Alabama, Notre Dame, Iowa and Oklahoma State all make big leaps in the college football Power Rankings after Week 10.

By Colin Becht
November 10, 2015

These rankings generally get more rigid as the season goes on. One big win can boost a team high in the early weeks because it represents such a large portion of what we know about a team at the time. As the season goes on, each game makes up a progressively smaller portion of the available knowledge about a team: one-eighth after the team’s eighth game, one-ninth after the team’s ninth game and so on.

Week 10, however, is an exception to the rule. With the many huge showdowns between College Football Playoff contenders and surprising upsets, the rankings have swung sharply—even though one result only solidified the team at the top of the list.

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1
1Clemson Tigers
last week: 1
record: 9–0

Last week: Beat Florida State 23-13
Next week: Saturday at Syracuse

2
2Alabama Crimson Tide
last week: 5
record: 8–1

Next week: Saturday at Mississippi State

3
3Baylor Bears
last week: 3
record: 8–0

Next week: Saturday vs. Oklahoma

4
4Notre Dame Fighting Irish
last week: 11
record: 8–1

Next week: Saturday vs. Wake Forest 

5
5Iowa Hawkeyes
last week: 9
record: 9–0
6
6Oklahoma State Cowboys
last week: 14
record: 9–0

Next week: Saturday at Iowa State

7
7LSU Tigers
last week: 2
record: 7–1

Next week: Saturday vs. Arkansas

8
8Ohio State Buckeyes
last week: 6
record: 9–0

Next week: Saturday at Illinois

9
9Florida Gators
last week: 4
record: 8–1

Next week: Saturday at South Carolina

10
10Stanford Cardinal
last week: 10
record: 8–1
11
11Utah Utes
last week: 12
record: 8–1

Next week: Saturday at Arizona

12
12TCU Horned Frogs
last week: 7
record: 8–1

Next week: Saturday vs. Kansas

13
13Michigan State Spartans
last week: 8
record: 8–1

Next week: Saturday vs. Maryland

14
14Michigan Wolverines
last week: 16
record: 7–2

Next week: Saturday at Indiana

15
15Oklahoma Sooners
last week: 17
record: 8–1
16
16North Carolina Tar Heels
last week: 20
record: 8–1

Next week: Saturday vs. Miami

17
17Houston Cougars
last week: 18
record: 9–0

Next week: Saturday vs. Memphis

18
18Northwestern Wildcats
last week: 22
record: 7–2

Last week: Beat Penn State 23-21
Next week: Saturday vs. Purdue
19
19Temple Owls
last week: 24
record: 8–1

Last week: Beat SMU 60-40
Next week: Saturday at South Florida
20
20Navy Midshipmen
last week: NR
record: 7–1
21
21Wisconsin Badgers
last week: 25
record: 8–2

Last week: Beat Maryland 31-24
Next week: Bye week
22
22Memphis Tigers
last week: 13
record: 8–1

Last week: Lost to Navy 45-20
Next week: Saturday at Houston
23
23Mississippi State Bulldogs
last week: NR
record: 7–2

Last week: Beat Missouri 31-13
Next week: Saturday vs. Alabama
24
24Florida State Seminoles
last week: 21
record: 7–2

Last week: Lost to Clemson 23-13
Next week: Saturday vs. NC State
25
25Toledo Rockets
last week: 19
record: 7–1

Last week: Lost to Northern Illinois 32-27
Next week: Tuesday at Central Michigan

Dropped out: Ole Miss, Texas A&M
Next five: USC, UCLA, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, BYU

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