Four of the top 10 teams were defeated this week, but the top 5 stayed the same.
Here are the new rankings:
3. Ohio State
4. Notre Dame
6. Oklahoma State
9. Michigan State
14. Florida State
17. North Carolina
*22. Ole Miss
I am still a little annoyed that Iowa is sitting at number 5. The Hawkeyes only beat Minnesota by 5 this week, but I guess they are still winning so there really isn’t a reason to bump them. I think if Oklahoma State beat Iowa State by a considerable margin, they would have had a chance to jump Iowa.
Notre Dame’s resume took a little bit of a hit with Stanford losing, but if ND beats them when they are ranked in the top 15, it’s still a very good win. Temple also fell out of the rankings with their loss to USF, so that’s another not-so-great win for the Irish.
If Florida can win out and beat Alabama in the SEC Champ game, they have a chance to make it into the top 4, but that is a tall task with the way the Tide are playing right now.
LSU took a big hit, falling all the way to 15 after losing at home to Arkansas. I have seen way too many tweets and articles about how LSU has “collapsed.” I don’t think losing to two of the hottest teams in the country constitutes a collapse. If they lose their next two games, it is a collapse.
So to all of those LSU “fans” calling for Les Miles’ head, just stop.
North Carolina finally got some love from the committee. The Tar Heels jumped 6 spots. Northwestern finally got penalized for barely beating bad teams. Memphis stayed at 21 despite blowing a big lead over Houston and losing 34-35.
Ole Miss, Oregon, and USC replaced Mississippi State, UCLA, and Temple this week. I don’t really know why Ole Miss is ranked again after a bye, but it probably has something to do with Arkansas’s win. I’m a little bummed Washington State didn’t crack the top 25. They have exactly the same record as Oregon and USC, and beat Oregon and took down UCLA this week.
We are getting closer and closer to the final rankings. There is still lots of football to be played.