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A Wild Weekend In College Football As Top Teams Get Upset

It was a wild and crazy weekend in the college universe. After #2 Oregon lost to Arizona on Thursday evening, it would be just the first of four of the top six teams to lose on the weekend – which just so happened to be the first time that’s happened since 1936. Here’s look at the results from the Saturday and how it could shakeup the college football landscape.
Wake Forest 3 – #1 Florida State 43
Florida State may be the top ranked team in the nation, but that wasn’t enough to keep them from dropping to the third-best odds to win the 2015 College Football Championship at 15/2. However, after how well the Seminoles played on Saturday, along with the losses by Alabama and Oklahoma, it may not be a big surprise to see FSU to move their way back up to the top spot.
Wake Forest started out well and even had a 3-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. However, the Seminoles wouldn’t allow any more points after that and they started their own route in the process.
The man of the day for the Seminoles came from an unexpected place, as Roberto Aguayo kicked five field goals for 15 of their 43 points. Jameis Winston was 23/39 passing, including one touchdown to Travis Rudolph. Winston also found his way into the end zone on a two-yard rush, and Mario Pender added a 3-yard score in the third quarter as well.
For a team that has the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, their performance on Saturday showed that FSU can also bring it on defense and special teams. At 5-0, their spot at #1 looks safe, and they’ll play Syracuse next weekend at the Carrier Dome.
#3 Alabama 17 – #11 Ole Miss 23
Ole Miss started the season as one of those SEC teams that you weren’t really quite sure what to expect. And while winning their first four games of the season is an accomplishment, wins against Boise State, Vanderbilt, Louisiana-Lafayette, and Memphis certainly wasn’t enough to have the Rebels favored heading into their matchup against #3 Alabama. Well, that all changed at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on Saturday, as the #11 Rebels were able to upset the Crimson Tide, 23-17.
Ole Miss was led by Bo Wallace, who had 251 yards and 3 touchdowns. What may be even more impressive is that he had zero interceptions against one of the most staunch defenses in the entire nation. As for ‘Bama, Blake Sims threw for 228 yards, but he had an interception and was unable to find the end zone through the air.
The win is certainly one of the biggest in the program’s history, as Ole Miss entered the game at 28/1 odds and the Crimson Tide had the best odds in the nation at 6/1. However, the win now keeps the Rebels tied with Auburn and Mississippi State at 5-0, and tied atop the SEC West.
Alabama will wait and see how far they drop in the standings, and they’ll hope to turn things around next weekend against Arkansas. Ole Miss will most certainly hop into the Top 10 but they’ll want to make sure they keep focused for their matchup next weekend against Texas A&M.
#4 Oklahoma 33 – #25 TCU 37
The Oklahoma Sooners had leaped over FSU and had the second best odds in the nation to win the National Championship at 7/1. But just like the Crimson Tide, the #3 Sooners were shocked by #25 TCU on Saturday in Forth Worth. This game was incredibly tight the entire way through. Both teams matched each other in the first three periods, scoring 14, 10, and 7 points, respectively. However, TCU would get the only touchdown of the fourth quarter as Phil Dawson returned a Trevor Knight interception for 41 yards just 30 seconds in.
TCU entered the game with big wins against Samford, Minnesota, and SMU. However, nothing is more impressive as the win over Oklahoma in their Big 12 debut. TCU currently is averaging 42.8 points per game, which is 12th best in the nation, and allowing just 7.5 against, which is 7th least.
Despite the loss, Oklahoma can remain hopeful considering the amount of other top teams that lost on the weekend. However, now that we are in the swing of conference play and the Big 12 doesn’t have a championship game of their own, they’ll need to make sure they remain perfect from here on out if they hope to be one of the four teams to play for the National Championship.
#15 LSU 7 – #5 Auburn 41
In a weekend full of upsets, the team that certainly looked the most impressive on the day was #5 Auburn. After their 41-7 drubbing of LSU, it should come as no surprise if the Tigers find themselves ranked as the #2 team in the nation in this weeks polls. As for LSU, this is now their second loss on the season, and they are 0-2 in SEC play.
As usual, Nick Marshall was the man on Saturday. He threw for 207 yards and 2 touchdowns, while also running for 119 and scoring twice more on the ground. Marshall also received support from Cameron Artis-Payne, who had 126 yards rushing, and Sammie Coates, who had 144 yards reciving and hauled in a touchdown.
The 34-point loss for LSU was the largest for the school since Les Miles became the head coach back in 2005. LSU also fell to last place in the SEC West, and they may drop out of the standings all-together come Sunday. Be sure to check back with sportspicks.com handicappers for more SEC insight, as well as odds information throughout the rest of the college football season.
#6 Texas A&M 31 – #12 Mississippi State 48
#6 Texas A&M had arguably looked like one of the most impressive teams in the nation entering their game against #12 Mississippi State on Saturday. They have the second most points per game average at 47.8, and Kenny Hill has led an offense that ranks fifth with 401.2 passing yards per.
However, Mississippi State didn’t care about any of that and they proved that there is also a reason they are undefeated with their 48-31 win. There were a lot of questions surrounding the Bulldogs entering the season, but it certainly looks like Dak Prescott is answering them all. On Saturday, Prescott threw for 259 yards and 2 touchdowns, while also running for 77 yards and scoring 3 more times with his feet. Josh Robinson also had 2 touchdowns on the ground for Mississippi State.
The Bulldogs certainly have to be excited about a win that will likely improve their 45/1 odds and put them into the Top 10. However, they will play yet another ranked team in Auburn next weekend. After wings against #8 LSU and now #6 Texas A&M, we could be looking at a massive matchup as the Bulldogs welcome the Tigers to town next weekend.
As for Texas A&M, things won’t get much easier for them next weekend as they play an Ole Miss team that is coming off a huge win of their own. The SEC is certainly getting shaken up, and we hope to see more games like these in the coming weeks.
#7 Baylor 28 – Texas 7
It wasn’t too long ago that the University of Texas ruled the state and was the primer example of Texas football. Unfortunately for the Longhorns, Baylor is showing them that times are changing and there is a new king of football in the state. With the Bears 28-7 win over Texas on Saturday, Baylor moves to 5-0, 2-0 in the Big 12, while Texas falls to 2-3, and 1-1 in conference play.
Things looked hopeful for the Longhorns in the first half; or at least on the defensive side of things. They were able to keep Baylor’s high-power offense to a minimum, but they were unable to create anything of their own. Baylor first scored on a 62-yard return on a blocked field goal, and then Bryce Petty found Antwan Goodley for a 30-yard touchdown in the second quarter.
The next score wouldn’t come until the fourth quarter when Shock Linwood scored on a 1-yard run, and Petty would complete another 30-yard pass to Corey Coleman with just over six minutes left to play. Petty finished the game just 7/22 for 111 yards, so Linwoods 148 rushing yards were certainly the x-factor.
With all of the losses from teams ahead of them, Baylor will likely enter the Top 5. However, they’ll have another in-state showdown next weekend against a TCU team that is coming off their biggest win of the season. As for the Longhorns, they’ll be facing off against an Oklahoma team that suffered their first loss this weekend.
Utah – #8 UCLA
The week started with the upset loss of Oregon, so it is only fitting that Saturday night ended with yet another upset as well. Unfortunately for UCLA Bruins’ fans, they were the team that experienced their first Pac-12 loss against Utah.
The 4-1 Utes came out strong and even took a 17-7 into halftime. The Bruins tried their hardest to come back with a 14-point fourth quarter, but it was too little too late and Utah survived with the 30-28 win. Brett Hundley had 269 yards passing and 2 touchdowns on the day, but he also threw an interception early in the game that resulted in Utah’s first points. Kendal Thompson threw for just 95 yards on the day for Utah, but he ran for 83 yards on the ground. Devontae Booker also pitched in with 156 rushing yards of his own.
UCLA had 12/1 odds before the game, but those numbers will change and the Bruins may also fall out of the Top 10 after the loss. As for Utah, they have 1000/1 odds, and they’ll hope that their big win and 4-1 record will get them into the Top 25.
#14 Stanford 14 – #9 Notre Dame 17
Notre Dame was off last weekend and they showed a bit of rust early. Luckily for Irish fans, they put up 10 points in the fourth quarter, including a late touchdown on a fourth-and-11, and gave the #14 ranked Cardinal their second loss on the season. Notre Dame now improves to 5-0 on the season, and they’ve been doing it with defense. They’re 12 points against average is 3rd in the nation, which makes up for the fact that their 31.4 points for average, which ranks 61st. They also allowed just 205 yards to Stanford, while raking up 370 of their own.
Kevin Hogan had a tough night for the cardinal, throwing for just 158 yards and 2 interceptions. Everett Golson was much better for Notre Dame, throwing for 241 yards and 2 touchdowns, while just turning the ball over once.
It’s still a few weeks away, but the game that should be on everyone’s radar will be the matchup between Notre Dame and Florida State on October 18th. Before that massive Top 10 showdown, the Irish will hope to knock off North Carolina next weekend.
#19 Nebraska 22 – #10 Michigan State 27
Michigan State has to be pleased with the fact that they were able to hold off Nebraska on Saturday. Not only did they get the 27-22 win, but with a bunch of other teams losing on Saturday, it could be enough for them to get back into the playoff picture even though they have one loss.
Despite the fact that the final margin was just five points, this game certainly was much more lopsided in the first three quarters. Michigan State led 27-3 entering the fourth, but the #19 Nebraska was able to put up 19 in the final quarter to make it a close finish. As to whether or not the fourth quarter was more impressive for Nebraska or more concerning for Michigan State, we’ll have to keep an eye out on both teams moving forward. Luckily for the Spartans, they won’t play another ranked team until November 8th against Ohio State. As for the Cornhuskers, they won’t see another ranked team until they visit Wisconsin on November 15th.
Here are the rest of the scores for the Top 25 on Saturday:
Vanderbilt 17 – #13 Georgia 44
Arizona State 38 – #16 USC 34
#17 Wisconsin 14 – Northwestern 20
#20 Ohio State 52 – Maryland 24
Iowa State 20 – #21 Oklahoma State 37
SUM 24 – #22 East Carolina 45
Texas Tech 13 – #23 Kansas State 45

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