A Weekend of Upsets: Georgia, Florida, Wisconsin and Wake Forest Hit the Showers
Wow, what an intense weekend of college football. I had more fun over at the local tavern this weekend watching the games with a mug of suds than I did when Texas whooped Arkansas (oh wait, that was this weekend too.) The tides turned in the record books over the course of one long afternoon, and some top 25 teams let their true colors show. The AP Poll is changing this week, and here’s why:
#8 Alabama defeated #3 ranked Georgia on Saturday, 41-30. Yep, the Tide pretty much rolled all over Mark Richt and the Bulldogs in their own home stadium, making it look insanely easy. In the first two quarters, the Tide rolled ahead by 31 points. That’s just embarrassing – to have someone come in on your turf and lay down the smack. Never mind my preseason predictions, Alabama is making itself the exception to the rule. After the game, Bama Coach Nick Saban expressed true skeptic’s resolve when asked if his team is a contender for the national title: “After five games? Let’s see when we get a full body of work at the end of the season.”
QB Jevan Snead led unranked Ole Miss over #4 Florida on Saturday, in a crucial upset win for the Rebels. Snead threw for two touchdown passes and ran for another in Saturday’ s match up. The Gators gave up the ball three time on turnovers during the game, and Florida QB Tim Tebow took all the blame: “I’m Sorry, I’m extremely sorry,” said Tebow, who was hoping to lead his Florida team to an undefeated season. The fact that Snead was a former Florida recruit (who backed out of his commitment when he found out that Florida was going after Tebow) made this game especially poignant for the Mississippi team. Though not a blowout, the game was a nail-biter to the end, as the potentially tying extra point attempt was blocked to give Ole Miss the win.
All I remember about the Michigan – Wisconsin game this weekend was flipping the channel in the fourth quarter: I thought the game was already over. Boy, was I wrong. Michigan was trailing by 12, and all of a sudden the floodgates opened. Brandon Minor ran for a 34-yard touchdown, followed by a 25-yard interception return by John Thompson to give the Wolverines the first lead of the night. Five minutes later, Sam Mcguffie ran for 3 yards to give the Wolverines a 27-19 lead over the #9 Wisconsin team. Wisconsin scored one final TD, but could not connect on the two-point conversion, and the upset was cast.
Navy showed Wake Forest where the end zone was located this weekend, more than once. The Midshipmen handed a defeat to a ranked team for the first time in over 20 years, making this weekend’s game for Wake Forest an embarrassing matter. The Midshipmen capitalized on six turnovers by the Demon Deacons, putting the ball in the end zone for three TD’s and the win. #16 Wake Forest will be wishing it never let the ball leave its hands Saturday, as Navy celebrates an unbelievable win.
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