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The top ten teams in the AP poll went unbeaten yesterday as teams 1-9 scored victories and Arkansas was idle. When the new poll comes out later this afternoon, things probably will not look much different up top! But in the bottom 15 spots, six teams lost - including Illinois and Georgia Tech, who lost to unranked opponents. LSU should remain the top team in the nation when the new polls come out, as they went into Knoxville and beat Tennessee by 31 points.
In the SEC, a huge showdown is looming between LSU and Alabama (November 5th). These two teams sit at #1 and #2, respectively, in the rankings and recorded wins this weekend by a combined 79 points. LSU must play Auburn next week, but that game is in Baton Rouge, and LSU will be favored. Alabama has Tennessee at home, then an open week, so I fully expect the Tide to enter their home date with LSU unbeaten.
Also in the SEC, South Carolina is looking to take the East title sooner rather than later. USC beat Mississippi State to go to 4-1 in the conference, holding a potential tie-breaking edge over Georgia in division play as they beat them in week two. A win at Tennessee (following this coming weekend's open date) would make it very hard for anyone else to win the division. East division foe Florida now has three SEC losses after losing to Auburn.
Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are representing the Sooner State quite well. This state isn't as populous as California, Florida or Texas (or most other states for that matter), but is home to two of the finer football teams in America with both OU and OSU deservedly in the top ten. The Sooners put a beatdown on Kansas, 47-17, while the Cowboys defeated Texas by twelve in Austin, 38-26.
In the ACC, Clemson remains the last unbeaten team as they beat Maryland, 56-45, while Georgia Tech lost to conference foe Virginia in a major upset, 24-21. The Tigers used 21 fourth quarter points (and 345 all-purpose Sammy Watkins yards) to beat the Terps on the road. They are inching closer and closer to an Atlantic Division crown.
The Yellow Jackets, meanwhile, ranked #13 and the favorite in the Coastal Division, lost at Virginia to wreck what could have been a huge season. GT is now in a dead heat with Virginia Tech, who they play in three weeks in Atlanta. And don't forget about Miami, who went up big (27-3 early) and held on to beat UNC in Chapel Hill. The Canes would need some help in winning the division (VT and GT would need to lose again), but they have the Yellow Jackets this coming weekend at home.
Michigan State beat Michigan for the fourth straight time for the first time in 50 years. I had predicted that UM would break the streak, but I was wrong. In a classic Big Ten defensive struggle, the Spartans held UM QB Denard Robinson to just 42 yards rushing (his specialty). Robinson also had just 123 yards through the air. Two third quarter scores were the difference in the 28-14 win.
Out West, Stanford and Oregon both won as they look to be the two teams that will battle it out for the Pac-12's BCS berth. Both are in the North Division, so their game November 12th in Palo Alto will not only be to see who goes to the P12CG, but also who will probably go to the BCS. The Cardinal beat Washington State, 44-14, while Oregon took care of Arizona State, 41-27.
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