Yesterday was a great day in schadenfreude. Florida, Texas, and Southern California all lost, and did so in embarrassing fashion. If you’re the type of person who likes seeing spoiled fanbases get their comeuppance, then yesterday was your day.
In that spirit, this week, we’ll start with the losers.
Losers – Florida, Texas, USC
If you looked at the boxscore without seeing the final score, you would think that #12 Florida dominated and easily won their game against Miami. The Gators dominated time of possession, 38:20 to 21:40. They nearly doubled the Canes in terms of total yards, 413 to 212. And they had 22 first downs to Miami’s 10. And yet, Florida lost, 16 – 21. The difference? Florida turned the ball over five times, and of the six trips Florida made into the red zone, the Gators scored a touchdown only once. Combine that with terrible decision-making by Jeff Driskel, and you have a recipe for disaster. Florida has a bye week before playing rival Tennessee at home in the Swamp, so hopefully Muschamp and his staff will use the time to regroup and adjust appropriately.
#15 Texas was manhandled by BYU, allowing 550 rushing yards in an embarrassing 21 – 40 loss. The Cougars weren’t even using an overly sophisticated package or scheme: they used the read-option and jammed it down the Longhorns’ throats. And…it worked. Texas had no answer for the BYU rushing attack. Mack Brown, if he wasn’t before, is definitely on the hot seat now. He’s joined by Lane Kiffin, who, far from being the savior and savant that #25 USC thought, is instead showing that he just doesn’t have a clue. Although his team did not allow an offensive touchdown, the Trojans still fell to Wazzu, 7 – 10. At the end of the game, the USC fans were booing loudly and started a “Fire Kiffin” chant. Lane the Brain’s stint in Los Angeles may come to an end sooner rather than later.
Winners – Michigan, Georgia, Duke
Facing #14 Notre Dame in front of a record crowd of 115,109 in the Big House, #17 Michigan upset the Fighting Irish 41 – 30. Devin Gardner accounted for all five Wolverine touchdowns, four through the air and one on the ground, and looks to be a good fit in Brady Hoke’s system and a fine replacement for Denard Robinson. Leading up to this game, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly insisted that Notre Dame-Michigan wasn’t a rivalry and “was just another game.” Well, that provided bulletin board material for Michigan, and they showed the Irish what “just another game” meant to them. Due to college realignment, this is the last time these two teams will play in the regular season for a long while, and that’s a damn shame.
After losing a heartbreaker to Clemson last weekend, #11 Georgia had to regroup lest they fell to 0-2 and ended any hope they had at a national championship. Aaron Murray, oft maligned for his terrible performance against Top Ten ranked teams, delivered one of the best performances of his career. Murray was 17/23 for 309 and four touchdowns, as the Dawgs defeated the Gamecocks 41 – 30. After two weeks, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina each have one loss, and the SEC East looks like it once again might be the weaker of the two SEC divisions. And finally, although they don’t get much praise in football, the Duke Blue Devils defeated the Memphis Tigers 28 – 14. With that win, Duke goes 2-0 on the season and is already a third of the way to bowl eligibility!
Top 25 Upsets
- #11 Georgia over #6 South Carolina, 41 – 30
- Miami over #12 Florida, 21 – 16
- #17 Michigan over #14 Notre Dame, 41 – 30
- BYU over #15 Texas, 40 – 21
- Washington State over #25 USC, 10 – 7
A Look Ahead
After only a few compelling match-ups this week, next week looks to be much better. #16 UCLA travels to #23 Nebraska, #25 Ole Miss travels to Texas, and Tennessee faces a very difficult road challenge when they play at Autzen Stadium and #2 Oregon. And of course, the game we’ve all been waiting for: #6 Texas A&M at #1 Alabama. After being upset in Tuscaloosa last season, the Crimson Tide are looking to head to College Station and return the favor.
UPDATED AP TOP 25
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