Okay folks. Here’s the deal. When I say there’s going to be an upset in college football, get on the phone to your bookie and make the bet. For instance, on Friday here is whatI wrote
about the Georgia/Alabama game coming on Saturday night: “This game will be a big clue as to just how good Georgia really is. And personally, I'm looking for the upset.”
And what happened? Well, the Alabama Crimson Tide went to the heart of Georgia and pulled off the 41-30 upset of the Georgia Bulldogs. Alabama got off to the 31-0 halftime lead, then cruised through the second half, never letting Georgia get within striking range. Perhaps Georgia should have been more concerned about game planning against Alabama and less concerned about the color of their jerseys. And ‘Bama fan, if I were you, I’d be preparing for a new coach, as I’m sure Nick Saban’s cell phone is lighting up with offers from throughout the country.
Speaking of upsets, what about my Houston Cougars? The Coogs traveled to Carolina to take on the East Carolina Pirates – the talk of college football the first two weeks of the season because of their upset tendencies – and dominated, coming away with the 41-24 victory. Quarterback Case Keenum was 36 for 44, throwing for 399 yards and three touchdowns as the offense as a whole generated 621 yards while the Cougar defense limited ECU to only 275 yards. This was the Cougars’ first win over a ranked team since defeating Southern Mississippi in 1996. So, Coogs, see what happens when you actually score points in the first half?
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As for scoring points, did you hear any of the Rice game? The Owls beat up on North Texas by the score of 77-20 – that’s generally what happens to Rice. The tandem of QB Chase Clement and receiver Jarrett Dillard connected for three touchdowns, setting the new NCAA record for TDs by a QB/receiver combo at 41. The Owls also set the Conference USA single game record for points scored.
Across Texas, the Horns beat up on Arkansas, winning the game 52-10, TCU succumbed to Oklahoma 35-10, and the Aggies struggled to defeat Army 21-17 while losing QB Stephen McGee yet again.
The whole upset thing got started on Thursday night as Oregon State shocked the country by defeating the number-one ranked USC Trojans 27-21. And highly ranked Wisconsin jumped out to the 19-0 halftime lead over Michigan, only to choke away the game, giving up 27 second half points to lose the game 27-25. And Navy bombarded Wake Forest to get the 24-17 surprise win. LSU stay undefeated, but struggled to defeat Mississippi State 34-24, just as Auburn struggled to defeat the decidedly inferior Tennessee 14-12.
It was a fun weekend of college football for fans who like the upset victory. I know I enjoyed watching my upset pick Alabama get the win, though not quite as much as enjoyed watching my Coogs get the win. As for you, like I said, the next time I pick an upset, get on the phone with your bookie. – John Royal