The craziness continues, and our latest college football power rankings include what is likely a clear top six at this stage—but we’ll see what the CFP selection committee does.
1. Georgia Bulldogs (9-0) | Last week: 1
The Georgia defense had been strong all year, but they turned it up to an entirely different level when hosting a high-flying Tennessee offense last week. The Bulldogs started hot offensively with Stetson Bennett and company, and the defense got pressure on Hendon Hooker all afternoon, recording six sacks after coming into the game with just ten all year. It was a shock Georgia was ranked No. 3 in the initial CFP rankings, and they should be a lock to move into the top spot tonight.
2. Michigan Wolverines (9-0) | Last week: 3 (+1)
Michigan being at No. 5 in the initial CFP rankings last week was also a surprise, but they’ll be moving into the top three after last Saturday—and we continue to keep them above rival Ohio State. It looked like the Wolverines were in a battle, trailing Rutgers, 17-14, at halftime. But things quickly flipped in the 28-0 third quarter of an eventually dominant 52-17 victory.
3. Ohio State Buckeyes (9-0) | Last week: 4 (+1)
Ohio State won by two touchdowns at Northwestern, but the 21-7 game was much closer than the margin might indicate—which isn’t a great sign against a one-win opponent. Granted, there were 50-MPH wind gusts which had a factor in grounding C.J. Stroud (76 passing yards) and the passing attack. However, it was surprising that it took so long for the Buckeyes ground game led by Miyan Williams—with key runs by Stroud—to take over.
4. TCU Horned Frogs (9-0) | Last week: 7 (+3)
An ankle issue kept star receiver Quintin Johnston out of the game after he tried to give it a go after playing through it the previous week, but TCU’s offense was able to put up 429 yards in yet another comeback victory versus Texas Tech. The Horned Frogs keep finding ways to win games—and they are likely in the driver’s seat for a Playoff spot after losses by Clemson and Alabama.
5. Tennessee Volunteers (8-1) | Last week: 2 (-3)
The Vols showed fight on both sides of the ball in winning the second half, 7-3, after a 24-6 halftime deficit in Athens. But the offense was under constant siege and averaged just 3.9 yards per play while going 2/14 on third down. However, if Tennessee can win out in the SEC this regular season, potentially staying home during championship weekend can give them a shot to sneak back into the CFP depending on how teams fare ahead and behind them.
6. Oregon Ducks (8-1) | Last week: 8 (+2)
Quarterback Bo Nix threw two touchdowns, ran for two touchdowns, and caught a touchdown while Oregon had a ton of fun in a 49-10 rout of Colorado. The Ducks seem to have great vibes right now, with Nix emerging as a potential Heisman frontrunner. Oregon hosts a 7-2 Washington team this Saturday night as they look to keep it going.
7. Clemson Tigers (8-1) | Last week: 5 (-2)
The top six should be extremely clear, but there are several teams that can vary in this No. 7 through No. 10 range. Clemson did not have a good showing at all—particularly on offense, where they couldn’t get much of anything done in the first three quarters—at Notre Dame, but they still have a lot in front of them including an ACC conference they’re looking to win. The Tigers still have their CFP hopes alive with how crazy this year has been, but they must be totally focused on a tough Louisville squad this week.
8. LSU Tigers (7-2) | Last week: NR
Quarterback Jayden Daniels led the Tigers in both passing and rushing, making key plays to keep the offense moving in the Tigers’ upset home win over the Crimson Tide. The decision by Brian Kelly to go for two at the end of the first overtime was gutsy, and the result was yet another stunner in of this crazy 2022. With a path to the SEC Championship Game, LSU’s playoff hopes are very much alive after a disappointing start to the Kelly tenure.
9. Alabama Crimson Tide (7-2) | Last week: 6 (-3)
It feels so weird that Alabama is essentially already eliminated from CFP contention before mid-November, but this year’s team has shown some definite vulnerabilities all season. The Tide will look to overcome the disappointment by getting at a big win at Ole Miss this week.
10. UCLA Bruins (8-1) | Last week: 9 (-1)
Both UCLA and USC do have their College Football Playoff hopes alive, and they both have a shot to rise in the rankings these next few weeks. We still give the nod to the Bruins, who are doming off another phenomenal performance on the ground even with Zach Charbonnet out:
— UCLA Football (@UCLAFootball) November 8, 2022