College Football: TCU at Utah Leads Game of the Week Contests on Saturday

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College Football: TCU at Utah Leads Game of the Week Contests on Saturday
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Good fortune smiles upon the circumstances of schedule and chance this Saturday with three contests that could easily be called the game of the week.

Historically, fate has been unkind to favorites playing on the first Saturday after Halloween. The following are examples from each of the past five decades:

No.1: 1962– Undefeated Auburn, talented and powerful, met a Florida team sporting a 3-3 record. The Gators upset  the Auburn Tigers 22-3 on the first Saturday in November. 

No.2: 1975– Undefeated Southern California, in coach John McKay's final season, met 4-3 California on the first Saturday in November. The Bears shocked USC, 28-14.

No.3: 1980– Undefeated Alabama, winner of 28 straight games, met a Mississippi State squad who had been blown out earlier in the year by Southern Mississippi.

On the first Saturday in November, the Maroon Bulldogs knocked off the mighty Crimson Tide, 6-3.

No.4: 1998– Undefeated Ohio State, rolling to an apparent national championship, was shocked 28-24 by coach Nick Saban's 4-4 Michigan State Spartans on the first Saturday in November.

No.5: 2002– Undefeated Virginia Tech played host to a Pittsburgh Panther team who would eventually make its way to the Insight Bowl. On the first Saturday in November, Pitt upset the Hokies, 28-21. 

The following three games do not create the "David vs. Goliath" scenario as outlined above however, there would be monumental shock waves sent through the college football world if the favored teams do not come out ahead.

But then, it will be the first Saturday in November.

 

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