#16 Oregon State 33 @ #7 Oregon 37
Win and your in. The Rose Bowl that is. For the first time in the 112 year history of the Civil War, the winner would go to the Rose Bowl. Boy was it an epic battle as well. Not until late in the game when Oregon finally figured out that if you put pressure on Canfield, you can ruffle him and he won't be so accurate on those passes. Wow. Who knew? Now the Ducks head to the Rose Bowl where they will face the always over-rated Ohio State Buckeyes.
#5 Cincinnati 45 @ #15 Pittsburgh 44
Wow! Simply Wow! What else can you say about this game? I mean, after being down by 21 points, in the snow, did the Bearcats claw their way out and thanks to a bobbled snap on the PAT for Pitt ala Tony Romo did the Bearcats even have a chance. But Pike moved them down the field and after the PAT sailed through the uprights, who didn't think this would be the last game that Brian Kelly might ever coach as a Cincinnati Bearcat?? I mean, if he doesn't go to South Bend, I will be shocked out of my freaking gourd.
#21 Houston 32 @ East Carolina 38
For the second year in a row, the Pirates have proven that good defense will beat a gimicky offense any day of the week. Case Keenum did everything within his human power as a football player to win this game for the Cougars. But you can only do so much as a one-man team. Keenum threw the ball an astounding 75 times in the game. 75!!! He ended up throwing for 527 yards. Houston had 557 yards of offense total. That is only 30 yards on the ground. Not all that balance eh? Now East Carolina gets another high powered offense when they face the Razorbacks in the Liberty Bowl. Should be an interesting matchup.
#23 West Virginia 24 @ Rutgers 21
The Mountaineers withstood a furious 2nd half comeback attempt by the Scarlet Knights. After leading 21 – 3 the Mountaineers packed it in and almost gave the game away. A last second stand with an INT sealed the game for West Virginia. They now get to play Bobby Bowden and Florida State in his swan song. Yeah!
Arizona 21 @ #18 USC 17
I am really not sure what makes me more ecstatic. Hootie losing last week to finish out of the Top 25 after starting the year ranked #4 or for USC to finish not ranked in the Top 25 for the first time in the Pete Carroll era. Love it! That arrogant SOB deserves to fail every now and then. Helps keep up humble.
#19 California 10 @ Washington 42
Can you spell C.H.O.K.E.??? I mean really. How in the world does Cal go to Washington and lay a colossal egg like they did? Wow. Just flabbergasting to me to even think about. Hey, why not give the Heisman to Jake Locker?? He deserves it more than that idiot Shorthorn. Speaking of ….
#3 Texas 13 @ #22 Nebraska 12
In what would have gone down as one of the most improbably upsets in the history of football and one of the most bone headed clock management moves since Les "Spike" Miles in Oxford two weeks ago, how did Colt McCoy and Texass win this game?? How?? I know one thing, no way I tell Ndamukong Suh he can't have the Heisman Trophy if he wants it. He had 12 tackles and 4 1/2 sacks in the Big XII Championship game and I promise you that Colt McCoy is still have nightmares after Suh literally tossed him 5 yards like a rag doll on way sack. Wow! Nebraska would be a powerhouse … IF they had an offense.
#10 Georgia Tech 39 @ Clemson 34
The story was all about Georgia Tech finally winning an ACC Championship Game and going to a BCS Bowl for the first time in the schools history. However, that story was almost upstaged by one player. C. J. Spiller. Holy crap what DIDN'T this guy do for Clemson??? He rushed for 233 yards and 4 TD. The Jackets couldn't stop him at all. He was a beast in his going away ACC party. I am sure Georgia Tech is glad he is gone 😉
South Florida 27 @ UConn 29
The Huskies lost 5 games this season by a total of 15 points. Total. Trailing 27 – 26 Dave Teggart kicked a 42-yard FG as time expired to give the Huskies the win and end the season on a 3 game winning streak. The Huskies have battled adversity all season long and it was good to see them end the year on such a high note.
Tie-Break (Give the Score)
#1 Florida 13 vs #2 Alabama 32
So this game was supposed to go down to the final seconds. It didn't. The Little XII Championship was supposed to be a blow out. It wasn't. So here we sat in the Georgia Dome. Bama found some offense it didn't even know it had and Florida couldn't find anything it thought it had. In the end, Tebow cried, Saban chest bumped and Bama waltzed into the BCS Championship game. So the classy Bama fans that they are printed up t-shirts with Tebow crying. Stay classy Bama (if it's at all possible in your trailer park lifestyle you represent). Enjoy Saban. Enjoy the success. Bobby Petrino and the Hogs are coming …
Brick of the Week (BOTW)
So this week, we had 19 contestants picking games. Of those 10 games, there were two that would qualify as a BOTW pick. So to add some salt to an already tough wound I am sure. I am going to award the BOTW to Mr. Jason "I was in Mexico last week" Shirey and Mr. Ben "Man what a TOUGH week for my picks" Gilbert for their heart-breaking picks of Pitt to beat Cincinnati. You guys were one fumbled PAT away from OT my friends. Sorry. But hey, you were in Mexico when no one else was! Well, Ben wasn't 😉
Pick of the Week (POTW)
This is unprecedented, but it is extremely rare. An individual can qualify for both the BOTW and the POTW. This week, we had that happen. And there is honestly no way I can award this POTW without also giving it to the same individual who received the BOTW. So, the POTW for their picks of Arizona over USC, goes to Mr. Jason "Apparently they haven't heard of ESPN in Mexico yet" Shirey and Mr. Damon "Rendevous is awaiting me before the Liberty Bowl" Hill. Congratulations Jason.
Champion of the Week (COTW)
Well, once again the average correct picks this week was 5.18. Yes just a smidge over 5 this time. But we did improve by an entire 0.5 over last week. We did however this week have someone get 8 of the 10 picks right. Just one though. So no tie-breaker was needed. Thank goodness because he, like many others, were kneeling at the altar of Tebow and he let his faithful down. That game and the egg that Cal laid in Spokane were the only picks this individual missed for the week. Therefore the COTW for Week 14 is Mr. Damon "Sorry but Agent Chaos is the best HDN knickname in the history of knicknames!" Hill. Yeah me.
Standings for Week 14
8 – 2
7 – 3
6 – 4
5 – 5
4 – 6
Overall Standings After Week 14
100 – 40
99 – 41
98 – 42
96 – 44
95 – 45
94 – 46
93 – 47
92 – 48
91 – 39
90 – 50
88 – 42
87 – 53
86 – 44
80 – 40
57 – 33
47 – 33