The first wild weekend of the college season has passed and saw playoff team Oklahoma, #4 LSU, and #6 Kentucky lose (and fall out of the undefeated club). Auburn, Stanford, Michigan State, and Oklahoma State also lost. For Oklahoma it was another case of the defense losing the game (which was a common theme last year). It has now been announced that Defensive Coordinator Mike Stoops has been let go, now leaving the only Stoops with the team being Bob's son who is a receiver on the team. So with Oklahoma's loss that opens a spot for a new team in the playoffs, and that will be the UCF Knights (thanks to Flman1 for pointing out that UCF has not gone by Golden Knights for several years - 11 years to be exact - my mistake on that).
Seven teams became bowl eligible over the weekend - Cincinnati, Clemson, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Hawai'i, Alabama, and Georgia.
Defeated Arkansas 65-31
Alabama went in to Fayetteville and beat down the Hogs. What should cause some concerned is that the vaunted Alabama defense allowed a much weaker Arkansas team to score 31 points. I know there is a push not to over-react to the poor defensive showing by Alabama, but in the era of high scoring offenses this should cause concern. Fortunately for Alabama there are not a lot of defenses in the SEC that can slow down their offense, however Alabama needs to fix it's defense sooner rather than later.
Up next: at home against Missouri
Defeated Wake Forest 63-3
Clemson easily handled Wake Forest as they discovered their running game. It was an easy win for the Tigers who barely overcame Syracuse the week before.
Up next: Off
Defeated Vanderbilt 41-13
Georgia easily handled Vanderbilt in their warm-up game before facing LSU. This should be Georgia's toughest game in this season. However, I have a feeling that LSU has hit their ceiling this season and it may not even be a close game.
Up next: at #15 LSU
Defeated SMU 48-20
While the rest of pollsters continue sleeping on UCF (and over-react to Texas' win over Oklahoma) keeping one loss teams ahead of them, like last week I believe they are playoff caliber. They have yet to score less than 35 points this season, albeit against weaker opponents, but this should be the season for UCF becomes the first non power five team to make the playoffs.
Up next: at Memphis
Next two up:
#1 Ohio State (6-0)
Defeated Indiana 49-26
I will be honest I did not even know Ohio State even played a game this weekend. For a second straight year, though, they struggled against Indiana. At the end of the 3rd quarter they were only up 35-26 before pulling away in the 4th. I fully believe that one of the Big Ten schools will catch Ohio State on a bad weekend, but it will not be their opponent this weekend, Minnesota.
Up next: at home against Minnesota
#2 Notre Dame (6-0)
Defeated Virginia Tech 45-23
I am not sure what to make of Notre Dame at this point in the season. I guess there have been too many past seasons where Notre Dame has beaten expectations only to fall to renewed expectations. It almost happened this week as the Hokies only trailed Notre Dame 17-16 before the Irish found their team and outscored Virginia Tech 28-7 in the second half.
Up next: at home against Pitt
Rest of the Top 20:
3. West Virginia(5-0): Last week: Defeated Kansas 38-22; up next: at Iowa State
4. Colorado(5-0): Last week: Defeated Arizona State 28-21; up next: at USC
5. NC State(5-0): Last week: Defeated Boston College 28-23; up next: off
6. Cincinnati(6-0): Last week: Defeated Tulane 37-21; up next: off
7. South Florida(5-0): Last week: Defeated UMass 58-42; up next: at Tulsa (Friday 10/12)
8. Penn State(4-1): Last week: Off; up next: at home against Michigan State
9. Oklahoma(5-1): Last week: Lost to #10 Texas 48-45; up next: off
10. Texas(5-1): Last week: Defeated #9 Oklahoma 48-45; up next: at home against Baylor
11. Washington(5-1): Last week: Defeated UCLA 31-24; up next: at #16 Oregon
12. Wisconsin(4-1): Last week: Defeated Nebraska 41-24; up next: at #17 Michigan
13. Kentucky(5-1): Last week: Lost to Texas A&M 20-14; up next: off
14. Florida(5-1): Last week: Defeated #15 LSU 27-19; up next: at Vanderbilt
15. LSU(5-1): Last week: Lost to #14 Florida 27-19; up next: at Playoff team Georgia
16. Oregon(4-1): Last week: Defeated Cal 42-24; up next: at home against #11 Washington
17. Michigan(5-1): Last week: Defeated Maryland 42-21; up next: at home against #12 Wisconsin
18. Miami(5-1): Last week: Defeated Florida State 28-27; up next: at Virginia
19. Iowa(4-1): Last week: Defeated Minnesota 48-31; up next: at Indiana
20. Washington State(5-1): Last week: Defeated Oregon State 56-37; up next: off
Game of the Week I
#11 Washington at #16 Oregon
This game could determine the winner of the Pac 12 North. This is Washington's chance to get back into the national picture. At this point in the season they do not have much of chance to get back into the playoff picture but this game could give them an extra needed punch. For Oregon it is a chance to get back to national prominence after disappearing last year in disappointing fashion.
Game of the Week II
#12 Wisconsin at #17 Michigan
This is essentially a game for second place in the Big Ten. Ohio State is last remaining undefeated team in the Big Ten, so the winner of this game will be the team competing against Ohio State for Big Ten dominance.
State of Arkansas and Nebraska football
Arkansas was destroyed by Alabama (again) and Nebraska dropped to 0-5, but there's hope. Arkansas was able to put 31 points up against Alabama, so the offense is starting to come along. Unfortunately the defense allowed 65 points (Arkansas beat the spread by 1). Nebraska lost to Wisconsin (the current version of the old Nebraska) 41-24. With all the upheaval going on in the program they were actually competitive for the second half of the game.
Nebraska is favored in two of it's final seven games which would put them as a 2-10 team.
Arkansas is favored in only one of it's final six games and also predicted to finish 2-10