Another great week in college football has come and gone, and with it, the BCS hopes of the West Virginia Mountaineers and Texas Longhorns have passed away as well. With the Texas loss to Texas A&M, Oklahoma has back-doored its way into the Big XII championship game and possibly into a BCS bowl, if the Sooners manage to knock off Nebraska in the conference title game. West Virginia lost convincingly to an upstart South Florida team, and the Wake Forest Demon Deacons added their tenth win by thumping Maryland. Louisville tried to keep its foot in the BCS door as well and did so by soundly beating Pittsburgh, while Rutgers took down a floundering Syracuse team with authority.
Oklahoma over Oklahoma State
The Bedlams series added another exciting chapter this year, as the Oklahoma Sooners were able to defeat the OSU Cowboys 27-21. OSU and OU both scored on their first possessions, but the game seemed to be going in OU’s favor when they scored 14 points in the third quarter. However, OSU came storming back, but after the defense held the Sooners on two consecutive possessions in the fourth quarter, State was unable to score and take the lead at the end of the game.
Runner-Up: Florida over Florida State
South Florida over West Virginia
South Florida was able to negate the running ability of the Mountaineers, and in doing so, they were able to beat West Virginia, effectively ruining any remaining hopes that WVU had of earning the Big East’s BCS bid. Steve Slaton and Pat White had just a combined sixty yards rushing.
Runner-Up: Georgia over Georgia Tech
BEST TEAM PERFORMANCE
Wake Forest Demon Deacons
In a game they needed to win, Wake was able to run the ball at will on the Terps, and in doing so, they clinched a spot in the ACC title game. Running back Kenneth Moore was unstoppable, going for 165 yards on 27 carries with one touchdown.
Runner-Up: USC Trojans
MOST DISAPPOINTING TEAM PERFORMANCE
Against a team it should have run all over, the Mountaineers were stymied and forced to attempt to move the ball through the air. This played right into USF’s hands, and the Bulls were able to seal the game with a late interception.
Runner-Up: Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Kenneth Moore – Running Back – Wake Forest
Moore went for 165 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries Saturday against Maryland.
John Beck – Quarterback – BYU
In a win over Utah on Saturday, Beck was 28 of 43 for 375 yards and four touchdowns.
Brian Brohm – Quarterback – Louisville
In a convincing win over Pitt on Saturday, Brohm was 21 of 29 for 337 yards and four touchdowns.
THREE THINGS WE LEARNED
#1. The Big XII is extremely good this year. Usually this would be considered a down year, but all the teams (excusing Baylor) are just good enough that they keep beating each other.
#2: Rutgers is the best team in the Big East. West Virginia’s loss to USF validated my opinion on Saturday.
#3: Wake Forest is for real. Any doubts as to how good this team may be were erased on Saturday as the Deacons advanced to the ACC title game.