1) Alabama (5-0) – A 66-3 win over conference rival Ole Miss solidifies place at number one.
2) Clemson (5-0) – By far the best resumé in college football so far with wins over three ranked teams, two being on the road.
3) Oklahoma (4-0) – Baker Mayfield will continue to breeze through the Big 12.
4) Penn State (5-0) – After a tough road game at Iowa, Penn State bounced back with a huge win over Indiana.
5) Washington (5-0) – The Huskies do not play another ranked team until November 18.
6) Georgia (5-0) – Georgia exposed how terrible Tennessee really is, while emphasizing Kirby Smart’s impact on this program.
7) TCU (4-0) – A College Gameday matchup in Ft. Worth versus West Virginia will have all eyes on the Frogs. Will they fold under the pressure? Something tells me they will not.
8) Michigan (4-0) – After a week off, Michigan will have to prove they can score on offense against a tough Michigan State defense coming off a big home win against Iowa.
9) Ohio State (4-1) – The Buckeyes continue to dominate offensively against bad teams. Their defense is elite, but will that be enough against a worthy opponent?
10) Wisconsin (4-0) – As conference play starts in the around the nation, the Badgers have to be ready. No Penn State or Ohio State on the schedule can lead to Wisconsin in the B1G title game.
11) Washington State (5-0) – As I predicted when I did my first top 25, the Cougars took down USC in a Friday night thriller.
12) Miami (3-0) – The Miami defense is second in the nation in tackles for loss and top ten in sacks. Miami needs to get it done this weekend against a depleted Florida State team.
13) Auburn (4-1) – The Auburn offense is starting to show what everybody believed they had coming into the season. Watch out for the Tigers.
14) Louisville (4-1) – Two cupcake games in a row has Louisville back on its feet. With the momentum they have, a road win against NC State is in the crosshairs for the Cardinals.
15) USC (4-1) – For three straight weeks the Trojans have looked like an average team. Sam Darnold has not been great and that lead to an upset at Washington State.
16) Virginia Tech (4-1) – Virginia Tech faced a playoff team and got beat. It happens. Their next three games are against unranked teams and I expect to see them bounce back.
17) Oklahoma State (4-1) – The Mason Rudolph, Justice Hill, and James Washington all played a stellar game, but the defense keeps giving up a lot of points. But a win is a win. I would love to see Oklahoma State bounce back and come back into the conversation with a couple more wins in the coming weeks.
18) South Florida (5-0) – Is anybody going to beat them? The last game of the year against UCF may be a great one.
19) Utah (4-0) – If Tyler Huntley is not available against Stanford I expect this to be the last time we see Utah in these rankings.
20) Notre Dame (4-1) – The teams only time being held under 38 points was against top five ranked Georgia.
21) West Virginia (3-1) – The Mountaineers have scored over 50 points in three straight heading into a matchup with TCU and their stingy defense. They need to find a way to drop 50 on the Frogs in order to come out with a victory.
22) San Diego State (5-0) – Rasaad Penny and the Aztecs came up with a big road win against Northern Illinois, who beat Nebraska a week ago.
23) Florida (3-1) – I will end my ban against the Gators this week and move them in. I still do not think they are very good, but they are winning.
24) UCF (3-0) – This defense is yet to allow more than 17 points. Memphis only scored 13 after scoring 48 in a victory over UCLA and 44 a week ago. The battle for the AAC will be between two schools less than 100 miles from one another.
25) NC State (4-1) – NC State hope to pull off another big ACC upset at home this Thursday night against Lamar Jackson and the Cardinals on primetime television.