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Last Call: Week 12

 
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The sun set on USC's season this weekend after rival UCLA handed them their 4th loss of the season and an exit from the Pac 12 championship picture.
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On a cold Saturday in November two upsets flipped the college football world on its end. Both No. 1 and No. 2 fell in the same week for the first time since 2007. As the old saying goes, it isn’t over until it’s over.

Baylor 52, No. 1 Kansas State24

History has a way of repeating itself. It was on the same weekend in 2011 when Robert Griffin III and Baylor upset then fifth-ranked Oklahoma. The Bears did it again this year as they brutally defeating No. 1 Kansas State 52-24. Glasco Martin ran for three touchdowns, and Lache Seastrunk had 185 yards rushing including an 80-yard TD. It was Baylor’s first win over a No. 1 ranked team in the BCS Standings. The win also tied the largest margin of victory over a No. 1 BCS team.  Collin Klein and the Wildcats still can make it to a BCS game, but getting to the BCS National Championship Game is a different story.

No. 13 Stanford 17, No. 2 Oregon 14 (OT)

The third time was a charm on Saturday night. After losing to Oregon the past two seasons, No. 13 Stanford got revenge with a 17-14 overtime victory over No. 2 Oregon. Last year, the Cardinal ranked No. 3 and had its eyes set on a national championship bid with quarterback Andrew Luck. However, then-No. 6 Oregon had other plans. The Ducks visited Palo Alto and emerged with a 53-30 victory. This year Chip Kelly’s team wouldn’t be so successful. Jordan Williamson hit a 37-yard field goal in overtime to deny the Ducks a chance to clinch the Pac-12 North and derailing their path to the BCS National Championship Game. The Cardinal defense held Ducks running back Kenjon Barner to only 66 yards. The loss also snapped an Oregon 13-game winning streak, which was the longest in the country.

No. 17 UCLA 38, No. 18 UCS 28

The football hierarchy in Los Angeles has flipped. The Bruins are on top of LA and the Pac-12 South after many years in USC’s shadow. Redshirt freshman quarterback Brett Hundley passed for 234 yards and a touchdown while rushing for two more scores, and No. 17 UCLA defeated No. 18 UCS 38-28. Hundley also completed 22 of his passes setting a new UCLA single-season completion record with 249 on the year. Special teams and defense also played a part as Eric Kendricks blocked a punt and made a key fourth-quarter interception thwarting a late USC comeback. With the win the Bruins clinched the Pac-12 South and snapped a five-game losing streak to the Trojans.

The stunning weekend results created a seismic shift in the BCS landscape with only two weeks remaining in the regular season. Notre Dame is the only remaining undefeated team and ranks No. 1 in the BCS Standings for the first time in program history.

With No. 1 and No. 2 falling, the SEC’s stock rose and teams whose hopes of heading to South Florida seemed farfetched a week ago now have new life. Alabama moved up to No. 2, Georgia is up to No. 3 and Florida rounds out the top four. Assuming Alabama does not stumble against Auburn and Georgia handles business against Georgia Tech, the SEC championship game could become a play-in game for a spot in the BCS National Championship Game.

 

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