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College football rankings: LSU, Mississippi State losses see SEC West teams tumble in CBS Sports 76

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One of my favorite parts about the month of October in college football is how quickly the rankings adjust to those initial reactions from the opening weeks of the season. In “normal” seasons this, would still be the point where teams have finally have a couple conference games in the books and whatever kind of overreaction we made from the few September results worth noting has been put to the test by the grind of league play. 

Even in a “normal” year, this is the point where we identify an early-season result that has been proven to be wildly misleading. In 2020, that game is Mississippi State’s 44-34 win at LSU. The biggest game on the SEC’s opening-week schedule had everything fans could want, from the intrigue of seeing how the defending champs would replace Joe Burrow and more than a dozen starters to the SEC debut of Mike Leach. By the time K.J. Costello and the Bulldogs (who entered the game as 18-point underdogs) were done carving up LSU for 623 passing yards in the upset win, a new era was proclaimed in the conference. Mike Leach was here, we thought, and the league would never be the same. 

Well, while we did see scoreboard-breaking totals in the SEC this past weekend, none of it came from Mississippi State. The Bulldogs did not even score an offensive point in a 14-2 loss to Kentucky, a result that was preceded by a 21-14 loss to Arkansas. Ever since the Leach era started with lighting up LSU, Costello has thrown the ball 114 times and the Mississippi State offense has scored just two touchdowns.   

Now at 1-2, Mississippi State finds itself at the bottom of the SEC West standings with LSU. That same LSU team that started in

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LSU Falls Out of the AP Top 25 for the First Time Since 2017

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College football’s defending national champion, the LSU Tigers are out of the AP’s Top 25. After losing to a previously winless Missouri 45-41 on Saturday. The Tigers have fallen to a 1-2 record and are out of the rankings for the first time since 2017. The last defending national champion to be unranked happened 9 years ago with Auburn following Cam Newton’s departure.

LSU lost their star QB Joe Burrow – who was drafted number one overall in the 2020 NFL Draft by The Cincinnati Bengals. Despite Number 17 LSU’s drop, some schools have held steady at the top of the rankings. Clemson remains in the No. 1 spot, with Alabama at No. 2 and Georgia at No. 3. This will now set up an interesting top-three matchup on Saturday when the Crimson Tide hosts the Bulldogs.

The top 5 unranked schools fighting for a spot are Marshal, North Carolina State, Oklahoma, TCU and UCF.

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LSU drops out of college football poll for first time since 2017; Quakes fall

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LSU is out of the Associated Press college football poll for the first time since 2017 and is the first defending national champion to drop from the rankings in nine years.

No. 1 Clemson, No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 Georgia held steady at the top of the rankings Sunday, setting up a top-three matchup Saturday when the Crimson Tide hosts the Bulldogs.

Clemson received 59 first-place votes. Alabama got two and Georgia one. Notre Dame moved up to No. 4 and North Carolina is No. 5.

LSU dropped out from No. 17 after falling to 1-2 with a 45-41 loss at previously winless Missouri. The Tigers had been ranked in 43 straight polls, dating to Nov. 5, 2017. That was the seventh-longest active streak in the nation.


The last defending national champion to be unranked was Auburn in 2011. Following Cam Newton’s departure the Tigers spent much of the ’11 season outside the Top 25, finishing 8-5 and unranked.

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3-0 at Portland

Jaroslaw Niezgoda scored two goals shortly after halftime and the host Portland Timbers won their fifth straight match with a 3-0 victory over the Earthquakes.

Felipe Mora added a late goal for Portland (9-4-3), which is tied with the defending champion Seattle Sounders atop the West.

The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Quakes, who were coming off a 3-0 win at home Wednesday over Vancouver. The winning streak lifted San Jose (5-7-5) into the playoff picture.

• In other MLS games, Lee Nguyen had a goal and an assist to become the first player with 50 career goals and assists for New England in the visiting Revolution’s 2-1 victory over New York City FC. … Jamiro Monteiro and Sergio Santos scored in a nine-minute span and the host Philadelphia Union beat

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College football bowl projections: SEC shake-ups may have LSU struggling to even make a bowl

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If you like SEC defenses, you had a bad week.  Yards and points were coming quick and easy almost everywhere in the SEC on Saturday. Alabama saw Ole Miss explode on its defense, though the Crimson Tide held on to win 63-48. That game featured the most points and yards in an SEC regulation game ever. Ole Miss racked up 647 yards, the most ever allowed by Bama.  Only two of Alabama’s 11 drives did not end in touchdowns, and one of those ended on a fumble at the 1-yard line. The Crimson Tide maintain the No. 2 spot in the College Football Playoff projections after the win.

That will get tested next Saturday when Georgia visits Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The Bulldogs defense has been pretty stout this season, but they gave up 21 first-half points to Tennessee before locking them down in the second half. Georgia cruised to a 44-21 victory over the previously unbeaten Vols.

Alabama and Georgia have clearly separated themselves from the rest of the SEC now following Florida’s 41-38 loss at Texas A&M. The Gators offense has been impressive through the first three weeks, but the defense has been a suspect. The Aggies lit them up for 543 total yards, including 205 on the ground.  As good as Florida’s offense has looked, the Gators will have to tighten that up if it hopes to make a run at an SEC title. Florida remains projected for a spot in the Peach Bowl for now, but it’s precarious.

The most surprisingly bad defense so far in the SEC belongs to LSU. The Tigers opened the season giving up an SEC-record 623 passing yards to Mississippi State in a 44-34 loss. This week, they gave up 586 yards of total offense in a 45-41 loss to Missouri. For both

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College football winners and losers from Week 6 include LSU, Texas A&M

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Losing to Mississippi State and Missouri in a three-game span would send any coaching staff scurrying back to the drawing board in search of answers. 

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