Joe Paterno

Some teams have to dig deep to avoid upsets

Some teams have to dig deep to avoid upsets

Actors aren't the only people who ask: "What's my motivation?"

It happens to college football players too.

Several schools with big postseason dreams had to dig deep to avoid losses that would not have gone over well at the next cocktail fundraiser.

Clemson, Oklahoma State, Ohio State, Northwestern, Florida and Texas Christian entered the weekend with a combined record of 50-4. They faced opponents with a cumulative record of 19-36.

The favorites moved forward with all the enthusiasm of a house cat.

In the Battle of Clockwork Orange, Clemson defeated sorry Syracuse, 37-27. The lackluster performance won't hurt Clemson's playoff chances, but will...