What a weekend of college football. Of course the shocker of the week - and there was a lot of them - was Ole Miss defeating Bama in a classic SEC thriller. Ole Miss don't surprise me as much as they surprise other folks. Last season, I saw the potential in the Rebels in their 1st 3 games, when they defeated both Vandy and Texas on the road. They did go on to lose their next 3 games, @Bama, @Auburn, and vs Texas A&M, but then came back to defeat LSU. This was a young team last year, still young this year, but has much more experience. They are built on defense, only allowing 10 points a game and 8th in total defense, with 9 returning starters (4 seniors). I like this team a lot and if Bo Wallace can stay consistent for the remainder of the season, expect the Rebels to be in the playoff conversation.

AP Top 25

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1Florida State (35)5-0 1461

2Auburn (23)5-0 1459

3Mississippi State (2)5-0 1320

3Ole Miss5-0 1320

5Baylor5-0 1258

6Notre Dame5-0 1186

7Alabama4-1 1060

8Michigan State4-1 981

9TCU4-0 979

10Arizona5-0 951

11Oklahoma4-1 904

12Oregon4-1 888

13Georgia4-1 854

14Texas A&M5-1 731

15Ohio State4-1 534

16Oklahoma State4-1 527

17Kansas State4-1 486

18UCLA4-1 460

19East Carolina4-1 344

20Arizona State4-1325

21Nebraska5-1283

22Georgia Tech5-0 235

23Missouri4-1 212

24Utah4-1 206

25Stanford3-2 143

Ole Miss isn't the only team in Mississippi shaking up the polls. The Bulldogs of Mississippi State is also undefeated, but has some bigger wins on their schedule. In back-to-back weeks, the Bulldogs has defeated top ten ranked opponents, both SEC teams. It doesn't get easier for the Bulldogs though, next on the schedule; AUBURN. 

Ole Miss isn't the only team in Mississippi shaking up the polls. The Bulldogs of Mississippi State is also undefeated, but has some bigger wins on their schedule. In back-to-back weeks, the Bulldogs has defeated top ten ranked opponents, both SEC teams. It doesn't get easier for the Bulldogs though, next on the schedule; AUBURN. 

Fan-i 25 

  1. Florida State (5-0) LW 1, W 43-3 Wake Forest 
  2. Auburn (5-0) LW 5, W 41-7 #14 LSU 
  3. Baylor (5-0) LW 6, W 28-7 @ Texas
  4. Ole Miss (5-0) LW 11, W 23-17 #2 Alabama 
  5. Mississippi State (5-0) LW 21, W 48-31 #7 Texas A&M 
  6. Notre Dame (5-0) LW 9, W 17-14 #17 Stanford 
  7. Michigan State (4-1) LW 10, W 27-22 #13 Nebraska 
  8. Alabama (4-1) LW 2, L 17-23 @ #11 Ole Miss 
  9. Oregon (4-1) LW 3, L 24-31 Arizona 
  10. Oklahoma (4-1) LW 4, L 33-37 @ #25 TCU 
  11. Georgia (4-1) LW 13, W 44-17 Vandy 
  12. Ohio State (4-1) LW 15, W 52-24 @ Maryland 
  13. Texas A&M (5-1) LW 7, L 31-48 @ #21 Miss. State 
  14. Arizona (5-0) LW NR, W 31-24 @ #3 Oregon 
  15. TCU (4-0) LW 25, W 37-33 #4 Oklahoma 
  16. Oklahoma State (4-1) LW 23, W 37-20 Iowa State 
  17. Arizona State (4-1) LW 20, W 38-35 @ #16 USC
  18. Marshall (5-0) LW 22, W 56-14 @ Old Dominion 
  19. Nebraska (5-1) LW 13, L 22-27 @ #10 Michigan State 
  20. Mizzou (4-1) LW 24, BYE
  21. UCLA (4-1) LW 8, L 28-30 Utah
  22. Kansas State (4-1) LW NR, W 45-13, Texas Tech 
  23. ECU (4-1) LW NR, W 45-24 SMU
  24. Georgia Tech (5-0) LW NR, W 28-17 Miami 
  25. Kentucky (4-1) LW NR, W 45-38 South Carolina 
  • I can't think of a weekend crazier than this one. Five of the top ten teams loss, 3 of which were in the top 5. I actually expected this to be a wild weekend, calling for a few upsets. 
  • USC, LSU, BYU, Stanford, and Wisconsin, all drop out of the top 25. USC, LSU, Wisconsin, and Stanford all have 2 losses after five games, which is shocking to me. I thought all 4 teams would have only 1 loss at the most by this point of the season. This just adds to what is becoming a long list of premier programs to sit outside of the top 25. 
  • Marshall will be this year's Non-BCS team to not get any national respect. Marshall hasn't played any ranked opponents and won't, but they currently outscore their opponents 238-79. Do I think they will be a playoff contender? Not really but if they finish undefeated, winning every game by large margins like they currently are, I don't see why they shouldn't get a chance. 

Baller of the Weekend 

ASU's Jalen Strong (21) snagged the game winning catch out of the air thanks to some disgraceful coverage by the USC secondary. This is greatest way to cap off the type of game Strong had. (AP Photo) 

ASU's Jalen Strong (21) snagged the game winning catch out of the air thanks to some disgraceful coverage by the USC secondary. This is greatest way to cap off the type of game Strong had. (AP Photo) 

WR Jalen Strong, Arizona State - 10 catches, 202 yards, 3 TDs vs USC

Honorable Mention: 

Franks (20) had touchdowns run of 70 yards, 95 yards, and 70 yards during the Bobcats 35-30 win over Idaho. (AP photo)

Franks (20) had touchdowns run of 70 yards, 95 yards, and 70 yards during the Bobcats 35-30 win over Idaho. (AP photo)

  • RB Terrence Franks, Texas State - 15 carries, 284 yards, 18.9 yard per carry, 3 TDs vs Idaho 
  • QB Nick Marshall, Auburn - 326 total yards, 4 TDs vs LSU
  • LB Richie Brown, Miss. State - 3 interceptions vs Texas A&M


They say the Noles haven't been consistent but yet they have defeated every team they faced, I don't get it. (AP Photo)

They say the Noles haven't been consistent but yet they have defeated every team they faced, I don't get it. (AP Photo)

Statements like this really scare me. I really feel like the committee will make this a lot harder than what it really has to be. Instead of actually picking the best 4 teams, I think they will pick the best 4 teams at that time, just like the BCS, and when I say "at that time" I mean that actually weekend. I have seen some of the experts actually put TCU in as one of the top 4, even putting Mississippi State as the top team with Florida State at #4, I don't understand that at all. 

The AP voters was so quick to knock FSU off the top spot last weekend just for Bama to lose in the very next week. I don't see how you can fault a team that hasn't loss. The Seminoles haven't looked as dominate as they did last year, but its a different season and they have a bigger target on their back. Every team is coming for them because they are the champs and they are at the top of the food chains. As far as consistency goes, I don't know how you can be more consistent than 5-0. At half vs Wake Forest, FSU only led 13-3, then they scored 40 unanswered points in the second half, whats more consistent than that? NC-State led the Noles at half last week 24-21, at home; second half the Noles outscored them 35-17. I say to all the experts; Stop Reaching. 

I am actually happy for the state of Mississippi. A state with no professional team has both of their big time college football programs at the top of the rankings. It won't get any easier for them here on out becuase now they are the "hunted". No longer can they sneak up on teams like they did this past weekend. Hopefully both can enter "The Egg Bowl" undefeated, which should make for a great rivalry game in the final week of the season. 

Upcoming Games: 

  • #2 Auburn @ #5 Mississippi State - Another great Saturday afternoon SEC matchup. The Tigers are a different team on the road than they are at home. A Bulldogs victory wouldn't be a surprise. 
  • #4 Ole Miss @ #13 Texas A&M - The Aggies defeated the Rebels 41-38 last season with Johnny Manziel, a game that included 42 total points in the 4th quarter. Lets see if the Aggies can bounce back against the other Mississippi squad. 
  • USC @ #14 Arizona - The Trojans rallied back to from 28-10 deficit in the second half to defeat the Wildcats 38-31. This is a better Trojans team but also a better Wildcats team. I think the Trojans will go 0-2 against Arizona teams this year. 
  • #9 Oregon @ #21 UCLA - Both are coming off of very unfortunate losses and neither can afford another one. This will be a tough one. 

 

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