A critical error on the part of the officiating crew allowed Central Michigan an untimed down, which miraculously produced a touchdown and a stunning 30-27 win over the Cowboys in Stillwater Saturday afternoon. No word on whether the officiating crew will be suspended for their inexcusable gaffe. Unfortunately NCAA rules clearly state the outcome of a game cannot be changed, even in the event of such an egregious error. The horrendous mistake could cost the Big 12 dearly in the event the Cowboys go on to win the conference title. Even using descriptive adjectives is not enough to fully express my displeasure.
Around the nation, Alabama held true to form, and jumped to #1 in this week’s Billingsley Report in the process, by beating #40 Western Kentucky 38-10. Arkansas held on in two overtimes to defeat TCU 41-38 in Forth Worth and Utah escaped with a 20-19 win over BYU after the Cougars tried and failed on a two point conversion try as the game ended. BYU opted for trying for a win rather than kicking an extra point and potentially tying the game which would have forced overtime with the Utes. Tennessee came to life in the second half, helped along by numerous Virginia Tech turnovers, and cruised to a 45-24 win over the Hokies in front of a new NCAA record crowd of 156, 990 fans.
Stay tuned Wednesday for Billingsley’s projections for week #4.