Not too long ago, we here the Ralphie Report were clamoring for the Colorado Buffaloes to be in the Top 25. Flash forward to Week 7 — one blowout and two fluky, close losses — and we’ve piped down quite a bit. Even with Colorado struggling mightily in recent weeks, we still want to rank someone, so here’s our own Top 25.
1. Alabama Crimson Tide (6-0)
Bama struggled a little in their victory over Texas A&M, but they still look as good as ever, which is terrifying.
2. Clemson Tigers (6-0)
Clemson doesn’t have Deshaun Watson, but apparently their defense is so good that it doesn’t matter who’s at QB.
3. Washington Huskies (6-0)
4. Georgia Bulldogs (6-0)
The Huskies and Bulldogs continue to routinely blow out their opposition as they have a silent battle to determine which mascot is the goodest boy.
5. Penn State Nittany Lions (6-0)
Washington, Georgia and Penn State, meanwhile, are routinely blowing out everyone they play.
6. Washington State Cougars (6-0)
Washington State is a legitimate contender right now and we should take more time to appreciate just that.
7. Wisconsin Badgers (5-0)
Wisconsin keeps doing Wisconsin things as they Wisconsined past Nebraska. They might Wisconsin all the way to the Rose Bowl if they stay healthy.
8. Miami Hurricanes (4-0)
After their comeback win over Florida State, Miami remains the best team in Florida and the coolest team in college football.
9. Oklahoma Sooners (4-1)
10. TCU Horned Frogs (5-0)
Oklahoma just lost to Iowa State (lol), but they’re still the best team in the Big 12, even with TCU undefeated and on the heels of back-to-back Top 25 wins.
11. Ohio State Buckeyes (5-1)
Aside from their home loss to Oklahoma in Week 2, the Buckeyes have blown out everyone in their wake, albeit those teams are the Rutgers and Marylands of the world.
12. Auburn Tigers (5-1)
The SEC is a hot mess at the moment, but at least Auburn hasn’t disappointed like they usually do.
13. USC Trojans (5-1)
USC hasn’t looked like the National Championship contender they were projected to be, but they’re still really good, and with a game against Utah on Saturday, they might already wrap up the Pac-12 South.
14. Oklahoma State Cowboys (4-1)
Remember when we thought Colorado was a better team than Oklahoma State? Lol.
15. San Diego State Aztecs (6-0)
16. South Florida Bulls (5-0)
It looks increasingly likely that the Aztecs and Bulls will quietly battle each other from opposite coastlines as they seek out a NY6 bowl game. My money would be on SDSU’s Rashaad Penny and definitely not on Charlie Strong’s squad.
17. NC State Wolfpack
The ACC is a weird place. Lamar Jackson won’t win the Heisman because his teammates are awful. Florida State might be the best 1-3 team we’ll ever see. Also NC State and Virginia Tech might be pretty good, but me writing that means both teams will lose next week because that’s just what happens in the ACC.
19. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (5-1)
Speaking of the ACC, the Irish have bounced back admirably after going 4-8 last season, and them being ranked here is definitely not an excuse to remind you that they went 4-8 last season.
20. Michigan State Spartans (4-1)
21. Michigan Wolverines (4-1)
Michigan State is so, so, so bad this year, but they climb into these rankings because Michigan choked away a sure victory.
Throw this GIF into the hall of fame pic.twitter.com/R6CVba6e3j— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) October 8, 2017
22. Stanford Cardinal (4-2)
23. Utah Utes (4-1)
Stanford climbs back into the rankings after Bryce Love carried them to a tight 23-20 win on the road against a solid Utah team that has withstood a slew of injuries. Utah stays in the Top 25 because idk who else to put in.
24. Navy Midshipmen (5-0)
I’m still bitter that the CU-Arizona game kept me from watching Navy and Air Force engage in a high-scoring triple option battle.
more like the Department of Offense tbh pic.twitter.com/m64PvkRy9R— Rodger Sherman (@rodger_sherman) October 7, 2017
25. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (3-1)
Because we here at the Ralphie Report love the triple option offense.