Wednesday, October 13, 2010

College Football: Down Go The Crimson Tide, The Polls Love Florida

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No doubt the shocker of Week 7 was the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide falling to the No. 19 South Carolina Gamecocks, 35-21. For Steve Spurrier and South Carolina it was their first-ever win against a No. 1 ranked team and probably the biggest win in South Carolina's history. The monumental win pushed South Carolina (4-1) all the way to No. 10 in the AP Poll, while Alabama (5-1) fell to No. 8.

With Alabama's loss, the Ohio State Buckeyes (6-0) became the new No. 1 team in the nation.

Meanwhile, the Florida Gators were stunned at home by the LSU Tigers, 33-29. LSU (6-0) jumped to No. 9 in the polls, while 2-loss Florida (4-2) fell, yet again, to No. 22. The Gators have now been ranked in the Top 25 for an outstanding 88 consecutive weeks.

But there is no question the pollsters love the Gators. If any other team would've suffered 2 consecutive losses the way the Gators have, there is no question they would've easily been ousted from the polls. But with Florida's illustrious history and reputation it'll probably take 3 consecutive losses to get them out of the Top 25.

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On another front, the Michigan State Spartans ousted the Michigan Wolverines (5-1) out of the polls with an impressive 34-17 win at Michigan. The Spartans (6-0) have moved down to No. 13, while the Wolverines' return to the Top 25 lasted just 4 weeks.

Two teams on an impressive run are the Oregon Ducks and the Auburn Tigers. The Ducks (preseason No. 11) are now the No. 2 team in the nation and the Tigers (preseason No. 22) are now at No. 7.

And on the "little guys" front--

The Nevada Wolf Pack (6-0) continue their dream season. They have now broken into the Top 20 at No. 19. Also, the Air Force Falcons (5-1) have gotten some love and are now at No. 23 in both the AP Poll and the USA Today Poll.

The poll-busting games this week are:

1) No. 1 Ohio State at No. 18 Wisconsin
2) No. 12 Arkansas at No. 7 Auburn
3) Texas at No. 5 Nebraska

Something tells me that at least one of the BCS title game participants is playing in one of those three games.

And quite possibly, both.

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