Saturday was wild.
How crazy, you say? Consider this: According to ESPN Stats & Information, it marked just the second time the Associated Press Poll’s Nos. 2, 3 and 4 teams lost on the same day in the regular season. The first occasion happened on Oct. 19, 1985, when No. 2 Michigan lost to No. 1 Iowa, No. 3 Oklahoma lost to Miami and No. 4 Arkansas lost to Texas.
Of course, the most recent chaos featured No. 2 Michigan losing to Iowa, No. 3 Clemson losing to Pittsburgh and No. 4 Washington losing to Southern Cal.
Only time Nos. 2, 3, 4 in AP poll lost on same day in reg season: Oct. 19, 1985 (2 Mich L at 1 Iowa, 3 Okla L vs Miami, 4 Ark L vs Texas)
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 13, 2016
One of the fascinating things about the weeks to come will be to see if the highly-ranked teams that lost Saturday recover. Back in 1985, Michigan won five games with one tie to close during a 10-1-1 campaign in which the Wolverines finished second in the AP Poll. Oklahoma won eight consecutive games to finish 11-1 and as the top-ranked team in the AP Poll. And Arkansas went 5-1 to close on its way to a 10-2 mark and a final No. 12 ranking in the AP Poll.
Those teams in 1985 had the benefit of losing earlier, which meant they had more time to regain their confidence. Given the urgency of the moment, those squads that suffered losses Saturday must regain their footing as soon as possible.