This week was called “Separation Saturday” as many big name teams found themselves in huge games. There were a number of undefeated teams to fall on this Saturday and few others made their case for the College Football Playoff. Who is tops in the country? Let’s find out.
1. Clemson (6)
The Tigers had a lot of momentum going into Saturday’s game after being named the number one team in the first CFP rankings of the season. They rode that momentum to a huge victory over the Seminoles to win the ACC Atlantic division crown.
2. Ohio State (1)
Despite the team being without quarterback J.T. Barrett, the Buckeyes were motivated to win this week. This was probably because they were dropped to 3 in the first CFP rankings. They used that momentum to pull a big win over Minnesota.
3. Alabama (7)
The Crimson Tide showed their dominance this week as their defense absolutely shut down Leonard Fournette. The Tide should be able to ride this momentum and could possibly move into the SEC Championship with a few more SEC West wins.
4. Baylor (4)
Seth Russell went down with a devastating injury and freshman quarterback Jarrett Stidham came in and did a great job for the Bears. The team showed some mortality, but they pulled out the win and that’s all that matters.
5. Oklahoma State (8)
The Cowboys pulled a phenomenal win over the TCU Horned Frogs and they are certainly a favorite in the Big 12 now. If they can keep stringing together big wins, the Cowboys could find themselves in the CFP this year.
6. Notre Dame (10)
The Irish are still in the conversation for the CFP, no matter what people think. Right now, their only loss is a two-point loss to the now-number one team in the country. That looks very good for their resume, as does a big win over Pitt like they had Saturday.
7. Iowa (9)
The Hawkeyes host one of the best rush defenses in the country and they are using it to their advantage. They should a huge favorite to finish undefeated and win the Big Ten West to see if they can win the conference and get to the CFP.
8. LSU (2)
The Tigers suffered a big loss, but their season is far from over. They still have a shot of winning the SEC West and even if they don’t, they can still get into the CFP if Alabama or Florida slips somewhere down the line.
9. Stanford (11)
The Cardinal still has a very good shot of making the CFP, but they must win out and win all their games impressively. That will be key for this team to possibly play for a national championship this year.
10. Florida (17)
It’s kind of hard not to want to keep this team out of the top ten after their ugly win against Vanderbilt. However, enough teams in front of them suffered big losses and they did secure their spot in the SEC Championship game.
11. Michigan (12)
It’s really hard to believe, but the Wolverines still have a shot of winning the Big Ten Championship, especially since the Spartans fell today. This team has turned things around they have a big matchup against Ohio State coming up in a few weeks.
12. TCU (3)
The Horned Frogs suffered a big loss to Oklahoma State as the Cowboys absolutely shut down Trevone Boykin. He threw too many interceptions and they must fix those mistakes if they want to stay in contention for the Big 12.
13. Utah (13)
The Utes still look like a threat to win the PAC-12 Championship and possibly make noise when it comes to the CFP. If they keep playing the way they are now, there’s no doubt that they will make it hard on the selection committee.
14. Houston (18)
The Cougars had a tough time with Cincinnati, but they pulled off the win and they are now the only Group of Five team that is without a loss. They seem like the favorite to play in a New Year’s Six bowl game now.
15. Oklahoma (22)
The Sooners still have a chance to win the Big 12, but they will have to do a lot of work to make their case for the CFP. Starting with a win over undefeated Baylor would be a good way to get that campaign going.
16. Michigan State (5)
The Spartans came into this game thinking they had the game won simply because the Cornhuskers were down and out. Despite a controversial call near the end of the game, it still should have never been that close and this team now has a long road ahead of them to win the Big Ten Championship.
17. Mississippi State (19)
The Bulldogs are still fighting and they should be considered a true threat to possibly getting to a New Year’s Six bowl game as an at-large team. That can certainly be helped tremendously if they pull off a big upset over Alabama.
18. North Carolina (21)
The Tar Heels are one of two teams to lose their opener and win every game since then, joining Stanford. After they won their last two games in impressive fashion, thanks to Marquise Williams’ amazing play, you have to believe that this team could be a threat to Clemson, the ACC, and possibly the CFP.
19. Memphis (14)
The Tigers suffered a hard loss to the Navy Midshipmen, falling for the first time this season. This team can’t say die just yet, however, as they still have big games with Temple and Houston to close out the year.
20. Temple (24)
The Owls still have a big couple of games ahead of them and they will likely be in the driver’s seat of the AAC West. If they get past Navy and into the conference championship game, they will likely find themselves playing on New Year’s Eve or Day.
21. Ole Miss (16)
The Rebels fell in overtime and were all but eliminated from winning the SEC West. This team must get things going and their defense needs to be revitalized if they want to keep their season from going down a very bad path.
22. Navy (NR)
The Midshipmen absolutely dominated the second half against Memphis and they have a very good chance of winning the AAC West after the win. With their only loss coming against Notre Dame, they are in a very good position.
23. Florida State (20)
The Seminoles fought until the bitter end in this game, but it wasn’t enough. They still have a good chance of making a decent bowl game and possibly ruining the Florida Gators’ chances of getting into the CFP. They also still have Dalvin Cook healthy, so that’s a plus.
24. Northwestern (NR)
The Wildcats had a tough string of losses for a while there, but they have turned things around after their comeback win over Penn State. They have a chance of making a decent bowl game right now and that is great for this Wildcat team.
25. USC (NR)
The Trojans have looked very good for the Trojans since Steve Sarkisian was fired. If they can continue to do what they are doing, they can get into the PAC-12 Championship game. They need help from Utah, but that is out of their control right now.
Fell out of rankings: Toledo (15), Marshall (23), Texas A&M (25)
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