Looking back on last weekend’s college football shakeup as well as my picks in the ACC, Big Ten and SEC.

AP TOP 25

http://tinyurl.com/yayuhffn

With four top 10 teams losing, including defending national champion Clemson, there was a big shake up in the polls.

The Tigers were ranked No. 2 before losing at Syracuse. Also No. 5 Washington lost 13-7 at Arizona State; No. 8 Washington State lost 37-3 at California and No. 10 Auburn lost 27-23 at LSU.

Four other Top 25 teams were defeated with No. 19 San Diego State losing to Boise State 31-14, No 24 Texas Tech losing 46-35 to West Virginia and No. 25 Navy losing to Memphis 20-27.

The complete AP Top 25 rankings can be accessed through the above link, but since the Beard Football Headquarters is only concerned about the state of affairs in the ACC, Big Ten and SEC, we’ll provide the team rankings for those conferences.

ACC (4): 7. Clemson (6-1); 8. Miami (5-1); 14. Virginia Tech (5-1); 16. (tie) N.C. State (6-1). Note: Notre Dame (5-1), which only plays a partial ACC schedule, is ranked 13th.

BIG TEN (5): 2. Penn State (6-0), 5. Wisconsin (6-0); 6. Ohio State (6-1); 18. Michigan State (5-1); 19. Michigan (5-1).

NOTE: Michigan visits Penn State on Saturday.

SEC (4): 1. Alabama (7-0); 3. Georgia (7-0); 21. Auburn (5-2); 24. LSU (5-2).

HOW BEARD FARED

ACC

CLEMSON 24, at Syracuse 27 – WRONG

N.C. STATE 35, at Pittsburgh 17 – CORRECT

FLORIDA STATE 17, at Duke 10 – CORRECT

Boston College 45, at LOUISVILLE 42– WRONG

at MIAMI 25, Georgia Tech 24 – CORRECT

VIRGINIA 20, at North Carolina 14 – CORRECT

THIS WEEK: 4-2

OVERALL: 46-9 (83.6%)

ACC Standings:

http://tinyurl.com/ydy6737a

BIG TEN

Rutgers 35,  at ILLINOIS 24 – WRONG

MICHIGAN 27, at Indiana 20, OT – CORRECT

NORTHWESTERN 37, at Maryland 21 – CORRECT

at WISCONSIN 17, Purdue 9 – CORRECT

OHIO STATE 56, at Nebraska 14 – CORRECT

MICHIGAN STATE 30, at Minnesota 27 — CORRECT

THIS WEEK: 5-1

OVERALL:  45-13

Big Ten Standings:

http://tinyurl.com/y8kzwm38

SEC

SOUTH CAROLINA 15, at Tennessee 9 – CORRECT

at MISSISSIPPI STATE 35, Brigham Young 10 – CORRECT

at MISSISSIPPI 57, Vanderbilt 35 – CORRECT

at LSU 27, AUBURN 23 — WRONG

Texas A&M 19, at FLORIDA 17 — WRONG

at ALABAMA 41, Arkansas 9 – CORRECT

at GEORGIA 53, Missouri 28 – CORRECT

THIS WEEK: 5-2

OVERALL: 45-12 (78.9%)

SEC Standings:

http://tinyurl.com/y77fay43

 Note: Each week during the college football season, I’ll be  updating how things are unfolding in the Big Ten by Wednesday, the SEC by Thursday and ACC by Friday. I covered teams in each of the conferences during my 41 years as a sports journalist and I’m not ready to give it up in retirement.

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