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November 22, 2010 by USA Post 

Top Gear Usa, USA Today staff tells you what college football last weekend of college football means for the six conferences with automatic bids to the BCS and the rest of the subdivision Bowl.

ACC: Virginia Tech has won its place in the conference championship game and North Carolina State took the position inside to face the Hokies with key victories Saturday.

Tech (9-2, 7-0 ACC) finished the Coastal Division with a 31-17 victory at Miami (7-4, 4-3) matched by 142 rushing yards from Ryan Williams. His career best run of 84 yards, broke a close game in the fourth quarter.

NC State (8-3, 5-2) coach Tom O’Brien pushed his record to 4-0 against North Carolina’s Butch Davis with a 29-25 victory. The Wolfpack will win the Atlantic Division if they beat Maryland this week. Owen Spencer caught a bullet in the end zone for a touchdown and affects UNC (6-5, 3-4) failed on a two-point conversion late that would have tied the game.

Florida State (8-3, 6-2) stayed alive in the Atlantic, pulling away from Maryland (74, 4-3), 30-16. Christian Ponder threw for 170 yards and the return of Nick Moody’s interception 90 yards in the final minute sealed the victory. The Seminoles lost NC State earlier this year and would lose a tiebreaker with the Wolfpack for the division title.

Boston College became bowl eligible by defeating Virginia (4-7, 1-6) as Montel Harris ran for 114 yards and scored the go-ahead hit for the Eagles (6-5, 4-4). Kyle Parker’s two touchdown passes led Clemson (6-5, 5-4) past Wake Forest (2-9, 1-7) in a 30-10 victory in backup quart Tevin Washington, playing for injured Nesbitt Josh threw 79 yards to pass to Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech (6-5, 4-4) 30-20 victory over Duke (3-8, 1-6).

- Andy Gardiner

Big 12: The last time the Big 12 went to the BCS rankings to break a tie for division; you will recall that he raised a little noise. Oklahoma has won the title and, finally, a shot at a national championship. Texas seethed.

The tiebreaker looming again, but a little less spectacular. Both issues are lowered and projectors.

Either the first place Saturday at Oklahoma State Oklahoma lose – just a shock in the aptly named Bedlam series – and win Texas AM & Thanksgiving in Texas, and the three teams would end in deadlock atop the South Conference of the division. All records in the league with 6-2.

- Tie-break of the first issue: the records of the three teams against each other. A & M defeated Oklahoma, Oklahoma State beat the Aggies and OU would have beaten the Cowboys. Washing.

- Second question: name the folders in the same division. Everything would be 4-1 in the South.

- Third tiebreaker: the records against the fourth, then fifth, sixth place teams, then in the division. All swept Baylor, Texas Tech and Texas.

- Tie-break fourth: the records against other common conference opponents. There is none in the North and the three played.

- Fifth tiebreaker: highest-ranked team in the final BCS rankings. A new provision, addressing the brouhaha, 2008, provides an exception when two teams are in one place from each other, their outcome in head-to-head will determine who moves into the title game Big 12. (If all three were ranked in the estate, for example 10-11-12, the choice is between the first two as No. 10 would be two points ahead of No. 12.)

Advantages he goes to Oklahoma, who sat with a comfortable lead at Texas AM & BCS rankings last week and would almost certainly blow up Oklahoma State with a victory in Stillwater.

The rest of the country figures to yawn. Oklahoma and Texas were ranked 2-3 while jostling for a place in ’08. This year Big 12 teams are much further from the national championship picture.

- Steve Wieberg

Big East: The season began on a sour note for Connecticut and quarterback Zach Frazer, but the finish line was worth the wait.

The Huskies have dropped four of their first seven games, and Frazer was benched as the offense struggled. But with the return signal caller in the lineup, UConn (6-4, 3-2) has won three times, including Saturday’s 23-6 victory at Syracuse.

Jordan Todman ran for 130 yards and scored on two short runs against the Orange and UConn capitalized on two turnovers to win its first road victory, become bowl eligible and stay in the thick of the race for the conference.

Syracuse, which scored only one touchdown in the last two games, dropped to 7-4, 4-3 in its last conference game of the season.

UConn still trails the first-place Pittsburgh (6-4, 4-1) in the standings, after the Panthers’ 17-10 victory Saturday against South Florida (6-4, 3-3). But UConn would win a tiebreaker and forth with Pitt on his victory against the Panthers.

Pitt plays Friday at home against West Virginia (7-3, 3-2), and the Highlanders are also in the middle of the league BCS hunt after their 17-10 victory against Louisville (5-6, 2-4). However, WVU would also lose a tiebreaker with Connecticut.

WVU stingy defense did the job again against the Cardinals. Louisville finished with 26 rushing yards, 21 of which came on a fake punt.

It was a difficult year for two-time champion in Cincinnati, but the Bearcats were roaring Saturday. Isaiah Pead scored a career-high five touchdown passes and Zach Collaros passed for 366 yards in a 69-38 Rutgers victory was the game’s most prolific in league history. UA (4-6, 2-3) had 661 total yards.

Rutgers (4-6, 1-4) has lost all four games since the defensive tackle Eric Legrand suffered a spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed.

- Jack Carey

Big Ten: Wisconsin is in position for the Big Ten’s Rose Bowl berth into next weekend’s game against Northwestern, Madison, Wisconsin

Badgers are tied atop the league with Ohio State and Michigan State. If all three teams finish the season tied, all share the league title, but the Badgers will probably go in Pasadena based on the highest ranking BCS.

Wisconsin is currently seventh in the BCS ahead of the No. 8 state of Ohio and Michigan State No. 10. The Badgers last played in the Rose Bowl in 1999. Saturday, they beat Michigan 48-28 as Montee Ball rushed for 173 yards and four touchdowns, and James White rushed for a career-high 181 yards and two touchdowns. It was the second time Wisconsin had two players run over 150 meters. In 1973, Billy Marek ran for 226 and 184 against Ken Starch Wyoming.

Ohio State and Michigan State stayed in the title race with come from behind victories.

OSU, who plays next to Michigan in their game annual rivalry, beat Iowa 20-17 on touchdown 1-yard Dan Herron is managed with 1:47 left. Quarterback Terrell Pryor came up big with a run of 14 yards, 4-and-10 on the disc a winner.

Michigan State rallied from 15 points in the fourth quarter to beat Purdue 35-31 behind Kirk Cousins, who scored the winning touchdown with 4:32 to go. MSU next plays at Penn State.

Although Illinois 48-27 victory over Northwestern has no impact on the race conference, it has a historical significance. On the one hand, it has been played at Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs. The limit has not been amicable host a football game since 1970.

The stadium seating configuration has changed somewhat since then and the end zone is was dangerously close to the wall in right field brick.

Friday announced the league offensive plays only worked towards the end zone west toward the lake of third base.

For all the quirks, Illinois Leshoure Mikel may have left the strongest impression. He ran for a school-record 330 yards and two touchdowns.

- Marlen Garcia

Pac-10: The Big Game turned into The Big confirmation. Stanford allegedly going to do a test by beating arch rival Cal the week after the Bears had nearly upset No. 1 ranked Oregon.

Did not happen.

Stanford was up 31-0 at halftime and won 48-14 behind another strong release of quarterback Andrew Luck – 16 of 20, 235 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions, plus three rushes for 72 yards.

So, clearly, Stanford is the second best team in the Pac-10, and perhaps the best team in the country in loss.

Stanford looks like a BCS bowl team and will be 11-1 if he can beat Oregon next week.

Speaking of Oregon State, Beavers, a week after a mystifying loss to conference doormat Washington State, has strongly rebounded with a 36-7 humiliation of Southern California.

The domination was on both sides of the ball, but the State of Oregon Jacquizz Rogers stands, running for 128 yards and caught seven passes for more than 43.

The Beavers (4-3, 5-5) were a major headache this year, but are clearly capable again of a great effort.

Their last two games: at home against Stanford and Oregon in the Civil War on December 4.

Oregon (10-0), who had a bye this week, remains No. 1 in AP and coaches polls and is home Friday against Arizona.

Stanford is the seventh in the AP poll, eighth in the coach’s poll. Arizona is 20th in both.

- David Leon Moore

SEC: Entering the final weekend of regular season play Southeast Conference championship already, the focus remains firmly on Auburn No. 2 and the investigation into possible NCAA violations involving Auburn quart Cam Newton.

After a week off, the Tigers (11-0, 7-0) head to Tuscaloosa on Friday to face No. 11 Alabama (9-2, 5-2) in their toughest test of the season.

“It’s one of those games where, in this state, 365 days a year,” Coach Gene Chizik said Auburn. “They will talk when the game ends until he starts the year next. So this is where you start. Then it is reinforced by the fact that we are in the position we’re in and they are in position they are in. If there was a way for the intensity level to rise, it would be the situation. ”

Two away wins a trip to the national championship game; the Tigers need a victory against the Crimson Tide, followed by a victory in the championship game of the SEC on Dec. 4 against No. 17 in South Carolina.

The Gameccks (8-3, 5-3) also have a fierce rivalry game against Clemson (A6-5) on Saturday. “I think our guys will be ready to give their best shot. That’s all we can ask them,” South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said. “It’s much more fun when there’s a lot on the line.”

Other rivalry games of SEC teams this weekend: LSU (10-1, 6-1) at Arkansas (9-2, 5-2) Florida (7-4, 4-4) at Florida State (8-3) Mississippi State (7-4, 3-4) at Ole Miss (4-7, 1-6) Georgia Tech (6-5) at Georgia (5-6, 3-5).

The SEC has eight bowl eligible teams for its nine locations. Georgia and Tennessee, which hosts Kentucky, need one more win to reach a total of six required for eligibility for bowl win.

- Kelly Whiteside

In other conferences: Add Boise State credit. 51-0, Friday night, the demolition of Fresno State was the latest example of the sharp focus of the team. The Bulldogs are bowl eligible, and entered the game with a balanced, productive offense that appeared to remain competitive. Instead, the Broncos defense the opportunity to put on a clinic. The Bulldogs managed only nine first downs and 125 total yards while committing three turnovers as the Broncos’ Shea and Ryan Winterswyk McClellin made frequent appearances in the outfield. Meanwhile, Heisman candidate Kellen Moore overcame a slow start to dissect the Fresno defense for 333 passing yards and four touchdowns. Even kicker Kyle Brotzman got in the act, the drilling of an offering of 50 yards early in the third quarter.

Nevada has done its part to prepare for Friday’s showdown with Boise State 52-6 sending of New Mexico. Colin Kaepernick threw for two touchdowns and Vai Taua added two fields and one in the air.

Utah ended a two-game skid with a 38-34 victory back to San Diego State. The Utes trailed by as many as 17 points in the first half. They did not head up a blocked punt set up one-yard run with 10:21 remaining Eddie Wide. Jordan Wynn ended a funk with a career-high 362 yards passing with two touchdowns. Ryan Lindley threw for 528 yards but had three interceptions costly for the Aztecs, whose four losses were by a total of 15 points.

Notre Dame is bowl eligible after turning in a dominant second performance immediately with a 27-3 victory over the army at the new Yankee Stadium. Darrin Walls returned an interception 42 yards from the endzone, and Tyler Eifert has received a TD and set up another score with a power dive to the one-yard line. Notre Dame, which beat Utah 28-3 last week, held back to back opponents without a touchdown for the first time since 1988.

Central Florida and Southern Methodist another milestone for the game Conference USA championship. The Knights rolled 61-14 at Tulane and only need a victory at Memphis to win the East and the right to host the final. The Mustangs shot 31-17 and Marshall can win the West with a victory at East Carolina.

Things are less complicated in the Mid-American Conference. Northern Illinois won the West with a 59-21 victory against Ball State. The Huskies likely opponent in the MAC title game will be Ohio, which needs only a victory at Kent State on Friday in the eastern block.

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