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.