It was an eventful Week 11 in college football, highlighted by a narrow escape by #1 Oregon, Wisconsin putting 86 points on the board and Northwestern upsetting Iowa.
Week 11 on the college gridiron wasn't necessarily full of the upsets that we have become accustomed to, but there were still a ton of thrilling results.
#1 Oregon Ducks 15 - California Golden Bears (+18.5) 13
The No. 1 team in the land went through quite the scare on Saturday night in Berkeley against a California squad that we really thought was dead in the water without QB Kevin Riley. However, the Golden Bears might have really set up the blueprint for at least remotely slowing down the Oregon attack, which had scored at least 42 points in all of its games this year.
If not for a punt return for a touchdown in the second quarter by DB Cliff Harris, perhaps the Ducks really wouldn't be in a position to go to the National Championship Game any longer. Cal had a chance to win this game early in the fourth quarter, but K Giorgio Tavecchio missed a 29 yard field goal after going 6-for-6 from inside 30 yards this year prior to that boot.
Oregon ran the last nine minutes off of the clock on the final drive of the game to salt away a 15-13 Money Line win while failing to cover ATS.
#7 Wisconsin Badgers (-22.5) 83 - Indiana Hoosiers 20
Want to hear about an offensive explosion? The Badgers dropped 70+ points for the second time this season, but they really didn't leave anything to doubt against Indiana on Saturday. Wisconsin got three passing TDs from QB Scott Tolzien, three rushing scores from RB Montee Ball, and two more from RB James White, finishing off IU 83-20.
The most amazing part about the 598 yards and the 83 points scored on the day for Wisconsin? RB John Clay, arguably a Heisman Trophy candidate, was out of the lineup for the day.
#22 South Carolina Gamecocks (+6.5) 36 - #24 Florida Gators 14
Head Coach Steve Spurrier had to be sitting there on the visiting sidelines on Saturday night in the field he used to call home, shaking his head after his Gamecocks fell behind 7-0 on the opening kickoff against the Gators. However, SC was never going to be denied, as it put forth a tremendous effort on both sides of the ball to put aside Florida 36-14.
It was a day to remember for RB Marcus Lattimore. Lattimore rumbled the ball 44 times for 217 yards and had three TDs, including the 11 yard score that iced the game with just a few minutes to play.
Florida lost for the second time at home this season, marking the first time that has happened in the HC Urban Meyer era.
South Carolina won the SEC East for the first time thanks to the 'W'. This also marked the first occasion of Spurrier winning at the Swamp as the visiting coach and was the first time that the Gamecocks have beaten the Gators in Gainesville in school history.
Northwestern Wildcats (+10) 21 - #13 Iowa Hawkeyes 17
Head Coach Kirk Ferentz has to be wondering what he has to do to put this pesky Northwestern team away. The Hawkeyes probably watched their hopes for the Rose Bowl go down the drain on Saturday afternoon, getting beaten at the gun by the Wildcats 21-17 in this NCAAF matchup.
Northwestern used a great fourth quarter from QB Dan Persa to rally to ensure that it is going to make a bowl game this year. Persa threw two TD passes in the final stanza, the final one of which came from 20 yards away to WR Demetrius Fields to pull off the shocking upset. Persa finished the day with 302 yards and two scores through the air and another 45 yards and a TD on the ground.
Week 12 College Football betting odds are already out, check SBROdds.com for the latest lines from top sportsbooks. NCAAF week 12 kicks off with a Tuesday night matchup between Ohio and Temple on Nov 16.