It was a great weekend to be a Buckeye or Gamecock - not so great for fans of formerly No. 1 ranked Alabama. After a 19-game winning streak and unchallenged dominance atop the AP poll, the mighty Crimson Tide have fallen down to the No. 8 spot, clearing the way for Ohio State. Receiving 34 first-place votes, OSU has moved to the top of the AP Poll for the first time since 2007.
So what does all this jostling in the SEC mean for the rest of the season? Well according to SI.com’s Stewart Mandel, the shakeup in the conference could mean changes across all of college football and the BCS in the coming weeks.
Alabama’s staggering loss to South Carolina could be attributed to one of two reasons: the Crimson Tide simply faltered against the Gamecocks, or South Carolina capitalized on weaknesses that Alabama is only now starting to show. Mandel cautions to not dismiss South Carolina’s victory as just a fluke, it wasn’t, ‘Bama simply was outmatched by Steve Spurrier and company. What that means for the rest of the season is yet to be determined, but one loss definitely doesn’t knock the Crimson Tide out of championship contention - just like five wins so far doesn’t lock in a spot either.
But college football aside, prepare for a heated Monday night match-up between the Vikings and Jets:
Minnesota Vikings vs. New York Jets (8:30 p.m., ET) – Tonight’s Monday night football match-up pits the Brett Favre-led Vikings against the Sanchised Jets. It’s no secret that Favre has struggled this season – both on and off the field - and when he goes up against his former teammates, things could get ugly for the veteran QB.
By The Numbers
$480 million – The estimated cost of the Orlando Magic’s new arena. The team christened their new home with a commanding 54-point win over the Hornets on Sunday night. Rashard Lewis, J.J. Redick and Ryan Anderson each scored 23 points in Magic’s 135-81 win. The loss marked the second straight defeat the Hornets have suffered defeat in the preseason.
10 – The postseason best number of strikeouts that Cliff Lee racked up in Game 1 of the Rangers series against the Rays. The Rangers will have a lot of work ahead of them if they want to capitalize on forcing the series into a Game 5 after notching a 5-2 victory on Sunday.
4,550 – Number of runners who competed in this weekend’s Boston half-marathon. Kenya's John Korir won the race for an impressive 10th time with a time of 1 hour, 2 minutes, 21 seconds.