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Christian Caple’s college football rankings

Top 25

With last week’s ranking in parentheses:

1. Oregon (1): Still winning big, but offensive line injuries are a concern.

2. Florida State (2): Can Jameis Winston remove himself from Heisman candidacy based on off-field incidents alone? He’s off to a good start.

3. Oklahoma (3): Trip to Morgantown on Saturday could be dicey.

4. Alabama (4): Southern Miss won’t be applying for SEC membership any time soon after 40-point shellacking.

5. LSU (6): Should hammer Mississippi State this week.

6. Texas A&M (9): The Legend of Kenny Trill continues to grow.

7. Auburn (7): Feels like a Tigers blowout coming in Manhattan on Thursday.

8. Baylor (10): Points, points, points, etc.

9. UCLA (11): Richard Gerald Neuheisel III, come on down!

10. Notre Dame (13): Purdue scored two more touchdowns against Irish than Michigan did.

11. Michigan State (12): Battle of Michigans this week with Eastern coming to town.

12. Arizona State (14): Losing Taylor Kelly for Sept. 25 game against UCLA is disappointing development.

13. Mississippi (16): Gradual buildup to game against Alabama, with a bye this week, then Memphis.

14. Wisconsin (17): Yawn.

15. Kansas State (18): Statement time for the Wildcats with high-scoring Auburn coming to town.

16. South Carolina (24): That final measurement against Georgia was thisclose.

17. Georgia (5): … and it cost the Bulldogs 12 spots.

18. Stanford (19): Might be a little harder to sneak past the Ducks this year.

19. Clemson (20): Can play spoiler in Tallahassee against FSU on Saturday.

20. Missouri (21): Tigers will bring more shame to the Big Ten by pummeling Indiana this week.

21. Ohio State (22): Golden Flashes of Kent State were neither golden nor flashy in 66-0 loss.

22. Brigham Young (23): The undefeated dream lives on after close call against Houston.

23. Nebraska (NR): There was a time when Miami at Nebraska would have been must-see TV. Not quite this year.

24. North Carolina (25): Tar Heels are off for two consecutive weeks. Huh.

25. USC (8): The Trojans allowed 452 yards rushing to Boston College. And rushed for 20 yards themselves. That is not good.

 

PAC-12

1. Oregon (1): Trap game in Pullman this weekend? Probably not.

2. UCLA (3): Lazy decision by writers of “The Drive” to go to “backup-QB-turned-hero” plot twist so early in the season.

3. Arizona State (4): Backup QB Mike Bercovici will try to pull a Neuheisel.

4. Stanford (10): If Army’s offense can’t score against Cardinal, who can?

5. Washington (9): Can’t prove a whole lot this week against Georgia State, but big margin of victory will be expected.

6. Arizona (6): Navigated “meh” nonconference schedule undefeated.

7. California (5): A win this week in Tucson would amplify feel-good start to the season.

8. Oregon State (7): With injuries to Brett Hundley and Taylor Kelly, Beavers have to feel good about having big-time, healthy QB as schedule heads toward Pac-12 play.

9. Utah (8): Big test at Michigan this week.

10. Washington State (11): Think of how many points Rutgers could score on Portland State.

11. Colorado (12): Only losing to ASU by 14 constitutes an improvement.

12. USC (2): When you get outrushed by 432 yards at Boston College, you get to come in last in the power rankings, no matter your ranking in the national top 25.

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