Without a Baylor game to talk about, we don't have highlights, stats, players of the game, plays of the game, etc. Basically, most of the normal features of this post are unavailable, and we have to make due. Let's hit the Top 10:
#1 Ohio State Buckeyes -- Looked surprisingly mortal against a NIU team that may or may not understand how to play offense on a very basic level. Ohio State's allegedly historically explosive offense was bottled up for all or nearly all of the game, and for the second time this season, Cardale Jones struggled throwing the ball. He was replaced by last year's starter, J.T. Barrett, in the second quarter, and Barrett played the rest of the way.
#2 Alabama Crimson Tide -- Lost a crazy game to Ole Miss at home by the score of 43-37. It seemed like most observers thought Alabama actually played better than Ole Miss through most of the game, up to the point where Ole Miss scored 13 points in a row to go up 43-24 before Alabama stormed back. We're already seeing many people overreact to this game by pushing Ole Miss up significantly from #16, but that was a given.
#3 TCU Horned Frogs -- Don't let the final score fool you-- TCU was hardly dominant in their 56-37 win over SMU. After suffering yet another season-ending injury to a defensive starter (this time, CB Ranthony Texada), TCU's defense struggled, giving up more than 500 yards of total offense to Matt Davis and company and allowing SMU to close to 42-37 at one point in the second half. For the sake of inevitable comparison, Baylor gave up 366 total yards to the Mustangs two weeks ago and held them scoreless after the half. Recognizing that Matt Davis is legit as a poor man's Johnny Manziel, TCU could have real problems on defense, you guys.
#4 Michigan State -- Beat Air Force by 14 in a game that I'm told didn't help MSU, but didn't hurt them, either.
#6 USC Trojans -- Lost to Stanford, who had previously looked atrocious losing to Northwestern. A trendy pick to win the Pac 12, the Trojans have little margin for error now.
#7 Georgia Bulldogs -- Crushed South Carolina and may be the best team in the SEC at this point. I'm still not sold on Ole Miss, their win last night notwithstanding.
#8 Notre Dame Fighting Irish -- Beat #14 Georgia Tech 30-22 in a game that apparently wasn't that close. I really thought they'd lose that game, but DeShone Kizer showed up in a big way.
#9 Florida State Seminoles -- Beat BC 14-0 in that weird Friday night game. I don't trust Everett Golson at all.
#10 UCLA Bruins -- Came back to put a halt to BYU's magic despite Josh Rosen throwing 15 interceptions (or something). They'll go up.
Another big game that is worth mentioning is LSU's 45-21 destruction of Auburn. Or, as I should say, Leonard Fournette's destruction of Auburn. LSU was #13, but they'll jump up.
As a result of all that, and knowing the Coaches' Poll is already out (see below) today, here's my top 10:
1. Ohio State (assuming they start Barrett)
2. Michigan State
5. Ole Miss
8. Notre Dame
10. Alabama? FSU? Clemson?
I'm just shooting from the hip here.
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Let's all say nice things about Notre Dame, let's all say nothing at all about Leonard Fournette, let's listen to Kliff Kingsbury talk s*** about Bret Bielema, and let's acknowledge Ole Miss beat Bama yet again.
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THE TRASH TALK CONTINUES!
GO GET 'EM, KLIFF!!!
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Alabama fans are sad. Very sad.
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Ohio State remains at No. 1, but Michigan State now has three first-place votes.
So that's about it ...
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Alright can we please move on from "what is the best conference?" conversation...They all have good teams & anybody in the country can lose— Joel Klatt (@joelklatt) September 20, 2015
I honestly don't know what this means. Is the game still a possibility? I thought Ian said no.
Larry Scott confirmed discussions between Cal/Baylor for Australia game (didn’t note progress). Also said CFB game in Mexico is possibility— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) September 20, 2015
If only these two had a common opponent that one of them had beaten and the other had not. pic.twitter.com/I5lDLGNjIz— Ryan Nanni (@celebrityhottub) September 20, 2015
Amway coaches poll has: 1. Ohio St. 2. TCU. 3. Michigan St. 4. Baylor 5. Ole Miss. Also: 14. Oklahoma. 15. Texas A&M http://t.co/WtJEmAWo90— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) September 20, 2015
Tramel: OU’s porous defense fails the Baylor test: By BERRY TRAMEL NORMAN — Mike Stoops came out of the elevator… http://t.co/YYAh5hMWJg— OKC Breaking News (@okc_news) September 20, 2015
Stay tuned for the rankings post in a few minutes, everyone!
2 teams still averaging 60+ ppg: Ole Miss, Baylor; 7 others at 50 ppg: Texas Tech, Arizona, Memphis, GaTech, Mid-Tenn, Cal, Oregon @AP_Top25— richard rosenblatt (@rosenblattap) September 20, 2015