A few upsets have shaken up the top ten this week and it’s going to be interesting to see where teams fall over the coming weeks. The College Football Playoff rankings are due in a just over a week and it’s time to start taking some teams seriously.
1. Ohio State (1)
It seems as though the only thing this team needed was a change at quarterback. While Cardale Jones did well for this team last season and is undefeated as a starter, this is now, once again, J.T. Barrett’s team. The rest of the country is now on notice.
2. LSU (4)
The Tigers have shown that they aren’t one-dimensional as Brandon Harris has thrown for 200+ yards the last three weeks. This team will need much more of that when they face Alabama after a week off.
3. Michigan State (3)
The Spartans played a tale of two halves with the Indiana Hoosiers this week. This team seems to be recharged after their shocking win against Michigan last week. This could be dangerous for the rest of the conference.
4. Baylor (2)
The Bears looked pretty weak in the second half against Iowa State. That is mainly because of Seth Russell not playing due to an injury. This could really be a huge blow to this team as they enter the meatiest part of their schedule.
5. TCU (5)
The Horned Frogs had a week off and they should return re-energized to finish out the rest of the season strong. This team is going to be in the discussion right until the end.
6. Clemson (8)
The Tigers showed that they are serious about their contention for the CFP and it certainly helped with another big ACC rival falling later in the night. This offense is a threat to score and they should be in the conversation for the remainder of the season.
7. Alabama (6)
Despite the win, the Crimson Tide didn’t look like the Nick Saban team of the past few weeks. They should be able to use this bye week and come out strong in a huge matchup with LSU in two weeks.
8. Iowa (10)
The criticism seems to be getting to the Hawkeyes and they are not happy about it all. This team’s path to the division championship is wide open right now. If the cards fall their way, this team could be looking an spot in the CFP.
9. Oklahoma State (13)
The Cowboys needed to come out and prove that they belong in the discussion for the CFP and they did just that with a blowout win over Kansas. This team now has an entire city to play for and that is going to be some great motivation for them.
10. Notre Dame (11)
The Fighting Irish took a much-needed week off and prepared for the Temple Owls. This team wants to show that they can be a competitor for the CFP and a big win on the road against the Owls could do just that.
11. Stanford (14)
The Cardinal now has a wide-open path to the PAC-12 North Championship. This team has averaged nearly 50 points a game since their season-opening loss. With Christian McCaffrey leading this team, anything is possible.
12. Michigan (12)
The Wolverines had a bye week and they want to prove that they can still play in the Big Ten. This team has a chance to cause a ton of chaos in just over a month. It’s going to get interesting very fast.
13. Utah (6)
The Utes lost to a USC team that seems to have new life since Steve Sarkisian was fired. Despite that, the Utes just didn’t look good at all Saturday night. This team needs to turn things around if they want to get back into discussion for the CFP.
14. Memphis (15)
The Tigers are led by someone special in Paxton Lynch. This guy has all the right tools to be a NFL quarterback and he has his team in the right position to finish undefeated and get to a New Year’s Six bow and possibly into the top ten.
15. Toledo (16)
Despite nearly getting upset this week, Toledo made a huge comeback in the second half to win their big conference game. This team needs to do all they can to erase that terrible start from peoples’ minds for the next few weeks.
16. Ole Miss (18)
The Rebels needed this win over the Aggies. While this team is out of contention for the CFP, the Rebels are still in good shape to win the division and salvage their season. If Robert Nkemdiche gets healthy, this team could pull off some big upsets.
17. Florida (17)
Florida took this week off, licked their wounds, and will be ready to try and clinch the SEC East against Georgia this week. If Treon Harris plays like he did against LSU, there’s no doubt this team will be leaving Jacksonville with a huge win.
18. Temple (19)
The Owls are 7-0 for the first time in school history and they are out to prove that they deserve to be talked about on a national level. If the Owls can pull off a big win over Notre Dame, this team will surely shoot up the rankings and probably find themselves in the top ten next week.
19. Houston (21)
The Cougars are back to their old gun-slinging selves and they are in a prime position to win the AAC. Two tests still stand in front of them, but Tom Herman will have this team ready to pull off some big wins. This team has been in this position before, so they have the sure advantage.
20. Mississippi State (22)
This team may not be able to make it to the Georgia Dome in December, but they sure aren’t saying die. The Bulldogs want to show the haters from the preseason that they aren’t going to be the bottom team in the conference this year.
21. Florida State (9)
The Seminoles hadn’t lost a regular season game since the final game of the 2012 season. This was certainly one they couldn’t lose. Despite only having one loss, you lost to a Georgia Tech team that had lost five straight and likely won’t make a bowl. Forget a fluke victory, the Yellow Jackets should have NEVER been in that game.
22. Oklahoma (23)
The Sooners turned things around this week with a big win over Texas Tech. They want to show that they should still be getting recognition in the Big 12 championship picture and upset wins over the next month will certainly help their cause.
23. Duke (NR)
I didn’t think they had it in them, but the Duke Blue Devils pulled out a big win over Virginia Tech. They are in the middle of a dog fight for the Coastal division championship, but they certainly have the edge right now.
24. North Carolina (NR)
If you would have told me that this team was going to be 6-1 and in the running for a division championship two months ago, I would have said that you were crazy. But here the Tar Heels are. This team could be settling one debate next week when they travel to Pittsburgh to play the Panthers.
25. Pittsburgh (25)
Speaking of the Panthers, here we are. Pittsburgh ran into the buzzsaw that is Syracuse and they were nearly cut in half. Luckily, the ironically named Chris Blewitt didn’t do just that and won his team the game. They host the Tar Heels next week in what is sure to be a huge game in the ACC.
Fell out of rankings: Texas A&M (20), Georgia Southern (24)
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