Stats of the Day:
- 14 – Number of rushing touchdowns on the season by Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, breaking the SEC record with 2 more rushing TDs in a 49-22 whooping over Vanderbilt (5-4). Tebow has now had a rushing TD in 10 consecutive games, dating back to last season’s BCS title game, the longest streak in the nation. The sophomore phenom threw for three more TDs and retains the highest QB rating in the nation to go with his 14 rushing TDs. Next up for Florida (6-3): at South Carolina (6-4). Prediction: Florida hands the Gamecocks their fourth loss in a row.
- 43 – Games in a row Notre Dame had beaten Navy (5-4), an NCAA record that finally came to an end when the Midshipmen beat the Fighting Irish in triple overtime, 46-44. The last time Navy was victorious over Notre Dame was when Roger Staubach led the Midshipmen to a 35-14 victory in 1963. It is the first time in school history Notre Dame has 5 losses in a season at home, where they are 0-5 this season. Next up for Notre Dame (1-8): Air Force (7-3). Prediction: Notre Dame wins their last three games to finish the season at 4-8.
- 323 – Rushing yards by Arkansas’ Darren McFadden, an SEC record, breaking the previous record of 321 yards set by Vanderbilt’s Frank Mordica in 1978. McFadden’s previous career high was 219 yards against South Carolina (6-4) last year, whom they beat Saturday, 48-36. The junior back, who is expected to leave school a year early to enter the draft, joined Georgia’s Herschel Walker as the only SEC players to run for 1,000 yards as a freshman, sophomore and junior. His day included an 80-yard TD run and a passing TD, which has seemingly thrown him back into the Heisman race, which he was runner-up last year to Ohio State’s Troy Smith. Next up for Arkansas (6-3): at Tennessee (6-3).
Upset of the Day: #2 Boston College (8-1) 17- 27 Florida St (6-3)
One TV analyst had BC’s Matt Ryan as his current Heisman leader. He appropriately dropped him several spots after this game. BC had 4 turnovers to FSU’s 0, and Ryan’s third interception of the game with just over a minute remaining and down 20-17, was returned for a touchdown to seal the upset for the Seminoles. Next up for BC: at Maryland (4-5). Prediction: BC should rebound from their first loss of the season by dominating Maryland next week.
Scare of the Day: #12 Michigan (8-2) 28 -24 Michigan St (5-5)
The Wolverines needed to score the last 14 points of the game to come from a 24-14 deficit to defeat their in-state rival and keep an 8-game winning streak alive. Michigan’s offensive stars all had solid days, led by Chad Henne‘s 211 passing yards and 4 TDs. Next up for Michigan: at #21 Wisconsin (7-3). Prediction: Michigan was looking for a more impressive win before closing out the season against two of their toughest in-conference rivals. Still, I’d be surprised if they lose to the Badgers next week.
Surprise of the Day: #8 Kansas (9-0) 76 – 39 Nebraska (4-6)
Tood Reesing threw for a school-record six touchdown passes to go with 354 yards and no interceptions and Brandon McAnderson had 119 rushing yards and added four more scores, as Kansas absolutely spanked the Cornhuskers. The Jayhawks are one of just three teams in the nation who are still undefeated, the others being #1 Ohio State (10-0) and #14 Hawaii (8-0). Next up for Kansas: at Oklahoma St (5-4). Prediction: They should be standing at 11-0 when they close the season against #9 Missouri (8-1).
Top Five in the BCS Standings:
- Ohio State (10-0, Big Ten)
- LSU (8-1, SEC)
- Oregon (8-1, Pac-10)
- Kansas (9-0, Big 12)
- Oklahoma (8-1, Big 12)