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Yet another new No. 3 ...
Last week, I mentioned statement victories for South Carolina, West Virginia and Florida.
Well, momentum is only as good as that week's opponent, as South Carolina fell on the road in a tough spot in Baton Rouge and West Virginia got to experience the joy of Lubbock up close and personal. Two straight long trips to Texas was too much for the Mountaineers as they got smoked by the Red Raiders, who shook off last week's thumping from Oklahoma to make a statement of their own.
Alabama remains number one after pulling a Mortal Kombat move on a certain team from Central Missouri, and Oregon had a week off to get some more aerodynamic tweaks made to their uniforms (I suppose) before this week's Thursday tilt against Arizona State in Tempe.
And while it is entirely too early to talk about the BCS rankings...it's worth noting that Oregon and Florida both play three ranked opponents in the back half of their schedules (not including the conference title games, which both teams should make if they win out). Right now, the average ranking for Florida's three ranked opponents is higher than Oregon, but that could change. It is worth keeping an eye on as we edge into November. There is still a lot of football left to play.
Of course, the Notre Dame factor is still out there. But we won't mention that right now, will we?