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Auburn Streak Ends; Oklahoma Gets Past Florida State

Miami Cracks Buckeyes; Utah Crushes BYU In Holy War Rivalry

by Dave Congrove
September 18, 2011

Clemson snapped Auburn's nation-leading 17-game winning streak by outscoring the SEC Tigers 31-3 after spotting them a 21-7 lead in the 2nd quarter. It was the first loss for the defending BCS champions since falling 26-21 at home to arch-rival Alabama at the end of the 2009 season. For Clemson, Saturday's victory avenged a heartbreaking 27-24 overtime loss at Auburn almost a year ago to the day. Clemson had lost 14 straight games to Auburn since its last victory in the series in 1951.

The top battle of ranked teams over the weekend featured Oklahoma at Florida State. The Sooners prevailed 23-13 by scoring the final 10 points of the game after allowing a 13-3 lead evaporate. E.J. Manuel, the Seminoles' starting QB, left the game late in the 3rd quarter and freshman Clint Trickett led them to a TD and a FG to tie it at 13-apiece with 10:30 left in the contest. But the top-ranked team in the Congrove Computer Rankings refused to see its' computer-projected BCS title game run get derailed this early in the season. The computer's preseason analysis had the Sooners facing Alabama in this year's BCS Championship game.

Ohio State was a 5.27-point computer pick at Miami but never got its offense on track and fell 24-6. The Hurricanes were playing only their second game of the season after losing their opener at Maryland.

Florida continued its dominance of Tennessee with a 33-23 win over the Vols in the swamp. The Gators' 7th consecutive win in the series gives them a 3-0 overall record under first-year head coach Will Muschamp, and a 1-0 start in the SEC.

Expected SEC East front-runner South Carolina got all it could handle from Navy as the Gamecocks survived the home invasion 24-21.

Notre Dame beat Michigan State in convincing fashion, 31-13, to avoid an 0-3 start. The Irish were less than a 1-point computer pick, even though the Spartans entered the game at No. 14 in the computer rankings and Notre Dame was No. 61.

Utah routed BYU 54-10. The Cougars entered the game as a 5.59-point projected winner. Utah now leads the Holy War rivalry 52-31-4.

The computer picked the 17-14 Illinois upset of Arizona State, but didn't see Duke beating Boston College 20-19, Army downing Northwestern 21-14.

FIU scored an upset for the second week in-a-row with a 17-10 victory over Central Florida. Last week, the Golden Panthers won at Louisville.

Louisville, by the way, rebounded from last week's 24-17 loss to FIU by defeating state rival Kentucky by that same score on Saturday.

There were several other results on Saturday that were surprising - not because of which team won, but rather due to the margin of the victory. Those results include Georgia Tech's 66-24 romp over Kansas, Ohio's 44-7 pasting of Marshall, Texas' 49-20 destruction of UCLA and Wisconsin's 49-7 dismantling of Northern Illinois. The computer had all of those teams's winning, but none of them were favored by more than 15-1/2 points.

Don't look now, but Iowa State and Vanderbilt are each 3-0 and both schools have UConn to partially thank for their identical records. The Cyclones scored a 24-20 upset win at UConn on Friday and Vanderbilt beat the Huskies 24-21 last week. This week, the Commodores clobbered Ole Miss 30-7 at home.

The best comebacks of the day saw Iowa and Houston each score 21 points in the 4th quarter of their respective games to turn losses into victories. Houston turned the trick on the road while Iowa did it in front of the home folks. The Cougars came out on top 35-34 at Louisiana Tech and the Hawkeyes notched a 31-27 win over Pittsburgh.

Weather once again wreaked havoc, halting the Baylor-Stephen F. Austin game 9:02 into the third quarter with the Bears declared a 48-0 winner. Later, the Oklahoma State-Tulsa game didn't kickoff until approximately 12:15 a.m. Tulsa time after a delay of over 3 hours due to lightning. The game ended at 3:36 a.m. with a 59-33 Oklahoma State win. Two weeks ago, the opening weekend of the college football season saw the Marshall-West Virginia and Western Michigan-Michigan games get cut short by weather.

Saturday football coverage with rife with the news that Syracuse and Pittsburgh had applied for membership to the ACC. By late Saturday night, it was being reported that the presidents of the existing member institutions had accepted their applications and an official announcement will be made later today. Two more schools will be added with Connecticut, Rutgers, Texas and Texas Tech thought to be leading the list of candidates. The conference could be re-aligned into North and South divisions. This would obviously create a scenario in which many more dominoes will fall. One thing is certain - the college football conference landscape is going to look a long different next season than it does now.

FBS vs. FCS:
FBS teams went 15-1 (.938) against FCS teams to raise their record to 71-3 for the season and 618-52 (.922) in such games since 2003. The lone loser was Western Kentucky which was crushed 44-16 by Indiana State.

Here are the results of the FBS losses to FCS schools this season:
9/17: Indiana State 44, Western Kentucky 16
9/3: Richmond 23, Duke 21
9/3: Sacramento State 29, Oregon State 28

93 FBS teams play a total of 97 games against FCS foes this year. Four schools play two such games - Air Force, Eastern Michigan, N.C. State and Wyoming.

Boise State - 32 home wins, 62 regular season home wins, and 46 straight conference home victories. BSU joins the Mountain West this season and leaves the WAC having never lost at home to a fellow WAC member (40-0). The Broncos' last home loss to a conference foe occurred in 1998 when they were a member of the Big West and fell to Idaho in the final regular season game. The Broncos are now 7-1 in their last eight matches with BCS conference schools. Boise State won 40-15 at Toledo on Friday. (Next: hosts Tulsa on Saturday).

Auburn - 17-game winning streak was halted in a 38-24 loss at Clemson. (Next: hosts FAU on Saturday)

Stanford - 11 straight wins overall after a 37-10 victory at Arizona. (Next: hosts UCLA on Saturday, October 1).

TCU - 21 straight home wins after beating La.-Monroe 38-17. Also has 18 straight conference wins. (Next: hosts FCS member Portland State on Saturday).

Virginia Tech - 13 regular season wins (excludes ACC Championship game win) after 26-7 victory over Arkansas State. Also has streaks of 12 straight conference wins and 9 straight road wins. (Next: visits Marshall on Saturday).

Oklahoma - 37 straight home victories. Won 23-13 at Florida State. (Next: hosts Missouri on Saturday).

San Jose State - 13 straight losses after 17-14 setback to Nevada. (Next: hosts New Mexico State on Saturday).

Memphis - 11-game losing streak ended with a 27-6 win over FCS member Austin Peay. Has 11 straight losses to FBS schools. (Next: hosts SMU on Saturday)

New Mexico - 17 straight road losses. Fell 59-13 at home to Texas Tech on Saturday. (Next: hosts FCS member Sam Houston State on Saturday).

24 teams have a new college football coach in the FBS ranks this season. Last season saw 23 new head coaches, only 8 of whom matched or exceeded the W-L record of their predecessors' final season.

Seven of the new head coaches are undefeated, thus far. The new head coaches are a cumulative 40-29, but only ten of them have defeated a school from the "Big 6" conferences - Ball State, Florida, Maryland, Miami (Fla.), Michigan, North Carolina, San Diego State, Stanford, Vanderbilt and West Virginia.

Here are this week's results for each new head coach:

Team Coach Game
Arkansas State Hugh Freeze (1-2) Lost 26-7 at Virginia Tech
Ball State Pete Lembo (2-1) Won 28-25 vs. Buffalo
Colorado Jon Embree (1-2) Won 28-14 vs. Colorado State at Denver
Connecticut Paul Pasqualoni (1-2) Lost 24-20 vs. Iowa State on Friday
Florida Will Muschamp (3-0) Won 33-23 vs. Tennessee
Indiana Kevin Wilson (1-2) Won 38-21 vs. FCS member South Carolina State
Kent State Darrell Hazell (0-3) Lost 37-0 at Kansas State
Louisiana-Lafayette Mark Hudspeth (2-1) Won 38-21 vs. FCS member Nicholls State
Maryland Randy Edsall (1-1) Lost 37-31 vs. West Virginia
Miami (Fla.) Al Golden (1-1) Won 24-6 vs. Ohio State
Miami (O.) Don Treadwell (0-2) Lost 29-23 at Minnesota
Michigan Brady Hoke (3-0) Won 31-3 vs. Eastern Michigan
Minnesota Jerry Kill (1-2) Won 29-23 vs. Miami (O.)
North Carolina Everett Withers (Interim) (3-0) Won 28-17 vs. Virginia
North Texas Dan McCarney (0-3) Lost 41-0 at Alabama
Northern Illinois Dave Doeren (1-2) Lost 49-7 vs. Wisconsin at Soldier Field in Chicago
Ohio State Luke Fickell (Interim) (2-1) Lost 24-6 at Miami (Fla.)
Pittsburgh Todd Graham (2-1) Lost 31-27 at Iowa
San Diego St. Rocky Long (3-0) Won 42-24 vs. Washington State
Stanford David Shaw (3-0) Won 37-10 at Arizona
Temple Steve Addazio (2-1) Lost 14-10 vs. Penn State
Tulsa Bill Blankenship (1-2) Lost 59-33 vs. Oklahoma State
Vanderbilt James Franklin (3-0) Won 30-7 vs. Mississippi
West Virginia Dana Holgorsen (3-0) Won 37-31 at Maryland


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