College Football Top 25 shifts dramatically

College Football Top 25 shifts dramatically

October 10, 2018 3:00 AM
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In last week's column, I told you that there would be a ton of changes in the polls.

Well, a ton would be an understatement. Of the Top-20 teams, only four teams kept the same rankings. It just so happens, it was the Top-4 (Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State, Clemson).

We had teams move up eight spots (Florida), down eight spots (LSU), while Texas' win over rival Oklahoma, catapulted the Longhorns up 10 spots.

But the biggest change was Auburn, sliding down 13 notches, knocking the Tigers out of the Top-20 (see chart). 

 

Top 20 Teams
1 Alabama -
2 Georgia -
3 Ohio State -
4 Clemson -
5 Notre Dame +1
6 West Virginia +3
7 Washington +3
8 Penn State +3
9 Texas +10
10 UCF +2
11 Oklahoma -4
12 Michigan +3
13 LSU -8
14 Florida +8
15 Wisconsin +1
16 Miami +1
17 Oregon +1
18 Kentucky -5
19 Colorado +2
20 NC State +3

 

Troy (-10) at Liberty (66): The Trojans haven't lost or failed to cover since Week 1 vs. Boise State. QB, Barker is out, but backup Smith is ready and able. A Troy defense that has racked up 20 sacks is going to devour a Liberty OL that yielded five sacks just last week. The Trojans are 19-7 ATS the last 26 on the road. TROY

Colorado (+7) at USC (56.5): Colorado can take total control of the Pac- 12 South with a win here. The Buffaloes are a perfect 4-0 ATS against FBS opponents, en route to a 5-0 SU mark. The Trojans are 0-4 ATS the last four at home, 1-4-1 ATS the last 6 vs. Conference foes, and 5-15-1 ATS the last 21 overall. COLORADO

UCF (-4.5) at Memphis (78): This is a very short number to lay for a Central Florida team that wants to both, remain in the Top-10, and keep their 18-game win streak alive. Last year's meetings saw the Knights win and cover both, outscoring the Tigers, 102-68. UCF's defense is going to frustrate Memphis' QB White. UCF

Florida (-7) at Vanderbilt (51): Vanderbilt is clearly outmatched here, as the Commodores have experienced double-digit losses in eight of their last nine SEC defeats. Florida's quick and stingy defense (14.8 PPG allowed) is going to shut down an already stunted Vandy offense. The road team is 8-2 ATS the last 10 meetings in this series. FLORIDA

UAB (-16.5) at Rice (53): The oddsmakers wanted to make this line more attractive, but I feel it should be closer to -24. UAB likes to beat up lesser teams, and believe me, Rice is certainly a lesser team. They proved that again last week, as they put up a mere three points against UTSA. The Blazers have covered three in a row and four of five this season. This game is going to get ugly. UAB

New Mexico State (+10) at UL Lafayette (65.5): New Mexico State hasn't won three in a row since 2015. QB, Josh Adkins (736 yards, 8 TDs, 2 INTs) has brought excitement and pride to the Aggies. This is way too many points for a ULL team to lay with no passing game (106th) and a defense that ranks 114th (37.2 PPG allowed) The underdog is 8-1 ATS the last nine meetings in this series. NEW MEXICO STATE

Hawaii (+14.5) at BYU (54.5): The oddsmakers have put too much stress on the absence of Hawaii's starting QB McDonald's injury. But backup play caller Cordeiro earned a win over Wyoming a week ago. BYU comes off losses to superior Washington and Utah State, but their defense was exposed for 80 combined points. BYU is 2-8 ATS the last 10 games played at home. HAWAII

California (-7) vs. UCLA (54.5): Two big betting clichés come into play here. First, UCLA (0-5 SU) is in "let-down" mode after playing their best game thus far in last week's, 31-24 loss to Washington. Secondly, California is "due for" a bounce back after two very bad losses to Oregon and Arizona. The home team is 7-1 ATS the last eight meetings in this series. The Bruins are 0-5 ATS the last five games played in Berkeley. CALIFORNIA

Last week: 4-3

Season: 17-15