Another weekend of upsets, topped by No. 6 Ohio State’s fourth-quarter rally to knock off No. 2 Penn State 39-38, has added some drama to the college football season.

Yes, Alabama is still unbeaten and ranked No. 1, but the Crimson Tide appears to have a legitimate challenger to the SEC crown from Georgia, which is now ranked No. 2 nationally.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. On Tuesday, we will learn which four teams are favored by the sport’s powerbrokers to emerge from this pre-playoff stretch of six weeks. And that, of course, means we still have plenty of time for more conference shakeups to occur.

In all, seven teams in the AP Top 25 stumbled, three to unranked teams. Here’s the recap, reflecting last week’s rankings.

No.  25 Iowa State beat No. 4 TCU, 14-7.

No. 11 Oklahoma State beat no. 22 West Virginia, 50-39

No. 9 Notre Dame beat No. 14 N.C. State, 35-14

Arizona beat No. 15 Washington State, 58-37

Northwestern beat No. 16 Michigan State, 49-31 in three overtimes

Houston beat No. 17 South Florida, 28-24

Below are the scores from around the ACC, Big Ten and SEC along with reminders of which teams I picked to win.

I’ve also included links to the conference standings and a link to this week’s polls.



at BOSTON COLLEGE 35, Florida State 3 – WON

MIAMI 24, at North Carolina 19 – WON

at Wake Forest42, LOUISVILLE 32 — LOST

at Pittsburgh 31, VIRGINIA 14 — LOST

at NOTRE DAME 35, N.C. State 14 – WON

at VIRGINIA TECH 24, Duke 3 – WON

at CLEMSON 24, Georgia Tech 10 — WON

This Week: 5-2

Overall: 54-14 (79.4)

ACC Standings:

Big Ten

at MICHIGAN 35, Rutgers 14 – WON

WISCONSIN 24, at Illinois 10 – WON

at NORTHWESTERN 39, Michigan State 31, 3 OTS – WON

at Maryland 42, INDIANA 39 – LOST

at OHIO STATE 39, Penn State 38 – WON

at IOWA 17, Minnesota 10 – WON

Nebraska 25, at PURDUE  24 – LOSS


OVERALL: 55-14 (79.7%)

Big Ten Standings:


Arkansas 38, at MISSISSIPPI 37 – LOST

GEORGIA 42, vs. Florida 7 – WON

at SOUTH CAROLINA 34, Vanderbilt 27 – WON

MISSOURI 52, at Connecticut 12 – WON

Mississippi State 35, at TEXAS A&M  14 — LOST

at KENTUCKY 29, Tennessee 26 – WON

Last Week: 4-2

Overall:  54-14 (77.1%)

SEC Standings:

Note: Each week during the college football season, I’ll be updating how things are unfolding in the Big Ten by Wednesday, the SEC by Thursday and ACC by Friday. I covered teams in each of the conferences during my 41 years as a sports journalist and I’m not ready to give it up in retirement.

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