Newsweek College Football Rankings, SEC’s Power Shift and Big 12 Chaos

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One week after Mississippi State went into Baton Rouge and upset the defending national champs, the Bulldogs went home to Starkville and came back to Earth with a thud. Mississippi State lost to Arkansas, as the Razorbacks snapped a 20-game losing streak in SEC play.

That’s a microcosm of college football this weekend.

Texas looked to be the frontrunner in the Big 12, but the Longhorns lost at home to TCU. The Oklahoma Sooners lost at Iowa State for the first time since 1960. The Sooners are 0-2 in the Big 12 and tied for last place with Kansas and Texas Tech.

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Max Duggan #15 of the TCU Horned Frogs celebrates after rushing for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on October 03, 2020 in Austin, Texas. TCU knocked off the Longhorns, 33-31, moving both teams to 1-1 in the Big 12 Conference.
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Tennessee surprisingly has the nation’s longest winning streak at eight games, which is tied with Notre Dame.

With the way 2020 has happened, it’s no surprise that this has already been a wacky college football season so far. There seems to be a shift in power in the SEC from the West to the East, the Big 12 is a total mess right now and Notre Dame and Miami are emerging in the ACC. North Carolina and Virginia Tech are also undefeated in the ACC, and they will square off this Saturday in North Carolina for a rematch of last year’s six-overtime game—which the Hokies won.

And how about this upcoming game on Saturday: Coastal Carolina (3-0) at Louisiana (3-0).

One thing that has remained constant, though, is that Clemson and Alabama are still clearly the best teams in college football, and


The SEC’s two major matchups give us the weekend we’ve been waiting for in college football

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This is the weekend you’ve been waiting for in college football.

We’re slowly getting to a point where all Power 5 football is going to be played, and we’ll be back to something resembling a normal college football schedule in a world that has been anything but.

Saturday’s two biggest matchups — Texas A&M at Alabama and Auburn at Georgia — will definitely hit those normal vibes for college football fans. The noon ET games will serve as your appetizer for the gourmet servings of top-10 SEC football in the afternoon and evening.

The Crimson Tide bring back running back Najee Harris and wide receivers Jaylen Waddle and DeVonta Smith. Bama also has an experienced offensive line, with four starters back from 2019, and a defense stacked with players who will likely end up playing on Sundays.

The Aggies are ranked No. 13 but didn’t look the part last weekend in a 17-12 victory over Vanderbilt. Kellen Mond was expected to be one of the better quarterbacks in the SEC but had an average game. If you’re an A&M fan, you had better hope he was just knocking off some rust. Otherwise, it could be a long afternoon in Tuscaloosa.

Alabama’s Nick Saban, right, and Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher face off in a matchup between two top-15 teams. Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

In the evening, the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry gives us seventh-ranked Auburn visiting No. 4 Georgia. The two are meeting as top-10 teams for the sixth time in the rivalry’s history, with Georgia having won the most recent — the 2017 SEC championship game.

The Bulldogs come into this game not knowing exactly who


College Football Ratings Surge Behind SEC’s Opening, Still Down vs. Last Year

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All it took was the return fo the Southeastern Conference to bump college football television ratings back up. But they’re still not where they once stood.

In week three of the return of college football, only two games drew a viewership north of two million fans. This past week, six games drew at least two million fans.

Mississippi State’s upset of No. 6 LSU was the biggest winner of the week. Its 2.5 rating, drawing 4.44-million fans, was not only the biggest game of the week, it’s the biggest drawing game of the season thus far. That said, the game was still down 5-percent from the same mid-afternoon time slot game in week four last season. 

The other four games that drew ratings of over 1.0 and at least two million fans include Florida State vs. Miami (2.95-million, 7:30 p.m ABC), Texas vs. Texas Tech (2.72-million, 3:30 p.m. FOX), Kansas State vs. Oklahoma (2.68-million, Noon Fox), Ole Miss vs. Florida (2.67-million, Noon ESPN) and Alabama vs. Missouri (2.09-million, 7 p.m. ESPN).

On average, all of those top six games were down an average of 11.2-percent from last year with the only game of the six with an increased rating from the prior year being the Alabama game. 

As has been standard, the NFL is also down a similar single-digit figure as college football. However at least three separate games on Sunday had viewership over 15-million, with the FOX afternoon game of the week pulling in over 22-million. 

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