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Big Upsets Continue In College Football

By Chris Lin
sports columnist

This past weekend the college football world appeared to go pretty smoothly, with the top nine teams winning handily.

Blowout was the genre of the day Saturday. The nation's top three teams - Florida, Ohio State, and Florida State - beat their "opposition" by a combined score of 14110. As of today, all three teams have two weeks of warm-up games before virtual bowls take place.

Florida and Florida State will meet Nov. 30 in Tallahassee undefeated, and the winner will most likely play Nebraska in a bowl that claims to be the national championship game. That title will hinge greatly on the outcome of the Ohio State-Michigan game in Columbus, Ohio on Nov. 23.

This will be the third time in the last four years Ohio State has gone into the Michigan game undefeated. In the previous two, the Buckeyes came out losers, both times taking them out of the Rose Bowl and the national championship. Going into this year's game, the only certainty is that both teams will be pumped beyond belief.

However, some of the drama might have been taken away by this past weekend. The Northwestern Wildcats, ranked 11th, got spanked in the snow by 15th ranked Penn State. It was their first Big Ten loss since Nov. 19, 1994, also at the hands of Penn State.

The outcome of the game came to no surprise to me (see my column from last Tuesday), but what was surprising was how easily the Nittany Lions dismantled the Wildcat defense. With that loss, all Ohio State has to do is win its next two games against Illinois and Indiana to clinch their first trip to the Rose Bowl since the Reagan administration.

Then again, anything can happen. The Ohio State Buckeyes' first opponent of the season was Rice, whom the Buckeyes shellacked 707. Well, that same Rice team is now 53, punctuated with their 5110 blowout of 20th-ranked Utah Saturday.

Two weeks ago, West Virginia was undefeated and ranked in the top ten. Now, two dream-ending losses later to Miami and Syracuse have them out of the polls altogether. The next two weeks do not seem that exciting, but that just means some outrageous upsets and events are on the horizon, kind of like when Sting turned bad in World Championship Wrestling.