We’re a third of the way through the season, and 13 of the teams in the preseason coaches’ top 25 already have lost at least once. Five have lost twice and another — Georgia — has lost three times.
Three of those teams were in the preseason top 10: No. 4 Texas, No. 6 Virginia Tech (which has lost twice) and No. 10 Iowa.
Virginia Tech lost to a FCS school — at home, no less — but Texas’ loss to UCLA on Saturday still might be the most shocking. It’s not that Texas lost, necessarily, but that the Longhorns were physically dominated up front.
UCLA had an inauspicious start to the game. The Bruins punted on their first possession. They took over at Texas’ 20 on their second possession after a fumble recovery, but they went backward 11 yards, then missed a field goal. On its third possession, UCLA fumbled on first down at its 20 and Texas turned that into a field goal.