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National Recap: Week Eleven

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POWER OF FLIGHT: ACTIVATE.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
POWER OF FLIGHT: ACTIVATE. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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After last weeks' BCS standings were released, a lot of people were trying to figure out if an Alabama-LSU title game rematch was a possibility. For such a thing to take place, all the other undefeated teams from BCS conferences would need to lose. This weekend may have been Bama's dream scenario, as both Stanford and perpetual fly in the ointment Boise State both lost. The only team that stands in the way of Alabama getting to the title game (assuming everything goes according to chalk, which it won't, but whatever) is Oklahoma State now.

Games of Note

(2) Oklahoma St. Cowboys @ Texas Tech Red Raiders
Final Score: OSU 66 - TTU 6

This was a #BEATEMDOWN from the first whistle. The Pokes scored 21 points in the first quarter, then followed that up with 28 (!) in the second quarter before coasting the rest of the way.

Also, this is your reminder that Oklahoma lost to Texas Tech. At home.

(6) Oregon Ducks @ (3) Stanford Cardinal
Final Score: UO 53 - Stan 30

This right here was probably the worst game of Andrew Luck's career. What's crazy is that he still completed 65% of his passes, threw for 270 yards and three touchdowns. However, he threw two awful interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown with five minutes left that destroyed any hope for a Stanford comeback.

If teams could play only the first half against Oregon, they'd be in trouble. Fortunately for the Ducks, two halves are required for a football game, and their offensive pace and speed wore down the Stanford defense.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons @ (9) Clemson Tigers
Final: CU 31 - WF 28

I told you Wake Forest was frisky! The Demon Deacons actually held a 14 point lead in the second half, but Clemson was able to claw back into it and eke out a win at home. Tajh Boyd overcame two interceptions to throw two touchdown passes in the last 20 minutes of the game to bring the Tigers back.

(10) Virginia Tech Hokies @ (20) Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Final Score: VT 37 - GT 26

Logan Thomas dominated Georgia Tech, plain and simple. He threw for three touchdowns on only 13 pass attempts, and also ran in two more. In the second half, he could frequently be seen dragging Tech defenders five yards at a time. They just didn't have an answer. The Yellow Jacket option worked at times, but not with enough consistency for them to win.

Texas A&M Aggies @ (17) Kansas St. Wildcats
Final Score: KSU 53 - A&M 50 (4OT)

This game featured plenty of ham, but with little to no seasoning, and in reasonable portions. Just the way Bill Snyder likes it. K-State QB Colin Klein rushed for five touchdowns, and threw another. For those that haven't been paying attention, Klein now has 24 rushing TDs on the season, and 34 overall.

For Texas A&M, it was the same old song. They were unable to get a stop in the fourth quarter, and now Mike Sherman's job is very much in question as the Aggies make the move to the SEC.

(21) Texas Longhorns @ Missouri Tigers
Final Score: UM 17 - UT 5 (!)

Included only because Texas scored five (5) points. Hilarious.

Upset City

TCU Horned Frogs @ (5) Boise St. Broncos
Final Score: TCU 36 - BSU 35

Gary Patterson has stones the size of watermelons. After scoring a touchdown to bring the score to 35-34 with 1:19 remaining, he elected to go for two. It turns out fortune favored the bold, as the Frogs converted it. On the ensuing drive, the referees tried as hard as possible to move Boise down the field, but the Broncos' perfect season went poof on yet another shanked field goal.

Casey Pachall was an absolute monster, throwing for 473 yards and five touchdowns, and completely showed up Kellen Moore in his own stadium. Superman underoos for everyone!

The Rest of the Top 25

(1) LSU Tigers 42 - Western Kentucky Hilltoppers 9

(4) Alabama Crimson Tide 24 - Mississippi St. Bulldogs 7

(8) Arkansas Razorbacks 49 - Tennessee Volunteers 7

(11) Houston Cougars 73 - Tulane Green Wave 17

(14) Georgia Bulldogs 45 - (24) Auburn Tigers 7

(15) South Carolina Gamecocks 17 - Florida Gators 12

(18) USC Trojans 40 - Washington Huskies 17

West Virginia Mountaineers 24 - (23) Cincinnati Bearcats 21

(25) Southern Miss. Golden Eagles 30 - Central Florida Knights 29