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First College Football Playoff Poll Announced

Our Kickoff Games of the Week are #1 LSU at #2 Alabama, #5 Penn State at #13 Minnesota, and #22 Wake Forest at Virginia Tech.

Changes to the AP, Kickoff Top 25 as CFP Poll Announced

On the AP Poll, LSU remains in the top spot, closely followed by Alabama. It’s going to be fun watching these two SEC powerhouses clash this weekend and answer the question of “Who is the best of the West?”

Teams on the rise include #6 Georgia, #8 Utah, #9 Oklahoma, #11 Baylor, #15 Notre Dame, #16 Wisconsin, #18 Iowa, #19 Memphis, #20 Kansas State, #22 Wake Forest, and #24 San Diego State. Florida fell 4 spots to #10 while SMU fell 8 spots to #23. Appalachian State dropped out of the AP Top 25.

Last week’s Kickoff #2, Ohio State, fell to #4 on our poll behind LSU at #2 and Clemson at #3. Florida fell from #6 to #12. To see the other changes, subscribe to get your issues of The Kickoff college football newsletter.

The College Football Playoff Rankings were released Tuesday night. The initial Top 4 teams are #1 Ohio State, #2 LSU, #3 Alabama, and #4 Penn State, with #5 Clemson and #6 Georgia waiting in the wings. Then it is #7 Oregon, #8 Utah, #9 Oklahoma, and #10 Florida filling out the rest of the Top 10. 


Six teams on the poll have not played another team on the Top 25, including Alabama, Boise State, Clemson, Minnesota, Utah, and Wake Forest.

Also in this week’s issue, we list the Single Season D1/FBS Rushing Leaders, the Yearly D1/FBS Rushing Leaders, a Conference breakdown, the Kickoff FBS Strength of Schedule through November 2nd, News and Notes, On this Date in 1994, Trivia, the Kickoff Thermostat, Division 1A FBS Expanded Standings, Average Margin of Victory Leaders, Kickoff times and television schedules, opening over/under odds and our picks, the opening consensus odds and picks, October trends, and our Power Ratings for this weekend’s games.

Willie, We Barely Knew You

The Florida State Seminoles fired Head Coach Willie Taggart after Saturday’s embarrassing 27-10 loss to Miami. He got the axe after coaching just 21 games, finishing 9-12. They weren’t bowl eligible last season. Don’t feel too bad for the coach, who will get a buyout in the $18 million range. Former Florida State athletic director Stan Wilcox, who hired Taggart in December 2017, stepped down eight months later to join the NCAA.

What do you think? Was Taggart given enough time to rebuild? Will other coaches be reluctant to come to FSU? Or will firing Taggart before the end of the season give the Seminoles an edge on other schools who are waiting? Former Tennessee and USC Coach Lane Kiffin has reportedly expressed an interest in the job.

Who will we see cut loose next? Clay Helton at USC? Chad Morris at Arkansas? Mike Bloomgren at Rice? Scott Frost at Nebraska? Joe Moorhead at Mississippi State? Barry Odom at Missouri? Pat Fitzgerald at Northwestern? Dana Holgorsen at Houston?

The hot seat is getting very warm as these coaches run out of time to turn things around.

The Biggest Stories this Week in College Football

The biggest stories of the week in college football include Ohio State jumping ahead of Clemson on the AP Top 25 Poll, Wisconsin falling 7 spots and Boise State falling 8 spots, Bama’s Tua Tagovailoa undergoing surgery for a high-ankle sprain suffered against Tennessee, and Virginia Tech winning in a sixth overtime versus North Carolina.

Penn State moved up a spot to #6 after beating Michigan 28-21 Saturday. Up next is Michigan State. Florida and Auburn both moved up two spots in the top 10 to #7 and #9 after victories over South Carolina and Arkansas.

LSU remains on #1 Alabama’s heels at #2 going into this weekend’s matchup against Auburn at Death Valley.

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Can Clemson Regain the Top Spot?

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Successes in September may impact the College Football Playoff, but October could bring some scary matchups.

Our Games of the Week include a showdown between #7 Auburn and #10 Florida. The outcome of that one will decide which team challenges Alabama, Georgia, and LSU for SEC supremacy. Our other two Games of the Week at Michigan State at Ohio State and California at Oregon.

Impact of Week 5

As expected, Alabama leapfrogged Clemson in the college football rankings for Week 6 of the season after the Tigers had to stop a last-minute two-point conversion attempt by Mack Brown’s Tarheels. Ohio State also moved up a notch to #4 on the AP Top 5, knocking LSU back one spot. Impressed by their 48-7 win over Nebraska, we have the Buckeyes ranked third in the Kickoff Top 25, which Florida falling at #8. The AP knocked the undefeated Gators back one spot to #10 to make room for 3-1 Notre Dame at ninth. We also moved Oklahoma up a spot to #5 following the 55-16 performance against Texas Tech. Georgia and LSU were both idle this past weekend, the Bulldogs remaining at #3 while LSU tumbled from #4 in Week 5 to #5 for Week 6.

Jalen Hurts, Tua Tagoailoa, Tanner Morgan, Bo Nix, and Tyler Huntley all turned in superlative performances this weekend. Hurts is arguably the Heisman favorite, but Bama’s bump in the polls puts Tua in position to take the Tide all the way to another championship and sweet revenge over Clemson.

Auburn continues to impress, unleashing an offensive a 56-23 storm on Mississippi State, but some very talented teams ahead of them in the rankings will need to lose for them to make it into the College Football Playoff. This weekend’s game against Florida marks the start of a grueling road stretch that will last until November, including a clash with #5 LSU in Death Valley, plus #3 Georgia and #1 Alabama before season’s end to give Auburn room to enter the Playoff picture if they miraculously survive the next month unscathed. It will be fun to see if victories over #11 Oregon and #17 Texas A&M were flukes or early indications of greatness.

Clemson’s slip shows that with such a title race for the Playoffs, contenders need to not only win but pretty much blow out their opponents by double digits to stay in place or advance.

In this Week’s Edition

In Issue 6 of our 69th season of publishing our college football newsletter, we list this weekend’s matchups and assign each team a Power Rating. You’ll also find the Conference Breakdown, FBS Top Scoring Offenses per game, top FBS Defense-Points Allowed Per Game, News and Notes, the Kickoff Thermostat, a review of the rankings this week in 1969, Expanded standings, average margin of victory leaders, Kickoff times and television schedules for this week, Opening Over/Under Odds and our picks, Opening Consensus Odds and our picks, and more!

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Week 5: Emerging Contenders and Disappointments for 2019 College Football

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The SEC fares well in the AP Top 25 rankings for Week 5. Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Auburn, Florida, and Texas A&M all remain in the hunt.

No. 3 Georgia overcame #10 Notre Dame, which fell 3 spots in the polls.

Oklahoma slipped one spot to #6 as Ohio State moved up to #5.

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Week Two Losses Take Some Shine Off Texas Teams

It was another great weekend of early-season college football with some notable upsets and Heisman contenders continuing to build their résumés.

Stanford lost to USC, Clemson proved they deserve their top ranking, UCLA starts 0-2 again, Nebraska’s loss to Colorado lowers expectations for the second year of the Scott Frost era, and Tennessee… well, let’s just say that UT Chattanooga has to feel better than they usually would about going into Neyland Stadium to face the Vols.

Losses took some of the shine off of Texas and Texas A&M, both of which were riding buzz last week. In fact, in the Kickoff Top 25 Texas dropped from #8 to #17 and Texas A&M fell from #13 last week to #22 this week. The AP Poll dropped Texas from #9 to #12, Texas A&M from #12 to #16.

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