We here at CSM are trying something. For the rest of the season, we will be posting our own College Football Rankings. Here is our first:
25. Oklahoma State
The Oklahoma State Cowboys shut the Broncos down in the second half of the game and went on to win 21-20. For the Cowboys, it was the Run game that allowed them to get in the game. With the win, they continue to be undefeated.
24. Kansas State
The Wildcats upset the Stanford Cardinal in week one and have not slowed down. The key for Kansas State early on this season has been the success from quarterback Carson Strong.
This is a team that was not chosen in other rankings but should’ve been. The Golden Gophers lost to an Ohio State team in week one by 14 points. Since then, they have gone 2-0. In Week 3, Minnesota shut out the Colorado Buffaloes.
The Badgers have only played two games. Currently, they are 1-1. That one loss coming against a top 10 Penn State. The key to the season this year will be Chez Mellusi and the run game of Wisconsin.
21. Fresno State
The Bulldogs have played 4 games this season already and are 3-1. That one loss came against Oregon in the final quarter. This week the Fresno State Bulldogs upset UCLA, in a game where Quarterback Jake Haener threw for over 450 yards.
Over the years Auburn has always been a tough opponent, Auburn stayed in the game against Penn State but eventually fell by 8.
19. Iowa State
Honestly, not sure why Iowa State has fallen this far. They have been a surprise team this year and only lost to the Hawkeyes by 10. The keys to the Iowa State offense will be whether or not they can balance it as they did against UNLV.
18. North Carolina
It’s not often that you see the North Carolina football team ranked. Every team in the ACC Coastal Division has at least one loss, and the only team in the division with a 1-0 conference record is Virginia Tech. North Carolina still has a chance to play themselves into the ACC Championship game.
17. Michigan State
Michigan State is 3-0 to start the season for the first time since 2015, fresh off a convincing win against Miami on the road. The revamped Spartans, whose offense has put up 35 points or more in all three games, is taking on a 2-2 Nebraska team at home. Look for them to continue dominating for at least a few more weeks.
The Cougars host South Florida next week, ending a three-game stretch of wins against Pac-12 teams to open the year. They beat ASU, Arizona, and Utah. This is the time of year when BYU can really look forward to its Big 12 membership. As the rest of the country begins conference play, the stakes don’t elevate for BYU.
15. Coastal Carolina
For the next three weeks, the Chanticleers have an easy schedule. That is before they play the toughest game of their season when they face off against Appalachian State. Nonetheless, Coastal Carolina will be in the conversation for New Year’s Six, and will at least be in a bowl game.
14. Ole Miss
It’s a game that can’t get here soon enough: Ole Miss vs. Alabama. Lane Kiffin vs. Nick Saban. The Rebels will get a week off after moving to 3-0 on Saturday night with a 61-21 thrashing of Tulane. The trip to Alabama the first weekend in October will provide a clearer picture of just how much Ole Miss has improved on defense.
Michigan’s offense looked more balanced against Northern Illinois than it did in the first two games of the season. Quarterback Cade McNamara had 191 yards while Blake Corum had over 100 yards on the ground for the third straight week.
12. Ohio State
The Buckeyes lost to Oregon in Week 2, then came out flat against Tulsa and ended up in a dog fight with a team that was 0-2 coming into the game. There were mistakes across the board for Ohio State with penalties and issues in coverage on defense, plus quarterback C.J. Stroud didn’t play his best.
Clemson’s offense has scored a combined 17 points against two FBS defenses this year. So far this season, the Tigers have proved they can’t compete without Trevor Lawrence until they rebuild that is.
Honorable Mention: Arizona State, Boise State, Liberty, Louisville, Maryland, Stanford, Texas Tech, UCLA
Emory Jones and the Florida Gators came within a field goal of beating the Alabama Crimson Tide. But, Alabama held on by two points. The Gators face rival Tennessee at home, a game in which Florida hopes to build off the positives from its loss to Alabama.
9. Notre Dame
While the Irish offense continued to start and sputter against Purdue on Saturday, the defense was much better after giving up too many big plays in the first two games. An upcoming four-game stretch against No. 22 Wisconsin, No. 7 Cincinnati, Virginia Tech, and rival USC may define the Irish’s season.
8. Texas A&M
The Aggies have been an up and down team early in the season, but they remain to be undefeated. The Aggies are trying to push forward to another level, and these next few games will gauge where they currently stand.
Another team that has made some mistakes in its past few games, but remains to be undefeated. The Bearcats will be watched heavily going forward, and they have an upcoming game against Notre Dame.
6. Penn State
So far this season, Penn State has been phenomenal to watch. The Whiteout game this season was one of the best things college football has seen. They have a tough road ahead, but if they want to remain in the hopes of a spot in the CFP, the next three weeks will be the telling story.
One more potential tuneup, and then the real work begins. It’s also a tough road ahead for the Hawkeyes as they will face some ranked teams within the next four weeks. They will truly be put to the test when they go up against Penn State.
After losing to both Tulane and Nebraska, it was hard to have Oklahoma this high. But they proved that they should be. Until November 20th, Oklahoma has a relatively easy schedule.
The Ducks outlasted Fresno State, upset Ohio State, and demolished Stony-Brook. The next nine weeks will be a compelling story for Mario Cristobal and the University of Oregon though as they begin Pac-12 conference play. There will be a few games where the Ducks should be able to dominate, and some that will be closer in score, but the Ducks should win out.
In one of the best defensive battles that football fans will see, the Bulldogs outlasted Clemson 10- 3. The toughest game for Georgia will come on October 30th, when they face the Florida Gators. Though Georgia is looking like one of the best teams in college football, and they may not stop anytime soon.
Is an explanation even needed? The Crimson Tide runs College Football. However, Alabama may not be as invincible as we think. The Gators lost by just two points after demolishing Alabama’s run game in the second half. Down the stretch, Alabama has to face five ranked teams as well as teams that have been ranked in past years.
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