In what was yet another stellar week for college football, comebacks were aplenty as many teams that appeared to be walking away with a loss came storming back to win in the waning moments. Tennessee came back despite a less-than-spectacular performance by Erik Ainge, while Michigan State pulled its tail from between its legs long enough to pull off the greatest comeback in NCAA history after trailing 38-3 in the second half. Notre Dame also displayed the luck of the Irish this week as their ability to capitalize on poor play-calling from the UCLA Bruins led to a dramatic last-minute score by Jeff Samardzija.
Texas over Nebraska
In a game that was as ugly as the weather, Texas managed to pull it out with superb performances from Aaron Ross and Colt McCoy. McCoy was 25-39 for 220 yards and two touchdowns, while Ross was a defensive wrecking ball and showed the nation why he may just be the best corner in the country after forcing the game winning fumble.
Runner-Up: Texas A&M over Oklahoma State
Since there really weren't any shocking upsets this week, my biggest near-upset would have to go to the Minnesota Golden Gophers beating the North Dakota State Bison by one. Only a blocked field goal as time expired could preserve the win for Glen Masonís team.
BEST TEAM PERFORMANCE
Troy Smith distanced himself from the Heisman crowd this week as the Buckeyes destroyed the upstart Indiana Hoosiers, who were coming off a home victory over Iowa. Smith was 15-23 for 220 and four touchdowns as the Bucks won 44-3.
Runner-Up: Clemson Tigers
MOST DISAPPOINTING TEAM PERFORMANCE
Against a normally stout run defense, Clemson was able to methodically work the ball on the ground and take the Georgia Tech offense out of the game by basically keeping them off the field. Clemson amassed over 300 rush yards and kept Reggie Ball on his heels as Calvin Johnson was held without a reception all night.
Runner-Up: Florida State
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Stephen McGee, Quarterback, Texas A&M
In a game that easily could have gone either way, McGee was the glue that held the Aggie offense together as they beat the Oklahoam State Cowboys in overtime Saturday night. McGee was 17-26 for 192 yards and two touchdowns.
Troy Smith, Quarterback, Ohio State
Troy Smith was spectacular as the Buckeyes beat the Hoosiers, who were coming off a victory over Iowa. Smith was 15-23 for 220 and four touchdowns as the Bucks won 44-3.
James Davis, Running Back, Clemson
Running 21 times for 216 yards and two touchdowns, Davis was the main reason the Tigers were able to thump a very good Georgia Tech team Saturday night.
THREE THINGS WE LEARNED
#1: The Luck of the Irish is real.
God must really love the Irish because there is no reason they should have won that game. Absolutely terrible play calling in the final minutes by the Bruins may have been a gift from touchdown Jesus.
#2: Rutgers will go to a BCS Bowl.
Granted they play in a watered down Big East, but can anyone stop that running game?
#3: Bobby Bowden needs to resign.
Florida State is not bad. Actually they are far from it, but unless they can consistently win ten games, Bowdenís legacy will continue to tarnish.