College Football Rankings 2011: The Three Biggest Statements Made
The media dubbed this weekend's set of games as "Road Test Saturday," and though some teams came out of Saturday having to go back to the drawing board, others walked out unscathed with a good win to their name.
The Oklahoma-Florida State matchup was the most anticipated fixture on this weekend's slate of games, and it hardly disappointed.
Many fans wanted to know what kind of moxie this Sooners team had going into a hostile environment on the road. The answer was loud and clear.
The Seminoles are no slouches, especially at home under the lights of Doak Campbell Stadium.
Oklahoma's biggest game on its schedule is out of the way and in the books as a "W." Statement made.
The Tigers faced a stiff road test of their own going into Starkville and exiting with a convincing 19-6 decision.
Mississippi State isn't to be overlooked despite its 1-2 record. That's just the way the cookie crumbles in the SEC as the Bulldogs are off to an 0-2 start in conference.
It wasn't the prettiest of offensive performances from the Tigers, but defense has always been a constant for LSU. Holding the 18th ranked rushing offense (231.1 ypg) in Mississippi State's to just 52 yards is a statement.
Clemson cracked the AP Top 25 with a statement 38-24 win at home against Auburn.
Facing a 14-point deficit after the first quarter, following a couple of big plays by Auburn, Clemson clawed its way back into the mix by securing four of the next five scores, all for touchdowns. Not to be undone, Clemson iced the game by recording 10 unanswered points in the final quarter and 16 seconds.
It was Clemson's final non-conference game before entering its ACC schedule, and collecting a win against any SEC opponent is a statement of which to be proud.
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