As it typically happens, what looked like a pretty sleepy Saturday in Week 4 of the 2014 College Football Season turned into one where the #1 and #2 teams in the country both got pushed to the brink (FSU a lot closer than Oregon, obviously), Oklahoma wore down West Virginia in Morgantown with a true freshman RB, Alabama finally decided that playing "SEC defense" is for losers against Florida, and it's not even possible to tell you how much of a % increase in their season rushing yards A&M gave up to SMU without first taking an absolute value of the prior total (they gave up 102 to a team that had -14 going into the game). Oh, and all that happened two days after a game in which I might suggest Kansas State intentionally lost to Auburn if I didn't know their coach is Bill Snyder and he would never do that.
So it was a good weekend, after all, even though Baylor didn't play. Here's my new Top 10.
Mark Seymour's Top 10:
1. Oklahoma Sooners
2. Alabama Crimson Tide
3. Oregon Ducks
4. Florida State Seminoles
5. Baylor Bears
6. Texas A&M Aggies*
7. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
8. Michigan State Spartans
9. Mississippi State Bulldogs
10. Stanford Cardinal
*I wish I knew why this wouldn't autolink. I swear it's not intentional.
That was much harder than I anticipated. Once you get past #7 or so, you could make an argument for half a dozen teams to be included. As much as I hated (and predicted) the reaction to Mississippi State beating the heck out of an overrated LSU team, it was an impressive performance.
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What happened Saturday, Sept. 20, in college football: Scores and 3 big things - SBNation.com
The top cluster survives varying degrees of threats, a 14-game streak is over, and the declaration of the Big Ten's demise was a bit premature. Full FBS scores and recap links.
Full 2014 College Football Playoff and bowl projections: Adding 2 to New Year's - SBNation.com
The New Year's cluster adds a pair of devastating power-running teams and the Playoff foursome gets a little shuffle. A look at the state of all 38 games.
2014 college football rankings, Week 5: Compiling 4 big Top 25 standings - SBNation.com
Expect Florida State to remain No. 1 in both the big human polls, which we'll add right here as soon as they're out Sunday afternoon.
College Football Playoff threat watch, week 4: Every football team is bad - SBNation.com
Few Playoff contenders escaped the weekend without major question marks, and we wouldn't have it any other way.
Now, the tough part: Breaking down Baylor’s Big 12 schedule - WacoTrib.com: Baylor Bears Football
Flying out of the gates with a distinct swagger, Baylor flattened its three nonconference opponents and bolted up the national rankings.
Baylor’s Petty anxious to see full arsenal of options at WR - WacoTrib.com: Baylor Bears Football
Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty can’t wait to get his full arsenal of receivers back on the field.
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College GameDay is heading to Columbia, SC! #GetUp4GameDay pic.twitter.com/0gGr5U6Cx5— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 21, 2014
This is for a game between two teams that already have a loss each and either should have lost in embarrassing fashion this week or did.
Texas would just let FSU take the ball twice in the first OT. Only fair.— OurDailyBears (@OurDailyBears) September 21, 2014
This tweet got a little traction last night, and I thought it was funny.
Jameis needs a bigger hat...— Bryce Petty (@b_petty14) September 21, 2014
OH, BRYCE. OH, BRYCE, NO YOU DIDN'T. (yes, he did)
Jimbo Fisher was not amused when Jameis Winston came out in full pads. Fisher sent him back to change. VIDEO: http://t.co/nQ0jB3YIhl— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 21, 2014
I still honestly cannot believe this actually happened.
Ready to be a Champion: #Baylor University. This is a university that knows where it's headed. http://t.co/AR0tlQzOgv @YouTube #BaylorBears— Mike McNamara (@MikeAMcNamara) September 21, 2014
Plenty of other Big 12 news this weekend, so be sure to check the Big 12 Conference hub on the first page. It has within it a hub containing links to all of the SB Nation Big 12 sites and their football content.