Ranking the College Football Upsets Over the Weekend by Shock Value

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Ranking Week 6 College Football Upsets

1. Arizona Beats No. 2 Oregon 31-24 

After all of the crazy upsets that happened over the weekend, the most shocking remains the first one. This Thursday night match-up that lasted until 2 a.m. Friday morning on the East Coast should have been an omen for what was to come. In many ways, it was, and it stands out among all of the other upsets that followed for Week 6.

Arizona was undefeated just like Oregon. Arizona had beaten Oregon last year. But the Wildcats traveled to Eugene as 21-point underdogs, and nobody gave them a chance to win. Who could take a team seriously that needed a Hail Mary to beat Cal just two weeks before? It seemed impossible that Oregon would hurt its national championship hopes, and Marcus Mariota would ruin his Heisman hopes, in a home game on Thursday night against unranked team, even if that team is undefeated.

But Arizona hung around the entire game. If Oregon ever did take the lead, Rich Rodriguez’s squad responded. It was finally capped off with an epic win at the end, helped by a personal foul penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct against Oregon. The call was the right call to make by the referee, and he shouldn’t have to risk getting in trouble with his supervisor for not making the call just to protect somebody stupid enough to bow at midfield after making a play. So don’t blame him.

But the fact that the call made such a bid difference in the game, possibly determining the outcome, is as shocking as anything. In one weekend of crazy upsets, Arizona might have vaulted to the top among Pac 12 teams. And it all started with the upset they pulled against Oregon.