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It's Mississippi's world; we're just living in it.

I honestly don't know who looked better: State or Ole Miss
I honestly don't know who looked better: State or Ole Miss
Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Conference season: the real season. Not very many upsets or disturbances in the Force this week, as better teams generally won, but, man, did they struggle: Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Alabama, Baylor, Michigan, and, to a lesser extent, Florida State all had troubles with their conference foes -with Alabama finally being on the receiving end of someone else's kicking gaffe. Only the Mississippi schools and Oregon looked good.

That said, #FireBobbyWilliams; no one in America is a worse special teams/tight end "coach," two units with crucial mistakes in back-to-back weeks that led directly to one loss, and against a better team, would have gotten Alabama blown out this week. Saban allegedly demands accountability from players and coaches...just once, then, it would be refreshing to see him forsake friendship and place the blame squarely on Williams' shoulders. And, on the coaching front, Lane Kiffin called his worst game of the season. Still, in an ugly, sloppy monsoon game, I did enjoy watching both teams' defensive lines. That was sexymanbeast football.

Poll below: And, yes, I realize Duke just beat Georgia Tech head-to-head; ditto UCLA-Arizona State. Don't care; as the top of the blog poll shows, it's not just who you beat, it's how you beat them...and how ugly you've looked along the way. Alabama and Oklahoma's struggles in wins, for instance, earns a demotion/stagnation.

Rank

Team

Last Week

1

Mississippi State Bulldogs

1

2

Ole Miss Rebels

4

3

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

3

4

Baylor Bears

2

5

Michigan State Spartans

6

6

Florida State Seminoles

8

7

Alabama Crimson Tide

7

8

Oregon Ducks

14

9

Ohio State Buckeyes

10

10

Oklahoma Sooners

9

11

Auburn Tigers

5

12

East Carolina Pirates

13

13

Georgia Bulldogs

18

14

Kansas State Wildcats

17

15

Utah Utes

21

16

Arizona Wildcats

12

17

Nebraska Cornhuskers

18

18

Arizona State Sun Devils

22

19

TCU Horned Frogs

15

20 (tie)

USC Trojans

Stanford Cardinal

-

21

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

16

22

Rutgers Scarlet Knights

22

23

Iowa Hawkeyes

-

24

UCLA Bruins

-

25

Texas A&M Aggies

Clemson Tigers

11 / -