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 5 (Oct. 4th, 2013)

alabama-number-oneLast week’s college football action featured a very high-profile matchup between #6 LSU and #9 Georgia. And this game was as good as advertised, with Georgia escaping with a 44-41 win at home. QB Aaron Murray threw a 25-yard touchdown to Justin Scott-Wesley with 1:47 remaining to pull out the victory.

After playing four very tough opponents to open the year, Georgia is now in the national championship race, despite having one loss. They’ll be hoping that some of the following teams lose so they can move up in the AP rankings and into a BCS National Championship game spot.

1. Alabama Crimson Tide (4-0); beat Ole Miss 25-0, retains same ranking – Alabama made a ranked Ole Miss team look quite pedestrian in this shutout. And this is a big accomplishment, given that the Rebels have one of the nation’s best offenses. They gained just 205 yards of total offense in this game though.

2. Oregon Ducks (4-0); beat Cal 55-16, retains same ranking – Even in heavy rain, the Ducks couldn’t be slowed down. Oregon QB Marcus Mariota threw a couple of TD passes in this monsoon. The same can’t be said of Cal freshman Jared Goff, who came into this contest with a nation-leading 453 passing yards per game. He couldn’t grip the ball and finished 3-of-6 for 11 yards before being replaced.

3. Ohio State Buckeyes (5-0); beat Wisconsin 31-24, retains same ranking – Ohio State has now won 17 straight games after dispatching the braxton-miller-ohio-state#23 Badgers. Braxton Miller threw for 281 yards and four touchdowns after sitting out for a couple of games with an injury. He and the Bucks face an even bigger test on the road at #16 Northwestern.

4. Clemson Tigers (4-0); beat Wake Forrest 56-7, retains same ranking – Tajh Boyd became just the second ACC quarterback besides Philip Rivers to throw for 100 career touchdown passes in this route. Clemson now goes on the road to face a mediocre Syracuse team.

5. Stanford Cardinals (4-0); beat Washington State 55-17, retains same ranking – Stanford pounded Washington State by tallying 238 rushing yards with five different backs. QB Kevin Hogan added another 286 passing yards and three TD’s for the unbeaten Cardinals.

6. Georgia Bulldogs (3-1); beat LSU 44-41, moves up 3 spots – The Bulldogs make the biggest jump in our rankings, thanks to their win over the Tigers. Assuming Georgia can run the table from here on out, they’ll likely be in the national title game.

7. Texas A&M Aggies (3-1); beat Arkansas 45-33, moves up 1 spotmike-evans-texasNot surprisingly, Johnny Manziel had another big game after gaining 320 yards of total offense and throwing two touchdown passes. WR Mike Evans also continues to impress after catching 6 balls for 118 yards and two touchdowns in this contest.

8. Louisville Cardinals (4-0); bye week, drops 1 spot – The Cardinals had a week to rest before their American Athletic Conference opener at Temple. It may be a while before Louisville runs into any real tough opponents.

9. Florida State Seminoles (4-0); beat Boston College 48-24, moves up 1 spot – FSU got off to a rocky start after going down 17-3 to the Eagles. But super freshman Jameis Winston brought the Seminoles out of their funk by connecting with Kenny Shaw on a hail mail TD before halftime. FSU has now topped 40 points in every game this year.

10. LSU Tigers (4-1); lost to Georgia 44-41, drops 4 spots – You can’t fault the Tigers too much for losing to a strong Georgia team on the road. But LSU could’ve moved into the top 5 if they’d mustered a winning drive with 1:47 left.

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.

College Football Power Rankings for Oct. 31st, 2012

It hasn’t been easy sorting out college football’s elite this year because there’s a logjam of stellar unbeaten teams.  Alabama, Oregon, Notre Dame and Kansas State have all proven themselves worthy of a title shot after surviving a tough schedule and looking good while doing so. Assuming all of these teams can remain undefeated, they’ll give the BCS computers fits. Speaking of the BCS, here is how the current rankings look:

1. Alabama
2. Kansas State
3. Notre Dame
4. Oregon
5. LSU
6. Georgia
7. Florida
8. South Carolina
9. Florida State
10. Louisville

This is how the BCS computers currently see things, but let’s move on to our interpretation of the top 10 college football teams.

Week 10 College Football Power Rankings

1. Alabama (8-0) – The Crimson Tide continue to roll after dispatching a previously unbeaten Mississippi State team. Their 31.7-point margin of victory truly shows the dominance of Alabama this season despite playing some pretty good teams. This week they’ll be playing a great team in LSU, which has just one loss on the season.

Last Game: 38-7 win over Mississippi State
Next Game: at LSU Tigers

2. Oregon Ducks (8-0) Despite running over many of their opponents so far, the Ducks are losing the BCS battle. However, they have a solid chance to jump Notre Dame if they can handily beat USC on the road this week. The key to this involves slowing down Matt Barkley and star receivers Robert Woods and Marqise Lee.

Last Game: 70-14 win over Colorado
Next Game: at USC Trojans

3. Kansas State (8-0) – After an easy victory over ninth-ranked Texas Tech, K-State looks to have a clear road to the Big 12 Championship Game. Assuming they can stay unbeaten and continue racking up convincing victories, the Wildcats could be eyeing Alabama in the National Championship.

Last Game: 55-24 win over Texas Tech
Next Game: vs. Oklahoma State

4. Notre Dame (8-0) – At this point, it’s almost like splitting hairs between the Fighting Irish and Kansas State. Notre Dame grabbed their own impressive victory on the road in Norman, Oklahoma. Despite playing such as tough schedule, the Irish may need an Alabama or K-State loss to get into the title game.

5. Georgia (7-1) – As if the top isn’t jumbled enough, things don’t get any simpler when it comes to one-loss teams. In our opinion, Georgia has a slight lead among the rest of the pack following a game where their defense dominated previously unbeaten Florida. With wins over Ole Miss and rival Auburn, the Bulldogs could face Alabama in the SEC Championship.

Last Game: 17-9 win over Florida
Next Game: vs. Ole Miss

6. LSU (7-1) – You could make an argument for LSU being ahead of Georgia at this point, and the Tigers will have a chance to prove their case against Alabama. But based on the dominance that the Crimson Tide have shown so far, it’ll be a tough home game for LSU. Even still, don’t count this team out since they boast plenty of talent.

Last Game: 24-19 win over Texas A&M
Next Game: vs. Alabama

7. Florida (7-1) – Just about everything went wrong for the Gators in an ugly outing against Georgia last Saturday. Several turnovers now have Florida on the outside looking-in. In a crowded SEC, the best they can hope for at this point is an at-large BCS bowl bid – even with just one loss.

Last Game: 17-9 loss against Georgia
Next Game: vs Missouri

8. Ohio State Buckeyes (8-0) – Entering last week’s game against Penn State, the Bucks knew that they’d have to slow down QB Matt McGloin. And OSU linebacker Ryan Shazier did just this as he picked McGloin off and went to the house. Everything is set up for the probation-ridden Bucks to meet their hated rivals, Michigan, with an unblemished record.

Last Game: 35-23 win over Penn State
Next Game: vs. Illinois

9. Oklahoma Sooners (5-2) – Oklahoma may have two losses, but they’ve both come to powerhouses in Kansas State and Notre Dame. This being said, the Sooners are better than a lot of the one-loss teams out there right now.

Last Game: 30-13 loss to Notre Dame
Next Game: at Iowa State

10. Florida State (8-1) – The Seminoles have done a good job in overcoming an earlier loss at N.C. State. And while the BCS Championship may be out of the question – mainly due to the lack of respect for the ACC – Florida State is currently in the driver’s seat for a big bowl game.

Last Game: 48-7 win over Duke
Next Game: at Virginia Tech (Nov. 8)

College Football Power Rankings for Oct 24th, 2012

Right now the BCS Rankings are a jumbled mess where a half dozen legitimate title contenders are still undefeated. And there are plenty of other undefeated teams sprinkled throughout the AP Top 25. Of course, chances are that many of these powerhouses will fall by the wayside as we head towards season’s end, but it certainly doesn’t make our job with the power rankings any easier. We’ll give it a try anyways by offering you our take on the top teams.

Also, you can check out the real BCS Rankings below:

1. Alabama
2. Florida
3. Kansas State
4. Oregon
5. Notre Dame
6. LSU
7. Oregon State
8. Oklahoma
9. USC
10. Georgia

Week 9 College Football Power Rankings

1. Alabama (7-0) – No surprise here since the Crimson Tide have garnered 59 of a possible 60 first place votes in the AP poll and are atop the NCAA’s toughest football conference. Plus it’s difficult to overlook Alabama’s impressive 32.7-point margin of victory. However, they’ve still yet to face the most difficult part of their schedule – Mississippi State, LSU and Texas A&M – which combine for a 19-3 record. But even these three shouldn’t stop the Tide on their path towards the BCS title game.

Last Game: 44-13 win over Tennessee
Next Game: vs. Mississippi State (7-0)

2. Oregon (7-0) – Let the annual BCS controversy begin with the Ducks since they are undefeated, yet only fourth in the BCS. However, Oregon will have plenty of chances to improve this standing with future games against USC, Stanford and Oregon State.

Last Game: 43-21 win over Arizona State
Next Game: vs. Colorado (1-6)

3. Florida (7-0) – As it stands now, the computers have Florida facing Alabama in the championship game. And so far, the Gators have done what they need to do to be deserving of this spot. But everything will be put to the test this coming week as Florida squares off against one of their rivals, 10th-ranked Georgia.

Last Game: 44-11 win over South Carolina
Next Game: vs. Georgia (6-1)

4. Kansas State (7-0) – A dominating win last week over West Virginia has moved K-State further up the polls and into serious national title contention. However, things won’t get any easier this week when 9th-ranked Texas Tech comes into town. But assuming the Wildcats can survive the test, they’ll have a clear shot at the Big 12 Championship Game with their toughest games out of the way.

Last Game: 55-14 win over West Virginia
Next Game: vs. Texas Tech

5. Notre Dame (7-0) – Off to their best start in years, Notre Dame has played some excellent football this season. But there are still challenges ahead including a huge road game this week against 6th-ranked Oklahoma. The contest may all come down to how well the Irish’s defensive backs can cover Oklahoma’s speedy receivers.

Last Game: 17-14 win over BYU
Next Game: at Oklahoma (5-1)

6. Oregon State (6-0) – The argument against Oregon State being ranked higher is that they haven’t played anybody significant. However, the Beavers do own victories over some tough teams in Wisconsin and UCLA. Perhaps we will truly see what Oregon State is made of when they face the Ducks later on.

Last Game: 21-7 win over Utah
Next Game: at Washington (3-4)

7. Oklahoma (5-1) – The lone blemish on the Sooners schedule is a close 24-19 loss to Kansas State. Unfortunately in a year where so many teams are unbeaten, this tough loss puts Oklahoma a ways back in the BCS race. But they can jump back into the hunt if they can beat undefeated Notre Dame this Saturday.

Last Game: 52-7 win over Kansas
Next Game: vs. Notre Dame (7-0)

8. LSU (7-1) – Much like Oklahoma, LSU is the victim of an early season loss to a very good team in Florida. But the Tigers have stayed strong and are hoping to climb the BCS ladder. They face the ultimate test against number one-ranked Alabama in a couple of weeks. The Crimson Tide are beating teams by almost 33 points, but at least the Tigers are at home.

Last Game: 24-19 win over Texas A&M
Next Game:  vs. Alabama (Nov. 3rd)

9. Texas Tech (6-1) – The Big 12 is filled with roadblocks, and the Red Raiders hit one of them head-on against Oklahoma (41-20 loss). However, quarterback Seth Doege has been hot in recent wins over West Virginia and TCU. He will no doubt have to stay on fire since Texas Tech has the unenviable task of traveling to Manhattan, Kansas this Saturday.

Last Game: 56-53 (OT) win over TCU
Next Game: at Kansas State (7-0)

10. Ohio State (8-0) – OSU’s overtime win against Purdue wasn’t pretty since it was filled with sloppy mistakes. However, the Buckeyes pulled out the victory and remain unbeaten. Ohio State will have to be much sharper if they want to grab a win in Happy Valley against QB Matt McGloin and the Nittany Lions.

Last Game: 29-22 (OT) win over Purdue
Next Game: at Penn State (5-2)