The Miami Hurricanes put on a dominating show Saturday night to move within one victory of claiming a berth in the national championship game.
But the NCAA title picture became more jumbled than ever with the second enormous upset in as many days.
The defending champion Oklahoma Sooners followed the Nebraska Cornhuskers into the ranks of the also-rans Saturday when they lost to lightly-regarded, in-state rival Oklahoma State, 16-13. On Friday, the Cornhuskers saw their hopes of a national title and a perfect season disappear when they were mauled by the Colorado Buffaloes, 62-36.
Prior to the holiday weekend, Nebraska, Miami and Oklahoma were 1-2-3 in the Bowl Championship Series ratings. With Nebraska and Oklahoma having been cast aside, the fourth through seventh-place teams -- Florida, Oregon, Texas and Tennessee -- all have a chance to land a spot in the national title contest.
Florida is in the best position because of its strength of schedule, but the Gators must play Tennessee next week. A victory in that game would put Florida in the SEC Championship contest against either LSU or Auburn.
Oregon, meanwhile, has Oregon State yet to play while Texas unexpectedly finds itself in the Big 12 Conference championship game next Saturday against Colorado. Going into the weekend, it appeared likely that Nebraska and Oklahoma would play a rematch in the Big 12 title contest.
Miami, meanwhile, has not clinched its spot in the Rose Bowl, where the national crown will be decided. The Hurricanes must take on Virginia Tech next weekend.
But the Hurricanes appeared ready for any challenge Saturday night when they destroyed Washington, 65-7.
Clinton Portis scored the first three touchdowns of the game on runs of seven, 30 and five yards and Miami produced 44 points before Washington could score.
In Norman, a 14-yard touchdown pass from freshman Josh Fields to Rashaun Woods with 1:36 remaining allowed Oklahoma State to pull off the shocking upset.
"I don't think we came into this game unprepared and looking ahead to next week," Sooners coach Bob Stoops said. "The team was outplayed and I was outcoached. That's really the only excuse I have for this loss."
Oklahoma fell to 10-2, its other loss having come against Nebraska. The Sooners' lack of offensive production has been a concern for the team's coaches late in the season and their inability to move the ball against Oklahoma State eventually cost them Saturday.
Nevertheless, the Cowboys had been unable to make any dramatic strides against Oklahoma's talented defense until the final minutes, when Fields directed the winning touchdown drive.
Fields came into the game early as a replacement for Aso Pogi and then came back again in the fourth quarter after suffering a thumb injury. He hit Woods with a throw of 31 yards to get the drive going and the Cowboys eventually moved to the Oklahoma 14.
From there, on first down, Fields lofted a pass to the left side of the end zone and Woods outjumped Derrick Strait to grab the ball. Woods barely got one foot inbounds as he came down, stunning the Oklahoma home crowd.
In another surprise Saturday, Jonathan Wells rushed for 129 yards and three touchdowns to give Ohio State a 26-20 victory over 11th-ranked Michigan in Ann Arbor. That handed the Big Ten Conference title to Illinois, which earned the league's Bowl Championship Series berth.