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Throughout much of Saturday, it went pretty much as expected, as we didn’t expect there to be much of a change in the rankings when they were released on Sunday.
But then the country tuned into Fayetteville, Arkansas, where a team from Louisiana (no not that team) that had never beaten a ranked team in their history was on the verge of doing just that. And not just any ranked team. It was a top-10 SEC team playing at home.
The Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks did the unthinkable on Saturday night though, upsetting then-No.8 Arkansas in overtime 34-31, thanks to a couple of game-saving fourth-down plays.
The result for the Razorbacks in the latest edition of the Associated Press college football top-25 isn’t good.
In fact, it’s nonexistent. In the sense that Arkansas was in the College football poll last week, but took a historic fall this week, tumbling outside of the top-25 following the loss. In fact, only Michigan a couple of seasons ago fell further following a loss to Appalachian State.
So with Arkansas out of the Top-10 that made room for Michigan State to join the party. The Spartans are about the only good thing going for the Big Ten conference right now, so you can bet the conference is happy to see them up there.
At the top of the poll it stayed the same.
Alabama remains an assertive No.1, collecting 48 of the 60 first-place votes this week. The Crimson Tide continue to lead BCS Championship Betting Odds at Bovada Sportsbook. USC, LSU, Oregon and Oklahoma round out the top-five. Though Oklahoma really hasn’t looked all that impressive in their two wins to start the season. Actually, Florida State and Oklahoma are in a tie with the same number of points in the poll this week.
The Georgia Bulldogs got a big win on the road over Missouri 41-20 without four starters on defense. They stay at No.7 this week.
South Carolina moves up one spot to No.8 to take the spot of Arkansas, with West Virginia at No.9 and then Michigan state at No.10.
There were four teams that moved into the top-25 this week, higlighted by the Tennessee Volunteers. Tennessee is in the AP poll for the first time since 2008. And to add to the hype so far this season, College Gameday announced that they will be coming to Knoxville this Saturday for the ranked showdown with Floria.
UCLA, Arizona, and BYU also enter the top-25 this week.
Dropping out were Arkansas, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Oklahoma State.
Associated Press Top 25
5. Florida State
8. South Carolina
9. West Virginia
10. Michigan State
12. Ohio State
13. Virginia Tech
15. Kansas State
20. Notre Dame
25. Brigham Young