The Week in Review
Here's a brief look at the highlights of the ninth week of the college football season, a week which featured two games between ranked teams and 12 of the top 25 teams in the nation going on the road. The rankings used in this recap are the BCS Standings from prior to the games.
#14 Nebraska 31, #4 Missouri 17: Nebraska's Roy Helu, Jr., rushed for a school record 307 yards as the Cornhuskers ruined Missouri's hopes for a perfect season.
#18 Iowa 37, #5 Michigan State 6: Michigan State had visions of the Rose Bowl, if not the National Championship, but Iowa dominated their Saturday meeting, defeating the Spartans for the seventh straight time in Iowa City.
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North Carolina State 28, #16 Florida State 24: Wolfpack quarterback Russell Wilson tossed a short touchdown pass with 2:44 left and then the Seminoles had a chance to win it, but fumbled inside the 10-yard line in the final minute.
Virginia 24, #22 Miami (FL) 19: Three different Hurricanes throw five interceptions and the Hurricanes get upset by Virginia, which picks up its first ACC victory.
#2 Oregon 53, USC 32: The Ducks, who came in averaging 55.1 points per game, trail in the third-quarter, but national rushing leader LaMichael James (239 yards, 3 TDs) leads them to 24 consecutive points.
#3 Boise State 49, Louisiana Tech 20: Boise State is proving to be a nightmare every week for opponents; in a Tuesday game this week, the Broncos piled up 468 yards of offense in yet another blowout.
#17 Oklahoma State 24, Kansas State 14: The Cowboys came in averaging 48.3 points per game, but with star receiver Justin Blackmon suspended, they have to turn to defense in picking up a key Big 12 victory.
#4 TCU 48, UNLV 6: TCU has now allowed a total of 16 points in five Mountain West games, while collecting 189 points of its own in that time.
#11 Ohio State 52, Minnesota 10: The Buckeyes come into the game allowing just 234.0 yards per game, second in nation, and hold Minnesota to 232 yards in a blowout victory.
#1 Auburn 51, Ole Miss 31: Star quarterback Cam Newton didn't have to carry the full load for the Tigers this week, but the Tigers still ran for 343 yards - their fifth straight 300-yard rushing game as they avoided the upset on the road.
#8 Utah 28, Air Force 23: Utah's defense forces five turnovers and stops the Falcons twice on downs in the fourth quarter as the Utes improve to 8-0 for the third time in the last seven years.
#13 Stanford 41, Washington 0: Stanford's defense hands the Huskies their first home shutout since 1976, holding them to 107 total yards, their worst offensive performance in 37 years.
#15 Arizona 29, UCLA 21: The balanced Wildcats use a 300-yard passing game from Mike Scott and a 100-yard rushing day from Keola Antolin to upend the Bruins on the road.
#25 Baylor 30, Texas 22: The Bears go on the road and upend a reeling Texas squad as Robert Griffin, III, passes for two scores and runs for another to lead his squad to its first win over the Longhorns since 1997.
#9 Oklahoma 43, Colorado 10: Ryan Broyles catches three TD passes while recording a school-record 208 receiving yards as Oklahoma cruises to victory.
#19 Arkansas 49, Vanderbilt 14: Ryan Mallett sets a school record with 409 passing yards, connecting with eight different receivers as the Razorbacks score 43 unanswered points after trailing early.
#20 South Carolina 38, Tennessee 24: The Gamecocks are happy to have Marcus Lattimore back at full strength as the freshman runs for 184 yards in a win over the Volunteers.
#24 Nevada 56, Utah State 42: Nevada's potent rushing attack piles up 387 rushing yards to offset a 399-yard passing day by Utah State's Diondre Borel.
#25 Mississippi State 24, Kentucky 17: Johnthan Banks snagged an interception on the Bulldogs' own goal line in the final seconds to preserve his team's sixth-straight victory.
Sugar Bowl Bowl ProjectionsESPN (Schlabach): Alabama vs. Wisconsin (remains the same)
ESPN (Adelson): Alabama vs. Boise State2010-10-31 (Boise State replaces TCU)
CBS Sports: Auburn vs. Iowa (Iowa replaces Wisconsin)
College Football News: Auburn vs. TCU (TCU replaces Utah)
SI.com (Mandel): Auburn vs. Boise State (Boise State replaces Wisconsin)
AOL Fanhouse (McMurphy): Alabama vs. Iowa (both Auburn and Ohio State are replaced)
Rivals.com: Auburn vs. Boise State
Rivals.com (Dienhart): Auburn vs. Wisconsin (video)