OSU-Michigan winner, USC in BCS driver's seat

Updated: November 12, 2006, 10:03 PM ET
By Brad Edwards | Special to ESPN.com
In what was probably the craziest college football weekend since the end of the 1998 season, four upsets of top-eight teams in the BCS standings changed the face of the national title race and momentarily stole the spotlight from Ohio State and Michigan.

It began on Thursday, when Rutgers knocked off then-No. 3 Louisville to become the lone undefeated team in the Big East. That result virtually guaranteed that a one-loss team will reach the BCS National Championship Game, and no team was in better position to get there than Texas, which had a commanding lead on the other once-beaten teams in both polls and seemingly the easiest remaining schedule among the contenders.

But early last Saturday, No. 6 Auburn fell to unranked Georgia, which cleared the way for Florida to move up in the polls and close the gap on Texas. Just a few hours later, No. 8 Cal lost at unranked Arizona, and Florida came dangerously close to seeing its title hopes snuffed out by unranked South Carolina. The big surprise, though, came in prime time, when unranked Kansas State poured on the offense against the fifth-ranked Longhorns and came away with a 45-42 win.

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