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College Football Top 25: Buffaloes still unranked


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College football was pretty crazy this week, but most of that weirdness was outside the Top 25. Only three teams from last week’s Top 25 lost this week — No. 11 USC, No. 20 Michigan, No. 24 Syracuse — but all of those losses came against teams in this week’s Top 10. Colorado fans wish there would’ve been at least one Top 25 upset, but the Buffs played more like the Butts.

1. Alabama Crimson Tide (8-0)

Alabama might be slipping. They won 45-7, but they allowed Tennessee to score its first touchdown in almost a month.

2. Penn State Nittany Lions (7-0)

Penn State destroyed No. 19 Michigan, 42-13. Saquon Barkley continues to build his Heisman resume as he had a nice 69-yard touchdown run. Trace McSorley was also amazing as he threw for 282 yards and touchdown and ran for 76 yards and three touchdowns.

3. Georgia Bulldogs (7-0)

Dawgs had a bye.

4. Clemson Tigers (6-1)

Tigers had a bye.

5. Wisconsin Badgers (7-0)

Wisconsin continues Wisconsining as they Wisconsined to a beatdown of Maryland, a team that beat Texas earlier this season.

6. TCU Horned Frogs (7-0)

Frogs had a bye, held Kansas to 21 total yards.

7. Miami Hurricanes (6-0)

Syracuse QB Eric Dungey who got the best of the Canes, but Miami eventually had the last laugh as they beat a solid Orange squad.

8. Oklahoma Sooners (6-1)

Oklahoma escaped what could’ve been a disastrous loss to Kansas State, but because of Baker Mayfield’s brilliance and Rodney Anderson’s spectacular game-winning run, the Sooners won 42-35 and their Playoff hopes are still alive.

9. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (6-1)

Notre Dame beat the hell out of USC as they ran for 377 yards on a usually stout Trojans line. A year after going 4-8, the Irish could seriously contend for the Playoff.

10. Ohio State Buckeyes (6-1)

Buckeyes had a bye.

11. Washington Huskies (6-1)

Huskies had a bye.

12. Oklahoma State Cowboys (6-1)

Oklahoma State needed an interception in overtime to beat Texas. It wasn’t exactly inspiring, but a win is a win.

13. Washington State Cougars (7-1)

Cougars had a bye, beat the Butts 28-0.

14. NC State Wolfpack (6-1)

Wolfpack had a bye.

15. Virginia Tech Hokies (6-1)

Virginia Tech beat North Carolina, 59-7, which sounds ridiculous except UNC is 1-7 right now. The Hokies are quarterbacked by freshman Josh Jackson and he’s going to be a problem for defenses for the next 3+ seasons.

16. Auburn Tigers (6-2)

Auburn has beat up everyone on their schedule except for close loss to Clemson and LSU. Are the Tigers, gasp, underrated?

17. Stanford Cardinal (5-2)

Cardinal had a bye.

18. South Florida Bulls (6-0)

The Bulls had the closest game of the season, but they were beat Tulane despite almost blowing a 34-7 lead. It looks like USF will get to the New Year’s 6 bowl game, but I’m not one to trust Charlie Strong can keep this up.

19. USC Trojans (6-2)

USC just got wasted by Notre Dame and pretty much everyone on the team is injured, even Sam Darnold. If they don’t get healthy, they could easily tumble out of the rankings.

20. LSU Tigers (6-2)

LSU has two really bad losses this year — beat down 37-7 by Mississippi State, upset 24-21 by Troy — but Darius Grice has carried them to some solid wins. The SEC is really bad this year and it appears the Tigers are taking advantage of that.

21. UCF Golden Knights (6-1)

I haven’t seen the Golden Knights play, nor will I, but they’re probably pretty decent if they’re 6-1. Did you know Blake Bortles went to school there?

22. Michigan State Spartans (6-1)

Michigan State is really bad and I have no idea how they’re 6-1. But just as star running back L.J. Scott keeps getting charged for driving without a license, the Spartans keep scraping by with low-scoring wins.

23. Iowa State Cyclones (5-2)

The Cyclones keep ravaging the Big 12. After upsetting both Oklahoma and Kansas in back-to-back weeks, Iowa State went down to Lubbock and bullied Texas Tech. They’re about to host TCU, so we’ll soon find out how real they are.

24. Memphis Tigers (6-1)

I haven’t seen the Tigers play, nor will I, but they’re probably pretty decent if they’re 6-1. Did you know Paxton Lynch went to school there?

25. Arizona Wildcats (5-2)

Khalil Tate is a monster. He roasted Cal this past weekend and led the Cats to the double overtime victory on the road. We here at the Ralphie Report are very excited for him to thank Drew Lewis and Ryan Moeller during his Heisman speech.