The latest college football rankings, including the first release of the BCS rankings, will experience another round of shakeups following losses by two top-five teams on Saturday. The No. 3 South Carolina Gamecocks played a close one but dropped a 23-21 decision to the No. 9 LSU Tigers, while the No. 5 West Virginia Mountaineers left Lubbock, Texas, and lost to the Texas Tech Red Raiders, 49-14.
South Carolina led LSU at the start of the fourth quarter, 14-10, but LSU put up 13 straight points on two field goals and a Jeremy Hill 50-yard rushing touchdown. Connor Shaw got the Gamecocks within two points following a score with 1:41 left in the game, but he ended the game by throwing an interception to Craig Loston.
West Virginia's normally-accurate quarterback Geno Smith was just 29-of-55 for 275 yards and one touchdown. Tech quarterback Seth Doege, on the other hand, completed 32-of-42 passes for 499 yards and six touchdowns. The Mountaineers could fall out of the top 10 in the AP and Coaches Top 25 polls while the Red Raiders, now 5-1, have a strong case to appear at the back end of the polls.
The No. 15 Texas Longhorns (to No. 13 Oklahoma), the No. 17 Stanford Cardinal (to No. 7 Notre Dame), and the No. 23 La. Tech Bulldogs (to No. 2 Texas A&M) were the only other top 25 teams to lose on Saturday.
Boise State moved to 5-1 after beating Fresno State, 20-10, but they won't move that much higher from the No. 24 spot they occupy at the moment in the polls. They won't be a huge factor in the BCS rankings this week.
No. 1 Alabama beat Missouri, 42-10, and should be the top team in the BCS rankings, which will be released on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. MT on ESPN. The No. 2 Oregon Ducks had the weekend off and are the likely No. 2 team. Beyond that, it could be Florida, Notre Dame and Kansas State to round out the top five, as Sam Chi projects.