Change is coming: Top 25 bound to look much different with 4 leagues returning, several ranked teams falling in Week 4
If you love a little chaos with your college football, the 2020 season might be the year you were waiting for. There’s a possibility that whacky 2007 season looks like a normal year by the time the 2020 campaign comes to an end.
Saturday was our first taste of what a wild weekend looks like in the sport. Five teams ranked in the Associated Press Poll lost this weekend, with two of those games being massive upsets. Pair that with the B1G, Pac-12, Mountain West and MAC all returning with a fall season and now eligible for the rankings, and we’re bound to see a Top 25 that is almost unrecognizable from last week.
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The weekend got off to a crazy start when unranked Kansas State knocked off No. 3 Oklahoma on the road, overcoming a 21-point deficit in the second half to post a 38-35 victory over the Sooners, courtesy of a 50-yard field goal from Blake Lynch. It was the second straight year K-State defeated OU.
Later in the day, No. 6 LSU and the defending national champion fell by 10 points to Mississippi State and new head coach Mike Leach 44-34. Bulldogs quarterback K.J. Costello threw for an SEC record 623 yards in his first game with the program.
Three other ranked teams lost this weekend, but all those losses came at the hands of higher-ranked opponents. Here’s a look at the five ranked teams that fell in Week 4:
- Kansas State def. No. 3 Oklahoma — 44-34
- Mississippi State def. No. 6 LSU — 38-35
- No. 14 Cincinnati def. No. 22 Army — 24-10
- No. 8 Auburn def. No. 23 Kentucky — 29-13
- No. 21 Pitt def. No. 24 Louisville — 23-20
Those results alone are enough to translate to a serious shake up in the polls. But teams from the four conferences that postponed the 2020 season only to opt back in are now eligible for the rankings again. It’s going to be interesting to see where those teams stand.
The USA Today Coaches Poll drops between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. ET Sunday. The Associated Press Poll comes out at approximately 2 p.m. ET.