How the AP Top 25 should have looked after Week 10
Ranking the Top 25 based on what we saw on the field Saturday with Week 10 rankings in mind, here’s how the AP Top 25 should’ve looked heading into the 11th weekend of games. Comments where deserving:
HOW THE AP TOP 25 SHOULD’VE LOOKED
1. Clemson (9-0) — Nobody said it was going to be easy, but the Tigers pulled out a nice win 23-13 over FSU despite 194 yards from Dalvin Cook, including this 75-yard TD run to start the game.
2. Ohio State (9-0) — Ohio State continues to look mediocre against mediocre teams. It’s about time they got bumped from the No. 1 spot.
3. Alabama (8-1) — Beat Mississippi State on Saturday and Alabama likely will be headed to its third SEC Championship Game (and title) in four seasons.
4. Oklahoma State (9-0) — A convincing win against TCU earns Oklahoma State the top ranking amongst the Big 12.
5. Baylor (8-0) — Everybody seems to be counting out Oklahoma, but Baylor certainly shouldn’t be. Backup QB Jarrett Stidham went 23 of 33 for 419 yards and four touchdowns (one rushing).
6. Notre Dame (8-1) — Notre Dame needs the Big 12 to start beating each other up in order to see a rematch against Clemson in January.
7. Iowa (9-0) — Given its remaining schedule — bottom three teams in the Big Ten West — Iowa has better chance of entering Big Ten Championship Game undefeated than Ohio State.
8. LSU (7-1) — Enough can’t be said about the season Leonard Fournette has had, but is he still the favorite to win the Heisman?
9. Florida (8-1) — The surprise team of the SEC finally showed they were human last week, narrowly squeaking out a 9-7 win over Vanderbilt. The Gators could complicate the CFP race mightily.
10. Stanford (8-1)
11. TCU (8-1)
12. Utah (8-1)
13. Oklahoma (8-1)
14. Michigan State (8-1)
15. Michigan (7-2)
16. Houston (9-0) — The best hope from the Group of 5 is 1-0 against the ACC and SEC has its spotlight opportunity Saturday against Memphis.
17. North Carolina (8-1) — The ACC’s best (only?) hope is Clemson running the table, but what if the Tar Heels win out and knock them out in the ACC title game?
18. Navy (7-1)
19. Temple (8-1)
20. Mississippi State (7-2) — The Bulldogs could really shock the college football world, and likely hurt the SEC’s chances of making the Playoff, with a win against Alabama. In his past three games, Dak Prescott has thrown 998 yards 10 touchdowns and just one interception, with another 198 yards and four TDs on the ground.
21. Florida State (7-2)
22. Memphis (8-0)
23. UCLA (6-2)
24. Northwestern (7-2)
25. Wisconsin (8-2)