Shaking The Tree – College Football Rankings

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Mid-season college football action this weekend is shaking the tree in the AP and USA Today rankings. The top 5 teams in the country, especially the AP poll, have stirred up a Yellow Jackets nest. What would the season be without some kind of drama or controversy? Maybe it will get our minds off the horrendous officiating calls we’re seeing this year for a few minutes. Nah, there’s always next week.

The Phoenix has risen, i.e., Wake Forest as the Demon Deacons return to the fold in the Top 25. Just outside but knocking hard are Virginia and Pitt. The inclusion of Virginia Tech in the Coaches’ Poll Receiving Votes category can be argued until you’re Carolina Blue in the face.

Notre Dame continues to hold a spot in top 10 and have managed to add a notch in one of the two polls. The Irish were on a bye week so attribute that move to a loss by former No. 6 Wisconsin to Illinois.

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In addition to Wisconsin there were four other ranked teams that ended up in the loss column. Missouri, Arizona State, Michigan and Boise State joined the ranks of Top 25 teams taking a hit and further shaking the tree.

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Perhaps you’re wondering why Clemson continues to slip in the AP Top 25? The answer might be found in a Sam Marsdale piece at 24/7. Marsdale points to comments made by Fox College Football analyst Joel Klatt on ‘The Herd’ with Colin Cowherd just last week.

For some the return to the Top 25 for Wake Forest is a bit of a mystery. Ed Hardin of the Winston-Salem Journal provides some insight into the Demon Deacons who, with win six, are bowl bound.

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Virginia is easing back into position to be in the Top 25 after inexplicably losing to Miami. The Cavaliers delivered a by the numbers win over Duke as explained by SB Nation’s Caroline Darney at Streaking The Lawn.

Pitt, last year’s Coastal Division champion, continues to put numbers in the win column. After this week’s notch in the belt over Syracuse the Panthers are in second place. With some key wins and a few really too close for comfort performances Pitt is looking at a shot at the Top 25. But, is it all just luck? The Tribune-Review’s Jerry DiPaola looks at the trials and tribulations of the Panthers.

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Crazy But Fun

At some point in life the rules for those oddball moments that no one really, truly expect to happen are tested. Who knew that it would come so soon? Virginia Tech and North Carolina played to 6 OT’s and even though one team had to lose, it was an entertaining mess. For one reason or another a couple (2) of coaches voted for the Hokies in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll.

Amazingly, Virginia Tech is No. 3 in the standings behind Virginia and Pitt. Add to your shock that the team has an overall record of 5-2 which means the next win could mean they are bowl bound. Cory Van Dyke of Tech Sideline breaks down the game.

Maybe Hokies fans shouldn’t be so quick to boo and depart Lane Stadium?