A whirlwind week 10 of college football season brought a couple of stunning victories and a couple of stunning surprises that rocked the latest installment of Joel Klatts Top 10 list.
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Here are Klatt’s updated rankings after week 10.
1. Georgia (Previous ranking: 3)
Result week 10: Defeated Tennessee, 27-13
Why they are listed here: Georgia left little doubt as to which team belongs in first place after a dominant performance against Tennessee. Stetson Bennett threw for 257 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another while the Bulldogs defense held Tennessee’s high-octane offense without a touchdown into the final minutes. Kirby Smart’s team looks like the best team in college football.
Key Stats: After keeping the Volunteers to just one touchdown, the Bulldogs’ defense has kept every opponent they’ve faced this season to two touchdowns or fewer. They are the only team in the nation to do this.
What’s next? The Bulldogs will travel to Starkville to face Mississippi State in an SEC showdown (Saturday, 7:00 p.m. ET).
2. Michigan (Previous ranking: 4)
Result week 10: Defeated Rutgers, 52-17
Why they are listed here: Things weren’t looking good for Michigan early on, but JJ McCarthy turned it on in the second half and led the Wolverines to a 52-17 win over Rutgers. Blake Corum continues to look like the best running back in the country with 109 yards and two touchdowns. Perhaps most importantly for the Wolverines, their defense is looking better every week. It looks like Big Ten fans can expect another classic matchup between Michigan and Ohio State to wrap up the regular season, with important implications for the college football playoffs at stake.
Key Stats: Michigan has won against Rutgers seven times in a row.
What’s next? The Wolverines travel to Lincoln to face off against Nebraska in Week 11 (Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET).
3. State of Ohio (Previous placement: 2)
Result week 10: Defeated Northwest, 21-7
Why they are listed here: Though it wasn’t pretty, Ohio State took care of business on the road in a game marred by heavy rain and gusty winds. The Buckeyes didn’t look like a title-caliber national roster, but championship teams find a way to victory, even if it’s ugly at times. The Buckeyes haven’t done enough to climb to the top spot in the rankings, but they don’t deserve to fall too far down the list either.
Key Stats: Ohio State has scored 20 or more points in 70 straight games, breaking a tie with Oklahoma for the longest streak among FBS teams.
What’s next? The Buckeyes will host Unranked Indiana in Week 11 (Saturday, 12 p.m. ET, FOX).
4. TCU (Previous ranking: 5)
Result week 10: Defeated Texas Tech, 34-24
Why they are listed here: TCU’s magical season continues, and with each passing week, Sonny Dykes’ team is looking more and more like a legitimate contender for the College Football Playoffs. While statistically he didn’t set the world on fire against Texas Tech, Max Duggan continues to show the college football universe why he’s one of the nation’s top signal callers.
Key Stats: Dykes is only the second coach in TCU history to win his first nine games. Dykes joins Francis Schmidt, who led the 1929 Horned Frogs to a 9-0-1 record.
What’s next? The Horned Frogs (9-0) take on country enemy Texas in Week 11 (Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET).
5. Tennessee (Previous ranking: 1)
Result week 10: Lost to Georgia, 27-13
Why they are listed here: Despite losing to Georgia, this is still a really good team from Tennessee. Hendon Hooker didn’t have his best game on Saturday, finishing with a 195-yard pass and an interception. That ended his 20-game passing touchdown streak, which was the longest streak in program history. The Vols finish the regular season with three matchups against unranked opponents (Missouri, South Carolina, and Vanderbilt). They should stay in the mix for a place in the college football playoffs.
Key Stats: The Vols ended their loss to Georgia with two fumbled restarts, marking the seventh time this season they forced multiple turnovers.
What’s next? The volunteers will host Missouri in week 11 (Saturday, 12 p.m. ET).
6. Oregon (Previous ranking: 8)
Result week 10: Defeated Colorado, 49-10
Why they are listed here: Oregon has looked nearly unstoppable since the Week 1 loss to Georgia. Bo Nix is playing the best football of his career, leading an offense that’s averaging more than 43 points per game this season. If the Ducks get past Washington next week, there’ll be a showdown with Utah on November 19 to watch.
Key Stats: Oregon has won four straight games by 15+ points, which is the nation’s longest active streak.
What’s next? The Ducks will look to keep their hot streak alive when they host the Huskies in Week 11 (Saturday, 7 p.m. ET, FOX).
7. LSU (Previous ranking: unrated)
Result week 10: defeated Alabama32-31
Why they are listed here: Who knew Brian Kelly’s LSU team would finish in the top 10 after a 24-23 loss to Florida State in Week 1? That’s what happens when you get back-to-back top 10 wins over Ole Miss and Alabama. Jayden Daniels is quietly putting together one of the best seasons among SEC quarterbacks. He has rushed for more than 2,300 yards and 19 touchdowns with just one interception this season.
Key Stats: LSU is the only team to hold Alabama without a first-half touchdown this season.
What’s next? The Tigers host Louisville in Week 11 (Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET).
8th. Alabama (Previous ranking: 6)
Result week 10: Lost to LSU, 32-31
Why they are listed here: Alabama has lost two games by four points. Nick Saban’s team is still very good, but Tide’s CFP hopes took a massive hit with this loss to LSU. When you have Bryce Young in the middle you can win almost every game you play. Alabama will need Young at their best next weekend when they travel to Mississippi to face Ole Miss in another highly anticipated SEC showdown.
Key Stats: The Crimson Tide lost twice before Thanksgiving (or the Iron Bowl) for the first time since 2010.
What’s next? Alabama will travel to Mississippi in Week 11 (Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET) to fight the Ole Miss Rebels.
9. UCLA (Previous ranking: 9)
Result week 10: Defeated Arizona State, 50-38
Why they are listed here: The Bruins continue to play outstanding football led by do-it-all QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson, who was great again in the win over Arizona State. Thompson-Robinson threw for 169 yards and two touchdowns while adding 120 yards and two more points on the ground. The Bruins averaged nearly 10 rushing yards per play on Saturday, and that was without their lead rusher, Zach Charbonnet. If UCLA gets past Arizona and USC can take care of Colorado, Pac-12 fans will likely be treated to a top 10 showdown on November 19 at the Rose Bowl.
Key Stats: The Bruins have scored 30 or more points in every game this season, already matching the number they scored last season.
What’s next? UCLA will host Arizona in Week 11 (Saturday, 10:30 p.m., FOX).
10. Utah (Previous ranking: 10)
Result week 10: Defeated Arizona, 45-20.
Why they are listed here: Utah went down to crush Arizona with a season-high 306 rushing yards. Nine players carried the ball for the Utes, with five averaging more than 7 yards per carry. Add in an opportunistic defense (force four fumbles) and you have a recipe for success. A week 12 showdown in Oregon is imminent.
Key Stats: The loss in Arizona marked the Utes’ 13th straight home win of 2020.
What’s next? The Utes host Stanford in Week 11 (Saturday, 10:00 p.m. ET).
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