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Rankings of 131 college football teams after Week 10: No debate about No. 1 Georgia

Rankings of 131 college football teams after Week 10: No debate about No. 1 Georgia

We tried, we thought, we hoped. But in the end, like Thanos, Georgia is inevitable.

Dawgs’ 27-13 win against no. 1 of Tennessee it was never as close as the final score, and made it clear that Georgia was by far the best team in the country. So it goes back to number 1 in The Athletic 131.

Georgia played with its food against Kent State and Missouri, but at the end of the day, in the big venue, no one can match his depth and talent. The college playoff committee should be allowed to keep spots 2-4 open just to score points.

Tennessee, even in defeat, still has a shot at the CFP. Georgia’s chances of winning the SEC probably increased when LSU beat Alabama in overtime, and if Tennessee finishes 11-1 with just that loss, the Vols will have a case. (Don’t forget that Tennessee blew the doors off LSU in Baton Rouge.)

But there’s only one case for No. 1. Despite losing a record 15 NFL draft picks from last year’s team, Georgia could still go out and throw a touchdown at Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint, a former top-60 recruit who had one career touchdown on Saturday. Tight end Brock Bowers perhaps the most talented player in the country. Quarterback Stetson Bennett threw for 226 yards in the first half and attempted just four passes in the second half as the Dawgs melted away the clock.

Georgia is number 2 in 247 Sports Team Talent Ratingsand only Alabama and Ohio State are close to the Dawgs. Georgia likely won’t have to play Alabama this year after the Tide lost Game 2 and Ohio State has rarely been tested. Kirby Smart built Georgia into the Death Star like Alabama people always thought it could be.

Georgia may be inevitable, but nothing else in this sport is. After another wacky weekend, here’s the Week 11 edition The Athletic 131.

1-10

Rank The team Record Prev

1

9-0

2

2

9-0

3

3

9-0

4

4

9-0

6

5

8-1

1

6

8-1

8

7

7-2

17

8

8-1

9

9

8-1

10

10

8-1

11

I was surprised to see Ohio State ranked second by the CFP committee last week. The Buckeyes climbed to No. 3 here this week, but reluctantly after ugly 21-7 win at Northwestern. Yes, the weather was bad, but the Buckeyes struggled with the ball at times and were far from dominant. Victory against Ladyhowever, it looks better with time The Fighting Irish dominated Clemson 35-14. Still, I stuck around Michigan forward, moving him to No. 2. The Wolverines have gotten off to a slow start the past few weeks, trailing at halftime at Rutgers on Saturday, but they were never in danger of losing. A weak non-conference schedule hurts, but by closing with Illinois and Ohio State, it doesn’t matter in the end. The winner of Michigan-Ohio State will almost certainly make the CFP, and the loser will need some help.

TCU advances to 4th after another comeback win, this time against 34-24 Texas Tech. People are worried about the 7th seed in the CFP, but if you win your games, you’ll be fine. The 9-0 Horned Frogs have trailed in five straight games and won the last three by double digits. They also have a two-game lead over the rest of the Big 12 and have all but secured themselves a spot in the Big 12 title game. If TCU wins, they’re in. If he gives up a game before then, but still wins the Big 12, he’ll still have a chance. The trips to Texas and Baylor will be big tests.


LSU moved up to No. 7 after a win against Alabama. (Stephen Lew / USA Today)

I had LSU way lower than the CFP committee last week, but win against Alabama moves Tigers into top 10. LSU now has wins Mississippi State, Be Miss and Alabama. Those are very good wins, which is why the Tigers are ahead USC and UCLA. (Oregon has a win against UCLA.) I didn’t include LSU on my list of possible playoff teams last week because no two-loss team made it, but the Tigers now have an outside shot.

USC and UCLA are hard to rate against each other. USC’s only loss was on the road at Utah and by a wide margin. UCLA beat Utah handy, but also lost a bad game at Oregon, who USC won’t play in the regular season. This will eventually play out as Michigan-Ohio State, with the field being settled on November 19th.

11-25

Alabama falls out of the top 10. With so many close finishes, it’s not hard to see a scenario where Alabama goes undefeated or has four losses. The bottom line is that this Bama team just isn’t that good compared to seasons past, with major weaknesses at receiver and on defense. Clemson not just lostbut some of his wins (Syracuse, Wake Forest) are devalued, while others (Florida State) looks better. North Carolina is 8-1, but barely hangs on Virginia 31-28. Texas he was also barely holding on Kansas State 34-27 and set up a big home game against TCU next week. NC State beat Wake Forest 30-21 and is 3-1 since then Devin Leary suffered a season-ending injury.

freedom moves into the top 25 after a 21-19 win at Arkansas. The Flames, however, are ineligible for a Group 5 bid for the New Year’s Six as an independent team. Illinois lost 23-15 Michigan State after going 1-for-6 on fourth down and gasping for a punt. Florida State win Miami 45-3, two years after Miami won this game 52-10, a sign of the direction of these programs. The Seminoles are bowl eligible for the first time since 2019.

UCF had the largest gap between CFP rankings (No. 25) and The Athletic 131 (No. 46) last week. That Louisville the loss that was weighing on the Knights is no longer so because of the turnaround of the Cardinals. Wins against SMU and Cincinnati at home and now Memphis on the road give the Knights a boost in the top 25. Next up is a big game at Tulane.

26-50

Oklahoma State, Oregon StateWake Forest and Syracuse drop out of the top 25 after the losses. Baylor (beat Oklahoma) and Notre Dame (beat Clemson) are close in the top 25. Coastal Carolina beat Appalachian State for their first real quality win of the season and the Chants finally move into the top 30.

Notre Dame and Louisville are tough to rank. The Irish have wins against Clemson and Notre Carolina, but lost Marshall and Stanford. Louisville has wins against UCF and Wake Forest and a loss to Boston College. After all, both have been trending up since the start of the season, so that carries weight.

Kansas finally rebounded with a win against Oklahoma State. The Cowboys were without their starting QB, but so was Kansas.

Maryland beat Michigan State, who won Wisconsinwhich beat Maryland on Saturdayso feel free to order those three teams however you like. Duke is bowl eligible in Mike Elk’s first season as head coach after beating Boston College 38-31 and the Blue Devils are moving into the top 50.

51-75

BYU snapped a four-game losing streak with a 31-28 win at Boise State, ending the Broncos’ four-game winning streak. SMU beat Houston 77-63 in FBS game with best record in regulation the modern history of college football. Texas A&M has lost five straight games, the last a 41-24 loss at home to Florida while it is Aggies he was fighting the flu virus. North Texas is bowl eligible and is 10-1 in its last 11 Conference USA games, including a 52-14 win against FIU on Saturday.

76-100

Miami would later fall even further a 45-3 loss to Florida State if almost every team below the Hurricanes didn’t also lose. Memphis lost a close one to UCF and moves up a spot just because of the loss Middle Tennessee (for Louisiana Tech) and Miami. Fresno State has won four straight after a 55-13 win against Hawaii.

UConn is 5-5 after beating UMass and has its most wins in a season since 2015. Rice earned a much-needed 37-30 victory against UTEP. Ohio is bowl eligible at 6-3 and tied atop the MAC East Division after the loss Buffalo 45-24. Virginia Tech cut an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter and lost from Georgia Tech. The Hokies have lost six straight games for the first time since 1987.

101-131

Bowling Green is 4-1 in the MAC and 5-2 since a seven-overtime loss to Eastern Kentucky. The regular season finale against Ohio could be for the MAC East title. Temple’s 54-28 win against USF was one of the most impressive results of the weekend and drops the Bulls near the bottom. USF subsequently fired coach Jeff Scott. UMass remains at No. 131 after the loss to UConn.

(Top photo: Todd Kirkland / Getty Images)





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