Top Five Shaken Up
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Teams ranked second, fourth and fifth go down in an upset-filled college football weekend. The Trojans of USC went into Oregon's Autzen Stadium and took away any chances of the Ducks playing for the national title again this year. Baylor did the same thing to Oklahoma, only they had the Sooners at home. And on Friday night, Oklahoma State suffered a loss to Iowa State ending their hopes of making it to New Orleans. Three top five teams with national title aspirations now see those dreams gone.
The team set to benefit the most from this shake-up, Clemson, also went down. The seventh-ranked Tigers could have jumped up to the fourth spot with a win, but they got their brains bashed in up in Raleigh by NC State, 37-13.
The new top five - or at least mine - will now be LSU, Alabama, Arkansas, Virginia Tech and Stanford. I want to have Georgia in my top five, but they will be my number six, with Oklahoma State and Houston also right there in the mix.
Boise State, Oregon, Oklahoma and Clemson are no longer in the talk of the top teams, in my opinion. The Broncos lost at home in a game they had circled all season, while UO and OU lost for the second time. The Tigers' second loss was an embarassment.
Southern California and Georgia are the two hottest teams in America right now as far as I am concerned.
The Trojans will crack my top ten as they move to 8-2 following the big win on the road. QB Matt Barkley had a spectacular game for USC. He went 26 of 34 for 323 yards and four TDs. He looked like an NFL quarterback in matching yards with the potent Duck attack (462 yards to 474). The Trojans cannot go to a bowl game this season, so this was a huge victory for the program.
In Athens, Georgia didn't get too many style points, but they put Kentucky away, 19-10, to win the SEC East and officially punch their ticket for the 60-minute ride over to the Georgia Dome (depending on traffic). The Dawgs have won nine straight games after an 0-2 start had folks (including me) thinking Head Coach Mark Richt's days were numbered. Now, they play two games in Atlanta - at Georgia Tech, and the SECCG.
A huge game this coming weekend that is flying under the radar will feature Virginia as they welcome in their rival, Virginia Tech. The Cavaliers are one of the most untalked about teams in the land, but just beat Florida State on the road, 14-13, to set up a one-game ACC Coastal title match between themselves and VT Saturday in Charlottesville. That one should be a doozie! The 'Hoos sit at 8-3 (5-2 in the ACC) and a win over the Hokies would send them to the ACCCG against Clemson.
The Big Ten race has become crystal clear with this past weekend's developments. Michigan State locked up the Legends Division crown with their 55-3 win over Indiana. And in the Leaders Division, a game this coming weekend between Wisconsin and Penn State in Madison will determine who will face the Spartans in the first ever Big Ten Championship Game (December third, Indianapolis).
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