Moving into the Associated Press Top Five for the first time in five years Oct. 20, Missouri dropped out a week later with a double-overtime loss to South Carolina. Four weeks later, they’re back.
Thanks to a pair of losses by Top-Five teams in Week 13, Mizzou has moved back into the Top Five at No. 5, leapfrogging Clemson in the process. Baylor, which had moved to No. 3 last week, dropped six to No. 9. Oregon tumbled even further, falling all the way from to No. 12 after entering the weekend No. 5.
The Tigers are one of three SEC teams in the Top Five, including, obviously, No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Auburn. Those two teams will meet in the Iron Bowl Saturday, with the winner representing the West against either Mizzou or South Carolina in the SEC championship game. The Tigers will claim the East with a win over Texas A&M.
Ohio State, on the verge of being passed in the BCS rankings by Baylor, instead moved back to No. 3 in the latest AP Top 25. The “other” OSU. Oklahoma State, moved up four to No. 7 thanks to its dominating win over the Bears.
The remainder of the Top 10 consists of No. 6 Clemson (up one), No. 8 Stanford (up two) and No. 10 South Carolina (up two).
Arizona State, thanks its win over then-No. 14 UCLA, shot up six positions to No. 13. Texas A&M took the biggest hit of those that remained inside the Top 25, going from No. 9 to No. 19 after getting throttled by LSU.
Ole Miss (No. 24) was the only team that dropped out, replaced by No. 25 Notre Dame.
Turns out Steve Spurrier isn’t the only iconic college football figure to retire this week.
Texas announced Tuesday evening Bevo XIV has been diagnosed with bovine leukemia and has been retired to his pasture, effective immediately.
Bevo XIV missed Saturday’s stunning upset of then-No. 10 Oklahoma with what the school called a “life threatening” illness, and rumors circulated around the internet this week he had passed away.
Bevo XIV officially hangs up his horns with a 106-41 record with two national championship appearances.
There is no word at press time on a possible debut of Bevo XV.
Urban Dictionary defines “Clemsoning” as “the act of an inexplicably disappointing performance, usually within the context of a college football season.”
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was asked about the phenomenon following the Tigers’ destruction of Georgia Tech Saturday and promptly went off. The question, asked by ESPN’s David Hale, was in reference to Swinney’s program shaking the label – Saturday marked Clemson’s 34th straight win over an unranked opponent – but Swinney didn’t see it that way.
Armed with some new facts (Clemson SID Tim Bourret noted 50 teams have fallen as ranked opponents to unranked foes since the Tigers last did so on Nov. 19, 2011), Swinney again targeted the “Clemsoning” label.
“I think it’s an agenda. It’s just bias,” Swinney told the Charleston (S.C.) Post & Courier Tuesday. “People are uneducated. They’re just ignorant and lazy because they’re not looking at the facts. If they did, they’d be focused on other schools and not Clemson. They’d be dialed in on what Clemson has done. There aren’t three other schools in the country as consistent as Clemson, in all aspects.”
I hate to break it to you, Dabo: you are absolutely correct, but the term, as they say, has been coined.
Just go beat Florida State, beat South Carolina, win the ACC and win a national title and maybe Urban Dictionary will delete that pesky page out of a sign of respect.
Also, No. 5 Clemson hosts unranked Boston College on Saturday. This would be a very, very unfortunate time for the Tigers to suffer an upset.