Jordan Williamson’s FG in OT gave the Cardinal the win and massive upset. Photo by Timothy J Gonzalez/Statesman JournalThe Good

Stanford: This had to have been one of the best games all season. Not only did Stanford have a near perfect gameplan for containing the explosiveness of Oregon, but they just kept coming despite several points where the Ducks could’ve pulled away. Though they gave up over 400 yards the Cardinal defense was relentless in attacking and keeping Oregon off balance and unable to get in their usual rhythm. Coupled with K State’s loss this causes more BCS chaos.

UCLA: It’s perhaps a changing of the guard in the City of Angels, as the Bruins beat their cross town rivals, the Trojans for the first time since 2006. They jumped out to a 24-0 lead early and hung on to win 38-28 on the strength of Johnathan Franklin’s 171 yard, 2 TD game on the ground. QB Brett Hundley had 2 rush TDs of his own. With USC driving at the end of the game, the Bruin defense stepped up big time as a massive sack of Matt Barkley, that knocked him out of the game, and was followed up by a FG block to seal the deal.

The Bad
Michigan State: Sparty never thought it would be in a place where it had to beat Minnesota next week to become bowl eligible, but that’s where they are after losing a close one to Northwestern. They actually had more total yards and shut down the Wildcats’ vaunted ground game. However, Northwestern got some opportune plays and was able to stay ahead. If they lose next week, it will be a very long offseason in East Lansing.

Duke: Yes, they’re bowl eligible for the first time in like forever, but their latest results aren’t encouraging. After losing three straight to Florida State, Clemson and now Georgia Tech, the Blue Devils are in a bit of trouble. They did keep it close until the 4th quarter, but were unable to stop the relentless triple option attack of the Yellow Jackets. At least it’s basketball season in Durham.

The Ugly
USC: Oh how the mighty have fallen. 3 turnovers, 2 missed FGs, 2 blocked kicks and lots of missed tackles doomed the Trojans as well as their supposedly ‘good’ defense spotting UCLA 24 points. The preordained spot in the National Title game they were given before the season seems almost like a dream. Plus it’s looking more and more like Barkley should’ve gone to the NFL. He’s obviously hurt his stock and might even have exposed some flaws in his game.

Kansas State: Well the BCS picture is a little bit clearer now. Collin Klein and the K State offense could not keep up with Baylor and have fallen out of the BCS title contention. Klein may have hurt his Heisman chances by throwing 3 interceptions, but otherwise had a decent game. With this loss, their hold on the Big 12 title loosens just a bit. They still can claim it, but for a team that just recently in the National Title picture, this has to be a big disappointment.

Awards
The ‘Charlie Weis Ate My Cheeseburger’ Award for Defense: Notre Dame. Everett Golson threw for a career high number of yards, but the Irish defense was the star in this one. Not only did they limit Wake Forest to just over 200 total yards, but they pitched a shutout. Allowing just 55 rush yards and not allowing the Demon Deacons to get anything going, ND continues to prove why they’re one of the best defenses in the country.

Whether on the ground or through the air, Tajh Boyd was able to score and score often. Photo by Richard Shiro/AP

The ‘Surely You Must Be Joking?’ Offensive Performance Of The Week: Tajh Boyd. It was a shootout between Clemson and NC State. Mike Glennon threw for just under 500 yards and 5 TDs, but Clemson’s QB did him even better. Boyd threw for 426 yards and 5 TDs of his own. However, he also ran for over 100 yards and 3 TDs, to make it 8 total scores. Except for two FGs in the 1st quarter, he was involved in all of Clemson’s scoring.

The ‘These Are Not The Droids You’re Looking For’ Mystery Of The Week: Well now that Oregon and Kansas State have lost, this paves the way for an SEC team to get back into the National Title game. Notre Dame will be #1 after the polls come out and if they beat USC next week, will play the SEC champ. Fans of the conference can now breathe easier and  continue to gloat about the greatness of SEC. Then again, the mystery is that while the top 2 teams were losing, you guys were beating powerhouses like Western Carolina, Georgia Southern, Jacksonville State, Sam Houston State and Wofford. It’s the end of the season, shouldn’t the games you guys play be more meaningful?