The Ole Miss Rebels are on the move in the coaches poll. After an impressive victory in Tuscaloosa Saturday night, Ole Miss jumped six spots in the coaches poll, released Sunday. The Rebels moved up to No. 5 in the poll, while TCU, Michigan State and Baylor each moved up a spot behind No. 1 Ohio State.
The Buckeyes received 61 of 64 possible first-place votes. The other three first-place votes went to No. 3 Michigan State. TCU moved up a spot to reclaim the second spot in the coaches poll after previously being jumped by Alabama. The Crimson Tide dropped 10 spots in the poll this week, from No. 2 down to No. 12. According to the coaches poll, Alabama is the best one-loss team in the nation.
Somehow the coaches poll still ranks Auburn, with the Tigers hanging on by a thread at No. 25 after losing on the road at LSU (up to No. 9 this week). Many seemed to think Auburn had no business being ranked after an overtime victory over Jacksonville State the previous week.
The only team to drop out of the coaches poll this week was BYU, after a narrow road loss at No. 11 UCLA.No. 23 Missouri, which escaped a home game with a 9-6 victory over UConn also managed to stay ranked this week, although the Tigers fell three spots.
No. 24 Stanford makes a return to the coaches poll after winning at No. 18 USC (down 11 spots). The team that defeated Stanford, Northwestern, is ranked right behind the Trojans at No. 19.
- Ohio State (61 first-place votes)
- Michigan State (3)
- Ole Miss
- Florida State
- Notre Dame
- Texas A&M
- Georgia Tech
- Oklahoma State
Only a little over four months until college football. That’s practically nothing! It’s only one-third of the year!
Fortunately, we have some stuff to talk about this Monday morning involving that first week of the season. The 5dimes sportsbook released some fresh Week 1 odds, with the following highlights:
Ohio State – 20.5 @ Virginia Tech
TCU – 19.5 @ Minnesota
UCLA – 16 @ Virginia
Alabama – 12.5 vs. Wisconsin (Arlington, Texas)
Auburn – 12.5 vs. Louisville (Atlanta, Ga.)
Notre Dame -12.5 vs. Texas
South Carolina – 7.5 vs. North Carolina
Texas A&M – 5.5 vs. Arizona State
Utah – 3.5 vs. Michigan
There’s plenty of time for transfers, injuries and suspensions to affect these lines. Ohio State and Virginia Tech may have opposite trajectories right now, but the Buckeyes being nearly a three-touchdown favorite on the road against a Power Five opponent stands out.
On the other end of the spectrum, Jim Harbaugh certainly won’t have an easy debut heading to Salt Lake City. And while Texas is still grinding through a rebuild, Notre Dame only has beat two Power Five teams at home by more than 12 points in the last three years (Michigan 2014, Wake Forest 2012).
Georgia State has a long way to go to compete with a number of high-profile programs, so for now cashing checks from those big time football powers is the only way to go. Georgia State has added a pair of SEC foes to the future schedules, with a nice guaranteed check attached to each.
According to FBSchedules.com, Georgia State will play Alabama in 2020 and Auburn in 2021. Both games will be played on the road for Georgia State and are one-year agreements. Between the two games, Georgia State will receive $1.3 million from Alabama and $1.25 million from Auburn.
Alabama will host Georgia State on September 12, 2020. Auburn will host Georgia State the following season on September 25, 2021. Neither game, of course, will satisfy Alabama’s or Auburn’s non-conference scheduling requirement in the SEC for those seasons. Alabama will still have to meet the power-conference scheduling requirement (which now includes Notre Dame, BYU and Army… yes, Army) in 2020. Auburn already has the requirement satisfied with a road game at California of the Pac-12. It is the second game of a home-and-home deal that starts at Auburn in 2020.
Alabama leads the all-time series with the still infant Georgia State program. The crimson Tide won meetings in 2010 and 2013 by a combined score of 108-10. Auburn and Georgia State have never met before.