Notes from around the college football nation: Ducks quacked and SEC is back

It has happened. BCS chaos is back and Notre Dame can be declared back (until USC whips them in LA next week). For the first time since 2007, the #1 and #2 team have lost on the same day. One loss was not pretty while another loss is going to sting for a very long time. To add onto the confusion and chaos of Saturday, we have more expansion rumor talks. We have the winner of the SEC Title game playing for a spot in the national championship game. This is going to be a hot mess of a finish for the end of the season. Now let’s get into some more thoughts and news from around the nation:


  1. Kansas State got smacked in the face, thrown down on the floor by Baylor and could never get up. Baylor came to play, and play they did. It was not even close. Baylor won 54-24 and exposed Kansas State all night. I feel bad because this was probably Bill Snyder’s last chance to get a national title. Thank you Baylor for starting BCS chaos.
  2. Speaking of BCS chaos, anyone catch that game in Eugene? For any Oregon fans who thought they had a tough team, sorry, cancel the trip to Miami. Pasadena is as good as it gets from here on out. Oregon just could not find rhythm all night and appeared to be manhandled all along the offensive and defensive line. Oregon was missing some key players along the defensive line and it showed. Stanford’s Stepfan Taylor had his way running over the Ducks all night. 17-14 was the final score and we finally saw some defense in the PAC-12. I am sure Oregon fans will complain about the controversial touchdown catch by Stanford but just a word of advice…”never leave the game in the hands of  the refs”…but at least the refs gave Oregon a phantom pass interference call in the final minute in hopes of Oregon setting up a game winning field goal. Now the game vs. Oregon State is going to be huge for Oregon fans and their Rose Bowl hopes. Now Oregon will be cheering hard for UCLA to upset Stanford and allow them into the PAC-12 title game.
  3. Notre Dame took care of business vs. Wake Forest and shut down  the Demon Deacons 38-0. With all the upsets we will now have Notre Dame at #1 and have to prepare to hear the “Notre Dame is back” talk for the week. Ugh!
  4. The SEC dominance is illustrated in having teams #4-9 in the BCS standings.  Alabama and Georgia both took care of business to keep their title hopes alive while Florida and South Carolina do not belong in the Top-10 after lackluster performances vs. FCS opponents. Same goes for Texas A&M…you don’t let an FCS team score over 27 points on you. As for LSU, once again another barn burner in Baton Rouge vs Ole Miss. After seeing all the upsets, it looks like a one-loss SEC team will find its way back into the title game, with the winner of the SEC title game playing for a spot in the national title game…the way it  should be.
  5. Clemson beat NC State 62-48 to keep their BCS bowl hopes alive, while Florida State routed Maryland 41-14 to clinch a trip to the ACC title game. With all of these upsets FSU could find its way back into the title game. I would rather have Notre Dame go than see FSU get in…you do not deserve to go if you lose to a 6-5 NC State team. The ACC is such a joke and has no creditability for football…good thing for them basketball season has started.
  6. Another barn burner as Oklahoma beat West Virginia 50-49. Oklahoma QB Landry Jones hit his WR on 4th  down with less than 30 seconds left in the game. Defense is also optional when you’re playing in the BIG-12. West Virginia started 5-0 and is now 5-5…sad season finish for them. With Kansas State losing, Oklahoma needs Texas to beat K-State for them to clinch the Big-12. I am sure Sooner fans will secretly be cheering for their hated rival, the Longhorns, next week. That would not happen in my book. I would rather come in 2nd place than cheer for my rival.
  7. Rutgers beat Cincinnati 10-3, and this now sets up a season deciding showdown with Louisville, in a winner-take-all game. Winner takes the BIG EAST (not a title I would be chasing after) and a BCS bowl game. The Big East deserves to lose any status with the BCS with how they have been handling their business on the field.
  8. A shout out to the UTAH STATE AGGIES. They finally did what they previously could not do…finish a game (kind of). After  leading 41-17 over Louisiana Tech, Tech rallied to tie the game at 41 and send the game into overtime. Aggies got a key 4th down stop and won 48-41 and clinched the WAC title. If things went a little better for Utah State, they could be sitting at 11-0 right now with a possible at-large BCS bid. Aggies must be doing well this year thanks to all their sweet new Nike uniforms.
  9. Here is some news: Maryland and Rutgers are in talks about joining the BIG-10. WHOA NELLY. The season is not even over and we are already talking about conference expansion? BAD MOVE! Maryland is overall awful most of the time, and Rutgers puts out a few good seasons here and there. They are nothing more than another Purdue to the conference. Beg Notre Dame to join or even look to Louisville. You get some good basketball with that school. I can get on some major rants about this, but I will stop right now. We have a whole offseason to talk about it.
  10. More notes from around the nation: Miami still kept its ACC title hopes alive by beating USF 40-9. Miami is 6-5 and has a shot at an ACC title and a BCS bowl…the ACC is a joke.  Shout out to UCLA for finally beating USC 38-28 and clinching the Pac-12 South. UCLA is the top dog in L.A. this year. Vanderbilt beat Tennessee 41-18 and pretty much guaranteed Tennessee will be looking for a new coach in the off-season. Northern Illinois and Kent State both won, locking up bids to the MAC title game. Now there is some interesting football going on in the MAC this year. I guarantee at least two coaches will leave for BCS jobs after this season.

Another week is in the books and if you live in Eugene, Oregon or Manhattan, Kansas…then let me get you a box of tissues. BCS chaos ensues now and the argument begins for who is the best one-loss team in the country. I am always excited for the upsets and who knows; we might have a few more when Notre Dame plays USC next week. With the season winding down it looks like the SEC is back in the title game. We might get two SEC teams in the title game again at the rate all the tops teams are dropping. Only time will tell.


Until next week, College Football Nation!



1. BIG-10 expansion talks

2. College football mailbag

3. More weekends news

4. Michigan ready for big game

5. Ball breaking records

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Jeff Hostetler

Jeff Hostetler

Jeff Hostetler may not have won a Super Bowl with the Giants ( though his uncle of the same name did). He has been an obsessed college football fan living in Florida ever since the Gators beat FSU in the Sugar Bowl to earn the UF's first national championship. Ever since Jeff has immersed himself in everything possible related to college football. He enjoys watching, writing, playing, and otherwise obsessing over all things football. A graduate of the University of Florida, he brings a perspective to FishDuck free of our extreme green & yellow homerism glasses to look at the current landscape of collegiate athletics.

  • wow, do you REALLY hat Notre Dame that much! Why can’t you admit that Brian Kelley and his team have put together a wonderfull season.This is one of those seasons of destiny where everything from close wins, triple overtime, and yes, a little of the Irish luck has occured :) They have a better schedule that some of the others and when it comes down to it, they have taken care of buisness. One more game will tell us if this is time for The Golden Dome to be home to another National Championship!

    • j10eff

      I am just a Notre Dame hater….they are having a great season but I just don’t want Notre Dame back…the media loves them when they are 6-6….I bet if they win it all ESPN will change COLLEGE FOOTBALL LIVE to NOTRE DAME HOUR OF POWER

      But Brian Kelley has found his QB of the future and has a defense to bail him out….Notre Dame has a bright future…especially now that they are playing the ACC more….they dominated Wake Forest and will never lose to most of the ACC foes…thats why they paired up with the ACC. They are becoming scared of being even more irrelevant and losing to BIG-10 schools.

    • j10eff

      I am not a Notre Dame hater…..I just strongly dislike them….especially right now

  • joedoe

    Dude, you don’t know what are you talking about

    • j10eff

      do elaborate….?

  • j10eff

    Hope Matt Barkley is okay and can play vs Notre Dame…with out him Notre Dame will be in the title game.

  • j10eff

    If Notre Dame loses to USC do we have a possible SEC National Title game?

    • HolidayPie

      With this Kstate and Oregon losing I see Alabama going to the title game as long as they beat Georgia in the SEC Title game. IF USC does upset Notre dame I still find Oregon finding their way in their over unless Florida beats FSU

      • Dan

        Oregon still has to win their conference. I am not sure that is a done deal. We will see witch Florida team shows up against FSU. If Florida wins out, they have the best resume over anyone, including Bama and Notre Dame. Florida is so bipolar though.

    • Dan

      If Notre Dame looses and Florida beats Florida St. Honestly who in the country has a better argument to be in the National Title game? I don’t care how bad Florida looks on offense. They present wins against #9 Texas A&M, #12 South Carolina, #7 LSU, #10 FSU, and there only loss to #3 Georgia (close). Not Alabama, nor Oregon, Notre Dame, no one even comes close. If your only argument is, Oregon looks so good, besides they only looked good while playing weak defenses. The same goes for Bama and everyone else. They looked unstoppable until they played a good team. As stated, this is looking ahead, and is based on “If”.

  • Nuketown

    The few times Oregon has lost it has been to teams that pushed them around on the front and have had a good, above average, defense. Chip needs to find a way to make his offense more competitive against good defense or he will never get that title which he is sooo close every year

    • Dan

      This outlines the SEC dominance. They are huge on the offensive and defensive lines. They understand the games are won in the trenches.

  • Holidaypie

    I do not like Notre Dame either. The reason I do not like them is because of the media always talking about how great they are even when they are having a losing season…It is like the Dallas Cowboys of college football except The Irish will probably be in the ship which the cowboys havent seen in a long time but the media still talks about how this is this year. They have some sense of entitlement which they haven been deserving of until finally this year they are winning.

    • Dan

      Just because they won 17 or whatever the count is national titles back when there were like 3 football teams lol is why they get so much love. They haven’t done anything recently. This is why everyone hates them, they get so much love even when they suck.

  • Dan

    Ohhhhh, looks like Oregon played a decent team and what happened? That unstoppable offense, was only unstoppable against weak defenses! Who would have thought that? Oh I did, I did. Every decent offense looks amazing when you play weak defenses.