College Football Week 11 Recap, News, and Notes

The 2010 NCAA football betting campaign wrapped up its 11th week of play on Saturday night. Here at Bang the Book, we’ve got you covered for all of the most important news and notes from Week 11 college football betting action!

Top BCS Teams Survive Scares: Things were awfully, awfully scary this weekend for the Oregon Ducks, Auburn Tigers, and TCU Horned Frogs. Oregon was a hefty 18.5 point favorite on Saturday against the California Golden Bears and was absolutely expected to roll to an easy ‘W’. However, the offense was absolutely stymied and held over 200 yards below its season average. The unit only put one TD on the board and was bailed out by a punt return for a TD in the second quarter. A 15-13 victory was certainly not a thing of beauty, but all championship teams have to survive challenges like that at some point over the course of the campaign. The Tigers opened up the week as ten point favorites but came shooting down, as steam came in on the Georgia Bulldogs due to the fact that QB Cam Newton was facing all sorts of allegations from the NCAA about being paid to play at Auburn. However, Newton accounted for four scores and over 300 yards of offense in a 49-31 win. TCU got all it could handle from the San Diego State Aztecs, and though it had no chance of covering the four TD college football odds, the Horned Frogs were able to survive with a 40-35 win in the home finale in Fort Worth. Only a win against New Mexico in two weeks sits between the Horned Frogs and a berth in a BCS bowl.

Gamecocks Make School History: The Tigers did their job and locked up a berth in the SEC Championship Game earlier in the afternoon, and they inevitably sat back and watched whether it would be the Florida Gators or South Carolina Gamecocks that they will be taking on in December. Especially when the opening kickoff was returned for a touchdown, the Gators had to feel like they were in fantastic shape. Little did they know that they wouldn’t score again in the first half and would only put one more TD on the board for the day. We’ll talk a little bit about the day that RB Marcus Lattimore had a bit later, but he was the key in sparking the Gamecocks rally, as they blew past Florida and ultimately crushed it 36-14. It was the first win for the Cocks in Gainesville in school history, and this will be the first time that they are heading to the SEC Championship Game. The win was also super sweet for HC Steve Spurrier, who beat his former mates on their home field for the first time since leaving Gainesville for the pros in the late 1990s.

Few Upsets Abound in the Country: After nine teams in the Top 25 were bounced last week, it wasn’t a week of tremendous lows for the top teams in America. The Iowa Hawkeyes were the biggest casualty, as they allowed the Northwestern Wildcats to drop two TDs on them in the final seven minutes of the game to pull off a 21-17 upset that will probably cost them a chance at the Rose Bowl. The No. 15 Utah Utes look like they have fallen apart, as they were crushed by the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 28-3, while the No. 23 UCF Knights lost out on a chance to virtually lock up the Conference USA East crown by losing their final home game of the season 31-21 to the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles. The rest of the Top 25 teams that didn’t play fellow Top 25 schools made it out of the weekend alive.

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Interesting BCS Picture: There is a lot out there to prove right now for a bunch of teams outside of the Top 3 in the nation as well. Though we already are fairly certain that the TCU Horned Frogs and Boise State Broncos have at large bids to the BCS already locked up, we aren’t so sure about the other spots. The LSU Tigers and Stanford Cardinal appear to be in the best shape right now, but both still have horrifying schedules left to play. The next teams in line appear to be the losers of the Big Ten trio, the Wisconsin Badgers, Ohio State Buckeyes, and Michigan State Spartans. The question really comes if all of these teams end up losing again. The BCS could be in a position for the first time that it has to take a team from outside the Top 14 as an at large school, as the SEC can’t send more than two teams to the BCS. In this scenario, the Auburn Tigers, LSU Tigers, Arkansas Razorbacks, and Alabama Crimson Tide would all be ranked in the Top 14, and the potential is there as well for the South Carolina Gamecocks to be there should they win out. Needless to say, this will be a development to watch for very, very closely as the season winds down.

Saturday Night Delights: The Wisconsin Badgers hadn’t scored more than 70 points in a game in 95 seasons before this year, but they pulled off the feat for the second time this year when they dropped an NCAA high 83 on a hapless Indiana team on Saturday. Other 50+ point scoring teams this week include the Northern Illinois Huskies (65), Boise State Broncos (52), East Carolina Pirates (54), Tennessee Volunteers (52), Tulane Green Wave (54), Florida International Golden Panthers (52), LSU Tigers (51), and Arkansas Razorbacks (58)

Still Waiting for Touchdowns: Unfortunately, we didn’t exactly have a repeat of last week, when every single team that played scored at least one TD on the day. This week, the following teams didn’t find pay dirt even once in the 60 minutes… Kansas Jayhawks (3), Louisiana Monroe Warhawks (0), Utah Utes (3), Wake Forest Demon Deacons (3), and Buffalo Bulls (3).

Top Passers: Though there were several men that came close, only three were good enough to have at least 350 yards passing on the weekend. The only winner of the bunch was Brandon Weeden, who led Oklahoma State to a 33-16 win over the Longhorns by throwing for 409 yards and a TD. Arizona’s Nick Foles tried his best to beat USC on Saturday night, but throwing for 353 yards and three TDs just wasn’t enough to outduel the Men of Troy. The top passer on the week though, was Bryan Ellis of UAB, who went 31-of-49 for 418 yards and five TDs in a dismal 54-42 loss to East Carolina on Thursday night.

Running All Over the Competition: There were some amazing individual efforts on the ground this week that featured more 150+ yard rushers than we can even list. Four men made it to 200+ yards though, and three of the four proved to be victorious. North Texas’ Lance Dunbar has had himself one heck of a year, and he proved to be a workhorse once again, carrying the ball 36 times for 226 yards in a win over MTSU. On Thursday night, UConn’s Jordan Todman rumbled for 222 yards in the victory that might have saved the Huskies’ season over U-Pitt. Fresno State’s Robbie Rouse was fantastic even in defeat, as he had 217 yards on 26 carries with two TDs. However, no back deserves more recognition this week than South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore. Lattimore carried the ball 40 times on the day, and it felt like the frosh got better and better with every single carry against a Florida defense that was supposed to be one of the most stout in the nation. Oops. The Gamecocks are now going to the SEC Championship Game on the back of their freshman.

Receiving the Top Prizes: Some new names are gracing the list of the 150+ yard receivers this weekend, led by San Jose State’s Noel Grigsby, who had seven grabs for 185 yards. San Diego State’s Vincent Brown only caught four passes on the day, but he made the most of them, accounting for 167 yards in the narrow loss to TCU. It’s never really a surprise when you see Georgia’s AJ Green on this list. The senior had his best game of the season in spite of the fact that the Bulldogs lost, as he had nine catches for 164 yards and two TDs. The other two 150+ yard receivers this weekend included Maryland’s Torrey Smith (157) and Kent State’s Tyshon Goode (155).

Season Long Awards: The nation has a new top passer, as Brandon Weeden has run down the idle Bryant Moniz. Weeden became a 3,000 yard passer this year along with Oklahoma’s Landry Jones, East Carolina’s Dominique Davis, Baylor’s Robert Griffin, and Central Michigan’s Ryan Radcliff. There are now 16 men that have rushed for at least 1,000 yards on the campaign, as this list is growing week after week. Jordan Todman joins the fold after his huge day on Thursday, and he is joined by Lance Dunbar, Jay Finley, Mikel LeShoure, and Rodney Stewart. Cody Wilson, of Central Michigan, became the only new 1,000+ yard receiver this year, though there will be plenty of others join him next week.

Previous Accolades
3,000 Yard Passers
Brandon Weeden (3,391)
Bryant Moniz (3,374)
Landry Jones (3,154)
Dominique Davis (3,077)
Robert Griffin (3,071)
Ryan Radcliff (3,036)
1,000 Yard Rushers
LaMichael James (1,422)
Denard Robinson (1,417)
Kendall Hunter (1,356)
Cam Newton (1,297)
Bobby Rainey (1,244)
Bilal Powell (1,207)
Jordan Todman (1,176)
Daniel Thomas (1,168)
Lance Dunbar (1,149)
Vai Taua (1,130)
Montel Harris (1,129)
Ronnie Hillman (1,098)
Jay Finley (1,073)
Chad Spann (1,070)
Mikel LeShoure (1,041)
Rodney Stewart (1,035)
1,000 Yard Receivers
Justin Blackmon (1,430)
Greg Salas (1,246)
Ryan Broyles (1,196)
Jordan White (1,191)
Alshon Jeffrey (1,087)
Cody Wilson (1,028)

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