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Final Week of Season & Conference Title Games
Team of the Week - Florida
Player of the Week – Tony Pike
Photo – QB Tony Pike - Cincinnati
Senior QB Tony Pike returned from a major injury to his non-throwing arm and had a record day Friday, passing for 6 TDs in a 49-36 victory over Illinois that kept 4th ranked-ranked Cincinnati unbeaten. Cincinnati ranks 5th in the BCS standings entering the final week of the season.
Cincinnati (11-0) remained one of six unbeaten Bowl Subdivision teams. The Bearcats finish their regular season next weekend in Pittsburgh, playing for their second straight Big East championship.
Pike had the biggest hand in the latest Bearcat victory. He hadn't played since Oct. 15, when he damaged a protective plate in his left arm. He needed surgery to replace the plate, and didn't start any of the last four games. He played in a 24-21 win over West Virginia for four snaps, and threw for a pair of TDs in his very limited role.
In the Illinois win, Pike threw a career-high four TDs in the first half alone while leading the Bearcats to a 35-20 lead. He was knocked to the ground twice by the Illini (3-8), the second time when he stayed in the pocket long enough to get off an 11-yard touchdown pass to Gilyard.
Pike finished 32 of 46 for 399 yards. On the season, he has thrown 23 touchdowns with only three interceptions.
Team / Ranking / Record
1. Florida (12-0) – Gators own the Seminoles with blowout win and prep for SEC title clash with Bama.
2. Alabama (12-0) – Tide just got by a stubborn Auburn team in season’s finale prior to SEC showdown with Florida.
3. Texas (12-0) – Longhorns offense behind Colt McCoy can light up any defense.
4. Cincinnati (11-0) - Bearcats are hoping for top BCS matchup with only Big East finale vs Pittsburgh on the schedule.
5. Texas Christian (12-0) – Horned Frogs finish with a perfect regular season and had a dominate performance over final two months.
6. Boise St (12-0) - Broncos face only WAC foe New Mexico St to complete undefeated season and BCS berth.
7. Ohio St (10-2) – Buckeyes finished their season and move into top ten after a few top clubs stumble.
8. Oregon (9-2) – Ducks face Oregon St in bitter rivalry this Thursday in the Civil War rivalry.
9. Iowa (10-2) – The Hawkeyes are hoping to sneak into the BCS equation if clubs above them lose key finales.
10. Penn St (10-2) – Nittany Lions finished strong and look for major bowl berth on their performance, reputation and traveling fans.
11. Oregon St (8-3) – Beavers looking to move into top ten with win over Oregon in what could be one of the great matchups of the season.
12. LSU (9-3) – Tigers got by a stubborn Arkansas team and look to receive a second tier bowl berth.
13. Virginia Tech (9-3) – Va Tech beat a disappointing Virginia team and wait for bowl invitation.
14. Georgia Tech (11-2) – Tech lost to instate rival Georgia in a game that cost them a top ten spot with ACC title game with Clemson on deck.
15. Miami (9-3) - Canes win their finale vs USF that probably earns them a good bowl bid most likely in Florida.
16. BYU (10-2) – Cougars won their finale vs Utah that moves them up the charts significantly and gains them a quality bowl invite next week.
17. Houston (10-2) - Cougars win CUSA West with another incredible offensive performance that makes them attractive to several major bowls.
18. USC (7-3) – Trojans are rested for final two games with UCLA and Arizona and a chance to move up the charts further.
19. Cal (9-3) – Bears look to complete season with winning trip to Washington that moves them in the top 15 teams.
20. Nebraska (9-3) – Huskers win Big 12 North division for conference title clash with undefeated Texas.
21. West Virginia (8-3) - WV win the Backyard Brawl that puts them in the top 25 again with Cincinnati in the finale. .
22. Pittsburgh (9-2)- Panthers lost a tough game vs rival West Virginia and must recover for finale with Cincinnati next up.
23. Oklahoma St (9-3) – Cowboys got trashed by Oklahoma for their 7th straight loss to their instate rival.
24. Stanford (8-4) –Cardinal won a thriller over Notre Dame and wait for a bowl matchup in their most impressive season in years.
25. Clemson (8-4) – Tigers have been hot and cold all season with loss in their SC finale with ACC title game up next week.
Frank Coyle is a longtime Member of the FWAA and voter in College team and player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe, etc. He is a voter for weekly Team and Player Awards.