Be Careful FBS – The Recent History Of Week 11 Upsets
by Rick Bouch Scores & Statson
It’s Week 11 of the college football season and you know what that means – upsets! If the past three seasons are any indication, some of the nation’s top teams are going down this coming weekend. A loss at this point in the season will have a huge impact on conference races as well as the upcoming College Football Playoff.
2015 Three years ago, No. 12 Oklahoma took advantage of three Baylor turnovers and beat the sixth-ranked Bears 44-34. Running back Samaje Perine ran for 166 yards and two touchdowns and WR Sterling Shepard caught 14 passes for 177 yards and two scores. At quarterback for the Sooners was future Heisman winner Baker Mayfield.
On the same weekend, the No. 7 (Stanford), No. 9 (LSU), and No. 10 (Utah) teams all lost. All three lost to unranked teams as well. Oregon beat Stanford, Arkansas topped LSU, and Arizona upset Utah.
2016 The eleventh week of the 2016 season brought college football fans a number of conference matchups including unranked Iowa at No. 3 Michigan. It was a typical November Big Ten game featuring a lot of defense. The Wolverines managed just 201 yards of total offense but a 51-yard field goal by Kenny Allen with 9:35 to play in the game gave Michigan a 13-11 lead. The Hawkeyes answered with a Keith Duncan 33-yard field goal as time expired for the 14-13 upset victory.
No. 4 Washington hosted No. 20 USC and couldn’t muster much offense of its own and lost 26-13. Then Ole Miss QB Shea Patterson debuted in Week 11 leading the Rebels to 23 fourth-quarter points in a 29-28 upset of No. 8 Texas A&M. The state of Georgia fared well in Week 11 as well. Georgia Tech beat No. 14 Virginia Tech and Georgia upset eighth-ranked Auburn.
2017 For the second consecutive season, an unranked Georgia Tech was simply too much for Virginia Tech to handle. Yellow Jackets quarterback TaQuon Marshall completed all of two passes but both were for touchdowns as Georgia Tech won 28-22.
Week 11 was also a big day for the CFP Top 4. Top-ranked Georgia hosted No. 10 Auburn and lost 40-17. The Tigers completely outplayed Georgia on both sides of the ball. The two teams would meet again in the SEC title game with a different result.
Speaking of being outplayed, No. 3 Notre Dame turned the ball over four times and lost 41-8 to No. 7 Miami. The loss knocked the Irish right out of CFP contention.
This Week This year 2018 could feature more of the same and even for some of the same teams. Notre Dame, once again ranked No. 3 in the latest CFP poll, faces an unranked team from Florida – Florida State. The Irish will play that game at home but must do so without starting quarterback Ian Book, who will miss the game with a rib injury.
No. 24 Auburn gets another shot at pulling an upset of No. 5 Georgia. No. 16 Mississippi State travels to No. 1 Alabama and No. 7 LSU must play at Arkansas (remember 2015).
A game to watch in the Pac-12 is No. 8 Washington State playing at Colorado (5-4). The Buffaloes were 5-0 at one point but have lost four straight. The Cougars were rolling but won two close games the past two weeks winning by three (41-38) over Stanford and beating Cal 19-13.