Remaining in the SEC country, Florida No.4 found itself in a battle with No.21 Texas A&M. Both programs came and went throughout the game, but the Aggies outlasted the Gators to claim a 3-point victory with a 26-yard field goal expiring in time to earn it in settlement. Texas A&M fell victim to the standings with a loss to Alabama in their second game of the season, but rebounded this week with a quality win.
And for a long minute, Alabama nearly found itself in trouble against Ole Miss on Saturday night, unranked. The Rebels traded scores with the Crimson Tide for much of the game – up to a score of 42-42 – but Alabama found some folds in the defense late and did just enough to make it seem like ‘they were in control all the time to win. 63-48. But it wasn’t all rosy for the powerful program known for its solid defense – Alabama gave up 647 total yards of attack.
Then there was the craziest game of all, the Red River Showdown – a thrilling four-overtime game between two programs after a loss the week before. Oklahoma dominated the game early on but had little to show as Texas stayed even during the half-time break. But Oklahoma found its rhythm in the third quarter to claim a 14-point lead.
Texas responded in the fourth quarter, with a pair of touchdowns, including a 2-yard pass from quarterback Sam Ehlinger to Keaontay Ingram with 14 seconds left in regulation. After four overtime periods, including a third overtime where both teams missed a basket, Oklahoma had gained the upper hand. Quarterback Spencer Rattler found Drake Stoops for a 25-yard touchdown, then Tre Brown had a late-game interception as Ehlinger sought to equalize.
The Sooners may have won the game against a ranked opponent, but I want to see more consistency before I put them back in my ballot. I’ll probably be one of the only voters to keep them out, but the Sooners still have a long way to go and enough time to do it. It’s still a good team.
Last week I said I believed Iowa, Minnesota and Utah should be ranked, even though none of their seasons have started yet. After several upheavals this week, I decided to include Minnesota and Utah on the three teams. Both teams were ranked in my preseason poll and got the top 25 SP + scores.
Minnesota and Utah are pretty similar teams – both were in the spotlight of the 2019 college football playoffs with outside shots, but missed the cup. In 2020, they return a similar production in attack but are forced to re-equip almost entirely in defense.
What sets them apart: Minnesota must adjust to a new offensive coordinator from former Utah State coach Mike Sanford, while Utah has a favorable schedule, which should help them, at the earlier, to stay in line.
Stall: LSU (1-2), TCU (1-2), Texas (2-2)
Recording: Kansas State (3-1), Minnesota (0-0), Utah (0-0)
In consideration: Army (4-1), Iowa (0-0), Marshall (3-0), North Carolina State (3-1), Oklahoma (2-2)
If you have a question about any of the teams I ranked (or missed), contact me on Twitter (@JFurKSL) and I will do my best to explain my reasoning.
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