This last weekend as filled with triumphs and great defeats in the world of NCAA football. With so many games to have watched and such little time, here is a recap in case you missed any of the action.
Big Ten: Ohio State vs. Michigan State
The Spartans pulled a huge upset by not only breaking Ohio State’s perfect record; they also squandered Ohio’s chance of competing in the BCS Championship game. With a close score of 34-24 each team put up a good fight, however Ohio State unexpectedly fell short. The most amazing part about this game was the 17-0 deficit Michigan State made up to win the game and their conference.
SEC: Auburn vs. Missouri
Auburn ripped through Missouri with a final score of 59-42 at the Georgia Dome this past weekend. Auburn took a spot in the BCS Championship game making their victory that much sweeter. Not only did Auburn secure one of the spots in the championship game, they also established that they are the top team in the SEC conference once again, winning their seventh title.
Pac-12: Stanford vs. Arizona State
The Cardinal simply overwhelmed the Sun Devils taking the win with a score of 38-14. The worst part, the game was played in ASU turf. Towards the middle of the game there was a small flicker of hope for Arizona however it was quickly snuffed out. Stanford secured their spot in the Rose Bowl as an at large team while Arizona State heads to the Holiday Bowl.
ACC: Florida State vs. Duke
Florida State certainly left no room for an upset from Duke in this weekends game. With a score of 45-7, it is obvious why Florida was one of the favorites to go all the way. While FSU heads to the championship game, Duke is set to play in the Orange Bowl. Florida State has not won a BCS Championship title since their 1999 season, and with almost a decade keeping them apart from a national title it is safe to say the Seminoles have their jaw set for the championship game.
Big 12: Baylor vs. Texas
The Baylor Bears topped Texas 30-10 to clinch the Big 12 Champion title. Baylor will be heading to the Fiesta Bowl, while Texas heads to the Alamo Bowl. The Alamo Bowl could be Texas coach Mack Brown’s last game.
Mountain West: Fresno State vs. Utah State
Fresno State claimed the Mountain West conference title with a score of 24-17. Even though Utah State was coming off a high from their last victory against Wyoming, they did not have enough to keep up with Fresno for the conference game. The Bulldogs will most likely be headed to the Las Vegas Bowl this year while the Aggies appear to be headed to the Poinsettia Bowl.
C-USA: Marshall vs. Rice
With a score of 41-24, Rice came out with a victory at their home stadium in Houston this past weekend. The best part about this game is the fact that Rice finally won its first C-USA conference title ending their drought of three league affiliations and generations of struggling. After suffering a disappointing loss, Marshall accepted the bid to the Military Bowl in Annapolis, Md.
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Contributed by Taylor Hensel