8 Teams In BCS Top 25 Lose
by Dave Congrove
November 7, 2010
No. 3 TCU crushed No. 5 Utah 47-7 on a Saturday that saw three of the top ten teams in the BCS Standings go down to defeat. Of the top 25 teams headed into the weekend, eight lost.
In addition to Utah's loss to the impressive Horned Frogs, No. 6 Alabama fell 24-21 at No. 10 LSU; No. 13 Stanford routed No. 15 Arizona 42-17; No. 17 Oklahoma State trounced No. 21 Baylor 55-28; No. 18 Arkansas romped 41-20 at No. 19 South Carolina; No. 8 Oklahoma lost 33-19 at Texas A&M; No. 24 FSU fell 37-35 at home to North Carolina; and No. 25 N.C. State was trimmed 14-13 at Clemson.
Five of the top 25 teams were guaranteed to lose as they battled amongst each other. But the average margin of victory in four of those five contests was a surprisingly large 28.25 points. Alabama was the only team to lose a Top 25 heads-up battle by less than 21 points.
What remains to be seen is what type of impact the 3rd-ranked Horned Frogs' 40-point rout of the 5th-ranked Utes will have on the new BCS Standings when they are released on Sunday night. No. 1 Oregon was a 53-16 winner at home over Washington while No. 2 Auburn ran roughshod over outmanned FCS member UT-Chattanooga 62-24. The Ducks and Tigers held a sizeable advantage over TCU in last week's BCS Standings.
The huge wins by the top three teams overshadowed 4th-ranked Boise State's 47-7 thumping of Hawaii. The Warriors entered the game with a 7-2 overall record and a 5-0 mark in the WAC. Hawaii was also riding a 6-game winning streak and was just three weeks removed from a home upset of BCS-ranked Nevada.
Three ranked teams - Iowa, Nebraska and Virginia Tech - narrowly avoided defeat over the weekend.
The Hawkeyes needed a 52-yard TD pass with 2:50 left for an 18-13 win at Indiana.
The Cornhuskers survived Iowa State 31-30 in overtime when the Cyclones failed on a 2-pt. conversion attempt.
The Hokies intercepted a Georgia Tech pass in the endzone with 8 seconds left to preserve a 28-21 win on a raucous Thursday night in Blacksburg. The pick came just 2:15 after Virginia Tech's David Wilson scored on a 90-yard kickoff return to break a 21-21 tie.
Florida State, on the other hand, couldn't help itself as the old "wide right" field goal monster reared its ugly head twice in the fourth quarter, the last miss coming from 40 yards out with 7 seconds left in the game. The 'Noles relinquished the lead on UNC's 22-yard field goal with 55 seconds remaining. FSU still controls its own destiny in the ACC Atlantic race as N.C. State and Maryland lost, as well. The Terrapins left Miami heartbroken after the 'Canes prevailed 26-20 on a TD pass in the final minute.
Two BCS ranked teams were idle - No. 11 Ohio State and No. 20 Mississippi State.
Meanwhile, Saturday also witnessed Texas losing for the fifth time in its last six games. The Longhorns' overall record fell to 4-5 with a 39-14 humiliation at Kansas State, giving the Wildcats a 6-5 edge over Texas in the all-time series. The 5 losses are the most a Texas team has experienced in the regular single season since 1997 when it finished 4-7. With a 2-4 conference mark, the Longhorns are in last place in the Big 12's south division.
Saturday also produced some wild shootouts. Arguably, none were wilder than Illinois at Michigan. The teams finished regulation in a 45-all tie. It ended three overtimes later when Illinois failed to convert on a mandatory 2-pt. conversion attempt. The victory was Michigan's 6th of the season (6-3) and made it eligible to go bowling for the first time in Rich Rodriguez' three seasons as head coach.
The best argument for a wilder contest could come from Kansas. The Jayhawks rallied from a 45-17 deficit with 35 unanswered points in the final 11:05 to shock visiting Colorado 52-45.
Another shootout occurred in Durham where Duke and Virginia posted a basketball-like 55-48 result. And to make it even more like a basketball result, the Blue Devils won.
Air Force won 42-22 at Army to clinch the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy for the first time since 2002. The trophy goes to the winner of the annual round-robin competition between Army, Navy and Air Force. The Falcons beat the Midshipmen earlier in the year.
Baylor, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State each woke up Saturday with 1 conference loss as they fought for the Big 12's south division crown. The day ended with the Cowboys in sole possession of the divisional lead after they're romp over Baylor and Oklahoma's subsequent loss at Texas A&M.
Joe Paterno captured his 400th career win as head coach, a 35-21 win over Northwestern. The Nittany Lions trailed 21-0 in the contest before finally getting on the board with 3 seconds left in the half. Penn State then scored 21 points in a span of 7-1/2 minutes in the 3rd quarter and pitched a 28-0 shutout after intermission.
Navy became the second team to secure 1 of 70 bowl slots. The Midshipmen automatically qualified for a spot in the Poinsettia Bowl after rolling 76-35 at East Carolina to run their record to 6-3. Navy led Saturday's game 28-21 at the half, then turned three Pirate fumbles in four snaps into a 48-14 shelling in the second half.
Four teams remain perfect on the season as Utah was the weekend's only victim. Auburn (SEC), Boise State (WAC), Oregon (PAC-10) and TCU (Mountain West) are the four that remain unscathed.
New Mexico notched a 34-31 home win over Wyoming to end the Lobos' 9-game losing streak. That leaves Akron as the nation's only remaining winless team after the Zips fell 37-30 in double-overtime at Ball State.
FBS vs. FCS:
Football Bowl Subdivisions (FBS) schools went 3-0 over Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) teams to run their record to 80-7 (.920) this season in such games and 544-49 (.917) since 2003.
Here are the results of every FBS loss to the FCS this season:
9/4: Jacksonville State 49, Mississippi 48 (2 OT's)
9/4: North Dakota State 6, Kansas 3
9/11: Gardner-Webb 38, Akron 37
9/11: Liberty 27, Ball State 23
9/11: South Dakota 41, Minnesota 38
9/11: James Madison 21, Virginia Tech 16
10/2: Cal-Davis 14, San Jose State 13
This year, 85 FBS teams play a total of 90 games against FCS foes. Five schools play two such games - Arizona State, Ball State, San Jose State, Syracuse and Virginia.
Boise State has streaks of 22 overall wins, 33 regular season wins, 30 home wins, 60 regular season home wins, and 44 straight conference home victories. BSU has never lost at home to a fellow WAC member (38-0). 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 6-1 in their last seven matches against BCS conference schools. Boise State won 42-7 vs. Hawaii.
Auburn has 11 straight wins overall. The Tigers won 62-24 vs. FCS member UT-Chattanooga.
TCU has 10 straight overall wins, 23 straight regular season wins and 19 straight home wins. The Horned Frogs won 47-7 at Utah.
Oklahoma has 35 straight home victories. The Sooners lost 33-19 at Texas A&M.
Utah's streaks of 9 overall wins and 21 home wins came to an end with its 47-7 loss to TCU.
Washington State has lost 18 straight to FBS schools and 17 straight road games overall. The Cougars lost 20-13 vs. California.
Akron has lost 10 straight overall. The Zips lost 37-30 in 2 OT's at Ball State.
New Mexico's overall losing streak came to a halt at 9 games, but a 14-game road losing streak remains intact. The Lobos won 34-31 vs. Wyoming.