Some teams proved themselves after ugly losses earlier in the season, while some others began to separate themselves from the pack. This was one crazy week of college football and it this next week should be just as good.
1. TCU (4)
The Horned Frogs wanted to prove that they belong in the CFP discussion and they did just that with that drubbing of Big 12 opponent Texas. Trevone Boykin may have just moved up the board in the Heisman discussion with his huge performance.
2. Ohio State (1)
The Buckeyes had been toying with losing that number one spot all season long and they finally lost it. Despite maintaining their perfect record, the Buckeyes struggled with the Hoosiers and a backup quarterback all day long. They must get their heads on straight and continue to play much better in the entire game.
3. Michigan State (2)
The Boilermakers exposed a weak spot in the Spartans’ armor on Saturday and nearly took advantage of it. That Spartans must continue to get the ball in the hands of LJ Scott, but must also create a balanced attack if they are going to compete in the Big Ten for the rest of the season.
4. Baylor (4)
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. Alabama (13)
The Crimson Tide were the underdog for the first time in 8 seasons and they played like they had a chip on their shoulder. They went into a hostile territory like Athens and dominated the Bulldogs. Aside from an 83-yard run in the third quarter, the Tide bottled up Nick Chubb for most of the day. Nick Saban’s team is back.
6. Clemson (11)
The Tigers may have just thrown their name in the hat for the CFP discussion. They got a huge win over Notre Dame in Death Valley and they have a chance to make a lot more noise over the next few weeks.
7. LSU (9)
Leonard Fournette once again had a big game this week and he is the sole reason why the Tigers can win the SEC West and get to the CFP this year. Their defense bowed their backs late in the game and they will need four quarters of that in the upcoming weeks.
8. Utah (12)
The Utes enjoyed a much-deserved week off and they jumped into the top ten without having to do anything. This team will have the chance to prove themselves this week when they play the undefeated Cal Golden Bears next week.
9. Oklahoma (15)
The Sooners proved me wrong this week and had an absolutely terrific game against the West Virginia Mountaineers. They shut down the high-powered offense and Baker Mayfield once again had another huge day through the air. The Sooners are starting to get serious.
10. Florida State (10)
Florida State struggled with Wake Forest and they need to start playing better over the next few weeks. These bad performances are going to end up biting them in the butt if they aren’t careful.
11. USC (14)
The Trojans had a bye week and they are going to need it to prepare for the Washington Huskies and then Notre Dame the week after. I’m sure Cody Kessler will have his team ready for a pair of big games the next few weeks.
12. Texas A&M (16)
The Aggies have been getting better which each passing week. Kyle Allen is showing that he can tear up any defense on any given night. He will have to be nearly-perfect as the Aggies welcome in the Crimson Tide on Saturday.
13. Ole Miss (5)
The Rebels have a weakness and the Gators found it. Will Grier picked apart the Rebels’ defense and it was a rough game for that team. Offensively, the Rebels were stuffed running the ball, only producing around 60 yards on the ground. It could be a long rest of the season for this team.
14. Florida (19)
Will Grier was electric for the Gators in the Swamp and he is just getting better and better every week. Kelvin Taylor had another decent game for the Gators as he went for 83 yards and produced a much needed boost on the ground.
15. Georgia (3)
Georgia must find an identity at quarterback. Greyson Lambert looked terrific at times this season, but those times came against the lower tier of the SEC. If they want to compete in the SEC and possibly the CFP, they MUST find an efficient attack behind center.
16. Notre Dame (8)
The Fighting Irish played very tough in Clemson, but they just couldn’t get the job done in the rain. This team has a big rivalry game against Navy this week and then a big game against the USC Trojans the following week. Notre Dame isn’t out of it, but they need to regroup for a big couple of weeks.
17. Boise State (18)
The Broncos have turned their season around and they are looking to get back into a New Year’s Six bowl right now. This team should be able to roll to an 11-1 season with a relatively easy Mountain West schedule left for the rest of the season.
18. UCLA (5)
This team welcomed in Arizona State and got absolutely manhandled. The Sun Devils are much better than they have looked this season, but the Bruins were considered one of the best team in the PAC-12. They surely didn’t look like it this week.
19. Northwestern (20)
You have to recognize that the Wildcats are much better than they have been in the past. This team has only allowed as much as 19 points in a game this season. After a shutout against a high-powered Golden Gopher offense, you have to believe that this team has a chance to do something special.
20. Michigan (21)
The Wolverines have recorded two straight shutouts and they are starting to get hot at the right time. This team has a huge matchup against the Northwestern Wildcats this week and that could be a factor in the Big Ten championship game.
21. Memphis (NR)
Paxton Lynch is quietly one of the best quarterbacks in the nation and he has his team at 5-0. The Tigers have been on a role since joining the American conference two years ago. Could they be on their way to a New Year’s Six bowl game?
22. California (NR)
Unlike Lynch, Jared Goff is increasingly gaining more and more popularity as a top pick for next year’s NFL Draft. He has the Golden Bears at a surprising undefeated record. This team could be pulling a huge win next week when they face the Utes
23. Iowa (NR)
The Hawkeyes have always had a great defense, but I don’t think they have been this good in a long while. Iowa is 5-0 and they are beginning to make noise in the Big Ten West division. Could this team be playing for a conference championship in a few months?
24. Stanford (NR)
The Cardinal have turned their season around since their season-opening loss to a very good Northwestern team. With the way things have gone in the PAC-12 North, the team from NorCal could have a shot at the division championship.
25. Oregon (24)
The Ducks bounced back from an embarrassing loss to the Utes last week. Though they struggled early against Colorado, the Ducks got a big win that they desperately needed.
Fell out of rankings: Wisconsin (17), Duke (22), Indiana (23), Arizona (25)
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