Written by: David Parks – Staff Writing Intern (@_Parskie)
| 25 – University of Colorado (4-1)
Ralphie! The Buffs enter the top 25 for the first time this season and maybe the first time in… ten years? It’s been awhile, but these Buffs are fun. Mike MacIntyre’s wide open offense has Colorado ranked 14th nationally in points per game with 43.2.
| 24 – University of Arkansas (4-1)
This is what the Hogs have been waiting for. Two years ago Arkansas held a second half lead against the Tide at home before losing by a point.
| 23 – University of California Los Angeles (3-2)
Nice bounce back from the Bruins after a brutal home loss to Stanford. Since joining UCLA, Jim Mora is 5-0 SU and ATS against Rich Rod and Arizona.
| 22 – West Virginia University (4-0)
A Big 12 team winning by scoring under 20 points? Contrary to popular belief it can be done. The Mountaineers appear to have the best (only?) defense in the conference and a nice home schedule. As mentioned last week – watch out for WVU as a sneaky Big 12 title contender.
| 21 – Virginia Polytechnic and State University (4-1)
Team I’ve been too low on for awhile now. The Hokies have really impressed through five weeks and now get a North Carolina team riding the high of a walk-off win against mighty Florida State. The Heels would best be served to not celebrate for long because Virginia Tech can absolutely win that game.
| 20 – Boise State University (4-0)
Strong chance Boise and Air Force could be undefeated in both team’s’ regular season finale. Brett Rypien continues to be one of the nation’s best kept secrets at quarterback.
| 19 – University of Nebraska (5-0)
Much like Baylor – nice road win against Northwestern. People will shrug it off as “just Northwestern,” but winning on the road is never easy.
| 18 – Baylor University (5-0)
Escaped Ames with a narrow win but that was a big win for Grobe’s crew. I don’t care what anyone says – Iowa State is always tough to play in their building. Impressed Baylor was able to close the deal on the road.
| 17 – Louisiana State University (3-2)
We’ve seen this script before – Ed Orgeron can’t necessarily be a full-time head coach, but he’s without question the best interim coach of all-time!
| 16 – University of North Carolina
I know. How can UNC be below FSU? Fair question. If the two played again on a neutral field this coming Saturday I’d make FSU a very, very slight favorite over the Heels.
| 15 – Stanford University (3-1)
Two thoughts out of Friday night – Washington is really good. Stanford isn’t nearly as bad as they looked. I think this what a bit of a Louisville/FSU situation… Meaning I’m not sure any team would’ve been able to beat the Huskies in their building that night.
| 14 – Florida State University (3-2)
Again – not going to completely panic on the Noles, but the defense has to fix some issues. The Noles have lost to Louisville and North Carolina – two of the best offenses in America. Big rivalry game this weekend against Miami.
| 13 – University of Oklahoma (2-2)
Big-time win on the road at TCU. Bob Stoops had to love a week four bye for the soul reason it gave his team time to take a deep breath and realize a conference title is still attainable.
| 12 – University of Miami (FL) (5-0)
Raise your hand if you saw the Canes entering this Saturday’s tilt vs. the Noles as the favorite? Richt has done an amazing job in his first year. Very excited to see Kaaya go up against a reeling Noles defense.
| 11 – University of Wisconsin (4-1)
May have been more impressed with Wisconsin in a loss than in any win this season. The defense is no joke – Justin Wilcox has done an amazing job in his first year. If the Badgers are getting more than a touchdown in any game this season it would seem hard to pass up the points at this point.
| 10 – University of Houston (5-0)
What’d I say last week? Oh yeah, check back week ten.
| 9 – University of Tennessee (5-0)
Not sure if Tennessee is good or not, but they’re 5-0 with wins over Virginia Tech, Florida and Georgia. That has to count for something. The Vols have now come back from double digit deficits four times this season.
| 8 – University of Mississippi (3-2)
Offense continues to hum for the Rebels. That’s now at least 43 points in three straight games. The Rebs have a week off before travelling to Arkansas for revenge on last year’s miracle.
| 7 – Texas A&M University (5-0)
Aggies made the trek to Columbia and did as little as possible to come away with the win. The Aggies would best be served to play for a full sixty minutes this coming Saturday as the Vols come to town.
| 6 – University of Washington (5-0)
Most impressive win of the weekend belonged to the Huskies who thoroughly dismantled Stanford at home. If there’s going to be a playoff representative from the Pac 12, Washington is going to have to be the team. Chris Petersen appears to have things rolling in year three.
| 5 – University of Michigan (5-0)
Tough, physical win for Michigan over Wisconsin. This was actually a really positive sign for the Wolverines. So far they’ve shown the ability to win by scoring points. Against Wisconsin they showed they’re capable of winning games when scoring fewer than 20 points.
| 4 – University of Louisville (4-1)
For as well as Clemson played, Louisville had a chance to win the game. Lamar Jackson is absurd, and despite a loss, should remain the Heisman frontrunner.
| 3 – Clemson University (5-0)
Biggest win of the weekend belonged to Clemson who took care of Louisville in one of the season’s better games to date. DeShaun Watson finally looked like 2015 DeShaun Watson and the defense did just enough to put the Tigers in the driver’s seat for the ACC Atlantic crown.
| 2 – University of Alabama
Tide dusted Kentucky at home to push the series to 37-2-1 all-time. Alabama starts a brutal four game stretch this Saturday at Arkansas.
| 1 – The Ohio State University (5-0)
Rolled over hapless Rutgers at home – one final tune-up before back-to-back games against Wisconsin and Penn State on the road, at night.