CFN Rankings No. 1 to 119 - Week Six (Oct. 7)
There's one very important distinction in the CFN rankings: these are based on how good the teams are and NOT how they're going to finish. Some teams have easier schedules than others, some get tougher road games and some will need a little bit of time to jell meaning they might be better than their final record might indicate.
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1. Ohio State
next game: Michigan State
It might not seem fair, but eventually, style points are going to count.
Ohio State doesn’t blow teams out, but it should’ve been able to
sleepwalk its way to 50 points against Bowling Green. This is the number
one team in the nation, but has it faced anyone who can throw? Has it
faced a fully jelled offensive unit? It’s not OSU’s fault, but there’s
not going to be a test until Michigan.
W, LSU 23-10
next game: at Auburn
If Florida beats Tennessee at Tennessee, LSU, Auburn at Auburn, Georgia,
Alabama, Florida State at Florida State and the SEC title, if might be
hard to keep it from the top spot. Everyone’s going to assume the Gators
are going to roll over a struggling Auburn team: watch out. All the
national love could go away in a big hurry.
3. Tennessee (5-1)
W, at Georgia 51-33
next game: Alabama (Oct. 21)
The Vols are playing with frightening precision and explosion on both
sides of the ball. Georgia might not be a world-beater at the moment,
but cranking out 51 points in Athens is as impressive as it gets. How
great does the win over Cal look now?
next game: at Penn State
More and more, this is looking like the nation’s number two team. The
defense has been terrific and the trio of Chad Henne, Mike Hart, and
Mario Manningham is playing better than any threesome in the nation.
next game: Baylor
This is a different Texas team than the one that lost to Ohio State
earlier in the year. Colt McCoy is more poised and the D showed against
Oklahoma how good it can be. Now the problem will be big games. Since
few will have much of an interest in a rematch with the Buckeyes, only
blowouts the rest of the way will get the Longhorns close.
next game: at Washington State
Yeeeeeesh. The Bears look as good as their yellow uniforms are ugly.
That was a strong Oregon team that just got its doors blown off by
DeSean Jackson and the Cal attack. Right now, Jeff Tedford’s bunch is
playing better than anyone in the Pac 10.
Call this a temporary slide until the offense proves it can be more
consistent. Two straight games of needing a late stop to win doesn’t
exactly inspire confidence considering the offensive machines ahead on
8. Missouri (6-0)
W, at Texas Tech 38-21
next game: at Texas A&M
Missouri needed a signature win to prove it’s for real, and it got it in
Lubbock. Most impressive about the victory over Texas Tech was the way
the Tigers overcame the momentum swing to win in a blowout. Everything
was humming for the Red Raider passing game early in the second half,
but the Mizzou D put an end to all the drama.
W, at Middle Tennessee 44-17
next game: Cincinnati
Yawwwwwn. Whoopee, Louisville will push itself this week against
Cincinnati. This might be a top ten team with plenty of explosion and
firepower, and more is on the way with the return of Brian Brohm, but
does it actually deserve to be this high? The win over Miami is looking
less and less impressive with each passing week.
next game: UCLA (Oct. 21))
The Irish did what it needed to do going through the motions to beat
Stanford, and now the problem will be complacency with no one on the
schedule likely to come within double-digits until the USC game.
Meanwhile, it’ll keep moving up and up and up as other teams keep
11. West Virginia (5-0)
W, at Mississippi State 42-14
next game: Syracuse
The Mountaineers are doing what they’re supposed to against the mediocre
teams while waiting patiently for the one real shot at national respect
against Louisville on November 2nd. Will that be enough?
12. Arkansas (4-1)
W, at Auburn 27-10
next game: SE Missouri State
Auburn’s was just about everyone’s number two team, and the Hogs came
into Jordan-Hare and ran wild with a near-perfect performance. Now we’ll
see how the team plays with the bull’s-eye on its back. Can it handle
the pressure of being the hunted in the West race?
13. Auburn (5-1)
next game: Florida
After two straight bad performances, the Tigers need to redeem
themselves and get back in the SEC race with a splashy win. The timing
couldn’t be better to play Florida to get right back on the horse and
focus after the Arkansas fiasco. The Gators can’t run like the Hogs.
14. LSU (4-2)
L, at Florida 23-10
next game: Kentucky
LSU is great at home against the mediocre, but 0-2 against good teams on
the road. Yes, we all know what’ll happen next week against Kentucky and
then against Fresno State, but will a running game emerge in time for
the road trip to Tennessee?
15. Clemson (5-1)
W, at Wake
next game: at Temple (Oct. 12)
Give Clemson credit for finding a way to beat Wake Forest even when
things weren’t working the way they were supposed to. The offense was
making mistakes, the Demon Deacons were coming up with a nice offensive
day, and then the Tigers came through with the big plays they needed to
have to get the road win.
16. Oregon (4-1)
L, at California 45-24
next game: UCLA
Getting blasted at Cal might not be anything to be ashamed of at the
moment. Now the Ducks have to gear it back up and blow through the rest
of the Pac 10 slate until the USC game at November 11th.
Winning the title is still possible, but there can’t be any mistakes the
rest of the way.
17. Georgia Tech (5-1)
W, Maryland 27-23
next game: at Clemson (Oct. 21)
Georgia Tech showed against Maryland what kind of a heart it has. The
running game got going this week, but it can’t lose its momentum with
two weeks off before dealing with Clemson.
18. Oklahoma (3-2)
L, Texas 28-10
next game: Iowa State
OU’s lines couldn’t handle Texas, but the overall team speed is good
enough to get through the rest of the Big 12 slate, other than the date
with Missouri. 10-2 still gets might be enough to be considered in the
at-large BCS mix, but the Sooners had better start blowing everyone out
and they’d better do it starting this week.
19. Nebraska (5-1)
W, at Iowa State 28-14
next game: at Kansas State
Don’t get too excited about the win at Iowa State; the Cyclones aren’t
playing all that well. Even so, it was a nice victory after the close
call against Kansas.
20. Georgia (5-1)
L, Tennessee 51-33
next game: Vanderbilt
Can you figure this team out? If you have told Georgia it would get 33
points against Tennessee, it would’ve assumed it would’ve won in a
blowout. The SEC title is still a possibility, but everything needs to
be tuned up over the next two weeks against Vanderbilt and Mississippi
State or Florida and Auburn will be ugly losses.
21. Virginia Tech (4-1)
Didn’t Play This Week
next game: at Boston College
Can the Hokies get their mojo back this week against Boston College? The
ACC title is still there for the taking, but the team has to prove it
can handle adversity and start making the big plays needed to get
through the next few weeks. Beat BC and Miami, and things get
22. Iowa (5-1)
W, Purdue 47-17
next game: at Indiana
Purdue was a better win than it might appear to be on paper. Give credit
to Drew Tate and the boys for playing a sharp game a week after the
mega-disappointment against Ohio State.
Didn’t Play This Week
next game: Virginia Tech
Losing on a last second play to NC State doesn’t look so bad now. A win
over Virginia Tech would prove that the Eagles belong back in the ACC
24. Boise State (6-0)
next game: at New Mexico State
Boise State did what it’s supposed to do blowing away a bad Louisiana
Tech team. The numbers will keep on piling up the rest of the way with
no one able to stay within 30 of the Broncos until the date at Nevada.
next game: Minnesota
Shhhhhh, this is a big-time sleeper in the Big Ten race. There’s no Ohio
State on the schedule and the toughest game left is at Iowa. Winning the
title might be too tough to do considering the one loss was at Michigan,
but things are starting to come together for a possible run at a 10-2
NC State (3-2)
Penn State (4-2)
Texas A&M (5-1)
Air Force (2-2)
Iowa State (3-3)
Ole Miss (2-4)
Kent State (4-2)
New Mexico (2-4)
San Jose State
San Diego State
Ball State (3-3)
New Mexico State
Utah State (1-5)
UL Monroe (1-4)