With another week in the books, here are 10 things we learned in college football.
Only the SEC could knock itself out of BCS contention. It was bound to happen, but Alabama’s loss to Texas A&M Saturday knocked the Tide out of the BCS title game and, for the moment, hampered the SEC’s ability to extend its national championship streak.
Johnny Manziel is the future face of the SEC. Texas A&M’s redshirt freshman quarterback is taking the country by storm and thanks to his performance Saturday night, his legend continues to grow. Could a Heisman Trophy be in Johnny Football’s future?
Oregon, Kansas State and Notre Dame need to take it one game at a time. I know it’s an over-used cliché, but it’s one that should be heeded. As the spotlight intensifies on each team, so does the pressure making the slightest slip-up catastrophic in the race to the BCS.
Nebraska is living on the edge. For the fourth time this season, the Cornhuskers were forced to come-from-behind to beat an opponent. Despite a turnover margin of -8, Nebraska has somehow managed to put itself in a position to win the Legends Division and a shot at a Big Ten title.
All eyes should be on Pac-12 this week. With Stanford heading to Eugene for a date with Oregon and UCLA looking to wrap up a division crown against USC, the Pac-12 looks to be the center of the college football universe this week.
Let’s rock-paper-scissors for the ACC Coastal. Seriously, what other division in college football is as messed up? Miami and Duke appear to be front-runners for the crown, but both have struggled opening the door for Georgia Tech and even North Carolina. The Tarheels, however, are serving a postseason ban and can’t play in the title game.
Forget a rabbit’s foot, how about a gator’s foot? Another week and another win eked out by Florida as the Gators used a last-second blocked punt returned for a touchdown to beat Louisiana-Lafayette Saturday. It may not be pretty, but Florida continues to find ways to win ball games.
Louisville’s loss tosses Big East into upheaval. The Cardinals were the last remaining unbeaten in the Big East and a blowout loss to Syracuse on the road opened the door for Rutgers and Cincinnati, but Louisville still just needs to win out to capture a BCS bowl spot.
Derek Dooley’s fate is all but sealed. The Tennessee coach has been the poster child for coaches on the Hot Seat so it didn’t help when his team lost a 14-point halftime lead and eventually the game to Missouri in four overtimes Saturday. The loss spells the end of days for Dooley in Knoxville.
What’s going on at Texas Tech? Video of Tommy Tuberville’s sideline altercation with a graduate assistant coach Saturday went viral within minutes, forcing the Red Raiders coach to do the Texas two-step about incident. It’s another blemish for a school that has a rough history with coaches.
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