The PAC-12 did significant damage on Upset Saturday. All three wins by unranked PAC-12 teams, forced three top ranked teams – Wisconsin, Nebraska, Oklahoma State — out of the AP Poll and made room for two of the spoilers.
The #22 slot went to UCLA after defeating Nebraska 36-30.Freshman QB Brett Hundley passed for 305 yards-4 TDs and no interceptions against the Blackshirts. They converted 9 of 20 third downs while Nebraska could only convert 1 of 11 which came on the first play in the fourth quarter. The Bruins Datone Jones created the momentum at 8:44 to play when he pummeled Huskers Taylor Martinez in the end zone for a safety.
Arizona moved into the poll for the first time at #24 after shocking Oklahoma St 59-38. Oklahoma State jumped out to a quick 14 point lead on their first two drives. The game shifted when Cowboys DT Calvin Barnett was hit with consecutive personal fouls on Zona QB Adam Scott in the same play. Arizona then racked up 23 straight points and never lost the lead. Burnett started out the 3rd quarter with a personal foul, and it appeared the Cowboys would be back as they brought the game to within 2 points (30-28) with 4:54 to play. The Wildcats scored another TD in less than 2 minutes and never looked back.
Wisconsin lost to Oregon St 10-7 when an onside kick call was over-turned. Oregon St held Wisconsin scoreless until late in the 4th Quarter.
Louisiana-Monroe put the icing on Upset Saturday by beating #8 Arkansas. Arkansas fell completely out of the poll after a 34-31 OT loss. It’s the second largest fall out of the poll – Michigan was worse in 2007 after losing to Appalachian State. This is another significant blow to the Razorback program this year; former head coach Bobby Petrino was fired earlier this year after he was involved in a motorcyle accident that revealed he had been involved in an inappropriate personal relationship. Petrino had begun having great success with the Razorback program as their 2011 #5 ranking was the highest since 1977. Arkansas next faces #1 Alabama.
The top 4 in last week’s poll maintained their position — #1 Alabama, #2 USC, #3 LSU, #4 Oregon.
Florida State and Oklahoma are tied at #5. FSU has demolished their opponents in the first two weeks 124-3, but they don’t play a ranked opponent until Week 4 when they face #11 Clemson. Oklahoma is bye in Week 3 and faces #15 Kansas State in Week 4. Oklahoma and FSU opened against each other in 2011, but are not scheduled to play each other to answer the question which team is better. Critics argue Oklahoma because they have a much tougher schedule than FSU this year.
Rounding out the top ten are Georgia, South Carolina, West Virginia and Michigan State.
Georgia didn’t move up this week even though they defeated new SEC member Missouri. Georgia, without four starters, had a sloppy first half, but finally found their game in the second half to blow pass Missouri 41-20.
The #18 Florida Gators moved up 6 spots after defeating the other newest SEC member Texas A&M, 20-17. The difference in the game was one error by the young Aggies. Yet, behind RSF QB Johnny Manziel, the Aggies demonstrated they can play in the SEC.
Michigan State, Clemson, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Texas, Kansas State and TCU all moved up spots to 11-16.
Michigan, moving up two spots to #17, responded this week with a win over Air Force, 31-25. Robinson added 422-yards total offense-4 TDs-1 interception. The Falcons Dietz and Getz kept coming back and brought Air Force within 3 points of the Wolverines at 12:01 the 4th Quarter. The Wolverine defense shut them down for the rest of the quarter.
Louisville, Notre Dame, and Stanford moved up to 19-21, while #23 Tennessee and #25 BYU entered the poll for the first time this season.