We’re only a week away from the beginning of the BCS standings affecting our lives once more, as nine undefeated teams lost their perfect status, among them being LSU, Ole Miss and Oklahoma State, with Georgia, Alabama and Ohio State getting big wins over ranked teams to improve their status before the really important rankings come out.
As of now, we’re left with two AAC teams (Houston & Louisville), three ACC teams (Clemson, Florida State, Miami), three Big 12 teams (Oklahoma, Baylor, Texas Tech), three Big Ten teams (Michigan, Northwestern, Ohio State), one in the MAC (Northern Illinois), one in the MWC (Freson State), four in the Pac-12 (Oregon, Stanford, Washington, UCLA) and two in the SEC (Alabama, Missouri) to give us 19 remaining undefeated teams.
The biggest hit of the night to a team with national championship aspirations happened in Athens, as Georgia dispatched of LSU in one offensive bonanza, beating the Tigers 44-41, giving them two big wins over ranked SEC rivals this season, while LSU are now in trouble when it comes to being able to catch up with Alabama.
While Zach Matternberger was excellent in his return to Georgia, the Bulldogs managed to stifle his running game, limiting LSU to only 77 yards on the ground, all the while getting a big performance from Aaron Murray and his running crew, gaining 196 yards on the ground. In a back-and-forth fourth quarter, it ended with Aaron Murray finding Justin Scott-Wesley for the game winning touchdown with only 1:47 left to play.
Alabama cemented their number one status by beating the second ranked SEC West team this season, shutting out Ole Miss 25-0. The win did leave questions about their ability on offense, with A.J. McCarron failing to throw for a touchdown pass, but their defense remains elite, limiting the Rebels to only 205 total yards.
For Ohio State, the other national championship hopeful with a meaningful ranked showdown to plow through, their win over Wisconsin might have been the toughest opposition they’ll see this season from their conference.
Braxton Miller was back under center throwing four touchdown passes, while the Buckeyes proved they can contain the Badgers’ running game (only 104 yards) while actually beating it with their own, going for 192 yards.