Fooling the college football world all season with his quick-strike offense, Warden Kelly showed us the true potency of the quack attack when he ended the game with an 18-play, 65-yard drive in 9 minutes and 25 seconds. Having survived their scare for the year, UO can realistically begin game-planning for Auburn, Boise St. and TCU while their fans can put together video montages of opponents faking injuries.
Futilely trying to drill through diamond for most of the night, the TWU finally cracked the ultra-dense material when it mattered most, ending the Sun Devils' modest upset bid. Andrew Luck fans were treated to a show that featured his full arsenal of moves, including a never-before-seen launch while falling to his knees. Stanford has exorcised many demons during the 2010 campaign but none would be sweeter than an axe reclamation party in Berserkeley.
After skinning the cats down in Tucson, Kiffin's Krew find themselves at a respectable 7-3 with two winnable games ahead of them in Neutered Dame and fUcla. Unfortunately, those pesky sanctions will keep them from missing out on the conference's inaugural Alamo Bowl appearance. In a somewhat related note, only at $C could a player be suspended for academic shortcomings from the football team and then walk onto the basketball team. [Ed: And only in the SEC could Jeremiah Masoli be the conference's second most controversial quarterback.]
The unraveling of Arizona's banner season continued last Saturday night as they fell on the Trojan sword with nary a whimper. Even with two of his starting receivers on the sidelines, Nick Foles managed to get his stroke back and light up $C's stationary wicket secondary, but it was too little too late, as the Mildcat defense was bulldozed by the ground game again. Staggering to stay in prime bowl contention, Stoops' Strays must pull off the impossible and trip up Oregon on their home turf.
Arizona State 66
At their last game, ASU honored Pat Tillman at halftime, but the season has looked more like a tribute to another notable alum, Phil Mickelson. Mick finally got over the hump though, something this squad can't say after they dropped another heart-crusher, complete with a patented meltdown from one Vontaze Burfict, who admittedly got the Rasheed Wallace treatment from the officials. Needing to win out for any chance at a postseason game, perhaps the demons can find an NCAA loophole to have both FCS wins count.
In prime position to muddle the BCS picture and perhaps save J-Ted's job, Giorgio Tavecchio found the weenie within and botched both FG attempts from inside the 30. In any event, playing with half a team makes winning tough, even in the mystical confines of Memorial Stadium. Based on the performance so far of second-string QB Brock Mansion, one has to wonder if the third stringer is legally blind.
The shine may have come off their win against OSU, but Norm and Ricky aren't going to look any victory horse in the mouth these days. With bowl hopes still flickering, El Lay is hoping to fare better this time around on Thursday night and liking their chances as this opponent, UW, is not as daunting as the last.
Washington State 60
Showing glimpses of improved play and short bursts of competitiveness, WSU finally put it all together for four quarters and shocked OSU for their first Pac X win in 17 tries. No need to set a time limit on celebrating, as a quirk in scheduling has the Cougs taking two weeks off before trying to extend their winning streak to two whole games, when they host the sled pullers in the notorious Apple Cup.
Trying to type this with a straight face, I must point out that the easiest part of the pups' schedule is now in front of them. Perhaps the return of a rejuvenated Jake Locker will propel them to the three straight wins they need to become bowl eligible, as they jostle for position with the other conference dregs. Will the Husky faithful remember to show up on Thursday instead of Saturday?
Oregon State 57
Usually Mike Riley teams are known for their slow starts and fast finishes, but this incarnation of Beavers have reversed that trend, resulting in a BPR drop of epic proportion. After stumbling against UW and UCLA, it was a scrappy Wazzu squad that played the ham sandwich to OSU's Mama Cass, dropping them convincingly, at home no less. Look on the bright side Corvallis: at least you don't have to worry about being sent to the Sun Bowl anymore.
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