College Football Playoffs picture shakeup
Here is a rundown of the huge upset that affects the College Football Playoffs picture (Enter Contests).
Pittsburgh vs Clemson
Blewitt didn’t blow it. Pittsburgh kicker Chris Blewitt kicked a 48-yard field goal with six seconds remaining as the Panthers stunned No. 2 Clemson 43-42 Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium, knocking the Tigers from the ranks of the unbeaten and damaging their hopes for a return trip to the College Football Playoff. Pittsburgh stuffed Clemson running back Wayne Gallman for a one-yard loss on a fourth-and-1 play at the Pittsburgh 35-yard line with less than a minute to play and quickly drove 34 yards in six plays to set up Blewitt for the winning score.
Michigan vs Iowa
On a stunning Saturday in college football, the carnage continued inside Kinnick Stadium. Freshman kicker Keith Duncan connected on a 33-yard field goal as time expired to lift Iowa to a stunning 14-13 upset of No. 3 Michigan The heavily favored Wolverines (9-1, 6-1 Big Ten) were dealt a blow to their College Football Playoff chances, but will likely still qualify if they win their remaining games. Michigan gave Iowa life when quarterback Wilton Speight threw an interception to freshman cornerback Manny Rugamba, who was filling in place of an injured Greg Mabin. Iowa gave it right back when a deep ball from quarterback C.J. Beathard intended for wide receiver Jerminic Smith was picked off by Michigan cornerback Channing Stribling.
It appeared Michigan would then salt away the win, but the Hawkeyes forced a three-and-out, and the Wolverines’ Grant Perry was called for a face mask during a Desmond King punt return. It gave Iowa the ball at Michigan’s 36-yard line. Iowa (6-4, 4-3) had converted only 3 of 15 third down attempts, but it got a fourth when Beathard ran up the middle on a quarterback draw for eight yards to move the chains and set up Duncan.
USC vs Washington
Redshirt freshman Sam Darnold threw for 287 yards and two touchdowns as unranked USC upset the fourth-ranked Washington Huskies 26-13 on Saturday to further cloud the playoff picture. The Trojans (7-3 overall, 6-2 in the Pac-12 South) jumped out to an 11-point halftime lead and held on for their sixth consecutive win, while Washington (9-1, 6-1 Pac-12 North) is the third unbeaten team to lose Saturday. Only Alabama remains with a perfect records this year.