College Football 2012 – Recapping Week 12….Do You Believe In Miracles?…..YES!!

That clang you heard last night at around 11:30 PM EST was the hearts hitting the ground of which of the following groups?

a) Oregon fans

b) Kansas State fans

c) Notre Dame haters

d) SEC haters

e) all of the above

If you chose (e), you would be a college football fan that witnessed one of the greatest days ever in college football. Just when you thought the BCS had somewhat settled down and things were lining up for a Kansas State versus Oregon BCS National Championship game, the college football world got rocked and was turned upside down!

Notre Dame and Alabama did what they had to do – crush their opponents and then wait for the impossible. There was no way that a 4-5 Baylor team could play with K State, was there? As it turns out, there was no way a 10-0 K State team could play with a 4-5 Baylor team! Notre Dame fans around the world had to be going crazy and the SEC nation was given a glimmer of hope that one of theirs now has a slim chance of getting to the BCS National Championship game. Then the un-thinkable happens as Stanford plays BIG BOY football and upsets Oregon in OT. Touchdown Jesus and ‘Bama nation was partying in the streets as the Stanford field goal split the uprights ( OK, it was just inside the left upright ) and a new dream national championship was set up. WOW! Notre Dame versus Alabama! Two of the most storied programs in all of America. Knute Rockne and Bear Bryant. Joe Theisman and Joe Namath. Multiple national championships. Numerous Heisman Trophy winners.

Wait a minute….What if USC upsets ND next week?? What if Alabama loses to Georgia in the SEC championship game? Talk about chaos and confusion! My head is spinning with all the scenarios if that were to happen. Welcome to the 2012 college football season!

Yesterday was a day of escapes, chalk, and upsets. The Escapes. South Carolina scores 17 4th quarter points to beat Wofford ( 24-7 ) as they prepare for next week’s rivalry game at Clemson. LSU wins a wild game 41-35 over Mississippi. Oklahoma edges West Virginia 50-49 and Ohio State wins in OT over Wisconsin. Clemson wins a shootout at home over NC State 62-48 as Taj Boyd lights it up again and Rutgers struggles with Cincinnati to win 10-3.

The Chalk. ‘Bama rolls Western Carolina 49-0 and Texas A&M out-slugs Sam Houston State 47-28. Georgia, at home beats in state rival Georgia Southern 45-14 while FSU beats an out manned Maryland squad 41-14. ND lights up Wake Forest at home 38-0, Florida spanks Jacksonville State 23-0, and Mississippi State gets back to it’s winning ways by beating Arkansas 45-14. In the Big 10, Nebraska whips Minnesota 38-14 and Michigan beats Iowa 42-17 as they prepare for next week’s showdown with the Buckeyes. The Upsets. Maybe not too big of an upset, but UCLA trips USC 38-28 as QB Matt Barkley of SC goes down with an apparent shoulder injury late in the game and his status for next week’s rivalry game versus ND is now in doubt. The Bruins controlled this game from the onset and maybe the balance of power is shifting in Tinsletown?? Baylor absolutely dominated K State thrashing them 52-24. The game was never really in doubt and Baylor looked like a dominate football team. Sadly, this loss could have cost the Wildcats a shot at the BCS National Championship game, the Heisman Trophy, and the Coach of the Year awards. No one gave Stanford a shot of beating Oregon. The Ducks have ran all over it’s opponents this year and were a 3 touchdown favorite at home. I have said it all year if you have been reading my articles, Oregon has not played anyone and we don’t really know how they will respond to a close game. Stanford totally out played the Ducks and Coach David Shaw said after the game that it should not have been even that close. Stanford failed to convert great field position into points but totally slowed down the Ducks fast break offense. Stanford smashed them in the mouth at the line of scrimmage and surprisingly, had the speed to match them on the perimeter. Both of these teams have tough games coming up this weekend as Stanford plays UCLA and Oregon plays Oregon State. It will be very interesting to see how they both respond after this intense game as both of these teams are now fighting for a major bowl game. Didn’t Notre Dame beat Stanford? Hmmm…..

More notes from yesterday’s wild day. Saturday, November 17 was the first time since 2007 that both the #1 and #2 teams went down on the same day. On that day, both #1 Missouri, and #2 West Virginia, both lost. When the BCS standings come out on ESPN tonight at 8:30, it will be the first time since 1993 that ND is ranked #1. Johnny Football goes over 3000 yards passing and 1000 yards rushing as Texas A&M continues to roll. Pretty impressive feat for a freshman in the SEC! Oh, by the way, he even attempted an extra point – wide right!West Virginia and Clemson continue to prove they can’t stop anyone. Sure wish they would match up in a bowl game again this year – Clemson would win this time 105-98! Did yesterday seal the fate of coaches Lane Kiffin, Gene Chizek, John L. Smith, and Derek Dooley? How about yesterday’s SEC quirky schedule in which Alabama plays Western Carolina, South Carolina plays Wofford, Georgia plays Georgia Southern, Texas A&M plays Sam Houston State, Missouri plays Syracuse, and Florida plays Jacksonville State? That’s weird for this late in the season!

Heisman Trophy Race:

1) Collin Klein QB Kansas State

1a) Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M

2) Manti Te’o LB Notre Dame

3) Taj Boyd QB Clemson

4) AJ McCarron QB Alabama

5) Matt Barkley QB USC

 

Coach of the Year:

1) Brian Kelly Notre Dame

2) Bill Snyder Kansas State

3) David Shaw Stanford

4) Charlie Strong Louisville

5) Jim Mora Jr. UCLA

 

TOP 25

  1. Notre Dame 11-0
  2. Alabama 10-1
  3. Georgia 10-1
  4. Kansas State 10-1
  5. Oregon 10-1
  6. LSU 9-2
  7. Ohio State 11-0
  8. Florida 10-1
  9. Texas A&M 9-2
  10. South Carolina 9-2
  11. Stanford 9-2
  12. FSU 10-1
  13. Clemson 10-1
  14. Oklahoma 8-2
  15. Nebraska 9-2
  16. UCLA 9-2
  17. Texas 8-2
  18. Oregon State 8-2
  19. Louisville 9-1
  20. Rutgers 9-1
  21. Boise State 9-2
  22. Michigan 8-3
  23. Utah State 9-2
  24. Kent State 10-1
  25. Mississippi State 8-3

Hoping for a bowl bid and a payday: Northern Illinois 10-1, Northwestern 8-3, La Tech 9-2, Tulsa 9-2, Cincinnati 7-3, USC 7-4, Oklahoma State 7-3, Texas Tech 7-4, Vanderbilt 7-4, Arizona 7-4, San Jose State 9-2.

WEEK 13 KEY GAMES:

#1 ND @ USC

Auburn @ #2 Alabama

Georgia Tech @ #3 Georgia

#5 Oregon @ #18 Oregon State

#6 LSU @ Arkansas

#7 Florida @ #12 FSU

#22 Michigan @ #8 Ohio State

Missouri @ #9 Texas A&M

#10 South Carolina @ #13 Clemson

#11 Stanford @ #16 UCLA

Oklahoma State @ #14 Oklahoma

#15 Nebraska @ Iowa

TCU @ #17 Texas

#20 Rutgers @ Pitt

Wisconsin @ Penn State

Are we in for another wacky heart stopping weekend of thrilling games? There are many rivalry games this weekend and meaningful games to determine the following week’s conference championship games. What will the BCS look like come Sunday, November 25? Is your team lined up for a championship game or has your bubble been burst? Has your season been saved by upsetting your arch rival? Is your team the turkey, the stuffing, or the dressing and desert to your 2012 dreams?

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