On the day
before the first BCS rankings of the season, five SEC teams
and three other top ten teams threw a monkey wrench into the
projections causing the computer to short circuit.
The previous week, we were noting the first time ever that six teams from the Southeastern Conference had a record six teams in the AP Top 25. Not now.
We all saw the continued problems that the banged up Bulldogs had in Nashville as a backup quarterback overcame a 13 point fourth quarter deficit to knock off then #15 Georgia, 31-27.
With the UGA loss, South Carolina appeared to have the SEC East in hand. But, unranked Tennessee had other plans handing Steve Spurrier’s then #11 Gamecocks a devastating 23-21 defeat in Knoxville.
But the day was far from over as #22 Florida headed to Columbia, Missouri licking their chops at the thought of taking on a freshman backup quarterback in his first ever start. The Tigers had lost starting QB James Franklin for the rest of the regular season. But, Missouri, which had catapulted to #14 after entering the Top 25 the week before at #25 with its upset win in Athens, sent Maty Mauk out and watched him play like he was a four year starter embarrassing the Gators 36-17. Mizzou took another major leap to #5...a move of 20 spots in just two weeks!
Next up was #5 Texas A&M with only a loss to top ranked Alabama to blemish its 5-1 record. Unranked Auburn had just entered the Top 25 itself at #24 and kept it close enough until an injured Johnny Manziel couldn’t pull out a miracle, in a 45-41 shootout.
The afternoon ended with #6 LSU on a four game winning streak watching another unranked team pull off the upset in Oxford, Mississippi, 27-24.
But the SEC wasn’t the only place where things were going topsy turvy. Louisville had actually started the ball rolling the night before when the previously unbeaten Cardinals had jumped up to a 28-7 lead against the University of Central Florida, then were outscored 28-10 the rest of the way as the previously unranked Knights entered the first BCS Top 25 with the win at #21. Louisville plummeted from #8 to 320.
The other two top ten losses were not as shocking since they were against equal top ten competition. But, #9 UCLA was playing a Stanford team ranked four notches below them. Not a major upset, but the 24-10 loss dropped the Bruins a few spots to #12 and moved the Cardinal into the top six.
Saturday ended with a highly anticipated ACC matchup between two unbeaten top five teams. Florida State came into #3 Clemson as a slight three point favorite. The surprising Seminoles had caught a lot of people off guard, but were, after all, ranked #11 in the pre-season polls. But, no one expected was took place over the next three hours as FSU decimated the Tigers 51-14 and impressed the nation so much that they actually moved up from #5 and leap frogged an idle 7-0 Oregon team. The Ducks and their fan base have to be outraged but there is still plenty of football to be played with #7 Miami and the Florida Gators still lying in wait for FSU.
By the time the new BSC rankings came out Sunday night, Georgia and Florida had dropped completely out of the Top 25 with South Carolina moving down 10 to #21, Texas A&M falling eleven spots to #16 and LSU down seven to #13.
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