Power Poll: With no changes in top 10, unbeaten Mizzou shows up at 23
With few changes at the top and offenses still dominating, previously unranked, unbeaten Missouri (more SEC power) shows up -- and looks dangerous.
Searching for surprises following a week when the Power Poll barely stirred:
•Hello, Vegas: Some folks lost their homes Saturday. Some were able to buy Cadillacs. More than one gambling degenerate noticed that back door cover for No. 4 Ohio State at the gun.
•No. 12 Oklahoma is playing defense. No. 11 Baylor is wrecking them. Should be a heck of a Big 12 race.
•Maryland is not quite back, but Jameis Winston rules the world. No. 9 Florida State was favored by 15½ over the Terps. The Noles won by 47½ more than that.
•No. 24 Texas Tech ran 100 plays against Kansas but didn/t exactly run well -- 2.7 yards per carry.
•SEC's defenses are giving up way more points than usual but four teams in the top eight of the Power Poll seems about right (No. 1 Alabama, No. 6 Texas A&M, No. 7 Georgia, No. 8 LSU).
•Welcome No. 23 Missouri which means it's about time someone set up an SEC East/Pac-12 North challenge.
2. Oregon (2): Marcus Scariota -- five touchdown passes, two rushing TDs vs. Colorado. That makes it 21 total touchdowns in five games and puts him on pace for 55 for the season.
6. Texas A&M (6): Bye while Kevin Sumlin scrutinizes USC job and starts thinking about Ole Miss next Saturday?
7. Georgia (7): The real takeaway from overtime at Tennessee? Dawgs are running out of players and the Vols are turning the corner.
8. LSU (8): Zach Mettenberger (25 of 29 vs. Mississippi State) may be going from Dawg house to Best Buy Theater.
10. UCLA (10): Solid win on Thursday against Utah. Jim Mora's Bruins play host to Cal next Saturday.
12. Oklahoma (11): Defense continues to thrive in close one against TCU, 20-17. Texas, in the Red River Rivalry, is up next.
13. Louisville (13): I'd love to love the Cardinals more but it's the AAC and it's Temple. The 'Ville is 5-0 for a third straight season.
14. Miami (14): Four turnovers, down by 10? No problem. Hurricanes post solid 15-point win against Georgia Tech.
15. Washington (15): Put up almost 500 yards against Stanford and lost. The slog continues this week against Oregon.
17. South Carolina (17): Kentucky scores 21 in the fourth quarter to make it close. Clowney sits it out to cast doubt upon his want-to.
18. Florida (20): Gators are better off with Tyler Murphy at quarterback. Yeah, I said it. Three touchdown passes against Arkansas.
19. North Dakota State (19): While you were sleeping on the Bison, Northern Iowa played 'em off their hooves. But North Dakota State Bohl's 'em over 24-23.
20. Northwestern (18): Touchdowns instead of field goals, Wildcats. Touchdowns instead of field goals. That's the fatal flaw in losing to Ohio State.
22. Oklahoma State (23): Really, really trying to figure out the Cowboys. Gag it up in Morgantown, come from behind against K-State. Gundy: "Whoever flipped the switch, I wish they'd flip it earlier."
23. Missouri (NR): When James Franklin (the quarterback) is healthy, the Tigers are dangerous. They rip Vandy to move to 5-0. Georgia, Florida, South Carolina next. If you want a dream a little in the SEC East ...
Also receiving love: Cincinnati after losing teammate Ben Flick, Virginia Tech, Indiana, Navy, Notre Dame, East Carolina, Ball State, Bowling Green, Oregon State, Rutgers, Central Florida, Tennessee's Pig Howard.
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