Bringing to life the old adage “on any given Saturday, any team can win,” week eight of the college football season gave us a trio of unimaginable upsets, two with massive conference and playoff implications and the third possibly indicating the future of two once marquis programs.
The biggest shocker of the weekend took place in Champaign, Illinois as the Illini knocked off the No. 6 Wisconsin Badgers with a literal last-second field goal to win the game by a single point, pulling off the second largest upset in Big 10 history.
The Badgers entered the game as 30.5- point favorites with Ohio State next on the schedule and it is safe to say they were caught looking ahead on their calendar. The loss guarantees Wisconsin tumbles in the polls and takes the luster off of next week’s match-up with the Buckeyes. Furthermore, it puts the Badgers behind the still undefeated Minnesota Gophers in the Big 10 East, casting doubt on every level of Wisconsin’s post-season hope.
While no one has been looking, the Missouri Tigers have quietly been positioning themselves as a dark-horse candidate to capture the SEC East. After Georgia’s loss to South Carolina the possibility loomed large in Nashville against the Vanderbilt Commodores. Possibly too large, as the 17 point favored Tigers were held to a season low 14 points, never leading in the game and ultimately lost by a score of 21 – 14.
The Commodores’ victory gave new life to both the Georgia and Florida runs for the SEC East title as they prepare to face each other in “The world’s largest three-day outdoor cocktail party” in Jacksonville on Oct. 26. For the Tigers, the loss makes their road to the title that much more difficult as they now must beat both the Bulldogs and the Gators to have any shot at the conference title.
Finally, wrapping up the trifecta of victorious under-dogs, Georgia Tech rallied on the road to stun the heavily favored Miami Hurricanes in overtime by a final score of 28-21. The victory, only their second of the season, marked the first ACC win for newly installed head coach Geoff Collins.
Week 8 Scoreboard:
No 8 Notre Dame
No. 11 Auburn