Alabama, Florida State and Ohio State top out the Associated Press college football poll this week, but the top three could look a lot different next week.
For the first time since 1999, the top three teams will all play ranked opponents in the same week. The top-ranked Crimson Tide play at No. 19 Mississippi, while No. 2 Florida State plays at No. 10 Louisville, and No. 3 Ohio State plays at No. 14 Oklahoma.With so many tough matchups, one or two losses by the top three teams may not be unlikely.
The Ohio State at Oklahoma game was one of the most anticipated non-conference matchups heading into the season, but the Sooners' Week 1 loss at Houston derailed what could have been a game between two top 5 teams. It's now a must-win for the Sooners, because a second loss in September would likely crush all playoff hopes, even if they go undefeated in the Big 12. The game will also be a big one for NFL scouts, as two of 2017's best quarterback prospects will face each other in Ohio State's JT Barrett and Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield.
For Florida State, this week's game at Louisville may be the toughest game left on the schedule. Clemson still remains on Oct. 29, but that's a home game for the Seminoles. Clemson hasn't exactly looked that good in close wins against unranked Auburn and Troy to start the season, while Louisville has blown out Charlotte and Syracuse.
The Crimson Tide face their first SEC opponent on the road at Ole Miss, who beat Alabama by six points last season. Nick Saban is likely to have the team ready, especially since he was mad about their performance in a win over Western Kentucky last week. Similar to Oklahoma, the game's probably a must-win for the Rebels' playoff hopes since they started the season with a loss to Florida State.
If all of the top three teams win this weekend, they'll probably remain in their spots for a while because none have any tough games on their schedules for about the next month.
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