Christopher Smith

Tomahawk Chopped: 'Noles Slice Tigers; Carnage In Polls

Created on Oct. 20, 2013 12:05 AM EST

Have last week's Top 15 posted on your bulletin board at work?

Toss it.

Seven of this week's AP Top 15 lost this weekend, including half the Top 10, punctuated by No. 5 Florida State's historic 51-14 win at No. 3 Clemson.

Slice it how you like, but the pool of likely national champions shrunk to four Saturday: Alabama, Oregon, Ohio State and FSU.

The Seminoles embarrassed the Tigers, who turned the ball over four times. Freshman Jameis Winston threw for 444 yards. Senior Tajh Boyd threw for 156. 

Winston and Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota may be the Heisman frontrunners, their teams having survived the carnage thus far.

The following AP teams ranked in the Top 15 lost Friday or Saturday:

No. 3 Clemson
No. 6 LSU
No. 7 Texas A&M
No. 8 Louisville
No. 9 UCLA
No. 11 South Carolina
No. 15 Georgia

Up 48-7 late in the fourth quarter, Florida State still pressured Tajh Boyd and drove down the field to add three points for good measure. The 51 points FSU scored (34 unanswered) are the most by any opponent at "Death Valley." Could it be that the real ACC showdown might come Nov. 2 in Tallahassee when the Seminoles host the 6-0 Miami Hurricanes?

Games like LSU-Texas A&M, Georgia-Florida and Clemson-South Carolina lost some luster.

Meanwhile, unbeaten teams like No. 10 Miami, No. 12 Baylor and No. 14 Missouri, a combined 19-0, all may enter the Top 10. None ranked in the Top 25 before the season.

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