The Weekend: Utah and Florida State lose on the road; Oklahoma State Tragedy; The AAC Best Conference in College Football?

The Oklahoma State Cowboys is off to a great start this season, starting off 7-0 for the first time since 2011. Despite trumping Kansas 58-10 on homecoming, the university was still shook by the tragedy that took place before the game. Four people were killed after a car ripped through a crowd during the Homecoming parade. We would like to send our condolences to the Oklahoma State University, and to the families of the victims in this horrendous tragedy. 

AP Top 25

1Ohio State(39) 8-0

2Baylor(7) 7-0

3Clemson(6) 7-0

4LSU(5) 7-0

5TCU(3) 7-0

6Michigan State 8-0

7Alabama(1) 7-1

8Stanford 6-1

9Notre Dame 6-1

10Iowa 7-0

11Florida 6-1

12Oklahoma State 7-0

13Utah 6-1

14Oklahoma 6-1

15Michigan 5-2

16Memphis 7-0

17Florida State 6-1

18Houston 7-0

19Ole Miss 6-2

20Toledo 7-0

21Temple 7-0

22Duke 6-1

23Pittsburgh 6-1

24UCLA 5-2

25Mississippi State 6-2

Fan-i 15

1. Ohio State (8-0) LW 1, W 49-7 @ Rutgers 
2. Michigan State (8-0) LW 2, W 52-26 Indiana 
3. LSU (7-0) LW 3, W 48-20 Western Kentucky 
4. TCU (7-0) LW 4, BYE 
5. Baylor (7-0) LW 5, W 45-27 Iowa State 
6. Clemson (7-0) LW 9, W 58-0 Miami 
7. Alabama (7-1) LW 8, W 19-14 Tennessee 
8. Notre Dame (7-1) LW 10, BYE 
9. Stanford (6-1) LW 13, W 31-14 Washington 
10. Oklahoma State (7-0) LW 12, W 58-10 Kansas 
11. Iowa (7-0) LW 11, BYE 
12. Memphis (7-0) LW 11, 66-42 Tulsa 
13. Oklahoma (6-1) LW NR, 63-27 Texas Tech 
14. Florida (6-1) LW 15, BYE 
15. Utah (7-1) LW 6, L 24-42 @ USC

  • Two teams in the top ten suffered losses Saturday. Florida State loss on the final play of the game while Utah was dominated, giving up 21 points in the 2nd quarter. I had trouble trying to decide who would stay in the Fan-I 15 because both teams lost to un-ranked opponents in a different way. I decided to give Utah the last spot since they have more wins against ranked opponents but their spot is not solidified. 
  • Michigan State didn't have a hangover from their miracle win at the BIG HOUSE last week. The AP still refuses to add them in the top 4, now putting Clemson and LSU ahead of them. I think Michigan State will shock everybody by time the end of the season arrives. 
  • Clemson destroyed the Hurricanes, putting themselves in the national discussion. Dashaun Watson has been plying at a Heisman like level this season, only in his sophomore year. 
  • The SEC only has three teams in the Fan-i 15 and two teams in the AP top ten, which is proving my theory that the SEC might not have a team make it into the 4-team playoff. 

It was only a matter of time before Al Golden would lose his job, especially when you have historical losses. Golden finished his Hurricane tenure with a 32-25 record and 0-2 record in Bowl games. Golden was hired in 2011 after the Randy Shannon was fired amid the heavy sanctions the NCAA put on the athletic program. After the sanctions were lifted in 2013, the expectations from fans, alumi, and the university rose back to the top for Golden but the Hurricanes never was able to get that swagger back. I think the worst stat of them all was his 0-5 record against Florida State -- the ultimate breaking point for most alumni. 

Player of the Weekend

Luke Falk, QB Washington State – 47/62 514 yards 5 Tds vs Arizona

Falk led the Cougars to a road victory against the Wildcats, 45-42. This is the second time this season that Falk threw for 500 yards and 5 touchdowns. In his freshman season, just a year ago, he tossed for 600 yards against Arizona State in a losing effort. 

Honorable Mention: 

  • Samaje Perrine, RB Oklahoma – 23 carries 201 yards 4 Touchdowns vs Texas Tech 

Power 5 Rankings

1. Big Ten
2. BIG 12
3. SEC
4. ACC
5. Pac 12 

The Big Ten has three teams in the AP Top Ten while the Big 12 has three teams in the Fan-i top ten. Both conferences' top schools have been the most consistent this season. The SEC is down to its final two teams. LSU and Bama are going to play for what may be the only SEC spot available in the 4-team playoff. Clemson has the opportunity to represent the ACC unless the Seminoles play spoiler in the matchup. 

If you wanted to say the American Athletic Conference is the best league in college football, it would be hard for me to argue that. They have three undefeated teams, one of which defeated a ranked SEC team. Memphis, Temple, and Houston are all 7-0 with at least one win against a Power 5 conference team. Memphis will have to play both Houston and Temple, which could play well in their favor if they can run the table. The playoff committee will release their first set of rankings on November 2nd and it will be interesting to see how well they treat the AAC teams. 

Games to watch this Weekend

  • #14 Florida vs. Georgia – Florida is currently leading the SEC East but if the Bulldogs can knock off the Gators, they will be tied with a 4-2 conference record. One of these two teams will represent the SEC East in the SEC championship game and it's not impossible for either one to win it. 
  • #6 Clemson @ NC-State – A potential trap game for the Tigers. The Tigers have won the 9 of the last 10 meetings of the Textile Bowl. 
  • Vanderbilt @ Houston – Houston is undefeated and ranked #18 in the AP Polls. Since Vandy is apart of the SEC, they should walk over the “overrated” Cougars, right? Not so fast my friend, I'm picking the Cougars to win by more than two touchdowns. 
  • #8 Notre Dame @ Temple – The Irish will be going against their fourth ranked opponent this weekend. The Owls will be making a rare appearance on prime time television, trying to prove that their 7-0 is not a fluke. 
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