Three Saturdays remain in regular college football season, and shake-ups this week led to shifts in the AP rankings. The race to compete in the coveted national championship game remains.
The Top 5: Alabama holds on at No.1 after a victory over the Mississippi State Bulldogs, 20-7. Quarterback Jameis Winston led No.2 Florida State to crush Syracuse, 59-3. Winston had 277 passing yards, two touchdowns and completed 19 of 21 passes before sitting out the second half.
It was another Baylor blowout this week, beating Texas Tech 63-34. The win bumped Baylor one spot to No.3 ahead of No.4 Ohio State. No.4 Ohio State stayed undefeated with a 60-35 victory over Illinois.
Former No.5 Stanford dropped the ball against USC this week, in a 20-17 loss. Andre Heirdari kicked a 47-yard field goal with 19 seconds to play, sealing the win for the Trojans. Stanford fell to No.10 and USC moved from unranked to No.23.
The loss made room for Oregon to move back into the No.5 spot. The Ducks beat Utah, 44-21. More on how Oregon benefits greatly from USC’s win over Stanford.
Pac-12 News: After the Cardinals upset over Oregon last week, it was all eyes on Stanford again this week, this time against USC. Ed Orgeron, who replaced the fired Lane Kiffin in late September, led the Trojans to their fifth win in the six games he has been in charge. USC’s defense, paired with quarterback Cody Kessler’s 288 passing yards, and Andre Heidari’s clutch 47-yard field goal helped the Trojans upset former No.5 Stanford. No.14 UCLA beat Washington 41-31 at home. No.19 Arizona State gained two spots in the poll after its victory over Oregon State (30-17).
Here is this Week’s Top 10:
- Alabama (1,495)
- Florida State (1,445)
- Baylor (1,351)
- Ohio State (1,343)
- Oregon (1,210)
- Auburn (1,205)
- Clemson (1,115)
- Missouri (1,067)
- Texas A&M (956)
- Stanford (899)
A Deeper Look at Oregon:
- Oregon rose one spot to No.5 in AP Poll, and two spots to No.5 in the Coaches Poll this week
- Marcus Mariota completed 19 of 26 passes for 288 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. He talked about his knee and confidence after the game.
- Running back Byron Marshall had 67 yards on 11 carries and two touchdowns
- Oregon’s defense held Utah to 114 yards on 42 carries.
- De’Anthony Thomas had a 86 yard touchdown kick return that was a major momentum changer
- Oregon now leads the Pac-12 North.
Oregon will travel to Arizona on Saturday, November 23. Kickoff time TBD.