Gators, Sun Devils & Others Cause Chaos In Scout CFB Power Rankings

Ohio State and Michigan State struggle for wins, Florida blasts Ole Miss, Clemson takes down Notre Dame and Arizona State upsets UCLA... it's just your typical October college football. Let the chaos begin. So who's No. 1 in the Scout College Football Power Rankings?

1) Ohio State Buckeyes (5-0)

I have seen this Urban Meyer movie before. While at Florida, he had an ultra-talented team with Tim Tebow at quarterback trying to repeat. It was a season where they seemed to struggle with consistency and never really played a complete game. It’s so tough trying to defend a title as this Ohio State squad is finding out. Good thing Meyer and his offense gave the rock to Ezekiel Elliot in the second half against Indiana. The Buckeyes hold on 34-27 and remain unbeaten. They are certainly losing their grip at the top spot.

Last week: 1

Next week vs Maryland

2Baylor Bears (4-0)

This Baylor team could very well be the best team in the country right now but it’s difficult to say considering the Bears September schedule. They played their first real game on Saturday and destroyed Texas Tech 63-35. We all know they are for real offensively but do they have enough defense? Running back Shock Linwood rushed for 221 yards and two scores. Quarterback Seth Russell tossed four more scores, three to the explosive Corey Coleman.

Last week 6

Next week at Kansas

3) TCU Horned Frogs (5-0)

TCU jumped off to an incredible start against Texas and never looked back, beating the Longhorns 50-7. The score was 30-0 at the end of the first quarter. Horned Frogs quarterback Trevone Boykin threw five touchdown passes, four to freshman KaVontae Turpin. Their winning streak is now up to 13 games. It was the first time since 1958-59 that TCU has beaten Texas in back to back years.

Last week: 7

Next week at Kansas State

4) Alabama Crimson Tide (4-1)

Who are the college football fans that gave up on Alabama? You have got to be kidding me. Alabama destroyed Georgia in Athens 38-10, dispelling any myth that Nick Saban’s program is on the decline. The Crimson Tide overwhelmed the Bulldogs in all three phases of the game and certainly looked the part as being one of the game’s top teams. Jake Coker played the best game of his career, Derrick Henry paved the way on the ground and Alabama freshman wide receiver Calvin Ridley stepped up big time. Then you have Saban’s defense, who stuffed Georgia for four quarters minus a late, long touchdown run by Nick Chubb.

Last week: 9

Next week vs Arkansas

5) Clemson Tigers (4-0)

Clemson held on to beat Notre Dame 24-22. Tigers quarterback DeShaun Watson came through in a big way, battling the elements and a very good Fighting Irish defense, throwing for two touchdowns and running for another score. Watson finished with 190 yards passing and 93 rushing yards. Clemson forced four fumbles. Along the way, despite getting four second half turnovers, the Tigers defense surprising allowed Notre Dame to rally in the fourth quarter. But the Clemson defense bowed up on the potential Irish two-point conversion with seven seconds remaining to win the game. This team is alive and well and eyeing one of the four playoff spots.

Last week: 12

Next week vs Georgia Tech

6) Michigan State Spartans (5-0)

Sparty survives a scare against Purdue, beating the Boilermakers by three, 24-21. Like Ohio State, they have struggled to win the past few weeks and that Oregon win seems less and less significant. But like Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio said on Saturday, “the bottom line is just win.”

Last week: 2

Next week at Rutgers

 

7) LSU Tigers (4-0)

Good thing LSU has Leonard Fournette, as the Tigers jumped on his back and he carried them to a 44-22 victory over Eastern Michigan. It was a very lackluster LSU performance except for the Heisman Trophy front runner in Fournette. He set an SEC record with his third consecutive 200-yard performance. He finished with 233 yards and three scores in the win, averaging over nine yards a carry.

Last week: 8

Next week at South Carolina 

8) Utah Utes (4-0)

Utah did not play last week.

Last week: 11

Next week vs Cal

 

9) Notre Dame Fighting Irish (4-1)

Something about big games on the road against the upper echelon of the ACC for Notre Dame… for the second time in two years, they failed to execute in the game’s waning moments. It happened late Saturday night at Clemson, as the Irish fell to the Tigers 24-22. Last season they lost a tough one to top ranked FSU. I give this team credit though, as they rallied in the fourth quarter to at least give themselves a shot.

Last week: 4

Next week vs Navy

 

10) Oklahoma Sooners (4-0)

Oklahoma scored a huge home win against West Virginia, beating the Mountaineers 44-24. While they posted a big number on the score board it was their defense that came up huge. The Sooners had seven sacks and forced five turnovers. West Virginia had only allowed a total of 23 points coming into this game. Quarterback Baker Mayfield passed for 320 yards and a touchdown.

Last week: 15

Next week vs Texas

 

11) Florida Gators (5-0)

The Gators shocked the Rebels 38-10 at the Swamp on Saturday. It was a complete performance for this Florida team and their second big home win in a row. Jim McElwain has found a quarterback in Will Grier. The red-shirt freshman passed for four touchdowns in the win. The Gator defense was outstanding, especially the front, as they got after Chad Kelly for four quarters. Florida recorded four sacks and held the high flying Ole Miss offense to 10 points and only 328 yards of offense. The Gators have gone unranked to this spot becausse of their last two wins. 

Last week: 25

Next week at Missouri

 

12) Texas A&M Aggies (5-0)

Texas A&M beat Mississippi State 30-17. Quarterback Kyle Allen passed for 322 yards and two touchdowns and Tra Carson rushed for 110 yards and a score against the Bulldogs. Aggie defensive end Myles Garrett had a huge game, finishing with seven tackles, two tackles for losses, a sack, forced a fumble and batted down a pass to lead A&M's defense. He has 7.5 sacks this season.

Last week: 14

Next week: BYE

 

13) Mississippi Rebels (4-1)

In this biggest surprise in the top 25, the Rebels got pounded in Gainesville and lost to the Gators 38-10. Ole Miss got mauled early and had no answer for the Florida defense and faced a red-hot quarterback and Gator offense that executed well. They couldn’t block up front and quarterback Chad Kelly was chased and harassed from beginning to end.

Last week: 3

Next week vs New Mexico State

 

14UCLA Bruins (4-1)

In another top 25 shocker, the Bruins lost to the Sun Devils 38-23. This is an extremely disappointing loss for Jim Mora and his program, especially considering Arizona State didn’t play well at all in the month of September. The Bruins defense couldn’t stop ASU signal caller Mike Bercovici, the Sun Devils won the line of scrimmage and kept the UCLA run game in check.

Last week: 5

Next week: BYE

 

15) Georgia Bulldogs (4-1)

Wow, another disappointing Georgia loss in a heavyweight championship type of game to SEC rival Alabama. It happened in Athens once again, 38-10. The Bulldogs fought hard for the first quarter and then lost control and let Alabama make too many big plays in the second quarter, as the Tide broke open the game. The Dawgs couldn’t get the ground attack going, as the Alabama defense, in particular their front seven, controlled the line of scrimmage. Quarterback Greyson Lambert struggled and even gave away to Brice Ramsey. All is not lost for the Bulldogs, as Georgia still controls their own destiny in the SEC East with games against Tennessee this weekend and Florida later on this month. There’s no doubt that this team can still get to Atlanta.

Last week: 10

Next week at Tennessee

 

16) Northwestern Wildcats (5-0)

The Wildcats improved to a perfect 5-0 after shutting out the Gophers 27-0. In fact, the Northwestern defense has only allowed three touchdowns this season. The defense limited Minnesota to 173 yards of offense. Running back Justin Jackson rushed for 120 yards while quarterback Clayton Thornson added two scores on the ground. That Stanford win in week one is looking better and better for Pat Fitzgerald’s team.

Last week: 17

New week at Michigan

 

17) Florida State Seminoles (4-0)

FSU held on to beat a pesky Wake Forest 24-16. Safety Tyler Hunter’s interception in the end zone with 21 seconds remaining saved the day for the Seminole defense. Dalvin Cook busted loose for a 94-yard touchdown run early, injured his hamstring shortly after, and the FSU offense then struggled, especially with the ground game. Cook’s hamstring njury has to be a huge concern for this team moving forward.

Last week: 13

Next week vs Miami

 

18) Stanford Cardinal (4-1)

Stanford overwhelmed Arizona 55-17. It was a balanced offensive assault on the Wildcats. Kevin Hogan passed for 217 yards and two scores while Christian McCaffrey rushed for 156 yards and a touchdown. The Cardinal defense held the high powered Arizona offense to only 314 yards of offense and dominated the line of scrimmage once again. Stanford possessed the ball for 37 minutes and held Arizona running back Nick Wilson to 46 yards. The Wildcats were playing without their star sophomore quarterback Anu Solomon (concussion).

Last week: 18

Next week: BYE

 

19) USC Trojans (3-1)

The Trojans did not play.

Last week: 19

Next week vs Washington (Thursday)

 

20) Michigan Wolverines (4-1)

The Wolverines posted a shutout at Maryland, beating the Terrapins 28-0.  It was Michigan’s second straight shutout. They only allowed 105 yards and seven total first downs. Michigan possessed the ball for 34 minutes. Jake Ruddock threw for 180 yards and a touchdown while the Wolverines produced 198 rushing yards. They face another defensive team in Northwestern next weekend, which should be a great game in the Big Ten. Since losing their opener at Utah, this maize and blue defense has only given up 14 points.

Last week: 24

Next week vs Northwestern

 

21) Memphis Tigers (5-0)

Memphis beat USF 24-17 on Friday night in Tampa. Quarterback Paxton Lynch passed for 305 yards and two touchdowns. After getting down by 10 early the Memphis defense controlled the Bulls. The Tigers are unbeaten and 5-0 for the first time in 54 years. They have now won a dozen straight games.

Last week: not ranked

Next week vs BYE

 

22) Boise State Broncos (4-1)

The Broncos bounced Hawaii 55-0. In his second career start, Brett Rypien threw for 271 yards and three touchdowns. Jeremy McNichols rushed for 108 yards on 20 carries with a pair of touchdowns. The Broncos rolled up over 500 yards of offense and pitched a shutout. They limited Hawaii to 171 yards of offense and controlled every aspect of this game.

Last week: 22

Next week at Colorado State

 

23) Oklahoma State Cowboys (5-0)

The Cowboys survived a big scare at home and escaped with a 36-34 win to remain unbeaten. It took a Ben Grogan 37-yard field goal with 32 seconds left in the game. Quarterback Mason Rudolph had a big day, throwing for 437 yards, three touchdowns and an interception for Oklahoma State. Two Cowboy receivers had 100 yards receiving in Marcell Atteman (101) and James Washington (100).

Last week: 23

Next week at West Virginia

 

24) Cal Bears (5-0)

The Bears improved to 5-0 after beating Washington State 34-28. Cal quarterback Jared Goff passed for 390 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. He completed passes to 10 different receivers. Kenny Lawler led the way there with 105 receiving yards and two scores. Their improved defense forced four turnovers and had seven sacks against the Cougars.

Last week: not ranked

Next week at Utah

 

25) Mississippi State Bulldogs (3-2)

The Bulldogs lost to Texas A&M 30-17. Dak Prescott continues his good quarterback play but it just wasn’t enough against a very much improved Aggies defense. He passed for 210 yards and rushed for 96. Fred Ross had 11 receptions for 103 yards for the Bulldogs. Malik Dear added a 52-yard run. This

Last week: 20

Next week vs Troy

26) Oregon Ducks (3-2)

It was a struggle for a half but eventually the Ducks pulled away from the Buffalos, beating Colorado 41-24. Oregon star running back Royce Freeman rushed for 163 yards and two scores and true freshman Taj Griffin added 110 and a touchdown for the Ducks offense. They were playing with their third strong quarterback, Taylor Alie, who replaced an ineffective Jeff Lockie. Oregon outscored Colorado 24-7 after being tied at halftime.

Last week: 26

Next week vs Washington State

 

27) Iowa Hawkeyes (5-0)

Iowa makes it’s first appearance in the power rankings after beating Wisconsin on the road 10-6 to remain unbeaten. The Hawkeyes forced four turnover and the defense held the Badgers out of the end zone. Running back Jordan Canzeri was the work horse with 26 carries for 125 yards while C.J. Beathard threw for 77 yards and a score.

Last week: not ranked

Next week vs Illinois

 

28) Toledo (4-0)

Toledo beat Ball State 24-10. Former Alabama quarterback Phillip Ely passed for 164 yards and two touchdown passes. This is a program that has beaten two Power Five schools already this season in Arkansas and Iowa State.

 

29) West Virginia Mountaineers (3-1)

West Virginia lost to Oklahoma on the road 44-24. It was a game of too many mistakes that included five turnovers. Quarterback Skyler Howard passed for 173 yards and a score but had three interceptions. Wendell Smallwood had 111 yards rushing. Their defense, which was allowing 7.7 points per game, gave up a whole lot more against the Soones.

Last week: 21

Next week vs Oklahoma State

 

30) Wisconsin Badgers (3-2)

The Badgers lost at home 10-6 in a defensive struggle to Iowa. Too many turnovers (4) and penalties for Wisconsin against the Hawkeyes. Joel Stave passed for 234 yards but threw two picks. Iowa held the Badgers to only 86 yards rushing. The defense played well, only allowing one score and 217 yards of offense.

Last week: 16

Next week at Nebraska

 

DROPPED OUT: Arizona, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Texas Tech


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