Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Sunday Morning Quarterback Week #9

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Sunday Morning Quarterback Week #9

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Observations and instant analysis from the weekend in college football:

WHAT WE LEARNED

THE BIG 12 figures to have New Year's Eve free again this year, just like it did for the inaugural College Football Playoff. One of the country's premier conferences had two undefeated teams entering the weekend, No. 8 Baylor and No. 10 West Virginia, and both lost on what some pundits referred to as "Shakedown Saturday." Don't look for a Big 12 dark horse, either: Every other team has at least two losses.

WASHINGTON, on the other hand, might want to clear its holiday schedule. The unbeaten No. 4 Huskies outlasted No. 17 Utah, 31-24, clearing what should be their final hurdle en route to the Pac-12 title game - which could turn out to be a rematch with Utah.

NEBRASKA is good, but not "that" good. The No. 7 Cornhuskers took No. 11 Wisconsin to OT on the road, but became the third Top-10 team to fall from undefeated grace with a 23-17 loss. Next up: at Ohio State.

WHO'S UP

THE CITADEL: It has been a fine season for the FBS academies, but the Bulldogs are hot, too. Their 45-10 rout of East Tennessee already ties a school record with eight wins this season.

WHO'S DOWN

UNBEATENS: Well, they were unbeaten. Along with Baylor, West Virginia and Nebraska, No. 13 Boise State also is perfect no more after falling to Wyoming, 30-28.

GAME BALLS

DANTE PETTIS: His 58-yard punt-return TD with 3:25 left helped Washington top Utah and go to 8-0.

JESSE ERTZ: Kansas State QB had 106 yards on just 10 carries in a rout of Iowa State.

JUSTIN WATSON: South Fayette grad caught 11 passes for a career-high 210 yards for Penn in a win vs. Brown.

HERBSTREIT TWEETS TO PITT STAR: MY BAD

Maybe when one of college football's most prominent analysts learned who he was chastising, he decided to change his tune. Late Thursday, ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit tweeted a photo of Pitt defensive end Ejuan Price and called the cut-off pants the nation's sack leader wore vs. Virginia Tech "Embarrassing to the game." Herbstreit apologized Saturday afternoon, tweeting Price: "Hey @E_Diddy5 I owe you a sincere apology bud. Just a traditionalist. Didn't mean to offend you in anyway. Good luck rest of the way." It seems to be water under the bridge, as Price replied, "No harm, no foul. …

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