1) Alabama (7-0) – With a Clemson loss, Alabama is now the clear number one team in the nation.
2) Georgia (7-0) – The Bulldogs can do it on offense and defense. Freshman Jake Fromm has solidified himself as the quarterback of this team. The Bulldogs have a bye before they meet up with the rival Florida Gators.
3) Penn State (6-0) – James Franklin must have been grateful to not play during a week where we saw four top ten teams fall.
4) TCU (6-0) – Holding Kansas State to six points in Manhattan is a big accomplishment. Gary Patterson and his team have the playoffs in sight. Kansas and Iowa State are next up for the Horned Frogs.
5) Wisconsin (6-0) – Freshman running back, Jonathan Taylor, is opening the eyes of everybody around the nation. The Badgers keeping finding ways to get it done. Their favorable schedule could give them an opportunity to play in the B1G Championship Game.
6) Clemson (6-1) – Kelly Bryant went down and that caused their offense to slow down a bit. The biggest blunder was their defense, which was unusually terrible. They left parts of the field open consistently. Friday the 13th was not good to the Tigers.
7) Miami (5-0) – It came down to the wire again for the Hurricanes. Georgia Tech lead the entire game, but Miami found a way to get it done. That is what good teams do. They did so without five starters and without a starting linebacker for the second half of the game.
8) Ohio State (6-1) – JT Barrett is quietly completing 66.7% of his passes and has a 21/1 touchdown to interception ratio. In two weeks, they face real completion again when number three Penn State comes to the Horseshoe for a battle for the Big Ten East.
9) Oklahoma (5-1) – After a bitter defeat last weekend at home, Oklahoma bounced back in a big way. The Red River Rivalry is one of the nations best and Oklahoma found a way to win a close one.
10) Oklahoma State (5-1) – The Cowboys only loss came to number four TCU, which seemed like a bigger deal then than it is now. The Cowboys are still looking like the team that they were hyped up to be in the pre-season.
11) USC (6-1) – The Trojans put themselves in position to lose again last night. Utah was a two-point conversion away from winning the game, but they did not. Winning close games counts for something, and USC did it against a good Utah team.
12) Virginia Tech (5-1) – The Hokies jumped two spots in the Sold Out Crowd polls by simply watching from their couches. Good work guys. VT hosts North Carolina on Saturday.
13) Notre Dame (6-1) – The Irish are one point away from being a potentially top five team in 2017. A 20-19 loss to #2 Georgia is their only blunder on the season. On Saturday, the Irish host Sam Darnold and the 11th ranked Trojans in South Bend.
14) Washington (6-1) – Losing to Arizona State is not a good look for the Huskies. They managed just seven points against a defense ranked 105th in total defense.
15) Washington State (6-1) – Not only losing, but getting absolutely embarrassed by a Cal team that was 3-3 going into the game is a bad look for the Cougars. It was not a good weekend for Washington college football teams.
16) South Florida (6-0) – The Bulls are currently riding the nations longest winning streak, 11 games. Their schedule is not tough, but they are beating who they are supposed to beat and they are doing it convincingly.
17) NC State (6-1) – NC State is now leading in the ACC Atlantic with Clemsons loss to Syracuse. The Wolfpack’s only loss on the year came in the first game of the season to South Carolina.
18) UCF (5-0) – How about Scott Frost and the Knights! What he has done to that program has been unbelievable. He is making his last year in Orlando count, as bigger programs are sure to be rolling out the red carpet for his services this coming off-season.
19) Michigan State (5-1) – The Spartans only loss on the year came against a very talented Notre Dame team. They are finding ways to win and they have already beat Michigan. They host Indiana next weekend, a team that just took Michigan to overtime this past weekend.
20) Michigan (5-1) – I am the first to say, “A win is a win” but Michigan just looks bad. Their offense is stagnant if not for Karan Higdon, who has erupted as the teams leading rusher. Higdon won them the game on Saturday by rushing for 200 yards and three touchdowns.
21) Stanford (5-2) – Stanford is the best two-loss team in the nation, by far. The Bryce Love Heisman campaign started Saturday. The running back needed less than five minutes to reach the 100 yard mark on the ground. Love ran for 8.6 yards a carry, which is, shockingly, below his yearly average.
22) West Virginia (4-2) – In a vintage Big 12 shootout, the Mountaineers defeated Texas Tech in a 46-35 game. Will Grier has proven to be an elite passer and he fits perfectly in that West Virginia offense.
23) LSU (5-2) – After the Tigers massive home loss to Troy, they have gone on to beat two ranked teams in back-to-back weeks. They defeated Auburn at home after being down 20-0 in the second quarter. That shows the fight this team has to win.
24) Auburn (5-2) – Just when everybody thought the Tigers were getting somewhere, they drop a brutal game to LSU. They had control of the game, but a special teams blunder allowed LSU to come back. Auburn travels to Arkansas next week to take on the Razorbacks, who were the latest victims of an Alabama spanking.
25) Memphis (5-1) – I did not do this intentionally, but I just realized this is the third straight team with the mascot of a Tiger. The Tigers only loss came to 18th ranked UCF. Quarterback Riley Ferguson has been one the best in the nation this year. Memphis does not play USF this year, so they could potentially run the table for the rest of the year and come out of the AAC West.