Fornelli 50 college football rankings: Ohio State has itself in a great position

Clemson Tigers
6-0 Am I the only one that’s a little worried about heading to Syracuse for a Friday night game? (Last week: 1) 2. Alabama 6-0 I hope Nick Saban appreciates these rankings not poisoning his team by putting it at No. 1. (2) 3. Penn State 6-0 Even on a day when
Saquon Barkley
was bottled up, for the most part, the Nittany Lions still cruised. (4) 4.
Washington Huskies
6-0 Don’t worry, Chris Petersen, math never sleeps. (6) 5.
UCF Knights
4-0 UCF scored 51 points in a game that was called due to weather before the third quarter ended. This team is just dominating everyone it plays. (5) 6.
Georgia Bulldogs
6-0 Georgia has outscored its SEC opponents 117-17 in three games. (8) 7. TCU 5-0 Look who is suddenly in the Big 12 driver’s seat. (7) 8.
Wisconsin Badgers
5-0 I think the QB position is what keeps this team from being elite. (10) 9. Washington State 6-0 We’re looking at a Wazzu that could be 9-0 entering November. The first CFP Rankings will be released by then. (11) 10. Ohio State 5-1 The Buckeyes are outscoring opponents 210-42 during their four-game win streak. (15) 11. South Florida 5-0 The Bulls had the week off, but get
Cincinnati Bearcats
this week. (12) 12. Miami 4-0 The Canes finally slew the Seminole giant. (13) 13.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
5-1 The Irish still have to play
Southern California Trojans
NC State Wolfpack
, Miami,
Navy Midshipmen
Stanford Cardinal
. Enjoy the week off while you can! (19) 14. San Diego State 6-0 If the Aztecs get past
Boise State Broncos
this week, a 12-0 regular season is in play. (17) 15. Oklahoma 4-1 Oklahoma has now lost a game in which it was a double-digit favorite in seven straight seasons. (3) 16. USC 5-1 I guess losing to the Trojans was the last straw for Gary Andersen. (21) 17.
Auburn Tigers
5-1 The four FBS teams Auburn has beaten have a combined record of 6-13, which is why I’m not on board yet. (22) 18. Navy 5-0 The reason Navy is the lowest ranked undefeated team is the average Fornelli ranking of the five teams it has beaten is 93. (18) 19. Oklahoma State 4-1 Watching Oklahoma lose on your bye week is the ideal way to spend a bye week in Stillwater. (20) 20. Virginia Tech 5-1 The Hokies put their loss to Clemson in the rearview mirror by beating
Boston College Eagles
. (23) 21. NC State 5-1 It’s important to remember that, while we see wins over
Florida State Seminoles
and Louisville as impressive, the math sees wins against teams that are a combined 5-5. (29) 22.
Michigan Wolverines
4-1 Jim Harbaugh is now 3-4 against
Penn State Nittany Lions
Michigan State Spartans
and Ohio State at Michigan. He’s 4-4 against teams that were ranked at the time. (9) 23. Michigan State 4-1 I’m sure Michigan State fans won’t be upset about being ranked below Michigan. It’s the math, not me! (39) 24.
Texas Tech Red Raiders
4-1 Tech had a bye week against
Kansas Jayhawks
. (41) 25. Georgia Tech 3-1 The Bees had the week off, but have a significant showdown with Miami this week. (30) 26.
Houston Cougars
4-1 Based on what I’ve seen, Houston’s win over
Southern Methodist Mustangs
may have been its most impressive performance of the season. (35) 27.
Kentucky Wildcats
5-1 Have you looked at the rest of Kentucky’s schedule? Its, uh, it’s pretty manageable. (38) 28. Stanford 4-2 Stanford gets
Oregon Ducks
this week in a “Loser Leaves The Division Race” bout. (43) 29.
Utah Utes
4-1 The Utes dropped one to Stanford, but have no time to feel sorry for themselves with this week’s trip to USC coming. (16) 30.
Marshall Thundering Herd
4-1 A win is a win, but Marshall should beat
Charlotte 49ers
by more than 11 points. (44) 31. UTSA 3-1 The Roadrunners dropped their first game of the season to
Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles
on Saturday. (14) 32.
Virginia Cavaliers
4-1 I’m not the only one who has noticed Bronco Mendenhall’s Cavs are 4-1 while
Brigham Young Cougars
is 1-5, right? (47) 33.
Memphis Tigers
4-1 Memphis looked like a team trying to score away the memories of that loss to UCF against UConn. (48) 34.
Iowa Hawkeyes
4-2 Iowa outscored
Illinois Fighting Illini
28-3 in the second half to pick up an easy win. (49) 35.
Troy Trojans
LSU Tigers
Florida Gators
boosted Troy’s SOS, and losses elsewhere helped raise its ranking. (42) 36.
Toledo Rockets
4-1 Losing leading receiver
Cody Thompson
is a big blow for the Rockets. (45) 37. Oregon 4-2 Nobody in the Pac-12 is going to feel sorry for the banged-up Ducks. (25) 38.
Duke Blue Devils
4-2 The sheen has started to wear off a bit. (24) 39. Louisville 4-2 The Cardinals are 4-5 since their 9-1 start to the 2016 season. (26) 40. Purdue 3-2 The Gophers left their boat on the tracks. (52) 41.
South Carolina Gamecocks
4-2 I filed South Carolina’s 26-point win over
Arkansas Razorbacks
in the “Unexpected Results” drawer. (55) 42.
Texas Longhorns
3-2 The Horns are back! For now! Maybe if they beat Oklahoma they’ll be back for good. (54) 43.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons
4-2 Wake Forest has lost two in a row, but it’s been a pain in the butt for both Florida State and Clemson. (32) 44. West Virginia 3-2 I like this team, but it’s pretty clear it’s not in the upper tier of the Big 12. (28) 45. Colorado State 4-2 I believe the Rams are the best team in their division this year. Sorry, Boise State. (51) 46. Mississippi State 3-2 The Bulldogs had the week off. (46) 47. Florida 3-2 At least the Tom Petty tribute was great. (27) 48. Texas A&M 4-2 Hey, losing to Alabama by only 11 is a win in my book. (36) 49. Iowa State 3-2 Anything cool happen for
Iowa State Cyclones
this weekend? (NR) 50. SMU 4-2 SMU lost to Houston, but it just hangs on to a spot in the Fornelli 50. (33)