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Mississippi State QB Chris Relf, being brought down by Auburn DT Nosa Eguae
Mississippi State (Last Week - No. 15) - Loss at Auburn, 41-34
The Mississippi State Bulldogs suffered the most heartbreaking of losses on Saturday against the Auburn Tigers. With a chance to tie the game, quarterback Chris Relf was stopped inches short of the goal line with time expiring, allowing Auburn to escape with victory. Even with a win, the Bulldogs would have dropped in the rankings for letting it get to that point, but to come inches away from having a chance to win is truly a tough break for the Bulldogs.
North Carolina (Last Week - No. 19) - Win vs Rutgers, 24-22
The North Carolina Tar Heels are 2-0, but although they got the win over Rutgers this week, it was not done very impressively. While Bryn Renner only missed on 6 of his 26 pass attempts, 3 of those incompletions were interceptions. Aside from that, the Tar Heels significantly outgained the Scarlet Knights, and were the better team. However, the Tar Heels were lucky to win the game considering they turned the ball over 5 times, while not forcing a single turnover. The Tar Heels must eliminate those mistakes from their game to earn a spot back in the Top 25.
Georgia (Last Week - No. 21) - Loss vs South Carolina, 42-45
No team had a tougher start to the season schedule than the Georgia Bulldogs, who opened against Boise State, then had to play South Carolina this week. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs lost both games, and are now stuck with the uphill climb of trying to bounce back from an 0-2 record. The Bulldogs hung around against the Gamecocks this week, and gave themselves a chance to win. However, the Bulldogs have to actually start getting some wins having lost their first two games.
Iowa (Last Week - No. 22) - Loss at Iowa State, 41-44 (3OT)
I was skeptical of putting the Iowa Hawkeyes in my Top 25 last week, and my skepticism was answered this week, as the Hawkeyes fell to their in-state rivals, the Cyclones, in a triple-overtime thriller. Granted, the Hawkeyes kept themselves in this game with a chance at victory, but the loss knocks them out of the rankings.
Penn State (Last Week - No. 25) - Loss vs Alabama, 11-27
The Penn State Nittany Lions faced a very tough opponent this week in Alabama, and were overwhelmed by one of the nation’s best teams. The Nittany Lions can bounce back from this loss, but will need to string some wins together to get back into the Top 25.