BCS National Title Game '11

BCS National Title Game '11
BCS National Championship 1/10/11 Oregon vs Auburn

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

College Football Week 10 Recap

My overall Record: 70-30
My Record in Week 10: 6-4

Best game from Week 10: #1 Alabama 21, #5 LSU 17

All four BCS National title contenders were challenged this past weekend. #5 LSU gave rival #1 Alabama all they could handle. The Tigers were ahead of the Crimson Tide 17-14, until Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron marched his team down the field from their own 28 yard line and threw the go ahead touchdown pass to T.J. Yeldon with 51 seconds remaining in the game. The Crimson Tide escaped an always hostile Death Valley 21-17 and snapped the Tigers 22-game home winning streak. The Crimson Tide appear to be a lock for the SEC Championship game now, but still host a very dangerous Texas A&M football team this Saturday.

Kansas State had the least amount of trouble. The Cowboys gave the Wildcats a tough first half, but the game was over when Cowboy quarterback Wes Lunt threw a pass into the hands of Wildcat defender Allen Chapman for a pick-six at the end of the second quarter to go up 31-17 . In the second half, Wildcat quarterback Collin Klein appeared to have been injured on a play and it could potentially be a factor going into the TCU game. Klein still stayed in for his one yard rushing touchdown and was then replaced by backup Daniel Sams. The Wildcats stay at number two in the BCS rankings and will have a real challenge when they travel down to Forth Worth to take on the TCU Horned Frogs Saturday.

Notre Dame appeared to have an easy task at home against a struggling Pittsburgh team that had been up and down all season long. The Panthers were up to a 20-6 lead going into the fourth quarter, but they let it slip away with two minutes remaining in the game. The Fighting Irish climbed back into the game when quarterback Everett Golson threw an 11 yard pass to TJ Jones, and then converted a two-point conversion to tie the game up at 20 a piece. It took three overtimes as Pittsburgh missed a chip shot field goal to win in the second overtime after Notre Dame running back Cierre Wood fumbled on the 1 yard line. In the third overtime, Notre dame gave up a field goal, but Everett Golson piled his way into the end zone for another dramatic Irish win. The Irish moved back to the four spot in the BCS rankings after a close game, but the luck of the Irish continues. The Irish will travel to another struggling team in Boston College this Saturday and attempt to play much better football. The Irish cannot play down to their competition if they want any chance of moving up in the BCS rankings.

Oregon @ USC
The Oregon Ducks went into the Coliseum with revenge on their minds after losing to USC last season 38-35. This turned into one of the most offensive games in recent history as the Ducks and Trojans punted just once the entire game. Both punts happened to occur in the fourth quarter. The Ducks were up to an early 21-3 lead, but the Trojans came storming back and eventually cut the lead to ten going into the half. The score was 34-24 going into the half and both teams fumbled the ball in the red zone in the last two minutes of the half. The second half, apparently playing defense was not an option for either squad. The Ducks and Trojans went back and forth scoring touchdowns until the Duck defense finally made a stop at the beginning of the fourth quarter. The Ducks went on to win 62-51 and gave the Trojans their third loss of the season. Oregon running back Kenjon Barner had 38 carries for 321 yards and five touchdowns. USC wide receiver Marqise Lee had 12 receptions for 157 yards and two touchdowns. The Oregon offense put up an astounding 730 yards, the most given up in USC history, and USC had 615 yards. It was a flat out track meet between these two teams and there could be a very good chance we see a rematch in Eugene on November 30th. The Ducks moved to number three in the BCS rankings and will travel to Cal this Saturday.

In other games this past weekend, Arizona looked to take control of the Pac-12 South Division, but was humiliated on the road at UCLA 66-10. The Bruins put up 611 total yards on the Wildcats defense and Bruin running back Johnathan Franklin became the all-time career rusher at UCLA, as he ran for 162 yards and two touchdowns. If UCLA wins this weekend at Washington State and USC defeats Arizona State we will have ourselves a dandy at the Rose Bowl in two weeks. West Virginia lost their third straight game against TCU in double overtime and Texas finally decided to show up and play defense as they defeated in-state rival Texas Tech in Lubbock 31-22. Lastly, Oregon State took care of Arizona State at home 36-26 to continue their quest of a Pac-12 North Division title and San Diego State upset Boise State 21-19 to eliminate them from a BCS at-large spot.

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