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Updated: October 13, 2019 @ 10:28 am
Check out the top 10 things we learned during another weekend of college football games, including some exciting upsets.
What looked to be a less than challenging slate of games with no top-25 teams facing off turned into another exciting weekend of college football as several ranked teams, including Michigan State, Maryland and USC, suffered upset losses while a handful of others survived close calls, including Penn State, Florida and Virginia. Temple's Chapelle Russell is shown here during the Owls' 20-17 upset win over the Maryland Terrapins.
It started Friday night after the ACC admitted it should have left one second on the clock and allowed North Carolina to run one more play during Wake Forest’s win over the Tar Heels. South Carolina, Michigan State and Kentucky also saw debatable calls during their games, leading their coaches to question the officiating.
There’s no denying Clemson remains the team to beat in the ACC, but finding a challenger to the Tigers may be difficult. Boston College, NC State, Pittsburgh and Georgia Tech lost over the weekend while Virginia and Virginia Tech needed second-half rallies to slip past Florida State and Furman, respectively.
Ohio State continues to show why it remains the top team in the Big Ten after dominating Indiana during the Buckeyes’ conference opener. Penn State beat in-state rival Pittsburgh and Iowa earned a weather-delayed win over Iowa State to back up their high preseason rankings while Maryland and Michigan State suffered missteps during inexplicable losses.
Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence threw two more interceptions during the Tigers' win over Syracuse. The Tigers quarterback now has as many touchdowns (5) as interceptions (5). Meanwhile, Alabama continues to struggle on the ground, with the team failing to rush for at least 100 yards for the first time in close to five seasons.
Three games into the season, Alabama transfer Jalen Hurts can do no wrong. Hurts leads the nation in passer rating (250.2) and points responsible (78) while placing second in total offense (1,253 yards). It’s early, but Hurts could be well on pace to become the third straight Sooners transfer QB to win the Heisman Trophy.
USC and Colorado were knocked out of the undefeated ranks over the weekend, handing the Pac-12 another blow as it chases a College Football Playoff semifinal bid. Utah, Washington and Washington State remain the league’s best chances to reach the semifinals, and Arizona State earned a big win over a ranked Michigan State team on the road in East Lansing.
True freshman Dillon Gabriel tossed four touchdown passes as the Central Florida Knights jumped out to a 38-7 halftime lead before cruising to a 45-27 win over visiting Stanford. The win was the Knights’ third over a Power 5 foe since 2017 while improving the program’s overall record to 28-1 during that stretch. UCF continues to make its case to the playoff selection committee.
Even if Kansas doesn’t win another game this season, the Jayhawks have already shown tremendous progress in Year 1 under coach Les Miles. The team earned a 48-24 win over Boston College, snapping a 48-game road losing streak against Power 5 programs dating to 2008.
For the third consecutive week, a Mountain West Conference school stunned a team from a Power 5 conference after Air Force, led by QB Donald Hammond III (5), upset previously unbeaten Colorado in overtime. The Buffaloes were the seventh Power 5 team to lose to a MWC team, joining Florida State, Purdue, Arizona, Oregon State, UCLA and Missouri.
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