College Football Power Rankings: Week 11 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 11 2019
1. LSU Tigers (8-0) – The Tigers were off this week, so not a lot is going to change here. From a strict body of work standpoint, I think the Tigers deserve the number one spot. They get a doozy this week against Alabama.
2. Ohio State Buckeyes (8-0) – The Buckeyes were also off this week. From a strict body of work standpoint, the Buckeyes may be the most impressive team in college football this season.
3. Penn State Nittany Lions (8-0) – Okay, Penn State was off too? Yeah, sure…so, maybe I’m crazy, but I think this Penn State team would beat Alabama on a neutral field. That’s why they’re here. Boy, these power rankings are tough this week.
4. Alabama Crimson Tide (8-0) – Who the hell let all of these teams take the same week off?
5. Clemson Tigers (9-0) – FINALLY! A team that actually played this week. Oh….they played Wofford? WTF man?!?!
6. Oregon Ducks (8-1) – Can I just give the Ducks the #1 spot this week? I mean, they absolutely stroked a USC team that was previously unbeaten at home. I think they’re a legit dark horse CFP contender if they can win out and take the Pac12 Championship.
7. Georgia Bulldogs (7-1) – That’s a high quality win for the Bulldogs, but I still have questions about their level of competition this season AND that ugly loss to South Carolina. Let’s see ’em steamroll the rest of the season and make some noise in the SEC Championship before we say they’re back in the CFP race.
8. Oklahoma Sooners (7-1) – *sigh* – off this week. But, if some dominoes fall their way, they still aren’t out of the CFP race just yet. They hose Iowa State this week.
9. Florida Gators (7-2) – Well, that was a season ender for the Gators’ playoff hopes, but if I’m a Florida fan, I’m still pretty damn proud of this team. We called ’em a dark horse National Championship contender before the season started, and I think they were just that up until the end against Georgia. They won’t be going to the CFP, but this is a team that could still find itself in a New Year’s Six bowl.
10. Utah Utes (8-1) – The Utes struggled to win on the road at Washington, but the good teams just find ways to win. They’re off this week, but return on 11/16 to play UCLA in a game that (don’t laugh) could decide the Pac12 South.
BEST OF THE REST
ACC: I’ve made a lot of jokes about the ACC this season, but man – I’m really starting to buy in on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons as a legitimate threat to Clemson given their propensity for just pouring it on people.
Big 12: The Baylor Bears struggled to put away West Virginia. That raises some serious concern about this team traveling to TCU this weekend. After that, it’s Oklahoma and Texas before wrapping up at Kansas.
Big Ten: There’s a lot to wrap up in the Big Ten – Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin still have to sort out the Big Ten West. Ohio State and Penn State will play each other, likely for the Big Ten East title. But, can we take a moment to appreciate the 7-2 Indiana Hoosiers?
Pac-12: If it seems laughable to suggest, but hey – crazier things have happened. If the UCLA Bruins win out, they’ll get a crack at the Pac-12 Championship.
SEC: The herd is starting to thin after Georgia took down Florida. I still say the Auburn Tigers are going to have a major say in who the Bulldogs play in Atlanta.
Group of Five: The Cincinnati Bearcats avoided an upset at the hands of East Carolina. Since the Memphis Tigers upset the SMU Mustangs, that puts the Bearcats in the driver’s seat for the Cotton Bowl. I wrote before the season started that the Tigers would be my upset pick to get the New Year’s Six bowl slot, and I’m sticking to it today.
Wild Card: If the Oklahoma Sooners win out, they’ll likely have two wins over Baylor. They need some dominoes to fall – namely, they need Oregon and Utah to lose – but they aren’t quite out of the CFP race, even as bad as that loss to Kansas State was.
CURRENT BOWL PROJECTIONS
Cotton Bowl: Baylor Bears vs. SMU Mustangs
Orange Bowl: Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. Georgia Bulldogs
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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