Top 25 college football rankings: Super Saturday became upset Saturday

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By JOHN NESTOR
XNSports.com


Some major reshuffling took place in the XN Sports Top 25 College football rankings after Super Saturday became upset Saturday.

A total of 11 teams ranked in last week's poll lost, including No. 2 Oregon, No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 5 Alabama, and sixth-ranked Texas A&M.

The biggest beneficiary of all the upsets and upheaval was the state of Mississippi as both Mississippi State and Ole Miss are in the top four after upsetting Texas A&M and Alabama respectively.

Florida State is still No. 1 and Auburn is the new No. 2 after the most impressive performance of the weekend. Auburn crushed LSU in the SEC battle against the Tigers, 41-7, and is another step closer to another shot at a national title.


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Top 25 college football rankings: Super Saturday became upset Saturday

25. Marshall (5-0)

The Thundering Herd dominated on the ground to stay unbeaten. Devon Johnson ran for a career-high 198 yards with three TDs and Remi Watson had 102 yards and two TDs.

Last Game: Beat Old Dominion, 56-14.

Next Game: Saturday vs. Middle Tennessee State.

(Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

24. Utah (4-1)

The Utes got a 29-yard field goal from Andy Phillips with 34 seconds left to stun the Bruins.

Last Game: Beat UCLA, 30-28.

Next Game: Oct. 16 at Oregon State.

(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

23. Nebraska (5-1)

Nebraska’s troubles against Michigan State started up front as they allowed five sacks and failed to open holes for the run game. Ameer Abdullah rushed for 45 yards on 24 carries and Nebraska’s 47 yards rushing as a team was its fewest since they gained just 31 against USC in 2007.

Last Game: Lost to Michigan State, 27–22.

Next Game: Oct. 18 at Northwestern.

(Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

22. Arizona State (4-1)

The Sun Devils lucked out but still might not be ranked for long. Stanford, Washington, Utah, and Notre Dame are up next on the schedule and it will take more than Hail Mary’s to navigate that slate.

Last Game: Beat USC, 38-24.

Next game: Oct. 18 vs. Stanford.

(Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

21. Georgia Tech (5-0)

The Yellowjackets scored a touchdown in each quarter and limited the Hurricanes to three points in the second half.

Last Game: Beat Miami, 28-17.

Next Game: Saturday vs. Duke.

(Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

20. Oklahoma State (4-1)

The Cowboys have won four straight since a season-opening loss to Florida State. After Saturday’s matchup with the Jayhawks, four match ups with ranked opponents loom.

Last Game: Beat Iowa State, 37-20.

Next Game: Saturday at Kansas.

(Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

19. Ohio State (4-1)

QB J.T. Barrett single-handedly spoiled Maryland’s first home game as a member of the Big Ten, passing for 267 yards and four TDs and running for 71 yards and a score.

Last Game: Beat Maryland, 52-24.

Next Game: Saturday vs. Rutgers.

(Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images)

18. UCLA (4-1)

Coming off their most impressive win of the season the Bruins promptly lost at home to Utah. UCLA had a chance but Ka’imi Fairbairn missed a 55-yarder at the horn and a 50-yarder on an untimed down after being run into.

Last Game: Lost to Utah, 30-28.

Next game: Saturday vs Oregon.

(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

17. Missouri (4-1)

The Tigers are coming off a bye after a road win over South Carolina. The winner here will really take control of the SEC East.

Last Game: Beat South Carolina, 21-20.

Next Game: Saturday vs. Georgia.

(Photo by Todd Bennett/GettyImages)

16. Kansas State (4-1)

Big day for the offense against the Red Raiders as Jake Waters threw for 290 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 105 yards and a TD while Tyler Lockett had 12 catches for 125 yards and two TDs and Curry Sexton had nine catches for 128 yards and two scores.

Last game: Beat Texas Tech, 45-13.

Next game: Oct. 18 vs. Oklahoma.

(Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images)

15. East Carolina (4-1)

QB Shane Carden helped make the Pirates’ AAC debut a happy one as he threw for 410 yards and four touchdowns in the win over the Mustangs. You’ll get to see plenty of Carden and the rest of the Pirates down the stretch of the season as they play three Thursday games and a Friday game over their final seven contests.

Last Game: Beat SMU, 45-24.

Next Game: Saturday at South Florida.

(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

14. Oregon (4-1)

The Ducks have playmakers but they do not have the offensive live to take advantage of them. The banged up Oregon line couldn’t protect Marcus Mariota for much of the game and we should have seen this one coming. The win marked the third time since 2007 that an unranked Wildcats team upset a top 5 Ducks squad.

Last Game: Lost to Arizona, 31-24.

Next game: Saturday at UCLA.

(AP Photo/Steve Dykes)

13. Texas A&M (5-1)

The Aggies can rebound from Saturday’s loss at Mississippi State and get back into the playoff picture but it won’t be easy. Ole Miss is fresh off a victory over Alabama and even if they do get past the Rebels, the Crimson Tide are waiting the following week.

Last game: Lost to Mississippi State, 48-31.

Next game: Saturday vs. Mississippi.

(Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

12. Michigan State (5-1)

The Spartans led the Cornhuskers 27-3 to start the fourth quarter before holding on to eke out the win. Instead of everyone in East Lansing complaining about the student section turnout they should focus on finishing games.

Last game: Beat Nebraska, 27-22.

Next game: Saturday vs. Nebraska.

(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

11. Georgia (4-1)

The Bulldogs have won three straight since a loss at South Carolina, the only road game Georgia has played so far this season. Saturday’s visit to Columbia will be a challenge and it is the start of four consecutive SEC games away from home for the Bulldogs.

Last game: Beat Vanderbilt, 44-17.

Next game: Saturday at Missouri.

(Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

10. Oklahoma (4-1)

The Sooners were another upset victim this weekend and will look to get back on track on the Red River Rivalry game against the Longhorns. Matchups with ranked foes Kansas State, Baylor, and Oklahoma State loom and could help Oklahoma get back into the playoff picture but it first has to get past Texas.

Last game: Lost to TCU, 37-33.

Next game: Saturday vs Texas (in Dallas).

(Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

9. Alabama (4-1)

The Crimson Tide have been down this road before, losing a game en route to a national title, but this year’s road appears more perilous than in years past. The road back starts Saturday against the Razorbacks who are improved and coming off a bye. Texas A&M, a trip to LSU, Mississippi State, and Auburn all loom as well.

Last game: Lost to Mississippi, 23-17.

Next game: Saturday at Arkansas.

(Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)

8. Arizona (5-0)

The Wildcats are 5-0 for the first time since 1998 after knocking off the Ducks in Eugene. Freshman Nick Wilson ran for a pair of TDs and caught a TD pass from Anu Solomon in the win.

Last Game: Beat Oregon, 31-24.

Next Game: Saturday vs. USC.

(Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

7. TCU (4-0)

The Frogs are 4-0 for the fifth time in their last seven seasons and their reward for the upset of Oklahoma is another showdown against a ranked team in Waco.

Last Game: Beat Oklahoma, 37-33.

Next Game: Saturday at Baylor.

(Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

6. Baylor (5-0)

The Bears were able to grind one out over the Longhorns to set up a big one with the Horned Frogs this week. QB Bryce Petty was just 7-of-22 for 111 yards but did manage two second-half TD passes and the defense did the rest.

Last game: Beat Texas, 28-7.

Next game: Saturday vs. TCU.

(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

5. Notre Dame (5-0)

QB Everett Golson gets most of the headlines and he did throw the game-winning TD pass on 4th and 11 with just over a minute to play against Stanford, but it’s the Irish defense that has been at the top of its game. Notre Dame is allowing just 12 points per game (3rd in the nation) and limited Stanford to 205 yards, the lowest the Cardinals have posted since 2008.

Last Game: Beat Stanford, 17-14.

Next game: Saturday vs. North Carolina.

(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

4. Ole Miss (5-0)

The Rebels trailed the Crimson Tide 14-3 at halftime and 17-10 midway through the fourth quarter before rallying for two touchdowns in the final six minutes. Now Ole Miss tries to back up its big win against a Texas A&M team that will be motivated to rebound after losing Saturday.

Last Game: Beat Alabama, 23-17.

Next game: Saturday at Texas A&M.

(Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)

3. Mississippi State (5-0)

QB Dak Prescott threw for two touchdowns and ran for three more scored as the Bulldogs dominated the Aggies. The win was nice, but coach Dan Mullen knows it doesn’t mean much for long. "In my years in the SEC, here’s the one thing I’ve learned – if you win a big game, the gift is you get an even bigger one next week," Mullen said. "And that’s about all you get."

Last game: Beat Texas A&M, 48-31.

Next Game: Saturday vs. Auburn.

(Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

2. Auburn (5-0)

The Tigers had the most impressive performance of any ranked team last weekend, blasting LSU, 41-7, and making a statement as to who the best team in the SEC is. QB Nick Marshall threw for 207 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 119 and two more TDs to lead the way for Auburn, which has no time to celebrate with a trip to Starkville scheduled for this weekend.

Last game: Beat LSU, 41-7.

Next game: Saturday at Mississippi State.

(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

1. Florida State (5-0)

The Seminoles were shut out in the first quarter against the Demon Deacons but thanks to the defense they trailed just 3-0. Jameis Winston threw his fifth INT in five games this season but FSU still won easily. A road trip to upstate New York shouldn’t pose too many problems before a huge showdown with Notre Dame.

Last game: Beat Wake Forest, 43-3.

Next game: Saturday at Syracuse.

(Photo by Jeff Gammons/Getty Images)

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