CFN 2013 Rankings
Oct. 27, Week 9
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2013 Week 8 Rankings, No. 26-125
1. Alabama 8-0
Last Week: W, Tennessee, 45-10
Why They Should Be No. 1: The Crimson Tide dominated the same Tennessee team that upset South Carolina just a week earlier. 'Bama is rolling along with machine-like consistency, abusing its last six victims by an aggregate score of 41-4.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Sure, the rout of the Vols looks nice, but Tennessee is just a 4-4 squad, and Alabama hasn't faced another team with a pulse in the month of October. Heck, even the opening day win over Virginia Tech took a hit after the Hokies lost to Duke on Saturday.
2. Florida State 7-0
Last Week: W, NC State, 49-17
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: So much for the Seminoles looking past the Wolfpack, a nemesis in recent seasons. Florida State scored touchdowns on its first five possessions before coasting to its sixth victory this fall by at least four touchdowns.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Florida State has defeated just one ranked opponent, a Clemson squad that's wound up being slightly overrated since peaking in September. In fact, the 'Noles likely have the softest schedule among those schools in the national championship hunt.
3. Oregon 7-0
Last Week: W, UCLA, 42-14
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: On a night when the offense experienced a little more trouble than normal, the Duck D stepped up to hold the Bruins to their lowest output of the season. Oregon is winning by an average score of 55-17, and has outclassed two teams that were ranked at the time they played.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The Ducks looked ordinary in the first half versus the depleted Bruins, taking a 14-14 tie into the locker room. Their schedule has been largely soft up to this point, adding even more importance to the Nov. 7 game at Stanford.
4. Ohio State 8-0
Last Week: W, Penn State, 63-14
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Buckeyes are getting better as the season progresses, as evidenced by Saturday night’s wire-to-wire obliteration of the same Penn State team that beat Michigan two weeks ago. The Sept. 28 win over Wisconsin gets better with each passing week.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Ohio State has struggled with weaker opponents, such as Iowa and Northwestern, which has now dropped to 4-4. The Buckeyes have just a lone win over a ranked team, none currently in the top 10.
5. Clemson 7-1
Last Week: W, Maryland, 40-27
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Tigers rebounded from their low-point of the season to get past Maryland on the road. Their only loss of the year came against unbeaten Florida State, and that defeat of a full-strength Georgia on the opening weekend still carries a lot of weight.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: When was the last time that Clemson was sharp in a game? A month ago? Over the last three games, the Tigers were shellacked by the Seminoles and played lethargically in wins over Boston College and Maryland.
6. LSU 7-2
Last Week: W, Furman, 48-16
Why The Ranking Should be Higher: The Tigers have as much talent as anyone in the country, so no opponent is off limits. Their only two losses came on the road, and they’re the only team to have beaten Auburn so far this season.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The Oct. 19 loss to Ole Miss hurts LSU’s resume on so many levels. At the time of the game, the Rebels had lost three straight games, and they were dealing with a slew of injuries on defense.
7. Auburn 6-1
Last Week: W, Florida Atlantic, 45-10
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The week after shocking Texas A&M, Auburn lost its starting quarterback, yet still rolled over an underrated Florida Atlantic team. The Tigers’ only loss of the year came in Baton Rouge to LSU.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The Tigers have just the one win over a ranked opponent, the Aggies a week ago. Plus, early-season struggles against Washington State and Mississippi State ought to block them from being the highest ranked one-loss program.
8. Texas A&M 6-2
Last Week: W, Vanderbilt, 56-24
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Aggies played arguably the best all-around game of the season, thrashing the same Vandy team that upset Georgia just a week ago. Texas A&M has only lost to ranked teams, Alabama and Auburn, scoring 83 points in those two games.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The Commodores were unable to exploit the Aggie D, a unit that will continue to limit the program's upward mobility. A&M has lost twice in College Station, the most recent to an Auburn team that wasn't supposed to walk out of Kyle Field with a victory.
9. Ole Miss 5-3
Last Week: W, Idaho, 59-14
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Rebels boast wins over LSU and Texas, which surged throughout the month of October. Ole Miss’ three losses have come against Alabama, Auburn and Texas A&M, the last two by only 11 points combined.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Yes, the schedule was inordinately nasty over the last month, but three losses are still three losses. The defense is showing injury-related cracks of late, now yielding more than four yards per carry.
Last Week: W, Kansas, 59-14
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Bears lead the country in scoring and are No. 6 in scoring D, leading the country with an average margin of victory of 64-16. Baylor scored 130 points on Iowa State and Kansas the last two weeks. Texas nearly lost to the Cyclones, while Oklahoma had its hands full with the Jayhawks.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Baylor remains stuck in neutral until the schedule finally gets thornier in November. The Bears have yet to play a ranked opponent in 2013, with their best win coming over 3-4 Kansas State.
11. Stanford 7-1
Last Week: W, Oregon State, 20-12
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Cardinal has rebounded impressively from its only loss, beating ranked teams from UCLA and Oregon State in successive weeks. The defense has been championship-caliber all year long, sacking Sean Mannion eight times last weekend, and holding him to just one touchdown pass.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Stanford has performed like an incomplete team all year, with the offense rarely carrying its weight. The loss to Utah really hurts the Cardinal, since the Utes fell to 4-4 with Saturday’s lackluster loss to USC.
12. South Carolina 6-2
Last Week: W, Missouri, 27-24
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Gamecocks authored an epic comeback behind the heroics of Connor Shaw to hand Mizzou its first loss of the year. South Carolina has also defeated ranked UCF, and its only losses came on the road, including in Athens in Week 2.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: South Carolina’s growth will be stunted by its loss to 4-4 Tennessee, becoming the first ranked team in four years to fall to the Vols. Great comeback over the weekend, but the Gamecocks were outplayed by the Tigers for three-quarters of the game.
13. Missouri 7-1
Last Week: L, South Carolina, 27-24
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Tigers still control their own destiny in the SEC East, thanks to back-to-back wins over Georgia and Florida. Mizzou lone loss to South Carolina over the weekend came in a game that it led 17-0 at the start of the final quarter.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Just 15 minutes from essentially padlocking the division, the Tigers gagged. The collapse at home shines and even brighter light on the fact that Mizzou beat the Dawgs and the Gators when both teams were severely shorthanded.
14. Wisconsin 5-2
Last Week: Idle
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Badgers’ only two losses have come against quality opponents, Arizona State and Ohio State, by nine points combined. Wisconsin has battled back from the Buckeye game to throttle Northwestern and Illinois with 91 points.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Wisconsin still hasn’t beaten a great team this year. Northwestern no longer counts as refrigerator material, and the non-conference schedule began with games against Massachusetts and Tennessee Tech.
15. UCLA 5-2
Last Week: L, Oregon, 42-14
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Bruins have nothing to be ashamed of, losing back-to-back games to Stanford and Oregon, the Pac-12’s two best programs. UCLA played well in both games, beginning the third quarter tied with the Ducks in Eugene.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: UCLA’s two best wins over Nebraska and Utah don’t look as impressive as they did a week ago. The Huskers lost to Minnesota on Saturday, while the Utes fell to 4-4 with a loss to USC.
16. Texas 5-2
Last Week: W, Texas, 30-7
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Longhorns are on a tear, winning four straight to remain atop the Big 12 standings. In that streak included a win over Oklahoma, which became the first team of 2013 to knock off Texas Tech.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Enthusiasm regarding the ‘Horns ought to be tempered by blowout losses to BYU and Ole Miss by an average of 20 points. No one ought to forget that Texas got a break from the officials in its win over Iowa State, which is now 1-6.
17. Miami 7-0
Last Week: W, Wake Forest, 24-21
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: You don't get to Halloween unbeaten without being a very good football team. The Cardiac Canes just keep finding ways to win, showing resiliency and guts in each of their last two victories.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Love the backbone of this team, but hate the fact that they've needed to rally in consecutive games against unranked Carolina and Wake Forest. The Deacons have come on lately, but it's a major concern when Miami can't put this caliber of team away a lot sooner than the fourth quarter.
18. Oregon State 6-2
Last Week: L, Stanford, 20-12
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Beavers had the ball in the red zone late Saturday night with a chance to drag the Cardinal into overtime. They’ll resume being one of the country’s most prolific passing games now Stanford is no longer on the schedule.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Where’s the signature win? Beating Utah doesn’t look quite as impressive now that the Utes are back to .500. Oh, the Beavers have not only lost to Stanford, but also Eastern Washington of the FCS.
19. Oklahoma 7-1
Last Week: W, Texas Tech, 38-30
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Sooners became the first team to knock off Texas Tech this season, getting a big day on offense from QB Blake Bell and RB Damien Williams. They also defeated Notre Dame in South Bend, with their lone loss coming to improved Texas.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Yeah, the 'Horns are improved, but they thoroughly schooled the Sooners two weeks ago in Dallas. If Oklahoma can't ascend to the top of a maligned Big 12 conference, it'll have a difficult time earning more than just modest bumps in the rankings.
20. Texas Tech7-1
Last Week: L, Oklahoma, 38-30
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Even in a losing cause, the Red Raiders looked as if they belonged on Saturday, going toe-to-toe with the Sooners in Norman. Tech is playing with all of the confidence and swagger of its head coach, Kliff Kingsbury, making it a dangerous team in the Big 12 title chase.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Texas Tech still hasn't beaten a team better than TCU, which is now two games below .500. The Red Raiders also had their hands full with lowly Iowa State and West Virginia earlier in the month. This program will have to defeat another ranked team to move up in the pecking order.
21. Florida 4-3
Last Week: Idle
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Gators have been ravaged by injuries on both sides of the ball, yet still boast one of the toughest defenses in the country. Florida has dropped games to Miami, LSU and Missouri, sure, but all three of those schools are ranked in the Top 25.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The offense is among the worst in the SEC, averaging just 21 points per game. Florida didn’t just lose a game to Mizzou prior to the break; it was dominated on both offense and defense by an opponent using a first-time starter behind center.
22. Georgia 4-3
Last Week: Idle
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Georgia is one of just a handful of FBS programs with multiple wins over ranked opponents, taking down South Carolina and LSU last month. Ravaged by injuries this season, the Bulldogs have a chance to regroup now that star RB Todd Gurley is expected back for Florida.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Three losses are three losses. One of those defeats came to unranked Vanderbilt, while the opening day loss to Clemson didn’t seem quite as tolerable after the Tigers got crushed by Florida State in Week 8.
23. UCF 6-1
Last Week: W, Connecticut, 62-17
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Showing absolutely no lingering effects from the emotional upset of Louisville a week earlier, the Knights took care of business against the Huskies. QB Blake Bortles is playing extremely well, as is the UCF D. The Knights' only loss of the year was a three-pointer to South Carolina.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: As a member of the American, UCF will only play two teams all year that resemble ranked opponents. Facing a weak schedule, the Knights would need to have beaten both South Carolina and Louisville to be ranked any higher.
24. Louisville 7-1
Last Week: W, South Florida, 34-3
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Cardinals bounced back immediately from their lone loss by outgaining the Bulls, 485-133, on the road. That one Louisville loss did come against UCF, which is also ranked at this time.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: No quality wins. The Cards' best win may have come over 4-3 Rutgers, which got crushed by Houston. Louisville had to beat UCF at Papa John's a week ago to justify a higher ranking.
25. Michigan 6-1
Last Week: Idle
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Wolverines, led by QB Devin Gardner, sport one of the best offensive attacks in the Big Ten. They have a win over Notre Dame, which is now 6-2, and they’ve scored at least 40 points in three straight games. The rout of Minnesota looks much better today than it did a month ago.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The Irish aside, Michigan hasn’t beaten anyone of real substance. The Wolverines have also lost to a mediocre Penn State team, and they had a difficult time disposing of Connecticut, Akron and Indiana.
2013 Week 8 Rankings, No. 26-125