The Kentucky Wildcats struggled for a second straight week, this time against SEC West rival Ole Miss. The ‘Cats lost focus and their cool Saturday against the Rebels eventually losing 42-35 in a hotly contested shoot out that saw Kentucky get back in the game late. It was all for not however, as Kentucky dropped their second straight game which now puts them at (3-2) on the season and (0-2) in the SEC. The team’s losing ways will continue to keep them out of the Top-25, but there is hope for the Wildcats and their fans as Kentucky hosts three straight home games at Commonwealth Stadium. Next up: Auburn Tigers.
Here’s a look at the rest of the Top-25 and a breakdown of the Top-5:
Alabama: The Crimson Tide had no problem dominating another SEC foe, this time coming against the No. 7 Florida Gators. Behind an all-around effort, Alabama beat Florida 31-6 and put all doubters aside with the performance. Don’t expect the Tide to be contested too often on the season. Running back Mark Ingram had two touchdowns in Saturday’s affair. Next Up: South Carolina Gamecocks.
Ohio State: The Buckeyes continued to struggle against Big Ten rival Illinois, despite pulling out a 24-16 victory Saturday in Champaign. Quarterback Terelle Pryor had two passing touchdowns for Ohio State but it came via some rather underwhelming numbers: 9-of-16 passing for 76 yards. The Buckeyes continue to put up some impressive statistics, ranking in the Top-15 nationally in rushing yards, points for, and points against per game. Next Up: Indiana
Oregon: The Ducks went wild on the No. 9 Stanford Cardinals, putting up a whopping 52 points on one of the nation’s better teams. Led by LaMichael James’ 257 rushing yards and three touchdowns, Oregon was able to supplant the No. 3 Boise State Broncos and take over a Top-3 spot in the nation for the first time this season. Ducks quarterback Darron Thomas also shined going for 20-of29 through the air for 238-yards and three touchdowns along with 117-yards rushing on 15 carries scoring a touchdown as well. Next Up: Washington State
Boise State: The aforementioned Broncos were relegated to No. 4 this week despite trouncing New Mexico State 59-0. Led by quarterback Kellen Moore, Boise State scored 52 points by the end of the third period. Moore had three touchdowns on 13-of-18 passing for 196 yards. The Broncos will have to continue to dominate opponents and hope for one of the big three—Alabama, Ohio State, and Oregon—to lose if they want a chance at the BCS National Championship game. Next Up: Toledo
TCU: The Horned Frogs held firm at No. 5 after beating Colorado State 27-0. A relatively slow start—just six points by halftime—was overcome by stifling defense and solid play from quarterback Andy Dalton who threw for one touchdown on 109-yards, going 11-of-24 on the day. TCU, like Boise State, will need a miracle to be considered for a spot in the BCS National Championship game, but hey, weirder things have happened in the past. Next Up: Wyoming
Stay tuned next week for another installment of Examiner’s NCAA College Football Top-25