With Week 11 now in the books, it’s time to release our staff rankings that now factor in the weekend that was in college football.
Each of the seven members of the NDT staff (Kyle Crabbs, Joe Marino, Roger Dixon, Scott Bischoff, Jon Ledyard, Benjamin Solak and Jonah Tuls) submitted their individual top-15 rankings that factored into the composite list by averaging them together.
And what a wild weekend it was. While the same 15 teams remain in the poll, only Alabama held its spot at No. 1. Two new teams enter the coveted top four and undefeated Wisconsin still finds itself on the outside looking in.
*Last weeks rank in parenthesis.
- Alabama 10-0 (1) – The Tide continues to cling to the No. 1 spot and are back to being our staffs consensus top team. Despite a scare from Mississippi State on Saturday, Bama proved it was still capable of winning when they don’t play their best.
- Clemson 9-1 (4) – The Tiger’s clinched an appearance in the ACC Championship game which is looking like it could be a play-in game.
- Oklahoma 9-1 (5) – The Sooners faced a challenging stretch of games against Oklahoma State and TCU and so far they’ve aced it. It’s hard to imagine Oklahoma not playing for the Big 12 Championship.
- Miami 9-0 (6) – The U is back! After destroying Notre Dame on Saturday, the Nation has officially been put on notice. The Canes must avoid let downs to close out the season against Virginia and Pitt before playing Clemson in the ACC Championship.
- Auburn 8-2 (11) – The Tigers vault from 11 to 5 after a dominant win against previously unbeaten Georgia. Auburn will also have a chance to knock off Alabama and then Georgia again in the SEC Championship Game, making a strong case for a 2-loss team landing in the playoffs.
- Georgia 9-1 (2) – It’s not that Georgia lost to Auburn that puts them on the outside looking in, it’s that they weren’t competitive. Despite the loss, if Georgia wins the SEC Championship then they are virtual lock for the playoffs.
- Wisconsin 10-0 (7) – Sure they are undefeated and in the Big Ten but we’re still not impressed with their resume. With that said, go beat Michigan and win the Big Ten Championship and the Badgers will be in the playoffs.
- Ohio State 8-2 (10) – The Buckeyes have dominated on eight occasions and were embarrassed twice. They’ll need plenty of good fortune to be back in the playoffs.
- Notre Dame 8-2 (3) – Notre Dame’s run at the playoffs was fun while it lasted but getting walloped by Miami gave the Irish its second loss and the playoffs are now out of the picture.
- Oklahoma State 8-2 (12) – The Cowboys bounced back from its loss to Oklahoma with a win over Iowa State. They’ll need some help but playing for the Big Twelve Championship is not out of the realm of possibilities.
- Penn State 8-2 (13) – After back-to-back losses, the Lions got back to its winning ways against Rutgers.
- TCU 8-2 (7) – The Horned Frogs fell victim to Baker Mayfield and Oklahoma but they may get a shot at redemption in the Big Twelve Championship.
- Southern Cal 9-2 (14) – The Trojans face rival UCLA before playing for the Pac Twelve Championship. That Friday night hiccup against Washington State will haunt them.
- Central Florida 9-0 (15) – The Knight’s continued its undefeated season on Saturday with a win over UConn. They could appear in a New Years six bowl game if they keep it up.
- Washington 8-2 (9) – 20 different teams were submitted by our staff but the Huskies barely hung onto its spot in our poll. A stretch of Utah and Washington State to close the season looms for Washington. If that goes well, a date with USC for Pac Twelve Championship is in the cards.
Others receiving votes: Stanford, Memphis, West Virginia, Washington State, Mississippi State.
Dropping Out: None