We all know who number one is, but now we wait to see who number two will be. Here are the best games of week 14:
1. Northern Illinois 23 Ohio 20 Mid American Championship
The Huskies overcame a 20 point deficit to win their first Mid American Conference title since the MAC began playing the game in 1997. This was NIU's third MAC Championship appearance. And it's true what they say, "The third time is the charm." Now the Huskies wait to see what bowl game they will play in.
2. Louisiana State 42 Georgia 10 Southeast Championship
LSU Cornerback Tyrann Mathieu returns a punt 62 yards for a touchdown.
Another great comeback win for the Tigers. They were down 10-7 at halftime, and then they took a 14-10 lead in the 3rd quarter and never looked back. Their offense came to life in the 2nd half, their defense held the Bulldogs scoreless in the 2nd half, and LSU's special teams broke Georgia's back. LSU will now play in the national championship, only question is will they play Alabama or Oklahoma State?
3. Wisconsin 42 Michigan 39 Big Ten Championship
Monte Ball (28) scored 4 touchdowns for Wisconsin last night.
After losing to Michigan State on a hail mary pass earlier this year, the Badgers were not about to let history repeat itself. Monte Ball ran the ball 27 times for 137 yards and averaged 5 yards per carry. The Spartans were also unable to stop Badgers Quarterback Russell Wilson who went 17-24 for 187 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Badgers could end up in the Rose Bowl against Oregon, but we'll see what the BCS says later tonight.
Honorable Mention: Oklahoma State 44 Oklahoma 10
Oklahoma State wins the 2011 Big 12 Championship.
The Cowboys beat the Sooners for the first time since 2002. And they did it with plenty of high stakes on the line. Not only was this years Big 12 title on the line, but so was a trip to the BCS. With Alabama not playing yesterday, OSU's performance could be enough to put them in the National Championship game. We'll see what the BCS says later tonight.
Now for the worst games of week 14:
1. Southern Mississippi 49 Houston 28 Conference USA Championship
USM wins their 5th C-USA title, and their first in the championship game era.
Houston's undefeated season is gone. The Cougars offense could not protect Case Keenum, and their defense could not stop the Golden Eagles from scoring. As a result, Houston not only misses out on a BCS bowl game, but they also lost their small hopes of national title contention. Southern Miss is hoping that they can get a BCS bowl instead, but I doubt that will happen.
2. Oregon 49 California-Los Angeles 31 PAC-12 Championship
Don't get me wrong Oregon played a great game. But you figured with this being Rick Neuheisel's last game as UCLA's head coach the Bruins would have given a much better effort. They finish the season losing 3 of their last 4, their chances of getting into a bowl game are very slim.
3. Clemson 38 Virginia Tech 10 Atlantic Coast Championship
On paper VA Tech was picked to win this game. But the Hokies just could not get their offense going. As great as the Tigers offense was, their defense was that much better. But a disappointing performance by Tech none the less.
Honorable Mention: Brigham Young 41 Hawaii 20
Hawaii lost the chance to improve their bowl standing.
The Warriors blew a 13-10 halftime lead and the Cougars opened the flood gates in the 2nd half. Now Hawaii must wait and see if they will get into a bowl game or get snubbed.
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