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Week twelve weekend review

Rivalry weekend's over, signaling the end of the big 50-game weekends in college football.  I'm keeping myself in good spirits by listening to Christmas music and celebrating that I chose to stay awake for the entire remarkable Reggie Bush performance against Fresno State.

Virginia Tech 52, Virginia 14

I guess the Hokies are ok after the Miami loss.  It was a textbook Tech win, forcing turnovers and running enough---336 net yards---to make Vick look like a God when he had to pass.  Nice recovery.  I wonder whether Virginia will ever reach some of its heights from just two or three years ago.  They're really struggling.

Texas Tech 23, Oklahoma 21

This game was marred by a controversial call at the end.  Texas Tech is starting to wilt.

Georgia 45, Kentucky 13

The Dawgs have won the ones they're supposed to.  Oh, what could have been...

Vanderbilt 28, Tennessee 24

I'm not going to pile on.  That loss might have been good for Tennessee, it's kind of a rock-bottom moment from which to motivate them as they chart a new course.

Ohio State 25, Michigan 21

Jim Tressel > Lloyd Carr.  It's like the John Cooper bad mojo for Buckeye fans has completely reversed itself.  Few gave Michigan a chance but they almost pulled it off.  But like a lot of things with them lately, almost is often the best they can do.

Baylor 44, Oklahoma State 34

I don't really have commentary here, only wanted to post the score.

Notre Dame 34, Syracuse 10

Not the Irish's best performance, but most teams will get away with that against Syracuse.

Boise State 70, Idaho 35

This was a close game when I was watching earlier on my ESPN GamePlan.  Apparently Boise dumped 35 points on the Vandals in the 4th quarter.  Ouch!

Auburn 28, Alabama 18

Complete domination by Auburn, including 11 take-downs of 'Bama quarterback Brodie Croyle.  That's their 4th straight Iron Bowl win, and puts the Tigers in position (with an LSU loss to Arkansas) for a 5th SEC Western Division title in the last six years under Tommy Tuberville.  I know the man's a constant CFR target, but he's managed that program with skill and is either very shrewd or ridiculously lucky in some of his assistant choices lately---Gene Chizik, Al Borges and Bobby Petrino.

Penn State 31, Michigan State 22

An ugly win, but Paterno's boys were always in control of this game.

Oregon 56, Oregon State 14

A surprising outcome.  If I didn't know better I get the feeling the Ducks have played better since starting quarterback Kellen Clemens got injured.  The game was played under very heavy fog.  Very quietly, Oregon has assembled some of the best offesive skill talent in the nation, particularly in its receiving corps.

Clemson 13, South Carolina 9

Ah, the ups and downs of running a perennial loser.  Spurrier will have better days but this looks like a letdown game.

Georgia Tech 14, Miami 10

Miami's offensive woes caught up to them.  Georgia Tech deserves credit for a gutty performance and getting past the distraction of a court-mandated reinstatement of a formerly non grata player.

USC 50, Fresno State 42

Fresno followed the same script of many almost-but-couldn't USC foes such as California, Notre Dame and UCLA.  It was an amazing game played way too late into the night for those of us not in the Pacific time zone.  Oh, and some guy named Reggie Bush had some of the most amazing runs in a long time.  He finished with 296 rushing yards, second-most in USC history, and 513 all-purpose, good for second-most in NCAA history.  Heisman.


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Rocky Bottom, TN
November 21, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterMonroe
"That's their 4th straight Iron Bowl win, and 5th SEC Western Division title in the last six years under Tommy Tuberville."Not to be too hen-pecky but LSU leads the SEC West and controls its own destiny. Auburn would slide in the backdoor to the conference title game if a deceptively talented Arkansas team can beat the Bayou Bengals on Friday.
November 21, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterThe General

That's not hen-pecky, that's fact-checking! Thanks.
November 21, 2005 | Registered CommenterCFR
To add they have two SEC West titles in the last five years. An Arkansas win would make three.
November 21, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterRyan
Wow. That's all I can say about Bush. I feel like I got put in my place for defending Young so strongly last week. There is your Heisman. Which moment was the "Heisman Moment"? No one knows because there were too many to count in that game.
November 21, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterEric
You don't even have a comment for one of your Big Six members???
Cal 27 Stanford 3
November 21, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterCalBear03

Man my local paper's bad, then. Next time I do my own research...


Shrug. Nothing really stood out.
November 22, 2005 | Registered CommenterCFR
Two things stood out to me about the Cal/Standford game, more Cal fans than Furd fands, Furd's band is VERY, VERY BAD.
November 23, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick McDonald

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