A quick note: Because I procrastinated last week, two posts in a row will be CFB power rankings. Fun.
Where did that come from? Week 6 was supposed to be a boring, predictable slate of games. It was anything but. Oklahoma and Michigan went down, Alabama had trouble with Texas A&M, and Miami launched itself into the playoff race. As you might expect, the rankings changed quite a bit.
The top spot is unchanged this week, as the Tigers took care of Wake Forest despite their star quarterback going down.
I confess the second paragraph is not entirely true. The Tide only beat Texas A&M by 8 points. . . but they had a two touchdown lead until the final minute. Don’t expect them to drop anytime soon.
The SEC Championship Game might be contested by the top two teams this year. The Bulldogs’ latest victim is Vanderbilt, a team Alabama whacked 59-0. Georgia delivered an almost as impressive 45-14 win, and the undefeated Bulldogs are in control of the East. And where is the SEC Championship Game? Atlanta.
4. Penn State
Last year’s Big Ten champions control the conference. . . for now. The loaded B1G East also features Michigan, Ohio State, and a sneaky good Michigan State team that pulled of a victory in Ann Arbor last week.
Lurking behind the Lions, the Horned Frogs keep picking up impressive victories. They leap over Washington this week after their superb win against West Virginia.
Cal is a solid team that should make a bowl game. The Huskies just don’t care. Washington is destroying opponent after opponent, but the Apple Cup looms.
Helped by teams above them losing, the Tigers roared to a 44-23 victory over a shell-shocked Mississippi side. Helped by teams above them losing, Auburn rises once again.
8. Washington State
Similar to Auburn, Wazzou moves up after destroying a subpar Oregon side, only because. . . well, upsets.
The Hurricanes have launched themselves into the national spotlight. Malik Rosier’s heroics against Florida State thrust Miami up five spots in my rankings, and they will climb even further if they remain undefeated and earn a trip to the ACC Championship Game. The Hurricanes would have a chance to book a place in the Playoff by knocking off Clemson.
The Sooners lost to Iowa State’s third string QB. The only thing keeping them in the top ten is that win over Ohio State.
11. Ohio State
The team most affected by Oklahoma’s collapse, the Buckeyes took care of Maryland 62-14. . . but the loss to OU doesn’t look as good anymore.
Oregon State is not a good team, and the Trojans won’t benefit from destroying them. Here’s some bad logic not to use. USC beat Oregon State by 28, and Minnesota beat the Beavers by 38. So our Gophers are 10 points better than the Trojans!
In-state rivalry losses don’t look as bad on a resume, especially when your team is playing with its backup quarterback. I’ve seen some people drop the Wolverines all the way to 22. Michigan State is a solid team though, and Michigan boasts some nice non-conference wins.
The Badgers are undefeated, but they will keep falling until they actually play a decent team. Nebraska doesn’t count.
15. North Carolina State
An article detailing this year’s thrilling ACC race will be out soon, and the Wolfpack are in the thick of it. NC State dominated Louisville for the entire game en route to a 39-25 victory. Interesting scoreline, but the Wolfpack are very, very good.
16. Virginia Tech
Another surprise ACC contender, the Hokies’ only loss is to Clemson. They fall one spot due to NC State’s massive win and their uninspiring 23-10 victory over Boston College.
17. Oklahoma State
The Cowboys had a bye last week. Don’t expect much change in their ranking unless the teams above are upset.
18. Notre Dame
The Irish benefit from Michigan State’s win at the Big House, a team Notre Dame beat by 20.
19. San Diego State
20. South Florida
Three impressive Group of Five teams who look like the prime contenders for the slot in the New Year’s Six appear here, and could rise in the rankings. SDSU in particular, as a win at Boise State would be very impressive.
Filling the shoes of Christian McCaffrey is a challenging task. But Bryce Love is tearing up Pac-12 defenses, and Stanford have won four straight.
24. Texas Tech
Hopefully you all enjoyed the article! Come back tomorrow for analysis of the thrilling ACC race unfolding before our eyes.