If Rutgers ever had a chance to make it to the national championship game, they took it and threw it down the toilet on Saturday, losing a contest that most analysts considered a trap game in the first place, with Cincinnati being an underrated team with a stingy defense and a backup quarterback who threw for 277 yards and a touchdown. RB Raymell Rice was held to only 54 yards on 18 carries. The Michigan vs. Ohio State game was everything it was hyped up to be, meanwhile, and although the Wolverines didn’t win it for Coach Shembechler, they played a tough game and made it a memorable one.
LSU over Mississippi
A great game that went down to the wire, the Mississippi/LSU game was extremely exciting and ended in overtime on an LSU field goal. JaMarcus Russell and Dwayne Bowe were electric and played a crucial role in the game. Russell was 19 of 35 for 217 yards and three touchdowns.
Runner-Up: Texas Tech over Oklahoma State
Cincinnati over Rutgers
A game that had the potential to be a trap game, this matchup ended up being just that, as Cincy was able to do what no one else had and shut Ray Rice down for an entire game, ending the storied season of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.
BEST TEAM PERFORMANCE
Granted they were playing the Western Carolina Catamounts, but Florida was firing on all cylinders on Saturday. Future Gator star Tim Tebow was on fire and torched an overmatched Catamount defense through the air and on the ground as Florida rolled.
Runner-Up: Brigham Young Cougars
MOST DISAPPOINTING TEAM PERFORMANCE
In the week prior to what would have been the biggest game in school history, the Knights fell victim to a lesser Cincy team that was without its starting quarterback. Ray Rice didn’t even break 100 yards, and the Rutgers secondary was torched.
Runner-Up: Wake Forrest
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Nick Davila – Quarterback – Cincinnati
Davila was 11 of 15 for 277 yards and one touchdown in a stunning upset over Rutgers Saturday.
John David Booty – Quarterback - USC
Booty was 18 of 31 for 238 yards and two touchdowns in a win over in-state rival California.
Tyler Palko – Quarterback – Pittsburgh
In a loss to West Virginia, Palko was 28-37 for 341 yards and two touchdowns.
Steve Slaton – Running Back – West Virginia
Slaton rushed for 215 yards on 23 carries with two touchdowns against Pitt.
THREE THINGS WE LEARNED
#1. Rutgers has no shot of making the BCS Title game. What little hope they did have was dashed on the rocks Saturday as they lost a game they should have won against Cincy.
#2: Ohio State will not lose again. The last chance they had was Saturday and they prevailed. The title is theirs to lose now.
#3: USC wears the pants in California. Any doubts as to who the best team in California is were erased on Saturday as the Trojans thumped the Bears.