College football rankings: OU up to No. 2
Oklahoma’s schedule finally toughened, and the Sooners responded, with a 34-27 victory over Texas, and OU has zoomed into my weekly rankings. All the way to No. 2.
LSU is a clear No. 1. The Tigers’ 42-28 victory over Florida was another excellent piece of an already-solid resume’.
But beyond LSU, it gets really tight. You can make cases for OU, Florida, Penn State, Wisconsin and Ohio State. And Auburn deserves to be up there somewhere, just a little behind Florida, since the Gators beat the Tigers.
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All those resume’s are really close. I went with the Sooners at No. 2. That could change. For example, If Penn State beats Michigan on Saturday, the Nittany Lions will rise.
But for now, it’s OU No. 2 in a tight bunch with a bunch of teams.
Here are the rankings, and remember, they are not based on what I think will happen. They are based on what has happened. Who you played, where you played and how you did.
1. LSU 6-0: Wins over Texas and Florida are the nation’s best 1-2 punch.
2. Oklahoma 6-0: The victory over Texas in Dallas beefs up a schedule that had some good names but not necessarily good games (Houston, UCLA, Texas Tech).
3. Florida 6-1: The Gators’ loss was impressive, and the victory over Auburn is mighty.
4. Penn State 6-0: Winning at Iowa was a quality victory, to go with some mid-level wins – Pittsburgh, at Maryland and Purdue.
5. Auburn 5-1: The Tigers’ win at Texas A&M isn’t quite as impressive, now that the Aggies are 3-3. But beating Oregon on a neutral field remains a fabulous victory.
6. Wisconsin 6-0: The Badgers have swept the Michigan schools in impressive fashion
7. Ohio State 6-0: Cincinnati’s continued climb makes the Buckeyes’ win over the Bearcats quite quality.
8. Notre Dame 5-1: The Fighting Irish has beaten Virginia and Southern Cal in back-to-back weeks. Quality wins, and the victory at Louisville is looking better as the Cardinals have a pulse. And Notre Dame’s loss at Georgia can’t be held too much against the Irish, even with Georgia's home loss to South Carolina.
9. Oregon 5-1: The Ducks are building a bunch of decent Pac-12 wins – Stanford, California, Colorado.
10. Clemson 6-0: The Tigers don’t have a marquee victory, but they’ve got five Power 5 wins.