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November 24, 2008

The envelope, please: Dienhart's awards

Rivals.com senior national writer Tom Dienhart gives us a quick look at what he liked and what he didn't like from Week 13:

Photo of the week
North Carolina's Robert Quinn grabs the face mask of North Carolina State quarterback Russell Wilson. Wilson and the Wolfpack rolled to a 41-10 upset over the Tar Heels.

Coaches

Wish I were him: Bob Stoops, Oklahoma
Glad I'm not him: Les Miles, LSU
Lucky guy: Bret Bielema, Wisconsin
Poor guy: Dave Wannstedt, Pittsburgh
Desperately seeking a clue: Charlie Weis, Notre Dame
Desperately seeking a P.R. man: Kirk Ferentz, Iowa
Desperately seeking sunglasses and a fake beard: Ralph Friedgen, Maryland
Desperately seeking ... anything: Ron Zook, Illinois

Teams

Thought you'd kick butt, you did: Iowa
Thought you'd kick butt, you didn't: North Carolina
Thought you'd get your butt kicked, you did: Michigan
Thought you'd get your butt kicked, you didn't: Ole Miss
Dang, they're good: Florida
Dang, they're bad: Indiana
You ain't fooling anybody (in a bad way): California
You're fooling everybody (in a good way): Oregon State
Did the season start? Minnesota
Can the season end? Arkansas
Can the season never end? Rutgers

Games

Play this again: Boston College 24, Wake Forest 21
Never play this again: Florida 70, The Citadel 19
What? Florida State 37, Maryland 3
Huh? N.C. State 41, North Carolina 10
You kidding me? Ole Miss 31, LSU 13
Oh my God! Syracuse 24, Notre Dame 23
Told you so: Oklahoma 65, Texas Tech 21

Players

Strike the pose: Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford was 14-of-19 for 304 yards and four TDs in a 65-21 victory over previously unbeaten Texas Tech.
Did you see that? Minnesota's swan song in the Metrodome was one to forget, as Iowa beat the Golden Gophers, 55-0. It was Minnesota's second-worst home loss ever and was the Gophers' worst Big Ten loss ever. Hawkeye RB Shonn Greene ran for 144 yards and two TDs to set the school's single-season rushing record with 1,729 yards.
That hurts: Oregon State RB Jacquizz Rodgers took a hard hit in the first quarter and injured a shoulder. He didn't return but the Beavers still rallied to beat Arizona 19-17.
Isn't that special: Oregon State kicker Justin Kahut nailed a game-winning 24-yard field goal as time expired to give the Beavers a 19-17 win at Arizona, keeping Oregon State on track for its first Rose Bowl since 1965. Earlier in the fourth quarter, Kahut had missed a potential game-tying extra point.

Next week

Ticket to die for: Oklahoma at Oklahoma State
Best non-"Big Six" matchup: Western Michigan at Ball State (Tuesday)
Upset alert: Auburn over Alabama in Tuscaloosa
Must win: Texas over Texas A&M in Austin
Offensive explosion: Oregon at Oregon State
Defensive struggle: Vanderbilt at Wake Forest
Great game no one is talking about: Maryland at Boston College
Intriguing coaching matchup: Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson vs. Georgia's Mark Richt in Athens
Who's bringing the body bags? Notre Dame at USC
Why are they playing? Washington State at Hawaii
Plenty of good seats remaining: Miami at N.C. State
They shoot horses, don't they? UCLA at Arizona State

Tom Dienhart is a national senior writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at dienhart@yahoo-inc.com.



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