The power rankings look a lot different than they did just one week ago. Back then, LSU, Texas A&M, and Louisville had yet to be upset. All three are out of the rankings now, and Missouri, Baylor, and Texas Tech are the newest members of the top 10. Now that the season’s first BCS rankings have been released, every game becomes more important. Teams will have to avoid upsets and win big games to remain in the top spots.
This season is shaping up to be a great one, and it should only get more exciting as things start to wind down.
1. Alabama (7-0, Last week’s ranking: 1)
Amid all the craziness the past few weeks, Alabama has remained at the top spot. It stays there for another week after dominating Arkansas 52-0. The Crimson Tide scored four rushing touchdowns against Arkansas, and quarterback AJ McCarron contributed three through the air. They do have to play a talented Tennessee team that upset then-No. 11 South Carolina last week, so the Tide must play another great game to win on Saturday.
2. Florida State (6-0, Last week’s ranking: 5)
Last week's Florida State-Clemson was supposed to be an exciting matchup between two great ACC teams. It turned out to be extremely one-sided: the Seminoles destroyed the Tigers 51-14. Quarterback Jameis Winston had another fantastic game, with three passing touchdowns and one rushing score. At this pace, he could have a Heisman Trophy and an appearance in the national championship this season.
3. Oregon (7-0, Last week’s ranking: 2)
The Ducks fell to the number 3 spot, but are still good enough to compete for a national championship. They still put up points at a rapid pace and have one of the best quarterbacks in the country in Marcus Mariota. Oregon’s next two games are huge, as it takes on No. 12 UCLA on Saturday and No. 6 Stanford on Nov. 7. If they can win those two games, the Ducks will give themselves a great chance to get back in the top 2.
4. Ohio State (7-0, Last week’s ranking: 3)
With the high-powered offenses of Oregon and Florida State getting the spotlight, Ohio State has been left behind. The Buckeyes are a great team, but they must win their games more convincingly. Last weekend’s 34-24 win over Iowa was another close victory over a conference rival. The teams ranked above them are winning easily, and the Buckeyes need to do that if they want to remain in the top 5.
5. Missouri (7-0, Last week’s ranking: Not in the top 10)
Two weeks ago, Missouri was the No. 25-ranked team in the country. Now, the Tigers are in the top 5. They’ve made this huge jump up the rankings by beating Georgia and then-No. 22 Florida. Missouri beat Florida without starting quarterback James Franklin, but backup Maty Mauk has been playing well. If the Tigers can hold on to their top 5 ranking, they could be the most surprising team to play in a BCS bowl this postseason.
6. Stanford (6-1, Last week’s ranking: Not in the top 10)
Stanford was out of the top 10, but not for long. After beating then-No. 9 UCLA, it’s back. Stanford has a chance to move up again. If it can avoid an upset against Oregon State and then shock Oregon, Stanford will be a top 5 team.
7. Baylor (6-0, Last week’s ranking: Not in the top 10)
The best offense in the country doesn't belong to Oregon: It's at Baylor, which averages almost 65 points per game. That’s just one of many astounding numbers this team has put up. Quarterback Bryce Petty has thrown for 2,023 yards and 15 touchdowns with only one interception, and running back Lache Seastrunk already has 10 rushing touchdowns. Right now, the Bears are one of the most exciting teams in the nation.
8. Clemson (6-1, Last week’s ranking: 4)
Clemson’s embarrassing loss against Florida State knocked it down to the bottom of the top 10. On the bright side, the rest of its schedule isn’t very tough. The Tigers end their season against No. 21 South Carolina, which should be their toughest remaining game. If they can stay in the top 10, the Tigers can still have a great season.
9. Miami (6-0, Last week’s ranking: 10)
The Hurricanes are now the highest-ranked ACC team not named Florida State, after Clemson fell in the rankings. Miami has a chance to move up and shock the college football world in two weeks, when it plays the Seminoles. The traditional rivals are both ranked in the top 10, making this game an extremely important one. It’s more crucial for the Hurricanes, though, as they could move way up by beating the Seminoles.
10. Texas Tech (7-0, Last week’s ranking: Not in Top 10)
Texas Tech enters the top 10 with a great offense and a chance to continue improving its ranking. The Red Raiders play No.15 Oklahoma on Saturday, and Baylor on Nov. 16 in what should be a very high-scoring game. If Texas Tech can continue winning, it will be yet another surprise team making a name for itself.
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Photo: Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles celebrates after defeating the Clemson Tigers 51-14 at Memorial Stadium on October 19, 2013 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)