Week of Upsets

In college football news, Week 6 proved to be one of the most exciting college football weeks with five of the top eight teams in the Associated Press’s Top 25 rankings.  The losing teams were ranked  1, 3, 4, 7 and 9.  Exactly half of the top 20 ranked teams lost in Week 6.  The last time that five of the top eight ranked teams lost was in 2003 during the second weekend of October.

The first upset was on Thursday, October 2, when the No. 2 Oregon Ducks lost to the unranked Arizona Wildcats.  On third and goal in the fourth quarter Arizona’s quarterback, Anu Soloman, was sacked for a loss.  After the play, there was an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty called on Oregon.  A pass interference call was made against the Ducks on the next play and that would put Arizona at first and goal.

On third and goal with 2:57 left on the clock, Arizona scored on a 1-yard touchdown run by Terris Jones-Grigsby to give the Wildcats a 31-24 lead.    When Oregon got the ball back, quarterback Marcus Mariota was sacked and stripped by Scooby Wright who recovered the ball and allowed Arizona to come away with the win.

The next upset occurred on Saturday, October 4.  No. 14 Mississippi State defeated No. 7 Texas A & M.  At halftime, the Bulldogs were up on the Aggies 28-10.  At that point the game was practically over.  Texas A & M would end up playing catch-up for the rest of the game, but it would not be enough.  The final score was 48-31 with Mississippi State coming out on top.

No. 25 TCU took down No. 4 Oklahoma in a close match up that ended up going right down to the wire.  TCU quarterback Treyvone Boykin showed what a dominant duel threat player he is.  He had 318 passing yards and two touchdown passes and he also led his team in rushing with 77 yards.  TCU defeated the Okalahoma Sooners 37-33.  This game proved that the Horned Frogs are capable of competing with teams in the Big 12 conference.

The biggest upset of the week was No. 11 Ole Miss Rebels somehow beating No. 3 Alabama Crimson Tide.  The Rebels trailed 17-10 mid-way through the fourth quarter and it looked as if Alabama would come away with another win.  However, Mississippi’s quarterback Bo Wallace threw two touchdown passes to give his team the lead.  He finished up the game with 251 passing yards and three touchdown passes giving Ole Miss a much needed victory.

All of these games drastically altered the AP Top 25 Rankings.  Mississippi State and Ole Miss are both currently ranked at No. 3.  TCU is No. 9 and Arizona is No. 10.  TCU was ranked No. 25 before they beat Oklahoma and Arizona was not even ranked when they beat Oregon. What a crazy week it has been and there will surely be more to come.

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