Oklahoma’s Big XII title hopes may have been dashed after losing to TCU while Baylor continued its climb.
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In one of the biggest shakeups in the top 25 rankings in a decade or more, 5 teams in the top 10, and 11 teams in the top 25, lost in Week 6, which will inevitably turn the polls on their head, and leave only 10 teams left in the FBS with unblemished records. Oregon, Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and UCLA are now in the backseat to division rivals and their chances of making the college football playoffs now rest solely in the hands of other teams.
Here are the biggest losers from Week 6 of college football:
USC – When you lose at home on a Hail Mary by the other team, that kind of loss will sting for a very long time – perhaps too long for USC to get a piece of any decent bowl game this season.
Oklahoma – So much for this being Bob Stoops’ year. Now the Sooners are forced to wait and see if Baylor or TCU can get that one Big XII loss to get back into the title hunt.
Alabama – If both Auburn and Alabama manage to go undefeated the rest of the way, this year’s Iron Bowl will be just as important (and likely epic) as last year’s.
UCLA – Losing to Utah and dropping out of the top 10 will make next week’s game against Oregon even more critical. And of course, a win over Arizona in November is now an absolute must-have.
Nebraska – Almost typical of the Cornhuskers under Bo Pelini – they had a chance to make a statement against a better team with a win, but it literally slipped right through their fingers…. and then into the fingers of their opponent.