College Football Playoff Rankings: Week 10

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Updated: November 8, 2017

College Football Week 10 Playoff Rankings: Big Blow to Big Ten

Week 10 has come and gone and what an exciting week on the college gridiron it was. The schedule was lined with ranked big matchups and it delivered. Let’s take a quick look around the conferences and see some of the implications of this week’s action going forward.

SEC

Georgia and Alabama did what they had to do to remain 1&2 respectively with Georgia beating longtime rival South Carolina 24-10 at home while Alabama beat rival LSU 24-10. These two look to be on a collision course for the SEC championship game with only Auburn standing in their way. The Tigers beat Texas A&M 42-27 and are playing great ball in recent weeks. SEC looks to have a chance to be the first conference to put two teams in the playoff chase at the end of the season.

PAC 12

Washington and USC both won to keep their long-shot playoff hopes alive. They still need a lot of carnage in the coming weeks to get back in the conversation but they both managed to handle their business this week. Washington currently checks in at #9 while USC is not far behind at #11. Washington gets a chance to impress again on Friday night when they travel to Stanford while USC will travel to Boulder to take on Colorado.

ACC

The #4 team Clemson came from behind in the second half to beat a game NC State (#20) team on Saturday night 38-31. While Clemson holds the #4 spot in the rankings the big news was actually concerning the Miami Hurricanes who finally got the statement win they needed for the CFP rankings. The Hurricanes dominated a good Virginia Tech team 28-10 and moved up from #10 last week to #7 this week. Not much time to enjoy the big win for the Hurricanes as they have another huge chance to pad the resume this week as they host the #3 Notre Dame Fighting. A win here would be sure to vault Miami squarely into the conversation for the top 4.

Big 12

I think Baker Mayfield just threw another touchdown pass against the Cowboys. Oklahoma won high scoring shootout versus Oklahoma State to firmly entrench themselves just outside of the top 4 at #5. TCU comes in at #6 after a ho-hum victory over Texas 24-7. These two teams have firmly established themselves now as the top of the Big 12 and will get a real chance to stake their claim as the best as they meet in week 11 in Norman, OK. Baker Mayfield will look to further his Heisman campaign and get the Sooners into the top 4 when he takes on TCU’s defense. Between this matchup and the Miami-Notre Dame clash, it almost feels like the playoffs have already begun.

Big 10

And the big loser for week 10 was the Big 10 by a wide margin. Previous number 6 Ohio State and number 7 Penn State took stunning loses over the weekend to all but end their playoff aspirations. Ohio State was throttled by Iowa 55-24 where it appeared the Buckeyes defense stayed back on the bus. Penn State lost a lightning-delayed heartbreaker to Michigan State 27-24 to fall to 7-2. The Big 10s lone chance at playoffs now appears to be Wisconsin. While the Badgers are currently undefeated their schedule is lined with nothing impressive. Iowa checking in at #20 will finally give the Badgers a chance to notch a victory against a ranked team. Making matters worse, Penn State and Ohio State losing again may lessen Wisconsin’s season-ending potential Big 10 title game victory.