CFB News: College Football Power Rankings As Of 10/13/14
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Here is how the 2014 college football power rankings look as we head into week 8 of the season.
1. Mississippi State Bulldogs - The Mississippi State Bulldogs have beaten three straight top 10 teams, including arguably the top team in the country in the Auburn Tigers. MSU has proved itself regardless of what anyone says.
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2. Ole Miss Rebels - Who would have thought the top two teams in the country would be from the state of Mississippi? Before the season this looked like a possibility with the state of Alabama. This is why college football is great.
3. Baylor Bears - The Baylor Bears made an improbable comeback against the TCU Horned Frogs. Baylor has topped 40 points in five of its six games, proving that offense maybe could win a championship after all.
4. Notre Dame Fighting Irish - The Notre Dame Fighting Irish remind me of their team a couple of years ago when they went to the national championship game. Not always pretty, but Brian Kelly and his guys just find ways to win.
5. Florida State Seminoles - The Florida State Seminoles have the talent to be the best team in the country and are undefeated. However, I’m still not sold on FSU and will be watching the Noles closely this weekend against Notre Dame.
6. Georgia Bulldogs - The Georgia Bulldogs burned a hole in my pocket with their win over the Missouri Tigers. Todd Gurley, Nick Chubb, it doesn’t matter, the Bulldogs are absolutely stacked at the running back position for years to come.
7. Michigan State Spartans - There aren’t many teams in the country that would be favored over the Michigan State Spartans on a neutral field. The Spartans should be able to run the table the rest of the way.
8. Auburn Tigers - My concerns with Nick Marshall were valid, as he’s completed less than 60 percent of his passes in four of his six games this season. Still, the Auburn Tigers will have plenty of chances to climb back towards the top.
9. Oregon Ducks - The Oregon Ducks are still the cream of the crop in the Pac-12 when their offensive line shows up. Marcus Mariota still has yet to throw an interception in 155 pass attempts.
10. Oklahoma Sooners - The Oklahoma Sooners survived a tough rivalry matchup against the Texas Longhorns. At this point it’s all about surviving and staying in the hunt and that’s what the Sooners did last week.
11. Alabama Crimson Tide - Nick Saban and Alabama were a bounce or two away from losing back-to-back games. The Crimson Tide better show up this weekend against Texas A&M or things could get ugly.
12. Oklahoma State Cowboys - The Oklahoma State Cowboys can prove themselves this weekend in a great game against TCU. Still, the Cowboys only loss was a six-point defeat to the Florida State Seminoles.
13. Ohio State Buckeyes - In the three games since the loss to Virginia Tech, the Ohio State Buckeyes have scored 168 points. Don’t sleep on those Buckeyes just yet.
14. TCU Horned Frogs - The TCU Horned Frogs have to take a plunge simply because they blew the game against Baylor. Good teams know how to finish games and TCU took a major step backwards on Saturday.
15. Kansas State Wildcats - I’m still waiting for the Kansas State Wildcats to get their signature win this season. It could come this weekend if the Oklahoma Sooners aren’t careful.
16. Stanford Cardinal - Stanford’s offense is a joke, but it still has a defense that has allowed 21 or less points in 13 straight regular season games. The Stanford Cardinal are the best two-loss team in the country.
17. Nebraska Cornhuskers - The Nebraska Cornhuskers only loss was by five points to the Michigan State Spartans. Nebraska is still top 30 in points scored and points allowed, and Ameer Abdullah is still a Heisman candidate with 12 total touchdowns.
18. Utah Utes - The Utah Utes will have plenty of chances to prove themselves in a couple of weeks to the rest of the world when their Pac-12 schedule gets crazy. Let me be one of the first to jump on their bandwagon.
19. Arizona State Sun Devils - Even without Taylor Kelly, the Arizona Sun Devils are finding ways to win. A win over Stanford this weekend would put ASU back in the Pac-12 race as a legit contender.
20. Clemson Tigers - Vic Beasley has at least one sack in every game this season and is giving the Clemson Tigers a chance to win every game. Clemson should cruise into its end of the season matchup against South Carolina.
21. Arizona Wildcats - The Arizona WIldcats lost to USC by two points without their leading rusher Nick Wilson and their kicker missing two kicks to end both halfs. Arizona is still one of the better teams in the Pac-12 and the country.
22. East Carolina Pirates - As if Shane Carden wasn’t enough to deal with, running back Breon Allen is starting to heat up with 100-plus yards in two of his last three games.
23. Texas A&M Aggies - Even with back-to-back losses, nobody in their right mind can convince me that Texas A&M isn’t a top 25 team. I’m also not ruling out a potential upset against Alabama this weekend.
24. Kentucky Wildcats - It’s time to give the Kentucky Wildcats their due, as they’ve been one of the most surprising teams so far with a 5-1 record. A win over the LSU Tigers will really turn some heads.
25. USC Trojans - I’m not sold on the USC Trojans at all, but they did beat an undefeated Arizona team on the road. We’ll find out soon just how serious USC really is in a few weeks.