With LSU‘s surprising showing ‘Down on the Plains’ – a 12-10 squeaker over Aubie – we shuffle our Top 4 accordingly. Oregon and Florida State both took care of business against ranked teams at home, with the Seminoles having the easier road now to the finish.
QB Connor Shaw’s performance in South Carolina‘s 31-10 dismantling of Missouri caused us to jump the Gamecocks in our ballot this week. Shaw’s 20-for-21 showing for 249 yards and 2TDs tells us things may be slowing down for the junior signal caller.
Our Team of the Week is Florida. The Gators defense was swarming against an overmatched Kentucky team Saturday holding the Wildcats to just 60 yards passing. Sophomore QB Jeff Driskel continues to gain confidence every week. The Gators have a bye this week before hosting LSU on October 6…a nice setup for a potential upset?
And finally, we were a bit surprised to hear that there were 20,000+ empty seats at Neyland Stadium this past weekend as Tennessee escaped the Zips of Akron 47-26. A bit of a hangover from the disappointing loss to Florida the week before. Dooley needs a win this week at Georgia to cool the seat he’s sitting on. Tough sledding we think.
You can find the complete BlogPoll here when it comes out each Tuesday. So, without further ado, here’s the RBN ballot this week:
|1||Alabama||4-0||1||Bama takes the week off…beats FAU 40-7 with 3rd teamers.|
|2||Oregon||4-0||3||Frosh QB Mariota shreds Wildcats 49-0. Pirate Leach next.|
|3||Florida St.||4-0||4||35 2nd half points paves way for Seminoles to run the table.|
|4||LSU||4-0||2||What’s up Les…LSU only beats Auburn by 2 ???|
|5||West Virginia||3-0||5||WR Tavon Austin (179 RecYds, 3TDs) lifts WV past MD 31-21.|
|6||Georgia||4-0||6||After 48-3 trouncing of Vandy, Dawgs host Vols, Dooley Sat.|
|7||South Carolina||4-0||11||Impressive…Shaw (20-for-21) looked like a real QB vs. Mizzou.|
|8||Ohio St.||4-0||9||Buckeyes, QB Miller drop UAB 29-15. Face Sparty Saturday.|
|9||Stanford||3-0||10||After bye, Cardinals get dangerous Washington team Thurs.|
|10||USC||3-1||12||Starting center Khaled Holmes returns as USC drops Cal 27-9.|
|11||Florida||4-0||14||As QB Driskel improves, so do the Gators. Host LSU Oct 6.|
|12||Texas||3-0||13||After bye, Longhorns on upset alert going into Stillwater.|
|13||Kansas St.||4-0||15||When it counted in the 4th qtr, QB Kline was money vs. OU.|
|14||Clemson||3-1||7||Tigers had FSU on the ropes, but defense fails to keep up.|
|15||Notre Dame||4-0||19||Irish defense holds ‘Shoelace’ in check. ND beats Mich 13-6.|
|16||TCU||3-0||17||Frogs 27-7 win over UVA pushes their FBS win streak to 11.|
|17||Michigan St.||3-1||21||RB Bell rushes for 236 yards in 23-7 win over E.Michigan.|
|18||Oklahoma||2-1||8||Inconsistant offense dooms Sooners in 24-19 K-State loss.|
|19||Nebraska||3-1||22||Huskers roll Idaho St. 73-7. Entertain Wisconsin Saturday.|
|20||Virginia Tech||3-1||24||QB Thomas, Hokies rebound…drop Bowling Green 37-0.|
|21||Rutgers||4-0||NR||Rutgers defense, RB Jamison good enough to win Big East.|
|22||Tennessee||3-1||25||Over 20,000 no-shows at Neyland Stadium last week…Yikes.|
|23||Michigan||2-2||16||Wolverines have week off after ND loss. Visit Purdue Oct 6.|
|24||Oklahoma St.||2-1||23||Frosh QB Lunt questionable (knee) as Texas comes to town.|
|25||UCLA||3-1||18||Despite loss to Oregon St., Bruins QB Hundley impresses.|
|Others considered: Louisville, Arizona, Texas A&M, Ohio, Mississippi St., Oregon St., Northern Illinois, Baylor, Cincinnati, UCF, Wisconsin, Arizona St, Texas Tech, Nevada, Miami, Fla.|