A look at last weekend's college football scores, plus a look ahead to the BCS Championship Bowl in January.
In college football this past weekend, multiple undefeated records were in danger but none were ruined. I’ll start with top ranked Alabama who beat LSU in Baton Rouge 21-17. The winning touchdown, a 28 yard pass from junior QB AJ McCarron to freshman TJ Yeldon, came in the final minute of the game, and ‘Bama entered the fourth quarter behind for the first time since 2010. This Saturday the 9-0 Crimson Tide will take on 15th ranked 7-2 Texas A&M in their final game against a ranked opponent.
Number 4 Notre Dame is now off to their best start since ’93 after overcoming a 14 point fourth quarter deficit at home to beat Pitt and remain spotless at 9-0. Victory didn’t come easily to the Irish who tied the score late in the 4th quarter and then battled into the 3rd overtime when ND’s freshman quarterback Everett Golson completed a 1 yard touchdown run to give them the 29-26 win. The Fighting Irish have 3 games remaining, this Saturday they travel to BC to face a weak Eagle team, and then the following Saturday they are at Wake Forest. They close the season in Los Angeles against the always tough USC Trojans who are currently 6-3 but feature a high powered offense led by Heisman candidate QB Matt Barkley and All World Receivers Marqise Lee and Robert Woods.
Saturday the Trojans lost a shootout to undefeated and third ranked Oregon, 62-51. The game had 16 total touchdowns with 3 by each team in the second quarter. 62 is the most points USC has allowed since the birth of the program in 1888. This weekend the 9-0 Ducks take on a disappointing Cal team, but after that they face top 15 teams Stanford and Oregon State. The Stanford game is the only remaining home game. No team has ever won a national title in a year it gave up 50 points in a game. The Ducks can score almost at will but the D is suspect.
The other 9-0 team is second ranked Kansas State which has 3 games left, at TCU and Baylor and then they close the season home against current No. 17 Texas.
The BCS Championship Game will be played January 7, 2013 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami. It looks like the top ranked Tide and second ranked K State Wildcats have the easiest path to a meeting in Miami but Texas A&M and Texas could spoil their plans. Other favorites are Oregon and Notre Dame, both of which are still undefeated. Oregon leads the nation in points for at 54.3 and Notre Dame is second in the nation in points against at 11.7. I’m confident Alabama can make it to the championship bowl, but each of the 4 top teams has a few potential stumbling blocks left in the last few weeks of the season. The ones that can avoid getting picked off will get the shot at the title.
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