Oklahoma State rejoices in one of their many TDs against Baylor. Photo by Mark D Smith/USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma State rejoices in one of their many TDs against Baylor. Photo by Mark D Smith/USA TODAY Sports

The Good
Oklahoma State: So much for Baylor’s dreams of a national title. The Cowboys didn’t just end those hopes, they decimated them. Keeping the lead throughout the first half, they busted it open in the third at which point it was 35-3. Baylor was able to score 2 TDs in the 4th, but it still wasn’t enough. Not only is this a big win for the ‘Boys, but it puts them into first in the Big 12 which they can clinch with a win over arch rival Oklahoma in two weeks. It didn’t seem like they’d be in this position after their early season loss to West Virginia.

Decision Saturday: While some top ranked teams were playing cupcakes, others were playing for divisional and conference titles. In addition to OK State, ASU clinched the Pac 12 South with a huge win over UCLA, Michigan State won the B1G Legends by beating hapless Northwestern, Mizzou took another step towards an improbable SEC East crown and Derek Carr’s performance helped Fresno State clinch the West division in the Mountain West conference. This is the kind of football the should be played late in the season.

The Bad
Scheduling: Florida State demolished Idaho, Clemson decimated The Citadel, South Carolina ran all over Coastal Carolina and Alabama had no problem with Chattanooga. Not exactly opponents that put a premium on winning the final games of the season. Like baseball teams only playing divisional opponents in September, shouldn’t these last few games be ones that really matter? Yes there are likely scheduling issues with getting that to happen, but wouldn’t big wins late in the season help more in the rankings then cupcakes?

Texas A&M: Looking to avenge their loss to LSU from last season, the Aggies instead ran into a motivated Tigers team coming off a big loss to Bama. Johnny Manziel appeared merely human in throwing for only one TD and posting his lowest passing yard total of the season. Their defense, which hasn’t been stellar, was unable to even slow the LSU rushing attack as it kept grinding away.

The Ugly
Oregon: So much for smelling the Roses as the Ducks got stunned by Arizona. It wasn’t a close game they let slip by, but a 42-16 pounding that crushed any slim national title hopes and certainly those of playing in a BCS game. They were able to get a ton of yards, but just could not convert them into points which is very unusual for their ‘blur’ offense. Perahps it was an omen when Oregon’s first play of the game resulted in Mariota’s first INT of the season. It also didn’t help that the defense gave over 200 yards and 4 TDs to RB Ka’Deem Carey. The loss and Stanford’s win over Cal means the Cardinal will represent the Pac 12 North in the conference title game.

Michigan: This was one of those games that even had the Wolverines somehow found a way to win, it wouldn’t have been one to celebrate. The ineffective offense showed back up as they were barely able to crack the 150 total yard mark. The most maddening part of that was when Michigan rushed the ball they seemed to run it up the gut practically every single time. You’d think after the first few times they got stuffed, that they would at least try to bounce it outside. This sure wasn’t the way to get ready for Ohio next week.

Awards
The ‘Charlie Weis Ate My Cheeseburger’ Award for Defense: Sure Oklahoma State gave up over 450 yards to Baylor, but that’s much, much less then the near 700 yards the Bears have averaged all season. Plus they’ve also averaged over 60 points and 300 rushing yards, but the Cowboys were able to hold them to just 17 points and 94 rushing yards.

The ‘Jordan Lynch MACtion Mode’ Offensive Performance Of The Week: Lynch had his usual big day with over 360 combined yards and 3 TDs on the ground, but fellow BCS buster QB Derek Carr more then one upped him. The Fresno State signal caller had 527 yards and 7 TDs through the air against New Mexico. Speaking of 7 TDs, QB Keenan Reynolds had 7 TDs rushing in Navy’s 3OT win over San Jose State.

The ‘These Are Not The Droids You’re Looking For’ Mystery Of The Week: What happened to Florida? We all knew they were struggling, but to go out and drop one to FCS Georgia Southern? In The Swamp of all places? Their defense has been their strength, but how could they give up over 400 yards on the ground? Especially when Georgia Southern attempted just 3 passes all game. It’s an incredibly debilitating loss and the next mystery is how long until Will Muschamp is fired?