One-time Heisman Trophy favorite Geno Smith suddenly has a lot to ponder after two straight losses. - Justin K. Aller
Elsewhere, moderate movement due to big drops by South Carolina and West Virginia. Also, Wisconsin climbs one spot.
I, for one, am happy to see Kansas State and Notre Dame still up so high. I imagine there might be some disagreement regarding the Fighting Irish, but hey -- I don't hold grudges. Most of the time.
Anyway, the top five went unchanged this week because despite Florida's impressive result (a 44-11 dismantling of South Carolina at home), I couldn't warrant moving them ahead of Oregon. Perhaps I'm still too scarred by Chip Kelly's lightning-quick attack, but I see the Ducks beating the Gators on a neutral field more often than not. Kansas State was also undoubtedly impressive, killing West Virginia and Geno Smith's Heisman Trophy hopes in one fell sweep in Morgantown.
Further down the top 10, LSU, Oregon State and Florida State all rose one spot. I dropped Ohio State after it's narrow one-score win (albeit without Braxton Miller in the fourth quarter) over Purdue, paving the way for USC, Oklahoma and Georgia to each jump three spots.
Indeed, both South Carolina and West Virginia suffered big falls this week. The Gamecocks were a funny case, considering a big loss at The Swamp is nothing really to laugh at, especially against an undefeated Gators squad. The Mountaineers, you might see, are seeing the wheels come off after two straight losses -- albeit to two good teams. But after getting waxed at Texas Tech, West Virginia had absolutely no answer for Kansas State at home. The result, like South Carolina, was a seven-spot drop.
At the bottom, I bumped the Badgers up one spot after their ninth-straight reclamation of Paul Bunyan's Axe. I've left Texas Tech out generally by oversight, I admit, so the Red Raiders make their appearance at No. 23. Michigan did fend off Michigan State (who is now a four-loss team, can you believe that?), but the narrow margin keeps them at No. 24. For anyone contemplating charges of homerism, if Wisconsin and Michigan met on a neutral field, how many times do you think the Wolverines would win? I'd pick Wisconsin in at least a narrow majority of the contests.