Today we continue our new feature for TCI where each week we will give our top ten national power rankings.
These ranking are based on who we believe are the top ten teams in the nation right now. Who are this week’s top ten in the TCI National Power Rankings?
Oregon remains as our No. 1 team this week. The Ducks had the week off but continue to look like the best team in the nation after the first four weeks. Oregon has the nation’s best offense right now, but also an improved defense that is only giving up nine points per game.
Alabama is No. 2 once again this week. Bama was only up 17-0 at the half on Colorado State but did enough to walk away with a 31-6 victory. We will learn more about the Tide next weekend when Ole Miss comes to town.
3. Ohio State
Ohio State dominated another patsy this week winning 76-0. Guiton once again got the start and now has many wondering if he should be the starter over Miller as he put up six TD’s in the first half. So far this season he is 65-95 for 664 yards and 13 touchdowns. Next weekend Wisconsin comes to town so Ohio State will get their first real test.
Clemson remains at No. 4 in our National Power Rankings this week. If you listen to the national media you might think Clemson almost lost the game to NC State. That of course is not the case as they held a 19 point lead early in the fourth and could have easily scored on the last drive if Dabo was not too classy for that. A 12 point win on the road will keep the Tigers at No. 4.
The Dawgs moved to 2-1 on the year with a 45-21 victory over North Texas. Similar to Clemson’s win it wasn’t always pretty, but they got the job done and didn’t have any trouble late in the game. LSU comes to town next weekend so there will definitely be some movement in our power rankings. If the Dawgs can beat LSU they will be positioned well to win the East and get another shot at the SEC Championship game. A loss to LSU and Georgia’s National Championship hopes will be done for this season.
LSU moves up to No. 6 this week after an impressive win over Auburn in a downpour. Auburn is better this year, but not “back” like many in the media said after a fast start. LSU looks to be ready for another run at the SEC West Championship and another run for the national title. We will find out a lot more about these Tigers next week when they travel to Athens.
7. Florida State
The Noles slip one spot this week to No. 7. Florida State still has yet to be tested as they defeated Bethune-Cookman 54-6. Next week they travel on the road for the first time, but play Boston College so it should be another win for the Noles. In two weeks Maryland comes to town for the first real test.
Stanford remains at No. 8 this week. They passed their first real test of the season holding on for a 42-28 win over Arizona State. The Cardinals were dominant in the first half but had to fight off a rally in the second. The 14 point win a week earlier against Army looks even less impressive after Wake Forest won at Army this weekend. We will find out a lot more over the next few weeks with Washington State, Washington and UCLA on the schedule.
UCLA is in at No. 9 this week after a 59-13 win over New Mexico State. UCLA continues to show that they are ready to compete for the league championship. Stanford and Oregon both come to town later in October so we will learn if the Bruins are ready to battle for a bigger prize.
Louisville remains at No. 10 after a 72-0 victory over Florida International. The biggest issue with determining where Louisville should rank in our power rankings is the schedule. The Cardinals should go undefeated with the schedule they have for 2013. There is no question they have one of the top offenses in the nation led by one of the top quarterbacks. We may not know until bowl season where they stand with the other top teams in the nation.