This week, a number of ranked teams were able to prove that they are legitimate contenders for the College Football Playoff.

For example, Alabama went up against the 14th ranked LSU Tigers. The Crimson Tide were able to pull off a 10-0 victory, far from a resounding victory but still yet another impressive one. With that, it only proved their dominance once again. Interestingly, our panel decided to keep LSU at number 14, as they just because they lost does not mean they should drop in the rankings, especially by going up against the top program in the nation.

Clemson was able to defeat the 4-4 Syracuse Orange by a whopping margin of 54-0, while the Michigan Wolverines also came out way on top against the 5-3 Maryland Terps with an even larger margin than Clemson, 59-3.

Next in the rankings was the Washington Huskies defeated the 4-4 California Bears 66-27. Despite putting up these big numbers on offense, allowing 27 points against the unranked Cal is certainly concerning.

Texas A&M saw likely the greatest upset of the week as they went down to 3-5 Mississippi State 35-28. Ohio State saw a bump once again in the rankings after defeating number 9 Nebraska 62-3. The Buckeyes have now put themselves in a good situation to get a spot into the playoffs if they win out. However, that would also include having to beat the Michigan Wolverines, which is certainly no easy task.

Some other notable contests included Western Michigan stayed undefeated by beating Ball State 52-20. The undefeated MAC squad still is not receiving much love with most rankings, include the AP where they still are ranked 21. We have them at 13, a spot they have earned as despite having a relatively easy schedule, our panel has decided that it is not right to put them below a two or three loss team, no matter how those losses came about.

Oklahoma also narrowly defeated the one win Iowa State Cyclones, Louisville handedly defeated the unranked Boston College, while Florida and Baylor both went down against unranked opponents.

  1. Michigan
  2. Clemson
  3. Ohio State
  4. Louisville
  5. Washington
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Auburn
  8. West Virginia
  9. Texas A&M
  10. Utah
  11. Western Michigan
  12. LSU
  13. Penn State
  14. North Carolina
  15. Oklahoma
  16. Oklahoma State
  17. Colorado
  18. Virginia Tech
  19. Nebraska
  20. Washington State
  21. Boise State
  22. Florida State
  23. Baylor
  24. USC
  25. Arkansas

In regards to the Heisman race, there is certainly time for somebody to have a great end to the season to move up on top and win the prestigious award. Here are the results from our panel:

  1. Lamar Jackson QB Louisville (6)
  2. Deshaun Watson QB Clemson
  3. Jabril Peppers LB Michigan

This week’s panel consisted of Jake Leahy, Mason Clark, Tex Fischer, Devin Bilski, Dyllan Ogurkis, and Jonathan Narramore.

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Jake Leahy is a Staff Writer for Hypeline News, frequent contributor on 560 the Answer in Chicago, and a student at Deerfield High School (IL). Follow him on Twitter @jakealeahy.


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