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The National Scene in Review: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The Good

Oklahoma

What impressive things did the Sooners do this past weekend in Norman? 625 yards of total offense? Check. 35 points in one quarter? Check. An incredible performance at the exact time when the voters are most likely to be swayed? Check. The last point is the most important. Whether they deserve it more than Texas, the Sooners are likely in the driver's seat to the BCS Title Game if they can win out. Voters tend to have a "what have you done for me lately?" attitude, and Oklahoma has done a lot lately.

A related point potentially playing into the Sooners' favor? They'll get another chance at an impressive victory this weekend in Stillwater, whereas voters will not be impressed by a Texas victory over a reeling A&M team. Of course, the downside for Oklahoma is that Oklahoma State would love to knock their rivals off their perch. They're good enough to do it, so don't be surprised if it happens. If it does and Texas and Texas Tech both win, Tech would play in the Big XII title game by virtue of a tiebreaker with the Longhorns.

The Bad

Consistency in the ACC

I know I've harped on this before, but seriously: the ranked teams in this conference change weekly. Getting ranked almost certainly means you're going to be destroyed by an unranked team in your next game. It's ridiculous. The latest victims were Miami and UNC, to Georgia Tech and NC State, respectively.

The question is: are any of these teams any good? The way the conference played in its OOC games against BCS teams earlier in the year would suggest that they're not, but the conference will get a chance to redeem itself this weekend when Clemson, FSU, and Georgia Tech all get chances to prove themselves against OOC in-state rivals.

The Ugly

The Apple Cup

Think the state of your favorite team's rivalry isn't what it used to be? Then think about this: in a battle of previously winless teams, the Huskies completed an ignominious winless season over the weekend, losing to rival Washington State.

Perhaps the most bizarre thing about the Huskies is that someone thinks Looney Les might be their next head coach. We all know Les is a lunatic, but he'd have to be an idiot to take this job. Although who knows? If he loses too many more like he lost last weekend, he might get run out of town by the LSU faithful.