There was a Thanksgiving feast held across the nation last weekend.
All the turkey and trimmings weren't bad, either.
Football fans from Auburn, Ala. to Columbus, Ohio and southern California got their fill of excitement and upsets as records, point spreads, and predictions literally were thrown out the window.
This, as they say, is why they play the games.
On rivalry weekend, nothing was sacred. Auburn, a 10-point underdog to cross-state rival Alabama in the Iron Bowl, stunned the Crimson Tide with a touchdown return off a missed field goal attempt.
That finish was only slightly more exciting that Ohio State's 42-41 thriller over Michigan in Ann Arbor that wasn't sealed until the Buckeyes intercepted a two-point conversion passing attempt that would have clinched the upset for the Wolverines, who had entered the game as two-touchdown favorites.
Closer to home, Penn State knocked Wisconsin from BCS consideration in a game in which the mercurial Nittany Lions had entered as 24-point underdogs.
UCLA won Los Angeles-area bragging rights by humbling a red-hot USC team, 35-14 in the L.A. Coliseum, and Mississippi State captured the Egg Bowl title with an exciting overtime victory over cross-state rival Ole Miss.
It all sets up another fantastic schedule of college football this weekend, with conference championship games dictating who may wind up in the national title game Jan. 6 in Pasadena, Calif.
Ohio State, now ranked second in the country behind Florida State, takes its unbeaten record into the Big Ten Conference championship game this Saturday against once-beaten Michigan State at Indianapolis.
The argument that has been bandied about over the national sports airwaves for the past week is whether undefeated Ohio State, which has run the table against a mediocre Big Ten Conference schedule, deserves its higher ranking over a group of once-beaten Southeastern Conference teams (Auburn, Missouri, Alabama) that were all forced to negotiate a meat-grinder of a regular-season schedule.
It is hoped that the muddied waters will be made more clear after this weekend's conference title games. But don't bet on it necessarily.
If Ohio State prevails over Michigan State, the case against the Buckeyes being in the national title game would be a very weak one. After all, undefeated is undefeated, and Ohio State would have that feather, as well as a win over a quality Michigan State team that has won eight straight games, in its cap.
But the gut feeling here is that Sparty could engineer the upset, and top-ranked Florida State getting upended by the nation's feel-good story this year, Duke, in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game Saturday at Charlotte, N.C. isn't out of the question, either.
So it's not inconceivable that this Sunday, after all is said and done in the conference title games, that no less than seven teams currently ranked among the top 10 would all have one loss.
And that would mean that nothing is said and done in the national championship picture, and that next season's new playoff format in college football can't come too soon.
John Hartsock can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org