As Leatherheads pollster Andrew McKillop insightfully points out, this weekend was the first time since 2002 that the AP’s no. 3, 4 and 5 teams all lost on the same day, and that misfortune applies to the teams occupying those spots in the Leatherheads’ rankings as well.
#3 Florida State drops to #12 following their second-half letdown versus North Carolina State, who erased a 16-0 halftime deficit and scored a game-winning touchdown with 0:16 left for a 17-16 upset victory at home.
The offensively-challenged #4 LSU fell to #9 as they couldn’t get the job done in the second half against Florida, who used their 14-6 victory to vault from #11 to #7 in our poll.
#5 Georgia nearly plummets out of the top 16 after a 35-7 thrashing at the hands of now #3 South Carolina, leaving the Bulldogs at #15. The Gamecocks’ impressive victory leads us to wonder if they belong in the discussion with the two teams who have established themselves as clearly the class of college football, #1 Alabama and #2 Oregon.
Joining South Carolina as new members of the Leatherheads top five are #4 Kansas State, 56-16 winners over Kansas, and #5 West Virginia, 48-45 road victors at Texas, who slipped from #10 to #13 in the process.
The Brandon Williams quote of the week addresses the issue of the team that perhaps is the biggest surprise of this young season: “Three words the Pac-12 should heed. Fear. The. Beavers.” Tied with LSU for #9 in our poll, Oregon State is one of three teams from that conference in the top 11 following their 19-6 win against Washington State. That doesn’t quite match the SEC’s four, but it’s impressive nonetheless.
I may have spoken too soon when I referred to Oregon State as the most surprising team in college football this year, because Notre Dame may have something to say about that. The sixth-ranked Fighting Irish manhandled Miami 41-3, and they have an important date with Stanford coming up next weekend. As Brandon Williams says, “(Are) the Irish for real? Talk to me next Saturday night.”
Another of this past weekend’s most impressive wins came from #8 Ohio State, who may very well be the Big Ten’s only really competitive team according to David Boyce. The Buckeyes took down a pretty good Nebraska team with ease, 63-38.
|4||Kansas State||5-0||147||7 (Tie)|
|5||West Virginia||5-0||144||7 (Tie)|
|9 (Tie)||Oregon State||4-0||72||14|
Others receiving votes: Mississippi State – 21, Stanford – 18, Louisville – 15, Rutgers – 7, Northwestern – 3, Iowa State – 1.