Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/14/11

That huge noise you heard Saturday night…the whooshing of air…that was the NCAA (and BCS) exhaling, knowing they will not have to worry about Boise State crashing the national championship party this year.  Like last season, the Broncos’ season came to a jolting end as a 39-yard field goal attempt was no good and TCU upset Boise, on the blue turf, ending their BCS hopes.  And there were a lot of other surprises this weekend…

Here are the Top Five Things I Learned About College Football – Week 11 Review:

Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck (12) and Oregon running back LaMichael James (21) talk after the game. It's obvious that Oregon won.

1. Oregon did what they had to do – beat Stanford – and is on track for a possible re-match with LSU in the BCS title game.  Yes, the Cardinal was hurting before the game.  Andrew Luck’s two top receivers were out with injuries.  They had people missing all over the place…and Luck himself, played the worst game of the year.  Take NOTHING away from Oregon, however.  The Ducks looked like the Ducks of old…fast, slippery, elusive…and really good.  Stanford had everything to lose in this game, and they played like it.  I had been thinking this team would be the one to give LSU a great match-up…but instead, there are many, many scenarios out there.

Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege (7) looks for a receiver under pressure from Oklahoma State defensive tackle Richetti Jones (99). The Pokes' defense will have to make a statement in Bedlam on Dec. 3 if they want to play for the BCS national title in January!

2. Oklahoma State continues to defy the imagination.  When your quarterback puts up the kind of numbers like Brandon Weeden does every week, you don’t have to worry about your defense.  Except, occasionally, the Pokes do.  They shut down Texas Tech (who has been horrible since upsetting Oklahoma four weeks ago), who can score a lot of points.  The 66-6 beat-down was a statement.  Now, Pokes…get by Iowa State this week and THEN focus on OklahomaBedlam on Dec. 3 will determine where both teams end up in the post-season.

Arkansas running back Dennis Johnson (33) eludes tackles by Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson (45) and defensive back Justin Coleman (27) during the second period Saturday night.

3. Is Arkansas peaking…and can they upset LSU?  I told you the Razorbacks are good.  They crushed Tennessee (okay, not to pile on, but who hasn’t?  And seriously, what a BRUTAL schedule the young Vols have had.  My hat’s off to them for simply showing up week after week.  Let’s see where this team is in two or three more years…what a sharp learning curve they have been on this  year.)  The Pigs are looking more and more like a team that can give anyone a battle.  Mark it down…the Friday after Thanksgiving, at 2:30 in Baton Rouge.  I think, right now, if the game was being played in Fayetteville, I would call for a HUGE UPSET…but I will have to wait to call that one.  It’ll be a great game, and I believe, this one, not the Alabama game, could be LSU’s toughest.

Penn State players Derek Moye (6), Quinn Barham (67), Devon Still (71), and Drew Astorino (28) link arms as they lead the team onto the field before the historic game against Nebraska on Saturday.

4. I thought the Nebraska-Penn State game started out in a beautiful manner.  Granted, I did not get to see any of the actual game play beyond the first quarter, but the show of unity by the PSU players, locking arms and WALKING onto the field…the exchange of hugs and handshakes with the Huskers before the game and the pre-game prayer, led by a Nebraska coach, that involved nearly everyone on the field, was certainly the way to go.  The fact that PSU lost by just a field goal said a lot for both teams.  Penn State’s players could have come out completely drained by the week’s events…but with their standing in the Big Ten, obviously, they were committed to winning.  While they did not…and Ohio State being upset by Purdue…the Nittany Lions still have a half-game lead in their division.  They do have to play at Wisconsin on Nov. 26, and that game could decide which team gets to represent the Leaders division in the Big Ten title game.

Georgia head coach Mark Richt celebrates in the end zone following the Dogs' 45-7 win.

5. Southern teams on the rise!  Georgia crushed defending national champ Auburn on Saturday, behind quarterback Aaron Murray’s finest performance to date (14-of-18 for 224 yards and four touchdowns). Georgia outgained the Tigers 528-195.  Looks like they will be playing LSU for the SEC title…In the ACC, Clemson continues to win, and I think the Orange Bowl would rather have the Tigers come down to South Florida in January than Virginia Tech.  You may recall, Tech complained about losing money because they could not sell their ticket allotment last year. Clemson will be thrilled to go to the Orange Bowl, which, obviously, has become passé for the Blacksburg folk.

MIZ - ZOU! Good things happen once in a while for the Tigers...like their 17-5 upset over Texas in Columbia on Saturday.

And a special shout-out to my Alma Mater, Missouri, on their 17-5 upset victory over Texas.  Once in a while something good happens to Mizzou, and I just happened to have picked this game to lock onto the Tigers in my Top Five Picks.

I’ll be back with my look ahead at next week’s Top Five College Football Games To Watch – Week 12 Preview later in the week. 

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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