Last week’s rankings went through the paper shredder. Not only did the Super 16 get jumbled, but three of the “first four out” teams also lost: USC, Wisconsin and Nebraska. The rankings have gone through such a remodel they should be featured on “Love It or List It.” But the more things change, the more the championship game looks like a rematch from last season: Auburn versus Florida State. That thriller at the Rose Bowl wasn’t decided until the final 13 seconds, and this season also appears headed to the final few ticks.
1; Auburn; 5-0; “Gus for Us” campaign will spearhead drive to unseat Saban as governor of Alabama. (5)
2; Florida State 5-0; Last week versus this week on the ACC schedule: Weak Forest and Syra-cruise. (4)
3; Mississippi 5-0; After Alabama win, students tear down goal posts and use them for giant swizzle sticks. (8)
4; Baylor 5-0; If Bears defeat Texas Christian on Saturday, the Texas state fair should be moved from Dallas to Waco. (7)
5; Mississippi State 5-0; Dak Prescott would be a great name in Grisham novel based in Starkville. (11)
6; Notre Dame 5-0; Good things happen every other year, or when Everett Golson starts at quarterback. (10)
7; Alabama 4-1; Angry Tide heads to Arkansas for what it hopes will be Grind Hogs Day. (3)
8; Texas Christian 4-0; Frogs treated for the bends after rising 16 spots in AP poll following Oklahoma win. (NR)
9; Oregon 4-1; “Wanted: offensive tackles who seek exotic adventures in places like Pasadena and Corvallis.” (2)
10; Oklahoma 4-1; “OK, whose big idea was it to invite Texas Christian into the Big 12?” (1)
11; Michigan State 4-1; Only weakness in the program is too many empty seats in student section. (12)
12; Arizona 5-0; School sends Michigan thank-you note after receiving the wonderful gift of Rich Rod. (NR)
13; Georgia 4-1; Carrying the Southeastern Conference East banner until Vanderbilt gets a few football things figured out. (16)
14; Utah 4-1; Kicker Andy Phillips is a former U.S. ski team member who just cannot be iced. (NR)
15; UCLA 4-1; Nietzsche said, “That which does not kill you also makes Oregon a must win on Saturday.” (9)
16; Texas A&M 5-1; Quarterback Hill goes to team doctor complaining of “cowbells ringing in my ears.” (6)
Dropped out: Brigham Young (13), Stanford (14), Louisiana State (15).
Moved in: Texas Christian, Arizona, Utah.
First four out: Ohio State, Arizona State, Kansas State, Stanford.