College Football Power Rankings for Week 8 (Oct. 24th, 2013)

jameis-winstonLast weekend’s college football action was highlighted by the Clemson Tigers taking on Florida State. Clemson was slightly favored because they were playing at home and their star QB, Tajh Boyd, was a senior. Nevertheless, FSU turned in a dominating performance en route to a 51-14 win.

The Seminoles defense stifled Boyd by holding him to 158 yards and one touchdown pass, while picking him off twice. Meanwhile, their super-freshman QB, Jameis Winston, put himself near the top of the Heisman Trophy race by throwing for 444 yards and three TD’s. And this big victory moves the Seminoles further up our power rankings too.

1. Alabama Crimson Tide (7-0); beat Arkansas 52-0, retains same ranking – Outside of a 49-42 victory over Texas A&M, Alabama has completely dismantled opponents this season. Their next opponent, Tennessee, figures to be a little tougher competition than Arkansas. But expect this home contest to be yet another easy victory for the Tide.

2. Oregon Ducks (7-0); beat Washington State 62-38, retains same ranking – Leading Heisman Trophy candidate Marcus Mariota had his “worst” game of the season after fumbling twice. However, it wasn’t nearly enough to give the Cougars a real chance at winning. And Mariota still threw for 327 yards, combined for three TD’s and avoided any interceptions yet again this season.

3. Florida State Seminoles (6-0); beat Clemson 51-14, moves up two spots – While people thought that FSU had a shot at beating Clemson, nobody could’ve predicted the massacre that they pulled off. If the Seminoles can run the table in the ACC, they could be competing in the National Title game in January.

4. Ohio State Buckeyes (7-0); beat Iowa 34-24, drops one spot – Last game was a little close for comfort for the Bucks. However, they were able to overcome a 7-point halftime deficit thanks to 251 combined rushing yards from Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde. OSU now has 19 straight victories, which is the longest streak in D1 college football.

5. Miami Hurricanes (6-0); beat North Carolina 27-23, moves up five spots – Miami miami-hurricanes-footballjust joined our power rankings last week, and now they’ve accelerated to the fifth spot, following losses by Clemson, LSU, Texas A&M, Louisville and UCLA – four of which have dropped out. They’re going to have to play better, though, than beating a 1-5 team by four points. Taking care of the football will be the challenge for the Hurricanes moving forward.

6. Missouri Tigers (7-0); beat Florida 36-17, unranked last week – Maty Mauk engineered a win over 22nd-ranked Florida by throwing for 295 yards in his first career start. The freshman filled in for an injured James Franklin, who watched the game from the sidelines. Missouri is now in good position to win the SEC East and play in the conference championship game.

7. Stanford Cardinals (6-1); beat UCLA 24-10, unranked last week – Stanford only spent one week out of our top 10. They got back in after shutting down the Bruins and breaking the game open with two TD’s in the third quarter. The Cardinals could take an even bigger jump up the rankings if they can beat Oregon on the road. But this is a huge ‘If.’

8. Baylor Bears (6-0); beat Iowa State 71-7, unranked last week – This game got ugly really quick after Baylor jumped out to a 37-0 halftime lead. The Bears nearly pitched a shutout, but the Cyclones got a late touchdown. Baylor has another fairly easy game this Saturday as they travel to Kansas.

9. Clemson Tigers (6-1); lost to Florida State 51-14, drops five spots – The Seminoles really seem to have Boyd’s number since he’s experienced two very bad losses in a row to them. They will try to get back on track as they travel to Maryland.

10. Texas Tech (7-0); beat West Virginia 37-27, unranked last week – Texas Tech actually trailed in this game heading into the fourth quarter. However, they came back and won thanks to two TD’s in the final period. Freshman Davis Webb was on fire as he threw for 462 yards and two scores. But he and the Red Raiders will definitely have to earn their ranking in a road game against Oklahoma on Saturday.

College Football Power Rankings for Week 7 (Oct. 17th, 2013)

utah-vs-stanfordFor the first time all year, one of the top five teams in our college football power rankings lost. The Stanford Cardinals, who entered last week as our number five team, lost a tough road game at Utah. Backed near their own goal line, a fired-up Utes team stopped the Cardinals on fourth down to preserve a 27-21 victory. The loss was the first for QB Kevin Hogan as a starter, and it snapped a 10-game winning streak for Stanford. You can see if the Cardinals stayed in our top 10 and check out how the other elite teams did in our Week 7 power rankings.

1. Alabama Crimson Tide (6-0); beat Kentucky 48-7, retains same ranking – Oregon may be gaining ground on the Tide, but we see no reason to knock Alabama from the top spot. This is especially true after a dominating win at Kentucky, where T.J. Yeldon and Kenyan Drake led the route by splitting four touchdown runs.

2. Oregon Ducks (6-0); beat Washington 45-24, retains same ranking – Facing a tough, 16th-ranked Washington team on the road, Oregon was rarely challenged. About the only bad thing that came out of this game was that, for the first time, the Ducks failed to eclipse 45 points. However, this is understandable when you consider that the Huskies were previously allowing just 14.8 PPG.

3. Ohio State Buckeyes (6-0); bye week, retains same ranking – The Buckeyes got a week to rest up after their close contest against Northwestern two weeks ago. Now they’ll face conference opponent Iowa this week.

4. Clemson Tigers (6-0); beat Boston College 24-14, retains same ranking – vic-beasleyClemson might have been looking ahead to FSU since this game was a lot closer than the 10-point margin suggests. BC actually led 14-10 going into the fourth quarter, but Tajh Boyd threw a TD to put his team up for good. Vic Beasley sealed the deal by taking a Chase Rettig fumble 13 yards to the house.

5. Florida State Seminoles (5-0); bye week, moves up one spot – Clemson’s win means that this week’s matchup will pit two of the top five teams against each other. The Tigers are slightly favored because they’re playing at home. However, you certainly can’t count Jameis Winston and the Seminoles out in this high-profile game.

6. Texas A&M Aggies (5-1); beat Ole Miss 41-38, moves up one spot – With Johnny Manziel having an injury scare early on, the Rebels were able to grab the lead for a while. However, Manziel turned out to be okay and went on to spark a rally by gaining 177 yards in the fourth quarter. Defensive concerns aside, this team can really put up points.

7. Louisvile Cardinals (6-0); beat Rutgers 24-10, moves up one spot – This wasn’t Louisville’s most dominant victory. But their defense really came through in the clutch, as Calvin Pryor and Terrell Floyd both had big fourth-quarter interceptions to seal the victory. The Cardinals have a nice setup and could definitely run the table.

8. LSU Tigers (6-1); beat Florida 17-6, moves up one spot – The Tigers defense turned in a very strong effort as they stifled Florida’s offensive attack and held them to 240 total yards. LSU might have a much tougher time repeating this performance at Ole Miss, where they’ll face a high-powered offense.

9. UCLA Bruins (5-0); beat Cal 37-10, previously unranked – UCLA became the latest ucla-footballteam to dominate Cal, which served as more of a tuneup for their showdown at Stanford. So far, the Bruins boast road victories over Utah and Nebraska this season. So it’s not out of the question to think that they could win one in Stanford too.

10. Miami Hurricanes (5-0); bye week, previously unranked – The Hurricanes jump into our rankings as Stanford and Georgia both fall out. Miami has some nice wins over Florida, South Florida and Georgia Tech this season. They travel to North Carolina tonight in what should be a pretty close game.

College Football Power Rankings for Week 6 (Oct. 10th, 2013)

alabama-tideEvery team from last week’s top 10 won, which means our rankings will remain largely unchanged in Week 6. But Ohio State and Stanford got definite scares and needed strong late-game play to win. And Georgia did slip in our rankings due to injury circumstances. That said, let’s discuss the Bulldogs as well as the rest of the top 10.

1. Alabama Crimson Tide (5-0); beat Georgia State 45-3, retains same ranking – Everybody from the Tide got a chance to play in this mid-season tuneup game. DeAndrew White highlighted the action with a spectacular one-handed grab in what was an otherwise predictable outcome.

2. Oregon Ducks (5-0); beat Colorado 57-16, retains same ranking – Marcus Mariota had an outstanding game after scoring seven total touchdowns. From the monsoon two weeks ago to the total domination against Colorado, the Ducks offense looks absolutely unstoppable.

3. Ohio State Buckeyes (6-0); beat Northwestern 40-30, retains same ranking – The Buckeyes were powered by running back Carlos Hyde and his 168 yards and three touchdowns. Hyde’s third score put the Bucks up for good with 5:22 remaining, and kept their national title hopes alive.

4. Clemson Tigers (5-0); beat Syracuse 49-14, retains same ranking – Tajh Boyd didn’t have his prettiest game after throwing his first two interceptions of the season. However, he also tossed five TD passes, which was more than enough to win a road game over Syracuse. There’s now just two weeks until the Tigers face off against Florida State in one of the year’s biggest matchups.

5. Stanford Cardinals (5-0); beat Washington 31-28, retains same ranking – The Cardinals stanford-ty-montgomeryhad their hands full trying to hold off the Huskies and atone for last season’s loss. But they were able to do it, thanks to 290 all-purpose yards and two TD’s from Ty Montgomery. Now they head off to Utah for what could be a semi-tough contest.

6. Florida State Seminoles (5-0); beat Maryland 63-0, moves up three spots – While many experts predicted the Seminoles would win this contest, few people expected a 63-point blowout of the 25th-ranked Terrapins. However, Maryland had no chance of slowing down super frosh Jameis Winston, who threw for 393 passing yards and five touchdowns.

7. Texas A&M Aggies (4-1); bye week, retains same ranking – Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M got last week off. Now they’ll travel to Ole Miss to face a desperate team that just fell out of the top 25.

8. Louisville Cardinals (5-0); beat Temple 30-7, retains same ranking – Nothing special to report here. The Cardinals dominated a winless Temple team while Teddy Bridgewater threw for 348 yards and two touchdowns. Louisville almost pitched a shutout, but the Owls were able to get a moral-booster with a late touchdown.

9. LSU Tigers (4-1); beat Mississippi State 59-26, moves up one spot – The Bulldogs kept this one close for a while, trailing only 31-26 after three quarters. However, LSU blew the game wide open in the final quarter and compiled 563 yards of total offense throughout the game.

10. Georgia Bulldogs (4-1); beat Tennessee 34-31 (OT), drops four spots – Once again, Aaron Murray provided late-game heroics to power the Bulldogs to a victory. That said, it seems like they shouldn’t be dropping in our rankings. Unfortunately, the win proved very costly as Georgia lost both RB Keith Marshall and WR Justin Scott-Wesley to season-ended knee injuries. Now their season could get much tougher moving forward.

College Football Power Rankings – 2012 Championship Week Edition

We’re now down to the final week before bowl games are decided and the BCS title matchup is figured out. As for the latter, we’re simply waiting to decide who undefeated Notre Dame plays for the championship. At this point, Alabama appears to be in control of their own destiny, but that destiny won’t be easy to reach with a game against third-ranked Georgia looming ahead. Let’s discuss these three teams and more in our latest power rankings.

1. Alabama (11-1) – Throughout most of the season, many people thought Alabama would never be beaten. However, they lost a close game against Texas A&M a couple weeks ago and were sent into a tailspin. But Alabama has since recovered and looked marvelous during a beatdown of rival Auburn.

Last Game: 49-0 win over Auburn
Next Game: vs. Georgia (SEC Championship)

2. Ntore Dame (12-0) – Is it fair that the Irish drop a spot from our previous power rankings following a road win against USC? First off, Notre Dame got a break when Matt Barkley was sidelined with an injury, leaving freshman Max Wittek to make his first career start. Secondly, the Irish have won most of their games in ugly, defensive battles. They get a chance to prove all of the critics wrong in the BCS Championship though.

Last Game: 22-13 win over USC
Next Game: TBD (BCS Championship)

3. Ohio State (12-0) – It’s never easy to cap off an undefeated season – just ask Oregon, Kansas State or Alabama. However, the Buckeyes did pull off this impressive accomplishment and deserve some credit. They probably would’ve been playing the Irish in Miami had it not been for NCAA sanctions.

Last Game: 26-21 win over Michigan
Season is finished

4. Oregon (11-1) – Just three weeks ago, Oregon was riding high and looking at a clear shot at the BCS Championship game. Now they won’t even get to play in the Pac-10 Championship game due to the Stanford loss. It’ll be interesting to see what bowl game the Ducks land in now.

Last Game: 48-24 win over Oregon State
Next Game: TBD

5. Georgia (11-1) – While we consider the Bulldogs to be just a little less good than the top four teams on this list, none of it means anything if they can win the SEC title. Essentially, this matchup with Alabama is like a big playoff game before the championship.

Last Game: 42-10 win over Georgia Tech
Next Game: vs. Alabama (SEC Championship)

6. Texas A&M (10-2) – If the season restarted today, A&M could possibly be the top team in the eyes of voters. Johnny “Football” Manziel took another step closer to winning the Heisman after throwing for 372 yards and three touchdowns against Missouri.

Last Game: 59-29 win over Missouri
Next Game: TBD

7. Florida (11-1) – Despite having one loss, the Gators dropped out of our top 10 rankings after some atrocious offensive performances. However, they leaped back into our rankings after beating ACC standout and rival Florida State. Now they could be Sugar Bowl-bound.

Last Game: 37-26 win over Florida State
Next Game: TBD

8. Stanford (10-2) – The Cardinals easily defeated UCLA to set up a rematch between these two teams in the Pac-10 Championship. Based on this road game blowout, we have to heavily favor Stanford in the rematch as well.

Last Game: 35-17 win over UCLA
Next Game: vs. UCLA (Pac-10 Championship)

9. LSU (10-2) – While the Tigers did nothing deserving of dropping two spots in our power rankings, other teams just shined more in the last week of the regular season. With Florida, Georgia and Alabama fighting over two BCS bowl bids, LSU is left out of the party.

Last Game: 20-13 win over Arkansas
Next Game: TBD

10. Kansas State (10-1)  – K-State is just one of those teams that got lost in the shuffle at season’s end. Of course, getting blown out by a mediocre Baylor team will do that to you. It’ll also put an end to any Heisman hopes that Collin Klein had.

Last Game: Bye
Next Game: TBD

College Football Power Rankings for Nov. 21st, 2012


For the past few weeks, we’ve been discussing the possibility of several unbeaten teams at the end of the season. But just like many other years in the past, most of these unbeatens have fallen by the wayside with Oregon and Kansas State joining the one-loss club. So how does this affect our power rankings? Let’s take a look right now….

1. Notre Dame (11-0) – If the BCS system was based on pretty victories, Notre Dame wouldn’t be in the top 10. But as it stands, the Irish have found a way to win every game and are one of only two unbeaten teams in college football – and one of them is ineligible for bowl games. All that stands in between the Irish and the title game is a tough road game against USC.

Last Game: 38-0 win over Wake Forest
Next Game: at USC Trojans

2. Alabama (10-1) – Just a week after the Crimson Tide wondered if they’d have any shot at a national title, they’re back in control of their own destiny. But don’t confuse controlling destiny with having a clear shot to the title. A potential SEC Championship game against Georgia looms within the next two weeks.

Last Game: 49-0 win over Western Carolina
Next Game: vs. Auburn Tigers

3. Oregon Ducks (10-1) – The Ducks were rolling towards a national title game, and suddenly, they might not even win the Pac-10 North. Now Oregon is going to be rooting for UCLA to beat Stanford just so they have a shot at the Pac-10 Championship. An upcoming game against the Beavers is certainly not going to be easy for the Ducks either.

Last Game: 17-14 (OT) loss to Stanford
Next Game: at Oregon State Beavers

4. Georgia (10-1) – Who would have thought that Georgia would be in the national title picture at this point? Assuming they can beat a solid Georgia Tech team, the Bulldogs actually have a shot at a BCS title if they can beat Alabama….but that’s a big IF!

Last Game: 45-14 win over Georgia Southern
Next Game: vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

5. Texas A&M (9-2) – The Aggies are by far our favorite two-loss team since they managed to prove that Alabama wasn’t as unbeatable as everybody thought. QB Johnny Manziel appears to be a Heisman trophy front runner now as well.

Last Game: 47-28 win over Sam Houston State
Next Game: vs. Missouri Tigers

6. Ohio State Buckeyes (11-0) – Despite an undefeated record, nobody considers Ohio State to be the nation’s best team thanks to a fairly easy schedule. Even still, they’ve found ways to win and could top off an undefeated year by beating hated rival Michigan.

Last Game: 21-14 (OT) win over Wisconsin
Next Game: vs. Michigan Wolverines

7. LSU (9-2) – The Tigers appear to be the SEC’s odd team out with a pair of losses. Even with this being the case, a victory at Arkansas could put them in an at-large BCS bowl game.

Last Game: 41-35 win over Ole Miss
Next Game: at Arkansas Razorbacks

8. Florida State (10-1) – It’s funny how little respect the Seminoles have gotten despite having just one loss. Much of this lack of respect comes from a mediocre ACC and a poor out-of-conference schedule. All of this could be thrown out the window though if Florida State wins against Florida this week.

Last Game: 41-14 win over Maryland
Next Game: vs. Florida Gators

9. Kansas State Wildcats (10-1) – The Wildcats take a major tumble in our power rankings thanks to a beating at the hands of Baylor. Nobody expected the Bears to win against K-State, much less dominate them. QB Collin Klein’s Heisman hopes are now finished and so are the Wildcats national championship aspirations.

Last Game: 52-24 loss to Baylor
Next Game: vs. Texas Longhorns (Dec. 1st)

10. Stanford (9-2) – The Cardinals make their first appearance in our top 10 after a dramatic overtime victory against Oregon. And they could be climbing further with wins over UCLA (to clinch Pac-10 North) and a PAC-10 Championship victory against UCLA again.

College Football Power Rankings for Nov. 15th, 2012

Just when it looked like nobody would tarnish Alabama’s undefeated season, they drop a stunner to Texas A&M and send our power rankings into a frenzy. Okay, so it’s not that much of a frenzy because three other top unbeatens survived another week without losing. However, it sure was interesting finding a spot for both Alabama and Texas A&M following last week’s upset.

1. Oregon (10-0) – The rest of the season is going to get tougher for Oregon because of both injuries and their schedule (Stanford, Oregon St., Pac-12 South champ). But for right now, we can firmly say that the Ducks are the best team in college football after a stomping of Cal.

Last Game: 59-17 win over California
Next Game: vs. Stanford

2. Kansas State (10-0) – After an injury scare with QB Collin Klein, the Wildcats appear to be alright since their top playmaker took the field against TCU. Seeing as how their defense keeps shutting down opponents, Kansas State is perfectly balanced on both sides of the ball.

Last Game: 23-10 win over TCU
Next Game: at Baylor

3. Notre Dame (10-0) – There’s no beauty in the way Notre Dame wins each week. But the key is that they do win each week thanks to a dominating defense. Assuming either Oregon or Kansas State loses before the end of the regular season, the Irish could be playing in the national title game.

4. Alabama (9-1) – Based on their performance through the first nine games of the year, we can’t drop the Tide too low following a single loss. But with the season nearing an end and three undefeated teams still left, Alabama may be left out of the national title picture.

Last Game: 29-24 loss to Texas A&M
Next Game: vs. Western Carolina

5. Georgia (9-1) – The Bulldogs look poised to meet Alabama in the SEC Championship game if they can get through their next two games unscathed. Depending upon how things go with the unbeatens, the SEC Championship could decide who goes to the BCS title game.

Last Game: 38-0 win over Auburn
Next Game: vs. Georgia Southern

6. Texas A&M (8-2) – Following an extremely tough road win at Bryant-Denny Stadium, some might argue that the Aggies should be ranked ahead of Alabama. However, we’re already stretching things enough by ranking A&M over two teams that beat them earlier (LSU and Florida). In any case, congratulations to the Aggies for their HUGE win!

Last game: 29-24 win over Alabama
Next game: vs. Sam Houston State

7. Ohio State Buckeyes (10-0) – Despite being undefeated at this point, many experts are putting Ohio State down as an underdog against Wisconsin this Saturday. It could all come down to how well OSU linebackers Etienne Sabino and Ryan Shazier can shut down Montee Ball and the Badgers run game.

Last game: 52-22 win over Illinois
Next Game: at Wisconsin

8. LSU (8-2) – Unfortunately for LSU, there’ll be no BCS or SEC Championship games in the near future. However, they could certainly land an at-large BCS bowl bid by winning their final two games against Ole Miss and Arkansas. Sure this is no slam dunk, but we definitely like the Tigers chances.

Last Game: 37-17 win over Mississippi State
Next Game: vs. Ole Miss

9. Oklahoma (7-2) – Earlier in the year, it looked as if the upcoming Oklahoma-West Virginia game would have national title implications. But now it’ll merely be a game between two good teams. Actually, the Sooners are a VERY good team which is why we definitely like them to win on the road.

Last Game: 42-34 win over Baylor
Next Game: at West Virginia

10. Florida State (9-1) – The Seminoles aren’t getting much respect outside of the ACC since many experts don’t even consider them a top 10 team. However, we like them better than the fellow 9-1 Florida Gators, which have looked terrible in three straight games. Back to FSU, it’s sad that they aren’t really playing for a chance at the national title with just one loss. But they can still get an at-large BCS bid and beat up on another major conference to prove their point.