Life on the road can be disastrous

The road to playing for titles in college football has always gone through, well, the road.

In 2012, Notre Dame forged its run to the national title game with a dominant October fourth quarter at Oklahoma. Alabama's defining drive of its championship run came in the final seconds of a come-from-behind win at LSU.

Saturday, Oklahoma State, Wisconsin, Ole Miss and LSU all went on the road with opportunities to assert themselves in their league races. All four came up short, as conference landscapes across the nation crystallized with their defeats.

Georgia got one final stop to hold off the Tigers 44-41 in another wild SEC shootout.

The Rebels played tough defense, but couldn't get anything going offensively in a 25-0 loss at Alabama.

Wisconsin couldn't finish off its rally in Columbus as Ohio State prevailed, 31-24.

And West Virginia stunned the Big 12 preseason favorite Cowboys with a 30-21 upset in Morgantown.

"It was just a little weird," Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said after the road loss. "When you're not functioning offensively and you have mistakes and drops and interceptions and fumbles, then it's really difficult to get in a rhythm."

That's what can happen on the road.

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