National Recap: Week Twelve

I think that clip accurately sums up this past weekend's events. The poop is everyone in the top ten who lost, and the fan is the BCS. Let's survey the carnage, shall we?

Upset City

(2) Oklahoma St. Cowboys @ Iowa St. Cyclones
Final Score: ISU 37 - OSU 31 (OT)

If you're like me, you're still trying to get the sound of the Iowa State tornado siren out of your head. You're also probably still trying to figure out just how Iowa State was able to pull off the upset. They were out-talented at virtually every position, but I will say this: Paul Rhoads and the ISU staff know what they're doing. They took away Oklahoma State's running game, which despite perception, is a huge part of their offense.

Despite the loss, Oklahoma State is not out of the BCS title race, as they only slid down to fourth thanks to everyone else behind them losing.

(18) USC Trojans @ (4) Oregon Ducks
Final Score: USC 38 - UO 35

This difference in this game was simple: USC saw the weakness in Oregon's defense and exploited it. Matt Barkley went nuts on the Oregon secondary, putting up over 300 yards and four touchdowns. True freshman WR Marqise Lee went for 187 yards and a touchdown, and is going to be a nightmare for Pac-12 DBs for the next few years. Oregon made it interesting late by scoring the last 21 points in the game, but missed the potential game tying field goal. And with that, Oregon may excuse themselves from the race for the BCS title game.

(5) Oklahoma Sooners @ (25) Baylor Bears
Final Score: BU 45 - OU 38

This is why playing football games against Robert Griffin III is a bad idea. Baylor and Oklahoma were neck and neck for the entire game, with OU tying the game on a TD from Blake Bell (Bell's stat line: 5 rushes, 16 yards, 4 TDs) with 55 seconds left. So naturally, RG3 and the Bears went right back down the field and won the game on a 34 yard TD pass to Terrance Williams with 28 seconds left. And with that, Oklahoma may excuse themselves from the race for the BCS title game.

Griffin's final stat line: 21-34 for 479 yards, 4 TDs and zero INTs. Throw in 72 yards rushing, and that's a good day at the office.

(7) Clemson Tigers @ North Carolina St. Wolfpack
Final Score: NCSU 37 - CU 13

This is why you never go full Dabo, and why you can never trust the Notorious TOB. I don't know if Clemson was looking forward to their game against South Carolina next week or what, but they straight up got their tails kicked by an NC State team that, to be honest, isn't very good.

(22) Southern Miss. Golden Eagles @ UAB Blazers
Final Score: UAB 34 - USM 31

This may not seems like it's that crazy of an upset, but if you've seen UAB play football this year you understand. Good golly they're terrible, and I still cannot believe that Southern Miss lost.

Virginia Cavaliers @ (23) Florida St. Seminoles
Final Score: UVA 14 - FSU 13

This was far from the prettiest game of football you'll ever see, but the Hoos will take it. After several years of some pretty stultifying football, UVA finds themselves at a surprising 8-3, with a chance to get into the ACC title game if they can beat rival Virginia Tech this weekend. As for Florida State, there's a lot of questions that need answering. Most realistic Nole fans thought that 2012 was going to be "the year," but not many expected FSU to be sitting at 7-4 at this point in the season.

Other Games of Note

California Golden Bears @ (8) Stanford Cardinal
Final Score: Stan 31 - Cal 28

This game was nearly one of the biggest upsets of the season. Cal scored 15 points in the fourth quarter, but a late Stanford field goal secured the game.  Cal's front seven did a masterful job of containing Stanford's running game, and held Andrew Luck to a fairly pedestrian stat line, but the Bears just didn't have enough bullets to take down their rivals.

SMU Mustangs @ (11) Houston Cougars
Final Score: UH 37 - SMU 7

The other undefeated team keeps chugging along. One more win and the Cougs can book a ticket to a BCS bowl, but whether they'll be 2008 Utah or 2007 Hawaii remains to be seen.

Kentucky Wildcats @ (13) Georgia Bulldogs
Final Score: UGA 19 - UK 10

Just when you think it's safe to think UGA can comfortably win a game against vastly inferior competition, this happens. Georgia may be the tallest midget in the SEC East, but they aren't going to have much fun playing whoever wins the West.

(16) Kansas St. Wildcats @ Texas Longhorns
Final Score: KSU 17 - UT 13

Number of QBs with over 100 yards passing in this game: Zero. Total yards put up by the winning team: 121. THAT'S SOME GOOD OLE FASHIONED BILL SNYDER FAMBLY FOOTBALL.

The Rest Of The Top 25

(1) LSU Tigers 52 - Mississippi Rebels 3

(3) Alabama Crimson Tide 45 - Georgia Southern Eagles 21

(6) Arkansas Razorbacks 44 - Mississippi St. Bulldogs 17

(10) Boise St. Broncos 52 - San Diego St. Aztecs 35

(14) South Carolina Gamecocks 41 - Citadel Bulldogs 20

(19) TCU Horned Frogs 34 - Colorado St. Rams 10

 

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