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Okla. St. continues march toward Bedlam; Ohio St. embraces the run

No. 6 Oklahoma State 38, No. 22 Texas 26: The Cowboys proved exactly what we thought heading into Saturday. They are better than Texas, but they aren't better than Texas the way Oklahoma is better than Texas. That's how life is going to be for the Cowboys from this point forward. They'll be compared to Oklahoma until they lose or until the Sooners come to Stillwater for Bedlam on Dec. 3.

Still, if the Cowboys can make it to Dec. 3 undefeated, it will be quite a feat. They've already beaten Texas A&M and Texas on the road, and they still must beat Missouri and Texas Tech on the road and Kansas State in Stillwater.

Meanwhile, Texas looked a little better offensively against a non-elite defense. The Longhorns scrapped the two-quarterback system and went with David Ash the entire way, but the real production came from freshman tailback Malcolm Brown, who gained 135 yards on 19 carries and scored two touchdowns. Mack Brown has wanted to turn Texas into a power running team since Colt McCoy left. It seems he now has the back to do that. Unfortunately for the Longhorns, they're still in the middle of the pack in the Big 12. (RECAP | BOX | HIGHLIGHTS)

No. 1 LSU 38, Tennessee 7: Honest question: Had Tennessee been allowed to use 13 players on every snap, would the Volunteers have had a chance? LSU did nothing for cornerback Tyrann Mathieu's Heisman campaign Saturday because the Tigers' offense barely gave Mathieu a chance to make a play. LSU held the ball for 38 minutes, 19 seconds and only allowed Tennessee three short possessions in the second half.

All three of LSU's second-half possessions lasted at least 6:08 and ended in a touchdown. The Tigers will keep using two quarterbacks until it doesn't work. Saturday, Jarrett Lee started and completed 10 of 14 passes for 115 yards and two touchdowns and no interceptions, while Jordan Jefferson threw only three times but ran 14 times for 73 yards and a touchdown. (RECAP | BOX | HIGHLIGHTS)

Ohio State 17, No. 16 Illinois 7: In August, I ate at a restaurant that serves only macaroni and cheese. I came away with a reinforced belief that people should completely embrace what they do well. That brings us to Ohio State, which, with Boom Herron back from a six-game suspension, runs the ball very well. In fact, the Buckeyes ran the ball so well against Illinois that they only needed to throw four times. The only pass quarterback Braxton Miller completed was a 17-yard touchdown to Jake Stoneburner. The running game and the defense did the rest. It wasn't pretty, but it was a Big Ten road win against a 6-0 team. After the early season from hell followed the offseason from hell, everyone in scarlet and gray should be thrilled with the result -- if not the method. (RECAP | BOX | HIGHLIGHTS)

Virginia 24, No. 12 Georgia Tech 21: The Yellow Jackets threw up some red flags last week in a narrow home win against Maryland, so this shouldn't be a complete surprise. Still, Virginia? Georgia Tech is supposed to be the team that dominates on the ground, but the Cavaliers chewed up 272 rushing yards -- including 149 from Perry Jones. Tech defensive coordinator Al Groh apparently needed more proof that he can't win in Charlottesville.

Meanwhile, Virginia is 4-2. Before the Mike London Coach of the Year bandwagon gets cranked up, bear in mind that the Cavaliers' win total includes squeakers against Indiana and Idaho. Still, a win against Georgia Tech can do wonders for a young team's confidence. (RECAP | BOX)

Utah 26, Pittsburgh 14: Quoth Big East commissioner John Marinatto: "They're all yours, ACC." (OK, not really. I just made that up. Marinatto would never say that. He's too nice. But he should have.) (RECAP | BOX)