NCAA Football Upsets & Blowouts!

NCAA Footbal UpsetsMost of the matchups in Week 3 in NCAA football action involved powerhouses handling their business. LSU, FSU, UGA, WVU, Michigan, Clemson, Texas, UCLA, Alabama, Oregon, Arizona and South Carolina all overwhelmed their unranked opponents. That was to be expected.

The opening lines in each case proved to be correct as even LSU covered the 42.5 points, winning impressively against Idaho by a score of 63-14.

We saw yet another stunning upset of top ranked USC by the Stanford Cardinals. They beat the USC hype machine for the fourth time in a row, winning 21-14 by outscoring the Trojans in the second half. The Cardinals dominated the point of attack on both sides of the ball. Stanford’s advantage in line play ultimately outweighed USC’s skill-position advantage in crunch time. Matt Barkly struggled in the second half as the Trojans went scoreless. USC’s final series of downs actually went backwards in the final minutes of the fourth quarter as Stanford prevailed.

In the words of Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly, Week 3’s 20-3 upset over No. 10 Michigan State was a “signature win.” There might not be a better way to sum up Notre Dame’s performance. They beat a Top 10 opponent for the first time in seven years, breaking a six-game losing streak against ranked teams. The Spartans were actually 4.5 point favorites to beat the Irish.

The Florida Gators are undoubtedly one of those teams who showed up against tough opponents in Week 3. Florida has now looked impressive in back-to-back second halves, rallying past the No. 23 Tennessee Volunteers in Week 3. They scored 24 unanswered points to close out the game, winning handily at 37-20. QB Jeff Driskel looked confident and efficient, completing 14 of his 20 passes for 219 yards and two touchdowns, including a 75-yard touchdown play to WR Frankie Hammond. Driskel also added 81 yards rushing in eight attempts.

Urban Myer, in his first year as head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes, went into the contest on Saturday afternoon as 16.5 point favorites against an unranked CAL Golden Bears but barely came out with the win by a single touchdown, 35-28.

Then from out-of-nowhere comes struggling Pitt to step up to whip the No. 13 Virginia Tech. The Hokies were 10.5 points favorites to beat the Panthers but at the end of the game it was Pitt 35 & VT 17. That should shake up the top 25!

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