Week 11 of this year’s college football season had its share of bigtime match ups, great individual performances and emotion. Check out CSF’s take on our top four storylines from last weekend’s action.
Despite turmoil, Penn State shows ultimate class: Despite the Jerry Sandusky child sex scandal and the following administrative leave of assistant coach Mike McQueary and the mid-week firing of legendary coach Joe Paterno, Penn State officially started the healing process this weekend for the football program, the student body and most importantly, for the victims of the alleged abuse.
It started the night before, when students and faculty held a candlelight vigil for the vicitims of Sandusky’s heinous crimes. On game day, the Penn State fans gave a warm welcome to the team when they got off the buses and again, the the Nittany Lions took the field. An emotional moment of silence showed fans, many of whom were in tears, was followed by both teams meeting in a
BCS Computers get lucky again: Supporters of the BCS, which depends on computer formulas to determine the best teams in the land, got a huge break last weekend. For the second straight year, Boise State will not be able to blame computers for not getting their shot at college football immortality. Last year, a missed field goal at Nevada cost the Broncos a perfect season, and last weekend it was a missed field goal at home against TCU.
Just south in Palo Alto, the Stanford Cardinal fell to Oregon, ending the nation’s longest active winning streak and effectively taking them out of BCS Championship contention. In the end, the Ducks simply had too much speed and athleticsm for the Cardinal, who still played an admirable game. These two losses leave only LSU, Oklahoma State and Houston, who has never been taken seriously for a national title run, due to their schedule.
The Dawgs are back: After dropping their first two games of the season, many had written off the Georgia Bulldogs and many fans were calling for head coach Mark Richt’s head. Eight straight wins later and the ability to control their own destiny in the SEC East has a way of creating optimism. After the 45-7 rout of Auburn last weekend, the Dawgs simply have to win this weekend at home against lowly Kentucky to officially punch their ticket to the SEC Championship next month. You wouldn’t have guessed it a couple of months ago, but Richt’s very young and very talented squad will finish this season with nine or ten wins and a ton of momentum going into next season.
Brandon Weeden torches Texas Tech: The Red Raiders were flying high after their upset win at Oklahoma on October 22nd. That flight was short-lived, and they have dropped three straight since then, with the most recent loss resulting in a 66-6 beat down at home against Weeden and the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Weeden shredded the TTU defense to the tune of 423 yards and five TDs. In fact, Weeden had almost as many touchdowns (5) as he did incomplete passes (6) in this blowout. The victory kept OSU in the #2 spot in the polls, and a win in the Bedlam game against Oklahoma would secure a shot at the BCS title–but don’t expect the Sooners to roll over…….the road to the Big 12 still goes through Norman until proved otherwise.