Jack Geary’s College Football Week 11 Top 25 and Analysis
Article by Jack Geary
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Surprisingly, Bama earned its first ranked win of the season against LSU last week. With ranked opponents ahead, Bama will have more chances to improve the resume.
It’s been awhile since Georgia has played a ranked team. That’ll change this week when they face #10 Auburn. Auburn will force Jake Fromm to throw the ball. We’ll see how Fromm responds.
3. Notre Dame
Saturday is a culmination of all things great in college football. This year’s version of Catholics vs. Convicts is reminiscent of classic college football. Two historic programs will face up once again in South Beach. We can only hope that this game lives up to its legendary potential.
The win against NC State wasn’t an easy one for Clemson. Now, Clemson won’t have to face another ranked team until a potential Acc championship.
Baker Mayfield has climbed to the top of the heisman watch list. A game against TCU will do wonders for his heisman stock and Oklahoma’s playoff chances.
The U is one win away from undoubtedly being back. The Canes currently own the longest winning streak in college football. If they can keep the streak alive by winning at home against Notre Dame it will propel Miami into a surefire playoff spot.
Kenny Trill took care of Texas with no problem. With only a few weeks left in the season, the matchup against Oklahoma this week is TCU’s last shot for a resume boosting win.
The Badgers are the most peculiar case in college football this year. No one is really sure how good Wisconsin is. By facing a newly respected Iowa team this week, Wisconsin’s true talent could be indicated.
The Huskies are one of the few one loss teams remaining in college football. Stopping Bryce Love will be the key to not reaching their second loss of the season.
The ultimate dark horse playoff team is Auburn. Believe me, the committee will overlook 2 losses if Auburn can pull of an undefeated finish to the season. Auburn would boast TWO wins over Georgia and a win over Alabama. This is just one big “what if” that will start against Georgia this week.
Sam Darnold dampened Arizona’s hot streak late into last Saturday. It’s very feasible that USC won’t lost another game for the rest of the season.
Show some love for undefeated UCF. The Knights are favored by over 40 against UConn this Saturday.
13. Michigan State
After a 4 hour rain delay, Michigan State completely killed any playoff hopes for Penn State. Now Michigan State will play Ohio State in a most likely Big 10 East deciding game.
14. Oklahoma State
Mason Rudolph balled out against Oklahoma. Still, it wasn’t enough to overcome Oklahoma’s 62 points. Expect Oklahoma State to put up points galore against Iowa State.
15. Ohio State
Iowa ripped away any playoff hope for Ohio State last week. If you lose by 30 to Iowa you don’t deserve to be in the playoffs. The Buckeyes are still striving for the Big Ten championship. The matchup against Michigan State will be a key decider.
16. Penn State
I tried to tell everyone Saquon Barkley was overrated. In the two most important games of the season, Barkey did nothing to help his team. Albeit, he’s still a top talent in college football.
17. Virginia Tech
The Hokies were easily handled by Miami. Virginia Tech now faces Georgia Tech this week.
18. Mississippi State
Mississippi State will capitalize on a successful season if they can trump Alabama. It would be a season changing upset.
19. Washington State
Beating Stanford was an impressive feat. Utah is next up on the schedule.
The Hawkeyes stunned the nation by absolutely destroying Ohio State. I predicted a measly Iowa victory but couldn’t have predicted a dominant performance from Iowa. Either way, the new spot in the rankings should give Iowa confidence to upset Wisconsin.
21. Iowa State
Iowa State was narrowly defeated by West Virginia last week. They will now need a win over highflying Oklahoma State to stay in the rankings.
The Wolverines have endured a disappointing season by Harbaugh standards. Michigan fans will have to wait to next year for playoff hopes to resurrect.
Memphis cruised against Tulsa and will now face SMU.
24. NC State
NC State is still a talented squad but not good enough to beat top 15 opponents. Weak opponents is all that’s left for the Wolfpack.
I told you guys Northwestern was good! The Wildcats rejoin my rankings for the first time since week 2! Northwestern can’t afford any more losses if they want to stay near the top 25 for the remainder of this season.