NCAA College Football Week 14 RecapMonday, December 3, 2012 23:49
A look back at Week 14 of the 2012 NCAA College Football Season.
The last weekend of the regular season / conference championships was…a head scratcher…no, that’s not it…unpredictable…no, that’s not exactly right either…I’m not sure what the right word is to describe it.
The big game of the weekend, the SEC Championship game between the #2 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. #3 Georgia Bulldogs, proved to be an epic battle–but it turned out exactly as expected, with the Crimson Tide on top and headed to the BCS National Championship against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Similarly, the #16 UCLA Bruins put up a good fight against the #8 Stanford Cardinal, but the results played out as anticipated, with the Cardinal seizing the coveted Rose Bowl berth 27-24.
And then things start to get interesting.
The other half of the Rose Bowl was docket was filled in by the unranked Wisconsin Badgers. It’s not just that Wisconsin upset the #12 Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Big 10 Championship, but how the Badgers did it: 70-31. Wisconsin’s Monte Ball broke the FBS career rushing touchdown record with 3 TDs on 202 yards–among other accomplishments. And he didn’t even have the best numbers of the day for the Badgers: James White ran for 4 touchdowns on 108 yards and Melvin Gordon added 216 yards of his own.
Which leads us to the most under appreciated Top 25 game coming into the weekend, the MAC Championship between the #21 Northern Illinois Huskies and #17 Kent State Golden Flashes. Coming into the weekend at #17 in the BCS rankings, Kent State had an opportunity to be a BCS buster. All they needed was to win and have one team not too far above in the rankings to lose and the second non-AQ BCS-busting condition–finish in the Top 16 and ahead of a BCS Conference champion (Louisville was already beneath the Golden Flashes)–would come into effect.
But then Kent State lost. At #21 in the BCS rankings coming into the weekend, Northern Illinois needed a lot more dominoes to fall to become the smallest non-AQ program ever to crack into the BCS bowls. The previous BCS busters–Boise State, Utah, TCU–were much bigger and from more powerful non-AQ conferences.
And wouldn’t you know it…#16 UCLA fell…#12 Nebraska was blown out…#18 Texas dropped to #6 Kansas State, not a big surprise…count Northern Illinois’s own upset of #17 Kent State, and that’s four already four teams down. And, miracle of miracles, the Huskies also leapfrogged both Michigan and Boise State, landing at #15 in the BCS rankings…and ahead of not just one, but two BCS conference champions (Louisville in the Big East and Wisconsin in the Big 10).
The Northern Illinois Huskies are Orange Bowl bound against Florida State, and how can you not root for them? After all, this is exactly what the BCS was designed to prevent. The BCS sycophants and apologists are pissing in their pants. Long live the mighty MAC!
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