After what was a wild Week 8 of the 2013 college football season, Week 9 was not filled with as many upsets. It doesn’t mean though, that their wasn’t any drama to be had.
The Tigers appeared to have the game won in the first overtime, being up 24-17, but starting quarterback Connor Shaw, who originally did not start the game due to injury, made a game-saving 15-yard touchdown pass on 4th-and-goal to keep the Gamecocks alive.
South Carolina came away with a 40-yard field goal on their first possession of the second overtime, which ended up winning them the game 27-24 when Missouri placekicker Andrew Baggett missed a 24-yard field goal to tie the game.
While Missouri lost a heartbreaker at home, No. 6 Stanford was able to escape at No. 25 Oregon State 20-12 to keep themselves in the Pac-12 title discussion, as well as the National Championship game discussion. The Cardinal defense held Sean Mannion and the Beavers offense out of the end zone with just seconds remaining in regulation.
Lastly, No. 24 Nebraska was upset at Minnesota 34-23, who they had not lost to since 1960, and Duke took down No. 14 Virginia Tech on the road 13-10. It was the Blue Devils' first win against a ranked team since 1994.
Game Attended: UCLA 14 at Oregon 42
With ESPN College GameDay in Eugene, it was one of the most hyped games of the weekend.
Both teams exchanged touchdowns, as they went into the half tied at 14. The UCLA offense scored touchdowns because of good field position. Oregon fumbled on their own 38-yard line early in the first quarter and had a punt blocked near the end of the second quarter that gave the Bruins the ball on the 28-yard line.
The Ducks had their ways of putting points up, as they put themselves in scoring position by pulling off a fake punt that went for 66-yards to the UCLA eight-yard line in the first quarter. They also got a 40-yard touchdown from running back Byron Marshall early in the second quarter.
Oregon led just 21-14 heading into the fourth quarter, then blew UCLA away with their tough defense and explosive offense, scoring 21 unanswered points.
The Duck defense was led by cornerback Avery Patterson, who recorded seven tackles and one interception. They also held UCLA scoreless in the second half and to a season-low 64 total passing yards.
After a somewhat rough start, the Oregon offense came into rhythm. Quarterback Marcus Mariota looked impressive as usual by going 21 of 28 passes for 230 yards and one touchdown, but it was Byron Marshall who was at the top of his game. Marshall rushed for 133 yards and three touchdowns.
As the Bruins dropped their second consecutive game, the Ducks stayed undefeated and moved up to No. 2 in the BCS rankings.
Overall Record: 63-27
Week 9 Record: 8-2
Note: Team in bold indicates author’s pick
Prediction: Texas Tech 35, Oklahoma 30
Result: Oklahoma 38, Texas Tech 30
Prediction: Missouri 38, South Carolina 35
Result: South Carolina 27, Missouri 24
Prediction: Oregon 45, UCLA 27
Result: Oregon 42, UCLA 14
Prediction: Ohio State 28, Penn State 24
Result: Ohio State 63, Penn State 14
Prediction: Stanford 34, Oregon State 31
Result: Stanford 20, Oregon State 12
Prediction: BYU 31, Boise State 24
Result: BYU 37, Boise State 20
Prediction: Houston 41, Rutgers 40
Result: Houston 49, Rutgers 14
Prediction: Alabama 41, Tennessee 17
Result: Alabama 45, Tennessee 10
Prediction: Clemson 41, Maryland 20
Result: Clemson 40, Maryland 27
Prediction: Texas 31, TCU 17
Result: Texas 30, TCU 7
It was the release of the second BCS rankings Sunday night. Here is the current Top 10:
1. Alabama .9937
2. Oregon .9517
3. Florida State .9211
4. Ohio State .8840
5. Stanford .7918
6. Baylor .7645
7. Miami (FL) .7560
8. Clemson .6687
9. Missouri .6096
10. Oklahoma .6064
Current Bowl Projections
BCS National Championship (Pasadena, CA)
Alabama vs. Oregon
Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA)
Ohio State vs. Stanford
Fiesta Bowl (Glendale, AZ)
Baylor vs. Fresno State
Sugar Bowl (New Orleans, LA)
Missouri vs. Clemson
Orange Bowl (Miami, FL)
Florida State vs UCF
Who is the No. 2 team in the country? Is it Oregon or Florida State? This will be the biggest question as both teams continue to win ball games and contend for a National Championship berth.
The Ducks have big wins over Washington and UCLA, while the Seminoles had their big win at Clemson. These teams will likely continue to play leapfrog, as both teams will face Top 10 teams in the coming weeks.
Florida State will host in-state rival No. 7 Miami (FL) this Saturday, while Oregon will travel to No. 5 Stanford that following Thursday for a Pac-12 North Division clash.
A win for the ‘Noles this week could help them jump the Ducks again, but they could have trouble getting past the Ducks again if they defeat Stanford. Oregon would still have to face a potentially ranked Oregon State team and likely Arizona State or UCLA in the Pac-12 Championship.
Florida State would at best get two teams over .500. In-state rival Florida would be their best opponent. The Gators could be fighting for bowl eligibility by the time they face the ‘Noles, though.
Florida State could get another crack at Miami (FL) or face Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship game. This would likely be their best opportunity to jump Oregon, but it may still not be enough.
Whether it happens to be the Ducks or 'Noles that make it to the BCS Championship game, either one would be a good matchup for reigning two-time defending National Champion Alabama.
Oregon has one of the most lethal offenses in the country with its no-huddle scheme and quick playmakers. The defense also is capable of making game-changing plays. The Ducks already have 13 interceptions this season.
Florida State has quarterback sensation Jameis Winston under center with weapons in the backfield and solid targets in the passing game. The defense continues to be dominant and shut down opposing offenses as well.
Oregon Florida State
Passing Yards 300.6 (20th) 341.4 (11th)
Rushing Yards 331.5 (2nd) 212.3 (25th)
Points For 55.6 (2nd) 52.6 (3rd)
Points Against 16.9 (9th) 13.0 (4th)