Saturday was a big day for the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Ohio State put their foot on the neck of rival Penn State in Happy Valley, 24-7, to lay claim as the eminent challenger for the Nittany Lions' Big 10 crown.
The Buckeye position was further enhanced by Iowa's dismal performance and 17-10 loss to unranked Northwestern in a game played on the Hawkeyes' home field.
The Iowans lost their quarterback, Ricky Stanzi, to injury early on and did not seem to be the same team who rallied so valiantly in many previous games this season.
Next up for the Hawkeyes? Ohio State in Columbus.
Alabama eased past LSU as expected 24-15, to set up an SEC Title game between the Crimson Tide and the defending BCS champion Florida.
The result in Tuscaloosa will be debated for some time due to perceived incorrect official calls that went against the visiting Tigers.
On Saturday, the Gators defeated Vanderbilt by 24 points in Gainesville, 27-3. The prior week Georgia Tech defeated Vanderbilt by 25 points in Nashville, 56-31.
It remains to be seen if the same naysayers over the Yellow Jackets' performance come out of the woodwork concerning Florida's less impressive win this past week.
Two former Alabama football players, who are now head coaches elsewhere, demonstrated the lessons of the masters are not lost on the students.
Mike Riley, an all-star defender for Bear Bryant's 1973 National Championship team, had his Oregon State Beavers ready when they hit the road to take on the high-wire act of the home-standing Bears.
The Beavers punished the Cal linemen, causing several of the big Bears to take themselves out of the game as Oregon State bullied No. 23 California, 31-14.
Mike Riley's troops moved to 6-3 for the season.
This superb disciple of the Bear obviously teaches the same rugged style of football in the great Northwest.
Former Alabama player Dabo Swinney, a member of Gene Stallings' 1992 National Championship squad, apparently learned his lessons just as well.
As Bear Bryant once said "when you got a Ty Cobb you turn him loose." The Clemson coach unleashed his unstoppable force against Florida State.
Dabo's Ty Cobb is one C.J. Spiller, arguably the best high school football player in the state of Florida during his senior season, the same as Tim Tebow's senior year.
An incomparable Florida athlete with Alabama coaching, C.J. is an incredible example of power and speed who demonstrates his superiority over all other players each week.
Spiller, who had set the school record for all-purpose yards in a game with 310 in a win at Miami earlier this year, broke his own standard with 312 yards against Florida State.
The Tigers brutally mauled the Seminoles, 40-24. A painful sight for all who remember when Florida State was, well, Florida State.
What a country.
The 11 Best 11s
Ranking This Week Ranking Last Week
1. Texas 1.
2. Alabama 3.
3. Florida 2.
4. Boise State 4.
5. Texas Christian 6.
6. Georgia Tech 5.
7. Cincinnati 8.
8. Pittsburgh 11.
9. Oregon 7.
10. LSU 10.
11. Iowa 9.
On The Porch: Southern California, Ohio State, Utah, Arizona, Miami (Fla.)
1. Colt McCoy, Texas—The best player on the best team. An effective recipe.
2. Tim Tebow, Florida—Former winner who is the star of the top ranked team.
3. C. J. Spiller, Clemson—The best football player in the country.
4. Jimmy Clausen—Massive talent comparable to former Irish signal caller Joe Montana.
5. Mark Ingram—Effective inside runner for a highly popular team.
The Coach of the Year Awards:
National Coach of the Year–Paul Johnson, Ga Tech
1st Runner Up- Gene Chizik, Auburn
2nd Runnerup- Randy Edsall, UConn
BCS Conferences Coach of The Year
ACC Coach of the Year– David Cutcliffe, Duke. Runnerup- Frank Spaziani, BC
Big 10 Coach of the Year– Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern. Runnerup– Kirk Ferentz, Iowa
Big 12 Coach of the Year- Bill Snyder, K State. Runnerup- Paul Rhoads, Iowa State
SEC Coach of the Year- Gene Chizik, Auburn. Runnerup- Lane Kiffin, Tennessee
Big East Coach of the Year- Randy Edsall, UConn. Runnerup-Dave Wannstedt, Pitt
PAC10 Coach of the Year- Mike Stoops, Arizona. Runnerup-Jim Harbaugh, Stanford
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