Except for the upset of #11 Oklahoma State by a struggling West Virginia (30-21), there were no really big surprises this week so don’t expect any major changes in the rankings. (You might see #6 LSU and #9 Georgia flip positions and a couple of others may slip lower having lost to higher ranked teams.)
The numbers on the left are the rankings in the Associated Press Poll and the Coaches’ Poll. (CBSSports does a preseason poll but then waits a few weeks to weigh in on a regular basis—or at least they did last year.) NR means the team is “Not Ranked” in that particular poll. The team’s current record is in parentheses following their name.
1/1 Alabama (4-0) The Crimson Tide shutout the #21 Ole Miss Rebels (3-1) 25-0. Oh oh! Alabama’s defense finally showed up! They not only shut out Ole Miss, they also had a safety meaning they alone provided enough points to win the game. Cade Foster kicked three field goals (including a 53 yarder), T.J. Yeldon had a 68-yard TD run and Kenyan Drake a 50-yard TD run, but those scores were icing on the cake. Yeldon had 17 carries for 121 yards while Drake toted the ball 12 times for 99 yards. Ole Miss had just 205 net yards on offense, 46 of them on the ground.
2/2 Oregon (4-0) The Ducks drubbed California Golden Bears (1-3) 55-16. It rained in Eugene—hard. And Ducks like water, so…. It was 27-0 at the end of the FIRST quarter and if Cal hadn’t scored the last two TDs in the game…. Bralon Addison had little trouble with the rain. He returned TWO punts for TDs. One went 75 yards and the other went for 67 yards. Byron Marshall carried the ball 19 times for 130 yards and two TDs. Marcus Mariota tossed two TD passes and ran for another TD for the Ducks.
3/4 Clemson (4-0) The Tigers routed the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (2-3) 56-7. Tajh Boyd completed 17 of 24 for 311 yards and three TDs. He also rushed 17 times for 69 yards and a TD. This game was never in question.
4/3 Ohio State (5-0) The Buckeyes beat the # 23 Badgers of Wisconsin (3-2) 31-24. Braxton Miller returned to QB the Buckeyes and tossed four TD passes. Joel Stave did his best to keep Wisconsin in the game completing 20 of 34 for 295 yards and two TDs. Most of those yards were to Jared Abberderis who had ten catches for 207 yards and one of those TDs.
5/5 Stanford (4-0) The Cardinal dominated the Washington State Wildcats (3-2) 55-17. Rain and wind had Wazzu crowding the line of scrimmage so Kevin Hogan threw for 286 yards and three TDs. The Cardinal defense did their part, too. Jordan Richards returned an INT 30 yards for a TD and Trent Murphy did the same.
6/6 LSU (4-1) The Tigers fell to the #9 Georgia Bulldogs (3-1) 44-41. Perhaps the most exciting game of the weekend saw Aaron Murray complete 20 of 34 passes for 298 yards and four TDs—he also ran for one score on a QB sneak—while his ex-roommate Zach Mettenberger went 23 of 37 for 372 yards (a personal best) and three TDs for LSU. Georgia’s Todd Gurley had 8 carries for 73 yards before leaving the game with an ankle injury—in the second quarter. Marshall Morgan hit three clutch field goals—including a 55-yard personal best—for Georgia.
7/7 Louisville (4-0) The Cardinals had this week off.
8/8 Florida State (4-0) The Seminoles started slowly against the Boston College Eagles (2-2) who led 17-3 early in the second quarter. Then Jameis Winston took over and the Seminoles won 48-34. Winston tossed three TD passes in the second quarter including one as time ran out in the half. He tossed another in the third quarter and P.J. Williams returned an interception 20 yards for a defensive TD. Chase Rettig tossed four TDs and Andre Williams ran 28 times for 149 yards for the Eagles.
9/10 Georgia (3-1) The Bulldogs edged the #6 LSU Tigers (4-1) 44-41. See above for more.
10/9 Texas A&M (4-1) The Aggies beat the Arkansas Razorbacks (3-2) 45-33. The return of starting QB Brandon Allen (17 of 36 for 282 yards and three TDs) fired up the Razorbacks but the Aggies got out in front early and were able to stay there as they continually answered each Arkansas score with one of their own. Allen did toss two INTs, one of which Deshazor Everett returned 34 yards for an Aggies’ TD. Johnny Manziel went 23 of 30 for 261 yards and two TDs and rushed for another 59 yards on 9 carries. Alex Collins carried the ball 14 times for 116 yards for Arkansas.
11/11 Oklahoma State (3-1) The Cowboys got beat by the West Virginia Mountaineers (3-2) 30-21Clint Trickett, the third WVA quarterback to start this year, may have a few more starts from here on out. He completed 24 of 50 passes for 309 yards and a TD. Ishmael Banks returned an INT 58 yards for a Mountaineer TD and Josh Lambert connected on three field goals as well as three PATs for WVA to lead all scorers. J.W. Walsh competed 20 of 47 attempts for 322 yards and three TDs but also tossed two INTs including the one to Banks.
12/13 South Carolina (3-1) The Gamecocks lost QB Connor Shaw in the first quarter and had all they could handle against the Knights of UCF (3-1), but handle it they did 28-23. Running back Mike Davis stepped up rushing 26 times for 167 yards and three TDs. UCF had a 10-0 halftime lead but whatever Coach Steve Spurrier said at halftime seems to have worked. That and the defense and Davis’ running.
13/14 UCLA (3-0) The Bruins had this week off.
14/12 Oklahoma (4-0) The Sooners beat the #22 Fighting Irish (3-2) 35-21. Notre Dame turned the ball over on INTs early and it cost them. Corey Nelson returned one 24 yards for a score while the other set up a Damien Williams rushing TD to put the Sooners up 14-0 early in the first quarter. They (the Sooners) accepted the gifts and never looked back. George Atkinson did have an 80-yard TD run and Tommy Rees did toss two TD passes for the Irish, but those three INTs…. Blake Bell went 22 of 30 for 232 yards and two TDs and rushed 12 times for 59 yards for Oklahoma.
15/15 Miami (Fla.) (4-0) The Canes routed the Bulls of South Florida (0-4) 49-21. Stephen Morris lead the Hurricanes to a substantial lead as he completed 11 of 16 passes for 222 yards and two TDs before leaving the game with an ankle injury. Ryan Williams took over and completed 8 of 14 for 153 yards and another TD. Jimmy Gaines recovered a USF fumble in the end zone for a Miami TD while Julius Forte returned an interception of a Ryan Williams pass for a Bulls score.
16/20 Washington (4-0) The Huskies handed the Arizona Wildcats (3-1) their first loss of the season 31-13. Rain and wind played a role as the Huskies handed the ball to Bishop Sankey over and over. Stankey carried for a school record 40 times gaining 161 yards and scored a TD. Ka’Deem Carey had 30 carries for 132 yards for the Wildcats.
17/16 Northwestern (4-0) The Wildcats had the weekend off.
18/17 Michigan (4-0) The Wolverines also had the weekend off.
19/18 Baylor (3-0) Add the Bears to the list of teams that were idle this weekend.
20/19 Florida (3-1) The Gators beat the Kentucky Wildcats (1-3) 24-7. Matt Jones carried the ball 28 times for 176 yards and a TD. Kentucky had only 173 net yards on offense. Gators beat Kentucky for the 28th consecutive time.
21/21 Ole Miss (3-1) The Rebels got shut out by the #1 Alabama Crimson Tide (4-0). Roll Tide. More above.
22/22 Notre Dame (3-1) The Irish host the #14 Oklahoma Sooners (3-0). The Irish will go down but not without a fight. It will come down to mistakes and the Sooners will cause more than they commit. See above for more.
23/24 Wisconsin (3-2) The Badgers fell to the #4 Ohio State Buckeyes (5-0) 31-24. See above for more.
24/25 Texas Tech (4-0) The Red Raiders were idle this week.