The top 10 teams easily beat their opponents last weekend, which is why there are barely any changes in the standings.
Now that conference play starts, looks for things to get much more interesting. The level of competition will rise, which means the chances of an elite team getting upset goes up. Conference play also means rivalry games between teams, so every weekend will be an exciting one.
1. Alabama (3-0, Last week’s ranking: 1)
A 31-6 over Colorado State was its latest win over an inferior opponent, but Alabama hasn’t looked as dominant as it did in the past. Injuries to key players could be responsible for that, though. The Tide need to watch out this weekend. No. 21 Ole Miss could be a tough matchup for coach Nick Saban and Alabama.
2. Oregon (3-0, Last week’s ranking: 2)
Oregon put up 59 points for the second straight game last weekend. They’ll need those points against some tough Pac-12 teams. The Ducks begin conference play against California on Saturday. Cal is ranked second in the nation in passing yards, so this one could be a shootout.
3. Ohio State (4-0, Last week’s ranking: 3)
You might have to do a double-take when you see the score of the Ohio State-Florida A&M game: 76-0. Ohio State quarterback Kenny Guiton hasn’t just been a good backup for the injured Braxton Miller: he set a school record with six touchdown passes on Saturday. Miller has a good chance of starting against No. 23 Wisconsin on Saturday, and the Buckeyes will need to be at full strength for that game.
4. Clemson (3-0, Last week’s ranking: 4)
Quarterback Tajh Boyd and the Tigers got a long break after their win over North Carolina State last Thursday. They shouldn’t have a problem winning their next three games, against Wake Forest, Syracuse and Boston College, respectively. A stat to keep track of: Boyd hasn’t thrown an interception yet this season.
5. Stanford (3-0, Last week’s ranking: 5)
Stanford passed its first true test, beating Arizona State last weekend. Potential upsets loom against Washington and UCLA in the next few weeks, though, so the Cardinal will have to continue playing at a high level to stay in the top 10.
6. LSU (4-0, Last week’s ranking: 6)
The Tigers are a well-balanced team: they have averaged 43.3 points per game and given up an average of only 19.5 points per game this year. They’ll need that offense-defense combination to beat No. 9 Georgia on Saturday, as quarterback Zach Mettenberger will face another great SEC passer in Aaron Murray.
7. Louisville (4-0, Last week’s ranking: 7)
Ohio State wasn’t the only team that won in a laugher on Saturday. Louisville beat Florida International 72-0. With weapons like wide receiver DeVante Parker and running back Senorise Perry, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and the Cardinals will be extremely tough to beat. In addition to their great offense, they’ve only given up 6.8 points per game, the best mark in the country.
8. Florida State (3-0, Last week’s ranking: 8)
Florida State has the tools for staying in the top 10: a great quarterback and defense. Jameis Winston is quickly becoming one of the best in the country, and the defense gives up less than 10 points per game. That means that even if Winston struggles, the defense can pick up the slack. That’s a great feeling for a young quarterback, and it should make Florida State fans very optimistic about the Seminoles staying in the top 10.
9. Georgia (2-1, Last week’s ranking: 10)
Georgia has a chance to make a big leap in the rankings if it beats LSU at home. The game will mark the second time Georgia plays the No. 6 team in the country. The Bulldogs already beat then-No. 6 South Carolina earlier this month. Another big win would put Georgia much closer to a marquee bowl game.
10. Texas A&M (3-1, Last week’s ranking: 9)
Quarterback Johnny Manziel did most of his damage on the ground in the Aggies’ win over SMU last weekend. They get back to SEC play against Arkansas this weekend. Texas A&M has to play great games every weekend in order to stay in the top 10. They’re close to falling out, so any potential upset could drop them out of the BCS picture.
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Photo: Kenny Guiton #13 of the Ohio State Buckeyes rolls out to pass during the second quarter against the California Golden Bears at California Memorial Stadium on September 14, 2013 in Berkeley, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)