Mississippi’s 25-23 victory over LSU on 21 November was selected as the United States Sports Academy’s College Football Game of the Week by a panel of experts.

Ole Miss running back Dexter McCluster ran for 148 yards as the Rebels gained the inside track on second place behind Alabama in the West Division of the Southeastern Conference.

After building a 25-17 lead, the Rebels held off LSU in the fourth quarter. LSU appeared poised to win the game with a late field goal or touchdown, but clock management issues led to the Tigers’ drive stalling on the Ole Miss 5 on the last play of the game.

Disagree with our experts? Email us at games@ussa.edu and tell us your thoughts on the Game of the Week, and nominations for Game of the Year.

The University of Connecticut also received serious consideration from the experts for its emotional 33-30 victory at Notre Dame. The win was the first for UConn in four games since starting safety Jasper Howard was killed.

Top nominations by week so far this year are:

  • Week 1: BYU 14, Oklahoma 13
  • Week 2: Houston 45, Oklahoma State 35
  • Week 3: Washington 16, USC 13
  • Week 4: Oregon 42, California 3
  • Week 5: UTEP 58, Houston 41
  • Week 6: Arkansas 44, Auburn 23
  • Week 7: Florida 23, Arkansas 20
  • Week 8: Clemson 40, Miami 37 (OT)
  • Week 9: Oregon 47, USC 20
  • Week 10: Navy 23, Notre Dame 21
  • Week 11: Stanford 55, USC 21

The College Football Game of the Year concept was developed by Daniel Moore, the Academy’s 2005 Sport Artist of the Year. Moore is a well-known artist for his paintings on college football.

At the end of the season and bowl games, a final review of nominations will be prepared for consideration. The winning school receives a commemorative limited edition fine art print and a $5,000 donation for its general scholarship fund.

The Academy’s expert panel includes such former esteemed coaches as Hall of Famers Vince Dooley from Georgia and Jack Lengyel, the coach at Marshall University after a plane crash claimed the lives of 75 team members and coaching staff in 1970.