Originally Published: Nov 20, 2011
beat Alabama 9-6 in overtime on Nov. 5.

Alabama, though, missed four field goals in that game.

You could argue that some of these games shouldn't have come down to field goals. Oklahoma State also committed five turnovers. Oregon had three turnovers. FSU had 11 penalties for 94 yards. Those mistakes added up to one critical moment.

For the winners like Iowa State, it will be a November to remember, but for several kickers, it will be one to forget.

Making the case for Houston

By Andrea Adelson

Down goes Oklahoma State. Down goes Oregon. Down goes Oklahoma.

Which team is still standing in the race for the BCS national title game?

How about Houston?

The Cougars are one of two undefeated teams left in the nation after a 37-7 win over SMU on Saturday. In this topsy-turvy season, with favored teams losing left and right, perhaps it is time to see what a non-AQ team can do if given the opportunity to play for a national title.

That has never happened before, mainly because those outside the automatic qualifying conferences get penalized for their weaker strength of schedule. Teams like Boise State, TCU and Utah have gotten the chance to make a BCS bowl game -- and they all won -- but their undefeated seasons have never been highly regarded by those doing the voting. Computers favor teams from the stronger conferences, too.

Case Keenum
Troy Taormina/US PresswireCase Keenum's Cougars are one of only two undefeated teams left in the nation.

Nobody is going to make an argument that Houston plays a schedule that is equal to that of an SEC team. But the Cougars do not have the option of joining the SEC to bump up their strength of schedule.

Houston plays its C-USA schedule and has done it in a convincing manner this season, averaging 53 points a game en route to the best season in school history.

The Cougars have scored at least 35 points in all 11 of their games this season. Among teams to play at least 10 games in a season, only the 1995 Nebraska team accomplished that feat, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The Cornhuskers won the national championship that season.

Houston's nonconference wins against UCLA and Louisiana Tech look better today -- the Bruins have a shot to play in the Pac-12 title game; the Bulldogs now are leading the WAC.

Quarterback Case Keenum has shattered NCAA records this season for passing yards, touchdowns, total offense and completions. You could dismiss him and what Houston has done by saying Keenum is a "system quarterback." But how did that system work out for Houston last season, when he was lost for the season and the Cougars went 5-7?

If you want the ultimate proof about how hard it is to win all your games, take a look at what has happened this season. Oklahoma lost to an unranked team in Texas Tech, then could not stop high-powered Robert Griffin III and Baylor. Oklahoma State lost to an unranked team, Iowa State, on Friday night. Oregon lost at home to USC, breaking a 21-game winning streak at Autzen Stadium.

Even Boise State, thought to be invincible on the blue turf, lost at home to TCU.

Take a look at the landscape. What we are left with is a potential rematch between LSU and Alabama. If LSU loses to Arkansas on Friday or in the SEC title game, then what happens?

Houston is sure to move up in the BCS standings Sunday night with all the losses this weekend, but you could make the case that the Cougars deserve to be in the top three regardless of what happens to LSU.

And if you truly believe what the BCS tells us every season -- that its system is best because every game matters -- Houston should be No. 2 and playing for a national title.

Winning all your games should give you that opportunity.

RG3 helps Bears make history against Sooners

By David Ubben

WACO, Texas -- Robert Griffin III made his way into Baylor's locker room but paused when he opened the door.

Nobody was there. "I was like, where'd everybody go?"

They were still on the field celebrating. There was a postgame party at Floyd Casey Stadium, and everybody wearing green and gold was invited. The Bears had swiped the Sooners' picnic basket.

Before Saturday night, Baylor had never had a chance to celebrate a win over Oklahoma.

With a 34-yard toss from Griffin to Terrance Williams in the back corner of the end zone, that all changed. "There at the end, God works in mysterious ways," Griffin said with a wide smile. "When I looked down the field, I saw him one-on-one. All this is happening in milliseconds, so I saw him one-on-one and I was like, 'Well, I'll give him a shot.' I threw it up, and he made a great catch."

Baylor's Robert Griffin III
Sarah Glenn/Getty ImagesRobert Griffin III, the most dangerous player in the Big 12, delivered a stunning upset over Oklahoma.

Baylor 45, Oklahoma 38.

That play, coach Art Briles admitted, was "not the way we drew it up." "The dude has had the ability to take over a game by himself," said Baylor linebacker Elliot Coffey, "and you saw it."

We all saw it. We saw Griffin prove once again he's the best deep-ball passer in college football, throwing four touchdown passes, even if one of them unbelievably deflected off Tevin Reese's hands and helmet before floating into