It was another exciting weekend of college football, only solidifying the reason we position ourselves on the the edge of our seats each and every Saturday.
Through all of the chaos, eight different top 25 teams fell in defeat last week - three of which were in the top 10, creating tons of movement in both the latest AP Poll and Coaches' Poll. Whether it was a controversial finish or a surprising blowout you were looking for, this past weekend seemed to provide everything a college football fan could ask for.
Michigan State was handed its first loss of the season Saturday, thanks in part to a controversial call, when Nebraska scored a go-ahead touchdown with just seconds left on the clock. Oklahoma State, which I - admittedly - was very wrong about, came out and dominated TCU, 49-29, likely knocking the Horned Frogs out of the title discussion. And Alabama, to no one's surprise, once again proved to be a contender, handing LSU its first loss of the season in dominating fashion.
As pointed out in last week's overrated list, Texas A&M turned out to be the type of team that could lose to Auburn, as the Aggies dropped one to the Tigers, 26-10, once again proving they don't belong in the top 25. The rest of the list avoided defeat. For now.
A number of teams remained on cruise control without any challenges, while others narrowly escaped defeat. We’ll continue to work our way through the Coaches’ Poll each week to find the impostors and bring more significance to the rankings that have been earned. Don’t believe everything you see in the polls.
5. No. 1 Ohio State
The Buckeyes pulled out a victory against Minnesota this past weekend despite not having starting quarterback J.T. Barrett, who was suspended following an OVI arrest. As pointed out in last week's list, Ohio State's offense is not the same without Barrett - and that was once again evident against the Golden Gophers. I did not expect OSU to lose, but I did expect to see a little bit of Mr. Hyde.
While Clemson took the No. 1 spot in the AP Poll, OSU remained atop the latest Coaches' Poll, which is why it again finds itself on this list. The Buckeyes have not looked like the best team in the country and therefore should not be atop the rankings.
It appears the Buckeyes will have Barrett back underneath center this weekend against Illinois, and if they roll with him under center they''ll probably be removed from this list.
OSU still has plenty of time to prove itself as the nation's best team, too, with both Michigan and Michigan State left on the schedule. And if they make it through that gauntlet, everything will work itself out for the Buckeyes. But, as of now, Clemson deserves the top spot.
4. No. 6 Notre Dame
The Fighting Irish have looked vulnerable during their last two games, and I just don't see them as the sixth-best team in the country. That's why they make this list.
Notre Dame only has one loss on the season, and to a very good Clemson team, but they've also had some close calls and I think the luck of the Irish will soon run out.Stanford sits at the end of the schedule, and the Cardinal will put an end to ND's title hopes.
While the Irish have done a nice job combating the loss of starting quarterback Malik Zaire, who suffered a season-ending broken ankle in September, they haven't looked better than a couple of the teams ranked behind them like Stanford and LSU.
If the Irish come out and finish their season with a win on the road against Stanford, they'll have no issues with the committee.
3. No. 13 Utah
Utah is not the 13th best team in the country.
Yes, the Utes have a win over Michigan, during the first week of the season when the Wolverines had not yet found a rhythm. And yes, they have a win over the Oregon Ducks, who just aren't good this year. But they also lost against to a mediocre USC team. They were exposed.
Utah is a team that could very easily lose to an unranked Arizona team this weekend in Tucson, Ariz. And after facing the Wildcats on the road, the Utes will have to battle Pac-12 South foe UCLA.
If Utah can make it through the remainder of its schedule without a loss, beating both Arizona and UCLA in the process, it will be interesting to see where the Utes end up in the rankings. And I will undoubtedly swallow my pride on the matter.
2. No. 10 Florida
The Florida Gators did not look very good this past weekend against Vanderbilt, pulling out a slim 9-7 victory at home in The Swamp against the Commodores.
Against a Vandy team that gained 175 total yards - 30 through the air - the Gators struggled to take advantage in front of the home crowd, turning the ball over four times in the process. This isn't the first time UF has had a close call against a mediocre team, either. In September, the Gators escaped Kentucky, 14-9.
The best thing the Gators have going for them is their defense, and their defense is legit. But it might not be enough to get by an FSU team with a capable defense - and more capable offense - of its own.
If Florida handles FSU and somehow the opponent from the SEC West in the conference championship game, things will work out. But particularly this past weekend, the Gators did not look like the 10th best team in the country and find themselves near the top of this list.
1. No. 3 Baylor
Baylor is not the 3rd best team in the country and is certainly not a better team than No. 4 Alabama.
TCU, which has an almost identical build, was exposed this past weekend against an mid-level Oklahoma State defense, and Baylor's not far behind. With Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and TCU still remaining on the schedule, the Bears are looking at one loss - if not more.
Without an imposing defense, the Bears will struggle against teams with that type of build, and the Sooners may very well topple Baylor as soon as this weekend.
While many expected the Bears to struggle after the loss of starting quarterback Seth Russell, Jarrett Stidham did an excellent job Thursday night against Kansas State, throwing for 419 yards and three touchdowns.
Despite that performance, Baylor would lose a head-to-head against Alabama and should not be ranked above the Tide.