We can add five more upsets to the list, six if you wish to count #11 Wisconsin over #7 Nebraska but I’m not going to do so. Both teams are fairly equal in my mind and I think I would’ve bet my money on the Badgers if I were forced to do so. Vegas agreed with me as the pre-game line was Wisconsin -9.5. They’re identical schools in terms of optics: same colors, same general uniform and same style of play. Wisconsin has had the much tougher schedule to date so I’m not going to call this one an upset.
The rest of the upsets were true upsets in every sense of the word. Let’s start in chronological order as the weekend progressed. First up was #22 Navy losing to South Florida 52-45 a few weeks after the Midshipmen upset #6 Houston in a shocker. Next we had Oklahoma State defeating #10 West Virginia 37-20 in convincing fashion. This marks the Cowboys first win over a Top 10 team since 2008 and now are in a position to win the Big 12 title. The biggest upset that came out of nowhere was unranked Wynoming knocking off #13 Boise State 30-28 thanks to a game winning safety, yes that’s right a safety. The undefeated Broncos were gaining momentum in the rankings but surely their chances of making a larger bowl bid has gone down the drain. The #18 Tennessee Volunteers are losing steam as well picking up their 3rd loss of the season on the road against now 4-4 South Carolina.
Lastly we come to #8 Baylor against Texas, a must win game for head coach Charlie Strong. The Longhorns did prevail 35-34 in a game packed full of offense, drama and big plays. The start looked bleak for Texas when they allowed Baylor to go 75 yards in six plays with a minute, six seconds going off the clock resulting in a 50 yard Seth Russell touchdown run. Texas responded nicely with an 88 yard drive ending with a 40 yard touchdown pass from Shane Buechele to Armanti Foreman. From that point on the game belong to junior Texas RB D’Onta Foreman who put in quite a day. Foreman carried the ball 32 times for 250 yards and 2 touchdowns; he’s now rushed for over 100 yards in 9 straight games. Even with his tremendous individual effort Texas needed to rally from a 34-26 deficit in the 4th quarter to win. A short touchdown pass and a 39 yard field goal with less than a minute remaining completed the comeback. This marks the second straight season where Texas has handed Baylor an upset.
We had a handful of near upsets as well that could’ve rocked the foundation of the college football landscape.
- #3 Clemson edged out #12 Florida State 37-34 in one of the more exciting games we’ll see all year
- #4 Washington scored a late touchdown to defeat #17 Utah on the road 31-24 to remain undefeated
- #5 Louisville won on a 29 yard TD pass from Lamar Jackson with 13 sec remaining to defeat Virginia 32-25
- #6 Ohio State fended off Northwestern 24-20 with a stagnant offensive effort
- #25 Va Tech narrowly defeated Pitt 39-36 keeping themselves in the driver’s seat of the ACC Coastal divisional
Elite Player of the Week
D’Onta Foreman (RB) – Texas: 32 carries, 250 yards, 2 TD. Win over #8 Baylor
Legendary Performance of the Week
James Flanders (RB) – Tulsa: 33 carries, 249 yards, 5 TD. Win over Memphis