Another potential playoff team goes down as Arizona State knocked off Oregon. Ohio State remains undefeated with their win over Penn State, and Georgia struggled to get past Texas A&M. Here are this weeks College Football Power Rankings.
1. Ohio State 11-0
last week: Win vs. Penn State 28-17
this week: at Michigan
The Buckeyes were able to hold off Penn State despite losing three fumbles. Turnovers can be an issue against Michigan next week.
2. LSU 11-0
last week: Win vs. Arkansas 56-20
this week: vs. Texas A&M
LSU took care of a bad Arkansas team. Joe Burrow threw for over 300 yards in their win, but they only had the ball for 20 minutes. Clearly, it didn’t matter.
3. Clemson 11-0
last week: Bye
this week: at South Carolina
The bye week late in the season will help Clemson against South Carolina, and in the ACC Championship game. They’re ready to compete for a title.
4. Georgia 10-1
last week: Win vs. Texas A&M 19-13
this week: at Georgia Tech
Georgia got a scare from Texas A&M on Saturday. The Bulldogs defense is incredible, but their offense is a few steps behind this season.
5. Alabama 10-1
last week: Win vs. Western Carolina 66-3
this week: at Auburn
The Tide had a de-facto bye week against Western Carolina. They need to beat Auburn without Tua if they want any chance at the playoff.
6. Utah 10-1
last week: Win at Arizona 35-7
this week: vs. Colorado
The Utes are on a mission to prove to the nation that they deserve to be in the playoffs. Utah is one of the most balanced teams in the country.
7. Oklahoma 10-1
last week: Win vs. TCU 28-24
this week: at Oklahoma State
The Sooners fought off TCU’s comeback to get to 10-1 on the season. Oklahoma does need chaos to get into the playoff, but their shot to get there isn’t so bad.
8. Florida 9-2
last week: Bye
this week: vs. Florida State
The Gator can finish off their season with a win over in-state rival Florida State. Another team that should be in a New Year’s Day Bowl when they’re announced.
9. Michigan 9-2
last week: Win at Indiana 39-14
this week: vs. Ohio State
Michigan has been playing great football over the last month of the season. Harbaugh’s job is up in the air, but a win over Ohio State will keep him in Ann Arbor.
10. Oregon 9-2
last week: Loss at Arizona State 31-28
this week: vs. Oregon State
What a letdown by the Ducks. Justin Herbert threw two interceptions in their loss with a 45 QBR. Arizona State simply outplayed Oregon.
11. Minnesota 10-1
last week: Win at Northwestern 38-22
this week: vs. Wisconsin
The Gophers can win the Big Ten West with a win over Wisconsin next week. The miracle season is still going strong even with one loss.
12. Notre Dame 9-2
last week: Win vs. Boston College 40-7
this week: at Stanford
Notre Dame takes care of Boston College at home. They can finish off a potential 10-win season by beating Stanford next week.
13. Penn State 9-2
last week: Loss at Ohio State 28-17
this week: vs. Rutgers
Penn State was outplayed in their game against Ohio State, but forcing three turnovers did keep them in it. The Nittany Lions should get a New Year’s Day bowl.
14. Baylor 10-1
last week: Win vs. Texas 24-10
this week: at Kansas
Baylor held off Texas at home despite a sloppy performance. The Bears will get a shot at redemption against Oklahoma in two weeks.
15. Wisconsin 9-2
last week: Win vs. Purdue 45-24
this week: at Minnesota
The Badgers have been back on track since their mid-season stumble against Illinois and Ohio State. They can win the Big Ten West by beating Minnesota next week.
16. Auburn 8-3
last week: Win vs. Samford 52-0
this week: vs. Alabama
War Eagle has a chance to end their season with a win over Alabama now that Tua is out. The question is can Bo Nix lead this team to a victory?
17. Iowa State 7-4
last week: Win vs. Kansas 41-31
this week: at Kansas State
The Cyclones held off Kansas at home on Saturday. Brock Purdy threw for 372 yards and four touchdowns in their win.
18. Texas A&M 7-4
last week: Loss at Georgia 19-13
this week: at LSU
Texas A&M couldn’t do enough to upset Georgia on the road. They get another chance to shock the nation against LSU next week.
19. Memphis 10-1
last week: Win at South Florida 49-10
this week: vs. Cincinnati
Memphis has a chance to play in the AAC Championship game with a win over Cincinnati. No pressure or anything.
20. Oklahoma State 8-3
last week: Win at West Virginia 20-13
this week: vs. Oklahoma
The Cowboys knock off West Virginia on the road. They can finish off the season with an upset win over Oklahoma.
21. Washington 6-5
last week: Bye
this week: vs. Washington State
This has been an ugly season for Washington. They have a solid team, but have just had some ugly losses mixed in.
22. Iowa 8-3
last week: Win vs. Illinois 19-10
this week: at Nebraska
Iowa ended Illinois’ winning streak on Saturday. With a win over Nebraska, they could get a New Year’s Day bowl.
23. Cincinnati 10-1
last week: Win vs. Temple 15-13
this week: at Memphis
Cincinnati continues to win sloppy games, but it’s worked for them. The Bearcats won their division in the AAC, and can get to 11 wins next week.
24. Boise State 10-1
last week: Win at Utah State 56-21
this week: vs. Hawaii
Boise State will most likely play Hawaii in the Mountain West title game in two weeks, so next week will be a nice preview of that.
25. USC 8-4
last week: Win vs. UCLA 52-35
this week: Bye
USC finished off their season with a win over their rival UCLA. The Trojans now wait and see what bowl game they go too.