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AP Top 25 Takeaways: A&M’s upset sends season into full tilt

The last time Alabama lost to an unranked team was 2007.

Texas A&M snapped both those streaks and brought true chaos to this college football season.

The Aggies dragged a two-game losing streak in Kyle Field on Saturday night, looking like one of the most disappointing teams in the country.

Then Texas A&M , scoring almost as many points in a walk-off victory (41) as the Aggies had in three previous games (42) against Power Five opponents.

“We knew the last two weeks that we didn’t play to the best of our ability,” A&M defensive back Antonio Johnson told reporters. “We knew this week was an opportunity.”

A&M’s upset, the biggest victory of Jimbo Fisher’s tenure in College Station and the first over Nick Saban by one of his former assistants in 25 tries, capped yet another thrilling Saturday in a season that is trying hard to make up for the pandemic-plagued mess of 2020.

Saturday afternoon featured back-and-forth offensive outburst between ranked teams in the Big 12 (Oklahoma-Texas) and Southeastern Conference (Arkansas-Mississippi), and a top-five slugest (Penn State-Iowa) in the Big Ten.

At night, No. 14 Notre Dame and No. 9 Michigan needed late field goals to win from behind before Texas A&M topped them all with a stunning upset.

Over the last two weeks, 10 teams ranked in the top 15 have lost, including seven in the top 10.

A 2021 season that so many fans feared would be long march to the same old, same old, with super teams turning the College Football Playoff race into a foregone conclusion, has now gone full tilt.

Defending national champion Alabama succumbed to a shaky defense and an offense that misfired at the most inopportune times. And the Tide was taken down by a backup quarterback.

A&M’s Zach Calzada came in to the game with five touchdown passes and four interceptions since taking over for the injured Haynes King in Week 2, and then threw three TDs with one pick against ‘Bama.

Toss the Tide on the pile of title contenders whose championship hopes have already taken hit. A playoff without Alabama, Ohio State and Clemson is a very real possibility.
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