HOUSTON, Sporting Alert – No. 3 Oklahoma and No. 5 LSU were among the top 10 teams in the AP Top 25 college football rankings to fall in a very busy Week 1 of action.
The opening upset in Week 1 came at the NRG Stadium in Texas, where No. 15 Houston stunned the third-ranked Sooners 33-23 on Saturday to show everyone that they were ready to play in the Big 12 Conference.
One of the highlighted plays of the game came in 8:28 in the third quarter, when Brandon Wilson took advantage of an Oklahoma missed field goal to travel from end line to end zone to score a touchdown in front of a crowd of 71,054.
Greg Ward Jr., who passed for 321 yards and two touchdowns and Steven Dunbar, who took seven catches for 125 yards, also played key roles in the victory.
It was the Cougars’ first win over an AP Top 3 program since they defeated No. 3 Texas during the 1984 season.
Houston, which also beat No. 9 Florida State in the Peach Bowl last year, was winning back-to-back games against AP Top 10 teams for the 1st time in school history.
Houston head coach Tom Herman said his team has already past the point of proving how good they are, and will let the performance on the field do all the talking.
“We were prepared to win. We expected to win. We train to win,” Herman said.
“It wasn’t about making a statement, it was about going 1-0 the first week of the season.”
Meanwhile, Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops says his star quarterback Baker Mayfield is partly to be blamed for the loss, as he held the ball in the pocket too long sometimes, trying to seek out big plays, “instead of taking what was there.”
“That’s all on me,” he said of the setback. “[The receivers] got open. That’s all on me as the leader of the team and the captain.
“It’s my job to deliver the ball. They got open for me. They did their part.
“Now, it’s my responsibility to just deliver it to them.”
It was also revealed that Mayfield had been battling with a shoulder injury during the game.
At Lambeau Field, Wisconsin, which was dropped from the preseason rankings, made sure that there will be some adjustments in the next release after stunning the fifth-ranked LSU 16-14 on Saturday.
The Badgers were the better side for most of the contest, especially in the first half where they took a 13-0 lead into the interval.
The Tigers rallied to take a 14-13 lead in the third quarter and looked well on course to blow the contest wide open.
However, Wisconsin showed that they were no pushovers – matching LSU blow-for-blow before Rafael Gaglianone kicked a 47-yard field goal with 3:47 left to seal the win for the Badgers.
So, what had been predicted to be easy win for the LSU Tigers, turned out to be a heartbreaking defeat for Les Miles side.
Another AP Top 10 college football team falling in Week 1 was No. 10 Notre Dame, which went down to a very determined Texas side on Sunday night.
The two sides battled continuously throughout the contest, until Tyrone Swoopes wrapped up the game with a lunging 6-yard touchdown run in the second overtime for the 50-47 win.
Three defeats to Top 10 teams in Week 1 will certainly create some movement in the next release of the AP Top 25.
AP Top 10 Teams Falling In Week 1
No. 15 Houston 33, No. 3 Oklahoma 23
Wisconsin 16, No. 5 LSU 14
Texas 50, No. 10 Notre Dame 47