There were plenty of big upsets in college football in Week 9, including a number of previously undefeated ranked teams that went down to defeat. That includes my favorite college football team, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, who lost their first game of the season as a big favorite to a MAC team. Typical Rutgers.
A lot of the upsets in Week 9 were fueled by turnovers. A total of four previously undefeated teams went down to defeat this week. All four were favored, and lost in big upsets.
Biggest upsets in college football in Week 9
- Oklahoma lost to Notre Dame 30-13
Even though Notre Dame was ranked #5 and Oklahoma was ranked #8, the Sooners were favored by 11.5 points at home vs the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame won this game rather easily, 30-13, to stay undefeated on the season. The Fighting Irish have Pitt, Boston College, Wake Forest and USC left on the schedule.
- Florida lost to Georgia 17-9
The Florida Gators were undefeated, ranked #2 in the country, and were 6.5 point favorites over the Georgia Bulldogs, but Florida lost to Georgia, 17-9. This game had nine turnovers in it, with Florida throwing two picks and fumbling the ball away four more times, and Georgia throwing three picks of its own. All the turnovers made this a hard game to watch, unless you are a Bulldogs fan.
- USC lost to Arizona 39-36
The USC Trojans were ranked #9 and favored by seven points, but lost to Arizona, 39-36. Both teams had great performances by wide receivers. Marqise Lee caught 16 passes for a PAC 12 record 345 yards and two TDs for USC, while Austin Hill caught 10 passes for 245 yards for Arizona.
Matt Barkley threw for 493 yards and three TDs, but also had two picks for the Trojans. Arizona QB Matt Scott threw for 369 yards and three TDs, with one interception. USC lost this game by turning the ball over five times vs just one turnover by Arizona.
- Oregon State lost to Washington 20-17
Though not a big upset, Oregon State was favored by 3.5 points, the loss to Washington was the first loss of the year for the #7 ranked Beavers. Washington won this game, 20-17, by making a 30 yard field goal with just over a minute to play.
- Rutgers lost to Kent State 35-23
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights were undefeated, ranked #15 in the country, and were 13.5 point favorites over Kent State at home, but lost to the Golden Flashes, 35-23. Rutgers QB Gary Nova could not have played worse. He threw six interceptions, and Rutgers fumbled the ball away once, for seven turnovers in the game.
I’ve been a Rutgers fan since we went undefeated in 1976, and this loss was typical for the Scarlet Knights since then. Just when you think the team might accomplish something great, they lose to a MAC team.
- Ohio lost to Miami of Ohio 23-20
The Ohio Bobcats were undefeated, ranked #24 in the country and favored by seven points, but lost to Miami of Ohio, 23-20. Ohio had the ball on the Miami of Ohio’s seven yard line with nine seconds left in the game while trailing 23-20. Instead of kicking a field goal to force OT, Ohio tried to run one more play for a winning TD, but QB Tyler Tettleton got sacked and time ran out, giving Miami of Ohio the upset win.
- Wisconsin lost to Michigan State 16-13
Wisconsin was ranked #25 and favored by 6.5 points, but lost to Michigan State, 16-13, in OT.
- Arizona State lost to UCLA 45-43
Arizona State was favored by 6.5 points over UCLA, but lost to the Bruins, 45-43. UCLA’s Ka’imi Fairbairn kicked a 33 yard field goal as time expired to win the game.
- Troy lost to Florida Atlantic 34-27
The Troy Trojans were favored by 7.5 points over Florida Atlantic, but lost to the Owls, 34-27.