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November 17, 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 12:

Photo of the week
A couple of Auburn fans can't bear to leave after the Tigers dropped their final home game of the season. Georgia topped Auburn, 17-13, to drop the Tigers to 5-6 on the season.

Coaches

Wish I were him: Kyle Whittingham, Utah
Glad I'm not him: Bobby Bowden, Florida State
Lucky guy: Les Miles, LSU
Poor guy: Tim Brewster, Minnesota
Desperately seeking a clue: Jim Leavitt, USF
Desperately seeking a P.R. man: Mike Riley, Oregon State
Desperately seeking sunglasses and a fake beard: Mike Sherman, Texas A&M
Desperately seeking ... anything: Ron Zook, Illinois

Teams

Thought you'd kick butt, you did: Texas
Thought you'd kick butt, you didn't: Wake Forest
Thought you'd get your butt kicked, you did: Indiana
Thought you'd get your butt kicked, you didn't: Maryland
Dang, they're good: Florida
Dang, they're bad: Kansas State
You ain't fooling anybody (in a bad way): Notre Dame
You're fooling everybody (in a good way): Cincinnati
Did the season start? Auburn
Can the season end? Louisville
Can the season never end? Vanderbilt

Games

Play this again: Wisconsin 35, Minnesota 32
Never play this again: Ole Miss 59, Louisiana-Monroe 0
What? Maryland 17, North Carolina 15
Huh? N.C. State 21, Wake Forest 17
You kidding me? Houston 70, Tulsa 30
Oh my God! Florida 56, South Carolina 6
Told you so: Boston College 27, Florida State 17

Players

Strike the pose: Florida QB Tim Tebow was 13-of-20 for 173 yards and two touchdowns and ran 14 times for 39 yards and a score in the Gators' 56-6 demolition of South Carolina.
Did you see that? Vanderbilt won 31-24 at Kentucky, making the Commodores bowl-eligible for the first time since 1982.
Injury watch: Wisconsin WR Kyle Jefferson was taken off the field on a stretcher after suffering head and neck injuries following a hard hit in the second quarter of the Badgers' 35-32 comeback win over Minnesota.
Isn't that special: Alabama's Javier Arenas returned a third-quarter punt 80 yards for a touchdowns and ran back a second-quarter punt 46 yards to Mississippi State's 2 to set up a short scoring run in the Crimson Tide's 32-7 win over the Bulldogs. Arenas finished with 153 yards on six punt returns.

Next week

Ticket to die for: Texas Tech at Oklahoma
Best non-"Big Six" vs. "Big Six" matchup: None
Best non-"Big Six" matchup: BYU at Utah
Upset alert: Ole Miss over LSU in Baton Rouge
Must win: Penn State over Michigan State in State College, Pa.
Offensive explosion: Boise State at Nevada
Defensive struggle: Tennessee at Vanderbilt
Great game no one is talking about: Ball State at Central Michigan on Wednesday
Intriguing coaching matchup: Miami's Randy Shannon vs. Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson on Thursday
Who's bringing the body bags? Michigan at Ohio State
Why are they playing? Cal Poly at Wisconsin
Plenty of good seats remaining: Arkansas at Mississippi State
They shoot horses, don't they? Washington at Washington State

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



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