Sugar Bowl: Cards Crush Gators; Other Bowls

Allstate Sugar Bowl
The Louisville Cardinals defeated the Florida Gators 33-23 in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. But from the first play, Louisville led the game and did not look back. By halftime, Louisville led 23-10, and was up 33-10 before Florida scored two late meaningless TD’s. Cardinals QB Teddy Bridgewater proved he was the real deal, by shredding Florida’s defense, throwing for 2 TD’s. Louisville and Florida both finish the entire season at 11-2.
Charlie Strong and Teddy Bridgewater talk about Louisville's win in the Sugar Bowl.

Discover Orange Bowl
Northern Illinois faced Florida State in Miami as huge underdogs. In the third quarter, a Martel Moore TD catch brought the game to a 17-10 game, with FSU leading. After a recovered onside kick, the Huskies were on the move before QB Jordan Lynch threw a drive-killing interception. Two FSU TD’s later allowed the Seminoles to pull away late in the 4th Quarter. FSU QB E.J. Manuel would finish his career with 4 consecutive bowl victories.
The stars of Florida State's Orange Bowl win talk after beating NIU.

Rose Bowl Game Pres. by VIZIO
Wisconsin could not overcome the hole they dug in Pasadena, losing to Stanford 20-14. Interim Coach Barry Alvarez (yes, the former coach) led his team in the Rose Bowl, after Coach Bret Bielema left for Arkansas. Stanford Coach David Shaw had more luck as his team finished 12-2, Wisconsin was 8-6Coach David Shaw reacts after Stanford's Rose Bowl win.

Outback Bowl
South Carolina survived Michigan in an exciting contest, 33-28. A highlight of the game was a devastating hit by Jadeveon Clowney which caused a fumble, and was recovered by Clowney.

Capital One Bowl
The Georgia Bulldogs beat the Nebraska Cornhuskers 45-31 in Jacksonville, FL. QB Aaron Murray threw for 427 yards and 5 TD’s, easily deserving the game’s MVP award.

Heart of Dallas Bowl
Oklahoma State dominated Purdue in an easy 58-14 victory.

Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl
Minnesota could not hold off Northwestern, as the Wildcats won 34-20. Northwestern was able to win their first bowl game in ages.

Chick-Fil-A Bowl
Clemson defeated LSU 25-24 on a last-second field goal. Clemson QB Tajh Boyd threw for over 300 yards and two TD’s in a thrilling matchup.

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BCS Chaos

With the top two teams going down Saturday (Kansas State and Oregon), Notre Dame is the new #1 team, after blowing out Wake Forest 38-0. Alabama is back to #2, as they took care of Western Carolina, 49-0. Georgia moves to #3, Florida to #4, and Oregon to #5 after losing to Stanford in overtime. K-State dropped from #1 to #6 after losing to Baylor 52-24.  Ohio State is #4 in the AP Poll but is excluded from the BCS Rankings (NCAA Violations). OSU and ND are the only undefeated teams remaining.This Week:

  • #1 Notre Dame @ USC
  • Auburn @ #2 Alabama
  • Georgia Tech @ #3 Georgia
  • #19 Michigan @ (#4) Ohio State

BCS Standings (11/18/12)

BCS Rankings: Week 11

Source: Gerald Herbert/AP

#1 Alabama had a scare in Baton Rouge, but the Crimson Tide pulled out a last-minute victory over #5 LSU (dropped to #7). #2 Kansas State played well defeating #24 Oklahoma State. #4 Oregon defeated #17 USC 62-51, which propelled the Ducks to #3. Notre Dame nearly lost to Pittsburgh but ended up winning in three overtimes. The Irish fell from #3 to #4. After upsetting #2 Florida last week, Georgia routed Ole Miss 37-10. The Bulldogs are now #5 in the latest BCS rankings.

BCS Standings as of 11/4/12-Week 11

1 Alabama 9-0
2 Kansas State 9-0
3 Oregon 9-0
4 Notre Dame 9-0
5 Georgia 8-1
6 Florida 8-1
7 LSU 7-2
8 South Carolina 7-2
9 Louisville 9-0
10 Florida State 8-1
11 Oregon State 7-1
12 Oklahoma 6-2
13 Clemson 8-1
14 Stanford 7-2
15 Texas A&M 7-2
16 Nebraska 7-2
17 Texas 7-2
18 UCLA 7-2
19 USC 6-3
20 Louisiana Tech 8-1
21 Mississippi State 7-2
22 Texas Tech 6-3
23 Rutgers 7-1
24 Northwestern 7-2
25 Toledo 8-1