Pick Six: Startling college football scores

Even during a relatively routine first month of the football

season, there have been a few scores that have jumped off the


It’s not always the huge upsets that draw attention. Sometimes a

score is so surprisingly lopsided it makes a statement on its


OREGON 72, NEW MEXICO 0. After an unsettled offseason, the Ducks

showed they would be able to function just fine without quarterback

Jeremiah Masoli, who was kicked off the team. And right off the

bat, we got to find out just how bad the Lobos would be this


OKLAHOMA 47, FLORIDA STATE 17. The first big game of the Jimbo

Fisher era showed that changing a few coaches wasn’t quite enough

to fix what had been ailing Florida State during its final few

seasons under Bobby Bowden.

JAMES MADISON 21, VIRGINIA TECH 16. Any time a team from what

used to be I-AA, such as James Madison, pulls off an Appalachian

State-style upset it causes a stir. But this one was especially

significant because of the long-term effect it could have on Boise

State’s BCS run. The Broncos are hoping to hold up their victory

against Virginia Tech in Week 1 as proof they belong in the

national championship game.

MIAMI 31, PITTSBURGH 3. The low point of a forgettable September

for both the Big East and the Panthers. Is the gap really this wide

between what was supposed to be the favorite in the Big East and

one of the ACC’s best?

UCLA 34, TEXAS 12. The Longhorns were more than a two-touchdown

favorite at home, but the upset and the decisiveness of it was

shocking. The Bruins exposed Texas’ offensive problems and pushed

around a defense that was considered the Longhorns’ strength. And

two weeks after getting shutout at home by Stanford, UCLA looks

like it’s on the rise under Rick Neuheisel.

MISSISSIPPI STATE 24, GEORGIA 12. Lose to Arkansas and South

Carolina and it’s a rough start to the season, but not quite reason

to panic. Lose at Mississippi State to start 0-3 in the SEC, and

Mark Richt really does have to worry about his job security. On the

other side, Dan Mullen’s rebuilding job in Starkville takes a big

step forward.