It was Upset Saturday in college football yesterday, as nearly a third of ranked teams lost. #17 Florida’s offense reared its ugly head in a 17 – 6 loss to #10 LSU, and #16 Washington could not contain #2 Oregon and its explosive offense, losing in a shootout, 45 – 24. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg for this week’s Winners and Losers.
Winners – Missouri, Northern Illinois, the SEC
M-I-Z! The Tigers of Missouri shocked the college football world this week, upsetting #7 Georgia in Athens, 41 – 26. With the win, Mizzou goes to 6-0 on the year and became the first SEC to become bowl eligible in 2013. Not all that glistens is gold though, as the Tigers lost their starting QB James Franklin to injury. With Florida and South Carolina coming up next, Mizzou has a tough road ahead of them.
And Northern Illinois looks to bust the BCS for the second consecutive year, as they beat Akron 27 – 20 to go to 6-0 on the year and 2-0 in the MAC. The Huskies extend their home winning streak to 23 as well. Look out Fiesta Bowl.
And finally, congrats to the SEC, who as you’ll see below, had a record eight teams in the AP Top 25. By comparison, the Big 10 had only 2.
Losers – Oklahoma, Stanford, Michigan
All three of these suffered upset losses to in-conference opponents. #12 Oklahoma was crushed by Texas in the Red River Shootout, 36 – 20, Utah shocked #5 Stanford with a goal line stand as time expired to dash the Cardinal’s title hopes, 27 – 21, and #18 Michigan lost a heartbreaker in quadruple overtime in Happy Valley to unranked Penn State, 43 – 40. The most crushing of the losses has to be Michigan’s. In additional to taking four additional periods, Brady Hoke’s conservative play-calling cost the Wolverines dearly. After Penn State missed a field goal in one of the overtimes, all Michigan needed to win the game was a field goal. But rather than try to gain field position and make the kick easier for his college kicker, Hoke called three straight five plays, right into the line, for a net gain of 1 yard. Needless to say, the 41-yard field goal was missed, and the game continued. Penn State would win in on a touchdown.
Top 25 Upsets
- Utah over #5 Stanford, 27 – 21
- #25 Missouri over #7 Georgia, 41 – 26.
- Texas over #12 Oklahoma, 36 – 20.
- Penn State over #18 Michigan, 43 – 40 (4OT)
A Look Ahead:
Quite a few Top 25 matchups next week. #22 Florida plays #14 Missouri on the SEC Network, while #24 Auburn plays #7 Texas A&M on CBS. And College GameDay returns to Clemson for the second time this season to watch #5 Florida State battle #3 Clemson with National Title aspirations on the line. Additionally, a solid 4-1 UCF team plays an undefeated Louisville team in a Friday night showdown that will in all likelihood determined who represents the AAC in the BCS.
AP Top 25 Poll