The final from Tucson Thursday night: Arizona 34, No. 2 Oregon 24 in a game that ended at 11:53. That noise you might have heard as you were trying to get to sleep was the cheering in Lawrence, Norman, Columbia and Morgantown.
The Ducks became the fifth No. 2 team to lose since Oct. 6 (and all five lost to unranked teams). Oregon's loss came five days after top-ranked Ohio State lost to unranked Illinois.
Oregon's loss means that there's a spot open in the top two of the Bowl Championship Series standings. The opportunity is there for No. 3 Kansas, No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 5 Missouri and No. 6 West Virginia. But before any of those teams start making reservations for New Orleans, there are games to be played Saturday.
No. 1 LSU is at Ole Miss. No. 3 Kansas plays Iowa State. No. 4 Oklahoma is at Texas Tech. No. 5 Missouri is at Kansas State. No. 6 West Virginia is at No. 21 Cincinnati. That's four road games. That's four unranked opponents.
Here's the late-night prediction: One of those teams is going to get caught peeking at the future and will suffer the same upset fate as Oregon.
-- Wendell Barnhouse