College Football Top 128, Week of Nov. 8

The College Football Playoff Committee thought they were smarter than every poll, including this one. While we all had Washington firmly placed at No. 4, the committee figured that Texas A&M was a much better choice for the fourth team, in spite of most polls having them no higher than 9th. (We had them at 15th.) Mississippi State took care of that for everyone by upsetting the Aggies last Saturday. The only team in our Top Ten that dropped out was Florida, which proved that its current understanding of offense is no better than it was under its former coach. (The big irony is that both the current and former Florida coach will face off in Gainesville this Saturday.) Alabama, Clemson and Michigan made huge statements for their inclusion in the playoff with convicing wins this weekend. All three have fairly easy paths to 13-0, save for maybe one game each – Alabama with Auburn, Clemson with the ACC Championship Game and Michigan with Ohio State.

Rank Team W L Last Week Last
1 Alabama 9 0 Beat Alabama, 10-0 1
2 Clemson 9 0 Beat Syracuse, 54-0 2
3 Michigan 9 0 Beat Michigan, 59-3 3
4 Washington 9 0 Beat California, 66-27 4
5 Louisville 8 1 Beat Boston College, 52-7 5
6 Ohio State 8 1 Beat Nebraska, 62-3 6
7 Western Michigan 9 0 Beat Ball State, 52-20 7
8 Oklahoma 7 2 Beat Iowa State, 34-24 8
9 Oklahoma State 7 2 Beat Kansas State, 43-37 11
10 Auburn 7 2 Beat Vanderbilt, 23-16 10
11 Wisconsin 7 2 Beat Northwestern, 21-7 13
12 Penn State 7 2 Beat Iowa, 41-14 17
13 West Virginia 7 1 Beat Kansas, 48-21 16
14 LSU 5 3 Lost to Alabama, 10-0 12
15 North Carolina 7 2 Beat Georgia Tech, 48-20 20
16 Washington State 7 2 Beat Arizona, 69-7 21
17 Florida State 6 3 Beat NC State, 24-21 18
18 Virginia Tech 7 2 Beat Duke, 24-21 19
19 Florida 6 2 Lost to Arkansas, 31-10 9
20 USC 6 3 Beat Oregon, 45-20 22
21 Nebraska 7 2 Lost to Ohio State, 62-3 14
22 Boise State 8 1 Beat San Jose State, 45-31 23
23 Texas A&M 7 2 Lost to Mississippi State, 35-28 15
24 Arkansas 6 3 Beat Florida, 31-10 33
25 Tennessee 6 3 Beat Tennessee Tech, 55-0 25
26 USF 7 2 OFF 26
27 Navy 6 2 Beat Notre Dame, 28-27 27
28 Colorado 7 2 Beat UCLA, 20-10 28
29 Houston 7 2 OFF 29
30 Utah 7 2 OFF 30
31 Temple 7 3 Beat Connecticut, 21-0 31
32 Stanford 6 3 Beat Oregon State, 26-15 32
33 Miami (Fla.) 5 4 Beat Pittsburgh, 51-28 36
34 Minnesota 7 2 Beat Purdue, 44-31 34
35 BYU 5 4 Beat Cincinnati, 20-3 35
36 Texas 5 4 Beat Texas Tech, 45-37 37
37 Baylor 6 2 Lost to TCU, 62-22 24
38 TCU 5 4 Beat Baylor, 62-22 54
39 Toledo 7 2 Beat Akron, 48-17 42
40 Troy 7 1 Beat Massachusetts, 52-31 44
41 San Diego State 8 1 Beat Hawaii, 55-0 51
42 Kansas State 5 4 Lost to Oklahoma State, 43-37 39
43 Wyoming 7 2 Beat Utah State, 52-28 47
44 Appalachian State 7 2 Beat Texas State, 35-10 48
45 Pittsburgh 5 4 Lost to Miami (Fla.), 51-28 38
46 Ole Miss 4 5 Beat Georgia Southern, 37-27 46
47 Notre Dame 3 6 Lost to Navy, 28-27 41
48 Iowa 5 4 Lost to Penn State, 41-14 40
49 Arizona State 5 4 OFF 49
50 Northwestern 4 5 Lost to Wisconsin, 21-7 43
51 Georgia 5 4 Beat Kentucky, 27-24 52
52 UCLA 3 6 Lost to Colorado, 20-10 45
53 Louisiana Tech 7 3 Beat North Texas, 45-24 58
54 Western Kentucky 7 3 Beat FIU, 49-21 59
55 Indiana 5 4 Beat Rutgers, 33-27 55
56 Tulsa 7 2 Beat East Carolina, 45-24 60
57 Texas Tech 4 5 Lost to Texas, 45-37 53
58 Vanderbilt 4 5 Lost to Auburn, 23-16 57
59 Memphis 6 3 Beat SMU, 51-7 66
60 Georgia Tech 5 4 Lost to North Carolina, 48-20 50
61 New Mexico 6 3 Beat Nevada, 35-26 62
62 Kentucky 5 4 Lost to Georgia, 27-24 61
63 Air Force 6 3 Beat Army, 31-12 77
64 Ohio 7 3 Beat Buffalo, 34-10 67
65 South Carolina 5 4 Beat Missouri, 31-21 68
66 Maryland 5 4 Lost to Michigan, 59-3 56
67 Arkansas State 4 4 Beat Georgia State, 31-16 71
68 California 4 5 Lost to Washington, 66-27 65
69 Mississippi State 4 5 Beat Texas A&M, 35-28 90
70 Wake Forest 6 3 Beat Virginia, 27-20 74
71 Oregon 3 6 Lost to USC, 45-20 69
72 Colorado State 5 4 Beat Fresno State, 37-0 81
73 Southern Miss 5 4 Lost to Charlotte, 38-27 63
74 Middle Tennessee 6 3 Lost to UTSA, 45-25 64
75 NC State 4 5 Lost to Florida State, 24-21 75
76 Duke 3 6 Lost to Virginia Tech, 24-21 76
77 Syracuse 4 5 Lost to Clemson, 54-0 70
78 Boston College 4 5 Lost to Louisville, 52-7 72
79 UCF 5 4 Beat Tulane, 37-6 92
80 Old Dominion 6 3 Beat Marshall, 38-14 89
81 UTSA 5 4 Beat Middle Tennessee, 45-25 94
82 Army 5 4 Lost to Air Force, 31-12 73
83 Miami (Ohio) 4 6 Beat Central Michigan, 37-17 95
84 Central Michigan 5 5 Lost to Miami (Ohio), 37-17 80
85 Georgia Southern 4 5 Lost to Ole Miss, 37-27 85
86 Eastern Michigan 5 4 OFF 86
87 Cincinnati 4 5 Lost to BYU, 20-3 83
88 Northern Illinois 3 6 Beat Bowling Green, 45-20 102
89 Charlotte 4 5 Beat Southern Miss, 48-27 105
90 Idaho 5 4 Beat Louisiana-Lafayette, 23-13 97
91 Virginia 2 7 Lost to Wake Forest, 27-20 82
92 Akron 5 5 Lost to Toledo, 48-17 87
93 Purdue 3 6 Lost to Minnesota, 44-31 93
94 Illinois 3 6 Beat Michigan State, 31-27 112
95 SMU 4 5 Lost to Memphis, 51-7 78
96 North Texas 4 5 Lost to Louisiana Tech, 45-24 96
97 Michigan State 2 7 Lost to Illinois, 31-27 79
98 Hawaii 4 5 Lost to San Diego State, 55-0 84
99 Kent State 3 6 OFF 99
100 Missouri 2 7 Lost to South Carolina, 31-21 91
101 Oregon State 2 7 Lost to Stanford, 26-15 101
102 South Alabama 4 5 Lost to ULM, 42-35 OT 88
103 East Carolina 3 6 Lost to Tulsa, 45-24 98
104 Louisiana-Lafayette 3 5 Lost to Idaho, 23-13 100
105 Utah State 3 6 Lost to Wyoming, 52-28 103
106 Connecticut 3 7 Lost to Temple, 21-0 104
107 San Jose State 3 7 Lost to Boise State, 45-31 107
108 Nevada 3 6 Lost to New Mexico, 35-26 106
109 ULM 3 6 Beat South Alabama, 42-35 OT 124
110 Ball State 4 5 Lost to Western Michigan, 52-20 109
111 Tulane 3 6 Lost to UCF, 37-6 108
112 Buffalo 2 7 Lost to Ohio, 34-10 111
113 Rutgers 2 7 Lost to Indiana, 33-27 113
114 Iowa State 1 8 Lost to Oklahoma, 34-24 114
115 UNLV 3 6 OFF 115
116 Arizona 2 7 Lost to Washington State, 69-7 110
117 FIU 3 7 Lost to Western Kentucky, 49-21 116
118 New Mexico State 2 6 OFF 118
119 Marshall 2 7 Lost to Old Dominion, 38-14 117
120 UTEP 3 6 Beat Houston Baptist, 42-10 120
121 FAU 2 7 Beat Rice, 42-35 126
122 Georgia State 2 7 Lost to Arkansas State 31-16 119
123 Kansas 1 8 Lost to West Virginia, 48-21 123
124 Bowling Green 1 7 Lost to Northern Illinois, 45-20 121
125 Texas State 2 6 Lost to Appalachian State, 35-10 125
126 Rice 1 8 Lost to FAU, 42-35 122
127 Massachusetts 2 8 Lost to Troy, 52-31 127
128 Fresno State 1 9 Lost to Colorado State, 37-0 128

Copyright © 2016 Doug DeBolt

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About Douglas Blaine

Capnpen is a writer who was a newspaper and magazine journalist in a previous life. A college journalism major, he now works as an administrator, but gets his writing fix by blogging about a variety of topics, including politics, religion, movies and television. When he's not working or blogging, Capnpen spends time with his family, plays a little golf (badly) and loves to learn about virtually anything.
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