The first real shake up of the top ten occurred this weekend as #s 2, 6, 7 and 8 all lost. Georgia went into Baton Rouge with impressive wins, although some weaknesses were there, and got blasted by LSU 36-16. Georgia went away from its bread and butter, the run game early and never recovered. Once they fell behind by double digits Jake Fromm could not bring them back against the LSU defense. Iowa St just beat West Virginia 30-14 (never bought into WV as a true contender), Oregon outlasted Washington 30-27 in OT and Mich St edged Penn St 21-17. Anyway, Penn St continues to be great but not elite, sure James.
The beneficiaries of these losses are Texas, Michigan and yes, UCF, still riding the nations longest winning streak at 19 games after squeaking by Memphis 31-30. Even the Gators, overcoming an ugly first half trailing Vandy 21-3 to win 37-27 have an outside chance.
We saw something less than perfect from Alabama as Tua T played with a sprained knee and only threw for 3 scores. The Tide beat Mizzou 39-10. Notre Dame came back at home to nip Pitt late 19-14.
The fickle nature of the game, mental fatigue, injuries, lesser teams improving (ask Auburn losing to Tenn at home) has made this a free for all. It is best just to observe for a week or so before projecting.