College football rankings: Losers from AP Top 25 Poll, Week 9
UCLA was exposed as being soft again vs. Oregon, but still has plenty to play for
Just when everybody was starting to think this year might be different for UCLA, the Bruins were no match for Oregon at Autzen on Saturday afternoon. Although they still have plenty to play for, the Bruins are not going to get the benefit of the doubt in conference play like Oregon, USC and Utah would. If they want to play in more big games, they will need to prove they can hang in them.
Ole Miss blew a golden opportunity in Baton Rouge to potentially get to Atlanta
This was probably the most damning loss of the weekend. While Ole Miss has had its troubles historically winning in Tiger Stadium, the Rebels had the better team on paper. This was Brian Kelly’s first game in the rivalry series, but Lane Kiffin’s team blew it. At this point, they have to win out, which includes beating Alabama at home, to get to the SEC Championship for the first time.
Kansas State has unofficially been eliminated from the College Football Playoff
Although both of Kansas State’s losses are to two ranked teams with only one loss between them (Tulane, TCU), the Wildcats can unofficially be crossed off from any serious College Football Playoff considerations. Losing your starting quarterback was not ideal, but you couple that TCU loss with a home defeat to the Greenies out of the Group of Five, and there is no way to make this look better.
Texas is not back, as illustrated by Longhorns running out of gas in second half
Although Texas will achieve sacred bowl eligibility at some point this season, it was not happening in Stillwater on Saturday evening. While the Longhorns are improving under Steve Sarkisian, they are starting to form a really bad reputation in that they cannot close out games. They have Bijan Robinson as their star running back, so why could they not hit paydirt once in the second half?
Here is to UCLA, Ole Miss, Kansas State and Texas responding with wins in their next big games.