There were so many ranked matchups this past Saturday in college football, including three in the SEC. Alabama, Texas A&M, and LSU were all ranked in the top 15 and lost Saturday, only to be replaced by...more SEC teams. Ole Miss and Mississippi State claimed the number three spot in the AP poll for a tie, while the Rebels are fourth in the Coaches' and the Bulldogs are ranked sixth. Auburn shoots up to national runner-up behind Florida State this week after beating LSU. Looks like the SEC will have to continue to eat itself if we're to avoid a three-team SEC playoff and Florida State (*shudders*).
Oklahoma lost to TCU on the road, dropping the Sooners out of the top ten in the AP. The Horned Frogs, ranked #25 before the victory, shoot up to the ninth spot in the AP poll, while Baylor moves into a position to take a CFP spot should they continue winning games.
Could the Pac-12 be shut out of the College Football Playoff this season? The west coast conference's best hope crashed and burned on Thursday night to kickoff the festivities, as the Ducks fell to Rich Rod once again, this time at home at the Zoo. There's still UCLA, right? WRONG. Utah, which beat Michigan at the Big House then lost to Washington State (the very same Wazzu that RU defeated), went into the Rose Bowl and snatched a victory from right under the Bruins. Stanford lost at Notre Dame as well, dropping them to the 20s. Arizona, unranked from the previous week, makes a huge jump to #10 in the AP, and remains possibly the best hope for the Pac-12.
And what about the good 'ole B1G? Michigan State defeated Nebraska in primetime Saturday, and both teams essentially remained in the same position in the polls. Ohio State rose a couple of spots to the #15, while Wisconsin drops out after a date with the Northwestern B1G steamroller. The Wildcats are 2-0 in the conference, folks. And welcome back to "others receiving votes" Rutgers! The Scarlet Knights are the equivalent of #37 in the AP and #43 in the USA Today Coaches' Poll.
|1||Florida State||Florida State||Auburn|
|3||Mississippi State, Ole Miss (tie)||Baylor||Ole Miss|
|6||Notre Dame||Mississippi State||Texas A&M|
|8||Michigan State||Michigan State||Mississippi State|
|14||Texas A&M||Texas A&M||Michigan State|
|15||Ohio State||Ohio State||Stanford|
|16||Oklahoma State||Kansas State||LSU|
|17||Kansas State||UCLA||Ohio State|
|19||East Carolina||East Carolina||USC|
|20||Arizona State||Arizona State||Florida|