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

1.
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
and
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
4-1
LSU Tigers
beating
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)

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