Saturday saw 3 teams take their first loss of the season. The playoff picture has narrowed, at least for now. Here’s a closer look at 3 games that mattered.
Texas 48 6 Oklahoma 45
Longhorn head coach Tom Herman needed a signature win to signal the revival of the Texas football program. The Longhorns couldn’t ask for a better one than the Red River Rivalry. Texas jumped out to a big lead and then held off an impressive comeback by the Sooners to grab both the win and the driver’s seat in the Big 12. The win will also likely drop the Sooners from the Top 10 and leave them needing help to get back in the playoff picture.
5 LSU 19 Florida 27
A trip to the Swamp is never an easy task. The Gators seem to improve as the season continues. Saturday was no exception as Florida handed LSU their first loss of the season. The win keeps Florida in the SEC hunt. It also bumps LSU from playoff contention, at least for the time being.
4 Notre Dame 45 Virginia Tech 23
No one doubts that the Fighting Irish can play with anyone on their home field. But they have struggled on the road, especially against ranked opponents. But now they have gone into one of college football’s most hostile environments and soundly beat the Hokies in Lane Stadium. The schedule calms down a bit for the Irish now and this win puts them in a enviable spot as they enter a more favorable stretch of games. The Irish May have secured a playoff spot today.
The ABG Poll is volatile and and can be unforgiving. With only 10 spots and voters who don't think winning automatically keeps you from dropping, teams have to impress or they could drop. Big wins against big teams pushed Ohio State and Notre Dame ahead in the poll. Clemson won after struggling with Syracuse and lost four spaces. West Virginia and Washington both join the Top 10 this week. Alabama and Georgia remain at the top with Alabama the consensus #1. Watch for Kentucky hiding down there in the "also receiving votes." With a big match up with A&M Saturday, they could be on the move next week.
Rank Team Points Last Week
1. Alabama 50 (5) 1
2. Georgia 40 2
3. Ohio State 37 5
4. Notre Dame 33 8
5. LSU 30 4
6. Oklahoma 27 6
7. Clemson 24 3
8. West Virginia 10 UR
9. Auburn 9 10
10. Washington 8 UR
Also receiving votes: Central Florida 5, Kentucky 3
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