Top 10 BCS Standings & Bowl Game Predictions 5.0

Week 12 of the 2011 college football season has finally come to a close and let me tell you, it was by far the craziest week I ever witnessed in my short life. Three top five teams fell, and if you expand it, four top 10 teams fell. On Friday night, the number two team in the nation Oklahoma State, who earlier in the day mourned the loss of their women’s head basketball coach and his assistant, who died in a plane crash in Arkansas on their way back from a recruiting trip, ended up leading their game 24-7 in the third quarter, but that lead would quickly diminish as Iowa State would tie them up 24-24 with 5:30 left in the fourth quarter. Oklahoma State place kicker, Quinn Sharp would just miss a game winning 37 yard field goal with 1:17 left in the fourth, to allow the game to go to overtime. When overtime rolled around, Iowa State would score on their first play on a 25 yard touchdown pass to James White to go up 31-24. Oklahoma State responded with a 6 play drive to tie it up and force double overtime. Brandon Weeden’s first pass attempt in double overtime would be tipped and intercepted. Iowa State would punch the ball in on the fourth play of their drive to upset the Cowboys 37-31. 

Number four Oregon was upset by the USC Trojans in Eugene, Oregon by the final score of 38-35. Oregon was once down 38-14 in the 3rd quarter, but they started their comeback with a 96 yard fake reverse kickoff return touchdown with 3:13 left in the third quarter to make it 38-20 (Oregon would not convert the attempted two point conversion). Then a Kenjon Barner 8 yard rushing touchdown and LaMichael James 1 yard score would make it 38-33. After James’ score, Oregon would go for two to make it a field goal game, and they would convert after video review overturned the previous call of a catch being made out of bounds. So with the score 38-35, USC tailback Marc Tyler would fumble the exchange with under two minutes left and in the red zone. Oregon would march down field, and with five seconds left would go for the game winning 37 yard field goal, but the kicker would shank it wide left and allow USC to pull off the upset and most likely end Oregon’s national title dreams.

Then you had number five Oklahoma down in Waco, Texas taking on number 22 Baylor in a Big 12 battle, where the Baylor Bears would pull off the upset 45-38 on a Robert Griffin III touchdown pass with eight seconds left to end the Sooners national title dreams. Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III was 21 of 34 passing, for 479 yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions, which I think, made him a definite top 20 pick in this springs NFL draft. Also, number seven Clemson got walloped by North Carolina State, 37-13, which the score speaks for itself.

Now it’s time for this weeks edition of the latest BCS standings, bowl projections, and Heisman leaders. Lets get the ball rolling on this, here’s this weeks BCS standings, bowl projections, and Heisman candidates, edition 5.0.

1.LSU Tigers (11-0) defeated Ole Miss 52-3. Last week (1).
2.Alabama Crimson Tide (10-1) defeated Georgia Southern 45-21. Last week (3).
3.Arkansas Razorbacks (10-1) defeated Mississippi State 44-17. Last week (6).
4.Oklahoma State Cowboys (10-1) lost to Iowa State 37-31 (2OT). Last week (2).
5.Houston Cougars (11-0) defeated Southern Methodist Mustangs 37-7. Last week (8).
6.Stanford Cardinals (10-1) defeated California Bears 31-28. Last week (9).
7.Virginia Tech Hokes (10-1) defeated North Carolina Tar Heels 24-21. Last week (N/R).
8.Boise State Broncos (10-1) defeated San Diego State Aztecs 52-35. Last week (10).
9.Oregon Ducks (9-2) lost to USC Trojans 38-35. Last week (4).
10.Oklahoma Sooners (8-2) lost to #22 Baylor Bears 45-38. Last week (5).

National Title Game: LSU Tigers vs Alabama Crimson Tide
Rose Bowl: Oregon Ducks vs Wisconsin Badgers
Sugar Bowl: Houston Cougars vs Michigan Wolverines
Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma State Cowboys vs Stanford Cardinals
Orange Bowl: Clemson Tigers vs West Virginia Mountaineers 

Heisman – Baylor QB Robert Griffin III. Last week (N/R).
2nd Place – Houston QB Case Keenum. Last week (2).
3rd Place – Stanford QB Andrew Luck. Last week (1).
4th Place – Alabama RB Trent Richardson. Last week (5).
5th Place – USC QB Matt Barkley. Last week (10).
6th Place – Boise State QB Kellen Moore. Last week (9).
7th Place – Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon. Last week (6).
8th Place – Oklahoma State QB Brandon Weeden. Last week (3).
9th Place – Oregon RB LaMichael James. Last week (8).
10th Place – Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson. Last week (7).

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