By Joel Silverberg / @JoelSilverberg
Some of the one-loss teams in college football are confusing.
Oregon would still be undefeated if it didn’t blow a double-digit lead at home to Stanford. Texas would be without a loss if it didn’t stub its toe against Maryland. West Virginia’s high flying offense was grounded against Iowa State.
However, those teams are still alive for the playoff should there continue to be as many upsets as there were this weekend. Four of the top eight teams lost and eight ranked teams lost overall. Teams with two losses, however, are likely out barring some serious chaos.
Here’s this week’s good, bad and ugly.
The Good: Oregon. A game with two ranked teams trading punches throughout fittingly ended with a touchdown on the last play in overtime. The Ducks got a monster win over Washington. The Ducks can still make the Pac-12 title game, but the head-to-head loss to Stanford gives the tiebreaker to the Cardinal. Oregon will play its fourth consecutive ranked opponent when it visits Washington State Saturday.
Honorable Mention: Texas. Saturday’s win over Baylor combined with West Virginia’s loss gives the Longhorns control of its own destiny for the Big 12 regular season title. Texas heads into a bye week as the only team with an unblemished conference record.
The Bad: Miami. The Hurricanes couldn’t get anything going on the road against Virginia and now the ACC Coastal is in Virginia Tech’s control. Miami gets a week off to try and make some adjustments before heading to Boston College on October 26.
Honorable Mention: Penn State. The Nittany Lions are a fierce team, but for the second consecutive year Penn State lost back-to-back games to Ohio State and Michigan State in heartbreaking fashion. This year both games were at home, too. That two-game stretch will be tough to swallow by season’s end.
The Ugly: Georgia. Sure, it’s tough anytime a team plays a ranked conference opponent on the road. But LSU ran the Bulldogs out of Baton Rouge early on its way to a 20-point win. Georgia has a bye week before the neutral site game against Florida and then visits Kentucky. The Bulldogs should be favored to survive the stretch, but the SEC East is legitimately in question for Kirby Smart’s team and at the beginning of the season that didn’t seem possible.
Honorable Mention: Auburn. Last week it was questioned if the Tigers could get to eight wins. Then Auburn lost to Tennessee at home. Now Gus Malzahn’s team needs to finish 4-1 just to get there. The Ole Miss game in Oxford isn’t a gimme either after the Rebels had a frantic rally to stun Arkansas this weekend.