Two top ten teams went down this week, and another nearly joined them. In a battle of top ten teams, Florida State topped Clemson 49-37. Oklahoma fell to the Kansas State Wildcats 24-19, picking up their first loss of the season. LSU barely escaped Auburn with a 12-10 win. The rest of the top ten were either off or cruised to victory.
Florida State overcome a 14 point third quarter deficit to blowout Clemson. Defense was nowhere to be found until late in the third quarter when the Seminoles forced Clemson into back to back 3 and outs and managed to pull away. Florida State’s explosive offense was on full display, and the Seminoles proved they are going to be a handful for any defense that lines up against them.
Kansas State used a strong running game to grind down Oklahoma. The Wildcats ran for 213 yards. They held the ball for 34 minutes compared to 25 minutes for the Sooners. K-State held Landry Jones to only 1 touchdown pass.
LSU, who many felt were head and shoulders above everyone except Alabama, squeaked by Auburn by two points. LSU held Auburn to 183 yards of total offense, but couldn’t get their own offense going either. Despite dominating the statistics, Auburn lead at halftime, and had a chance to win the game in the closing seconds.
Top ranked Alabama crushed Florida Atlantic 40-7. The Owls touchdown ended the Tide’s shutout streak at two games. Alabama used a balanced offense to defeat Florida Atlantic, netting 247 yards passing and 256 yards rushing. AJ McCarron had another efficient game, going 15 for 25 for 212 yards and 3 TDs. The Crimson Tide put even more distance between themselves and the rest of the college football world.
College Football Power Rankings
1. Alabama Crimson Tide
2. Florida State Seminoles
3. LSU Tigers
4. Georgia Bulldogs
5. Oregon Ducks
6. South Carolina Gamecocks
7. West Virginia Mountaineers
8. Kansas State Wildcats
9. Florida Gators
10. Texas Longhorns