College Football Power Rankings: Week 10 2019
Welcome in to a new feature we are trying out here on SoBros Network because we were recently approved to be on Google News (YUGE win, LFG), and I am testing whether or not it’s worth doing these sorts of power rankings for the SEO. Yes, that’s the entire basis for this set of College Football Power Rankings.
For me, the premise is simple – it’s about who’s had the most impressive body of work. Like Mose mentioned on an earlier episode of the College Football Roundup, it seems a tad whack that preseason rankings are factored into the College Football Playoff discussion at all. Just because someone was ranked #1 before the season started doesn’t mean they’re actually the best team in the country. My rankings will be based largely on quality wins. You’re about to see why I’m prefacing you to read that…
COLLEGE FOOTBALL POWER RANKINGS: WEEK 10 2019
1. LSU Tigers – I would like to point out that I had LSU at #1 before putting LSU at #1 was cool. And, Mose had LSU at #1 well before me, so credit where credit’s due. Nonetheless, this Tigers team is now the most battle-tested team on the season, posting wins over Texas, Florida, and Auburn. They get a hard-earned bye week before another ‘Game of the Century’ type showdown with the Alabama Crimson Tide.
2. Ohio State Buckeyes – The Buckeyes are also off this week after beating the snot out of the Wisconsin Badgers. They won’t be tested again until they host Penn State on 11/23. If they win that game, you might as well lock up a playoff spot for Justin Fields and company.
3. Penn State Nittany Lions – I give James Franklin’s squad a lot of credit for this run their currently on, getting tough wins at Iowa, at home vs. Michigan, and traveling to dominate a decent Michigan State team. The team was ROLLING during its 5-0 start. They, too, get an off week before traveling to take on the #13 Minnesota Golden Gophers in another tough Big Ten test on 11/9. This could be a National Championship dark horse if they can knock off Ohio State on 11/23.
4. Alabama Crimson Tide – No Tua, no problem….well…I mean, it was Arkansas. I don’t want to overreact too much. But, this Tide team deserves some credit for suiting up in the face of adversity. I still don’t think they’ve really played anybody, but that’s going to change when they return from a bye to play LSU on 11/9.
5. Florida Gators – FINALLY! A team that is actually playing this weekend! And, boy is it a doozy – the Gators have Georgia this week in the Cocktail Party (yes, we’re calling it the Cocktail Party still). If they win this game, they should go on to win the SEC East. They aren’t out of the CFP race either.
6. Clemson Tigers – The Tigers are still rolling through an unimpressive ACC. I feel like a broken record, but the Tigers are my only absolute lock for the playoffs. They’ve outscored opponents 149-31 in their last three. Wofford shouldn’t even bother showing up this weekend.
7. Oregon Ducks – There isn’t a single team in the country that came out better than the Oregon Ducks on Saturday. Wisconsin was drilled, Oklahoma was upset at Kansas State, Notre Dame was throttled, and Auburn was knocked out of the CFP race with its second loss. The Ducks have been impressive since that season-opening loss, and because of the multiple SEC and Big Ten teams ranked ahead of them that still have to play each other, I think the Ducks could end up sneaking into that 4th CFP spot if they keep winning and the SEC West wins the SEC Championship (or Clemson loses). They travel to USC this weekend.
8. Oklahoma Sooners – Tough spot to lose in, and now the Sooners are in a similar position to Oregon. Notre Dame was in this position a week ago, but now they’re cooked. The Sooners can still get in if they run the table, but that could prove difficult. They’re off this week before hosting Iowa State on 11/9.
9. Georgia Bulldogs – It’s hard for me to say the Bulldogs have been as impressive in 2019 as they were in 2018. That said, they’re coming off a bye week to play Florida, and if they win that game, they’ll be in the driver’s seat of the SEC East.
10. Utah Utes – Since losing to USC, the Utes have been downright dominant. The Pac-12 is a two-horse race at this point. I expect USC to take another loss and put Utah in the Pac-12 Championship against Oregon. Who knows? That game could end up deciding the fate of a playoff spot.
Best of the Rest
ACC: Same as last week. Still have no damn clue.
Big 12: I’ve gone from ‘oh, that’s a nice story‘ to ‘wait, maybe they can make some noise‘ on the Baylor Bears. We’re about to find out whether that’s validated or not, as Baylor travels to TCU this week before games against Oklahoma and Texas.
Big Ten: I’m still not sold on the 8-0 Minnesota Golden Gophers. Good for them for climbing up to #13 in the AP Poll. But, after Saturday’s action, I think the Michigan Wolverines may be that team that has the best chance to play spoiler in the Big Ten.
Pac-12: The herd has officially thinned out in the Pac-12. It’s Oregon, Utah, or bust. As weird as it feels to say, maybe the USC Trojans are actually the third best team in the conference? They’re 4-1 in Pac-12 play, but 5-3 on the season.
SEC: It’s the Auburn Tigers and then everyone else. Maybe this isn’t a College Football Playoff team anymore, but this is still a team that’s going to have a lot to say in how the SEC ends up because of that other-worldly defense.
Group of Five: There’s an interesting question to ask about the Group of Five this year – it’s clearly the SMU Mustangs right now. But, they appear to be on a collision course with the Cincinnati Bearcats. What happens if Cincinnati wins the AAC? What happens if Cincinnati, SMU, and the Boise State Broncos all finish with one loss, but the App State Mountaineers finish undefeated? Any chance at all we see App State in the Cotton Bowl? I’m here for it.
Wild Card: The 6-1 Wake Forest Demon Deacons may be the only team on Clemson’s schedule that can actually hang with them. If they were to win that game, it’d throw a real wrench into the CFP discussion. I don’t anticipate that happening, but crazier things have happened.
CURRENT BOWL PROJECTIONS
Cotton Bowl: Baylor Bears vs. SMU Mustangs
Orange Bowl: Virginia Cavaliers vs. Florida Gators
Sugar Bowl: Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Oklahoma Sooners
Rose Bowl: Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Utah Utes
Fiesta Bowl: Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Clemson Tigers
Peach Bowl: LSU Tigers vs. Oregon Ducks
National Championship: LSU Tigers vs. Ohio State Buckeyes
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