By: Kristen Ashly
With their win over LSU on Saturday, the Alabama Crimson Tide moved up to No. 2 in my College Football Playoff rankings, which is surely causing as much grumbles as when I revealed that Alabama made my final four.
The Crimson Tide are behind No. 1 Clemson but ahead of Ohio State, which remained third. Notre Dame ended up the big beneficiary of LSU’s loss, as the Fighting Irish moved from No. 5 to the top four.
Notre Dame is followed by undefeated Iowa, which jumped from ninth to fifth. Stanford also jumped into the top ten, moving up four spots, from No. 11 to No. 7.
Baylor is joined in the top 10 by Big 12 rival Oklahoma State, who jumped six spots to be ranked eighth in my list, this week. Those two schools are due for a fate-worse-than-death showdown on Nov. 21, which should determine which, if any, Big 12 school will have a chance to play for the national title.
LSU dropped to No. 9 after its 30-16 road loss to SEC rival Alabama. Rounding out the top 10 is Utah.
After a 20-point loss to Oklahoma State, TCU took a tumble from No. 8 to No. 15. The Horned Frogs are followed by Florida State, Mississippi State, Northwestern and UCLA.
Making its debut in my College Football Playoff rankings is Navy, who won over Memphis in my favorite upset of the week. After their loss to the Midshipmen, the Tigers settled in at No. 21. They are followed by Temple, North Carolina, Houston and Wisconsin.
Take a peek at my College Football Playoff edition of my top 25, and return next week to see where your favorite team sits.
Rank Team Record Next Game
|2||Alabama||8-1||vs. Mississippi State|
|3||Ohio State||9-0||at Illinois|
|4||Notre Dame||8-1||vs. Wake Forest|
|8||Oklahoma State||9-0||at Iowa State|
|11||Florida||8-1||at South Carolina|
|13||Michigan State||8-1||vs. Maryland|
|16||Florida State||7-2||vs. NC State|
|17||Mississippi State||7-2||vs. Alabama|
|19||UCLA||7-2||vs. Washington State|
|23||North Carolina||8-1||vs. Miami|
Kristen Ashly is an editor and contributor for Nuts & Bolts Sports. You can follow Kristen on Twitter @KristenAshly.