Week 12 in Brief
User-user crime was rampant in the recruiting world, user teams went undefeated, and Pervis is number one in our hearts, minds, and polls.
Mississippi State signed six bros, including former Arizona target and #1 kicker in the nation. Three three stars, one two star and two one stars bring their total commitment number to the largest count in the nation at 23. UCF signed their third QB of this class, stealing three star Tyrone Hall from Ole Miss, and also signed a three star guard. Ole Miss picked up a LE and a punter, and Tech and Arizona both signed a three star RB. The only user four star commitment this week goes to yours truly with a RB.
Washington vs. #1 UCLA
I had my second "close" call against a school from the evergreen state, but I control-led basically the whole game. With the exception of a pix-six thrown by yours truly, the Huskies caught nothing more than a whiff of the endzone on offense. After kicking a 26-yard field goal with 3:09 left in the third quarter, UW did not get the ball back until Matt Cassel plunged in for six with 0:16 left to all but seal it up. Bruins improve to 11-0 with a deceivingly boring 21-13 victory.
#7 Oregon State vs. Arizona State
The Beavers looked to get past their first loss of the year with a strong performance, and they did just that by exploding for 42 points in the middle segments.. The Oregon State defense turned into a QB pressure cooker coming away with seven sacks and never allowing ASU to get into an offensive rhythm. James Bradford put in a Heisman worthy performance racking up 120 yards and three TDs as the Beaver put up a 60-21 victory.
New Mexico State vs. #14 Baylor
No chili pepper could have prepared the Aggies for how hot Baylor is right now, and the Baptists sent them back to Las Cruces searching biblical quantities of milk. Justin Kirkpatrick blazed the NMSU secondary for 424 yards and five scores. Matt Brooks added 161 on the ground with two touchdowns to round out a 52-10 dismantling. After losing the season opener to Mississippi State, the Bears have ripped off ten in a row. Pretty cool, but it's still no 11-0...
#18 MIss. St vs. #6 Alabama
Exorcizing some demons after years of defeat to their former SEC overlord, the Bulldogs gave Bama a taste of their own medicine in a 42-10 victory. This game ended up being somewhat of a turnover fest, with one of Bama's two interceptions going all the way back for a score. Not to be outdone, Eric Blount of Mississippi State threw four balls right to the other team, but the Alabama offense could not do anything outside of a 94 yard TD run to make them pay for it. Ball hog extraordinaire Tyler Huff caught ten of Blount's eleven completions for 264 yards and two scores.
Arizona vs. BYU
Arizona continues it's late season surge and improves it's chances for a Pac-12 championship berth by beating BYU in it's own building. Snowfall in Provo cooled off Arizona's passing game, but did nothing to hinder the Cats' three-headed rushing attack. A questionable offensive scheme by BYU and three sacks from J. Williams propelled Arizona to a 32-14 victory. Now Arizona has to wonder how well they will adapt without their starting QB who is out for the rest of the season.
#17 Oklahoma vs. UCF
Fighting for their bowl eligible lives, UCF had a tough draw playing both Red River rivals in consecutive weeks. While the game against Texas ended in a painful loss, a trip to the other side of the Texas-Oklahoma border ended in a much more rewarding way. Neither team put up gaudy stats, but UCF's ball control offense suffocated the clock and any chance of Oklahoma's offense catching stride. Six for six on third down and 14:23 in TOP tell the story in this 21-18 victory for the Golden Knights.
Colorado vs. Texas Tech
A less than stellar performance from the co-Pac 12 South leaders helped them keep pace with Arizona, but didn't win them any style points. Passing yardage was hard to come by for the Red Raiders and they instead looked to the ground to move the ball. Colorado kept the ball in front of them on defense, but could only muster 12 yards on the ground. That along with three picks sealed the deal for the Buffalo in a 24-14 defeat.
#5 Oregon State vs. Washington
Despite Washington's poor showing this year, they are still a talented and tricky team. Shutting down the run game is key in this one, and Oregon State's #1 run defense should be up to the task. Washington looks to pick up their first conference victory against their neighbor from the Northwest.
#15 Mississippi State vs. Arkansas
It appears the pollsters were either not impressed or not paying attention to the Bulldog's thrashing of Bama, as they only moved up three spots. They hope to grab a little more attention this week by beating down on a disappointing Arkansas team. After going 0-7, the Razorbacks have picked up some momentum with a three game winning streak, so the potential for an upset is very real.
Arizona vs. #10 Oregon
After gaining some votes in the coaches poll, Arizona could officially be put on the top 25 map with a victory over the high-flying Ducks. Any game against thaisoffense is a tricky one, but doing it on the road with your backup QB adds a certain level of difficulty. If I were Mac Berges, I would use a 4-2-5 base defense and only call man to man and blitzes. You don't have to if you don't want to though. It's a free country.
Texas Tech vs. #13 Baylor
An old rivalry is renewed on senior day for the Bears in this week's user v. user matchup. It's a make-or-break week in recruiting as 22 prospects will find themselves in Waco County to judge whether they want to attend the local higher educational institution or take their academic talents elsewhere. Tech will try and shake off last week's underwhelming performance and strengthen their post season resume.
Is riding a bye this week.
Kansas State vs. Ole Miss
Both teams have had better years, and hope to have better ones next year. A victory for either side will be nothing more than a moral boost. But really it's a win-win situation, PB, because if you lose, at least it's to the good guys.
Oklahoma State vs. UCF
Rounding off Tour de Big 12 South, UCF plays it's second to last game of the season against a Cowboy team that has their backs against the wall. With a loss, they will stay home this offseason and hope for a better future. The Golden Knights have one last shot should they lose this week, but don't want to risk it if they don't need to.
Since we are drawing nearer to the best time of the year (despite the weather), we might as well take a gander as to where we all may end up. Straight from the ESPN machine. For curiousity's sake.
Bowl of ice cream vs. waist line
ESPN hates you.
Interestingly enough, Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl against Michigan.
Can't shake the Big 12 in the Alamo Bowl vs. West Virginia
Sun Bowl vs. Virginia
Editor's note: I have a special place in my heart for the Sun Bowl since I didn't have cable when I was a kid. Seeing as it is always on CBS, it was the only pre-New Year's day bowl I could watch at my house.
Fiesta Bowl vs. Buffalo
Hopefully for a better result than what actually happened.
Orange Bowl vs. Texas A&M
Louisville got the Pac 12 Rose Bowl bid for some reason.
SHIP!! vs. Virginia Tech
In a revival of the Douche Move of the Week, you get to decide who wins.