It was the craziest week of the 2013 college football year. There were a total of seven ranked teams that fell on Saturday, four of which were defeated by unranked opponents.
Mack Brown got what he needed most, a convincing 36-20 win over No. 12 Oklahoma, and No. 18 Michigan fell 43-40 in a four-overtime thriller in Happy Valley to a Penn State team that had been thumped the previous Saturday by Indiana.
Missouri finally got the best of a banged up Georgia squad by winning 41-26, but lost starting quarterback James Franklin to a separated shoulder. According to CBS Sports, Franklin will be out for at least six weeks, which would be the rest of the regular season. The Dawgs, of course, are now out of the BCS National Championship race.
The No. 2 Oregon Ducks went into Seattle and looked impressive against a Washington squad that, coming in, had been solid defensively and had held opponents to just 14.8 points per game. The Ducks defeated the Huskies for the 10th consecutive year by a score of 45-24.
LSU also took down Florida in a defensive battle 17-6 and Texas A&M escaped with a last-second field goal to defeat Ole Miss 41-38. Both teams were able to keep themselves in the national and SEC Championship hunt.
Game Attended: Baylor 35 at Kansas State 25
No. 15 Baylor went into Bill Snyder Family Stadium with an offense averaging an astounding 70.5 points per game and 781.5 yards per game. The Bears had blown out their first four opponents of the year and were expected to do so again against a three-loss Kansas State team. To their surprise, the Wildcats played tough defensively and had their chances to pull off the upset.
Kansas State does not quite have the offense Baylor does, but it was able to move the ball on the ground throughout the game and accounted for 327 rushing yards. Quarterback Daniel Sams had a big day running the ball, as he rushed for 199 yards and scored all three Wildcat touchdowns.
It’s a bit of a concern for the Baylor defense that Kansas State accounted for that many rushing yards, especially when it was aware that Sams would be running the ball when he subbed in for Jake Waters, who is the passing quarterback.
Also, Baylor only outgained Kansas State by one yard. The total yard count was 446-445.
If the Wildcats would have come away with points on their first possession when they were stopped on fourth down on Baylor’s 9-yard line, converted at least one of their two two-point conversions and converted a 41-yard field goal with 6:49 left in the fourth quarter, the game could have ended differently.
Going into the fourth quarter Kansas State led 25-21, but Baylor scored 14 unanswered points to win 35-25 and stay unbeaten.
Overall Record: 50-20
Week 7 Record: 6-4
Note: Team in bold indicates author’s pick
Prediction: Georgia 41, Missouri 36
Result: Missouri 41, Georgia 26
Prediction: Oklahoma 42, Texas 20
Result: Texas 36, Oklahoma 20
Prediction: LSU 28, Florida 23
Result: LSU 17, Florida 6
Prediction: Wisconsin 38, Northwestern 31
Result: Wisconsin 35, Northwestern 6
Prediction: Oregon 49, Washington 31
Result: Oregon 45, Washington 24
Prediction: Baylor 45, Kansas State 27
Result: Baylor 35, Kansas State 25
Prediction: Michigan 31, Penn State 23
Result: Penn State 43, Michigan 40 (4OT)
Prediction: Stanford 35, Utah 24
Result: Utah 27, Stanford 21
Prediction: BYU 35, Georgia Tech 28
Result: BYU 38, Georgia Tech 20
Prediction: Texas A&M 41, Ole Miss 32
Result: Texas A&M 41, Ole Miss 38
There wasn't a bigger storyline from Saturday than Mack Brown and his Longhorns knocking off Oklahoma for the first time since 2009. With Brown receiving criticism after his team’s non-conference blowout losses to BYU and Ole Miss, all Texas has done is win. It is 3-0 in Big 12 play for the first time since 2009 and is now a contender to win the conference title.
Just a week ago, the Longhorns barely defeated a less-than-mediocre Iowa State team on the road causing critics to once again express their views of Brown needing to be finished at Texas. Brown, though, had his team ready and left Dallas with one of his biggest wins in three years.
Quarterback Case McCoy threw for 190 yards and two touchdowns while running back Johnathan Gray rushed for 123 yards. The Texas defense had a 31-yard interception return for a touchdown and held the Sooners to 263 yards on offense.
Texas will have a bye week then travel to TCU on October 26. The 'Horns lost to the Horned Frogs last season 20-13 in Austin.