It wasn’t Friday the 13th, but Saturday the 12th proved equally as unlucky for a number of college football teams across the country. Headlined by Stanford, three formerly undefeated teams all lost in the seventh weekend of the 2013 campaign.
The Cardinal were taken down by Utah, 27-21. It was the Utes’ first-ever home win over a top five opponent. The program had previously beaten then-No. 4 Alabama in the 2009 Sugar Bowl.
Expected to dominate the Big 12, Oklahoma couldn’t even handle downtrodden rival Texas. The Sooners could have broken into the top 10 nationally, but instead were embarrassed in the Red River Rivalry, 36-20. The final score was much closer than the blowout nature of the game.
Penn State rebounded from the program’s first ever loss to Indiana a week prior by taking down a Michigan team that had been flirting with disaster for weeks now. The Wolverines nearly lost to both Akron and UConn, but finally dropped their first game of the year in a four-overtime thriller in front of a raucous homecoming crowd in Happy Valley.
Finally, Georgia had already lost one game, but still harbored SEC and national title hopes. Those vanished completely following a brutal, 41-26, home loss to a Mizzou team that now stands at 6-0.
It was a Saturday several teams will soon hope to forget. Others just turned their season around, and one crew – Mizzou – made a huge statement to the nation.