Week 11 of the college football season handed out more ‘Ls’ than the Adidas app for every Yeezy release in 2016 combined. For only the second time in college football history the #2, #3 and #4 ranked teams all lost on the same day. The last time that occurred was 1985, I was two years old. While 60% (Clemson, Michigan, Washington) of the Top 5 fell, 50% (Texas A&M, Auburn) of the Top 10 also lost. The season of upsets continues and the rankings released this Tuesday will turn everything on it’s head. Alabama remains the only undefeated team (Western Michigan too) left in the Top 25.
What was the biggest commonality among the upsets this weekend? Answer: they all ended on a last second/minute field goal. Iowa kicked a 33 yard field goal as time expired to topple the #3 Wolverines. Ole Miss completed their fourth quarter comeback with a 39 yarder in the final seconds to defeat #8 Texas A&M. And finally, and most shocking of all, was Pittsburgh defeating #2 Clemson on the road with a 48 yard field goal with six seconds remaining. Both Iowa and Pitt were -22 point underdogs entering the game.
While those three kickers can enjoy the “hero” label, there was one kicker who unfortunately needs to wear the “goat” label. And this is goat not G.O.A.T. In yet another offensively crazy and defensively absent Big 12 contest, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State battled down to the final seconds. Tech rallied from a ten point deficit and scored the touchdown they needed to level the score with 1:44 remaining. There’s just one problem, the extra point is not a guarantee. The Texas Tech kicker missed the extra point wide right which would’ve tied the game. Instead Oklahoma State held on to win 45-44 in a shootout with 1,100+ combined yards of total offense.
Even with these upsets it’s still possible (depending on the committee/rankings) that Michigan and Clemson both manage to play in the College Football Playoff. It’s entirely possible each could win their conference championship thus extinguishing any bad taste from these tough losses. In all likelihood Clemson will go on to win the ACC (holds tiebreaker over Louisville) and Michigan is still in the driver’s seat but with work to do as Ohio State and a potential championship clash against Wisconsin looming. The biggest shake up will most likely be Washington falling out of the Final Four for good.
The Huskies lost soundly at home to #20 USC 26-13. The loss takes away from the Huskies prime argument of being undefeated. With the Pac-12 in a down year, negligible quality wins and an atrocious non-conference schedule I don’t see how they can be considered when you have stronger one loss teams in Ohio State and Louisville. Washington fans will say “hey but we beat #7 Stanford and #17 Utah”. True but Stanford is not the team everyone thought they were, the Cardinal are 7-3, and Utah is nothing too sexy. In the end when you schedule Rutgers, Idaho and Portland State you deserved to be punished by the committee.
WEEK 11 AWARDS
Elite Player of the Week
Nathan Peterman (QB) – Pitt: 22-37, 308 yards, 5 TD, 0 INT. Win over #2 Clemson
Legendary Performance of the Week
Derrius Guice (RB) – LSU: 21 carries, 252 yards, 2 TD. Win over #25 Arkansas