Going into this weekend of college football, it was billed as a huge test for the top 6 teams (Alabama, Clemson, Michigan, Washington, Ohio State and Louisville). What a test and weekend it was, as THREE top 4 teams Clemson, Washington, and Michigan all lost Saturday. The only other time in college football that the number 2,3,4 team all lost on the same day was in 1985!
Not only did three of the top 4 teams lose on Saturday, but 5 out of the top ten also lost. 8th ranked Texas A&M lost to Ole Miss 29-28, and 9th rank Auburn lost to Georgia 13-7.
How many times this season have we seen Clemson pull out miraculous victories? Whether it was the fourth down stop against Louisville, or the missed field goal at the end of regulation by North Carolina State. Deshawn Watson and Clemson just always found a way to win when it mattered most.
Today, there luck finally ran out, losing to Pittsburgh 43-42 on a game winning 48 yard field goal by Chris Blewitt. Watson threw for an ACC record 580 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also threw three costly interceptions.
Washington lost 26-13 to 20th rank USC. Trojans QB Sam Darnold threw for 287 yards and two touchdowns. His second touchdown in the 4th quarter gave USC a 24-13 lead that they would never replenish. Washington struggled both offensively and defensively in this game. They gave up a total of 400 yards on defense, and only managed 276 yards on offense. Heisman hopeful Jake Browning passed for 259 and a touchdown, but also threw 2 interceptions.
The biggest shocker of all would be Michigan 14-13 loss to Iowa, on a game wining 33 yard field goal by Keith Duncan. Michigan had steamed rolled through all of its opponents all season long and was never tested. There were questions about whether Michigan was really this good, or was it the quality of opponents they faced? Tonight they went up against an angry Iowa team that had been blowout in there last game to Penn State.
Iowa dominated this game, out gaining Michigan 230-201, controlling the time of possession 32:45-27:25, and converted more first down 16-14 than Michigan. This was the wake-up call that Michigan needed. It’s not enough to just show up and think your going to win because you have more talent than the other team.
The rest of the top six, Ohio State, Alabama, and Louisville all took care of business with blowout victories. After this shocking Saturday, there will surely be shakeup at the top of the CFB playoff ranking. Alabama will obviously be ranked number 1 when the rankings come out on Tuesday. What about the rest of the top 4 and top 10?
5th and 6th ranked, Ohio State and Louisville should move into the top three. Then you have one loss apiece for Michigan, Washington and Clemson. Wisconsin is still in the mix with two wins against top 10 teams. They also lost two close victories to Ohio State and Michigan.