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This past weekend had a healthy amount of upsets throughout college football, with the king among them being the shocking-depending-on-how-much-you-know-about-this-team loss that Georgia suffered by the hands of South Carolina. The Bulldogs have a propensity to lose to some weird teams every football season, but combined with all of the pain that the state has been suffering in sports over the last couple of weeks, one can look at this even from an outsiders’ perspective and go, “Yup, that’s about right.”
That game aside, there were plenty of other things that happened over the weekend, and so let’s take a look at this week’s SB Nation FanPulse top 25 and we’ll sort some things out from there:
Aside from Georgia’s expected drop down the list, the first change from last week to point out is that LSU is now the second-best team in the country according to voters. The Tigers took down the Florida Gators 42-28 at home to improve to a 6-0 record, with their next opponent being unranked Mississippi State. If they can make it past them as well as #11 Auburn, they will be undefeated going into their game against Alabama, which should make for some really fun non-UNC viewing.
LSU’s climb in the rankings also knocked Clemson down one spot, despite their dominant win over Florida State. Following along with where Clemson is being ranked by readers has been very interesting following their close call against UNC, and it seems like beating up on a lackluster Seminoles team wasn’t enough to move the needle in the right direction. There aren’t anymore games left on their schedule that could be considered statement games, unless we are at the point where Wake Forest is considered a formidable opponent for the reigning national champions, and so we’ll see if they will be able to get anywhere near the top spot again without some outside help.
As far as notable ACC changes go, Wake Forest and Virginia both took their first losses of the season against Louisville and Miami respectively. The ironic part? The Deacs and Cardinals finished with a final score that could very well be the final score of a Virginia basketball game. The Cavaliers did their part to carry on low-scoring tradition in football as well, as they only scored 9 points in a game that only had 26 total points scored. That’s it. That’s my analysis.
With that, let’s take a look at the results of the Tar Heel Blog top 25 poll:
THB FanPulse Top 25 Week 7
|Ohio State (6-0)||4|
|Notre Dame (5-1)||9|
|Penn State (6-0)||9|
|Boise State (6-0)||14|
|Arizona State (5-1)||20|
|App State (5-0)||23|
|Wake Forest (5-1)||25|
As we can see, there are some noticeable differences in this poll compared to the SBN results. Clemson has made their way up to number two after being number five on last week’s THB poll, Wake Forest is hanging on by a thread, and Virginia is on the outside looking in. Our readers were also kind enough to keep Iowa in the rankings despite their loss against Penn State over the weekend. Aside from that, things aren’t a whole lot different between the two polls.
What are your thoughts on this week’s FanPulse results? Do things look like they are where they should be? Let us know in the comments below, and also be sure to sign up for FanPulse using the link at the top of this article so that you can join in on the voting each week.