It’s the first week of November and Alabama has two losses.
The Crimson Tide fell victim to LSU and the overtime game night at Tiger Stadium on Saturday when Brian Kelly decided to go for two and got it. As a result, Alabama has only a 10% chance of making it to the SEC title game after their second conference loss this season. This also caused Nick Saban’s team to drop in the power rankings this week.
Just a few states away, Georgia once again reminded everyone why the defending champions are still the team to beat in a landslide 27-13 victory over top tier Tennessee. Two wins have put Georgia and LSU in a clash for the SEC title game, but there are many more games to come in an unpredictable conference season.
The college football playoff picture got another hit in South Bend when Notre Dame choked out Clemson 35-14. The loss was Clemson’s first and nearly knocked the Tigers out of the playoff picture, at least for now.
Big losses have turned the Power Rankings top 10 on its head, and other big setbacks in the Big 12 and the ACC have opened a window for several teams to move up the rankings this week.
Here is the strength rating after week 10.
1. Georgia Bulldogs (9-0)
If there was any doubt that defending national champion Georgia wasn’t good enough to make it through the college football playoffs again, the Bulldogs silenced their critics with a 27-13 victory over No. 1 Tennessee at Sanford Stadium. . The Georgia defense fired quarterback Hendon Hooker six times and did not allow a touchdown until the end of the fourth quarter. Georgia senior quarterback Stetson Bennett was a quarterback who played as a contender for the Heisman Trophy, scoring one point and throwing two more. Georgia could claim their fifth SEC East title in six seasons by winning one of the last two conference games: in Mississippi next week and in Kentucky on Nov. 19. — Mark Schlabach
Next: in Mississippi (Saturday, 7:00 pm ET, Sportzshala/Sportzshala App)
2. Ohio State Buckeyes (9-0)
Windy and wet conditions in the Northwest could have wiped out C.J. Stroud’s chances for a Heisman Trophy as the quarterback had the worst starter game for the Buckeyes, completing only 10 of 26 passes for 76 yards. But Ohio State’s perfect season remained unchanged after an ugly win in more appalling conditions. Stroud recorded career-lows in completion percentage and passing yards, but contributed a career-high 79 yards as Ohio State had all three touchdowns in the game. The Buckeyes’ 283 yards were their low under coach Ryan Day, but their defense kept the North West scoreless in the last 3.5 quarters. Adam Rittenberg
Next: vs. Indiana (Saturday, Noon ET, Fox)
3. Michigan Wolverines (9-0)
At halftime, the Wolverines lost 17–14 to Rutgers, but scored 28 points in the third quarter to win easily against the Scarlet Knights. Michigan’s defense only held Rutgers for 14 yards on the game and 180 yards on offense. Running back Blake Corum had 109 yards and two rushing touchdowns, giving him 16 touchdowns this season. Donovan Edwards also had 109 yards and one receiving touchdown to help give Michigan the lead. Michigan finished with 433 yards and held Rutgers to 180. — Tom VanHaaren
Next: vs. Nebraska (Saturday, 3:30 pm ET ABC/Sportzshala App)
4. Horned Frogs TCU (9-0)
Stop me if you heard this. The Horned Frogs didn’t get it right until the middle of the second half and they eventually pulled away (this time from Texas Tech). After star wide receiver Quentin Johnson pulled out with an ankle injury as a precaution, Max Duggan and the offense struggled to find rhythm until the fast-paced game began to click in the third quarter as Kendra Miller began to wear down Texas Tech. In that quarter alone, the Frogs ran for 170 of their 234 yards, with Miller finishing with 158 yards and a touchdown. Once again, TCU has been methodical and hasn’t panicked en route to its first 9-0 start since 2010 when it won the Rose Bowl. — Dave Wilson
Next: in Texas (Saturday, 7:30 pm ET, ABC/Sportzshala App)
5. Tennessee Volunteers (8-1)
Having set teams on fire all season on offense, Tennessee faced a small dose of reality on Saturday – the Georgia defense. The Vols hurt themselves with penalties and other errors and didn’t handle crowd noise very well, and their 27-13 loss to the Bulldogs forces them to look outward in terms of a playoff chase. Georgia managed to put pressure on quarterback Hendon Hooker and fire him six times. He also went without a touchdown for the first time in 20 games. All in all, Tennessee just struggled on the line of play against Georgia, but many teams fell short in that area against the Dogs. — Chris Low
Next: vs. Missouri (Saturday Noon ET)
6. Oregon Ducks (8-1)
The Ducks took care of business on Saturday, sending Colorado – the worst team in the Pac-12 – 49-10 without breaking a sweat. Beau Nicks only needed to throw the ball 24 times for 274 yards and two touchdowns, which turned out to be a playable offensive performance. Knicks also caught a pass for a touchdown. Dan Lanning and the offensive coordinator did their best, with the linebacker being used as a running back for scoring and the lineman (who had changed his number) being used as a wide receiver for another touchdown. It was an expected dominant matchup that continued the Ducks’ unbeaten march after their season opener loss to Georgia. — Paolo Uggetti
Next: v. Washington
7. USC Trojans (8-1)
It wasn’t as easy as the Trojans would have liked given that the 3-5 draw against Cal was a one-score game in the fourth quarter, but thanks to another four-touchdown play from Caleb Williams (his fourth with at least four this season) with another defensive run (18th this year) and two 100-yard games from Tahj Washington and Michael Jackson III filling the boots left by the injured Jordan Addison and Mario Williams, USC was able to maintain their – loss record goes. The defense is still facing questions, but Lincoln Riley’s offense continues to score, and that’s enough for now. — Paolo Uggetti
Next: vs. Colorado (Friday 9:30 pm ET FS1)
8. LSU Tigers (7-2)
To say that this team is indistinguishable from the one that lost to the State of Florida in the opening of the season would be a lie. Some of its shortcomings – slow start, defense failures, general lack of experience – are still present. But the way LSU has evolved from that loss on Labor Day and learned to make up for its weaknesses was special. Jayden Daniels has become a playmaker among quarterbacks who can do anything with their hands and feet. And the addition of linebacker Harold Perkins ignited the defense up front. Suddenly, Tigers isn’t just a good story. They are on their way to compete in the SEC championship. — Alex Scarborough
Next: in Arkansas (Saturday, noon ET)
9. UCLA (8-1)
Arizona State had no response to a UCLA ground game in which he rushed for 402 yards on 42 carries with five touchdowns. All this happened without Zach Charbonnet running back. QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson continues his outstanding year by completing 13 of 20 passes for 169 yards and 120 yards on 10 carries. The Bruins are one of three Pac-12 teams with one loss, trailing leaders Oregon after losing earlier this season in Eugene. — Kyle Bonagura
Next: vs. Arizona (Saturday 10:30 pm ET FS1)
10. Ole Miss Rebels (8-1)
The farewell week was a good time for the Rebs. After losing 45-20 to LSU two weeks ago, Ole Miss turned things around with a 31-28 win at Texas A&M last Saturday. The defense bounced back, as did the running game. But now comes the real problem: Alabama. The last time the Crimson Tide came to Oxford, the Rebbe gave it their all, scoring 48 points and 647 yards. — scarborough
Next: vs. Alabama (Saturday, 3:00 pm ET, CBS)
11. Alabama Crimson Tide (7-2)
This team is what it is. After losing at LSU, there is no hope for an instant makeover. The evidence is there, whether it’s a shaky offensive line, a lack of playmakers on the receiving side, a suspicious secondary defense, or a team in general taking too many penalties. Bryce Young was an incredible quarterback. He made some amazing plays on Saturday. But as good as he is, a team with too many flaws is not enough to make it to the playoffs. — scarborough
Next: at Ole Miss (Saturday 3pm ET CBS)
12. Utah Yutes (7-2)
After missing a game against Washington last week, Utah quarterback Cam Rising returned in a predictably lopsided 45-20 win over Arizona. The Rising had a smooth game, 13 of 25 passes for 151 yards, and eight others totaled 306 yards on 55 carry rushes and five touchdowns. The win puts Utah one game behind Oregon in the Pac-12 standings. — Bonagura
Next: vs Stanford
13. Clemson Tigers (8-1)
Dabo Sweeney’s team entered Notre Dame Stadium hoping to clear up any questions about his CFP merit and his starting quarterback. The Tigers walked away with their playoff hopes likely to be shattered for the second year in a row, and serious questions about who will lead the offense going forward. DJ Uiagalelei was briefly replaced by Cade Strawberry for the second consecutive game, but returned and the interception returned 96 yards for a touchdown. Strawberry was also knocked down on his first and only pass attempt, resulting in another touchdown at Notre Dame. Clemson’s only highlight was that he avoided his first shutout since 2003 against Georgia. — Rittenberg
Next: vs. Louisville (Saturday 3:30 pm ET Sportzshala/Sportzshala App)
14. North Carolina Tar Hills (8-1)
The Tar Heels went 8-1 for the first time since 2015, defeating rival Virginia 31-28. Drake May threw for 293 yards and two touchdowns, becoming the first rookie in FBS history to record 30 passing touchdowns in his team’s first nine games of a season….