The top 25 teams in college football will be shaken up once again following yet another upset-filled Saturday.
A whopping three teams in the top 10 — No. 6 Michigan, No. 9 Iowa and No. 10 Ole Miss — all lost in Week 9, further refining the top 25 teams ahead of the first College Football Playoff rankings release.
The Wolverines in particular lost big in Week 9; though they fought No. 8 Michigan State tough in what was ultimately a 37-33 loss in Spartan Stadium, Jim Harbaugh is once again facing the heat after his team blew a 30-14 second-half lead. (The officials did nothing to help their cause). Iowa’s defeat was demoralizing as well: The Hawkeyes, coming off a bye, lost their second straight game, against Wisconsin, in a 27-7 snoozer.
Lane Kiffin’s Rebels played well enough at No. 18 Auburn, but were stopped three times on fourth down in the Tigers’ red zone. A single conversion — or a few field goals — would have changed the direction of a game that ultimately saw Auburn win 31-20. As it stands, Ole Miss is now in third place in the SEC West division race.
Elsewhere, Pitt fans were left fuming after a controversial safety call — or lack thereof — allowed Miami to score an upset, wasting an otherwise fantastic performance by Heisman Trophy hopeful Kenny Pickett.
It wasn’t all losses and upsets, however. No. 5 Ohio State, No. 11 Notre Dame and No. 16 Baylor all gutted out wins to remain with one loss apiece on the season. The Buckeyes beat No. 20 Penn State 33-24; the Fighting Irish beat North Carolina 44-34; and the Bears beat Texas 31-24.
All those games and more will re-shuffle the latest top-25 rankings. With that, Sporting News looks ahead to Sunday’s poll release, attempting to project what the latest rankings will look like:
Projected college football rankings for Week 10
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