Entering this weekend, the Southeastern Conference was on top of the college football world. The SEC ranked a record eight schools in last Sunday's Associated Press college football poll. Tomorrow's poll is likely to look much different, following a day comprised of one shocking upset after another.
Georgia falls to unranked Vandy
After a bruising loss to the Missouri Tigers last week, Georgia should have been a lock to comeback and beat up on unranked Vanderbilt. Having built up a 27-14 lead by late in the third quarter, the Bulldogs let it all slip away. Scoring 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, Vanderbilt squeezed out a 31-27 stunner that essentially ends any hope Georgia might have had of competing for an SEC championship.
Missouri boots Florida from Top 25
Despite starting freshman quarterback Maty Mauk in place of injured star James Franklin, the Missouri Tigers easily handled the Florida Gators in Columbia.
While not technically an upset, the Tigers were ranked 14th in the nation and the Gators were 22nd, few of the so-called experts believed that Mizzou could beat both Georgia and Florida in back-to-back weeks. It happened. Mauk threw for 295 yards in his first start and Andrew Baggett landed five field goals to carry the Tigers to an easy 36-17 win.
Texas A&M gets burned at home
Despite the fact that Johnny Manziel threw for 454 yards, notching four touchdowns and running in a fifth score on his own, the Auburn Tigers knocked off Texas A&M in a 45-41 upset. Manziel was injured when he was tackled on a run early in the fourth quarter, causing him to miss a series and clearly impacting his play through the rest of the game.
Coming into the game A&M was ranked 7th in the nation, while Auburn was hanging onto the bottom of the chart in the 24th slot.
South Carolina stumbles against Tennessee
The unranked Tennessee Volunteers scored a monster upset against the South Carolina Gamecocks, winning 23-21 with a dramatic field goal as time expired. Making matters worse for the Gamecocks, starting quarterback Connor Shaw left the game after being sacked during the final minutes of play. Coach Steve Spurrier said later that Shaw had a sprained knee.
The formerly 11th ranked Gamecocks slip to 5-2 and will have to face the Missouri Tigers next weekend.
Unranked Ole Miss tops LSU Tigers
In the biggest surprise of the day, sixth-ranked LSU found themselves watching in horror as Andrew Ritter made a 41-yard field goal with 2 seconds remaining to hand Mississippi a 27-24 victory. The loss will likely knock the Tigers out of the top 10 and end any talk of a possible run at the national championship.