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Scott Haynes, College Football Senior Editor

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Texas Tech needed a win just like the one it got this past weekend. The Red Raiders program had long been criticized as a one-trick pony that lacked the ability to get the job done against the nation's elite. Well, that all changed on Saturday night, as Mike Leach's team owned the first half against top-ranked Texas, then fell behind late following the Longhorns' miraculous turnaround, only to get the job done in the waning moments. Superhuman efforts from QB Graham Harrell and WR Michael Crabtree were the difference, as the pitch-and catch combo hooked up on the game-winning 28-yard score with one second remaining in a 39-33 stunner. This contest will easily go down as the best game of the season to date, as Texas showed its mettle, coming back from a 19-point first-half deficit to take a 33-32 lead late, before Harrell and Crabtree's great escape.

As soon as the polls were released on Sunday and Penn State was bypassed by Texas Tech in the national rankings, moans and groans could be heard coming from the Happy Valley area. No one knows the heartache of being overlooked over the years than Joe Paterno, Penn State and the Nittany Lion faithful. However, before the bashing crescendo begins, there are still five weeks of football remaining on the docket. Alabama rightfully moved to the top of the polls, but the Crimson Tide have a tough road game at LSU this week, followed by home dates with Mississippi State and Auburn before moving into the SEC Title game against what looks to be a red-hot Florida program. Texas Tech certainly can't pin its hopes on the big win over the Longhorns, as Tech must take on Oklahoma State this week before traveling to Norman to battle Oklahoma on November 22nd. There is still plenty of work to be done before the Red Raiders can stake their claim to a spot in the national championship game. Penn State has the easiest path to finishing undefeated, with a road trip to Iowa this week followed by home dates against Indiana and Michigan State, so those fans of the Blue and White need to calm down for the time being.

The one team that no one wants to play right now is the Florida Gators. Just ask Georgia head coach Mark Richt, who watched first- hand what Tim Tebow and company can do when they get going. It had to be torturous for Richt to stand on the sidelines in Jacksonville this past weekend and feel helpless as the Gators absolutely destroyed a very good Bulldog team. Tebow's numbers weren't Heisman-worthy (154 yards passing, 39 yards rushing), but the results were, as last year's Heisman winner threw a pair of TD passes while rushing for three scores. The defense did the rest, intercepting Georgia's Matthew Stafford three times, while allowing just three points over much of the game before a useless TD by the Bulldogs with just over three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. The Gators seem to be peaking at the right time, and with a remaining schedule that includes road games at Vanderbilt and Florida State and home dates against South Carolina and the Citadel, Urban Meyer's team could be looking at a spot in the SEC Title Game and perhaps another BCS Championship bid.

Michigan has been a staple among the college football elite for what seems to be forever, but a string of 33 consecutive bowl appearances came to a close with last weekend's 48-42 setback at Purdue, the team's fifth straight loss and seventh on the year. The Wolverines will not be taking part in the postseason for the first time since 1974. and first-year head coach Rich Rodriguez will certainly have his work cut out for his this offseason, as the Maize and Blue Nation isn't used to losing campaigns.

Graham Harrell completed
36-of-53 passes for 474 yards and two scores against Texas.
There were plenty of highlight performances this week by the nation's elite players, starting with the QB play across the country. Texas Tech's Harrell completed 36-of-53 passes for 474 yards and two scores against Texas, including the game-winner in the final moments of the game. BYU's Max Hall pulled off similar last-second heroics, as he led the Cougars to a 45-42 win over Colorado State, completing 28-of-35 passes for 389 yards and five TDs. Oklahoma State's Zac Robinson completed just 18 passes against Iowa State, but they went for 395 yards, with five resulting in TDs. Southern Miss' Austin Davis completed just 6-of-7 passes for 141 yards and one TD against UAB, but he added 81 yards rushing and an additional five scores on the ground as the Golden Eagles put up 70 points against the Blazers. Florida's Tebow accounted for five TDs in the rout of Georgia, throwing two scoring strikes and adding three rushing touchdowns. Oklahoma's Sam Bradford joined the party as well with another superb effort under center, also accounting for five TDs - all throwing the football - as Oklahoma posted a lopsided win over Nebraska (62-28). Oklahoma State WR Dez Bryant had one of the top outings by a non-quarterback this week, hauling in nine balls, for 171 yards and four TDs against the Cyclones.

This is another marquee weekend in college football, as there are five top-25 matchups on the schedule. It starts on Thursday with a pair of BCS buster hopefuls in 11th-ranked TCU and 10th-ranked Utah. On Saturday, 22nd- ranked Georgia Tech takes on 19th-ranked North Carolina in a crucial ACC Coastal Division game. Alabama will follow by putting its brand new top- ranking on the line in Baton Rouge against 15th-ranked LSU. The day will be capped off by a pair of night games featuring eighth-ranked Oklahoma State at second-ranked Texas Tech and 21st-ranked California at seventh-ranked USC.

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