Things Happened yesterday, friends and ODB commentariat. And those things have Baylor firmly back in the Top 10 and jockeying with a couple of B1G schools for position. Here's the full rankings courtesy of the Mothership:
|1||Clemson (55)||Clemson (58)||Clemson||Alabama|
|2||Alabama (6)||Alabama (5)||Alabama||Clemson|
|4||Notre Dame||Notre Dame||Oklahoma||Ohio State|
|5||Oklahoma||Oklahoma||Ohio State||Notre Dame|
|6||Michigan State||Michigan State||Baylor||Baylor|
|7||Baylor||Baylor||Florida State||Michigan State|
|8||Ohio State||Ohio State||Ole Miss||Iowa|
|9||Oklahoma State||Florida||Notre Dame||Stanford|
|11||North Carolina||North Carolina||Navy||Oklahoma State|
|13||Stanford||Michigan (T-12)||LSU||North Carolina|
|14||Florida State||Florida State||Michigan State||Navy|
|16||Navy||TCU||Western Kentucky||Ole Miss|
|19||Ole Miss||Ole Miss||Oklahoma State||Mississippi State|
|20||Washington State||Washington State||Arkansas||Utah|
|22||UCLA||Mississippi State||Bowling Green||Northwestern|
|23||Mississippi State||UCLA||Mississippi State||USC|
Sooooo, yeah. Four Big 12 teams are ranked once again in the Top 25, led by Oklahoma. Baylor and Oklahoma State basically switched positions with the Bears going to #7 and the Cowboys dropping to 9/10, something that could be a good thing for both Baylor and Oklahoma going forward.
One thing I want to point out that I talked about on Twitter a few minutes ago: based on these AP rankings, Alabama has played just 2 ranked teams this season and lost to one of them. That's the same record as Baylor and actually a worse record than Oklahoma (who now has wins over TCU and Baylor). Alabama's best win, rankings wise, is now #23 Mississippi State, winners of a shootout over Arkansas. The only other ranked team the Tide have played is Ole Miss, who beat them.
But we're supposed to just believe they're the second-best team in the country despite having a worse loss than any of the one-loss teams around them save Oklahoma and a worse best win? Ok.
I don't know how things are going to play out ahead of us, but I do know that at least 5 of the 6 teams sitting up there have tough contests remaining this season. Clemson is going to pull UNC in the ACC Championship Game; Iowa will get one of Michigan State, Michigan, or Ohio State and could probably lose to all three in the Big Ten Championship Game; Notre Dame has to go to Stanford this coming Saturday and then won't play on the last weekend of the season; Oklahoma has Bedlam in what looks like it's going to be awful weather (which might actually favor them considering their running game); and Michigan State could get Iowa if it gets past Penn State (which it should).