The surprises just keep coming. Over the past few years, we’ve learned that college football can be unpredictable, and the 2011 season is delivering that uncertainty yet again. For the second consecutive week, Texas A&M blew a huge first-half lead, this time allowing Arkansas to come back from 18 down. It’s hard to see the Aggies making their way back into the Top 15 or so after back-t0-back letdowns.
A&M’s neighboring Baylor Bears suffered one of the most shocking defeats of the year at the hands of Kansas State; could these Wildcats be better than we thought?
Clemson certainly appears to be. With a third consecutive victory over a ranked opponent, the Tigers have themselves firmly in the Top 10. Statements were also made by Alabama and Wisconsin as the elite teams begin to separate themselves from the pack, both within their respective conferences and in the rankings.
Interesting stat of the week- Utah’s Kyle Whittingham came into his matchup with Washington at 11-0 in when coming off of a bye week. So much for that unblemished record. The Huskies romped, 31-14.
Our week 5 numbers:
The individual rankings that contributed were:
Rank Strobl Rank Mitchell Rank Bigalke 1 Alabama 1 Alabama 1 LSU 2 LSU 2 LSU 2 Alabama 3 Wisconsin 3 Oklahoma 3 Wisconsin 4 Clemson 4 Wisconsin 4 Boise State 5 Oklahoma 5 Boise State 5 Oklahoma State 6 Oklahoma State 6 Oklahoma State 6 Stanford 7 Stanford 7 Stanford 7 Clemson 8 Boise State 8 Clemson 8 Oklahoma 9 Georgia Tech 9 Oregon 9 Oregon 10 Kansas State 10 Texas 10 Georgia Tech Next 3 Next 3 Next 3 Oregon Michigan Illinois Arkansas Georgia Tech Houston Michigan Arkansas Michigan Last out Last out Last out Nebraska South Carolina South Florida
We’ll be back each week with updated rankings as part of the Tailgater series.
*About the Composite Rankings: Composite Rankings are determined by tabulating the rankings provided by each of the three Tailgater contributors. Teams receive between 1 and 13 points for their respective positions in a given “Top 10″ or “Next 3″ list. Higher point totals equal better rankings. Ties are broken based on how the respective teams were ranked by each contributor.