Week 7 of the college football season suddenly became topsy-turvy on Oct. 11. Several BCS contenders were either upset or scared, which is probably a sign that the last year of the BCS will be as messy as ever. It certainly got messy for the Stanford Cardinal, who had their national title dreams spoiled in an early upset for the second straight year, this time by the Utah Utes in a 27-21 loss.
Last year, the Cardinals got stunned by the Washington Huskies, which kept them from a national title shot after they beat the Oregon Ducks and won the Pac-12 anyway. Stanford could have to settle for that yet again, although Oregon was supposed to be the Pac-12 team that got tested on Oct. 11 -- against none other than Washington.
But while the Ducks overcame the Huskies, the Cardinals weren’t so lucky against the Utes. After they traded two touchdowns each in the first quarter, Utah got some distance and took a 27-14 lead early in the fourth. Stanford cut it to 27-21 and then had a seven-minute plus drive down to the Utah goal line, yet was finally stopped at the 6-yard line.
The Ducks still can’t breathe easy in the Pac-12 race, although they have one less challenger for the BCS. The Cardinal joined the Georgia Bulldogs, Oklahoma Sooners and Michigan Wolverines in falling out of that race on Oct. 11, while the Clemson Tigers, Texas A&M Aggies and Baylor Bears came closer than expected to joining them.
Here is a list of the best and most surprising college football games of Week 7, which may be the first of many weeks to weed out the BCS field.