Tennessee-Pittsburgh, Kentucky-Florida, USC-Stanford and more
A relatively modest slate of college football games turned into chaos as two of the top 10 teams were upset at home against unranked opponents in the five-man group.
The No. 6 Texas A&M was stunned by Appalachian State 17-14 at College Station shortly after No. 8 Notre Dame fell to Marshall in South Bend.
Suddenly, two teams that entered the season with playoff aspirations find themselves with a lot of questions to answer.
And just to add more spice to the day, 19th-ranked Wisconsin lost at home to heavy underdog Washington State.
This all came after No. 1 Alabama narrowly escaped a big upset loss to Texas, ultimately winning 20-19. It turned out that the drama wasn’t over.
There are a lot of big games to play in the day. Will we see more top 25 teams go down?
Here are some of the key matches we are watching.
Time: 7 p.m. | Television: ESPN | Line: UF -5.5 | Overall: 52.5
Prior to 2018, Florida had won 31 straight games with Kentucky. However, Kentucky has won two of the last four in the series, including a 20-13 win last fall at Lexington. Can the Wildcats start over? British fans are full of optimism after the team won 10 games last year and star QB Will Levis is back. The Gators have their own star QB in Anthony Richardson, who was instrumental in the team’s impressive season-opening win over Utah.
Time: 7:30 p.m. | Television: ABC | Line: USC -8.5 | Overall: 67.5
USC kicked off the Lincoln Riley era with a blowout victory over Rice thanks to a solid defensive performance and a solid debut with the Trojans for transfer QB Caleb Williams. He will make his Pac-12 debut at Stanford on Saturday. He will be opposed by another future NFL quarterback in Tanner McKee. McKee didn’t get much help on offense during his tenure as a starter, but the Cardinal hopes EJ Smith, son of NFL legend Emmitt Smith, can become a weapon.
Time: 10:15 p.m. | Television: ESPN | Line: BYU -3.5 | Overall: 53.5
After winning a Big 12 title with Gerry Bohanon, Baylor coach Dave Aranda switched quarterbacks, naming Blake Shapen the starter against Bohanon in the spring. That decision will be put to the test this week against a strong BYU team. While Baylor blasted an FCS team in Week 1, BYU traveled across the country and outscored South Florida, 50-21. The Cougars are trying to make an early-season statement for a program with several high-profile games on its schedule this year.