Chaos continues to be the biggest winner early in the 2020 college football season.
Seven ranked, previously undefeated teams suffered their first losses of the season on Saturday, including Memphis (No. 25 in AP, No. 24 in Coaches), No. 24/25 Pitt, No. 16/14 Mississippi State, No. 13/13 Texas A&M and No. 11/12 UCF. But the two most impactful losses came with No. 9/9 Texas and No. 7/7 Auburn, who lost to TCU and Georgia, respectively.
The Longhorns’ loss to TCU could have huge ramifications on the Big 12 and College Football Playoff race; with their loss, Oklahoma State is the last remaining undefeated team in the conference, meaning any championship hopes the Big 12 has lies on the Cowboys. That said, the loss could say more about Texas than the Big 12: It’s Tom Herman’s sixth loss as a ranked team against an unranked opponent, and third against TCU’s Gary Patterson.
Auburn’s loss makes more sense on paper, considering it came on the road against No. 4 Georgia. What makes it stand out, however, is the way in which the Tigers were beaten in the 27-6 loss: They couldn’t get anything going against Georgia’s defense, putting up a mere 216 yards (including 39 on the ground). Bulldogs quarterback Stetson Bennett IV, meanwhile, further tightened his stranglehold on the starting quarterback position, completing 17 of 28 passes for 240 yards and a score.
Those losses will have the biggest impact on the national college football landscape. But the 37-30 loss of No. 18/16 Oklahoma to Iowa State on Saturday will stand out in history: It was the first time since 1999 that the Sooners lost consecutive regular-season games, and the first time they lost in Ames, Iowa, since 1960. The Sooners’ Playoff hopes are all but gone in 2020, even in the coronavirus-affected season — but they can still ruin Texas’ year even further when the Red River Rivalry kicks off in Week 6.
All of that, of course, also had a significant effect on Sunday’s latest college football polls. Here are the latest AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll rankings after yet another chaotic week of games:
College football polls updated after Week 5
Moved in: Iowa State; Louisiana; SMU; Oregon.
Others receiving votes: Mississippi State 120; Minnesota 120; Southern California 112; Kansas State 86; Texas Christian 58; Oklahoma 53; Army 51; Marshall 46; Iowa 39; Coastal Carolina 38; Utah 36; Memphis 35; Arkansas 35; Pittsburgh 32; West Virginia 30; Boise State 30; UAB 25; Mississippi 24; NC State 17; Arizona State 16; Tulsa 15; Air Force 13; Kentucky 11; Washington 8; Virginia 8; Nebraska 5; California 5; Boston College 5; Stanford 4; Baylor 2; Liberty 1.
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