The college football season is well underway, and as expected, there have been plenty of upsets to shake up the rankings. From unranked teams taking down top contenders to unexpected blowouts, the first few weeks of the season have certainly been full of surprises. With the dust beginning to settle, it’s time to take a look at which teams are on the rise and how these upsets have shifted the landscape of college football.
One of the most notable upsets of the season came in Week 2 when unranked Oregon pulled off a stunning 35-28 victory over then-No. 3 Ohio State. The Ducks were widely considered to be the underdogs heading into the game, but delivered a dominant performance that undoubtedly caught the attention of the rest of the college football world. Their win propelled them into the Top 10 of the rankings and firmly established them as a legitimate threat in the Pac-12 Conference.
Another team that has seen a significant rise in the rankings is Iowa. The Hawkeyes have stormed out of the gates with impressive wins over then-No. 17 Indiana and then-No. 9 Iowa State, catapulting them all the way to No. 5 in the polls. Their defense has been nothing short of dominant, and they are quickly establishing themselves as one of the top teams in the country.
On the flip side, several high-profile teams have fallen in the rankings after suffering shocking upsets. Clemson, who entered the season as the No. 3 team in the nation, has stumbled to a 1-1 start after a surprising loss to unranked Georgia Tech. Similarly, Ohio State’s loss to Oregon dropped them out of the Top 5 for the first time in what feels like ages, and they will be looking to bounce back and regain their footing in the rankings.
In addition to these specific upsets, there have been several other underdog victories that have had ripple effects throughout the rankings. BYU’s win over then-No. 21 Utah and Arkansas’ upset of then-No. 15 Texas are just a couple of examples of how unpredictable and exciting the start of this college football season has been.
As the season progresses, it will be interesting to see how these upsets continue to shape the landscape of college football. Will Oregon and Iowa continue their impressive runs and solidify themselves as playoff contenders? Can traditional powerhouses like Clemson and Ohio State bounce back and reclaim their spots at the top of the rankings? With so much uncertainty and unpredictability, one thing is for sure – college football fans are in for an exciting and thrilling season.