It was the first time in six weeks that the nation’s top six teams remain unscathed in a weekend, but there were still upsets in Week 12 college football.
There wasn’t a big seismic shift that took place at the top of college football from Week 12’s action. The top teams were playing, as usual, inferior competition, and they took care of business.
There was room for drama in the CFP race, though: No. 4 Georgia held on late to defeat No. 12 Auburn on the road, 21-14. The Bulldogs withstood an Auburn rally and came up with two separate fourth down stops in the game’s final five minutes.
No. 10 Oklahoma, too, was a road favorite against a plucky team in No. 13 Baylor. The Bears were undefeated, though they had not faced a top-tier team yet this season. After falling behind 28-3 in the second quarter, the Sooners stormed back in the second half to pull away a dramatic 34-31. It was the largest comeback in school history.
Instead, Week 12’s upset action was highlighted by the bottom of the 130 FBS teams. Winless Rice, who was 0-9 entering the weekend, defeated Middle Tennessee, 31-28 for its first win of the season.
The Owls might be celebrating this week, but there’s still plenty at stake: if they win their last two games of the season, they could finish with their best win-loss mark since 2016.
New Mexico State also moved away from the winless ranks, though that triumph came at the hands of FCS opponent Incarnate Word.
Here are the best upsets from Week 12.