doubly rejoice; the win not only clinches a share of the Big 12 South title, but it also ends Texas' season with a losing record and no bowl for the first time since 1997.
#18 South Carolina 29, Clemson 7: Clemson opened the scoring and that was about all as the Gamecocks, headed to the SEC Championship Game, answered questions about motivation by scoring 29 unanswered points for their second win in a row over the Palmetto State rival for the first time since 1970.
#20 Utah 17, BYU 16: The Utes trail 13-0 entering the fourth quarter but come to life with a pair of touchdowns and a field goal and then Brandon Burton blocks a last-second field goal to hold off archrival BYU as Utah picks up its 10th win of the season.
#22 Florida State 31, Florida 7: The Seminoles, who will play next weekend in the ACC Championship game, use a 21-point second quarter to pull away from the Gators and snap a six-game losing streak against Florida.
#25 Mississippi State 31, Ole Miss 23: Chris Relf throws for a career-high 288 yards and three touchdowns as the Bulldogs win for the first time in Oxford since 1998 - the road team had won only once in the past 12 years of the Egg Bowl rivalry.
#1 Oregon 48, #21 Arizona 29: The Ducks clinch the Pac-10 title while again compiling a dominant second half, out-scoring the Wildcats, 34-10 to close the game as Darron Thomas throws for three touchdowns and runs for another.
#15 Nebraska 45, Colorado 17: The Huskers clinch the Big 12 North title despite using their backup quarterback as running back Rex Burkhead tallies 101 rushing yards with a TD while also passing for a pair of scores.
Maryland 38, #23 North Carolina State 31: Danny O'Brien has a huge game for Maryland throwing for over 400 yards with four scores as this win is not a clincher for the Terrapins, but it is for Florida State, which wraps up the ACC Atlantic title due to NC State's loss.
CLOSING OUT THE SEASON
#3 TCU 66, New Mexico 17: The Horned Frogs close out the regular season in the same dominant fashion as they ran through the bulk of their schedule - piling up 499 yards of offense while holding the hapless Lobos to just 143 yards.
#6 Stanford 38, Oregon State 0: Stanford sets a school record for victories in a season with 11 and keeps its hopes alive for a possible BCS Bowl appearance - the win was also the Cardinal's third shutout this year.
Minnesota 27, #24 Iowa 24: Iowa closes a disappointing regular season with a surprising loss to the Gophers as they give up a fourth-quarter lead for the fourth time in Big Ten play.
West Virginia 35, Pittsburgh 10: A crucial Big East victory for the Mountaineers in the backyard brawl throws the league-race into further disarray as three teams (Pitt, UConn, West Virginia) are now tied for first.
UConn 38, Cincinnati 17: Jordan Todman rushes for 175 yards and three touchdowns as the Huskies now control their own destiny - a win over USF on Saturday sends them to a BCS Bowl.
Tennessee 24, Kentucky 14: The Volunteers win their 26th straight game over the Wildcats to become bowl eligible with four wins in a row after starting the year 2-6.
Northern Illinois 71, Eastern Michigan 3: Flying under the radar from the MAC, Northern Illinois wins its 10th game of the year by piling up 650 yards of offense, including a ridiculous five touchdown runs of 60 yards or more.