The polls were shaken up this past Saturday with three teams in the top 10 falling in conference play. LSU lost a tight, boring game to Florida, 14-6. Also in the SEC, Georgia wandered into Columbia to take on South Carolina. The Gamecocks blew the doors of the Bulldogs, winning convincingly 35-7.
Probably the biggest headline was Florida State’s collapse in Raleigh. Stop me if this sounds familiar, but FSU, highly ranked and receiving tons of championship hype, wandered into a road contest against a sub-par conference opponent and lost. This has happened to Florida State for the past decade multiple times and should not be a major surprise to anyone.
The fallout at the top of the polls help propel the Mountaineers into the top 5 of all the major polls. The Mountaineers were elevated from 8th last week to 5th this week in the AP Poll. Similarly, West Virginia jumped from 7th to 4th in this week’s Coaches’ Poll.
West Virginia received a lot of love from the writers of the Fansided Top 25. The Mountaineers appeared as high as 2nd on multiple ballots and placed 4th in the poll, just 9 points back of South Carolina for 3rd.
I was one of the voters to give WVU 2nd place. Alabama is still head and shoulders above the rest. Oregon did but a shellacking on the Huskies, but I think Washington got too much credit for beating a Stanford club that is as inconsistent as Fall weather in Hampton Roads. The Mountaineers impressive road victory over the Longhorns, in front of a record crowd of burnt orange, was far more impressive in my eyes. Here is my full top 10:
- West Virginia
- South Carolina
- Kansas State
- Notre Dame (I really hate having to give credit to the golden domers)
- Ohio State
- Oregon State