The college football top 25 remain devoid of chaos. Although last week’s top 25 rankings caused a stir when Oregon jumped Boise State, the list of national contenders is still solid. Alabama, Ohio State, Oregon, Boise State, TCU, Oklahoma and Nebraska still lead the way, and are expected to do so for a while. Despite a few big showdowns and tests, it has stayed this way pretty much all year so far. For today, the biggest showdowns that could change the top 25 come below the top 7, although Alabama gets one more stiff road test as well.
The biggest showdown involving a major contender involves the No. 1 Tide, as they complete a deadly three game stretch. Alabama has already come back against Arkansas, and slaughtered Florida, during the last two weeks. Today, they visit Steve Spurrier and South Carolina, as they hope to have an easier time on the road than they did in Fayetteville.
The rest of the leaders presumably have it easier. Of course, Ohio State nearly lost their No. 2 spot in the rankings when Illinois challenged them, but they expect a better performance against Indiana at home. Oregon will attempt to keep up momentum at Washington State, as Boise State hosts Toledo, and TCU plays Wyoming.
As it has been all year, the biggest change to the rankings this week may be below the top 10. Two national elimination games are on tap today, as LSU visits Florida and Michigan hosts Michigan State. The Wolverines and Spartans meet in the only clash of undefeated teams, while the Gators and Tigers try to rebound from poor performances last week.
The only other game between top 25 teams has Florida State go to arch-rival Miami tonight. The ACC has been extremely poor thus far this season, but the winner of this game will be the early favorite for the conference crown.
There aren’t that many projected upset bids that could shake up the rankings, since there have been few upsets all year. Nevertheless, Oregon State, which already lost to TCU and Boise State, will attempt to knock off unbeaten Arizona next. Arkansas goes on the road to Texas A&M after their bitter loss to Alabama, while Stanford attempts to crush USC again, and Missouri hosts Colorado 20 years after their Fifth Down loss.
By now, few expect the rankings to change much, although South Carolina may or may not have the best chance to shake things up. The LSU-Florida and Michigan State-Michigan winners can also make a substantial move – but will this be the week that someone creates chaos out of nowhere? Since the first BCS rankings are almost here, this would be the right time for it.
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