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.

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College Football Primetime

USC (1-2) vs Utah (3-0)

Trojans Breakdown

USC is off to its worst start since 2001 and its upcoming schedule won’t get any easier as the Trojans travel to face No. 23 Utah in a Pac-12 game Friday night (Enter Contest). USC is coming off a 27-10 loss Saturday at No. 6 Stanford, which dropped its record to 1-2 for the first time since Pete Carroll’s first season with the Trojans 15 years ago, and coach Clay Helton responded by replacing starting quarterback Max Browne, a junior, with freshman Sam Darnold.

Adoree’ Jackson is one of the most versatile and entertaining players in Division I and may need to take over this game to get the Trojans back on track. He’s a three-year starter at cornerback and also plays wide receiver and returns punt and kickoffs, putting him in the rare position of scoring touchdowns on a reception, interception return, punt and kickoff return during his career. Jackson, who limited Alabama sophomore wide receiver Calvin Ridley to two catches for nine yards in the season opener earlier this month, figures to draw the task of covering Utah’s senior wide receiver Tim Patrick.

Utes Breakdown

The Utes won’t have any pity for USC after the Trojans upset them 42-24 last season when they came to Los Angeles ranked No. 7, spoiling a 6-0 start. That game was the debut of Helton, who was made the permanent coach later in the season but has gone 1-4 since. Utah is led by quarterback Troy Williams, an L.A.-area product who is coming off a 20-for-28 performance last weekend against San Jose State, finishing with 257 yards and a touchdown. The Utes didn’t throw a touchdown pass until their third game last season. They already have four in 2016, with all of them caught by Patrick.

Utah’s defense delivered 10 sacks against San Jose and look to get after Darnold against one of the most experienced offensive lines in the country. Hunter Dimick leads the way with three sacks for Utah and brings plenty of experience, starting 23 games in his college career. Kylie Fitts was expected to be a key part of the defensive line, but suffered a season-ending injury two weeks ago, increasing the role of Filipo Mokofisi, who move from defensive tackle to Fitts’ former spot at defensive end last week and produced two sacks.

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