"I would clearly say USC [is the better team]," Gilbertson said. "Offensively they have such diversity and dimensions in their offense, the way that they can attack you with the run and pass.
"The amount of things they're able to do against you with their complete offensive package. The depth at receiver, the quality of their offensive line, how many fine running backs they have. They're just tougher to defend."
When asked whether it would be a travesty for Ohio State to make the national-championship game over USC, Gilbertson said: "I certainly do. I think [the Trojans] are very deserving of [playing in the national championship]."
Marshall (7-4, 5-2 Mid-American) quarterback Graham Gochneaur ran 49 yards for a touchdown with 1:44 left at Orlando, Fla., securing the Thundering Herd's 21-7 victory Wednesday night over Central Florida (3-8, 2-5).
Auburn Coach Tommy Tuberville, who has a 36-23 record at the school, said he is not concerned about his job status. "Y'all know something I don't?" Tuberville said when questioned about his future by reporters. "You've been reading those [Internet] chat boards." ... Kevan Old, who was accused of throwing an object that struck Nevada Las Vegas Coach John Robinson during an Oct. 4 game against Nevada, pleaded guilty to a battery charge and will serve five days in jail.... Michigan State junior safety Robert Flagg was arraigned in an East Lansing court for a citation for being under the influence of marijuana.... Tenth-ranked Texas Christian (10-0, 7-0 Conference USA) plays Southern Mississippi (7-3, 6-0), which has won four in a row, tonight at Hattiesburg, Miss.