While the top 4 teams switched spots, the bottom half of the top ten seen a major shake up. 4 teams in the Fan-I top ten suffered losses this past weekend, which means spots are available. What I find most entertaining is how the Associated Press over rank a team and then that team losses badly weeks after. Ole Miss jumped from #15 to #3 after defeating Alabama – that same #3 team was trailing Florida 25-0 at halftime. This week Utah made the ultimate leap jumping to #5 after not even playing this week. It's safe to say that Utah earned that leap after defeating two AP ranked teams convincingly, Oregon and Michigan, and will face another this week, newly ranked California.
1Ohio State(38) 5-0
4Michigan State 5-0
9Texas A&M(1) 5-0
12Florida State 4-0
14Ole Miss 4-1
15Notre Dame 4-1
21Oklahoma State 5-0
25Boise State 4-1
1. Ohio State (5-0) LW 1, W 34-27 @ Indiana
2. TCU (5-0) LW 2, W 50-7 Texas
3. Baylor (5-0) LW 3, W 63-35 Texas Tech*
4. Michigan State (5-0) LW 4, W 24-21 Purdue
5. LSU (4-0) LW 5, W 44-22 Eastern Michigan
6. Utah (4-0) LW 12, BYE
7. Florida State (4-0) LW 7, W 24-16 Wake Forest
8. Clemson (4-0) LW 13, W 24-22 #8 Notre Dame
9. Alabama (4-1) LW 11, W 38-10 #9 Georgia
10. Oklahoma (4-0) LW 14, W 44-24 West Virginia
11. Northwestern (5-0) LW 15, W 27-0 Minnesota
12. Florida (5-0) LW NR, 38-10 #10 Ole Miss
13. Texas A&M (5-0) LW NR, W 30-17 Mississippi State
14. Notre Dame (4-1) LW 8, L 22-24 @ #13 Clemson
15. Michigan (4-1) LW NR, W 28-0 @ Maryland
- The AP and Fan-I 15 top 4 are identical – even though the our top 4 has looked this way since week 3.
- TCU offense with Trevone Boykins, a former receiver, seemed to have found their groove since that slow start in the beginning of the season against Minnesota. Boykins threw his 76th touchdown pass against Texas, passing Andy Dalton for the most touchdown passes in school history.
- The Buckeyes had themselves another scare, barely defeating the Indiana Hoosiers. The Buckeyes won't see a ranked opponent until late November, and I'm curious to see how long the AP voters will keep them at #1. I already know the playoff committee won't keep them at #1 if they keep having these “unimpressive” wins.
- Florida, Utah, Michigan are the hottest teams in the country. Michigan defense for the second week in a row shut out their opponent. I'm still skeptical on their quarterback situation, but for now Jake Rudock is getting the job done. Florida embarrassed the Rebels from the opening kickoff. After defeating Tennessee, first year Gator coach, Jim McElwain, said that they'll do their best against the Rebels who should “beat the heck out of them”. I think his players took that to heart.
- Bama makes their way back into the top ten after trumping the Bulldogs. Bama needed a win like this to prove pundits like myself, that they are not overrated. If the Tide can keep their record to only one loss for the next three weeks, just in time for the playoff rankings, don't be surprised if they are in that top 4,
Player of the Weekend
Ezekiel Elliot, RB Ohio State – 23 carries 274 yards 3 touchdowns vs Indiana
Coming into the season, everyone was riding the wave that was Ezekiel Elliot, but once Leonard Fournette started running defensive backs over, Elliot became the forgotten back – not this week. Elliott rushed for a career high, second most this season (Tyler Ervin San Jose State 300 yards 9/26), and second behind Eddie George for most in Ohio State history.
- Leonard Fournette, RB LSU – 26 carries 233 yards 3 Tds vs Eastern Michigan
- Kavontae Turpin, WR TCU – 6 catches 138 yards 4 Tds vs Texas
Power 5 Rankings
2. Big Ten
The Big 12 only has three teams ranked in the Fan-I 15 but I think their conference has been most consistent so far this season, reason why I put them ahead the Big Ten. SEC seen two of their top-ten teams suffer losses to lower ranked teams, something that seems to happen every week in the SEC. The ACC jumps the PAC-12 solely because of Clemson victory over Notre Dame, who will play an ACC schedule but remain Independent. With UCLA losing to an unranked Arizona State, it will leave the PAC-12 with one team in the top ten; if Utah suffers a loss, I don't think the PAC-12 will get a team to crack the playoff committee's top 4.
Games to watch next weekend
- #11 Northwestern @ #15 Michigan – How often do you see the Wolverines playing the underdog role against Northwestern? Both teams need a win to push them a little bit closer to the top ten rankings. I expect good in Ann Arbor.
- #2 TCU @ Kansas State – The only reason why I think this is a game to watch is because, one it is under the lights, and two, TCU is the road. Those two factors are always a tough mixture for top ranked teams to swallow. I do think the Horned Frogs will win this game but it will be a tough one.
- Miami @ #7 Florida State – Florida State has won the last 5 meetings in this rivalry. Even though Miami is unranked, I still think this will be one of the better games of the weekend.
- #12 Florida @ Missouri – Florida will play their first game on the road as a top ranked teams and a favorite. This game will also be under the lights and I'm not sure if the Gators will be able to handle the pressure and may become victim of the trap game.
- California @ #6 Utah – Rice-Eccles Stadium will be rocking Saturday night for this game. Both squads are undefeated, something no one predicted for these two PAC-12 darkhorses.
#10 Oklahoma vs. Texas – Texas doesn't make this game a must see but this is the Red River Shootout where rankings and records don't mean much. In 2013, the unranked Longhorns defeated the #12 Sooners 36-20 in Mack Brown's final season as Texas head coach. I expect the Longhorns to come out inspired.