|1||Alabama (6-0)||No Change||Beat Texas A&M 27-19||Alabama picked up their first win vs a top 30 team last week with a road win over Texas A&M. LSU and Auburn in November could add to that total, but I would be surprised if the Tide were truly tested until the Iron Bowl on the final weekend of the season.|
|2||Clemson (6-0)||No Change||Beat Wake Forest 28-14||Based on their resume, Clemson deserves to be number one, but if they played head-to-head, I would still pick Alabama, so the Tide remain #1. Clemson still plays two ranked opponents on their schedule, so with wins in those games, there is still potential that they could jump the Tide later on.|
|3||Penn State (6-0)||Up||Beat Northwestern 31-7||
Penn State is a tough team to rate because they’ve played so well this year, but the Nittany Lions haven’t played any top 30 teams. Don’t worry, they will soon. After a bye week this week, Penn State will face Michigan, Ohio State, and Michigan State back-to-back-to-back.
|4||Georgia (6-0)||Up||Beat Vanderbilt 45-14||
Georgia’s win @ Notre Dame is looking better and better by the week. They won’t face another top 30 team until November (@ Auburn, @ Georgia Tech) so they’ll probably remain in the top four until then. Jake Fromm has played incredibly since being named the starter, which was made official last week.
|5||Wisconsin (5-0)||Up||Beat Nebraska 38-17||
I have Wisconsin and Washington swapped from where the AP Poll has them because Nebraska and Northwestern are better wins than Colorado and Cal. The Badgers won’t play a top 30 team until the second to last week of the season.
|6||TCU (5-0)||Up||Beat West Virginia 31-24||
That win against Oklahoma State stands out, because resume-building road wins vs Top 30 teams are hard to come by (Georgia, Oklahoma, Clemson, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Stanford, Oklahoma State, and Alabama are the others with them) the Horned Frogs have a sneaky good matchup @ Kansas State this week.
|7||Washington (6-0)||Up||Beat California 38-7||
A lot of people thought that ESPN’s cupcake diagram to represent Washington’s schedule was petty, and it was, but it is also true, Washington really hasn’t played anybody decent yet. The Huskies have Stanford, Utah, and Washington State to end the season to boost their resume before the Pac-12 title game.
|8||Washington State (6-0)||Up||Beat Oregon 33-10||
I expected an upset, and I picked Oregon as a home dog last week. Washington State proved me wrong, and for that, the Cougars move into the top ten. Wazzu has Stanford, Utah, and Washington to end the year in November, but they should win their next three to go into that stretch 9-0.
|9||Oklahoma (4-1)||Down||Lost to Iowa State 38-31||
Oklahoma lost to Iowa State, potentially the worst loss of any top 25 team, but the Sooners also have the best win of any top 25 team, their win @ Ohio State. Because of that win, the Sooners remain in the top ten even after the loss, they still have a good shot to make the playoff, with games against Texas Tech, TCU, and Oklahoma State still remaining.
|10||Ohio State (5-1)||Down||Beat Maryland 62-14||
While we’ve been watching other teams, Ohio State has quietly been blowing out the Big Ten’s lower class. Beating Maryland and Rutgers the last two weeks by an average score of 59-7. The Buckeyes should beat Nebraska this week before their showdown with Penn State.
|11||Auburn (5-1)||No Change||Beat Mississippi 44-23||
Auburn’s only loss this year was by six on the road against Clemson, and the Tigers have added wins against Missouri, Mississippi State, and Ole Miss in recent weeks. The Tigers go to Baton Rouge to take on LSU this week, and big matchups in November against Georgia and Alabama will decide if they are a playoff team.
|12||Miami (4-0)||No Change||Beat Florida State 24-20||
Miami picked up a road win over Florida State this week, but last week I said I thought that there was a bigger chance that the ‘Canes would lose to Georgia Tech this week. If Miami survives the Yellow Jackets, Virginia Tech looms in a battle for the ACC Coastal.
|13||Notre Dame (5-1)||Up||Beat North Carolina 33-10||The biggest winner in Ann Arbor last week? Notre Dame. The Irish’s one-point loss to #4 Georgia could be described as a good-loss, but now Notre Dame has a good win, by 20 points on the road over a Michigan State team that now gained a lot more credibility after the win @ Michigan.|
|14||Oklahoma State (5-1)||Down||Bye Week||Oklahoma State drops a spot because of Notre Dame’s SOS boost, but they can still get back into the playoff discussion with the Red River Rivalry game in Stillwater this year. The ‘Pokes will have 0-5 Baylor this week, which should be an opportunity to pick up a win.|
|15||UCF (4-0)||Up||Beat Cincinnati 51-23||Oh yeah, an AAC team in the Top 15. I’m in love with UCF, the Golden Knights’ best wins are over Maryland and Memphis, but they were both blowouts, and those two teams beat Texas and UCLA respectively. UCF will probably murder East Carolina this week, the Pirates are one of the worst teams in the country, but then a road showdown with Navy looms in week eight.|
|16||Virginia Tech (5-1)||No Change||Beat Boston College 23-10||The Hokies’ lone loss this year was to the #2 team in the country, but their best win is.. West Virginia (3-2 with the best win being Kansas) they will need to wait until November and a showdown with Miami to add to their resume, but if they can beat the ‘Canes and Georgia Tech in the Coastal, a shot at revenge in the ACC Championship could be waiting.|
|17||USC (5-1)||Up||Beat Oregon State 38-10||I said after the Trojans struggled with Western Michigan, Cal, and Texas that they weren’t a playoff contender, and then they lost to Washington State just to validate me. That’s not to say they can’t make the playoff, I just wouldn’t call them a contender until we see how they deal with Utah and Notre Dame the next two weeks.|
|18||San Diego State (6-0)||NEW||Beat UNLV 41-10||I was holding off ranking San Diego State because of their one possession games against Air Force, and Northern Illinois, but the team that benefited the most from Stanford’s win @ Utah is the Aztecs, because now they have a top-25 win, therefore, they’re into the top 20.|
|19||USF (5-0)||No Change||Bye Week||I don’t know about USF, I’m still a little shaky on them, and they avoid Navy on their schedule, so they won’t play a top 30 team until the final week of the regular season against UCF, but I would say that October 28th matchup with Houston could be interesting as well.|
|20||Michigan (4-1)||Down||Lost to Michigan State 14-10||You could see the signs in their games against Air Force and Cincinnati that maybe this wasn’t a top ten team, and then they lost at home to Michigan State. Given, it was in an absolute monsoon, but they still lost, and drop a lot because of it. With three top-ten teams still on the schedule, there is still ample opportunity to climb into the playoff discussion.|
|21||NC State (5-1)||NEW||Beat Louisville 39-25||I was wrong about Oregon beating Washington State this week, but I wasn’t wrong about the Wolfpack as a home underdog. they jump Georgia Tech to become my #4 ACC team, and hey, they still have Clemson on the schedule, which could be interesting.|
|22||Stanford (4-2)||NEW||Beat Utah 23-20||Stanford becomes my first two loss team to be ranked (I had FSU in for like a week when they were 0-2, but dropped them after the Wake game). We all knew David Shaw was not going to let this team’s loss to San Diego State define their season, and Stanford could play spoiler for a few Pac-12 teams in the title hunt.|
|23||Georgia Tech (3-1)||No Change||Bye Week||No change for the Yellow Jackets after the bye week. Georgia Tech will face Miami this week in what will be the real test of whether or not these guys deserve to be ranked. Virginia Tech still remains on the schedule, so a loss might not knock them out of the hunt for the ACC Coastal.|
|24||Navy (5-0)||NEW||Beat Air Force 48-45||Navy-Air Force was probably the craziest game this year so far, but then the 7 Overtime game happened, which really overshadowed it. The Midshipmen face UCF on October 21st, only one team will come out of that matchup ranked.|
|25||Michigan State (4-1)||NEW||Beat Michigan 14-10||It’s hard to justify ranking Michigan State to me, I would probably pick Utah over them if the two played, but it’s hard to not rank a team with a win over Michigan. I wouldn’t be shocked if Sparty loses to Minnesota this week in a letdown spot.|
First Five Out: #26 Utah (4-1), #27 Texas Tech (4-1), #28 Texas A&M (4-2), #29 LSU (4-2), #30 Louisville (4-2)