College Football News and Notes: Shocking Saturday

At first glance, this college football weekend looked like it might be a little boring, with so many top teams being massive favorites over teams that looked like they had no chance. But college football once again failed to disappoint. Let’s check out some of the upsets and close calls that highlighted the weekend.

Illinois 24, Wisconsin 23

This was undoubtedly the biggest shocker of the weekend, as the No. 6 Badgers lost as 30.5-point favorites against Big Ten basement dweller Illinois. Not only did Wisconsin lose, but it blew a nine-point lead in the fourth quarter.

The Badgers also gave up 24 points after giving up a total of 29 points in their first six games, a stretch that included four shutouts. It turned out to be a classic trap game for the Badgers, who might have been looking ahead to next week’s showdown with No. 4 Ohio State.

The silver lining for Wisconsin is that with games left against Ohio State, Iowa, and Minnesota, it can still add quality wins to its resume and could win the Big Ten and reach the College Football Playoff if it can run the table.

BYU 28, Boise State 25

It’s been impossible to figure out BYU this season. They upset Tennessee and USC early in the year, only to lose to Toledo and South Florida in recent weeks. However, the Cougars notched another win over a ranked team on Saturday, knocking off No. 14 Boise State.

Both teams were playing with their backup quarterbacks with BYU’s Baylor Romney outplaying Boise’s Chase Cord. The win gets the Cougars to 3-4, although it puts them in good shape to reach six wins and get to a bowl game.

Meanwhile, the loss will likely keep Boise State from being the Group of 5 representative in a New Year’s Six Bowl Game.

Texas 50, Kansas 48

The Texas Longhorns nearly saw their Big 12 title hopes go down the drain against a Kansas team that continues to give them trouble almost every year. This game was tied at 24 after three quarters, and both teams proceeded to at least double that in the fourth quarter.

With 71 seconds left, the Jayhawks scored a touchdown and a two-point conversion to take a 48-47 lead. However, they left just enough time on the clock for Sam Ehlinger to engineer a 10-play, 60-yard drive to score a field goal and avert total disaster for the Longhorns one week after falling to Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry.

Vanderbilt 21, Missouri 14

After losing their season opener to Wyoming, the No. 22 Missouri Tigers have come full circle, losing to Vanderbilt as 21-point favorites. The Mizzou offense went nowhere against Vanderbilt, which was previously winless in SEC play and is still just 2-5 overall.

Of course, with head-to-head games left against both Florida and Georgia, the Tigers aren’t yet out of the running in the SEC East.

Georgia Tech 28, Miami 21

Just when Miami looks like its making progress after beating ACC Coastal favorite Virginia last week, the Hurricanes suffer a home loss to Georgia Tech, which is the consensus choice as the worst team in the ACC this year.

The Yellow Jackets got a defensive touchdown and used a fake punt to help score two of their touchdowns. The Hurricanes had a late field goal blocked, forcing overtime after a scoreless second half.

Georgia Tech prevailed in overtime for its first ACC win of the season, leaving Miami 3-4 overall and 1-3 in ACC play, putting a bowl appearance in serious jeopardy.