Swoozie’s College Football Scene – Week 12

Wow, what a big weekend in college football! It’s amazing the difference a day makes. What was your favorite game of the weekend? Our ACC & SEC correspondents share their thoughts below!

ACC Correspondent – Week 12

1. Despite the loss to Clemson, NC State’s Tobias Palmer set an ACC record with 496 all-purpose yards, the second most ever in college football history.  He had a school-record 277 yards on kickoff returns and caught seven passes for 219 yards and three touchdowns. He was just 6 yards shy of setting the ACC record for kickoff return yards in a game.  Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd also became the first player in ACC history to account for 8 touchdowns in a game, leading the Tigers to a 62-48 win.

2. Florida State and Clemson clinched a share of the Atlantic Division and with FSU’s win over Maryland, the Seminoles guaranteed themselves a spot in the ACC Championship Game on December 1st.  Clemson’s win over NC State guaranteed the Tigers a share of the Atlantic Division title– the head-to-head results are used in tiebreaker scenarios, so even though FSU beat Clemson, technically they share the division title.

3. Georgia Tech and Miami are the last two standing in the Coastal Division with GT’s win over Duke in Atlanta on Saturday. If Miami beats Duke, the Canes will win the division title– if they don’t self-impose a postseason ban. If Miami loses to Duke, Georgia Tech will win the division. After winning 5 national titles in 20 years as an independent team and later as part of the Big East conference, Miami has not won a division title since joining the ACC.

4. The University of Maryland is in serious negotiations to join the Big Ten Conference, according to ESPN Maryland president Wallace Loh has been handling the conversation with Big Ten officials.  If Maryland goes from the ACC to the Big Ten, Rutgers of the Big East is expected to follow suit. The addition of Maryland and Rutgers would give the Big Ten 14 members and a potential announcement could come as soon as today.

5. Notre Dame beat Wake Forest 38-0 Saturday to finish the season undefeated at home for the first time since 1998 and keep its national championship hopes alive.
The Fighting Irish were in third place in last week’s BCS standings, but likely will move up after Kansas State, who was No. 1, lost 52-24 to Baylor and Oregon, who was in second, lost to Stanford 17-14 in overtime.  If Notre Dame manages to beat Southern California next week, they could play in a BCS title game against Alabama, now No. 4 in the BCS rankings.

SEC Correspondent – Week 12

1. Despite the loss to Clemson, NC State’s Tobias Palmer set an ACC record with 496 all-purpose yards, the second most ever in college football history.  He had a school-record 277 yards on kickoff returns and caught seven passes for 219 yards and three touchdowns. He was just 6 yards shy of setting the ACC record for kickoff return yards in a game.  Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd also became the first player in ACC history to account for 8 touchdowns in a game, leading the Tigers to a 62-48 win.

2. Florida State and Clemson clinched a share of the Atlantic Division and with FSU’s win over Maryland, the Seminoles guaranteed themselves a spot in the ACC Championship Game on December 1st.  Clemson’s win over NC State guaranteed the Tigers a share of the Atlantic Division title– the head-to-head results are used in tiebreaker scenarios, so even though FSU beat Clemson, technically they share the division title.

3. Georgia Tech and Miami are the last two standing in the Coastal Division with GT’s win over Duke in Atlanta on Saturday. If Miami beats Duke, the Canes will win the division title– if they don’t self-impose a postseason ban. If Miami loses to Duke, Georgia Tech will win the division. After winning 5 national titles in 20 years as an independent team and later as part of the Big East conference, Miami has not won a division title since joining the ACC.

4. The University of Maryland is in serious negotiations to join the Big Ten Conference, according to ESPN Maryland president Wallace Loh has been handling the conversation with Big Ten officials.  If Maryland goes from the ACC to the Big Ten, Rutgers of the Big East is expected to follow suit. The addition of Maryland and Rutgers would give the Big Ten 14 members and a potential announcement could come as soon as today.

5. Notre Dame beat Wake Forest 38-0 Saturday to finish the season undefeated at home for the first time since 1998 and keep its national championship hopes alive. The Fighting Irish were in third place in last week’s BCS standings, but likely will move up after Kansas State, who was No. 1, lost 52-24 to Baylor and Oregon, who was in second, lost to Stanford 17-14 in overtime.  If Notre Dame manages to beat Southern California next week, they could play in a BCS title game against Alabama, now No. 4 in the BCS rankings.

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