For the first time in 4 weeks, not much changed at the top of the rankings. Oregon was impressive again, this time in a hostile LA Coliseum, putting 53 on the board against an overlooked but tough USC team. Auburn was equally impressive knocking off Ole Miss 51-31. The main shake ups came with the real Michigan State finally rearing it’s ugly head and Missouri’s defense proving useless against Nebraska RB, Roy Helu Jr. who rushed for a school record 307 yards. Both teams showed, once again, neither are ready to make that next leap into the realm of the elite in college football.
For the fist time since 1960, three consensus #1 teams have fallen in consecutive weeks (while The Earhole has had Oregon ranked #1 all along) after Mizzou knocked off Oklahoma, 36-27 Saturday night. Oregon decimated a decent UCLA team, 60-13, thus cementing themselves into the #1 slot in every pole. But don’t be shocked if the #1 curse continues next week as the Ducks have to travel to Southern Cal to take on an overlooked Trojan team. USC has quietly put together the #7 offense in the county and will prove to be a dangerous test for the Ducks. If Oregon does fall, it will mark yet another step taken on Michigan State’s path to a National Championship outlined here last week.
Another week, another #1 falls (well, #2 in my rankings last week). Despite Terrelle Pryor’s desperate pleas to the contrary, Saturday’s loss to Wisconsin does define him and his Ohio State Buckeyes: both are highly overrated and crumble in every big game. Pryor completed only 50% of his passes for a meager 156 yards in their 31-18 loss to the Badgers while rushing for an underwhelming 56 yards. Once again, he and The Sweater Vest couldn’t get it done when the spotlight shone brightest.
Big shakeup at the top as Prick Sabin’s Crimson Tide fall to South Carolina (hmm… Prick vs. Cocks—that’s a battle nobody wins). Preseason rankings have given the Buckeyes an unfair advantage pushing them to #1 in most national polls, but they really aren’t close to the caliber of Oregon in my mind. Michigan State breaks into the Top 10 after dismantling the Wolverines and Heisman hopeful, Denard Robinson in front of 113,000 in the Big House. Impressive win for the Spartans and Badass Coach of the Year candidate, Mark Dantonio.