If you missed college football this Saturday, let’s recap for you:
The nation’s longest and second-longest losing streaks ended (congratulations to Arizona, which had lost 20 straight years, and UNLV, which had lost 14 straight). Purdue defeated an AP top five team while failing the rankings for the 17th time in program history (six times more than the next closest team).
The ACC shot itself straight out of the College Football Playoff (blame Mack Brown!). Alabama nearly lost to LSU (yes, it did), and Cincinnati needed consecutive goal lines to beat Tulsa (Tulsa!). TCU, with an interim coach, knocked out Baylor with one loss.
A fox ran onto the field in Tempe and South Carolina, destroying Florida, 40-17. Not sure which of the last two items is the most incredible? Yes, we feel you – and so does Dan Mullen.
Sports Illustrated’s top 10 is quite a mess. Gone is the previously undefeated Wake Forest, Michigan State is outside the top five and Oregon-Oregon! is our number 2 ranked team as there just aren’t many other options.
Last game: beat Missouri 43-6
Next game: Saturday in Tennessee
When will the Bulldogs join the fun like everyone else and start losing? Join the chaos, guys! Instead, Coach Kirby Smart’s squad has been the most consistent and stable thing in what has been a crazy year thus far. It is by far the undisputed top team in the country.
Last game: beat Washington 26-16
Next game: vs. Washington State on Saturday
Oh, what is that, surprised that a team with a 3-6 loss to Stanford is our number 2 team in the country? Welcome to the 2021 college football season, which has been one of the most unpredictable wilds by a pretty wide margin (perhaps since 2007). The Ducks continue to survive, not necessarily impressive. But that’s okay, because nobody else really looks this beautiful.
Last game: beat Tulsa 28-20
Next game: at USF on Friday
The Bearcats have been tested four times in the last three weeks (Marine, then Tulane, then the Playoff Committee, then Tulsa). If you have paid any attention to the College GameDay signs on Saturday morning, you know the committee has tested Cincy more than any other opponent. The problem is, it hasn’t done anything to really improve its number 6 ranking. Cincinnati nearly lost to the 3-5 Golden Hurricane and escaped with a win after a goal-line debacle we can’t describe here (it was weird).
Last game: beat LSU 20-14
Next game: vs. the state of New Mexico on Saturday
You could almost use your fingers on one hand to count the yards Alabama had against the struggling Tigers. Six. Six meters. The least by an Alabama team in more than a decade. To say the least, the tide is in trouble — like everyone else, except Georgia, it seems. The front line is a mess and if things don’t improve, Georgia’s defensive front—and maybe even Auburn’s—could romp across it.
Last game: beat Texas Tech 52-21 (see you this week)
Next game: at Baylor on Saturday
The Sooners made one of their biggest jumps in the rankings while…not playing at all. The farewell week did them good, as a few top-10 teams lost. While OU hasn’t looked spectacular in recent games, it does have something that all but four FBS teams don’t have: a chicken egg in the losing column. And despite the so-called metrics and CFP commission data, the win-lose column still means something in college football. However, the next piece of games for the Sooners is no easy feat: in Baylor, vs. Iowa State, at Oklahoma State.
Last game: beat Nebraska 26-17
Next game: vs. Purdue
Ryan Day’s team struggled with the Cornhuskers on Saturday; it was a one-score game for most of the fourth quarter. After next week’s game against Purdue, it’s Michigan State and Michigan and then, maybe, the Big Ten title game. Can the Buckeyes really win all three?
Last game: lost to Purdue 40-29
Next game: vs. Maryland on Saturday
Sparty took a closer look at the magical dust of Purdue. The Boilermakers are now the first team since 2007 Illinois to win two games in a single season against AP top five teams as an unranked team. And just like that, whoever wins the Big Ten will have at least one defeat.
8. State of Oklahoma
Last game: beat West Virginia 24-3
Next game: vs. TCU on Saturday
Keep doubting the Pokes and they’ll keep winning (except for that trip to Ames, of course). Brand new contract in hand, Mike Gundy has OSU in position to win the Big 12 and, who knows, maybe squeak into the playoff. Oklahoma State’s resume, other than that loss, is impressive. The Cowboys have four-to-five quality wins and a strong schedule that ranks in the top 30 in the country. The Bedlam is looming large this year.
Last game: beat Navy 34-6
Next game: in Virginia on Saturday
We forget the Irish, but here they are, constantly marching up the rankings while others lose. Remember Notre Dame’s only defeat came at the hands of our number 3 ranked team and they have one of the best programs in the country (top 10 in fact). ND has a legitimate chance of winning and at least taking part in the CFP call (although it is a long shot). The Irish go to Virginia, host Georgia Tech and play at Stanford.
Last game: beat Indiana 29-7
Next game: at Penn State on Saturday
The Wolverines, loss and all, are still very much into this thing. Like the other teams with one loss in the Big Ten, they determine their own fate. However, the team they fell against last week lost to Purdue this week, so that’s not great. However, the road ahead offers the opportunity for many quality wins, starting this week at State College.
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