Week 11 was full of surprises and a defeat from a dominant team and SEC powerhouse.
The Alabama Crimson Tide fell to the newest member of the SEC, the Aggies of Texas A&M. This game has changed the whole landscape of the BCS rankings as we know it. Fans were shown in shock at the end of the first half as the Number 1 ranked Crimson Tide were down 20 to 14 at halftime. The red shirt freshmen Johnny “Football” lead the Aggies in to Alabama and took down the defending national champions by the final score of 29 to 24.
“Did they really lose? I want to cry,” said Karalyne Brown when she was informed of the loss. Alabama will be at home again this weekend taking on Western Carolina. As for Texas A&M they will also be at home taking on Sam Houston State.
The fighting Irish of Notre Dame extended their record to a perfect 10-0 by beating Boston College 20 to 6. They will take on Wake Forest this weekend and then they will take on the Trojans of USC in Week 13 to see if they can cap off an undefeated season and a chance to play for the BCS national championship in Miami.
The Oregon Ducks improved to 10-0 as well and moved to number 2 in the recent standings. Their biggest test comes this weekend as they will take on Stanford who is number 13 in the standings. That game kicks off on Saturday night at 8pm EST on ABC.
Kansas State has moved to the new number 1 team in the standings after their victory last weekend and will play Baylor this weekend. If they win out, they will play for the title, but next weekend the wildcats will have to beat Oklahoma if they want that dream to come true.
The Big Ten saw the Badgers claim the first spot in the Big Ten title game with their victory against Indiana. They will play Ohio State on Saturday to see if they can win the leaders division outright. That game kicks off at 3:30pm EST on ABC live from Camp Randall Stadium.
“These last two games for Ohio State are going to be the biggest test for them,” said Jake Barrett. “If they can win and go undefeated it will be a major accomplishment.”
The Nebraska Cornhuskers are still in control of their own destiny to make it to Indy at the end of the season. They beat Penn State in yet another controversial finish. This took place late in the game when the Penn State player reached the ball across the goal line for a touchdown. The ball was fumbled in the process and recovered by Nebraska in the end zone. This play was reviewed and stood as a fumble—it eventually cost Penn State the game as they fell 32 to 23.
In an instant classic the Michigan Wolverines came out on top of the Northwestern Wildcats in overtime. The Big House in Ann Arbor was rocking as over 115,000 fans saw a back-and-forth shoot out. After a late score by Northwestern put them up by 3 points deep into the fourth quarter they intercepted the next pass by Deven Gardner. All hope was almost lost after this play. Until the long pass that was caught by Roy Roundtree with 7 seconds left in the game that set up a game tying field goal to send the game into overtime. In the extra period Michigan got the ball first and would punch it into the end zone to go up 38 to 31. All the wildcats needed was a touchdown to send it to another overtime. On a fourth down stop by Michigan’s linebacker Kenny Demens, he led the wolverines to a 38 to 31 overtime victory over the Wildcats of Northwestern. They have two more games left; they will play Iowa on Saturday and then the last game will be in Columbus against the Buckeyes on November 24.
The legends division is still up for grabs as Nebraska and Michigan are still fighting for the chance to go to the Big Ten Title game. Both teams must win out to make this dream come true, but Michigan needs the Cornhuskers to lose one game for that to happen. Buckle up football fans the college football season is heating up and the last two weeks are going to be a bumpy ride.