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Seven Teams In BCS Top 16 Lose

by Mike Mitchell
October 28, 2007

The Nos. 8, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15 and 16 teams in the BCS Standings went down to defeat.

No. 12 USC, a preseason favorite to play in the national championship game, was possibly eliminated from the PAC-10 title chase with a 24-17 setback at Oregon. The Trojans fell to 3-2 in the conference, 6-2 over-all. Oregon improved to 7-1, 4-1. An interception at the Oregon 15-yard line sealed the win for the Ducks with just 11 seconds left in the game.

Florida's 42-30 loss to Georgia was its third in the last four games. The No. 11 Gators had won 8 of the last 9 meetings, and 16 of the last 19. It was Urban Meyer's first loss (2-1) in the border rivalry known as the "World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party".

Two weeks ago, USF was second in the BCS Standings and a Cinderella story for the BCS title game. Since then, the Bulls have been the only thing breaking in the china shop. South Florida lost 30-27 at Rutgers last week, then fell 22-15 at Connecticut on Saturday. The No. 10 Bulls drove to the UConn 1-yard line at the end of the game, but were sacked on the next play and failed to score. USF also drove to the 2-yard line earlier in the fourth quarter and only came away with a field goal after a touchdown run was negated by a holding penalty. The Huskies lead the Big East with a 3-0 conference mark, 7-1 over-all.

Mississippi State, a 13.5-point underdog (19.71 by the computer) won by 17 at No. 14 Kentucky 31-14. The Bulldogs intercepted Andre Woodson three times, preventing any opportunity for a comeback by the Wildcats. It's the second big SEC win for Mississippi State this season, who won 19-14 at Auburn in the third week of the season.

No. 15 Virginia saw its six-game winning streak get snapped in a 29-24 loss at N.C. State. The Wolfpack had dropped nine consecutive ACC games.

South Carolina, the No. 16 team in the BCS Standings, lost 27-24 in overtime to Tennessee when a field goal attempt was far right of the uprights. The Gamecocks had trailed 21-0, only to storm back and take a 24-21 lead. The Volunteers sent it to overtime on a 48-yard field goal with 5 seconds left, one play after a 43-yard missed attempt was negated by a false start penalty on themselves.

Iowa pulled off the mild upset at home over Michigan State, winning 34-27 in the second overtime. The Spartans sent the game into OT on a field goal with 4 seconds left. The teams matched touchdowns in the first extra period, but Michigan State was stopped on downs in the second OT after the Hawkeyes ran the ball in on their possession.

Colorado sprung the upset on Texas Tech in Lubbock. The Buffaloes' 31-26 victory improved their record to 3-2 in the Big 12 North and halted their two-game losing skid. The Red Raiders were favored by 13.5 points (15.46 by the computer).

Washington State's 27-7 home win over 6-point favorite UCLA was the first PAC-10 win of the year for the Cougars, and the first conference loss for the Bruins.

Ohio State, the top team in the BCS Standings, dispatched Penn State 37-17 to stay unbeaten (9-0, 5-0) . Michigan (7-2, 5-0) is the only other team in the Big Ten without a league loss. The Wolverines beat Minnesota 34-10 to keep the Golden Gophers winless in the Big 10.

Kansas remained undefeated with a 19-11 win at Texas A&M, their first over the Aggies since 1974. The Jayhawks broke a 7-game losing streak in the series as they improved to 8-0 for the first time since 1909.

Arizona State stayed unbeaten, too, with a 31-20 home win over California. Turnovers helped Cal take a 20-14 halftime lead, then led to its demise in the second half with interceptions on consecutive possessions in the fourth quarter. The Sun Devils improved to 8-0, 5-0 in the conference. The Golden Bears' third consecutive loss dropped them to 5-3, 2-3.

Texas rallied from a 17-3 deficit early in the fourth quarter to hand Nebraska its fourth-straight loss, 28-25. It's the first four-game losing streak for the Cornhuskers since 1961, another negative first under embattled head coach Bill Callahan who faces almost-certain dismissal at the end of the season, if not sooner.

Pittsburgh's shot at upset at Louisville fell short when the Panthers fumbled at the Cardinal's 1-yard line with 1:08 left in the game. Louisville had just gone ahead on a 1-yard run with 1:54 remaining. The 24-17 win put Louisville's neck back above water with a 5-4 record over-all, 2-2 in the Big East.

Navy lost at home to FCS member Delaware 59-52.

In other action, West Virginia rolled to a 31-3 win at Rutgers for its 13th straight victory over the Scarlet Knights. The Mountaineers are 29-4-2 all-time versus Rutgers.

Hawaii improved to 8-0 for the first time ever with a 50-13 home win over New Mexico State.

The college football weekend concluded Sunday night with Central Florida pulling off a mild upset at Southern Miss, 34-17. The Golden Knights have been a terrible road team, but managed to give the Golden Eagles their second bad home loss of the season. Southern Miss lost 31-29 at home to Rice on October 3rd, which still stands as the only victory of the season for the Owls.

In early-week action:

Boise State beat Fresno State 34-21 Friday night for its 14th consecutive win against WAC foes. The Broncos improved their career WAC record to 49-3, and 43-1 since 2002. The lone loss came in Boise State's last visit to the San Joaquin Valley in 2005 when the Bulldogs ended the Bronco's 31-game conference winning streak.

The loss was Fresno State's first in the conference this season, dropping the Bulldogs to 5-3 over-all, 3-1 in the WAC. Boise State (7-1, 4-0) and Hawaii (8-0, 5-0) are the only teams left without a WAC setback. The Broncos visit the Warriors on November 23.

Matt Ryan threw two touchdown passes in the final 2:11 of the game and Boston College stunned No. 8 Virginia Tech 14-10 on Thursday night to keep its national title hopes alive.

Trailing 10-0 with 4:17 remaining in the game, and bottled up at its own 8-yard line, Ryan drove Boston College 92 yards to pull to within 10-7 on a 16-yard touchdown pass to Rich Gunnell. With 2:11 left on the clock, the Eagles recovered an onside kick on their own 34 and marched to the Hokies' 14-yard line. After a 2nd-down touchdown pass was called back for holding, Ryan scrambled around on third-down until he found Andre Callender in the end zone for a 14-10 lead with just 11 seconds left. Boston College was kept to just 151 yards of offense for the first 55 minutes and 43 seconds, but managed 158 yards on their final two possessions.

Boston College improved to 8-0, 4-0 in the ACC Atlantic division. Virginia Tech dropped to 6-2 over-all, 3-1 in the ACC Coastal after its second loss to a No. 2-ranked team this season. The Hokies were routed 48-7 at then-No. 2 LSU in the second game of the season. Virginia Tech is now 8-2 in home Thursday night games on ESPN, 13-3 over-all, with all three losses at the hands of the Eagles.

In another Thursday night game, New Mexico edged Air Force 34-31. The winning points came with over 10 minutes left in the game on John Sullivan's fourth field goal of the night. The Lobos are now 6-2 over-all, 3-1 in the Mountain West. The Falcons fell to 6-3, 5-2 in the conference. Air Force has just one game remaining against a league foe, and that doesn't come until November 17th against San Diego State.

The number of undefeated teams is still at 5. They are (in alphabetical order): Arizona State, Boston College, Hawaii, Kansas, and Ohio State.

There are now just 2 schools still searching for their first victory - FIU and Utah State. Marshall broke through with a 34-21 home win over Rice.

Additionally, Idaho has yet to beat a team from the bowl subdivision.

1-A vs. 1-AA
The divisions were re-named late last year. 1-A was given the new moniker of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) while 1-AA was labeled the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).

Only one team played a FCS school this week and Navy must regret that scheduling decision. The Blue Hens beat the Midshipmen 59-52.

Bowl Subdivision teams are 63-10 against FCS teams this year.

The ten losses are:
Appalachian State 34, Michigan 32 (Week 1)
Nicholls State 16, Rice 14 (Week 1)
Northern Iowa 24, Iowa State 13 (Week 2)
Southern Illinois 34, Northern Illinois 31 (Week 2)
New Hampshire 48, Marshall 35 (Week 3)
McNeese State 38, Louisiana-Lafayette 17 (Week 3)
North Dakota State 44, Central Michigan 14 (Week 4)
Western Kentucky 20, Middle Tennessee 17 (Week 4)
North Dakota State 27, Minnesota 21 (Week 8)
Delaware 59, Navy 52 (Week 9)

Western Kentucky is currently in transition to become the ninth Sun Belt Conference football playing institution and the 120th Football Bowl Subdivision (Division I-A) member. The Hilltoppers will play six SBC teams in 2008 and will be eligible for the conference title and a bowl berth in 2009.

Bowl subdivision teams were 71-7 in 2006 against FCS schools. Including this week's loss by Navy, FBS teams are 283-35 (.890) in such games since 2003.

This season, 78 bowl subdivision teams face schools from the championship subdivision. WAC members New Mexico State and Hawaii double-dipped.

Boston College has won 9 straight games. The Eagles won 14-10 at Virginia Tech on Thursday night.

Hawaii has won 9 straight games. The Warriors won 50-13 at home over New Mexico State.

Ohio State has won 9 straight over-all, 27 straight regular season games, and 19 consecutive Big Ten games. The Buckeyes won 37-17 at Penn State.

Arizona State has won 8 straight. The Sun Devils won 31-20 at home over California.

Kansas has won 8 in-a-row, and 11 consecutive regular season games. The Jayhawks won 19-11 at Texas A&M.

Boise State has won 41 consecutive regular season home games, and 14 consecutive WAC games. The Broncos also have a perfect home record against their fellow WAC conference members (26-0). Boise State won 34-21 at Fresno State on Friday.

FIU owns the nation's longest current losing streak at 20 games. The Golden Panthers lost 58-10 at Arkansas.

Utah State has lost 14 straight. The Aggies lost 31-21 at home to Louisiana Tech.

The 2006 season featured 11 new head coaches. Five led their team to a bowl game.

This year, there are 24 coaching changes for the highest number since 2001 when there were 25. We'll track their progress throughout the season.

This week, there were no games where new coaches faced each other.

FIU is the only team that has yet to snag a win with its new head coach. Idaho has yet to defeat an FBS team.

Here is how each of the new coaches are faring, in order, by won-loss record.

Boston College, 8-0 under Jeff Jagodzinski, won 14-10 on Thursday night at Virginia Tech.
Arizona State, 8-0 under Dennis Erickson, won 31-20 at home over California.
Alabama, 6-2 under Nick Saban, is idle.
Cincinnati, 6-2 under Brian Kelly, is idle.
Air Force, 6-3 under Troy Calhoun, lost 34-31 at New Mexico on Thursday.
Miami (Fla.), 5-3 under Randy Shannon, is idle.
Tulsa, 5-3 under Todd Graham, won 29-23 at home over SMU.
Central Michigan, 5-4 under Butch Jones, won 41-32 at Kent State.
Indiana, 5-4 under Bill Lynch, lost 33-3 at Wisconsin.
Louisville, 5-4 under Steve Kragthorpe, won 24-17 at home over Pitt.
Michigan State, 5-4 under Mark Dantonio, lost 34-27 in 2 OT's at Iowa.
Army, 3-5 under Stan Brock, is idle.
Louisiana Tech, 3-5 under Derek Dooley, won 31-21 at Utah State.
N.C. State, 3-5 under Tom O'Brien, won 29-24 at home over Virginia.
Stanford, 3-5 under Jim Harbaugh, lost 23-6 at Oregon State.
North Carolina, 2-6 under Butch Davis, lost 37-10 at Wake Forest.
Tulane, 2-6 under Bob Toledo, lost 28-27 at home to Memphis.
UAB, 2-6 under Neil Callaway, lost 41-6 at East Carolina.
North Texas, 1-7 under Todd Dodge, lost 48-28 at Middle Tennessee.
Rice, 1-7 under David Bailiff, lost 34-21 at Marshall.
Idaho, 1-8 under Robb Akey, lost 37-21 at Nevada.
Iowa State, 1-8 under Gene Chizik, lost 42-28 at Missouri.
Minnesota, 1-8 under Tim Brewster, lost 34-10 at Michigan.
FIU, 0-8 under Mario Cristobal, lost 58-10 at Arkansas.


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