College Football, USA — For the first time since 1985 the #2, #3 and #4 ranked teams all lost on the same day. The doomsday domino effect started in Clemson, SC where Pitt snapped the longest active home winning streak in the nation with a last second field goal. That brilliant kick secured their 43-42 victory over the undefeated Tigers.
The clutch kicking continued in Iowa City where the Hawkeyes handed Michigan their first loss of the season by beating the Wolverines 14-13 with a nail biting last second field goal. The upsets were far from over, as there would be one more unbeaten team to fall before the end of the night.
From coast to coast, the contagion spread as the unblemished Huskies fell victim to the USC Trojans – losing their first game of the year 26-13 (which was predicted by FootballGazzette.com in our article “Road to CFP paved with upsets”).
In the case of the Huskies, the kicking didn’t do them in. Heisman candidate Jake Browning was tormented by the tenacious Trojan D the entire game.
Up until yesterday Browning had only thrown 3 interceptions all season, but he was picked off twice last night by Adoree’ Jackson. The Trojan’s defensive domination culminated with a 4th quarter safety that left Browning face down in the wrong end zone. That play proved to seal the Huskies fate.
There won’t be any debate about who deserves the #1 spot – BAMA stands alone, again.