This past weekend in college football was one full of upsets worth noting. The Washington Huskies shockingly fell to Arizona State on Saturday by a score of 13-7. Arizona’s offense looked great all night, forcing Huskies junior quarterback Jake Browning out of the pocket, and yielding five sacks. The Washington Huskies finished the game with only 230 yards of total offense, which was their lowest showing since falling to Alabama last year in the College Football Playoff semifinal. It was a performance nobody expected out of a PAC-12 dominant team.
Three other major college football upsets happened this weekend, which included Clemson, Washington State, and Auburn, who were all defeated by unranked teams. After this weekend, the PAC-12 conference became the only power conference that has no remaining undefeated teams. The Clemson Tigers were taken down by the Syracuse Orange by a close margin of 27-24. They just were unable to get the job done on the road. Washington State took a blowout loss to the California Golden Bears with a final score of 37-3, and Auburn was defeated by LSU by a score of 27-23 in Baton Rouge. These four upsets involved teams with a chance to make a serious playoff run. This weekend proved that it is extremely difficult to go undefeated in a college football season.
In terms of playoff implications, the Clemson Tigers have some serious work to do if they want to find themselves in the top four heading into the playoffs. They have three in-conference games left, none of which will be easy. If they can survive those games and also outplay their in-state rival South Carolina, they should have no problem getting back into one of those spots. However, if they fail to complete this, then their spot may be at risk. Washington State also found themselves in a hole after this weekend, as they really have to step up their play in order to make up for their lack of performance against California. If they want any chance of being trusted to advance, they must win back to back games against Stanford and Utah, but they also must take care of their in-state rival and win comfortably in order to make up for Friday night’s game and be taken seriously. These upsets all caused the ranked teams to have to step it up even more if they do not want to see their postseason chances slip away.