Week 7 was our reminder of why we follow this crazy sport. Four top ten teams lost, all to unranked opponents. Missouri put up three first half touchdowns on Georgia’s vaunted defense, and the state of Virginia has three ranked teams.
The Crimson Tide remained unblemished in a week of upsets, destroying Arkansas 41-9. They take the top spot after Clemson’s loss.
I said in last week’s post that the SEC might go 1-2 in my power rankings at some point. Did I expect Clemson to lose to Syracuse? No, but Georgia took advantage. Missouri matched the Bulldogs score for score in the first half, but the second was a different story. Does 53-28 sound familiar?
3. Penn State
The Lions must be happy to have had their bye last week. They leap to third. . . but face both Michigan teams and Ohio State the next three weeks. Have fun!
The Horny Toads decided to destroy Kansas State, to the tune of 26-6. All it takes is one Penn State loss (root for Michigan) and TCU will be third. Their best case scenario is winning everything in the Big 12. . . and hoping things break their way in the SEC. If Auburn beats Alabama, look out!
Calm down. Syracuse is a good team, and would be ranked if not for their three losses. Clemson is going to be just fine, and the surprising strength of the ACC will only boost the Tigers’ resume.
Malik Rosier has done it again. Georgia Tech gave the Hurricanes all they could handle before the star quarterback led Miami down the field for another game-winning drive. Miami benefits from half of the top 10 falling on their faces, and the ACC Championship Game could be superb. Virginia Tech looms.
Texas is better than most think. Oklahoma delivered a 29-24 victory, and a win is a win. Unless it’s a game decided by a referee screwup on a lateral attempt.
I’m sure Duke doesn’t mind.
8. Ohio State
At this point everybody’s beating Nebraska by 40+ points. It’s not surprising.
See Oklahoma and substitute Utah for Texas.
The Badgers faced their first real test of the season against Purdue. The offense fell flat on their faces, but the defense came through. Wisconsin is the third B1G team in the top ten this week.
11. North Carolina State
Nobody expected the Wolfpack to be in the top 25 this year, much less leading the ACC. If NC State beats Clemson on November 4th. . .
Out of all the SEC teams, the Tigers had to lose to LSU. The team that lost to Troy. Auburn had to lose at the last minute on national television.
In fairness LSU played well, and a close loss to an SEC team is never a terrible thing. But now Auburn can’t lose again if they want to make the Playoff.
Jake Browning was limited to 139 yards passing by Arizona State, the defense that had given up more than 30 points to the opposition in every single game. . . until the Sun Devils held Washington to seven.
14. Oklahoma State
The Cowboys did as expected, demolishing a horrendous Baylor team 59-16. Mason Rudolph and Co. move up due to upsets and Michigan.
Indiana forced the Wolverines to overtime before Michigan prevailed. They’ll have to be much better they have any hope of a top 10 place.
16. Virginia Tech
The Hokies were on their bye week. Virginia Tech remains stationary in the rankings.
17. Notre Dame
The Irish also rested on their bye week, but rise one spot due to Washington State’s collapse.
18. South Florida
USF took care of Cincinnati with shutdown defense. UCF looms.
Speaking of the Golden Knights, UCF’s explosive offense ran up and down the field against East Carolina, winning 63-21. Whoever wins their matchup with USF should make the New Year’s Six.
Oregon isn’t that bad. Stanford beat them by 42 points. How’s that for replacing Christian McCaffrey?
21. Washington State
They lost 37-3 to Cal.
Weber State lost by 13 to Cal.
22. Michigan State
The Minnesota game wasn’t anywhere close until the final minute. MSU dominated for 50 minutes against a solid Gophers team.
23. West Virginia
Back into the rankings comes West Virginia, who put up 46 on Texas Tech. The Mountaineers played a good game against TCU two weeks ago, and could move higher.
The one-loss Tigers defeated a good Navy team with ease, and the AAC might not be a two-horse race.
The Cavaliers have some quality wins over ACC teams, and we all know how stacked the ACC is this year. Virginia enters the rankings, but might not be here for long. Miami waits.