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Monday, November 04, 2019 6:20 pm

Sinn's AP Poll: Week 10

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

It was a relatively quiet slate in college football because many of the nation's top teams had the week off. Still, there were some fireworks in high-profile games, notably Georgia-Florida and Memphis-SMU. The Bulldogs pulled out a victory over the Gators in the Cocktail Party, solidifying their status as the top one-loss team in the country (though Oregon, which beat USC like a drum Saturday night and has only lost to Auburn, would probably argue that point). 

The Memphis-Southern Methodist game likely had no impact on the College Football Playoff, but it was an absolute blast, with an incredibly entertaining Tigers team handing the Mustangs their first loss of the season, 54-48, despite 456 passing yards from SMU (and former Texas Longhorn) quarterback Shane Buechele. That victory leaves the Tigers in the driver's seat for the Group of Five New Year's Six Bowl bid, though it will still have to get past Cincinnati on Nov. 29 and possibly again in the AAC Championship Game (the Bearcats' only loss this season has come to Ohio State). Quietly, the AAC has four teams ranked in this week's top 25 and none of them are UCF: Memphis, SMU, Cincinnati and Navy. This conference has been plenty of fun this season and it could get another shot at a major-conference team in a big bowl game.

Still, none of that changes the basic tenor of the College Football Playoff race, which remained static this week. The top five teams are Clemson, Ohio State, LSU, Alabama and Penn State in some order, with Georgia, Oregon, Minnesota, Baylor and Oklahoma lurking as darkhorses. The race should gain some clarity after the LSU-Alabama and Penn State-Minnesota games this week, but there is still plenty of chaos to come with potential losses for every team on the board except Clemson (watch out for Wake Forest on Nov. 16, though, Tigers).

Here is my full poll following Week 10: 

1. Clemson (9-0)

2. Ohio State (8-0)

3. Alabama (8-0)

4. LSU (8-0)

5. Penn State (8-0)

6. Georgia (7-1)

7. Oregon (8-1)

8. Utah (8-1)

9. Florida (7-2)

10. Minnesota (8-0)

11. Auburn (7-2)

12. Baylor (8-0)

13. Oklahoma (7-1)

14. Wisconsin (6-2)

15. Michigan (6-2)

16. Wake Forest (7-1)

17. Notre Dame (6-2)

18. Memphis (8-1)

19. Kansas State (6-2)

20. Cincinnati (7-1)

21. SMU (8-1)

22. Iowa (6-2)

23. Indiana (7-2)

24. Boise State (7-1)

25. Navy (7-1)

The official AP Poll can be found here: https://www.collegefootball.ap.org/poll

The big news from my poll this week: the Indiana Hoosiers are in the top 25. IU missed out on the full poll, though it did garner the 28th-most points. I resisted putting Indiana in the poll after it went on the road and beat Nebraska last week, but I finally caved this time after watching the Hoosiers dismantle Northwestern. The Wildcats are a bad team, but they generally do a good job of mucking the game up and making it ugly. Indiana didn't allow them to do that and won easily, emerging with a 34-3 victory, its fourth in a row, to improve to 7-2. Since I have been watching football, these are games the Hoosiers have lost, games where they had a chance to make a genuine statement. They've won two of those types of games in a row now and get a bye before taking on Penn State in Happy Valley on Nov. 16. I ranked them this week and I think they deserve to be a top 25 team, despite their relative lack of "glamour" wins. They've beaten the teams they're supposed to beat and beaten them handily. Now, to get a big win against the Nittany Lions or Michigan.

Another new arrival to my poll is Navy at No. 25, which is also where the Midshipmen are in the full poll. They are 7-1 this season, with the only loss a 35-23 defeat at the hands of Memphis in September. Navy moving into the poll adds another top 25 matchup to Notre Dame's remaining schedule, as the service academy will visit South Bend on Nov. 16 after a bye. It's a game that Notre Dame will not be able to skate through, by the looks of it. The Midshipmen have scored at least 34 points in every game this season outside of the loss to the Tigers and their triple-option offense matches up well with Notre Dame's struggles stopping the run. Throw in an extra week to prepare and the game could get very interesting.

Bold Pick of the Week: Missouri 29, No. 6 Georgia 24

The Tigers are coming off back-to-back losses after a 5-1 start, but had a bye last week, while Georgia had to play a physical rivalry game against Florida. Missouri should be motivated after losing to Vanderbilt and Kentucky in consecutive weeks and Georgia has shown a penchant for playing down to its opponents this season, in part because of its conservative offense scheme. 

Last Week: Florida 31, Georgia 14

You might be sensing a theme here. I picked Georgia to get stomped by the Gators and that didn't happen, with the Bulldogs winning 24-17. I'm doubling down this week.

Season Record: 2-7

dsinn@jg.net


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