Stanford, Baylor, Alabama Win Weekend's Biggest Games
Virginia Tech Slams Miami; Pitt Upends Notre Dame
Stanford dominated Oregon for three quarters, then withstood a furious attempted comeback by the Ducks and ultimately prevailed 26-20. Meanwhile, Baylor flexed its muscle and gave the human voters a reason to believe in the Bears with a 41-12 rout of Oklahoma. Both games were played on Thursday night.
Oregon's loss ended an 18-game road winning streak for the Ducks.
On Saturday, Alabama scored the final 21 points in a 38-17 spanking of LSU, solidifying the Crimson Tide's hold on the No. 1 spot in the human polls and the BCS Standings.
As for the two other teams at the top of everyone's heap, Florida State beat up on hapless Wake Forest 59-3 on the Demon Deacons' own field while Ohio State enjoyed a bye week.
Further down the charts, Fresno State continued its BCS-buster run by improving to 9-0 with a 48-10 win at Wyoming. Northern Illinois, also 9-0, was idle as it prepares for a huge home game on Wednesday against Ball State (9-1). The Bulldogs and Huskies ultimately rose to 14th and 15th, respectively, in the BCS Standings released Sunday evening.
Alabama stayed No. 1 in the BCS, followed by Florida State, Ohio State, Stanford and Baylor. But the Congrove Computer Rankings have Florida State taking over the top spot, followed by Baylor, Alabama and Ohio State. The CCR Top 125 has Oregon in 5th, just ahead of Stanford whose lone loss came at the hands of a not-so-good Utah.
Miami (Fla.) proved once again that it is NOT back as the 'Canes were crushed by ACC and former Big East nemesis, Virginia Tech, 42-24 in Miami. And while Virginia Tech's 18-point road win was a big upset, Pittsburgh's 28-21 home victory over Notre Dame got more attention even though the Irish were only favored by 3.5. Notre Dame slipped to 7-3 with the loss and almost certainly out of contention for any BCS bowl bid. Miami dropped to 7-2 and lost its outright lead in the Coastal division in search of its first-ever trip to an ACC Championship game.
Miami's loss also puts the spotlight on Duke, which hosts Miami this Saturday as a mere 1.76-point underdog. The Blue Devils are 7-2 overall and 3-2 in the ACC - same as Miami - and have already cemented their best regular season record since 1995 when they finished 7-2-2.
Another surprise was the end of Michigan's 19-game home winning streak. The Wolverines fell 17-13 to Nebraska on a TD with 2:03 left in the game.
After this week's games, 56 teams are eligible for the 70 available bowl slots this year. Two of the more surprising qualifiers are Tulane and Texas State. The Green Wave last went bowling in 2002, while the Bobcats are in their first season of full membership in the FBS.
Army vanished from bowl consideration with a last-minute 21-17 loss to visiting Western Kentucky. The Black Knights had an automatic bid arrangement with the Poinsettia Bowl, pending their ability to record the requisite minimum 6 wins.
Florida's 22-year bowl streak is in jeopardy after a 34-17 loss to Vanderbilt. The Gators fell to 4-5 overall with their first loss at home to the Commodores since 1945. Florida has to travel to South Carolina this week before getting FCS member Georgia Southern at home. The Gators host Florida State in the season finale.
The week's "Resiliency Award" goes to Eastern Michigan which, just a day after firing head coach Ron English, toppled Western Michigan 35-32 in overtime.
The computer was 39-11 in picking the winner of heads-up FBS games, and 25-25 against the spread. So far this season, it has forecasted the winner of 80.5% of all games played while hitting 57.2% against the spread.
CollegeFootballPoll.com's Feature Picks writer Mike Mitchell is 139-17 with his selections after a 7-0 week. He is 92-64 against the spread. The computer was 1-2 in outright upset projections and is now 38-35 straight up and 48-25 against the spread with those games.
UNDEFEATED AND WINLESS TEAMS:
The undefeated list stands at 6 teams with Oregon being the only school to drop off. Alabama, Baylor, Florida State, Fresno State, Northern Illinois and Ohio State remain perfect.
The winless list stays at 5 as Connecticut, Georgia State, Hawaii, Miami (Ohio) and Southern Miss are still searching for their first victory.
FBS vs. FCS:
The FCS picked up its 15th win of the season vs. FBS schools when Old Dominion outscored Idaho 59-38. ODU is actually in transition from the FCS to the FBS and is ineligible for a title at either level. In two other FBS-FCS matchups this week, Georgia defeated Appalachian State 45-6 while Memphis avenged last year's season opening loss to Tennessee-Martin with a 21-6 win.
FBS teams lost just 10 matches to FCS schools in all of 2012. This year, the FBS is 89-15 (.856) this season vs. the FCS, and 825-80 (.912) in such matchups since 2003. Seven FCS-FBS games remain to be played this season.
Originally, 106 FBS schools scheduled a total of 110 games against FCS foes this year. But Colorado later replaced a game it lost vs. Fresno State (due to flooding) with Charleston Southern. Thus, 106 FBS schools will play a total of 111 games vs. FCS foes. The schedule change also made Colorado the 4th FBS team to face at least two such schools this year. The others are Clemson and Georgia Tech with 2 apiece while FBS newcomer Georgia State scheduled 3 FCS teams and lost to each of them.
Here are the results of the FBS losses to FCS schools this season:
8/29: Towson 33, Connecticut 18
8/29: Southern Utah 22, South Alabama 21
8/30: Samford 31, Georgia State 21
8/30: North Dakota State 24, Kansas State 21
8/31: Northern Iowa 28, Iowa State 20
8/31: Eastern Washington 49, Oregon State 46
8/31: Eastern Illinois 40, San Diego State 18
8/31: McNeese State 53, USF 21
9/7: UT-Chattanooga 42, Georgia State 14
9/7: Maine 24, Massachusetts 14
9/7: Nicholls State 27, Western Michigan 23.
9/14: Fordham 30, Temple 29
9/14: Bethune-Cookman 34, FIU 13
9/21: Jacksonville State 32, Georgia State 26 (OT)
11/9: Old Dominion 59, Idaho 38
Eastern Washington, McNeese State and North Dakota State also had wins vs. FBS teams last year.
Ohio State - Won 21 straight overall. Idle this week.
Northern Illinois - Won 24 straight at home and 22 straight vs. conference foes. Idle this week.
LSU - Won 45 straight regular season nonconference games. Lost 38-17 at Alabama on Saturday.
Michigan - Had its 19-game home winning streak snapped in a 17-13 loss to Nebraska on Saturday.
Oregon - Had its 18-game road winning streak ended in a 26-20 loss at Stanford on Thursday.
Southern Miss - Lost 21 straight overall. Lost 36-13 at Louisiana Tech on Saturday.
New Mexico State - Lost 21 straight to FBS teams. Lost 48-34 vs. Boston College on Saturday.
Kansas - Lost 27 straight conference games and 23 straight road games. Lost 42-6 at Oklahoma State on Saturday.