In college football, upsets are always lurking where fans least expect them. Ohio State, who was almost a three-touchdown favorite at conference-rival Penn State, found this out firsthand Saturday night.
With the raucous State College crowd of over 100,000 clad in all white, the Nittany Lions used a 60-yard touchdown return of a blocked field goal late in the 4th Quarter to propel them to a 24-21 victory over the Buckeyes. The loss sent Ohio State (6-1, 3-1 in Big 10) tumbling down six spots to 8th in the Amway Coaches’ Poll.
While the Buckeyes were licking their wounds, top-ranked Alabama kept stability at the top of the standings. The Crimson Tide won their 20th straight contest on Saturday, beating a game Texas A&M squad 33-14. Alabama (8-0, 5-0 in the SEC) stays at No. 1 in the Amway Coaches’ Poll, earning 63 of 64 first-place votes, while the Aggies (6-1, 4-1) fell to 10th.
The Ohio State loss moved Michigan up to No. 2 in the Amway Coaches’ Poll. The Wolverines (7-0, 4-0 in the Big 10) easily handled Illinois 41-8 this past weekend in Ann Arbor. Fellow conference member Nebraska (7-0, 4-0) jumped three spots to 6th after a 27-14 win against Purdue while West Virginia catapulted into the top-10 at No. 9 on the back of a 34-10 home victory over TCU.
The biggest jump in the Amway Coaches’ Poll belonged to Auburn. The Tigers (5-2, 3-1 in the SEC) dismantled Arkansas 56-3 and leaped seven spots to 17th. Houston (6-2) earned the biggest fall, losing at below .500 SMU 38-16. The Cougars dropped 13 places to 24th and have now lost two of their past three contests since starting the year 5-0.
Most entertaining game of the past weekend: Oklahoma’s 66-59 shootout win at Texas Tech. The two teams combined for the most total yards in NCAA history and the second most points scored ever in a contest involving a ranked team. As a reward, the Sooners (5-2, 4-0 in the Big 12) improved one spot to 15th in the Amway Coaches’ Poll.
The Coaches’ Poll and AFCA Coaches’ Trophy
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