FanIQ Top 25: The elite show us why they're elite
1. Alabama Crimson Tide: 5-0 (LW: No. 1)
Expect a similar outing/score from the Tide when playing Kentucky this week after being Georgia State 45-3.
2. Stanford Cardinal: 5-0 (LW: No. 2)
Washington is heavily underrated. Stanford found a way to beat the Huskies at home after losing to them on the road last season.
3. Clemson Tigers: 5-0 (LW: No. 3)
What at first was Clemson's conference to lose is quickly becoming Clemson's conference to win. The Florida State matchup is looming.
4. Oregon Ducks: 5-0 (LW: No. 4)
Oregon gets its first test of the season on Saturday, and it could end up being the toughest game that it will play all year. It is very difficult to win at Husky Stadium.
5. Ohio State Buckeyes: 6-0 (LW: No. 5)
Ohio State went on the road and faced a talented Wildcat team that was hosting College GameDay and playing in their Super Bowl. Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, this was probably their toughest matchup remaining on the schedule.
6. Georgia Bulldogs: 4-1 (LW: No. 6)
Can Georgia survive the season? Players are dropping like flies, and Aaron Murray can only do so much. The Dawgs need their young defense to step up in order to beat undefeated Missouri this weekend.
7. Florida State Seminoles: 5-0 (LW: No. 10)
You could have given a strong argument for Maryland to upset Florida State. Beating the Terps 63-0 was a national statement and a "we're coming" to Clemson.
8. Louisville Cardinals: 5-0 (LW: No. 7)
The Cards could have beaten Temple 70-0 and it wouldn't have helped their spot in the rankings. They're going to need to blow out Rutgers this weekend (like a 30-point massacre) for any chance to move up, and that's the sad truth.
9. Texas A&M Aggies: 4-1 (LW: No. 8)
All the sudden, Ole Miss has reverted to a non-threatening team in the West. Expect Texas A&M — which is coming off a bye — to take it to the Rebels.
10. LSU Tigers: 5-1 (LW: No. 9)
It may have just been Mississippi State, but LSU looked very good last week. Heck, the Tigers have looked good all year. I'd like to think this carries over to the Florida game.
11. Oklahoma Sooners: 5-0 (LW: No. 11)
Red River Rivalry? More like the red river of a bloodbath. Oklahoma's excellent backfield vs. Texas' inability to stop the run could likely mean another big-time letdown for Mack Brown.
12. Baylor Bears: 4-0 (LW: No. 13)
LOL moment of the day: Baylor is only a -17.5 favorite over Kansas State.
13. UCLA Bruins: 4-0 (LW: No. 14)
Jim Mora has a very good team, but he had better have his crew ready for Cal. UCLA cannot overlook this game for next week's Stanford matchup, because the Bears can put points on the scoreboard. I mean, they did beat the Bruins by 26 last year.
14. South Carolina Gamecocks: 4-1 (LW: No. 12)
Whether Jadeveon Clowney plays Saturday or not, South Carolina is going to beat Arkansas.
15. Miami Hurricanes: 5-0 (LW: No. 16)
The Canes have some extra time to prepare for a Thursday night showdown with North Carolina, scheduled for the 17th.
16. Florida Gators: 4-1 (LW: No. 18)
O.K., so this Tyler Murphy kid can play. He hasn't really made any mistakes, and his 93.7 QBR backs it up. With stability under center and a top-3 defense, Florida becomes a dangerous team.
17. Washington Huskies: 4-1 (LW: No. 17)
All of my gut is telling me that we're going to see the first major upset of the season this weekend, thanks to Washington.
18. Northwestern Wildcats: 4-1 (LW: No. 15)
So you lost to Ohio State by 10, at home and under the lights. After taking a three-point lead into the fourth quarter. So what? Move on. You have Wisconsin this week, and you don't want to lose two in-a-row.
19. Nebraska Cornhuskers: 4-1 (LW: No. 20)
A 20-point victory over Illinois — especially with the state of the defense and how it held the Illini to 19 points — is solid.
20. Texas Tech Red Raiders: 5-0 (LW: No. 22)
These next two weeks should be relatively easy for Texas Tech, as it squares off against Iowa State and West Virginia. However, both opponents have shown some life lately, so the Red Raiders need to be in tip-top shape.
21. Missouri Tigers: 5-0 (LW: unranked)
After its 51-28 win over Vanderbilt (what's going on with the 'Dores, anyway?), Missouri is averaging 46.6 points per game and QB James Franklin's completion percentage upped to 67.9 percent.
22. Oklahoma State Cowboys: 4-1 (LW: unranked)
Back from the depths of the unranked is Oklahoma State, which is coming off a 33-29 win over Kansas State.
23. Fresno State Bulldogs: 5-0 (LW: No. 25)
Fresno State wasn't groggy from its near upset against Hawaii during the Bulldogs' 61-14 dismantling of poor 'ol Idaho.
24. Northern Illinois Huskies: 5-0 (LW: No. 23)
The Huskies' next four weeks: vs. Akron, at Central Michigan, vs. Eastern Michigan, at UMass. So, yeah.
25. Michigan Wolverines: 5-0 (LW: unranked)
Welcome back, Michigan. You successfully roughed up a team that you were supposed to rough up. We should talk more.
Dropped from rankings: Arizona State (19), Ole Miss (21), Maryland (24).
Other receiving votes (in order): Virginia Tech, UCF, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Arizona State, East Carolina, Oregon State, Auburn, Rutgers, Ball State.
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