The following is a list of the biggest upsets in college football that took place in Week 3 of the 2013 season, which ended on September 14, 2013. The list includes two ranked teams who went down to defeat as favorites, and also includes a ranked team that beat an un-ranked team as an underdog.
Biggest upsets in college football in Week 3 of the 2013 season
- #16 UCLA upset #23 Nebraska as a 4 point underdog
Even though UCLA was ranked higher than Nebraska, the Bruins were four point underdogs on the road, but after falling behind 21-3 in the second quarter, UCLA scored 38 unanswered points to upset the Cornhuskers, 41-21.
The win was an emotional one for UCLA, as the team is still mourning the death of wide receiver Nick Pasquale, who was hit by a car and killed last week in his hometown of San Clemente, California.
- Texas Tech upset #24 TCU as a 3 point underdog
The Texas Tech Raiders upset #24 ranked TCU at home by a score of 20-10, as a three point underdog. In the game, TCU had a 69 yard punt return for a touchdown called back when the referees huddled and ruled that the returner, Brandon Carter, had made a fair catch signal.
I watched this game and that was a dubious call at best, as Carter appeared to stumble and raised his arms a little to regain his balance before making the catch. TCU is now 1-2 on the season, and not likely to be ranked again this season.
- #25 Ole Miss upset Texas as a 3 point underdog
Even though Ole Miss was ranked and Texas was not, the Rebels were as much as a three point underdog playing at Texas, but Ole Miss upset the Longhorns by a score of 44-23. The Texas defense has now given up 84 points over the last two weeks.
- Fordham upset Temple as a 21 point underdog
Fordham, a FCS team, upset Temple by a score of 30-29 in Philadelphia as a 21 point underdog. Just a huge embarrassing loss for a Temple team that is now 0-3 on the season. The win was Fordham's first over a FBS opponent since they brought back their football program in 1970.
- Florida Atlantic upset South Florida as a 12 point underdog
Florida Atlantic went on the road in Week 3 of the college football season and upset South Florida by a score of 28-10, as a 12 point underdog. South Florida was upset in Week 1 by FCS team McNeese State. The Bulls are now 0-3, with two of the losses coming with the team as a heavy favorite.
- Ohio upset Marshall as a 7.5 point underdog
The Ohio Bobcats upset the Marshal Thundering Herd at home as a 7.5 underdog by a score of 34-31. Senior Bobcats quarterback Tyler Tettleton will probably not be a pro, but he's too good a college quarterback to bet against when he's playing a team like Marshall. Tettleton threw for 266 yards and a touchdown in the game.
- Tulane upset Louisiana Tech as a 7 point underdog
Behind the passing of Nick Montana, who is the son of NFL great Joe Montana, the Tulane Green Wave upset Louisiana Tech on the road in Week 3 by a score of 24-15, as a seven point underdog. Nick Montana threw for 235 yards and two touchdowns.
- South Alabama upset Western Kentucky as a 7 point underdog
South Alabama, a team that lost to FCS team Southern Utah in Week 1 as a big favorite, upset Western Kentucky at home by a score of 31-24, as a seven point underdog. Looks like Bobby Petrino has some more work to do as the new head coach at Western Kentucky.
UCF is for real. The Knights went into Happy Valley as 4.5 point underdogs, and came away with a 34-31 upset win to go to 3-0 on the season. The loss was embarrassing for Penn State, who got upset at home by Ohio in Week 1 of the 2012 season.
- Oregon State upset Utah as a 4 point underdog
Oregon State went into Utah and upset the Utes by a score of 51-48 in OT, as a four point underdog. The Beavers were upset themselves as a big favorite by Eastern Washington in Week 1 of the 2013 season.