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Please note this ranking is not the same as PFF’s power rankings.
1. Ohio State Buckeyes (Record: 8-0, AP Ranking: 2nd)
Week 10 Matchup: at Northwestern Wildcats
Ohio State needed superhuman performances from a pair of sophomores to escape an upset from then-No. 13 Penn State.
Marvin Harrison Jr. caught 10 of his 12 targets for 185 yards and 10 first downs against the Nittany Lions, accounting for 52% of Ohio State’s passing game.
Edge defender J.T. Tuimoloau had two interceptions (one of which was a pick-six), a strip-sack (that he recovered), a batted pass (that was intercepted) and a tackle for loss. That otherworldly performance earned him a 93.6 overall grade for the game, the highest in his career by 13 points.
2. Georgia Bulldogs (Record: 8-0, AP Ranking: 1st)
Week 10 Matchup: vs. No. 2 Tennessee Volunteers
The Bulldogs took care of business in their rivalry game, beating Florida 42-20.
The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party serves as a mere appetizer for what should be the biggest game of the year this weekend. Top-ranked Georgia hosts No. 2 Tennessee, only the third time in the past 15 years that No. 1 faced No. 2 in the regular season.
Regular season meetings between top-ranked teams since 2007
|Date||#1 Team||#2 Team||Result|
|11/05/2011||LSU||Alabama||LSU 9-6 (OT)|
3. Tennessee Volunteers (Record: 8-0, AP Ranking: 2nd)
Week 10 Matchup: at No. 1 Georgia Bulldogs
The other half of the game of the year, Tennessee continues to look like an absolute buzzsaw.
The Volunteers destroyed No. 19 Kentucky, 44-6, for their fifth win over a ranked team, more than anyone else in the country. If Tennessee can secure a sixth this weekend, it should sit at the top of the next ranking. That hasn’t happened since 1998, the last time the Volunteers were national champions.
4. Michigan Wolverines (Record: 8-0, AP Ranking: 4th)
Week 10 Matchup: at Rutgers Scarlet Knights
There doesn’t seem to be anyone in the country who can stop Blake Corum right now. The junior’s 93.3 grade beats out all other FBS running backs right now. Against rival Michigan State, he picked up 177 rushing yards and two total touchdowns with 118 yards after contact.
The Doak Walker Award favorite will try to keep it rolling against Rutgers, which has allowed the 11th-lowest EPA per run among Power Five defenses.
5. Clemson Tigers (Record: 8-0, AP Ranking: 5th)
Week 10 Matchup: at Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Clemson was off this past weekend but has a massive road test this week against Notre Dame.
The Fighting Irish come in at No. 20 in this ranking despite being unranked in the latest AP poll, thanks to a convincing 41-24 road win over then-No. 16 Syracuse. Notre Dame is currently the seventh-best team in PFF’s power rankings, pointing to a potential upset on Saturday night.
6. Alabama Crimson Tide (Record: 7-1, AP Ranking: 6th)
Week 10 Matchup: at No. 15 LSU Tigers
Like Clemson, Alabama is coming off its bye week and has a big game on the road this weekend.
No. 15 LSU is also coming off a bye but did put together a massive win over then-No. 7 Ole Miss a couple of weeks ago, 45-20. In that game, quarterback Jayden Daniels scored five total touchdowns and finished with an 87.6 grade for the week. The Crimson Tide will need to contain him to avoid being potentially knocked out of playoff contention for good.
7. TCU Horned Frogs (Record: 8-0, AP Ranking: 7th)
Week 10 Matchup: vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders
TCU is likely the Big 12’s final hope to make the College Football Playoff. The Horned Frogs are the only team in the conference without two or more losses. In the playoff’s eight-year history, a two-loss team has never been invited.
Leading TCU to its best start in seven years is an elite connection between Max Duggan and Quentin Johnston. Duggan is the Big 12’s highest-graded quarterback so far (86.3), while Johnston is currently the top receiver on PFF’s 2023 NFL Draft big board.
8. Oregon Ducks (Record: 7-1, AP Ranking: 8th)
Week 10 Matchup: at Colorado Buffaloes
The Ducks looked dead in the water after their season-opening 49-3 loss to Georgia, but they’ve managed to keep swimming with seven straight wins.
9. USC Trojans (Record: 7-1, AP Ranking: 9th)
Week 10 Matchup: vs. California Golden Bears
Much like his time at Oklahoma, head coach Lincoln Riley has the offense to compete for a national championship. In fact, one can argue that the Trojans' offense is the best in the country right now. However, the defense is another story.
Comparing USC’s offense to USC’s defense
USC’s playoff dreams are still alive because of its offense, but the defense will need to step up if those dreams will come to fruition.
10. Ole Miss Rebels (Record: 8-1, AP Ranking: 11th)
Week 10 Matchup: Bye
Quinshon Judkins is the best true freshman in America right now.