Another weekend of college football in the books, and another crazy Saturday filled with upsets and surprises. No. 1 Ohio State traveled to Bloomington to start conference play, and while many weren't giving the Hoosiers much credit for their 4-0 start, Indiana took the Buckeyes right down to the wire and only lost by a touchdown, 34-27. OSU is still undefeated, but they haven't won games as convincingly as many folks might have thought. The second-ranked team in the nation, another Big Ten school in Michigan State, welcomed in another Indiana school that gave them one hell of a fight. The Spartans pulled away from Purdue thanks to a late field goal but only managed to escape 24-21. Injuries are starting to derail MSU's potential Big Ten championship run.
The rest of the top ten teams in the country were a mixed bag of results. No. 3 Ole Miss got blown out on the road by a surprising Florida team that is now jumping up the polls themselves. But No. 4 TCU did some blowing out themselves against a Texas team that is just a mess right now. Baylor's offense continued to look other-worldly as they hung 63 on Texas Tech, but perhaps the biggest letdown was No. 7 UCLA, a team many thought had a chance to make the College Football Playoff, losing at home by 15 to unranked Arizona State.
The rest of the top 25 featured several upsets this weekend; Iowa beat nineteenth-ranked Wisconsin on the road to claim the Heartland trophy, No. 21 Mississippi State lost to Texas A&M, and Arizona, another team some thought could make a run to the Pac-12 Championship game, lost by 38 to Stanford.
Obviously the biggest story from an Illinois perspective is that the team is continuing to receive votes (two in the coaches poll this week) and is gaining momentum. A road win this coming Saturday against undefeated Iowa would almost certainly put them in consideration for the top 25.
Week 6 Rankings:
|1||Ohio State (38)||Ohio State (50)||Oklahoma||Alabama|
|2||TCU (5)||TCU (4)||Ohio State||Oklahoma|
|3||Baylor (10)||Michigan State (1)||Alabama||Michigan|
|4||Michigan State||Baylor (5)||Utah||Clemson|
|5||Utah (7)||LSU (1)||LSU||Florida|
|7||LSU||Utah (1)||TCU||West Virginia|
|8||Alabama||Florida State||Baylor||Florida State|
|9||Texas A&M (1)||Oklahoma||Clemson||LSU|
|12||Florida State||Florida||Florida||Notre Dame|
|13||Northwestern||Ole Miss||Florida State||Louisville|
|14||Ole Miss||Northwestern||Michigan||Ole Miss|
|15||Notre Dame||Notre Dame||Ole Miss||Toledo|
|18||Michigan||Stanford||Notre Dame||Boston College|
|22||Iowa||Cal||Oklahoma State||Texas A&M|
|25||Boise State||Memphis||Navy||Ohio State
Others Receiving Votes (Coaches Poll):
Oregon 64; Duke 59; West Virginia 31; Toledo 24; Kansas State 17; Arizona State 16; Temple 16; Mississippi State 14; Navy 12; Houston 11; Kentucky 6; Arizona 5; North Carolina 4; Missouri 4; Wisconsin 4; Illinois 2; Indiana 2.
Others Receiving Votes (AP Top 25):
Oregon (3-2) 39; Duke (4-1) 31; Houston (4-0) 31; Temple (4-0) 23; Memphis (5-0) 19; Navy (4-0) 19; Arizona State (3-2) 15; Mississippi State (3-2) 11; West Virginia (3-1) 8; Texas Tech (3-2) 4; Brigham Young (3-2) 3; Kansas State (3-1) 1; Missouri (4-1) 1