Okay, I was wrong. I thought this weekend of college football was going to be rather boring. Boy, was I wrong.
No. 1 LSU lost in three overtimes to Kentucky, and No. 2 Cal was upset by Oregon State. This was the first time in 11 years that the one and two ranked teams lost on the same weekend. But the upsets don’t stop there as Illinois, which had been ranked at 18 after upsetting Penn State and Wisconsin in consecutive weeks, was itself upset by Iowa on Saturday. And Penn State, which had dropped out of the rankings, upset No. 19 Wisconsin.
But wait, there’s more.
No. 15 Cincinnati was beaten by Louisville, and No. 21 Florida State lost to Wake Forest.
But I think the biggest upset of the weekend is that University of South Florida is ranked at No. 2. Not only has South Florida never been ranked before this season, but 12 years ago, the South Florida football team did not exist.
And I think the question of the week now is just exactly how long Coach Fran is going to have his job. Losing to Texas Tech 35-7 after having just been put on probation for illegal activities isn’t the best way to go about saving a job. And guess what, Aggie fan. I ran into some ‘Bama fans this weekend, and they’re loving this. And the win helped to push Texas Tech up into the rankings for the first time this season.
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The Horns, after two weeks of defeat, took out their anger on Iowa State, winning 56-3. Baylor lost to Kansas. SMU lost to Southern Mississippi. UTEP lost to East Carolina in overtime. TCU beat Stanford, and Alcorn beat TSU.
The most amazing game of the weekend, Texas-wise, was here in Houston, where the Coogs beat Rice 56-48. The Coogs trailed Rice by 13 points going into the third quarter, then proceeded to outscore Rice 21-0 in the final quarter. The Cougars rolled up 748 yards of offense and scored eight touchdowns.
And yet they nearly lost to Rice. The UH record is now leveled at 3-3 on the season, but it’s turning out to be a disappointing season. It’s one thing to lose to Alabama, and it’s one thing for your mascot to have its ass kicked by a Duck, but to have to struggle to beat Rice? That’s not a good sign for positive development of your football program.
Then again, things aren’t all bad for the Cougars. At least they’re not Notre Dame. Yep, Notre Dame lost again. – John Royal