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Jacquizz Rodgers has now eclipsed 100 yards in seven of
Oregon State's last eight games.
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Colleague Andy Staples covered Florida's awe-inspiring 56-6 win over South Carolina. Check out his full analysis from Gainesville here.

I tuned into the other late-afternoon games. Here's what stood out to me:

• Oregon State took one step closer to Pasadena with a 34-21 victory over Cal. The Beavers, who dropped their first two games of the season, won their fifth straight by riding the Rodgers brothers. Freshman sensation Jacquizz Rodgers rushed for 145 yards and a touchdown, while sophomore James Rodgers caught six passes for 49 yards and ran for an additional score. On the season, the Rodgers brothers have combined for 2,330 of Oregon State's 4,165 total yards. That's 55.9 percent of the Beavers' offense. How the Texas schools let these two playmaking brothers leave the Lone Star State after high school is beyond me.

The Beavers travel to Arizona next week before returning home for a season-ending bout against rival Oregon. Two wins and Oregon State is headed to its first Rose Bowl since 1965.

• Finally, some clarity in the muddled ACC. And ironically, we have highly unpredictable Maryland to thank.

Ralph Friedgen's team has been a model of inconsistency all season, but the Terrapins continue to excel against their toughest competition. Maryland won its sixth straight game against a Top 25 opponent today, downing No. 17 North Carolina, 17-15. The Terps can take the ACC Atlantic Division by winning their last two games (home vs. Florida State, at Boston College).

With North Carolina's loss, Miami gained a full one-game lead over the rest of the Coastal Division. Like Maryland, the 'Canes now control their own destiny, but they finish their season with a pair of road games (at Georgia Tech and N.C. State). Two victories and they're Tampa-bound.

Something tells me we're in for a few more surprises in this ridiculously balanced conference ...

• Boise State kept its BCS hopes alive with a 45-10 win over Idaho. The Vandals scored a touchdown on their first play from scrimmage, but Chris Petersen's vaunted defense allowed just three points the rest of the game.

The 10-0 Broncos will be comfortable favorites in their two remaining games -- at Nevada, vs. Fresno State -- but they still trail Utah in the BCS standings. And this is why Boise State fans have adopted a second team: BYU. The Cougars play at Utah next Saturday.

Bret Bielema has taken a lot of heat for Wisconsin's upsetting season, but the Badgers coach deserves credit for today's 35-32 defeat of rival Minnesota. Wisconsin trailed 21-7 at the half and it seemed like the Badgers were going to give up Paul Bunyan's Axe without a fight. But something happened at the break -- I'm guessing Bielema said some choice words -- and Wisconsin left the locker room as a new team. The Badgers proceeded to rally for their fifth straight win over the Golden Gophers.

For Minnesota, the slide continues. It's now apparent the Gophers' 7-1 start was the product of an extremely soft schedule early on.

• If you haven't seen freshman QB Robert Griffin play, you're missing out. Baylor's electric signal-caller threw for 241 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 55 yards in the Bears' 41-21 drubbing of Texas A&M. On the season, the 18-year-old has thrown 14 touchdown passes and just two interceptions. Not to mention he's rushed for 11 scores. Robert Griffin -- that's a name to remember, folks.

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