Stanford handed powerful USC one of its worst losses in school history and was nominated as the United States Sports Academy’s top college football game for Week 11 by our panel of experts.

Stanford routed USC 55-21 in a Pacific-10 Conference game, ending the Trojans’ streak of seven straight Bowl Championship Series (BCS) appearances. The 55 points were the most the Trojans have allowed in a game in school history.

Toby Gerhart rushed for 178 yards and three touchdowns for Stanford, which finished off impressive back-to-back wins that included a victory over Oregon. Stanford, which beat USC 24-23 in 2007, is the only team to beat the Trojans at the Coliseum since 2001.

Ohio State’s 27-24 overtime victory over Iowa was the only other game to receive serious consideration for Game of the Week. Ohio State clinched the Big Ten championship and Rose Bowl berth with Devin Barclay’s field goal in OT. Barclay is a 26-year-old former Major League Soccer player.

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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

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.