This Week's Storylines & My Top 25

Rankings

(1)    1. Alabama (10-0)
(5)   2. Ohio State (9-1)
(2)   3. Clemson (9-1)
(6)   4. Louisville (9-1)
(3)   5. Michigan (9-1)
(7)   6. Wisconsin (8-2) 
(10)  7. Penn State (8-2)
(4)   8. Washington (9-1)
(11)   9. Oklahoma (8-2)
(15)  10. Utah (8-2)
(20)  11. USC (7-3)
(12)  12. Colorado (8-2)
(13)  13. Oklahoma State (8-2)
(16)  14. West Virginia (8-1)
(9)   15. Auburn (7-3)
(19)  16. Nebraska (8-2)
(24) 17. LSU (6-3)
(8)   18. Texas A&M (7-3)
(18)  19. Florida State (7-3)
(22) 20. Boise State (9-1)
(21)  21. Western Michigan (10-0)
(23)  22. Washington State (8-2)
(NR)  23. Minnesota (7-3)
(NR) 24. Tennessee (7-3)
(NR) 25. Troy (8-1)


*Dropped out: VT (15), UNC (17), Arkansas (25)

*Outside Looking In: VT, Florida, UNC, Arkansas, SDSU, Houston, Navy, Stanford, App. St., Georgia

**Previous ranks reflect CFP Week 11**


Top Storylines

Let The Chaos Begin - Upset Weekend

8 ranked team, 5 top-10 teams, 3 undefeated teams. #2 Clemson, #3 Michigan, and #4 Washington all got upset. The Playoffs Chaos Begins. Others who lost in the top 25 are Texas A&M, Auburn, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, and Arkansas.

Clemson Blewitt

It was a high-scoring game in which Deshaun Watson threw 70 times for 580 Yards. It wasn't enough to make up for his 3 INTs, though. Pitt was able to get into field goal range late, and Chris Blewitt booted a 48-yard field goal to take the lead with :06 left to giving his team the upset win over #2 ranked Clemson. Now, the question is how far do they fall?

Auburn Loses Title Hopes, Bama clinches SEC West

Auburn had won 6 straight games and were eyeing an upset over Alabama, taking the SEC West lead, and getting a shot at the Playoff. The Problem? They're playing Georgia, not Alabama. Auburn was stagnant on offense with the SECs leading rusher, Kamryn Pettway, sidelined and Sean White playing through injury. Georgia controlled the clock and dominated defensively. Auburn only allowed 6 points, but a Georgia pick-6 early in the 3rd quarter turned out to be the play deciding factor as Auburn failed to get a single 1st down in the 2nd half. The Auburn loss clinches the SEC West for Alabama, guaranteeing them an appearance in the Atlanta.

USC Dominates Washington In Upset

Washington has been looked at all year as the weakest of the Power-5 undefeateds because of their schedule. A much-improved USC showed why that was the case. Jake Browning's Heisman hopes took a hit as he wasn't able to lead a comeback rally. Washington may not be out of the playoff race, but with a loss on their record, they'll have to work their way back into the top 4. They'll play Washington State Nov. 25th to determine the winner of the Pac-12 North.

Shea Patterson - The Next Manziel

Both teams had to roll out onto the field with new starting QBs this week. Ole Miss replaced Chad Kelly, who has been ruled out for the season due to a torn ACL and lateral meniscus, and Texas A&M replaced Trevor Knight (shoulder) who's out until at least bowl season. Texas A&M put Junior Jake Hubenak out there for the start, but that's not the story of the day. Ole Miss decided to pull the redshirt off of Shea Patterson (5-Star True Freshman). Shea Patterson then led Ole Miss to the win against a top-10 SEC opponent in his first collegiate game. He looked electric on the field, leading to a 24-point 4th quarter and garnering comparisons to Johnny Manziel.

Michigan Goes Down

On a week of top-10 upsets, Michigan was in a close game with Iowa - up 13-11. Iowa constructed what seemed to be an unexpected final drive, aided by a controversial facemask call, and with 3 seconds left, Keith Duncan, Iowa's Freshman kicker, nailed a 26-yard field goal to upset the #3 ranked Wolverines. Iowa's field goal threw the Big 10 into a frenzy and the fans stormed the field. With Ohio State still on their schedule, they have a very good chance to get back into the Top 4.