- Ohio State moves into the top five of SI.com's college football Power Rankings after crushing SEC West contender Nebraska at home.
As if we needed any more reasons not to buy too much into the initial rankings from the College Football Playoff committee this season, Week 10 brought us another shakeup with Texas A&M’s stunning loss.
At least none of the five unbeatens fell this week after four went down in Week 9. Five top-25 teams lost, though only Baylor dropped out of the Power Rankings.
As conference races and the playoff picture continues to narrow, here’s a look at college football’s national pecking order.
Last week: Beat LSU 10–0
Next week: Saturday vs. Mississippi State
Last week: Beat Syracuse 54–0
Next week: Saturday vs. Pitt
Last week: Beat Maryland 59–3
Next week: Saturday at Iowa
Last week: Beat Cal 66–27
Next week: Saturday vs. USC
Last week: Beat Nebraska 62–3
Next week: Saturday at Maryland
Last week: Beat Boston College 52–7
Next week: Saturday vs. Wake Forest
Last week: Beat Northwestern 21–7
Next week: Saturday vs. Illinois
Last week: Beat Vanderbilt 23–16
Next week: Saturday at Georgia
Last week: Beat Iowa State 34–24
Next week: Saturday vs. Baylor
Last week: Beat Iowa 41–14
Next week: Saturday at Indiana
Last week: Off
Next week: Thursday at Arizona State
A healthy Elijah Hood makes all the difference for North Carolina, as his 168 rushing yards and three touchdowns showed vs. Georgia Tech. The Tar Heels remain tied atop the ACC Coastal with Virginia Tech, but the Hokies own the tiebreaker because of their Nov. 8 win over North Carolina.
Last week: Beat Georgia Tech 48–20
Next week: Thursday at Duke
Forget about the playoff: Texas A&M’s loss to Mississippi State eliminates that prospect, and now the Aggies have to worry about Trevor Knight’s shoulder injury. The Aggies allowed 365 rushing yards at a 6.3 YPC clip and managed only 117 rushing yards on a 3.7 YPC average, a disappointing mark for a team bestowed with the final playoff ranking in the first rankings of 2016. The loss creates further separation in the SEC West between Alabama and Auburn, and the rest of the division.
Last week: Lost to Mississippi State 35–28
Next week: Saturday vs. Ole Miss
West Virginia overcame its loss to Oklahoma State with a strong showing vs. Kansas, racking up more than 600 yards to keep pace in the Big 12. Those two early byes could come back to bite the Mountaineers, who must face Texas and Iowa State on the road and host Oklahoma and Baylor to conclude the season.
Last week: Beat Kansas 48–21
Next week: Saturday at Texas
Colorado and UCLA combined for 25 penalties Thursday night, splitting the difference nearly evenly—the Buffs had 12 for 128 yards (including an astounding eight personal-foul penalties), plus four turnovers. That’s a poor showing, even in a win, against a team that’s now lost four straight games. Colorado remains in the driver’s seat of the Pac-12 South, but will finish the regular season with games against Washington State and Utah. Fortunately for the Buffs, both are at home.
Last week: Beat UCLA 20–10
Next week: Saturday at Arizona
Last week: Beat Kansas State 43–37
Next week: Saturday vs. Texas Tech
Last week: Beat Duke 24–21
Next week: Saturday vs. Georgia Tech
Last week: Beat Ball State 52–20
Next week: Tuesday at Kent State
Last week: Lost to Alabama 10–0
Next week: Saturday at Arkansas
Last week: Beat NC State 24–20
Next week: Friday vs. Boston College
Saturday night’s trip to Columbus was wholly unenjoyable for the Huskers, who not only lost 62–3 to the Buckeyes but had to witness the scary injury to Tommy Armstrong Jr. Fortunately he’s OK. Nebraska has a manageable schedule to finish conference play, but needs a Wisconsin loss to win the Big Ten West.
Last week: Lost to Ohio State 62–3
Next week: Saturday vs. Minnesota
Last week: Lost to Arkansas 31–10
Next week: Saturday vs. South Carolina
Last week: Beat Arizona 69–7
Next week: Saturday vs. Cal
Last week: Beat Oregon 45–20
Next week: Saturday at Washington
Last week: Beat San José State 45–31
Next week: Saturday at Hawaii
Dropped out: Baylor
Next five: Wyoming, Arkansas, Baylor, Navy, San Diego State