Extreme makeover: Top 25 poll edition

college football: Losses cost nine ranked teams; Oregon State enters top 10

The Associated PressOctober 8, 2012 

Signature victories, statement games, surprisingly easy wins and one stunning upset.

Nine ranked teams lost Saturday and the Top 25 underwent an extreme makeover Sunday, with South Carolina, Florida and West Virginia moving into the top five.

No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Oregon held their spots at the top of the rankings. Alabama is a unanimous No. 1 again.

No. 3 South Carolina, off a 35-7 victory against Georgia, moved up three spots. No. 4 Florida jumped six spots after beating LSU, 14-6. No. 5 West Virginia moved up three with a 48-45 victory at Texas.

No. 6 Kansas State, No. 7 Notre Dame and No. 8 Ohio State also moved up. LSU dropped five to No. 9 and unbeaten Oregon State is No. 10.

The Beavers are in the top 10 for the first time since 2001, when it was No. 10 after the first week and ended the season unranked.

The last time the Beavers were ranked in the top 10 later in the season was 2000, when they finished No. 4 in the country and beat Notre Dame, 41-9, in the Fiesta Bowl.

The Huskies, ranked No. 23 last week, fell out of the Top 25.

Florida State fell from No. 3 to No. 12 after losing 17-16 on a last-minute touchdown at North Carolina State.

The last time nine ranked teams lost in one week was Oct. 18, 2008.

No team was more impressive than South Carolina.

Coach Steve Spurrier has the Gamecocks ranked higher than they have been in 28 years.

Behind pass-rushing terror Jadeveon Clowney and hard-running Marcus Lattimore, the Gamecocks have emerged as the leading contender in the Southeastern Conference to knock off Alabama – if South Carolina can get a crack at the Tide.

They don’t play in the regular season, but could meet in the SEC championship game.

But that’s a long way away – especially with South Carolina heading to LSU next Saturday and Florida the week after.

“I would say we probably have the toughest schedule of those other teams,” Spurrier said of the national title contenders.

As for West Virginia, this just about sums it up: In the last two weeks, the Mountaineers have allowed 108 points and won both games.

GIVE US A BREAK

Georgia linebacker Christian Robinson said on his Twitter account he returned from the Bulldogs’ lopsided loss at South Carolina on Saturday night to find a house he shares with quarterback Aaron Murray “egged and rolled (toilet-papered).”

Georgia was No. 5 before the 35-7 loss to South Carolina.

Robinson, a senior, posted on his Twitter account “Seems that people turn on you when you’re not perfect. Thought we were in this together.”

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