Rivalry Week is generally a good time for upsets and surprises in college football. Since we can’t have nice things in 2020, we not only lacked a lot of the rivalries that define the week, we also missed out on a lot of intrigue. Among the top seven teams in the initial College Football Playoff rankings, four won easily, two dealt with unexpected bye weeks, and while No. 2 Notre Dame took some solid blows from No. 19 North Carolina, the Irish brilliantly suffocated the life from both the game and the upset bid in the second half.
Sure, No. 8 Northwestern lost, but a loss by a team as one-dimensional as the Wildcats (third in defensive SP+, 107th on offense) is never going to feel like an earth-shattering development.
Instead, the week was defined as much as anything by a recurring 2020 theme: disappointment.
Five teams that were ranked