A Week to Forget: Oregon Goes Down
Note to all college football teams: Regardless of what Texas Tech may have you believe, you shouldn't make appearing in this weekly column a goal of yours.
And now, on with the show.
Florida Gators (L 34-17 vs. Vanderbilt)
Normally when Gator fans are exiting the stadium early in the fourth quarter, it's because Florida already has the game in hand. This week, it was because they were being schooled by Vanderbilt. Will Muschamp's job may be in jeopardy after the Gators were controlled from start to finish in a 34-17 loss to James Franklin's Commodores, and more likely than not, Florida won't be playing in a bowl game for the first time since 1991 because of it.
Maryland Terrapins (L 20-3 vs. Syracuse)
A month ago, Maryland was ranked in the top 25 and preparing for an undefeated showdown with Florida State. Now, they've lost four of five, with this week's loss 20-3 home loss to a mediocre Syracuse team being the most brutal of the bunch. Don't expect the Terrapins to beat Virginia Tech or Boston College if they pull out another performance like this. That means that despite starting the season 5-1, Maryland's bowl eligibility (and Randy Edsall's job) may be determined in the season finale against NC State.
Miami Hurricanes (L 42-24 vs. Virginia Tech)
You could see this coming a mile away. Miami's dreams of an undefeated season came to an end at the hands of Florida State last week, leaving us to wonder whether or not the Hurricanes could find the motivation to rebound this week. Clearly they did, as they allowed 28 first half points to a Virginia Tech team that was coming off of losses to Duke and Boston College. Suddenly, remaining games at Duke and Pittsburgh aren't looking so easy for Al Golden's team.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (L 28-21 at Pittsburgh)
When these two teams play, you can expect close game. That was the case again Saturday night, with the Panthers pulling off the upset over the Irish. Notre Dame had every chance in the world to win the game but simply couldn't make plays at crucial times. It also didn't help that they turned it over three times, with two of those being Tommy Rees interceptions in the fourth quarter. The Irish will be unranked next week.
Texas Tech Red Raiders (L 49-26 vs. Kansas State)
Texas Tech must enjoy appearing in 'A Week to Forget' since this is its third straight week here. After a 7-0 start and a top 10 ranking, the Red Raiders now find themselves losers of three in a row, with the latest being a 49-26 home loss to Kansas State. Tech was down 35-10 at halftime and had no answer for the Wildcats' rushing attack. A fourth consecutive appearance on this list may come following next week's game against undefeated Baylor.
Oregon Ducks (L 26-20 at Stanford)
After dominating opponents week in and week out, Oregon found themselves being dominated by Stanford. The Ducks, a team that normally averages 50+ points per game, didn't score a single point against the Cardinal until 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter. They did mount a furious rally, but it wasn't to be as Oregon's dreams of a national championship took a massive hit with the loss. Marcus Mariota suffering an MCL sprain didn't exactly add to the list of good news.
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