We all know that college football can be unpredictable, but its been a long time since it was as wacky as it was Saturday.
It started in Colorado, where the heavily favored Buffs scored on the first play of the second half to go up on Oregon State by more than 30. But, if you don’t follow Beaver coach Jonathan Smith, you should, because he is a rising star in the game. A quarterback change, a gunslinger mentality, and some mistakes by Colorado led to one of the most improbably comebacks in college football history. Oregon State stunned Colorado in overtime, and they did if after missing an extra point with :07 seconds to go that would have sealed the deal anyway.
From there, we head to Stillwater, Oklahoma, where Oklahoma State jumped all over Texas to put up 31 in the first half, then hold off the Longhorns for a hard fought 38-35 upset. At the end of the game, the two coaches — Tom Herman at Texas and Mike Gundy at OSU — almost went to blows over a personal foul penalty. All hell broke loose on the field and by the time the dust settled, the Cowboys were just happy to get out of there alive.
On to Mississippi State, where MSU handled favored Texas A&M. They dominated the Aggies in the second half to get a signature win and to send Jimbo Fisher and A&M home packing. MSU outscored the Aggies 21-3 in the second half, but it was their physical play that surprised even the best college football fan.
While there were plenty of upsets, none were more dominant than what Arizona did to Oregon in Tucson. For the second week in a row on the road, Oregon came out flat and was thoroughly outplayed. The Ducks went three and out their first three possessions, turned the ball over twice, had a punt blocked, and had four major penalties. The end result was predictable — a thorough thrashing at the hands of an inferior opponent.
Things should start to heat up next week when the College Football Playoff committee releases its first top-25 poll. Expect a lot more wackiness as the season progresses.