College Football Week 12 Recap, News, and Notes

The 2010 NCAA football betting campaign wrapped up its 12th 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 12 college football betting action!

Boise Closing in On Chance at Glory: Unfortunately for the TCU Horned Frogs, there isn’t a lot that they can do but sit, watch, wait, and pray. They were off this past week and only have one game against lowly New Mexico to go, and what once looked like a commanding lead over the Boise State Broncos for the No. 3 spot in the BCS rankings has almost totally diminished. The human polls are starting to give Boise State a lot more of a benefit of the doubt, and the computers are starting to oblige. Odds have it, after last week’s 51-0 shutout over the Fresno State Bulldogs on national television, a ‘W’ of any variety this weekend over the Nevada Wolf Pack on Friday night would get the job done and keep the men from the Smurf Turf in the driver’s seat for a spot in the BCS Championship. Of course, if both the Oregon Ducks and Auburn Tigers end up winning out, this is all moot, as both teams will be subjected to going to lesser BCS bowl games.

Big Mess in the Big Ten: The race for the Rose Bowl didn’t get any clarity to it this past weekend, and there is only one more week of games to go to before deciding who is going to Pasadena. We know one thing is for sure, and that’s that the Iowa Hawkeyes aren’t going. Iowa was knocked out of the race when it lost to the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday 20-17 in one of the most entertaining games of the day. The Wisconsin Badgers rolled over Michigan without any problems, while the Michigan State Spartans held on at the end against Purdue. Michigan State travels to Penn State next weekend, Wisconsin hosts Northwestern, and Ohio State is at home against Michigan. If all three teams win, it appears as though the Badgers would be going to Pasadena, as they are the highest ranked BCS team of the bunch at No. 7 by a comfortable margin. Should Wisconsin lose, the Buckeyes would probably be in the Rose Bowl, as the tiebreaker would be the BCS rankings between them and Michigan State. Should Ohio State lose though, the road to Pasadena is in the hands of the Spartans, as they beat Wisconsin outright. A Michigan State loss wraps up the Big Ten for Wisconsin regardless.

V-Tech in the ACC Championship: After a year of not playing in the ACC Championship Game, the Virginia Tech Hokies are heading back. They knocked off the Miami Hurricanes without much incident on Saturday afternoon down at Sun Life Stadium, which locked up the Coastal Division. The Hokies have come a long way from losing to James Madison back in Week 2, and if they were to win the ACC, they would be the first team in the BCS ever to lose to an FCS program in the same season. Who will join the Hokies, though? The answer is either going to be the Florida State Seminoles or the North Carolina State Wolfpack. NC State knows that it controls its own destiny, as a ‘W’ against the Maryland Terrapins this week will send it to its first ACC Championship Game. A loss would leave the Noles back in the big game in the ACC. FSU took care of those Terps on Saturday night in College Park to knock the hosts out of the race for the conference crown.

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No Top 25 Mayhem Again: Save when the Nebraska Cornhuskers were upset by the Texas A&M Aggies, there really wasn’t a lot to note about Saturday’s action including upsets. The Aggies were the only under in Top 25 games that won outright, and dogs only went 4-17 ATS. The only teams knocked from the rankings played teams that were inside the Top 25, with the one exception being the USC Trojans, who of course, aren’t eligible for BCS rankings.

Big Stakes for Bedlam: Never before has a Bedlam game between the Oklahoma State Cowboys and Oklahoma Sooners meant so much. Unless there are some screwy things that happen with the BCS computers between now and then, this is a de facto Big XII South title game as well. Right now, the Cowboys rank No. 9 in the BCS and could make a really strong case to be in an elite bowl game regardless of whether it wins the Big XII or not as long as they beat the Sooners. Oklahoma, now ranked No. 13, could make a very strong argument as well with a win. However, in all likelihood, there are back to back BCS elimination games for the winner. The victor in this game will probably have to face the Nebraska Cornhuskers in a winner take all game in a few weeks in the Big XII Championship Game.

Saturday Night Delights: We’ve already talked about just how amazing the Boise State Broncos were when they pounded the Bulldogs 51-0 on Friday night. However, they weren’t the only team that scored more than 50 points over the course of the weekend. The Alabama Crimson Tide (63), Northern Illinois Huskies (59), South Carolina Gamecocks (69), Rice Owls (62), Texas Tech Red Raiders (64), UCF Knights (61), Texas Longhorns (51), Nevada Wolf Pack (52), Cincinnati Bearcats (69), Southern Miss Golden Eagles (59), and Oklahoma Sooners (53) all pulled off the feat as well.

Still Waiting for Touchdowns: For the first time all season long, we have a team that didn’t score a touchdown in a game post a victory and a cover! The Texas A&M Aggies pulled off the stunt, outkicking the Nebraska Cornhuskers three field goals to two. Other teams that weren’t so lucky that couldn’t find the end zone over the course of the weekend include the Iowa State Cyclones (0), Syracuse Orange (6), Army Black Knights (3), New Mexico State Aggies (6), Utah State Aggies (6), Kent State Golden Flashes (3), Colorado State Rams (0), and Fresno State Bulldogs (0). There hasn’t been a single week all season long with more teams shutout (3) or held without a TD (10) this season.

Top Passers: Poor Ryan Lindley. The San Diego State signal caller did everything that he could last weekend, throwing for 528 yards and four TDs. Not only did his team not beat Utah, but he isn’t even the top passer of the weekend. Bryant Moniz from Hawaii threw for 560 yards, easily the highest total of the entire season for a single game. Houston’s David Piland merely threw for 467 yards, which would have led most every other week during the entire season. Other men that threw for at least 350 yards this weekend include North Carolina’s TJ Yates (411), Oklahoma State’s Brandon Weeden (389), Cincinnati’s Zach Collaros (366), Utah’s Jordan Wynn (362), and UAB’s Bryan Ellis (361).

Running All Over the Competition: Welcome to the record books, Mikel LeShoure! LeShoure rumbled for 330 yards on 33 carries to break the Illinois single season rushing record, and he did so at Wrigley Field, where they had to mess around with a lot of ground rules to be able to get the game in properly. LeShoure didn’t mind though, as he posted the most yards on the ground by an FBS back since 2008 in a single game and easily smashed the record for the most yards on the ground by a rusher this year. Once again this week, there were just too many 150+ yard rushers to talk about, so we’ll only make a mention of the 200+ yard rushers. Western Kentucky’s Bobby Rainey (248), Cincinnati’s Isaiah Pead (213), Southern Miss’ Kendrick Hardy (205), and SMU’s Zach Line (202) all reached the 200 yard plateau. However, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention Wisconsin’s duo of James White and Montee Ball. There haven’t been two 150+ yard rushers on the same team all season long, but these two did it and did it with authority for the Badgers on Saturday. White rumbled for 181 yards on 23 carries with two scores, while Ball had 29 carries, 173 yards, and four touchdowns. All together now: Who’s PJ Hill?

Receiving the Top Prizes: Six men were able to grace the 150+ yard receiving mark on the day on Saturday, and for the first time all season long, one of those men is a bona fide running back. Anthony Elzy of North Carolina pulled it off with 178 receiving yards. However, everyone this week pales in comparison to Mark Harrison of Rutgers, who had ten catches for 240 yards and four TDs. Other 150+ yard receivers include San Diego State’s Vincent Brown (184), Boise State’s Titus Young (164), San Diego State’s DeMarco Sampson (154), and Hawaii’s Kealoha Pilares (154).

Season Long Awards: Three more men became 3,000 yard passers on the season this week, and perhaps the most notable of the bunch is Arkansas’ Ryan Mallett, who is likely to be one of the top QBs taken in this year’s NFL Draft. Ryan Lindley from San Diego State and Alex Carder from Western Michigan joined the top list of passers as well. The list of new 1,000 yard rushers grew significantly this week, including SMU’s Zach Line, Michigan State’s Edwin Baker, South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore, Cal’s Shane Vereen, Georgia Tech’s Anthony Allen, Nebraska’s Roy Helu, Arkansas’ Knile Davis, Oregon State’s Jacquizz Rodgers, Fresno State’s Robbie Rouse, Syracuse’s Delone Carter, and Air Force’s Asher Clark. However, for the first time this year, we have a man over the 1,500 yard mark, as Michigan’s Denard Robinson became the first of probably at least a dozen men that will reach that plateau by the time the bowl games are over. This week, we have two sets of teammates that reached the 1,000 yard receiving mark together. Hawaii now has both Kealoha Pilares and Greg Salas on this list, while San Diego State has put both Vincent Brown and DeMarco Sampson on here as well. SMU’s Aldrick Robinson is also a newcomer on this 1,000 yard list of receivers. Okie State’s Justin Blackmon became the first 1,500 yard receiver of the campaign, and if the Pokes win Bedlam next week, he’ll have a chance to reach 2,000 yards by the time the bowl games are over.

Previous Accolades
3,000 Yard Passers
Bryant Moniz (3,934)
Brandon Weeden (3,780)
Landry Jones (3,479)
Dominique Davis (3,385)
Ryan Mallett (3,272)
Ryan Lindley (3,216)
Robert Griffin (3,195)
Alex Carder (3,083)
Ryan Radcliff (3,036)

1,000 Yard Rushers
Denard Robinson (1,538)
Bobby Rainey (1,492)
Kendall Hunter (1,461)
LaMichael James (1,422)
Mikel LeShoure (1,371)
Jordan Todman (1,306)
Cam Newton (1,297)
Lance Dunbar (1,283)
Montel Harris (1,243)
Vai Taua (1,241)
Rodney Stewart (1,230)
Daniel Thomas (1,226)
Bilal Powell (1,207)
Zach Line (1,174)
Jay Finley (1,155)
Ronnie Hillman (1,152)
Chad Spann (1,151)
Edwin Baker (1,069)
Marcus Lattimore (1,066)
Shane Vereen (1,061)
Anthony Allen (1,059)
Roy Helu (1,043)
Knile Davis (1,031)
Jacquizz Rodgers (1,021)
Robbie Rouse (1,014)
Delone Carter (1,005)
Asher Clark (1,001)

1,000 Yard Receivers
Justin Blackmon (1,560)
Greg Salas (1,390)
Ryan Broyles (1,309)
Jordan White (1,268)
Alshon Jeffrey (1,210)
Vincent Brown (1,113)
Kealoha Pilares (1,099)
Aldrick Robinson (1,053)
DeMarco Sampson (1,047)
Cody Wilson (1,028)

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