Three of the top 11 teams in the country went down over the weekend, most notably Georgia, who lost in double overtime against unranked South Carolina.
The result? The Bulldogs tumbled from #3 to #10 on the Associated Press Poll. Ouch!
Things also aren’t looking so hot for the previous top team in the country, Clemson, which fell from #2 to #3 after beating Florida State 45-14. Ohio State dropped a spot to #4 after beating Michigan State 34-10.
The Florida Gators fell two spots to #9 after being convincingly beaten 28-42 by the new #2 team in America, LSU. The Tigers play unranked Mississippi State next weekend, then host #11 Auburn before the real showdown on Nov. 9th against #1 Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
Also in the AP Poll, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Penn State, Notre Dame, Auburn, Oregon, Utah, Arizona State, Baylor, and Cincinnati improved their rankings. Minnesota, Missouri, Appalachian State, and Washington entered the Top 25 as Wake Forest, Virginia, Memphis, and Texas A&M are on the outs.
What a Weekend of College Football!
Other surprises this past weekend include Tennessee beating Mississippi State 20-10, Minnesota beating Nebraska 34-7, and Louisville beating #19 Wake Forest 62-59.
Kickoff Games of the Week
Our Games of the Week are AP #25 Washington at #12 Oregon and #16 Michigan at #7 Penn State.
Preview of this Week’s Issue of The Kickoff
In The Kickoff’s latest issue, we have our own Top 25 based on how we think teams are performing and their prospects for the rest of the season.
For the sake of comparison, we were so impressed by LSU that they moved up 3 spots on our Top 25 to #3 behind #2 Clemson. Ohio State fell from #2 to #5. Texas dropped from #10 last week to #18 this week after losing 27-34 to Oklahoma.
The top 7 teams on the Kickoff Top 25 are 6-0, as well as five other teams farther back in the poll.
In this week’s Kickoff issue, we reveal the most improved teams by Kickoff rating through issue 8, comparing their preseason ranking to where we are today. We also have the Conference Breakdown, News and Notes, Weekend Superlatives, FBS and select FCS standings, Division 1A FBS Standings, Average Margin of Victory leaders, kickoff times and television schedules for this week, Opening Over/Under Odds and our picks, Opening Concensus Odds and our picks, and our comparative Power Ratings for this weekend’s games.
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