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Complete Week 14 Recap

Auburn, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, UCF and Miami (Ohio) Win Conference Championship Games

by Dave Congrove
December 5, 2010

The weekend's conference championship games saw Auburn roll and Oklahoma rally, while Virginia Tech met little resistance. Meanwhile, UCF toughed it out and Miami (Ohio) pulled off the only upset.

The BCS bowl games weren't much of a mystery once Saturday's games had ended. It was a foregone conclusion that Auburn would play Oregon for the national title after the Tigers blasted South Carolina 56-17 to claim the SEC title, and Oregon pulled away for a 37-20 win over rival Oregon State. The 13-0 Tigers and 12-0 Ducks will meet January 10 in Glendale, Arizona. It will be the very first meeting between the two schools.

In the Big 12, Nebraska staked out a 17-0 lead on Oklahoma, then gave it all away on mistakes as the Sooners won the game 23-20. It's the fourth conference title for Oklahoma in the last five years and it prevented Nebraska from leaving the conference with a bang. The 'Huskers join the Big Ten next year.

Virginia Tech won an 11th straight game while clinching its third Orange Bowl bid in the last four years with a 44-33 win over Florida State in Charlotte. The Hokies snared their fourth conference title in their 7 years of ACC membership and will now face BCS No. 4 Stanford in the first meeting between those schools.

UCF won Conference USA for the second time in four years with a 17-7 win over SMU. The championship game was played in Orlando at UCF's Bright House Stadium.

The weekend's only championship game surprise was Miami (Ohio) defeating Northern Illinois 26-21 in the MAC title game at Detroit. The Huskies were a 17.42-point computer favorite.

Six of the ten teams that received BCS bowl bids on Sunday night were idle over the weekend.

BCS No. 3 TCU may have missed out on a national championship opportunity, but the consolation prize is a journey to the Rose Bowl, "the Granddaddy Of Them All". The Horned Frogs will face Wisconsin, one of three teams in the Big 10 to finish 11-1 overall and 7-1 in the conference. The Badgers received the conference's automatic bid by finishing higher in the BCS Standings than Ohio State or Michigan State.

The Big Ten co-champion Buckeyes advance to the Sugar Bowl against Arkansas while the Spartans will play Alabama in the Capital One Bowl.

Connecticut clinched the Big East's BCS bid on a 52-yard field goal as time expired, lifting it to a 19-16 win at USF. The Huskies are co-champs with West Virginia and Pittsburgh, but had tie-breaking victories over both of those teams. UConn will take on Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl.

The WAC's 3-team deadlock had one last chance to be broken, but Boise State, Hawaii and Nevada all won their respective games. Each of the three teams went 1-1 against each other during the regular season. The conference title is the first for Nevada, the seventh in eight years for Boise State, and the second in four years for Hawaii.

COMPUTER SUCCESS:
The computer's preseason rankings correctly tabbed the winners of five conferences - the Big Ten (Ohio State, co-champ), Big East (UConn, co-champ), Mountain West (TCU), PAC-10 (Oregon) and WAC (Boise State, co-champ). It correctly picked Navy as the top Independent.

The computer nailed three other division winners - Nebraska (Big 12 North); UCF and SMU (CUSA East and West).

My computer rankings pegged the exact final record of 20 teams before a single snap was taken, and missed by just one win or loss on 35 other teams.

WORTH MENTIONING:
Auburn's 39-point win over South Carolina is the largest in the history of the SEC Championship game which began in 1992. The previous record was 31 which was achieved by by Florida in a 34-3 win over Arkansas in 1995.

Every Mountain West champion for the last seven years has been undefeated in league play. TCU has accomplished that feat twice in-a-row and 3 times in the last 6 years.

Virginia Tech's 8-0 run through the ACC (9-0, if you count the championship game) is the first time an ACC team has run its conference slate since Florida State turned that trick in 2000.

STILL UNBEATEN:
Auburn (SEC), Oregon (PAC-10) and TCU (Mountain West) each head into the bowl season with unblemished records.

STILL WINLESS:
No team finished the season winless. However, four teams finished with just 1 victory - Akron, Memphis, New Mexico and San Jose State. Of those schools, SJSU is the only one that notched its lone win over a Football Championship Subdivision school and the only one that played last week. The Spartans lost 26-23 in overtime at Idaho.

FBS vs. FCS:
FBS teams went 83-7 (.922) vs. FCS schools this season and are 547-49 (.918) in such games 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 played a total of 90 games against FCS foes. Five schools played two such games - Arizona State, Ball State, San Jose State, Syracuse and Virginia.

STREAKS:
Boise State has streaks of 32 home wins, 62 regular season home wins, and 46 straight conference home victories. BSU has 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 6-1 in their last seven matches against BCS conference schools. The Broncos won 50-14 vs. Utah State.

Auburn has 14 straight wins overall. The Tigers won 56-17 vs. South Carolina at Atlanta in the SEC Championship game.

TCU has 12 straight wins overall, 25 straight regular season wins, 20 straight home wins and 17 straight conference wins. The Horned Frogs were idle.

STILL UNBEATEN:
Auburn (SEC), Oregon (PAC-10) and TCU (Mountain West) each head into the bowl season with unblemished records.

STILL WINLESS:
No team finished the season winless. However, four teams finished with just 1 victory - Akron, Memphis, New Mexico and San Jose State. Of those schools, SJSU is the only one that notched its lone win over a Football Championship Subdivision school and the only one that played last week. The Spartans lost 26-23 in overtime at Idaho.

FBS vs. FCS:
FBS teams went 83-7 (.922) vs. FCS schools this season and are 547-49 (.918) in such games 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 played a total of 90 games against FCS foes. Five schools played two such games - Arizona State, Ball State, San Jose State, Syracuse and Virginia.

STREAKS:
Boise State has streaks of 32 home wins, 62 regular season home wins, and 46 straight conference home victories. BSU has 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 6-1 in their last seven matches against BCS conference schools. The Broncos won 50-14 vs. Utah State.

Auburn has 14 straight wins overall. The Tigers won 56-17 vs. South Carolina at Atlanta in the SEC Championship game.

TCU has 12 straight wins overall, 25 straight regular season wins and 20 straight home wins. The Horned Frogs were idle.

Oregon has 12 straight wins overall. The Ducks won 37-20 at Oregon State.

Virginia Tech has 11 straight wins overall. The Hokies won 44-33 vs. Florida State at Charlotte in the ACC Championship game.

Oklahoma has 36 straight home victories. The Sooners won 23-20 vs. Nebraska at Arlington in the Big 12 Championship game.

San Jose State has 10 straight losses overall. The Spartans lost 26-23 in OT at Idaho.

Memphis has 9 straight losses overall. The Tigers were idle this week, having already completed their season.

New Mexico has 16 straight road losses. The Lobos were idle this week, having already completed their season.

COACHING CHANGES:
Dan Hawkins (Colorado), Tim Brewster (Minnesota) and Todd Dodge (North Texas) were each fired with games remaining. Here is how each of those teams performed under the direction of interim head coaches.

Hawkins' interim replacement at Colorado, Brian Cabral, went 2-1

Brewster's interim replacement at Minnesota, Jeff Horton, went 2-3

Dodge's interim replacement at North Texas, Mike Canales, went 2-3.