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?
Once again Oregon remains as No. 1. Oregon didn’t have any trouble whipping California 55-16 in weather that was made for ducks. The offense continues to roll for the Ducks. Another blowout is on tap next week with Colorado before Oregon travels to No. 15 Washington.
Alabama’s defense was impressive this weekend in a 25-0 victory over Ole Miss but they remain at No. 2. By season end this Alabama team could be the best in the nation once again, but right now they have some work to do on both sides of the ball.
The Tigers move up this week to No. 3 jumping Ohio State. It wasn’t Clemson’s offensive performance Saturday that led to the jump but it was another outstanding performance from the defense. There is no question that Clemson has one of the top offenses in the nation when they are rolling. Now it looks like they may have a top 20 defense to go along with the high powered offense.
4. Ohio State
Ohio State passed their first test of the season with a 31-24 victory over Wisconsin, but the win was not convincing. Clemson’s win over Georgia in week one was much more impressive so we have slipped Ohio State to No. 4. Georgia is coming on strong so we will see if the Buckeyes can hold off the Dawgs over the next few weeks in our National Power Rankings.
Georgia remain at No. 5, but almost moved up to No. 4 this week. The Dawgs came through with a late score to top LSU even though Gurley watched from the sidelines. Georgia validated two things Saturday. One they could be the best team in the SEC this year and two it gave Clemson even more respect for their win over Georgia.
6. Florida State
Florida State moves up to No. 6 this week. They fell behind early at Boston College but came back strong for the road win. We will find out even more next week when the Noles host Maryland. Florida State could head to Death Valley in three weeks for a top five ACC showdown.
Stanford moved up to No. 7 this week after passing a road test at Washington State with a 55-17 victory. Stanford dominated from start to finish. Next week Stanford hosts No. 15 Washington so we will learn more about the Cardinals.
LSU slips to No. 8 this week after their close loss at Georgia. LSU could be the best team in the SEC West. We won’t know that answer until November when the Tigers battle Texas A&M and Alabama. Right now we will give the nod to the Tigers over the Aggies.
The Bruins remained at No. 9 this week with a bye. UCLA will get a road test next week at 3-1 Utah. In October we will learn if the Bruins are a legit top ten team when they travel to Stanford and Oregon in consecutive weeks.
Louisville remains at No. 10 this week. They have one of the nation’s top offenses, but won’t face a top team all season. 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.