What was supposed to be a ho-hum weekend of college football turned out to be the biggest upset weekend of the season. CSF breaks down the national championship update and the current state of the Heisman from the week that reshaped the 2011 season and put the BCS picture into a tizzy.
Upset Weekend: The weekend got off to a crazy start on Friday, when #2 Oklahoma State, who controlled their own destiny to a Big 12 Title and BCS National Championship game, was stunned in Ames to the Iowa State Cyclones. The loss took OSU out of the national title hunt all together and severely jeopardized quarterback Brandon Weeden’s chance at the Heisman Trophy.
On Saturday, Oregon looked to take advantage of the Oklahoma State loss and jump to at least 3rd nationally, but those hopes were dashed on a missed field goal at the end of regulation to Matt Barkley and USC. The Ducks fought their way back into the game (USC led 38-14 at one point) but ultimately fell short 38-35. Oregon’s second loss officially puts them out of the BCS Title hunt as well.
About an hour later, Oklahoma, who had trailed most of the game to Robert Griffin III and his Baylor team, also found themselves in great position to make a push for a BCS title run. OU quarterback Landry Jones battled his team back into the game and forced an apparent overtime, but Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops got greedy. With Baylor conceding overtime, they attempted to run the clock out, but Oklahoma opted to use a timeout in attempt to get the ball back with less than a minute to go. Griffin III showed the Sooners that when you play with fire, you get burned. The junior QB led his team down the field by running and passing and capped off the game’s final drive with a touchdown pass to Terrance Williams with 8 seconds left on the clock to regain a seven-point lead, and the Bears beat Oklahoma for the first time in 21 tries by a score of 45-38.
Heisman will come down to the wire: All season, the Heisman front-runners have changed more frequently than Charlie Sheen’s roommates. Here’s the recap. Stanford’s Andrew Luck is up. Okie State’s Brandon Weeden is down. Baylor’s Robert Griffin III has worked his way back in the picture after being forgotten for the last month. Bama’s Trent Richardson is back in the hunt, but Oregon’s LaMichael James dropped significantly. Boise State’s Kellen Moore is all but forgotten. Meanwhile, Houston’s Case Keenum has 38 TDs and only three interceptions, while Wisconsin’s Montee Ball has continued his record-setting season with 31 total touchdowns, respectively. Oh, yeah….and Kansas State’s Colin Klein has 36 total touchdowns for the surprising Wildcats. But don’t worry. The major rivalry games take place this weekend, so all of this is likely to change in a week. Confused yet? Just wait until the conference championship games happen in two weeks.