The Stanford defense was swarming all over Oregon the entire game. Photo by Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

The Stanford defense was swarming all over Oregon the entire game. Photo by Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

The Good
Stanford: The Cardinal ended Oregon’s national titles hopes for the second year in a row. Well actually they didn’t just end it this year, they crushed them. The Ducks have been able to pile up the points rather easily this season, but Stanford’s defense prevented them from scoring any points until the middle of the 4th quarter. The offense was the other part of the one-two knockout blow because even when Oregon knew the Cardinal were going to run the ball, they still couldn’t stop it. Stanford has the inside track on the Pac 12 North and yet another Rose Bowl berth.

Baylor: They didn’t just beat Oklahoma, they obliterated them in their first true test of the season and perhaps now more people will believe the Bears are for real. Bryce Petty was brilliant and was involved in every touchdown the team scored. Sure the offense was able to do its usual thing, but credit must be given to the defense as it was after Blake Bell all game. Given the way they’re playing, they’re the heavy favorite to win the Big 12 and get a BCS berth.

The Bad
Michigan: The Wolverines did slightly better then their effort last week. They still lost, but they didn’t get dominated by Nebraska like they by Michigan State. The slight improvement in their game came from gaining negative 21 yards rushing instead of the negative 48 they had last week. So that’s a good thing, right?

Miami: One would figure that the Hurricanes would be ready to erase their effort against Florida State last week with a better one this week against Virginia Tech. That was not the case as the Hokies were able to score early and often, forcing two fumbles that led to two TDs. A win would have put them in control of the ACC Coastal, but now things are even murkier for that division.

The Ugly
Florida: Just when the Gators thought things couldn’t get any worse…well you know how it goes. Their injury-marred season hit a new low when they were outplayed by  Vanderbilt, making it 4 losses in a row. One of the main reasons is Tyler Murphy’s 3 INTs, all of which Vandy converted into TDs. Further compounding the ugliness was that this happened at Gainesville. To put the significance of this into context, the last time Vandy won on the road against Florida was 1945. Now at 4-5, the Gators need to win 2 of their final 2 to be bowl eligible. The only problem is those 3 games consist of Georgia Southern sandwiched between South Carolina and Florida State.

Texas Tech: This might belong in The Uglier, but the wheels appear to be coming off the Red Raider bus after getting upset by Kansas State. The Wildcats busted it open in the 2nd quarter and Texas Tech just could not keep up. They had no answer for a relentless for the K-State ground that kept coming. After starting the season 7-0, Tech thought they could hang with the rest of the Big 12, but they’ve disabused of that notion the last three weeks.

Awards
The ‘Charlie Weis Ate My Cheeseburger’ Award for Defense: Stanford. Did you see what they did to the Ducks’ ground game? There’s shutting down high powered offenses and then there’s what Stanford did to Oregon.

The ‘Shirley, You Must Be Joking?’ Offensive Performance Of The Week: Indiana. The Hoosiers sure can put up big numbers, which they need to because of their defense. Case in point is their win over Illinois. Both teams combined for 87 points and over 1200 total yards. The ground game was firing on all cylinders for the Hoosiers, gaining 371 yards with Tevin Coleman getting 215 of those and Stephen Houston getting 150. Cody Latimer also had 189 of the team’s 279 receiving yards.

The ‘These Are Not The Droids You’re Looking For’ Mystery Of The Week: In the run-up to the Oregon-Stanford, Ducks running back De’Anthony Thomas said that his team should put up 40 on Stanford’s defense. The Cardinal sure did respond. Why would Thomas say something like that. If the Ducks had won, then it wouldn’t have meant anything. However, since they were dominated by that defense, he just looks foolish now. Why do athletes make these outrageous boasts that more often then not make them stupid?