Things quieted down after some crazy weeks in the power rankings, but there’s still time for more movement. Matchups between top 10 teams can continue the changes, which means we should be in for an exciting end to the season.
The matchup between No. 3 Florida State and No. 7 Miami is the biggest one this weekend, and No. 2 Oregon will soon play No. 4 Stanford. Those are games you don’t want to miss.
1. Alabama (8-0, Last week’s ranking: 1)
Anything can happen in college football, but so far, Alabama has looked immune to the upset. Alabama has given up only 78 points this season, and more than half that total came in its game against Texas A&M. The Crimson Tide once again won big last week, building up a 35-0 lead before beating Tennessee 45-10. An opposing team would have to play perfectly to beat Alabama, which might not be possible this season.
2. Oregon (8-0, Last week’s ranking: 3)
For its standards, Oregon’s 42 points against UCLA last weekend was a below-average total. But it was enough to get the Ducks the win to keep them undefeated. Marcus Mariota is one of the best quarterbacks in the nation, and has yet to throw an interception this season. If Oregon can beat No. 4 Stanford on Nov. 7, it should finish the season with a perfect record.
3. Florida State (7-0, Last week’s ranking: 2)
Florida State made it look easy against North Carolina State, winning 49-17. Now, superstar quarterback Jameis Winston must lead the Seminoles to a win over in-state rival No. 7 Miami. The Hurricanes are Florida State’s toughest remaining opponent, and if the Seminoles can get past them, they should only have to worry about their regular season finale against Florida.
4. Stanford (7-1, Last week’s ranking: 6)
Stanford had to scrap to beat Oregon State, and now gets some time off before playing No. 2 Oregon at home. That game will without a doubt be the biggest contest of the year for the Cardinal, and it could be the most important game in the nation. If Stanford wins, it will shake up the top 5 rankings and cause some late-season chaos.
5. Ohio State (8-0, Last week’s ranking: 4)
The Buckeyes got their most impressive win of the season last weekend, beating Penn State 63-14. Ohio State will need to continue winning big, as its schedule is weak compared to those of other top 10 teams. With a dangerous offense and a defense that gives up less than 20 points per game, the Buckeyes have what it takes to beat other teams comfortably.
6. Baylor (7-0, Last week’s ranking: 7)
Baylor scores more than 60 points per game, and gives up less than 16. The result? An undefeated record and a place in the top 10. The Bears’ next game is against No. 9 Oklahoma on Nov. 7, and if they can win that game and defeat their other opponents, Baylor should end its impressive season in the top 10.
7. Miami (7-0, Last week’s ranking: 9)
Miami barely beat Wake Forest, and now plays the game that will probably seal its fate. The Hurricanes take on Florida State on the road, and have the chance to pull off a major upset. Speedy running back Duke Johnson and the Hurricanes will have to play their best game of the season to beat Florida State, but no matter which team wins, it should be a great game.
8. Clemson (7-1, Last week’s ranking: 8)
Clemson isn’t talked about as much now that it dropped in the rankings, but the Tigers can still play. Clemson has three relatively easy games left before playing No. 14 South Carolina in the regular season finale, in what should be a good game between two teams who fell in the rankings and will be looking for a quality win.
9. Oklahoma (7-1, Last week’s ranking: Not in Top 10)
After upsetting then-No. 10 Texas Tech, Oklahoma won a spot in the top 10. The Sooners can continue moving up by beating No. 6 Baylor, but that will require them to play near-perfect football on offense and defense. They’ve also got No. 18 Oklahoma State on the schedule. Quarterback Blake Bell and the Sooners are in the top 10 now, but may not stay long.
10. Missouri (7-1, Last week’s ranking: 5)
After being upset by South Carolina in a two-overtime thriller, Missouri almost got knocked out of the top 10. With a remaining schedule that includes games against Tennessee, Ole Miss and No. 12 Texas A&M, the Tigers will have a difficult time staying in the rankings.
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Photo: The Oregon Ducks run onto the field before the game against of the UCLA Bruins on October 26, 2013 at the Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)