Florida State, No. 9 LSU and No. 15 Georgia all took tumbles in the rankings after spending the whole season ranked in the top seven.
The Seminoles’ loss was the most stunning and most damaging. But maybe we should have seen it coming. Since 2007, Florida State has lost six road games to unranked teams when it was ranked.
The latest was probably the most disappointing because the Seminoles seemed primed to make a run at playing in the BCS championship game. The ACC is without another dominant team. Clemson is the only other ranked squad from the conference, and Florida State already beat the Tigers.
The Wolfpack hadn’t shown much against their best opponents, especially defensively. But they shut out EJ Manuel and Florida State in the second half.
“They fought for the inches and made the inches and we didn’t,” coach Jimbo Fisher lamented.
In and out
No. 21 Cincinnati (4-0) and No. 22 Texas A&M are ranked for the first time this season, and No. 24 Boise State and No. 25 Michigan are back after falling out earlier.
In between is No. 23 Louisiana Tech, which hasn’t been ranked in the Top 25 since 1999. The Bulldogs (5-0) are third in the nation in scoring at 53 points per game and are a serious threat to bust into the BCS from the Western Athletic Conference a la Boise State.
The biggest hurdle comes next week against Texas A&M in Shreveport, La. The game was originally scheduled the opening week of the season, but it was postponed because of severe weather.
Falling out of the rankings after losing were TCU, Nebraska, Northwestern, UCLA and Washington.
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No. 10 Oregon State is in the top 10 for the first time since 2001, when it was No. 10 after the first week and ended the season unranked.