Nov 23

National Round-Up

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Oklahoma put a quick end to the Texas Tech talk with a 65-21 beat down in Norman. Ohio State had it easy with Michigan in Columbus, winning 42-7. NC State blasted UNC 41-10 in Chapel Hill to knock their arch-rival out of ACC Title contention. Penn State secured a trip to the Rose Bowl for their 81 year old coach. LSU suffered a home loss to Mississippi, 31-13, in Baton Rouge. And Florida State traveled up to College Park to stomp Maryland, 37-3. These are just some of the happenings in week 13, as the regular season nears its end.


Oklahoma 65

Texas Tech 21

There is no question after this game to whether or not Texas Tech should be playing for the national title. The answer to this non-question is "no." The Red Raiders were whipped horrifically by the home team, which itself is trying to prove that it is the best team in the land. OU, led by now Heisman favorite Sam Bradford (14 of 19 for 340 yards, no picks, and 4 tds), went up 42 to 7 in what had to be the most exciting home first half of football in the storied history of OU football. The Sooners will have a legitimate claim to the national title game if they defeat Mizzou in the Big 12 Title game in three weeks. Oh wait, they must face another top 15 team in division first: Oklahoma State on the road next weekend. Sheesh!!!


Ohio State 42

Michigan 7 

This one was pretty predictable. The Wolverines are having one of their worst seasons in history, and the game was at top 10 and hated Ohio State. The result was an ugly OSU win for their fifth straight in the series. Freshmen sensation qb Terrell Pryor, who UM and OSU both recruited hard, threw 2 td passes for the Buckeys. Chris Wells had 139 yards and a td for OSU, and Jim Tressel moved to 7-1 against the hated rival.


NC State 41 

UNC 10

This one was as unpredicted as the Michigan-Ohio State game was predicted. The Wolfpack, ACC Atlantic bottom dwellers, showed up in Chapel Hill ready to play! Behind qb Russell Wilson (17 of 28 for 280 yards), the Pack did what they wanted throughout this game, and N.C. State has now beaten North Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest and East Carolina in the same season for the first time since 1986.


Penn State 49

Mich igan State 18

Dudes were walking around on the sidelines with roses in their mouths, and JoePa was waving to the crowd from his booth in the sky. The Nittany Lions are a very good football team, Rose Bowl bound, and Paterno is very old - 81 to be exact. The fact that he is still doing this is both incredible and weird. I mean, why not spend a year or two with your family before you die? I guess some people are just wired differently.


Mississippi 31

LSU 13

Ole Miss has now defeated both Florida and LSU at the Swamp and Tiger Stadium, respectively. This team, along with fellow West Division rival Alabama, has to be one of the best surprises inthe SEC in 2008. Houston Nutt is building the base for a solid program for years to come. With several SEC programs in slippage, now would be a great time for Ole Miss to make some history.


Florida State 37

Maryland 3

The Noles were the class of the ACC every single season from 1992 - 2005. Now, after a few "off" years, they are looking as if they are once again among the best in the league. This 37-3 thrashing was never close. FSU's defense stuffed the Maryland O all nigh long with athletic hard-hiting defensive plays. A huge showdown with Florida awaits next weekend. Florida Sate remains inthe thick of the ACC Atlantic race wih the win.

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