The following is a list of the biggest upsets that occurred in college football in Week 8, which ended on October 19, 2013. There were plenty of big upsets this week, and many of them took place in the SEC.
Some college football broadcasters were saying that Stanford upset UCLA this week, but Stanford was a four point favorite in the game. UCLA was ranked #9 going into the game and Stanford was ranked #13, but just because one team is ranked higher than the other does not make a win by the lower ranked team an upset. It just shows how much more the odds makers in Las Vegas know about college football than many of the people reporting on it.
Did anybody watch Jordan Lynch set a new FBS record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 316 yards? He probably still won't get a sniff for the Heisman. Also, BYU tied the FBS record for most plays in a game with 115, and Oregon (62 points) and Washington State (38) combined for a 100 point game.
Biggest upsets in college football in Week 8 of the 2013 season
Ole Miss pulled off the biggest shocker this week, as they upset #6 ranked LSU at home by a score of 27-24, as a 10 point underdog. The loss ruins any national title hopes LSU had, and leads to a big question. What if LSU beats Alabama on November 9th in Tuscaloosa? Would that loss knock Alabama out of national title contention?
- UCF upset #8 Louisville as a 14 point underdog
The UCF Knights went on the road in Week 8 of the college football season and upset the #8 ranked Louisville Cardinals by a score of 38-35, as a 14 point underdog. The loss by Louisville completely knocks them out of any chance of playing for the national championship. The only real team standing between UCF and a BCS bid this season is Rutgers.
- Tennessee upset #11 South Carolina as a 8 point underdog
Tennessee, which had lost 19 straight games to ranked opponents, upset #11 ranked South Carolina at home by a score of 23-21, as a eight point underdog. Michael Palardy kicked the game-winning field goal for the Volunteers with just second left on the clock. The loss ends any national title hopes South Carolina might have had.
- Vanderbilt upset #15 Georgia as a 7 point underdog
Vanderbilt upset #15 ranked Georgia at home by a score of 31-27, as a seven point underdog. Georgia led this game 27-14 entering the fourth quarter, but Vanderbilt scored the final 17 points of the game for the win. A huge win for Vanderbilt, and the second week in a row Georgia lost as a seven point favorite.
- #24 Auburn upset #7 Texas A&M as a 13 point underdog
The #24 ranked Auburn Tigers upset the #7 ranked Texas A&M Aggies on the road as a 13 point underdog by a score of 45-41. Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel got knocked around in this game, but still threw for 454 yards and four scores. All four TD passes were to Mike Evans, who broke the Aggies receiving record with 287 yards.
Texas A&M can score, but they cannot defend. Auburn rushed for 379 yards and four TDs, and outscored the Aggies 21-10 in the fourth quarter to secure the big upset win. This was a crazy week for the SEC.
- Minnesota upset Northwestern as a 13 point underdog
With ailing head coach Jerry Kill watching from the coaches box, the Minnesota Golden Gophers pulled off a huge upset by beating Northwestern, 20-17, on the road as a 13 point underdog.
Coach Kill is on indefinite leave to try and control his epilepsy and accompanying seizures, but his program got a big win over a Northwestern team that has now lost three straight games after opening the season 4-0. You really have to question how good Northwestern is because their four wins are over an FCS team (Maine), and three awful FBS teams (Cal, Syracuse and Western Michigan).