The 'Canes hung around for the first half by only being down 21-14, but in the second half it was all 'Noles. Jameis Winston and company scored 20 unanswered points to secure them a convincing 41-14 victory.
In the Big Ten, Michigan State beat up on rival Michigan with its physical defense, winning 29-6. The Spartan defense held the Wolverines to minus-48 rushing yards, sacked quarterback Devin Gardner seven times and held the Wolverine offense out of the end zone for a second consecutive year.
It was Michigan’s worst rushing game since 1962 when it was held to minus-46 yards against Minnesota. It was also the Wolverines' third consecutive loss in East Lansing and their fifth loss in six years to Michigan State.
While there was a beatdown in East Lansing, Big Ten Legend Division opponents Northwestern and Nebraska played right down to the very last play. The Huskers kept themselves in the the division race with Michigan State by scoring on a 49-yard Hail Mary pass from Ron Kellogg III to Jordan Westerkamp as time expired.
Things got chippy in Jacksonville at the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party with Georgia holding on to a 23-20 win over Florida, and Oklahoma State likely knocked Texas Tech out of the Big 12 title race with a 52-34 shootout road win.
Overall Record: 72-28
Week 10 Record: 9-1
Note: Team in bold indicates author’s pick
Prediction: Wisconsin 31, Iowa 23
Result: Wisconsin 28, Iowa 9
Prediction: Michigan State 27, Michigan 23
Result: Michigan State 29, Michigan 6
Prediction: Georgia 31, Florida 18
Result: Georgia 23, Florida 20
Prediction: Oklahoma State 35, Texas Tech 28
Result: Oklahoma State 52, Texas Tech 34
Prediction: Florida State 42, Miami (FL) 24
Result: Florida State 41, Miami (FL) 14
Prediction: Oregon State 31, USC 16
Result: USC 31, Oregon State 14
Prediction: Nebraska 35, Northwestern 24
Result: Nebraska 27, Northwestern 24
Prediction: Auburn 52, Arkansas 14
Result: Auburn 35, Arkansas 17
Prediction: Missouri 38, Tennessee 24
Result: Missouri 31, Tennessee 3
Prediction: Fresno State 48, Nevada 24
Result: Fresno State 41, Nevada 23
The third BCS Standings were released Sunday night. Here is the current Top 10:
1. Alabama .9797
2. Florida State .9525
3. Oregon .9435
4. Ohio State .8720
5. Stanford .7930
6. Baylor .7745
7. Clemson .7277
8. Missouri .6890
9. Auburn .6686
10. Oklahoma .6084
Current Bowl Projections
BCS National Championship (Pasadena, Calif.)
Alabama vs. Florida State
Rose Bowl (Pasadena, Calif.)
Oregon vs. Ohio State
Fiesta Bowl (Glendale, Ariz.)
Baylor vs. Fresno State
Sugar Bowl (New Orleans)
Missouri vs. Stanford
Orange Bowl (Miami)
Clemson vs. UCF
With the winner of Oregon-Stanford likely to decide a Pac-12 Champion and Alabama, as well as Ohio State and Florida State, in control of their destinies to win their conference titles, the Big 12 will likely be up for grabs until the final weekend of the season.
This is how the Big 12 Conference Standings stand after Week 10:
Texas 5-0 6-2
Baylor 4-0 7-0
Oklahoma 4-1 7-1
Oklahoma State 4-1 7-1
Texas Tech 7-2 4-2
Texas Tech still has an outside chance to win the conference, but losing to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State in consecutive weeks may spoil its chances of advancing to its first BCS bowl game in school history.
Oklahoma could become the next victim to fall out of the race if it was to lose on the road at Baylor this Thursday night. A Sooner win, though, would ruin the Bears undefeated season and cause the Big 12 battle to become more heated in the following weeks with Oklahoma State-Texas on Nov. 16 and Baylor-Oklahoma State on Nov. 23.
As mentioned earlier, even if things begin to thin out prior to the final weekend of the season, a lot will likely ride on the final Saturday of the regular season when Texas travels to Baylor and Oklahoma heads to Oklahoma State for state bragging rights in the Bedlam rivalry.
What makes this Big 12 madness so intriguing is that the following five teams will likely be battling for the conferences only BCS bid to the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1.
A potential one-loss Baylor team could receive an at-large bid if it did not win the Big 12 title, but any other two-loss team from the conference might not be as fortunate.
At the beginning of the 2013 season, there wasn’t high expectations for the Big 12 Conference with only three teams making the AP Top 25 Preseason rankings (Oklahoma State, Texas and Oklahoma). None of the three teams were ranked in the Top 10 either.
Currently there are four teams in the BCS Top 25 Standings with No. 6 Baylor, No. 10 Oklahoma, No. 14 Oklahoma State and No. 25 Texas Tech.
Texas has been undefeated since being blown out at home 44-23 on Sept. 14 to non-conference opponent Ole Miss and will likely crack the Top 25 with a win at West Virginia on Nov. 9. The Horns are currently No. 28 in the BCS Standings.
As the 2013 regular season winds down, this will be the best conference race to follow in college football.