It certainly wasn’t shake up Saturday, but a lot of teams in the Top 25 lost this week, while some they really needed to prove themselves did just that. Others at the top of the rankings, however, struggled a lot more than many believed they would have.
1. Ohio State (1)
After struggling mightily with one MAC team last week, the Buckeyes came out and did what they needed to do to quiet the haters across the country. Cardale Jones seemed to get in a rhythm he hasn’t seen since Week 1 and that’s bad news for the rest of the country.
2. Michigan State (2)
Connor Cook had a big day once again and he has his Spartans looking like a real competitor right now. They are on a collision course with the Buckeyes and it’s going to be an explosion when they finally do meet up on the field in a few weeks.
3. Georgia (4)
The Bulldogs and Nick Chubb are looking very good right now and they certainly deserve all the hype that is surrounding them. They look like the team to beat in the SEC East and a big matchup with the Crimson Tide this week should be what the Bulldogs need to give them some real credibility in the CFP discussion.
4. TCU (3)
The Horned Frogs needed a ton of offense to beat the Red Raiders and they got just that. Trevone Boykin kept his name at the top of the discussion for the Heisman Trophy. Unfortunately, giving up 52 points isn’t something you can do every week and think you can get into CFP.
5. UCLA (13)
Absolute domination by the Bruins over the Arizona Wildcats. That is pretty much all you can say about what UCLA and Josh Rosen did Saturday night. Even without Myles Jack, this team came out and showed that they were going to continue to dominate throughout this season.
6. Ole Miss (5)
The Rebels got all they wanted from the Vanderbilt Commodores last week and the rest of the nation finally found out a weakness for this team. Chad Kelly showed some vulnerability as he was intercepted twice. Despite that, the Rebels still pulled out the win, but they gave the rest of the SEC something to study film on this week for sure.
7. Baylor (6)
The Bears’ weak non-conference schedule was the reason for this drop, despite them putting up 70 on the board against a tough Rice Owls team. They welcome in Texas Tech this week for their Big 12 opener and that is surely going to be a scary game for this team, especially since the Red Raiders are on a high from their near-upset of TCU.
8. Notre Dame (12)
The Fighting Irish continue to show that they can win games and they feel like they deserve some respect when it comes to the CFP. They proved it last week with a big win over Georgia Tech and they then waxed UMass on Saturday. They go to Clemson this week and that is going to be a big game down in Death Valley.
9. LSU (11)
The Tigers are looking very good right now and they have something special when it comes to their backfield in Leonard Fournette. He is nearly unstoppable as he has broken his personal best in rushing yards in each of the team’s three games this year. Brandon Harris is finding a rhythm and that is huge.
10. Florida State (8)
The Seminoles not playing a game last week heading into ACC play will help them, but it hurts them in the standings. Maybe the week off helped Everett Golson get his head straight. Dalvin Cook should have a big game this week against the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest.
11. Clemson (7)
Much like the Seminoles, an off week hurt the Tigers in the rankings this week. However, they can shoot right back up the list if they can pull a big upset over Notre Dame this week. The College Gameday crew rolls into Death Valley and this is surely going to be a powerful matchup.
12. Utah (18)
You don’t “Oregon” the Oregon Ducks and not get noticed. The PAC-12 has been pretty jumbled this year, but the Utes are shooting up the rankings and very fast. This team is very good and they could be a dark horse for the conference championship and the CFP.
13. Alabama (9)
The Crimson Tide got a much-needed cupcake of a victory over Louisiana-Monroe, but they jump right back into the fire as they go to a hostile Sanford Stadium to play the Bulldogs. This is going to be another huge game in the SEC, as usual.
14. USC (16)
The Trojans also got a much-needed win after a huge loss to the Stanford Cardinal last week. They came out and dominated the Arizona State Sun Devils to get to 1-1 in the conference. Cody Kessler looked very good and he is quietly making his case for the Heisman Trophy.
15. Oklahoma (14)
The Sooners didn’t have a game this week, but they needed the extra week to prepare for Skyler Howard and West Virginia. Baker Mayfield and Howard should be involved in a shootout this week and that could go a long way in deciding the Big 12 championship.
16. Texas A&M (15)
You just can’t go to overtime against a terrible Arkansas team and expect to move up or keep your previous spot in the rankings. Kyle Allen showed some weakness, but for that the defense made some big plays and helped the Aggies escape with a big win.
17. Wisconsin (19)
Taiwan Deal had a huge game as the Badgers rolled to a shutout victory of the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors. Conference play is in full swing for this team Corey Clement returns just in time for the Badgers’ big game against Iowa on Saturday.
18. Boise State (24)
The Broncos were hurting for quarterback production last week and they finally got it this week. True freshman Brett Rypien came in and had a great showing in his first collegiate start against Virginia, a Power Five conference school. The Broncos want to be the Group of Five team to make the New Year’s Six bowl game and they look like they deserve it right now.
19. Florida (NR)
The Gators make their first appearance in the top 25 this year and it’s thanks to running back Kelvin Taylor. He is electric along with quarterback Will Grier. Could this be the team to slow down the Georgia Bulldogs?
20. Northwestern (21)
The Wildcats are still playing very well on the defensive side of the ball and they look like they can threaten for the Big Ten West division crown. However, Ball State gave them all they could handle. Let’s hope this isn’t a repeat of a few seasons ago.
21. Michigan (NR)
Like Florida, the Wolverines jump into the rankings for the first time this year. Jim Harbaugh has gotten this team back on the right track and after a huge shutout over BYU, Michigan can finally begin to relax and play the game their way.
22. Duke (NR)
Grayson Allen, Luke Kennard, Mike Krzyzew…oh, wait. This is football. Yeah, the Duke Blue Devils deserved this ranking after a huge win over Georgia Tech, who was pretty much the only other team in their way for the ACC Coastal Division. I’d expect to see this team playing for the championship in Charlotte in December.
23. Indiana (NR)
Jordan Howard is one of the best running backs in the nation. This comes as a huge surprise as he transferred from the UAB Blazers. Could he be the key piece this team needs to beat the Buckeyes this week?
24. Oregon (10)
In my years of being a college football fan, I have NEVER seen an Oregon team play as badly as they did. The Ducks have a real problem at quarterback now as neither Vernon Adams nor Jeff Lockie performed well at all. This team MUST fix their problems and very quickly.
25. Arizona (17)
The Wildcats’ defense was absolutely atrocious this week and Rich Rod must get his team back on track if they want to do anything in the PAC-12 South. Scooby Wright needs to step up and lead the team like he is expected to.
Fell out of rankings: Georgia Tech (20), BYU (22), Tennessee (23), Auburn (25)
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