Alabama finally lossing is obviously the biggest surprise of the weekend. I was routing for LSU last weekend thinking that if the Tigers couldn't pull off the upset then Alabama would likely go undefeated during the regular season. Alabama was en rout for another exciting come back bid but fell one pass completion short, which was on fourth down with about 1:36 remaining in the game.
So first we must ask: How did the Crimson Tide lose? Well, they finished -3 in the turnover margin. Last week the Tide finished -2 in the turnover margin vs LSU, but were able to make a comeback victory. Unfortunately they weren't so fortunate this time around. Great teams like Alabama are able to make big plays and dig themselves out of a hole when the game is on the line, but great teams shouldn't find themselves in a hole very often because fourth quarter comebacks require not only a lot of talent and poise, but also a little bit of luck that is liable to not go your way. So as I have said before, turnovers are the single most important statistic in college football that decides games and turnovers are what very well may have destroyed the Crimson Tide's shot at the BCS Championship, but I believe they can still find their way back to the #2 spot if everything goes their way in November ( ex. Some other top teams need to blow it).
In other news, which is likely to be overshadowed by the defeat of #1 Alabama, undefeated #9 Louisville suffered their first lost today against 5-5 Syracuse. The Cards finished -2 in the turnover margin. Although the loss will inevitably cause Louisville's #9 BCS ranking to take a hit, they are still likely to make it to the Orange Bowl, given that they win their final two Big East contests. First vs 4-6 UCONN next week. Followed by, what should essentially be the "Big East Championship Game", 8-1 Rutgers.
I am feeling like it's only a matter of time before the Gators blow it (again). Today they avoided having to go into overtime with Louisiana-Lafayette (Sun Belt Conference) by returning a blocked punt for a TD with 2 seconds left in the game. The Gators went into half time up 10-3, then went into the 4th quarter down 13-17. It has been two weeks in a row now that the Gators have nearly been upset. The Gators will face Jacksonville State next week and will finish the season off with in state rival Florida State. Awhile ago I would have said they only have one threat left on their schedule, but now I'm not so sure.