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SEC West rival joins Alabama in top three of coaches poll

SEC West rival joins Alabama in top three of coaches poll”

But an alternate interpretation of that phrase could be that it's not an entertaining series until a "surprise" occurs. He also had his fifth game with at least three touchdown passes in 2019, running his season total to 25, just three shy of tying the school record.

Georgia dropped from No. 3 to No. 10 after its loss to unranked SC.

No. 5 LSU strengthened its case to be the nation's top team, showing its new-found offensive might to whip No. 7 Florida 42-28. Florida's loss at LSU price the ninth-ranked Gators two spots.

With all due respect to Wisconsin, Penn State, Boise State, and Baylor, all of whom are still undefeated, it appears that the top five teams in the rankings for this coming week are the cream of the crop in college football this year.

LSU and Alabama have been 1 and 2 (in some order) 10 times previously, including nine during the 2011 season, when they played as the top two teams in the regular season and BCS championship game. So if we can agree on that (some of you won't but it's the truth), then we can't theoretically dismiss No. 11 Auburn (5-1), No. 12 OR (5-1), No. 13 Utah (5-1), No. 16 MI (5-1), No. 17 Arizona State (5-1), No. 18 Baylor (6-0) OR No. 20 Minnesota (6-0) as Power Five teams that haven't been mathematically eliminated from playoff consideration.

Clemson got 14 of the other first-place votes. That makes it extremely tough to judge how good the defending champs are, and the scare at North Carolina two weeks ago is all I need to justify putting the ACC Tigers at a solid No. 4.

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As for Texas A&M, the 3-3 Aggies finally have to go. Utah's only loss is against USC at home without their best running back in a close game.

Big Ten: The Minnesota Golden Gophers find themselves in the AP Top 25 for the first time in a long time, but it's not exactly been a murderer's row of opponents this season.

You can get lost in a rabbit hole of talking points like strength of schedule, the value of being a brand name and division imbalance within conferences when entertaining the possibility of a one-loss Pac-12 team, or the long-shot possibility of a now undefeated Baylor or Minnesota making the playoff, but recent history suggests that one of these teams could make a run at the playoff. LSU obtained 12 first-place votes Sunday within the AP Prime 25 introduced by Areas Financial institution whereas Alabama obtained 30 first-place votes and is No. 1 for the third consecutive week.

Georgia is the highest-ranked group to lose to an unranked group this season. The Tigers should be considered a legitimate National Championship contender. They'll get the opportunity to be No. 1 when they play at Alabama on November 9.

That's not going to happen this season with the way Nick Saban and Ed Orgeron have embraced modern, dynamic offense and with how Tua Tagovailoa and Joe Burrow play the QB position.

As nearly the first two months of the season are over, it is the candidates and contenders who emerge from this period of the year. But approximately midway through the season, it seems as though some other teams have a great shot this time around.



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