BCS National Championship Race Changes Drastically After Upset Saturday
There seems to be one particular Saturday every season that shakes the college football world and Week 7 did just that. The name “Upset Saturday” definitely seems fitting because of top 10 ten teams who lost their chances to become BCS national champions.
No. 5 Stanford lost to Utah, a team that completely outplayed the Cardinal in Salt Lake City. The Utes scored 27 points to secure the upset win against Stanford’s 21. So as that disappointing loss lingers, Stanford now plays on thin ice in the BCS box. The Cardinal’s fate will be determined against Oregon in a Pac-12 battle on November 7.
Seventh-ranked Georgia fell to number 25 Missouri as the Bulldogs had a lot of injured players out for this game and that had an obvious impact. Despite the Tigers losing their star quarterback, James Franklin, they were still able to steal the win. So how does this affect BCS hopes? Well, because Florida lost to LSU, Missouri now leads the SEC East. Unfortunately, Franklin will be out for most of the remainder of the season so the odds don’t look good for the Tigers’ future.
Now let’s talk about Texas. Everyone who wanted Mack Brown fired is now nowhere to be found because the Longhorns completely controlled and dominated No. 12 Oklahoma throughout the entire game on Saturday. The question now is whether Texas can become a consistent contender in the Big 12 while Oklahoma’s loss also allows for another Big 12 team to steal an at-large bid.
Turning to the Big Ten, No. 18 Michigan lost to Penn State after 4 painful overtimes. This loss causes a steep fall for Michigan into a tie with Michigan State and Nebraska for the Legends division lead. But, the Wolverines still face both of those teams this season, so Michigan essentially has control over its BCS destiny. All the Wolverines need is a win over Ohio State.
It’s obvious that “Upset Saturday” has left many teams and college football fans distraught. But let me remind you, the stress you may be feeling comes standard with the love of the game.
Amanda Borges is a contributor to RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter!