Thanks to Stanford, the top 10 looks a little different now. The Cardinal beat Oregon on Thursday night and took the number 3 spot in the rankings, while the Ducks fell to number 5.
Alabama is still number 1, but has some tough games remaining. Don’t be surprised if you see a new top team in the rankings by the end of the regular season.
1. Alabama (8-0, Last week: 1)
The Crimson Tide didn’t play last week, which means they have plenty of time to rest up for a big game against No. 13 LSU. This matchup lost some of its excitement as LSU has dipped in the rankings, but the Tigers are still capable of pulling off the upset. Alabama also has No. 9 Auburn on its schedule, so there’s still a chance the Tide could fall from the top spot.
2. Florida State (8-0, Last week: 3)
Florida State beat then-No. 7 Miami, but it wasn’t Jameis Winston who carried the Seminoles. The superstar quarterback struggled, throwing two interceptions and only one touchdown, but running back Devonta Freeman scored two rushing touchdowns and one receiving score against the Hurricanes. It should be smooth sailing the rest of the season for Florida State.
3. Stanford (8-1, Last week: 4)
By beating Oregon and only allowing the Ducks to score 20 points, Stanford had the most impressive win of the college football season. The Ducks didn’t get on the scoreboard until the fourth quarter, and though they made a late rally, the Cardinal controlled the game with a strong running attack. If it can almost shut out Oregon, Stanford can beat anyone.
4. Ohio State (9-0, Last week: 5)
For the second straight week, Ohio State convincingly beat an opponent. This time, the Buckeyes dominated Purdue 56-0. Ohio State probably won’t move up in the rankings unless one of the top 3 teams loses, but with each big win, the Buckeyes are showing that they belong in the top 5.
5. Oregon (8-1, Last Week: 2)
Against Stanford, the high-flying Ducks were grounded for the first time this season. Quarterback Marcus Mariota wasn’t a factor in the running game, and after scoring at least 42 points in its previous games, Oregon couldn’t even get to 30 against the Cardinal. The humbling loss drops Oregon in the rankings, but the Ducks still have the talent to win a BCS bowl.
6. Baylor (8-0, Last week: 6)
The Bears started slow against then-No. 10 Oklahoma on Thursday night, but ultimately got the ball in the end zone like they usually do. Baylor has gotten more and more attention as it has moved up the rankings, and by the time bowl season starts, the high-scoring Bears might be the team no one wants to play.
7. Clemson (8-1, Last week: 8)
Don’t forget about Clemson. Though they’re now at the bottom of the top 10, the Tigers can still score. They put up 59 points against Virginia last weekend, and the quarterback-receiver tandem of Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins accounted for two touchdowns. They may not be in the national championship picture, but the Tigers are still a talented and exciting team.
8. Missouri (8-1, Last week: 10)
The Tigers remain in the top 10 after a quality win over Tennessee. Now, Missouri can either continue its late rise up the rankings by getting more great wins against Ole Miss and No. 15 Texas A&M, or it can lose those games and fall back down. If they can continue winning, the Tigers will be a great story for the rest of the year.
9. Auburn (8-1, Last week: Not in Top 10)
With Miami falling from the top 10, Auburn has moved up. The Tigers have a strong ground game led by running back Tre Mason (921 rushing yards, 13 touchdowns), and their only loss this year was against then-No. 6 LSU. They also took down then-No. 7 Texas A&M in October. Auburn’s impressive regular season will end with a matchup against No. 1 Alabama.
10. South Carolina (7-2, Last week’s ranking: Not in Top 10)
South Carolina gets back in the top 10 after Oklahoma lost to Baylor. It’s been a somewhat disappointing year for South Carolina, as it’s lost two games and superstar defensive end Jadeveon Clowney hasn’t lived up to the hype surrounding him during the offseason. If they can take down Coastal Carolina and No. 7 Clemson, though, the Gamecocks can end their season on a good note.
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Photo: Defensive Tackle Timmy Jernigan #8 of the Florida State Seminoles flexes his muscles during the game against the Miami Hurricanes at Doak Campbell Stadium on Bobby Bowden Field on November 2, 2013 in Tallahassee, Florida. 3rd ranked Florida State defeated 7th ranked Miami 41 to 14. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)