The Texas Longhorns moved into our Top 10 after a big win over Oklahoma, while a pair of SEC Tigers dropped after tough losses.
This Week’s Voters: Geoff Magliocchetti, Justin Weiss
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1) Alabama (6-0)
- Last Week: W 65-31 @ Arkansas
- Top Performer: QB Tua Tagovailoa (10-13, 334 yards, 4 TD)
- This Week: Saturday vs. Missouri (7:00 p.m., ESPN)
Keeping up with Nick Saban’s wishes to focus on what few negatives the Crimson Tide produce, Arkansas was able to tally 405 yards of offense on Saturday.
2) Georgia (6-0)
- Last Week: W 41-13 vs. Vanderbilt
- Top Performer: QB Jake Fromm (17-23, 276 yards, 3 TD)
- This Week: Saturday @ #10 LSU (3:30 p.m., CBS)
It seems obscene that this is the first meeting between the two in Athens since 2008, and only the ninth showdown since 2003, but three of those have decided the SEC title, and, if not for Alabama, this very well could’ve been another.
3) Clemson (6-0)
- Last Week: W 63-3 @ Wake Forest
- Top Performer: RB Travis Etienne (10 carries, 167 yards, 3 TD)
- This Week: Idle (Next game: 10/20 vs. North Carolina State)
Trevor Lawrence looked fine as it was in an ACC road test (20-25, 175 yards, 2 TD), but if the run games does what they did on Sunday (Etienne, Lyn-J Dixon, and Adam Choice each had at least 120 yards rushing), the quarterback won’t even matter for the Tigers.
4) Ohio State (6-0)
- Last Week: W 49-26 vs. Indiana
- Top Performer: QB Dwayne Haskins (33-44, 455 yards, 6 TD, 2 INT)
- This Week: Saturday vs. Minnesota (12:00 p.m., FS1)
The Buckeyes’ slow starts aren’t anything to worry about just yet, especially with the offense still rolling and a workable schedule leading into their regular season finale against Michigan.
5) Notre Dame (6-0)
- Last Week: W 45-23 @ Virginia Tech
- Top Performer: RB Dexter Williams (17 carries, 178 yards, 3 TD)
- This Week: Saturday vs. Pittsburgh (2:30 p.m., NBC)
While it was the senior Williams who stole the show against the Hokies, it’s time to serious Heisman consideration to junior quarterback Ian Book, who has turned the Irish offense into an unstoppable force since his insertion into the lineup.
6) West Virginia (5-0)
- Last Week: W 38-22 @ Kansas
- Top Performer: RB Leddie Brown (11 carries, 107 yards, 1 reception, 15 yards, 2 total TD)
- This Week: Saturday @ Iowa State (7:00 p.m., FS1)
Lost in the hoopla of the Red River Showdown was the continued perfection of the Mountaineers, who have, even with one of the nation’s most explosive offenses, quietly established themselves as the potential class of the Big 12.
7) Washington (5-1)
- Last Week: W 31-24 @ UCLA
- Top Performer: RB Myles Gaskin (27 carries, 116 yards, 2 TD, 4 receptions, 14 yards)
- This Week: Saturday @ #19 Oregon (3:30 p.m., ABC/ESPN2)
A crucial four-week stretch for the Huskies begins in Eugene, but a game far too narrow for comfort against the 0-5 Bruins was not what they wanted going into the quartet, which includes visits from Colorado and Stanford and a trip to Cal.
8) Texas (5-1)
- Last Week: W 48-45 vs. #12 Oklahoma (@ Dallas)
- Top Performer: QB Sam Ehlinger (24-35, 314 yards, 19 carries, 72 yards, 5 total TD)
- This Week: Saturday vs. Baylor (3:30 p.m., ESPN)
Texas is back, courtesy of an old-fashioned Red River shootout ended by (Cameron) Dicker the Kicker, but now comes the hard part: staying “back”.
9) Penn State (4-1)
- Last Week: Idle
- Top Performer: N/A
- This Week: Saturday vs. Michigan State (3:30 p.m., BTN)
Coming off a bye, an extra week to stew about their blown opportunity again Ohio State and facing off against a reeling Michigan State team is what you see when you look up “trap game” in the college football glossary.
10) LSU (5-1)
- Last Week: L @ #16 Florida 27-19
- Top Performer: S Grant Delpit (10 tackles, 1 INT)
- This Week: Saturday vs. #2 Georgia (3:30 p.m., CBS)
After a heartbreaking, loss against the Gators, the Tigers, already facing a gargantuan task at home, now face a must-win situation if they want any hope of testing Alabama for SEC title game contention
11) UCF (5-0)
- Last Week: W 48-20 vs. SMU
- Top Performer: RB Adrian Killins Jr. (20 carries, 113 yards, 1 TD)
- This Week: Saturday @ Memphis (3:30 p.m., ABC/ESPN2)
Not too long ago, the Tigers (4-2) were the once setting the AAC world on fire, so Saturday’s visit may be one of the hidden gems of not just Saturday’s slate, but the entire season as well.
12) Oklahoma (5-1)
- Last Week: L 48-45 vs. Texas (@ Dallas)
- Top Performer: WR Marquise Brown (9 receptions, 131 yards, 2 TD)
- This Week: Idle (Next game: 10/20 @ TCU)
The loss to Texas was yet another opportunity for the Sooners to win a big game, lost due to the fact they failed to make a single crucial stop (anyone remember last year’s semifinal?), and defensive coordinator Mike Stoops paid the price.
13) Miami (FL) (5-1)
- Last Week: W 28-27 vs. Florida State
- Top Performer: DL Jonathan Garvin (5 tackles, 2 sacks)
- This Week: Saturday @ Virginia (7:00 p.m., ESPN2)
While the Hurricanes might’ve reentered the Top 25 by bullying some lesser competition, Saturday’s comeback win over the Seminoles can set the pace for a fun end to the year.
14) Michigan (5-1)
- Last Week: W 42-21 vs. Maryland
- Top Performer: QB Shea Patterson (19-27, 282, 3 TD, 1 INT)
- This Week: Saturday vs. #15 Wisconsin (7:30 p.m., ABC)
Winners of five in a row, the Wolverines have a big chance to prove that the opening weekend loss to the Fighting Irish was a mirage against the ranked Badgers in prime time.
15) Wisconsin (4-1)
- Last Week: W 41-24 vs. Nebraska
- Top Performer: RB Jonathan Taylor (24 carries, 221 yards, 3 TD)
- This Week: Saturday @ #14 Michigan (7:30 p.m., ABC)
The Badgers are another team looking to reinsert themselves in the B1G title picture after an ugly loss, and that task becomes considerably easier if Taylor breaks out for another 200-yard game.
16) Florida (5-1)
- Last Week: W 27-19 vs. #10 LSU
- Top Performer: LB Vosean Joseph (14 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 2 sacks)
- This Week: Saturday @ Vanderbilt (12:00 p.m., ESPN)
No hyperbole, but the win over the Tigers just might’ve been the Gators’ biggest win since Urban Meyer left, and now they have to further build on it.
17) North Carolina State (5-0)
- Last Week: W 28-23 vs. Boston College
- Top Performer: LB Germaine Pratt (13 tackles, 1 sack, 1 fumble recovery)
- This Week: Idle (Next game: 10/20 @ Clemson)
Not only have the Wolfpack inserted themselves in the ACC title discussion, but local fans may want to take note of their remaining schedule, as Ryan Finley could be one of the top quarterback prospects in the 2019 draft.
18) Colorado (5-0)
- Last Week: W 28-21 vs. Arizona State
- Top Performer: WR Laviska Shenault Jr. (13 receptions, 127 yards, 5 carries, 13 yards, 4 total TD)
- This Week: Saturday @ USC (10:30 p.m., FS1)
With a big road trip coming up, going to Los Angeles this week and Seattle the next, this is a huge opportunity for the Buffaloes to not only lock up the PAC-12 South, but to impress College Football Playoff voters as well.
19) Oregon (4-1)
- Last Week: Idle
- Top Performer: N/A
- This Week: Saturday vs. #7 Washington (3:30 p.m., ABC/ESPN2)
As if Saturday’s showdown with the Huskies wasn’t important enough, making the Ducks’ avoidable loss against Stanford all the more painful is the fact that the Cardinal have struggled since.
20) Auburn (4-2)
- Last Week: L 23-9 @ Mississippi State
- Top Performer: LB Deshaun Davis (10 tackles)
- This Week: Saturday vs. Tennessee (12:00 p.m., SEC Network)
Some home-cooking against the woebegone Vols may be the perfect antidote for the two-conference-loss blues.
21) South Florida (5-0)
- Last Week: W 58-42 @ Massachusetts
- Top Performer: RB Jordan Cronkrite (23 carries, 302 yards, 3 TD)
- This Week: Friday @ Tulsa (7:00 p.m., ESPN)
One of the more flawed unbeaten teams remaining, the Bulls should use the rest of October to work out their kinks before a brutal November, featuring matchups with Cincinnati and Central Florida, arrives.
22) Cincinnati (6-0)
- Last Week: W 37-21 vs. Tulane
- Top Performer: QB Desmond Ridder (15-25, 174 yards, 1 INT, 16 carries, 65 yards, 3 total TD)
- This Week: Idle (Next game: 10/20 @ Temple)
Just to give you a little “eyes” emoji, the AAC has as many teams ranked in our Top 25 as the Big 12.
23) Iowa (4-1)
- Last Week: W 48-31 @ Minnesota
- Top Performer: QB Nate Stanley (23-39, 314 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT)
- This Week: Saturday @ Indiana (12:00 p.m., ESPN2)
Another team quietly lurking in the Big Ten shadows, the Hawkeyes return to our Top 25 behind a strong 420-yard performance on the road.
24) Kentucky (5-1)
- Last Week: L 20-14 @ Texas A&M (OT)
- Top Performer: S Mike Edwards (9 tackles, 3 TFL)
- This Week: Idle (Next Game: 10/20 vs. Vanderbilt)
The Cinderella perfect season finally ended for the Wildcats, who saw Benny Snell Jr. held to just 60 yards in defeat, but at least their historic win over Florida carries some extra weight.
25) Hawaii (6-1)
- Last Week: W 17-13 vs. Wyoming
- Top Performer: LB Solomon Matautia (9 tackles, 1 sack)
- This Week: Saturday @ BYU (10:15 p.m., ESPN2)
Say what you will about the Rainbow Warriors, they’re certainly worth staying up late for, as their high octane offense squeaked out a win despite missing stud quarterback Cole McDonald due to injury (he’s expected to play against the Cougars).