Carnage reigned this weekend in college football. It was always going to be a weekend of movement in the Top 25 with six match-ups between Top 25 teams, but I don't think anyone anticipated another five Top 25 losses.
Thursday night began the insanity with Arizona's take-down of Oregon in Autzen Stadium on Thursday night and continued through Utah's 30-28 victory over #8 UCLA in the early hours of Sunday morning on the East Coast. In between we saw Mississippi State dismantle Texas A&M, Ole Miss take down Bama, unranked Northwestern beat Wisconsin at home, Arizona State defeated #17 USCw in the Coliseum, and our own Auburn Tigers put on an offensive and defensive clinic against LSU.
With all of that, it is obvious that this morning's polls would be quite different from last week. Let's take a look at how everything played out:
|1||Florida State||Florida State||Auburn|
|3||Mississippi State, Ole Miss (tie)||Baylor||Ole Miss|
|6||Notre Dame||Mississippi State||Texas A&M|
|8||Michigan State||Michigan State||Mississippi State|
|14||Texas A&M||Texas A&M||Michigan State|
|15||Ohio State||Ohio State||Stanford|
|16||Oklahoma State||Kansas State||LSU|
|17||Kansas State||UCLA||Ohio State|
|19||East Carolina||East Carolina||USC|
|20||Arizona State||Arizona State||Florida|
Auburn: After weeks of sitting at the #5 spot and not receiving a single first place vote, things have changed this week. Auburn moves up to #2 this week and receives 16 first place votes. With everyone but Florida State ahead of Auburn losing this weekend, the target on the Tigers that had become somewhat blurry over the past couple of weeks has now become quite clear. As long as Auburn continues to win, they will get the best efforts of every team remaining on the schedule in an effort to prove that those teams belong in the College Football Playoff rather than the Tigers.
AP Poll Update: Auburn comes very close to taking the #1 spot in the AP Poll from Florida State with 1,459 points to FSU's 1,461. The Tigers took a big leap in both polls.
The SEC: With their losses, Alabama and Texas A&M drop in the polls to #7and #14. Alabama does not drop quite as far as Texas A&M with their loss on the road in close fashion. Plus they're Alabama and they were never going to drop far after a loss. Meanwhile Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and UGA all climb into the Top 10 following the number of losses in the Top 10 this weekend. Ole Miss jumps into the Top 5 at #4 with their defeat of last week's #1 team in the Coaches Poll. Mississippi State is #6, and Georgia sneaks in at #10. Missouri also sneaks back into the Top 25 at #24 after an off-week, somehow. I guess voters have already forgotten about that embarrassing home loss to Indiana.
AP Poll Update: Alabama and Texas A&M fall to #7 and #14 in the AP Poll, as well. Meanwhile Mississippi State and Ole Miss both make big jumps to tie for the #3 spot while Georgia stays steady at #13. LSU drops out of the AP Top 25 as well as the Coaches Poll.
The Schedule: Kansas State won again and moved up to #16, so that victory on the road still looks extremely impressive. South Carolina was defeated by Kentucky, taking them to three losses on the season. Barring something strange happening, I don't see that game being a Top 25 match-up when it takes place, though USCe can still salvage something of a good year by season's end. LSU's second loss on the year drops them out of the poll, as well, so now Auburn has six Top 25 teams currently on the schedule, down from a high of eight just two weeks ago. It is still quite the gauntlet, and two of the toughest games may be the trips to Mississippi.
AP Poll Update: Kansas State moves back into the Top 20 in both polls with a #17 ranking in the AP.
Five games against ranked teams remain on Auburn's schedule. Of those five, four are in the top 10. All four of those games are on the road.