The title says all. I believe Saturday was one the wilder days in my lifetime. Four teams ranked in the Top 25 lost, including two teams ranked in the Top 10. The most shocking upset was Boston College beating the USC. Nobody had Boston College, they pulled off the unthinkable. USC was overrated anyways, but it was still a massive upset.
The other Top 10 team to lose came with the biggest game of the weekend. South Carolina beat Georgia in Columbia, and it was a incredible football game. The Gamecocks played outstanding in the first half, Up 24-13 at half, they were in business.
Georgia played well, they just couldn’t get finish their comeback. The Bulldogs came back, and took it down to the wire. It came down to one spot, a incredible spot by the refs on 4th down, which certified the win.
The real difference though, was Georgia’s two missed field goals, especially one with 4:24 left in the game, which gave the Gamecocks the ball. As for Georgia’s statistical performance, Todd Gurley ran for 131 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries, and Huston Mason threw the ball very well. It really came to the moments in the clutch that killed Georgia. The Gamecocks were led statistically by Dylan Thompson, who only threw nine incompletions and three touchdowns.
The best game of the day proved itself, but the outcome was one nobody expected. I wanted to pick the Gamecocks really bad, but felt Georgia was the safest bet. Boy, do I regret that.
Two other big upsets took place Saturday, including one that will heavily affect Ohio State’s now very slim playoff hopes.
The East Carolina Pirates seem to be the team that wins enough games to get to a bowl game, but not any further. I swear, every year they play in the Beef O Brady’s Bowl (now St. Petersburg Bowl). It’s the easiest bowl game to get to.
But that just might of changed.
The Pirates shocked the Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, just like what the Hokies did to the Buckeyes. East Carolina pulled out to a early lead, up 21-7 at halftime. The Hokies didn’t give up, and scraped their way back into the game.
East Carolina, though, had the hot hand, literally. Shane Carden through two passes of more than 25 yards on the game-winning drive, then ran into the end zone for the TD with 16 seconds left.
It was the last thing Ohio State needed. The Hokies loss makes the Buckeyes loss to them look really bad, and probably eliminated any chance of the Buckeyes making the Playoff.
As far as it goes for the Pirates, it’s a game they probably won’t forget. It’s their first road victory over a Top 25 team since 1996. The Pirates probably won’t make the Playoff, but have definitely boosted their chances of making it past St. Petersburg.
The last upset of a wild day came also in the state of Virginia. Virginia faced off with conference rival Louisville, the No.20 team in the nation. Another instance where a comeback took place, Louisville battled back after being down 20-7 at one point. Will Gardner, Louisville QB, didn’t help though. He threw two picks and only posted a QBR of 21. Virginia really outplayed Louisville, and that’s what it came down to.
It’s a huge win for a Virginia program that could emerge as a sleeper in this conference, but that’s a ways out still.
So, sucks to be you, USC, Georgia, Louisville, and Virginia Tech.