In a weekend of college football that did not feature a single game between ranked opponents the NCAA produced a surprising amount of action as the top-25 saw three upsets and three teams come away with victory by the skin of their teeth.
Granted they were playing an SEC team, but Florida will have to work hard to justify a No. 9 ranking after securing their win on a missed field goal by Kentucky’s redshirt freshman kicker in the last minute of play. Yes, they scored a touchdown on their final play of the game, but they needed it and that is not the performance of a top-10 team. Especially when teams 1 – 8 put away their opponents by an average margin of 41 points.
No. 21 Maryland had outscored their opponents 142 – 20 in the first two weeks, but saw their high powered offense shut down by the Temple Owls who stopped the Terrapins not once, not twice, but three separate times inside the five yard line to almost assuredly knock Maryland out of the top-25.
For the second week in a row BYU pulled off a stunning fourth quarter comeback as the Cougars rallied to upset the USC Trojans in overtime to beat their second ranked opponent in four years. For USC the loss confirms that they are still a program in need of rebuilding and puts them in a precarious position as they prepare for three games against ranked teams, starting with the No. 11 Utah Utes.
Finally, in the best defensive game of the weekend, Arizona State edged out No. 18 Michigan State after marching 75-yards on their final drive to punch the ball into the end-zone with 50 seconds left on the clock to take a three-point lead. The Spartans moved quickly down field on their ensuing possession only to see the game tying field goal negated by too many men on the field and the follow-on attempt sail wide giving the Sun Devils the upset victory.