The second Rivalry Week of November yielded some predictable results such as No. 1 Alabama mauling Auburn (see pictured above), while Florida, Texas, and Southern California destroyed Florida State, Texas A&M, and Notre Dame.
Unexpected however, was injury plagued Oregon State becoming unglued at home, under the pressure of a Rose Bowl bid, against Oregon. Likewise, Georgia Tech pounded Georgia into submission between the hedges behind the fearsome Yellow Jacket rushing attack.
Among the most embarrassed was the old ball–coach, Steve Spurrier, who oversaw an inept and limp resistance from his Gamecocks to the Clemson Tigers of rookie interim coach Dabo Swinney.
Mississippi State's headman, Sylvester Croom was so shocked by his team's performance against the hated Ole Miss (doesn't Ole Miss hate everyone?) that the Bulldog Bossman tendered his resignation.
West Virginia lost the Backyard Brawl to Pittsburgh, Missouri bowed to Kansas in The Border War, and LSU was beaten by Arkansas, among other surprising results over Thanksgiving weekend.
Lost in the madness may have been Tennessee coach Phil Fulmer's swan song. His Vols gave the outgoing headmaster a 28–10 romp over Bowl-bound Kentucky. Reports out of Knoxville place former Oakland Raider head coach Lane Kiffin as the new boss of the Orange.
Perhaps the team with the most to lose was the Oklahoma Sooners. Coach Bob Stoops' Sooners wore out the Oklahoma State Cowboys, 61–41, to make their case for the No. 2 position in the BCS poll, thus insuring their placement in the Big 12 title game next week.
THE 11 BEST 11s
RANK THIS WEEK RANK LAST WEEK
1) ALABAMA #1
2) OKLAHOMA #2
3) FLORIDA #3
4) TEXAS #4
5) SOUTHERN CAL #6
6) PENN STATE #5
7) OHIO STATE #7
8) UTAH #8
9) BOISE STATE #9
10) TEXAS TECH #10
11) CINCINNATI N/R
ON THE PORCH: #1–GA TECH, #2–OREGON, #3–PITTSBURGH, #4–MISSISSIPPI