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In one of the biggest weeks of upsets over ranked teams this season, 9 teams ranked in the top 25 lost, five of those losses were to unranked teams, and four of them were won by more than two scores. Parity in college football is certainly not dead and this was a great week of teams showing off that no team is immune to the big upset.
Here are seven of the biggest upsets from Week 12 of College Football:
7. Northwestern over #18 Notre Dame – Defending the honor of the Big Ten against the team that trounced the Michigan Wolverines and the Purdue Boilermakers back in September, the Northwestern Wildcats, riding managed to knocked the Fighting Irish down a few more pegs by beating them on the road.
6. Missouri over #24 Texas A&M – With Missouri in control of their own destiny, the Tigers needed to beat Texas A&M on the road in order to keep their SEC title hopes alive. They got it definitively by winning decisively – and now they only need to beat the Vols and Razorbacks to earn a place in the SEC title game.
5. Arkansas over #17 LSU – With a 17-game losing streak against SEC teams at play, the Razorbacks finally got that much needed win in front of all of their fans. Despite their record, the Razorbacks would probably be a title contender if they played in any other FBS conference.
4. #20 Wisconsin over #16 Nebraska – Setting aside the record-setting, Heisman trophy-caliber performance by RB Melvin Gordon, the Badgers now control their own destiny for a place in the Big Ten title game. And with that running back, anything is possible.
3. #15 Georgia over #9 Auburn – Todd Gurley may have been injured in the end of that game, but assuming he is alright, the Bulldogs will be a scary team to face in whichever Bowl game they rightfully get placed in. And if Missouri stumbles, they could even be in the SEC title game.
2. Oregon State over #6 Arizona State – The Badgers won’t see any change in their standings, but beating the Sun Devils leaves a glimmer of hope that they can go from a four-game winning streak to bowl eligible if they can get one more upset over Oregon in the season finale.
1. #5 Alabama over #1 Mississippi State – Not much of an upset considering how predictable the win seemed. Nonetheless, the Crimson Tide – who have been all but written off since losing to Ole Miss last month – are now in front of the SEC title picture and will undoubtedly find themselves in the College Football Playoff rankings this week.