The Norman Transcript

National Sports

October 8, 2012

Upsets shake up top 25 polls

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NORMAN —

“I would say we probably have the toughest schedule of those other teams,” Spurrier said of the national title contenders.

The Gators haven’t been in the top five during the regular season since 2009. That was the end of the Tim Tebow era. Year 2 under Will Muschamp is starting to feel a bit like Urban Meyer’s second season at Florida. Those Gators won the national title.

As for West Virginia, this just about sums it up: In the last two weeks, the Mountaineers have allowed 108 points and won both games.

Next up for the Geno Smith and the Mountaineers is another trip back to Texas, this time Lubbock to face Texas Tech (4-1).

Moving up

Speaking of Meyer, Ohio State moved up four spots to No. 8 in the rankings after a 63-38 victory against Nebraska in Columbus, Ohio.

Everybody knows by now the Buckeyes are playing only for pride because of an NCAA postseason ban, one they probably could have avoided if Ohio State officials had self-imposed it last year and not waited for the NCAA to weigh in on the tattoo scandal.

No doubt every Buckeye is now regretting that decision.

In a year when the Big Ten looks down, Ohio State seems capable of going undefeated. No. 25 Michigan is the only other Big Ten team ranked this week.

The Big Ten has said it will present Ohio State — or Penn State, for that matter — with a Leaders Division trophy if it wins the division.

There’s one more trophy available for Ohio State, though it’s a long shot.

The AP has been crowning a national champion since 1936, and the Buckeyes could conceivably finish No. 1 in the media poll, though it would likely take just about every other team losing at least once.

The last sanction-strapped team to make a similar push was Auburn in 1993, which went 11-0 under Terry Bowden and finished No. 4.

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