What a week of college football. The genesis of upset week I think actually started last week when teams that were unbeaten started to lose in upsets. That remained true this week as more teams who had been relative fixtures in the top ten were knocked out. Others who started their slides earlier… picked up speed this week and dropped out of the top 25 altogether.
This week the top ten teams in the AP top 25 are:
1) Alabama (7-0)
2) Oregon (7-0)
3) Florida State (6-0)
4) Ohio State (7-0)
5) Missouri (7-0)
6) Baylor (6-0)
7) Miami (Fl) (6-0)
10) Texas Tech (7-0)
bama’s position was untouched after smoking the hogs in Tuscaloosa. They have Tennessee, LSU, MSI and Auburn left to play. And Oregon, after playing against WSU (AU’s first game), finally gathered some steam and won their game by 62-38. They have UCLA and Stanford left to play. I guess we should also list Utah, Arizona, and Oregon State to play.
And FSU showed up out of nowhere by beating the arrogant Dabo Sweeny of Clemson in Death Valley by a score of 52-14. A fitting end to Clemson’s meteoric flight. While FSU has a good chance of winning its conference it has three remaining games to be played against North Carolina State, Miami and University of Florida. Ohio State dropped a position because of the trouble it had with Iowa. And regardless what Ohio State does… their conference just stinks in my humble opinion. Besides, Michigan is their last game.
And last, rising nearly 10 slots Missouri showed up at #5 after pickling the gators in Columbia. Missouri has four tough games to be played against USC (it will win), Tennessee, Ole Miss, and Texas A&M.
Some things of note: I am still not entirely sold that bama and Oregon will be the representatives of their conferences. It would appear that Baylor will win the big twelve. While I have given my opinion of the Big ten… it would appear that Ohio State is the team to win the conference championship.
I guess what I am trying to say is that the BCS championship game isn’t set yet.
The remainder of the top twenty-five:
14) Texas A&M
15) Fresno State (6-0)
16) Virginia Tech
19) Oklahoma State
20) South Carolina
23) Northern Illinois (7-0)
Teams that dropped out of the top twenty five: UGA, and UF.
Some other things of note: Auburn rose 13 positions. That’s pretty fast advancement. That can happen when you beat a team at home. The only reason FSU didn’t rise any further is because they would have passed bama and Oregon to get the same movement. Louisville and USC dropped nearly ten spots. And as usual, the SEC east is in complete turmoil.
Last, I’d like to point out that there are eight unbeaten teams in the top ten. And there are two more still in the top 25. That’s kind of odd don’t you think? Once again… we have potential BCS busters. Fresno State and Northern Illinois play no one of significance in the remainder of their schedules. I predict that they will not get an invite to the BCS national championship game regardless if they win out or not.
A late addition: The BCS polls were listed today as well. And surprise… the major difference is that FSU jumped past Oregon to the number two spot. That’s a major coup for the ACC. It happens when you beat the former #3 team in the poll in their home stadium by a score of 52-14.
Guess what AU is still number 11. What’s more check out their percentage: .750. That’s like seventh highest when it comes to computer rankings. Admittedly I might be reading this wrong. It’s late and time for bed.
All is well in the world!