The Week in Review
Here's a brief look at the highlights of the eighth week of the college football season, a week which featured the number one team falling for the third straight week as well as a big-time SEC showdown. The rankings used in this recap are the BCS Standings from prior to the games.
#11 Missouri 36, #1 Oklahoma 27: The Sooners had been a perfect 7-0 against Missouri under Bob Stoops, but the curse of the #1 ranking takes down Oklahoma as does a stout Missouri defense which had a pair of interceptions and held the Sooners to just 101 yards in the second half.
#4 Auburn 24, #6 LSU 17: Auburn puts on a shocking rushing performance (441 yards) against LSU's stout run defense as Cam Newton firmly puts himself in the driver's seat for the Heisman and a host of other national honors with a career-best 216 rushing yards and two TDs.
#13 Wisconsin 31, #15 Iowa 30: In a sensational back-and-forth battle with nine lead changes, Wisconsin's Montee Ball hammers through the Iowa defense for a tough eight-yard TD run with 1:14 to go and the Hawkeyes see time run out on a last-minute comeback attempt.
#16 Nebraska 51, #14 Oklahoma State 41: Nebraska gets back on track after its loss to Texas by riding freshman quarterback Taylor Martinez to its first road win over a Top-20 opponent since 1997. Martinez throws for a career-best 323 yards against the No. 113th-ranked pass defense in the country.
UPSETS KEEP COMING
Iowa State 28, #19 Texas 21: After a huge victory at Nebraska lifted the Longhorns back into the rankings, Iowa State forces four turnovers and Alexander Robinson rushes for 120 yards and two scores to send Texas to its second-straight home loss.
Syracuse 19, #20 West Virginia 14: Head coach Doug Marrone continues to direct the Orange return to the national picture as they take advantage of three interceptions to snap an eight-game losing streak to the Mountaineers - who were the only Big East team in the BCS Standings.
#8 Alabama 41, Tennessee 10: After losing to fall out of the No. 1 spot two weeks ago, the Crimson Tide is still proving to be very dangerous as they pile up 536 yards of total offense, including 210 on the ground.
#10 Ohio State 49, Purdue 0: After falling from the No. 1 ranking last week, the Buckeyes' defense dominates, holding the Boilermakers to a total of 115 yards, while the offense also clicks behind Terrelle Pryor's three TD passes.
#18 Arizona 44, Washington 14: Arizona lost standout quarterback Nick Foles to injury, but they don't miss a beat as backup Matt Scott throws for 233 yards and a pair of TDs.
#21 South Carolina 21, Vanderbilt 7: The Gamecocks avoid a second-straight loss by turning to their third-string running back to hold off Vanderbilt - Brian Maddox rushes for a career-high 146 yards in place of injured freshman star Marcus Lattimore.
#23 Arkansas 37, Ole Miss 24: The Razorbacks were chewed up by Auburn last week, but they get back on track against Ole Miss as Knile Davis rushes for 177 yards and three touchdowns.
#25 Virginia Tech 44, Duke 7: After two losses to open, the Hokies seem to be in perpetual recovery mode; they win their sixth straight against struggling Duke, which has lost six straight.
#7 Michigan State 35, Northwestern 27: The Spartans continue their outstanding season, this time falling behind 17-0 before taking the lead for the first time with 2:10 to go on a Kirk Cousins' TD pass.
DON'T MESS WITH SUCCESS - UNDEFEATED TEAMS ROLL
#2 Oregon 60, UCLA 13: The high-octane Ducks piled up 582 yards while holding the Bruins to just 290 as they avoided becoming the third-straight AP #1 team to lose.
#5 TCU 38, Air Force 7: TCU won its first three MWC games by a combined 100 points, so this game was actually close for the Frogs, who gave up a touchdown for the first time in October. Running back Ed Wesley rushed for a career-best 209 yards.
#9 Utah 59, Colorado State 6: The Utes crush Colorado State behind a strong effort from sophomore Jordan Wynn (23-of-29, 321 yards) as they run their record to 7-0 for the third time in the last seven years.
Baylor 47, #22 Kansas State 42: Baylor piles up a school-record 683 yards of total offense to upend Kansas State and become bowl eligible for the first time since 1994. Robert Griffin threw for a career-best 404 yards and Jay Finley rushed for a school-record 250 yards for the Bears.
#12 Stanford 38, Washington State 28: The Cardinal didn't put on the best performance, but they did hold off the Cougars to become bowl eligible for the second straight year, the first time that has happened since 1995-96 - the 6-1 start is Stanford's best since Jim Plunkett led the school to the Rose Bowl in 1970.
#24 Mississippi State 29, UAB 24: After their big win over Florida last week, the Bulldogs need to come from behind in the fourth quarter to upend UAB, but they do win, earning bowl eligibility for the first time since 2007.
Temple 42, Buffalo 0: The Owls improve to 6-2 becoming bowl eligible for the second straight year - their last bowl before 2009 came in 1979 and they have never made back-to-back bowl games.
INTO THE RANKINGS (with updated rankings)
#22 Miami 33, North Carolina 10: Trailing 10-3, the Hurricanes piled up the game's last 30 points led by quarterback Jacory Harris (3 TDs) and running back Damien Berry (fourth straight 100-yard game) to jump back into the rankings.
#24 Nevada: The Wolf Pack jumps back into the rankings despite having a bye week.
#25 Baylor 47, Kansas State 42: See above.