There were plenty of shakeups at the top of the rankings this past week and we discuss those with a look-ahead towards our college football picks next week.
Top Four No More
Wow – what a week! The giant slayers were out in full force as three of the four top four schools not only failed to cover the number that the college football odds makers were dealing but lost outright. The only team that continued to roll was the Saban Express as Alabama solidified, and justified, their No. 1 ranking with a 51-3 thrashing of visiting Mississippi State and easily covered the 30-point impost. The Crimson Tide has been a veritable ATM this season for all those who have blindly backed them in their college football picks by covering eight of their 10 games this season. Alabama stays atop the rankings and is one of only two undefeated Top 25 teams in the nation, with Western Michigan being the other 10-0 squad.
However, it was a blood-letting for the other three teams that held the two, three and four spots prior to this weekend's stunning upsets. Previously ranked No. 2 Michigan was shocked in a narrow 14-13 conference loss to the Hawkeyes in Iowa. The Wolverines closed as 24-point road chalk and with the loss turned conventional wisdom on its head.
The No. 3 team in the nation heading into last week, the Clemson Tigers, was upset as 22-point home favorites by the Pittsburgh Panthers in a 43-42 shootout. Pittsburgh's kicker Chris Blewitt nailed a 48-yard field goal with six seconds remaining to seal the deal and tarnish Clemson's Heisman Trophy candidate DeShaun Watson's 580-yard passing performance.
Finally, the Washington Huskies fell to their Pac-12 rivals from Southern California as 8 ½ point home favorites. The USC Trojans copped a huge 26-13 road win and sent the Huskies spiraling from their perch as the fourth and final CFP seed, to second in the Pac-12 North behind Washington State, who remained undefeated in conference play.
View From the Top
If your crystal ball was clear as day and you had a gut feeling that shocking upsets were on the menu for college football's Week 11 then you would have been handsomely rewarded. Consider that if you decided that you didn't need all those points and instead invested in a three-team money line parlay with one of the premier offshore sportsbooks then it would have looked something like this.
The above three-time parlay would have netted a $10 bettor over $4600. Not a bad take for a hunch with little risk. The current rankings have changed quite a bit at the top and below we have the top 10 schools in college football as we head into Week 12.