The following is a list of the biggest upsets that occurred in college football in Week 5, which ended on Saturday, September 28, 2013. Unlike in Week 4, where only one real upset occurred, there were plenty of big upsets in Week 5.
A game that was not an upset, but involved a mid-major crushing a major conference team deserves notice this week. Northern Illinois out of the MAC went to Purdue and destroyed the Boilermakers by a score 55-24.
Northern Illinois was a slight favorite in the game, and the win is noteworthy because the Huskies became the first team in MAC history to beat two Big Ten teams in a season. Northern Illinois previously beat Iowa on the road in Week 1.
In my opinion, the two wins by Northern Illinois over Big Ten teams really helps Huskies QB Jordan Lynch to be a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate this season. Lynch threw for three touchdowns in each of the wins over Big Ten teams.
Jordan Lynch will have to completely dominate Northern Illinois' remaining opponents this season, though, to actually have a chance to win the award.
Biggest upsets in college football in Week 5 of 2013 season
In the biggest upset of Week 5 in college football in 2013, the West Virginia Mountaineers beat the Oklahoma State Cowboys at home in Morgantown by a score of 30-21 as 20 point underdogs. A huge win for West Virginia after they were shutout last week by Maryland, 37-0.
- East Carolina upset North Carolina as 13 point underdogs
East Carolina went into Chapel Hill as 13 point underdogs against North Carolina in Week 5, but the Pirates easily upset the Tar Heels by a score of 55-31. Junior QB Shane Carder threw for 376 yards and three scores, and also ran for three touchdowns to lead East Carolina to the big in-state upset.
- Tulane upset Louisiana-Monroe as 12 point underdogs
Tulane pulled off its second upset of the season in Week 5, as the Green Wave went to Louisiana-Monroe and beat the Warhawks, 35-21, as 12 point underdogs. Tulane also beat Louisiana Tech as an underdog this season. The Tulane QB is Nick Montana, son of Joe Montana.
- Texas State upset Wyoming as 10 point underdogs
Texas State went on the road to Wyoming and upset the Cowboys, 42-21, as 10 point underdogs in Week 5 of the college football season. Robert Lowe led the way for Texas State, as he ran for 138 yards and three touchdowns.
- Idaho upset Temple as 7 point underdogs
It's hard to take Temple football seriously after the Owls went on the road to Idaho and lost to the Vandals as seven point favorites by a score of 26-24. The win was the first of the season for Idaho, and the loss was the second consecutive embarrassing performance by Temple, who lost to FCS Fordham in their prior game. Temple is 0-4 on the season.
- Virginia Tech upset Georgia Tech as 7 point underdogs
Virginia Tech impressively went on the road in Week 5 and upset previously undefeated Georgia Tech by a score of 17-10 as a seven point underdog. I really don't know what to think about the ACC this season in college football.
Miami, Maryland, Clemson and Florida State are all undefeated so far, including big wins over SEC opponents by Clemson and Miami, but the rest of the conference looks pretty week. Virginia Tech's one loss, though, was to Alabama.