The most shocking development over the weekend may be the news that Pittsburgh and Syracuse are headed to the ACC, but there were plenty of surprising results on the field as well. Ohio State lost big at Miami, Boston College lost at home to Duke on a missed 23-yard field goal with less than a minute to go, and Texas won by 29 points at UCLA after the Bruins won by 22 in Austin last season. There were also some interesting near-scares and some unexpected blowouts.
Most surprising result from the college football weekend?
Braden Gall (@AthlonBraden)
There were a lot of second-half scores that totally caught me off guard: Ole Miss trailing 30-0 heading into the fourth quarter against Vanderbilt, Iowa trailing at home 27-10 to Pitt with 12 minutes to go, and Louisiana Tech leading 34-7 over Houston in the third quarter. All were alarming, but none raised the eyebrows more than Miami controlling the line of scrimmage against Ohio State in Al Golden’s first win at his new school. Obviously, the Buckeyes are missing an array of star players at key positions, but this was a thorough butt-whipping. The U, which has struggled to stop Big Ten teams in the trenches lately, totally dominated up front. Lamar Miller is finally a household name after his 184 rushing yards, and the defense stymied the Bucks to the tune of 209 total yards. Was I shocked that the Hurricanes beat Ohio State? No, but I was completely awestruck by the way they won the game. And give all the credit to Coach Golden.
Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)
I think the most surprising result was that a Central Time, non-overtime game (Oklahoma State defeated Tulsa, 59-33) ended at 3:35 a.m. on Sunday morning. But to stick with the spirit of the question, I’ve got to go with Ole Miss being destroyed, 30-7, by Vanderbilt. It was not a shock that the Commodores won at home, but the way they did it has fans angry in the Magnolia State and elated in Music City. It was 30-0 before the Rebel Black Bears scored their first points with less than three minutes to go. It was Vandy’s largest margin of victory over an SEC opponent since 1971 and was the first time the Commodores beat a conference foe by 20+ points since 1992, when Gerry DiNardo's team defeated Ole Miss 31-9. As for Houston Nutt, the humiliating game was his third loss in four games against Vanderbilt since he’s been in Oxford. After starting his Ole Miss tenure with two nine-win seasons, Nutt has gone 5-10, including a loss to FCS Jacksonville State. Additionally, Mississippi State has surpassed the Rebels on the instate food chain under Dan Mullen. The loss in Nashville seems to be a sign of a crumbling program at Ole Miss, and not just another bad Saturday.
Mitch Light (@AthlonMitch)
This wasn’t exactly a high-profile game, but I was stunned that UNLV not only beat Hawaii but that the margin (40–20) was so decisive. The Runnin’ Rebs had lost their first two games, at Wisconsin and at Washington State, by a combined score of 110–24. Hawaii, on the other hand, beat Colorado soundly in its opener, 34–17, and played well in a 40–32 loss at Washington in Week 2. But give credit to UNLV; the Rebs used a balanced attack (179 yards rushing and 186 yards passing) on offense and, defensively, made Hawaii one dimensional by shutting down the Warriors’ running game. It was a huge victory for second-year coach Bobby Hauck, who had only won two of his first 15 games at UNLV.