The Other College Football Top 25: A Texas low, a Florida medium, a Rocky Mountain high – Washington Post
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25. THE MICHIGAN STATE UPSET BID AND THE FLEETING, INTERCEPTED TWO-POINT CONVERSION ATTEMPT WITH 4:41 LEFT THAT SUSTAINED BOTH OHIO STATE’S 17-16 WIN AND THE FULL OOMPH OF THE MICHIGAN-OHIO STATE GAME THIS WEEK. We all remain deranged.
24. THE MURKY HEISMAN RACE. As the nation’s No. 8 rusher with 1,367 yards and the nation’s 16th-rated passer, Louisville’s Lamar Jackson should win the Heisman Trophy if voters can expunge from their minds the shutdown he just suffered at Houston. Or we could all realize it’s an 11-man, interdependent sport, stop giving out individual awards and forgo ESPN’s excruciating annual Heisman show to the benefit of the nation.
23. THE $10.7 MILLION BUYOUT CHARLIE STRONG WILL RECEIVE AT TEXAS. Presumably, at certain points of his tenure, Strong had to talk football with Texas boosters. For that woe alone, the buyout is insufficient.
22. TCU (5-5) AT TEXAS (5-6), FRIDAY. Many who watch will watch to see if Texas rebounds from its loss to Kansas in honor of the eternally-embattled Strong, while others who watch will be unusually loyal Texas Christian fans, while others who watch will do so because they have sunk onto and into the sofa and cannot separate themselves or really even budge.
21. LSU (6-4). A fourth defeat could end officially the nation’s inexplicable season-long fascination with this team, or, who knows, it could result in a bump up the rankings into the top 10 and to the verge of the playoff.
20. SCORE OF THE WEEK: DIVISION III PLAYOFF, FIRST ROUND: ST. JOHN’S (MINN.) 32, WISCONSIN-PLATTEVILLE 31. With three seconds left, on a field surrounded by four inches of snow, the Johnnies (!) lined up on the 1-yard line,