After another exciting weekend of college football, one that saw no real upsets but some close games in both the SEC and PAC-12, the NCAAF world is ready to sprint towards the end of October. With high stakes, let’s take a look at this week’s rankings.

1. Ohio State Buckeyes: J.T. Barrett’s domination at the quarterback position and Ezekiel Elliot’s 153 yards of rushing propelled the Buckeyes to a 38-10 win over Penn State. While the Buckeyes still have minor internal problems, the team is still incredibly strong overall and a clear #1 in the country. Expect three wins in the next three weeks, as Rutgers, Minnesota, and Illinois do not pose problems. But, the Buckeyes must continue to be dominant or else their flaws will be exposed.

2. Baylor Bears: When Baylor wins, which is the only result they have seen so far this season, they win big. A 62-38 win over West Virginia was indicative of their clear power in the Big 12, and the key players that have led the Bears all year long showed up. With 300 plus yards of passing and another 300 plus yards of rushing, this offense is the most dangerous in college football.

TCU is fired up after their win against Iowa State.
TCU is fired up after their win against Iowa State.

3. TCU Horned Frogs: TCU rolled to a clear victory with a 45-21 win over Iowa State. Trevone Boykin threw for four touchdowns and Josh Doctson’s 190 yards of receiving clearly propelled the Horned Frogs to the victory they needed. Behind Baylor, this team is cruising through the Big 12, and will make the November 27th showdown in Fort Worth to be a high-stakes one. TCU just won its 15th straight game, and is not stopping now, however, and next week against the West Virginia team that Baylor just beat will be another good one to watch.

4. Clemson Tigers: Clemson beat Boston College 34-17 last week behind quarterback DeShaun Watson’s 420 yards and three touchdowns. 532 yards of offense led this impressive squad to another key victory, and proved that Clemson, South Carolina is indeed a difficult place to play. While Boston College had some chances, they could not convert, and made the Tigers look incredibly strong in their own backyard.

Utah running back Devontae Booker is excited as he darts off against Arizona State.
Utah running back Devontae Booker is excited as he darts off against Arizona State.

5. Utah Utes: Utah continues to roll through the PAC-12, and a key PAC-12 south victory over Arizona State proved no different. Devontae Booker’s 118 yards and two touchdowns helped get Utah out of a fourth-quarter deficit and into a 34-18 win over ASU. Utah quarterback Travis Wilson’s 297 yards were equally as helpful, and were certainly key in the victory. Utah now has to go into the Coliseum this Saturday on Parents’ Weekend to take on a USC team struggling with coaching but thirsty for a win after two consecutive losses.

6. LSU Tigers: Leonard Fournette graced Sports Illustrated’s cover this week, but it did not stop him in a huge game against Florida as he had 180 yards of rushing to pace the Tigers to a a 35-28 win. It took kicker Trent Domingue running off a fake field goal to score a go-ahead touchdown for the Tigers to win in Baton Rouge. With this fiery win under their belt, LSU is now even more prepared to run the SEC. Next week against Western Kentucky will be a good tune-up and reaffirmation of their strengths before a key game in Tuscaloosa in the week following.

7. Alabama Crimson Tide: Behind the undefeated LSU Tigers, the Crimson Tide are looking pretty good. A 41-23 road win over the Texas A & M Aggies, who were ranked higher than them on the AP poll, is a huge sign of the strengths of this Crimson Tide team. Since the loss to Ole Miss, they are undefeated and continually making strides. Minkah Fitzpatrick and Eddie Jackson had pick-sixes for the Tide, who proved that their defense is equally as strong as Jake Coker’s offense.

Chief Osceola and Renegade are always excited about FSU football.
Chief Osceola and Renegade are always excited about FSU football.

8. Florida State Seminoles: Coker’s former team isn’t that bad either. The Seminoles won 41-21 over Louisville on Saturday with Everett Golson’s 372 yards of passing and Dalvin Cook’s 223 total yards. They are the only team in the nation without an offensive turnover, and they continue to prove that they are hard to beat in the ACC. They play a good Georgia Tech team on the road next week, but are also focused on an upcoming Nov. 7 matchup with Clemson.

9. Michigan State Spartans: Last week, I said that the Spartans only win games by last-second miscues to stay atop the polls. Was I right or was I right? While the unbelievable blocked punt at the last second to win was worthy of the highlight reel, the Spartans did not play like a top 10 team overall. They will not continue to do as well as they want to if they cannot play a full game.

Stanford jumped by UCLA last Thursday in a key Pac 12 victory.
Stanford jumped by UCLA last Thursday in a key Pac-12 victory.

10. Stanford Cardinal: Northwestern who? The Cardinal showed that that Week 1 loss was truly a blemish by not losing since. They took down a very good UCLA team by a score of 56-35 in Palo Alto. Christian McCaffrey’s 243 yards rushing and Francis Owusu’s miraculous catch proved why the Cardinal are so balanced and strong atop the standings. The Cardinal are easily the best team in the Pac 12 North, and while they do not play Utah, maybe even the Pac as a whole. The next two weeks against the Washington schools will be a nice break after this stressful UCLA game.

11. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

12. Oklahoma State Cowboys

Iowa dives for a touchdown during its 40-10 win over Northwestern on Saturday in Evanston, Illinois.
Iowa dives for a touchdown during its 40-10 win over Northwestern on Saturday in Evanston, Illinois.

13. Iowa Hawkeyes

14. Michigan Wolverines

15. Florida Gators

16. Texas A & M Aggies

17. Oklahoma Sooners

18. California Golden Bears

19. Toledo Rockets

The Toledo Rockets take the field for another great day of football.
The Toledo Rockets take the field for another great day of football.

20. Temple Owls

21. Memphis Tigers

22. Duke Blue Devils

23. Ole Miss Rebels

24. Houston Cougars

25. Mississippi State Bulldogs

 


Week 8- Key Matchups

California at UCLA

Texas A & M at Ole Miss

Utah at USC

Florida State at Georgia Tech


Source: ESPN

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