College football fans couldn’t have asked for a better way to kick off the weekend.
Stanford's dominant performance against Oregon stole the show and will ultimately be the highlight of the entire weekend, but Baylor’s defense also made a statement by stifling the Oklahoma offense.
Both will have profound effects on the BCS standings.
And there’s still a whole slate of game on tap, including an underrated matchup between Alabama and LSU.
But before we get to that, let’s take a look at what you might have missed last week:
Nebraska kept its season alive with this ridiculous Hail Mary:
But it was topped by this amazing effort from Division III Sacred Heart:
And this one from Gallaudet:
One of the best celebrations of the year:
And did you know this Heisman candidate has been playing all season with marginal vision?:
OK, that’s your review. Here’s what to watch in Week 11:
Game of the week:
No. 13 LSU at No. 1 Alabama, 8 p.m. ET
This game has really taken a backseat to the Baylor-Oklahoma and Oregon-Stanford games, but it should be one of the better games of the weekend and has just as much on the line as the Thursday games. These teams are a far cry from their national championship selves. The defenses aren’t as good and the offenses are among the best in the conference. The difference in this game will be Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron and his ability to pass the ball. If he can keep the LSU defense off-balance with a dual attack, the Tide should win this game. But look to LSU to keep close.
Game to watch:
Houston at No. 21 UCF, 7 p.m. ET
It’s a rare day when we feature an AAC game, but this one has both conference title and BCS bowl implications. Houston is atop the league standings at 4-0 with UCF close behind at 3-0. UCF already has a win over Louisville and a win over Houston would probably solidify the league title and the automatic BCS bowl berth. However, if Houston wins, it could create quite the conundrum with the Cougars still needing to beat Louisville to win the league title. Otherwise, we could be looking at a bunch of tiebreakers to decide the AAC.
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Virginia Tech at No. 11 Miami, 7 p.m. ET, Friday
Both of these teams are coming off tough loses and are trying to keep their hopes of an ACC Coastal Division title alive. Miami has to be itching at the thought of a rematch with Florida State and the only way that will happen is in the ACC title game. The Hurricanes control their own destiny. Win out and the ACC Coastal is theirs. Lose and Virginia Tech makes things very interesting.
Keep an eye on:
David Carr, QB, Fresno State
With just a few weeks remaining in the season, the Heisman Trophy is becoming a hot topic. Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota took a hit after a less-than-stellar performance against Stanford on Thursday and it opened the door for some other candidates to emerge. One of those candidates could be Carr, who has been fantastic this season albeit against lesser competition than his Heisman competitors.
UCLA (+1.5) vs. Arizona, 10 p.m. ET
While this line might seem a little strange given what many expected out of UCLA this season, the Bruins have been less than stellar on the road this year. They are 2-2 away from the Rose Bowl. Those two losses were in back-to-back weeks against Oregon and Stanford. The wins were a monumental comeback against Nebraska and a nail biter against Utah. Arizona hasn’t had a lot of home games, but this game could be tighter than expected.
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