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SQ College Football Top-25 Power Rankings: Week 10

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Two more unbeatens fell this past weekend. Is Georgia ready to take over the top spot? Will Notre Dame crack the top-4?

The revolving door of the top-4 started to swing open once again this week as both Penn State and TCU found themselves on the unfortunate sides of upsets by Ohio State and Iowa State, respectively. Meanwhile, Georgia thrashed Florida to move to 8-0 on the year, while Notre Dame racked up another quality win against NC State over the weekend. Is Georgia’s continued domination enough to dethrone Alabama? Will Notre Dame crack our top-4 for the first time this season? Read below to find out.

25. Michigan State

Previous Rank: 16

“Just as Michigan State was beginning its ascent up the top-25, Northwestern was there to spoil the party. The Spartans were able to force overtime, scoring with 25 seconds left in regulation, but were unable to stop the Wildcats after three overtime periods. This is a game Michigan State needs to put on the backburners quick as Penn State comes to town this weekend.” - Sean Berger

24. Arizona

Previous Rank: Unranked

“Khalil Tate is the real deal. In four starts, Tate is completing 70.1% of his passes for 743 yards, six touchdowns, and two interceptions. He has been even more impressive with his legs. In those four starts, Tate has rushed for 840 yards and eight touchdowns on 14.2 yards per carry. The Wildcats were a Pac-12 afterthought coming into the year, but thanks to Tate’s dominance and USC’s stumbles, they’ve positioned themselves as a conference contender. The Trojans and the Wildcats will face off with the division on the line Saturday night.” - Ryan Neu

23. Washington State

Previous Rank: 15

“Just a few weeks ago, it seemed as if Washington and Washington State would be squaring off for a potential ticket to the College Football Playoff. Now, the two schools have a combined three losses and are in danger of losing the Pac 12 North division. The Cougars dropped their second game out of their past three on Saturday, losing to Arizona 58-37. To make matters worse, quarterback Luke Falk has struggled so badly that he was benched on Saturday. In order for the Cougars to get back on track, Falk needs to return to his form from earlier in the season. Two of the Cougars’ three final opponents are ranked, suggesting that Washington State may continue to struggle down the final stretch of the regular season.” - Colton Spaur

22. Mississippi State

Previous Rank: Unranked

“Quarterback Nick Fitzgerald and the Mississippi State defense both had a phenomenal day against Texas A&M. Fitzgerald rushed for 105 yards and a touchdown to go along with two passing touchdowns, and the defense held the Aggies to 16-for-41 passing and secured three interceptions. The Bulldogs could potentially pose a threat to Alabama in a couple weeks if they get a similar performance. It’s a long shot, but historically the Tide have trouble containing mobile quarterbacks and Fitzgerald could give them fits.” - Ryan Neu

21. Memphis

Previous Rank: 24

UCF has garnered all the praise for the Group of Five teams this season, but Memphis is right there with the Knights. Memphis is 7-1, following a 56-26 victory over Tulane, with its only loss coming to UCF. The Tigers are ranked eighth in scoring offense (42.5) and has averaged over 500 yards per game on offense. Mike Norvell has followed Justin Fuente better than anyone could have imagined and could be in for a big payday once the season ends.” - Sean Berger

20. NC State

Previous Rank: 14

“The Wolfpack ran into the red-hot Fighting Irish on Saturday, losing 35-14, ending their six-game winning streak. NC State was held to its lowest offensive output all season, putting up just 263 total yards of offense over 61 plays. In addition, the Wolfpack gave up 318 rushing yards which is nearly 3.5 times the average amount they gave up coming into the game. Up next for the Wolfpack is a matchup with fourth ranked Clemson.” - Colton Spaur

19. LSU

Previous Rank: 23

“Coming off a bye, LSU heads to Tuscaloosa to take on the Alabama Crimson Tide. Alabama has owned this rivalry since Nick Saban took over in 2007, winning eight of 11 games. LSU’s pass rush has played a big role in its success over the past five games, picking up 30 tackles for loss and 11 QB hurries. Getting into the backfield will be key against a rushing attack that leads the SEC with 298.75 rushing yards per game.” - Sean Berger

18. Stanford

Previous Rank: 20

“Thursday night the nation discovered the true impact of Bryce Love and he didn’t even touch the field. Stanford’s rushing attack was held to a mere 81 yards without Love, who didn’t play due to an ankle injury. The Cardinal squeaked by Oregon State 15-14, needing a last minute touchdown to get past the one-win Beavers. With the win, Stanford stays atop the Pac 12 North division, with Washington only a half-game behind the Cardinal. Stanford needs Love to be healthy in order for the Cardinal to win the division, as their next two games come against the top two teams chasing them in the North (Washington, Washington State).” - Colton Spaur

17. USC

Previous Rank: 21

“Sam Darnold threw for 266 yards and three touchdowns to help USC route Arizona State 48-17 Saturday night. The Trojan offense posted 607 total yards and scored double digit points in all four quarters to help USC get back in the win column. Both the Trojans and the Arizona Wildcats have only one loss in the Pac 12 South division, as they square off this Saturday night in what will more than likely determine the South division champion.” - Colton Spaur

16. Auburn

Previous Rank: 19

“Auburn’s bye comes at a good time as the Tigers gear up for a tough stretch to end the season. Auburn will travel to Texas A&M this week before taking on Georgia, Louisiana-Monroe, and Alabama at home. It’s not going to be an easy stretch for the Tigers, but if they can somehow manage to win three of those four games, they could sneak back into a New Year’s Six Bowl.” - Sean Berger

15. UCF

Previous Rank: 17

“The Knights continued their offensive terror on Saturday, lighting up Austin Peay for 73 points to remain 7-0 on the season. The Knights are leading the nation in scoring, as they are averaging an astounding 51 points per game. Central Florida will try to remain among the five undefeated teams in the country at they take on 6-2 SMU Saturday night.” - Colton Spaur

14. Iowa State

Previous Rank: 25

“This year’s surprise team that came out of nowhere, Iowa State is throwing a monkey wrench into the Big 12’s Playoff hopes. The Cyclones already have two losses, making it extremely unlikely they reach the Playoff even if they win out. However, they are one of four teams tied for first in the conference with wins over Oklahoma and TCU. What makes this run so surprising is that Iowa State has done it with a player, Kyle Kempt, who started the year as the team’s third string quarterback, and two years ago failed to win the starting job at a community college. If you are a fan of chaos in sports, jump on the Iowa State bandwagon.” - Ryan Neu

13. Virginia Tech

Previous Rank: 13

“The Hokies dominated from start to finish on Saturday, topping Duke 24-3 to remain second in the ACC Coastal division. Virginia Tech’s defense held Duke to just 183 total yards and forced two turnovers. Safety Terrell Edmunds helped lead the defense as he totaled 10 tackles, one tackle for loss, and an interception on the evening. The Hokies travel to Miami this Saturday night for a huge matchup against the undefeated and ninth ranked Hurricanes. The contest will essentially be the ACC Coastal title game, as the winner will have the division lead and the inside track to reach the ACC title game.” - Colton Spaur

12. Washington

Previous Rank: 12

“After having a week to recover and make adjustments from a loss to Arizona State, Washington came back and put up 44 points against UCLA to reel in its seventh win of the season. Fueled by a huge day on the ground, the Huskies ran for 333 yards and scored five touchdowns, while averaging 5.74 yards per carry. It was the most rushing yards the team has put up since it rushed for 352 against Arizona in September of 2016.” - Sean Berger

11. Oklahoma State

Previous Rank: 11

“After a weak showing against Texas, the Cowboys’ offense got back on track against West Virginia. Oklahoma State rushed for four touchdowns as a team, and quarterback Mason Rudolph threw for three more. The Cowboys now possess the fourth-most prolific scoring offense in the country, one that appears to be firing on all cylinders, as they prepare to face rival Oklahoma this weekend. The next two games are the most important of the season for Oklahoma State (it faces Iowa State the following week), but to keep its Playoff and conference title hopes alive, it needs a win against the Sooners first.” - Ryan Neu

10. TCU

Previous Rank: 4

TCU became the latest victim in Iowa State’s path of upsets this season, falling to the Cyclones, 14-7. In TCU’s lone defeat of the year, the Horned Frogs put up their lowest offensive output thus far, managing 307 total yards, nearly 160 yards less than their season average prior to that game. Quarterback Kenny Hill had arguably the worst game of his TCU career, completing just 48% of his passes for 135 yards, while throwing two picks. Both interceptions sealed the fate of TCU as the first one came after a 94-yard kick return that set the offense up in the red zone, while the other effectively ended the game when Marcel Spears intercepted it with 1:16 left in the game.” - Sean Berger

9. Oklahoma

Previous Rank: 10

“After the first quarter, it looked like Oklahoma was destined for a shootout with Texas Tech. Both teams scored on their first three possessions, but thanks to some key adjustments by the Sooners defense, the Red Raiders would only score one more time after that. Lost in the 49-27 win was CeeDee Lamb setting Oklahoma freshman single-game records with nine receptions for 147 yards. Meanwhile, Baker Mayfield continued to shine as he threw four touchdown passes which extended his streak of consecutive games with at least two-touchdown passes to 21.” - Sean Berger

8. Miami

Previous Rank: 7

“The ACC Coastal Division is up for grabs this weekend when Miami faces Virginia Tech. The Hurricanes will have to play a lot better than they did this past weekend to secure the win. Quarterback Malik Rosier threw for 356 yards and three touchdowns, but he completed an abysmal 42.1% of his passes and threw an interception. He also fumbled twice, although he was lucky enough to recover both fumbles. Miami also managed only 62 rushing yards as a team and came within five points of losing to a now 1-8 UNC team that was playing with its third-string quarterback. To beat the Hokies, Miami will have to play a much more complete game than that.” - Ryan Neu

7. Clemson

Previous Rank: 8

“Clemson took their bye week and used it as a way that most teams should: to make adjustments and get better. A loss to Syracuse could’ve hurt a lot worse than it did, but Dabo Swinney made sure one loss didn’t turn into two. Facing Georgia Tech’s triple option could really throw a defense off, but Clemson didn’t flinch. The Tigers held the Yellow Jackets to their lowest rushing total all season (198 yards). Quarterback Kelly Bryant rebounded nicely after exiting the Syracuse game with a concussion, as he threw for 207 yards and two touchdowns.” - Sean Berger

6. Penn State

Previous Rank: 2

“A year after pulling the upset of then No. 2 Ohio State, No. 2 Penn State found themselves on the other end of the upset by the Buckeyes. The Nittany Lions were up 15 entering the final 15 minutes of play, but were unable to hold off JT Barrett and the Ohio State offense. Penn State’s defense gave up 202 yards in the final quarter, allowing an average of 9.18 yards per play. The loss might not totally eliminate Penn State from the College Football Playoff conversation, but now the team is unlikely to play for the Big Ten title which could ultimately cost them.” - Sean Berger

5. Wisconsin

Previous Rank: 6

“Week in and week out, Wisconsin continues to do their job. Seven of the Badgers’ eight wins have come by two possessions or more, as they beat Illinois 24-10 on Saturday to continue that trend. However, Wisconsin has been largely discredited due to their weak schedule, as they currently sit behind one-loss Ohio State in the AP Poll. The Badgers haven’t played a ranked team yet, and it looks as if they’ll have to wait until the Big 10 title game to get that opportunity.” - Colton Spaur

4. Notre Dame

Previous Rank: 9

“When Notre Dame lost to Georgia in the second week of September, not many people, if anyone at all, thought the Irish would be relevant in the Playoff conversation come season’s end. Then the Irish won six games in a row, including two wins against ranked opponents and a game against Michigan State (who would later become ranked). Now Notre Dame is the No. 5 team in the country according to the latest AP poll, quarterback Brandon Wimbush and running back Josh Adams are one of the fiercest combinations in the country, and the Irish have a legitimate shot at reaching the Playoff if they win out. Notre Dame has a tough schedule ahead of it, but it’s as hot as any team in the country. Watch out for the Irish going forward.” - Ryan Neu

3. Ohio State

Previous Rank: 5

J.T. Barrett had a statement game as he led his Ohio State Buckeyes to a come-from-behind victory against Penn State. Barrett completed 33-of-39 passes for 328 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions. He added 95 yards on the ground to a performance that could potentially put him squarely in the Heisman conversation. By beating Penn State, Ohio State has gotten past its main competition to emerge as Big Ten champions and reach the Playoff for the third time in four years.” - Ryan Neu

2. Georgia

Previous Rank: 3

“After their complete dismantling of Florida, the Bulldogs have all but clinched their spot in the SEC championship game. Georgia is two-games up in the loss column with three conference games to play, two of which are against the only two teams with half a prayer of catching the Bulldogs in the East. Georgia has an elite defense and the best one-two backfield punch in the country. Nick Chubb and Sony Michel have combined for 1,394 yards on the ground and 17 touchdowns. Now, realistically, only mighty Alabama stands in Georgia’s way of reaching the Playoff.” - Ryan Neu

1. Alabama

Previous Rank: 1

“Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide have steamrolled through the SEC slate so far this year, as seven of their eight wins have come by 10 or more points. Alabama will be tested down the stretch, however, as three of their next four opponents are currently ranked. Up next for Saban’s group are the 6-2 LSU Tigers, who are currently riding a three game winning streak. Alabama goes for their seventh straight victory over the Tigers Saturday night in Tuscaloosa.” - Colton Spaur

Edited by Jeremy Losak.

When was the last time Notre Dame won a national championship in football?
Created 10/31/17
  1. 1996
  2. 1988
  3. 2012
  4. 1977

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