Saturday Football Action Produces Ap Rankings Shakeup

SECThis past Saturday saw some great gridiron action on college campuses across the nation.  Traditional powerhouses butted heads and at times defied the odds as the hard fought games came down to the wire.  Some of the contests involved traditional rivalries so intense that they were played on natural ground.  One such game is a yearly event held in Jacksonville Florida between the University of Florida Gators and the University of Georgia Bulldogs.  This yearly meeting, known as the “Worlds’ Largest Cocktail Party,” is always proceeded by much speculation and swaggering by fans on both sides and the action on the field is only one part of the celebration.  The Gators went into the game undefeated at 6-0 while the Dawgs (as the Bulldogs are known locally) had lost only one game and that to Steve Spurriers South Carolina Gamecocks on October 6.

Kickoff showed #3 ranked Florida a 6.5 point favorite over the #12 ranked Bulldogs.  The Dawgs beat the third-ranked Gators from every angle with the defense forcing six turnovers in a 17-9 victory Saturday that left them on the cusp of the Southeastern Conference championship game.  The AP poll released on Sunday morning showed Georgia ranked at #7 and Florida following close behind at #8.

Notre Dame is having a great year and practically no one had predicted that the Fighting Irish would do nearly so well.  Manti Te’o and #5 Notre Dame don’t care whether people believe in them or not. They’re just out to keep winning. On Saturday afternoon Notre Dame traveled to Norman Oklahoma to take on the mighty Oklahoma Sooners.  Las Vegas oddsmakers had the Sooners favored by up to 10.5 points.  Savvy players across the country were getting down big on that one and the Irish proved them correct by coming through with 20 big points in the fourth quarter to defeat Oklahoma by a final score of 30-13.

Arizona quarterback Matt Scott accounted for 469 total yards and four touchdowns in the Wildcats’ 39-36 upset of the 10th-ranked USC Trojans on Saturday.   The Trojans, with Heisman hopeful Matt Barkley at quarterback, were 6.5 point favorites going into the contest but the Wildcats came up with 13 points in the third quarter and another 13 in the fourth to upset USC in front of a thrilled home crowd in Tucson. Barkley completed 31 of 49 passes for 493 yards and 3 touchdowns but Matt Scott threw 50 passes and completing 27 of them for 369 yards and also three touchdowns.

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