Oregon, Washington join the party as Michigan State, BYU fall

Oregon, Washington join the party as Michigan State, BYU fall

Maybe I was too hard on Oregon.

I had the Ducks in my preseason top 15 and then kicked them in the foot when they lost 49-3 to Georgia in their first game of the year. Losing to the Bulldogs is one thing. There is no shame in that. But losing by 46 seemed unfathomable. At least it did at the time.

Georgia then followed up that win by beating Samford 33-0. Then he crushed South Carolina 48-7. It looks like most teams will be hurting for losses against the mighty Bulldogs, who I have ranked No. 1 again this week.

So now that Oregon has gone and redeemed itself by winning back-to-back games, including a dramatic win over BYU, he’s invited back to the party. I have the Ducks in my top 25 and ranked at No. 18 this week.

They’re not the only Pac-12 team new to my ballot. Washington also moved up in my top 25 after beating Michigan State. The Huskies check in at No. 15.

The next new team in my rankings is the next iteration. Texas A&M jumps back in at No. 24 with a win over Miami. Penn State checks in for the first time this season at No. 25 too.

North Carolina, Ole Miss on the rise

Two more teams made a big jump in my rankings this week.

North Carolina moved up No. 14 without even playing a game. Their 3-0 record, including a win over Appalachian State, will keep the Tar Heels on my ballot until they lose. Mississippi also climbed a lot to No. 13 after their dominant win over Georgia Tech.

Farewell to four teams

We had to say goodbye to four teams after they lost on Saturday.

Tulane upset Kansas State. Marshall was unable to build on its win over Notre Dame. Texas Tech was no match for North Carolina State on the road. Miami had trouble finding the end zone against Texas A&M.

The four losing teams will need a few wins to get invited back to the party.

On deck

Here’s a sentence I didn’t expect to write this season: Duke, Indiana, Kansas, UCLA and Syracuse all have a win or two to make my top 25.

They are all undefeated.

What is this? Basketball season?

As fate would have it, Duke plays at Kansas next weekend. That is a must see game. I can’t promise anything yet, but there’s a good chance that the No. 25 on my next ballot.

I also have my eye on Florida State, Iowa State, Appalachian State, Minnesota, Tulane, Washington State and Cincinnati.

Kellis Robinett top 25

1. Georgia (1)

2. Alabama (2)

3. Ohio State (3)

4. Clemson (4)

5. Michigan (5)

6. USC (6)

7. Arkansas (7)

8. North Carolina State (8)

9. Oklahoma State (9)

10. Oklahoma (11)

11. Kentucky (12)

12. Wake Forest (15)

13. Mississippi (17)

14. North Carolina (16)

15. Washington (NR)

16. Tennessee (19)

17. Utah (21)

18. Oregon (NR)

19. Michigan State (10)

20. BYU (13)

21. Baylor (18)

22. Texas (23)

23. Oregon State (25)

24. Texas A&M (NR)

25. Penn State (NR)

Last week’s ranking in brackets.

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