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The Syracuse Orange made a statement on Saturday afternoon that was heard throughout the college football world.
Relying upon stealth, defense and opportunity, the men from New York state brought the hammer down on West Virginia's chase for an undefeated Big East season, 19-14.
The impressive Orange (see picture) took the lead in the first half and held the explosive Mountaineer offense scoreless in the second half to take the stunning victory in Morgantown.
Pittsburgh continued to be viewed as a Big East favorite by crushing Rutgers, 41-21 while UConn surrendered to Louisville, 26-0.
In other other Big East action, South Florida smacked Cincinnati, 38-30.
October is the month of action in the Ivy League. Brown kept Cornell in the basement with a 13-point victory and Penn continued to lead the pack by handling Yale, 27-20.
Dartmouth trimmed Columbia, 24-21 and Harvard smashed Princeton, 45-28.
The Temple Owls improved to 6-2 on the year following a 42-0 thrashing of Buffalo.
Army stood down for the week in preparation of the clash next week with VMI.
Navy was up and about leading to a 35-17 rout of Notre Dame.
Maryland traveled north and survived against Boston College, 24-21.
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Big games come and big games go in the ultra-competitive SEC, but it is difficult to imagine a more anticipated meeting than when the Tigers meet the Tigers, either in the Bayou or on the plains.
Auburn scored late to defeat LSU in the SEC's big battle of unbeaten titans in 2010 and rightfully carries the majestic rewards as a result of such an accomplishment.
Mississippi State escaped the UAB trap by easing past the Blazers, 29-24 but Ole Miss was not so fortunate, losing to up and down Arkansas by a 38-24 verdict.
Clemson eased past unpredictable Georgia Tech, 27-13 in a rematch of last season's ACC Championship game.
Virginia Tech won its sixth straight game, Miami continued to roll and even Virginia came up with a big win over Eastern Michigan.
South Carolina appeared to be sleepwalking during a 21-7 victory at Vanderbilt, but Alabama was wide awake and feasting on cupcake Tennessee, 41-10.
Georgia improved to 4-4 on the season by blitzing Kentucky, 44-31.
Fans everywhere were doing a double take on the scrolling ticker but, the information was true. Western Kentucky snapped its long losing streak by defeating Louisiana-Lafayette, 54-21.
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The Nebraska Cornhuskers, properly embarrassed last week at home by woe-begone Texas, tackled the difficult assignment of trying to outscore undefeated Oklahoma State in Stillwater.
The Big Red was true to its convictions and executed a brilliant offensive gameplan to overhaul the Cowboys, 51-41.
Exciting quarterback Taylor Martinez set the Nebraska record for freshmen quarterbacks with 323 yards through the air, resulting in five touchdowns.
An area of concern continues to be the rush defense, which was shredded for 212 yards by explosive Okie State.
The Cornhusker passing defense was no better, giving up 283 yards.
The defense will be tested again by another undefeated squad this week when the red-hot Missouri Tigers come to Lincoln for a Big 12 North contest which should decide the race.
Texas continues to create doubt concerning the direction of the program in 2010 by losing at home to Iowa State, 28-21. The same Iowa State squad that lost by 41 points at home against Utah two weeks ago.
Baylor continued to impress by bopping the Kansas State Wildcats, 47-42.
Houston gained the upper hand in the C-USA by defeating SMU while TCU laid down the law to the Falcons of Air Force, 38-7.
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