Sadly, our fifth weekend of college football has come and gone. With Mississippi State being off this week, Bulldog fans had the opportunity to check out other games. While there was little in the way of upsets, Arkansas pushed Texas A&M to the brink, Charlie Weis is now being paid not to coach by two schools, and the Big House looked really sad in Michigan.
With all of that and more in the books, here a look at the Amway Coaches' Poll:
|9||Notre Dame||UCLA||Florida State|
|10||Michigan State||Michigan State||Stanford|
|11||Ole Miss||Ole Miss||Michigan State|
|12||Mississippi State||Georgia||Notre Dame|
|18||BYU||Ohio State||Kansas State|
|21||Oklahoma State||East Carolina||Oklahoma State|
|22||East Carolina||Kansas State||South Carolina|
|23||Kansas State||Oklahoma State||BYU|
|24||Missouri||Arizona State||Mississippi State|
As you can see, Saturday has the potential to be one of the biggest weekends of SEC college football, and that is saying something. In the SEC West alone, games will be going on all day that feature top-15 teams facing off with division championship, conference championship, and national championship hopes on the line:
No. 14 Mississippi State vs. No. 7 Texas A&M
No. 11 Ole Miss. vs. No. 1 Alabama
No. 15 LSU vs. No. 5 Auburn
That is just in one division of the SEC. I cannot think of a time that an entire conference had three games of such magnitude on one weekend. For LSU, any hopes of winning the West will be dashed with a loss to Auburn, and Mississippi State, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Alabama, and Auburn all know that a loss this weekend will make it tough to win the SEC West.
A look at the AP poll shows that the Bulldogs managed to move up two spots without playing in a game this weekend. Of course, in that same poll, Florida State has inexplicably held on to the top spot while everyone can see they are not the best team in college football.
Also of an interesting note is how different the top-four of the AP and Coaches' polls look. The teams are the same, but they are in completely different order with no team holding the same spot in both polls.
While the polls are practically meaningless—even though, one could assume the committee will keep some sort of eye on them—it will be interesting to see how the teams that lose Saturday are treated. Will the voters punish upstarts such as Mississippi State or Ole Miss harshly if they lose close games? Will established teams take a beating if they lose to more of an upstart school? It will be interesting to watch.