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Top 130 College Football Team Rankings for 2019

College Football Top 100 Team Rankings for 2019

College Football Top 100 Team Rankings for 2019

With Week 15 from the 2019 season in the books, it's time to revamp the full top 130 team projections and predictions and rank every FBS team in college football. LSU maintains the No. 1 spot after its victory over Georgia in the SEC Championship. Ohio State remains No. 2 after a second-half rally was needed to beat Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game. Clemson remains No. 3 after its easy win over Virginia in the ACC Championship, with Oklahoma at No. 4, Georgia at No. 5 and Oregon at No. 6. Florida, Auburn, Baylor and Wisconsin round out the top 10. Check out Athlon's full 130 team rankings following the games after Week 15:

Ranking All 130 College Football Teams for 2019 (After Week 15)

1. LSU (13-0)

Week 15 Result: Defeated Georgia

Georgia’s standout defense was no match for Joe Burrow and the Tigers’ high-powered offense. LSU’s victory clinched the program’s first SEC title since 2011.

2. Ohio State (13-0)

Week 15 Result: Defeated Wisconsin

Buckeyes started slow but strong second half ended Wisconsin’s upset bid.  

3. Clemson (13-0)

Week 15 Result: Defeated Virginia

Tigers claim fifth consecutive ACC Championship by beating Virginia

4. Oklahoma (12-1)

Week 15 Result: Defeated Baylor

Jalen Hurts has made the CFB Playoff in all four years of his playing career.

5. Georgia (11-2)

Week 15 Result: Lost to LSU

Will Kirby Smart make any tweaks to the offense this offseason?

6. Oregon (11-2)

Week 15 Result: Defeated Utah

Ducks won the battle in the trenches to claim first Pac-12 title since the 2014 season.

7. Florida (10-2)

Week 15 Result: No Game

Gators have posted back-to-back seasons of 10 victories under Dan Mullen’s watch.

8. Auburn (9-3)

Week 15 Result: No Game

Gus Malzahn has some retooling to do up front on both sides of the ball this offseason, but quarterback Bo Nix is only going to get better with more experience.

9. Baylor (11-2)

Week 15 Result: Lost to Oklahoma

Baylor is clearly a program on the rise with Matt Rhule at the helm.

10. Wisconsin (10-3)

Week 15 Result: Lost to Ohio State

Badgers had an excellent gameplan and gave Ohio State all it could handle in the Big Ten Championship.

11. Penn State (10-2)

Week 15 Result: No Game

The offseason is off to a good start in Happy Valley. James Franklin signed an extension, and tight end Pat Freiermuth is coming back for 2020.

12. Alabama (10-2)

Week 15 Result: No Game

The Crimson Tide will miss the playoff for the first time since its inception prior to the 2014 season.

13. Utah (11-2)

Week 15 Result: Lost to Oregon

Friday night’s loss in the Pac-12 Championship was disappointing for coach Kyle Whittingham’s team, but that won’t change the fact this program has been on an impressive two-year run (20-7 and two Pac-12 South Division titles).

14. Minnesota (10-2)

Week 15 Result: No Game

A bowl game in Florida is a nice way for Minnesota to end a promising 2019 season.

15. Memphis (12-1)

Week 15 Result: Defeated Cincinnati

The Tigers won their first conference title since 1969 and are set to make an appearance in the Cotton Bowl this postseason.

16. Michigan (9-3)

Week 15 Result: No Game

Wolverines need a win in their bowl game to post 10 victories in four out of the last five years.

17. Notre Dame (10-2)

Week 15 Result: No Game

Fighting Irish have won at least 10 games in each of the last three years.

18. Iowa (9-3)

Week 15 Result: No Game

A bowl victory would give Iowa its first season of double-digit wins since 2015.

19. Boise State (12-1)

Week 15 Result: Defeated Hawaii

The Broncos now have three Mountain West titles under Bryan Harsin’s watch.

20. Appalachian State (12-1)

Week 15 Result: Defeated Louisiana

Mountaineers didn’t miss a beat in coach Eli Drinkwitz’s first season in Boone.

21. Virginia (9-4)

Week 15 Result: Lost to Clemson

Replacing Bryce Perkins isn’t going to be easy this offseason. However, don’t count out Virginia from making another run at the Coastal title next fall.

22. Cincinnati (10-3)

Week 15 Result: Lost to Memphis

Bearcats fell short of AAC title, but this program will be back for another run at the top Group of 5 bowl spot in 2020.

23. Navy (9-2)

Week 15 Result: No Game

Midshipmen hope to end three-game losing streak to Army next Saturday.

24. Air Force (10-2)

Week 15 Result: No Game

Falcons need a victory in the bowl matchup to win 11 games for the first time under Troy Calhoun.

25. USC (8-4)

Week 15 Result: No Game

With Kedon Slovis back under center, Trojans could be the early favorite in the Pac-12 South next season.

26. Oklahoma State

27. Virginia Tech

28. SMU

29. Texas A&M

30. Indiana

31. Texas

32. Kansas State

33. Iowa State

34. UCF

35. Wake Forest

36. Tennessee

37. Arizona State

38. California

39. Washington

40. Pitt

41. North Carolina

42. Kentucky

43. FAU

44. Louisville

45. Hawaii

46. San Diego State

47. Louisiana

48. Washington State

49. Temple

50. Marshall

51. Louisiana Tech

52. Tulane

53. TCU

54. BYU

55. Oregon State

56. Southern Miss

57. Illinois

58. Michigan State

59. Utah State

60. Wyoming

61. Mississippi State

62. Missouri

63. WKU

64. UAB

65. Miami

66. Florida State

67. Colorado

68. South Carolina

69. Boston College

70. Ole Miss

71. West Virginia

72. UCLA

73. Arkansas State

74. Stanford

75. Georgia Southern

76. Georgia State

77. Nevada

78. Syracuse

79. Duke

80. Purdue

81. Texas Tech

82. Charlotte

83. Miami (Ohio)

84. Western Michigan

85. Central Michigan

86. Nebraska

87. Arizona

88. NC State

89. Houston

90. Buffalo

91. Kansas

92. Ohio

93. Army

94. Maryland

95. FIU

96. Tulsa

97. Toledo

98. Georgia Tech

99. San Jose State

100. Kent State

101. Ball State

102. Eastern Michigan

103. ULM

104. Colorado State

105. Troy

106. USF

107. Coastal Carolina

108. Northwestern

109. Northern Illinois

110. Fresno State

111. East Carolina

112. UNLV

113. North Texas

114. MTSU

115. Vanderbilt

116. Arkansas

117. Rutgers

118. Liberty

119. UTSA

120. Rice

121. Bowling Green

122. Texas State

123. UConn

124. New Mexico

125. South Alabama

126. New Mexico State

127. Old Dominion

128. UTEP

129. UMass

130. Akron

Ranking All 130 College Football Teams for 2019 (After Week 14)

1. LSU (12-0)

Week 14 Result: Defeated Texas A&M

Tigers get revenge for last year’s loss in College Station to complete perfect 12-0 regular season.

2. Ohio State (12-0)

Week 14 Result: Defeated Michigan

Buckeyes have defeated Michigan in 15 out of the last 16 matchups.

3. Clemson (12-0)

Week 14 Result: Defeated South Carolina

Trevor Lawrence hasn’t tossed an interception since Oct. 19 against Louisville, and the Tigers have won each of their last seven games by at least 30 points.

4. Georgia (11-1)

Week 14 Result: Defeated Georgia Tech

After losing receiver Lawrence Cager to a season-ending injury in practice this week, the Bulldogs dodged one after the shoulder ailment suffered by running back De’Andre Swift against Georgia Tech doesn’t appear to be serious.

5. Utah (11-1)

Week 14 Result: Defeated Colorado

Another week, another dominant win for Utah in Pac-12 play.

6. Oklahoma (11-1)

Week 14 Result: Defeated Oklahoma State

Jalen Hurts was efficient (163 yards), but Oklahoma was led by its ground game (283) and defense to win its fifth straight over rival Oklahoma State. And most importantly, the Sooners did not lose a turnover and forced two from the Cowboys.

7. Florida (10-2)

Week 14 Result: Defeated Florida State

Gators easily handle Florida State to post 10 victories for the second consecutive year.

8. Auburn (10-2)

Week 14 Result: Defeated Alabama

Gus Malzahn is now 3-1 against Alabama at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

9. Alabama (10-2)

Week 14 Result: Lost to Auburn

Crimson Tide outgained Auburn 515 to 354, but two interceptions returned for touchdowns, a missed field goal and penalties (13) were tough to overcome.

10. Baylor (11-1)

Week 14 Result: Defeated Kansas

Bears ready for rematch with Oklahoma after crushing Kansas 61-6 on Saturday.

11. Penn State (10-2)

Week 14 Result: Defeated Rutgers

Starting quarterback Sean Clifford and standout end Yetur Gross-Matos were out due to injury, but Penn State still handled Rutgers 27-6.

12. Wisconsin (10-2)

Week 14 Result: Defeated Minnesota

Badgers reclaim Paul Bunyan’s Axe and clinch third division title in four years.

13. Minnesota (10-2)

Week 14 Result: Lost to Wisconsin

Golden Gophers fell short of winning the Big Ten West Division, but the 2019 season was a big-time step in the right direction for this program.

14. Michigan (9-3)

Week 14 Result: Lost to Ohio State

Wolverines have been outscored 119-66 over the last two games versus Ohio State. If Michigan wins its bowl game, Jim Harbaugh would have four 10-win seasons in five years in Ann Arbor.

15. Notre Dame (10-2)

Week 14 Result: Defeated Stanford

The Fighting Irish have won at least 10 games in three consecutive years for the first time since 1991-93.

16. Oregon (10-2)

Week 14 Result: Defeated Oregon State

Mario Cristobal is 13-1 as Oregon’s head coach at Autzen Stadium. The Ducks have also claimed 11 out of the last 12 meetings against Oregon State.

17. Memphis (11-1)

Week 14 Result: Defeated Cincinnati

Tigers one win away from conference title and a trip to the Cotton Bowl.

18. Iowa (9-3)

Week 14 Result: Defeated Nebraska

Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley finishes his career (as a starter) with a perfect 9-0 mark in games against Minnesota and Nebraska.

19. Boise State (11-1)

Week 14 Result: Defeated Colorado State

Will Bryan Harsin stick with Jaylon Henderson at quarterback or switch back to freshman Hank Bachmeier for the Mountain West title game?

20. Appalachian State (11-1)

Week 14 Result: Defeated Troy

Quarterback Zac Thomas has tossed 10 touchdown passes over the last three games. Up next: The fourth matchup against Louisiana (in the Sun Belt title game) in two years.

21. Virginia (9-3)

Week 14 Result: Defeated Virginia Tech

Big day by Bryce Perkins helps complete Coastal chaos, as Virginia becomes seventh team to win division in seven years.

22. Cincinnati (10-2)

Week 14 Result: Lost to Memphis

Bearcats get another shot at Memphis this Saturday. Who will start at quarterback for Luke Fickell’s team this week?

23. Navy (9-2)

Week 14 Result: Defeated Houston

Midshipmen gashed Houston for 447 rushing yards in a 56-41 victory on Saturday night.

24. Air Force (10-2)

Week 14 Result: Defeated Wyoming

Air Force has eight seasons of at least 10 victories in its program history. Three of those have come under Troy Calhoun’s watch.

25. USC (8-4)

Week 14 Result: Off Week

Was USC’s 8-4 record enough to save Clay Helton’s job?

26. Oklahoma State

27. Virginia Tech

28. SMU

29. Texas A&M

30. Indiana

31. Texas

32. Kansas State

33. Iowa State

34. UCF

35. Wake Forest

36. Tennessee

37. Arizona State

38. California

39. Pitt

40. North Carolina

41. Washington

42. Kentucky

43. Louisville

44. Hawaii

45. San Diego State

46. Louisiana

47. Washington State

48. Temple

49. Marshall

50. Louisiana Tech

51. Tulane

52. TCU

53. BYU

54. Oregon State

55. FAU

56. Southern Miss

57. Illinois

58. Michigan State

59. Utah State

60. Wyoming

61. Mississippi State

62. Missouri

63. WKU

64. UAB

65. Miami

66. Florida State

67. Colorado

68. South Carolina

69. Boston College

70. Ole Miss

71. West Virginia

72. UCLA

73. Arkansas State

74. Stanford

75. Georgia Southern

76. Georgia State

77. Nevada

78. Syracuse

79. Duke

80. Purdue

81. Texas Tech

82. Charlotte

83. Western Michigan

84. Central Michigan

85. Nebraska

86. Arizona

87. Miami (Ohio)

88. NC State

89. Houston

90. Buffalo

91. Kansas

92. Ohio

93. Army

94. Maryland

95. FIU

96. Tulsa

97. Toledo

98. Georgia Tech

99. San Jose State

100. Kent State

101. Ball State

102. Eastern Michigan

103. ULM

104. Colorado State

105. Troy

106. USF

107. Coastal Carolina

108. Northwestern

109. Northern Illinois

110. Fresno State

111. East Carolina

112. UNLV

113. North Texas

114. MTSU

115. Vanderbilt

116. Arkansas

117. Rutgers

118. Liberty

119. UTSA

120. Rice

121. Bowling Green

122. Texas State

123. UConn

124. New Mexico

125. South Alabama

126. New Mexico State

127. Old Dominion

128. UTEP

129. UMass

130. Akron

Ranking All 130 College Football Teams for 2019 (After Week 13)

1. LSU (11-0)

Week 13 Result: Defeated Arkansas

Tigers become first SEC team to have a 4,000-yard passer, two 1,000-yard receivers and a 1,000-yard rusher in a single season.

2. Ohio State (11-0)

Week 13 Result: Defeated Penn State

Buckeyes can’t afford to give away three turnovers again, but Chase Young’s return (three sacks) provided a boost in a big win over Penn State.

3. Clemson (11-0)

Week 13 Result: Off Week

Clemson will be looking for its sixth straight win over South Carolina next Saturday.

4. Georgia (10-1)

Week 13 Result: Defeated Texas A&M

Bulldogs had to sweat once again in the fourth quarter, but coach Kirby Smart’s team makes enough plays late to secure the victory.

5. Alabama (10-1)

Week 13 Result: Defeated Western Carolina

Mac Jones connected on 10 of 12 throws for 275 yards and three scores in a key tune-up against Western Carolina for next week’s game at Auburn.

6. Oklahoma (10-1)

Week 13 Result: Defeated TCU

Sooners outgain TCU 511 to 204 but costly turnovers (three) nearly ended Oklahoma’s playoff hopes.

7. Utah (10-1)

Week 13 Result: Defeated Arizona

The Utes have won six out of their last seven games by 18 points or more.

8. Minnesota (10-1)

Week 13 Result: Defeated Northwestern

Tanner Morgan’s four touchdown passes help Golden Gophers win 38-22 at Northwestern and rebound from last week’s loss against Iowa. Minnesota will play for the Big Ten West against Wisconsin next Saturday.

9. Florida (9-2)

Week 13 Result: Off Week

The Gators were off in Week 13 and return to action next Saturday versus Florida State.

10. Baylor (10-1)

Week 13 Result: Defeated Texas

Bears clinch a spot in the Big 12 Championship Game with dominant 24-10 victory over Texas.

11. Penn State (9-2)

Week 13 Result: Lost to Ohio State

Nittany Lions’ second-half rally fell short at Ohio State, but James Franklin’s team still has a shot at 10 wins and a New Year’s Six Bowl. 

12. Auburn (8-3)

Week 13 Result: Defeated Samford

As expected, Tigers handled Samford 52-0 in final tune-up for Iron Bowl next Saturday.

13. Wisconsin (9-2)

Week 13 Result: Defeated Purdue

Jonathan Taylor hits 200 yards for the third consecutive game, and victory over Purdue sets up a defacto Big Ten West Division title matchup against Minnesota next week.

14. Michigan (9-2)

Week 13 Result: Defeated Indiana

Wolverines look ready for showdown against Ohio State after Shea Patterson’s tosses five touchdown passes in 39-14 win over Indiana.

15. Oregon (9-2)

Week 13 Result: Lost to Arizona State

Sluggish offense, turnovers and a big play allowed in the fourth quarter were just too much to overcome for Oregon in Tempe.

16. Notre Dame (9-2)

Week 13 Result: Defeated Boston College

Ian Book has passed for 12 touchdowns over Notre Dame’s last three games.

17. Memphis (10-1)

Week 13 Result: Defeated USF

Tigers use 325 rushing yards to crush USF 49-10 and move one win away from a trip to the AAC title game.

18. Iowa (8-3)

Week 13 Result: Defeated Illinois

Nate Stanley throws for 308 yards in his final game in Kinnick Stadium, while Iowa’s defense forces three turnovers to help the Hawkeyes win 19-10.

19. Boise State (10-1)

Week 13 Result: Defeated Utah State

Broncos dominated Utah State in Logan to clinch Mountain Division title. 

20. Cincinnati (10-1)

Week 13 Result: Defeated Temple

Bearcats have won three out of their last four games by three points or less. However, style points don’t matter this week, as the victory over Temple clinched the AAC East title. 

21. Appalachian State (10-1)

Week 13 Result: Defeated Texas State

Mountaineers set for another matchup against Louisiana in the Sun Belt title game. Win over Texas State could be costly though, as receiver Corey Sutton was lost due to injury.

22. Iowa State (7-4)

Week 13 Result: Defeated Kansas

Brock Purdy now owns Iowa State single-season records for passing yards (3,575) and completions (280).

23. Virginia Tech (8-3)

Week 13 Result: Defeated Virginia

Hokies pitch a shutout and hold Pitt to just 177 yards in Bud Foster’s final game in Blacksburg.

24. Navy (8-3)

Week 13 Result: Defeated SMU

Midshipmen still alive for the AAC West Division title after beating SMU

25. Oklahoma State (8-3)

Week 13 Result: Defeated West Virginia

Can the Cowboys play spoiler to Oklahoma’s playoff hopes in Stillwater next week?

26. Texas A&M

27. USC

28. SMU

29. Air Force

30. Virginia

31. Wake Forest

32. Indiana

33. Texas

34. Kansas State

35. Pitt

36. UCF

37. Louisville

38. Tennessee

39. Arizona State

40. California

41. North Carolina

42. Washington State

43. Hawaii

44. San Diego State

45. Washington

46. Louisiana

47. Temple

48. Tulane

49. TCU

50. Kentucky

51. BYU

52. Marshall

53. Louisiana Tech

54. Illinois

55. Southern Miss

56. Oregon State

57. Miami

58. Florida State

59. Michigan State

60. Utah State

61. Wyoming

62. Missouri

63. Colorado

64. South Carolina

65. Georgia State

66. Mississippi State

67. FAU

68. WKU

69. Ole Miss

70. UCLA

71. Nevada

72. UAB

73. Arkansas State

74. Georgia Southern

75. Stanford

76. Texas Tech

77. West Virginia

78. Purdue

79. Boston College

80. Nebraska

81. Western Michigan

82. Arizona

83. Miami (Ohio)

84. NC State

85. Houston

86. Kansas

87. Central Michigan

88. Charlotte

89. Maryland

90. Syracuse

91. Duke

92. Army

93. FIU

94. Ohio

95. Buffalo

96. Toledo

97. Georgia Tech

98. Eastern Michigan

99. ULM

100. Tulsa

101. San Jose State

102. Colorado State

103. Troy

104. Kent State

105. Ball State

106. USF

107. East Carolina

108. Coastal Carolina

109. Fresno State

110. North Texas

111. Northern Illinois

112. MTSU

113. Northwestern

114. UNLV

115. Vanderbilt

116. Arkansas

117. Rutgers

118. Liberty

119. UTSA

120. Rice

121. Bowling Green

122. Texas State

123. UConn

124. New Mexico

125. New Mexico State

126. Old Dominion

127. South Alabama

128. UTEP

129. UMass

130. Akron

Ranking All 130 College Football Teams for 2019 (After Week 12)

1. LSU (10-0)

Week 12 Result: Defeated Ole Miss

No post-Alabama letdown for coach Ed Orgeron’s team in 58-37 win over Ole Miss. However, the Tigers need to tighten up on defense after allowing 402 rushing yards.

2. Ohio State (10-0)

Week 12 Result: Defeated Rutgers

As expected, Ohio State dominated Rutgers (56-21) to move to 10-0. Up next: Back-to-back games against Penn State and Michigan.

3. Clemson (11-0)

Week 12 Result: Defeated Wake Forest

Tigers have won each of their last four games by 45 or more points.

4. Georgia (9-1)

Week 12 Result: Defeated Auburn

Bulldogs clinch third consecutive trip to Atlanta and SEC East title with 21-14 win over Auburn.

5. Alabama (9-1)

Week 12 Result: Defeated Mississippi State

Crimson Tide rebound from loss to LSU with 38-7 win over Mississippi State. However, the victory came at a heavy price, as quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is out for the rest of the season due to a hip injury.

6. Oklahoma (9-1)

Week 12 Result: Defeated Baylor

Huge second-half efforts from Jalen Hurts and the defense lead Oklahoma to largest comeback in school history in 34-31 win over Baylor.

7. Oregon (9-1)

Week 12 Result: Defeated Arizona

Ducks are headed back to the Pac-12 Championship Game after clinching the North Division title after 34-6 win over Arizona.

8. Utah (9-1)

Week 12 Result: Defeated UCLA

Tyler Huntley (14 of 18 for 335 yards) was sharp off the bye week, and Utah’s defense held UCLA to just 3.7 yards a play in a 49-3 victory.

9. Minnesota (9-1)

Week 12 Result: Lost to Iowa

The Golden Gophers become the latest ranked team to suffer a road loss in November at Iowa.

10. Penn State (9-1)

Week 12 Result: Defeated Indiana

Nine-minute scoring drive in fourth quarter lifts Nittany Lions to win over Indiana.

11. Florida (9-2)

Week 12 Result: Defeated Missouri

Gators close out SEC play by holding their last two opponents to a combined six points. Florida needs just one victory over its last two games (counting a bowl) to have back-to-back 10-win seasons under Dan Mullen.

12. Baylor (9-1)

Week 12 Result: Lost to Oklahoma

Bears started fast but faded in 34-31 loss to Oklahoma. However, Baylor could get another shot against the Sooners in the Big 12 Championship.

13. Auburn (7-3)

Week 12 Result: Lost to Georgia

Tigers found a spark on offense in the fourth quarter, but the comeback against Georgia fell short with back-to-back failed fourth-down attempts.

14. Wisconsin (8-2)

Week 12 Result: Defeated Nebraska

Jonathan Taylor rushed for at least 200 yards in all three of his appearances against Nebraska.

15. Michigan (8-2)

Week 12 Result: Defeated Michigan State

Jim Harbaugh’s team thoroughly dominated rival Michigan State in 44-10 win on Saturday.

16. Notre Dame (8-2)

Week 12 Result: Defeated Navy

Ian Book tossed five touchdowns, and the defense forced four turnovers to sink Navy in 52-20 victory in South Bend.

17. Memphis (9-1)

Week 12 Result: Defeated Houston

Patrick Taylor’s return adds even more firepower to one of the nation’s top offenses for a key stretch run at a New Year’s Six bowl.

18. Iowa (7-3)

Week 12 Result: Defeated Minnesota

Hawkeyes were outgained (431 to 290), but key stop and a turnover in second half help secure four-point win over Minnesota.

19. Cincinnati (9-1)

Week 12 Result: Defeated USF

It wasn’t pretty, but Bearcats escape Tampa with a 20-17 win over USF.

20. Boise State (9-1)

Week 12 Result: Defeated New Mexico

Broncos forced to start their third quarterback of the season (Jaylon Henderson), but coach Bryan Harsin’s team rolled to an easy 42-9 win over New Mexico.

21. SMU (9-1)

Week 12 Result: Off Week

The Mustangs were off on Saturday and return to action next week on the road against Navy.

22. Appalachian State (9-1)

Week 12 Result: Defeated Georgia State

After falling behind 21-7 in the first quarter, the Mountaineers finished on a 49-6 run to beat Georgia State on Saturday night.

23. Iowa State (6-4)

Week 12 Result: Defeated Texas

A close game finally bounces in favor of the Cyclones with a 23-21 victory over Texas.

24. Indiana (7-3)

Week 12 Result: Lost to Penn State

Hoosiers fell short in Happy Valley but will have another shot at an upset with Michigan coming to Bloomington next week.

25. Virginia Tech (7-3)

Week 12 Result: Defeated Georgia Tech

Hokies enter the top 25 after winning four out of their last five games.

26. Texas A&M

27. Texas

28. Oklahoma State

29. Navy

30. Virginia

31. Air Force

32. Wake Forest

33. Kansas State

34. Washington

35. USC

36. Pitt

37. North Carolina

38. UCF

39. Miami

40. Louisville

41. Temple

42. Tulane

43. San Diego State

44. Tennessee

45. TCU

46. California

47. Washington State

48. Southern Miss

49. Louisiana

50. Kentucky

51. BYU

52. Marshall

53. Louisiana Tech

54. Illinois

55. Hawaii

56. Oregon State

57. Arizona State

58. Utah State

59. Wyoming

60. Missouri

61. South Carolina

62. Florida State

63. Michigan State

64. Stanford

65. Texas Tech

66. Georgia State

67. Mississippi State

68. Georgia Southern

69. West Virginia

70. Ole Miss

71. Arizona

72. UCLA

73. Colorado

74. FAU

75. WKU

76. Boston College

77. Nevada

78. Purdue

79. NC State

80. Duke

81. UAB

82. Arkansas State

83. Nebraska

84. Kansas

85. Western Michigan

86. Houston

87. Miami (Ohio)

88. Maryland

89. Syracuse

90. Central Michigan

91. Ball State

92. Toledo

93. Tulsa

94. San Jose State

95. Charlotte

96. Army

97. Colorado State

98. Ohio

99. Troy

100. ULM

101. Buffalo

102. Eastern Michigan

103. Coastal Carolina

104. Fresno State

105. Georgia Tech

106. North Texas

107. East Carolina

108. USF

109. FIU

110. Northern Illinois

111. Kent State

112. Northwestern

113. MTSU

114. UNLV

115. Vanderbilt

116. Arkansas

117. Rutgers

118. Liberty

119. UTSA

120. Bowling Green

121. Texas State

122. UConn

123. New Mexico

124. Rice

125. Old Dominion

126. South Alabama

127. UTEP

128. New Mexico State

129. UMass

130. Akron

Ranking All 130 College Football Teams for 2019 (After Week 11)

1. LSU (9-0)

Week 11 Result: Defeated Alabama

Clutch performances from Joe Burrow and Clyde Edwards-Helaire help LSU score 46 points in huge win in Tuscaloosa.

2. Ohio State (9-0)

Week 11 Result: Defeated Maryland

Games against Maryland (Week 11) and Rutgers (Week 12) are essentially the final tune-ups for Ryan Day’s squad before big matchups against Penn State and Michigan. Will the Buckeyes get clarification on Chase Young’s status this week?

3. Clemson (10-0)

Week 11 Result: Defeated NC State

Tigers cruise to 55-10 win over NC State to clinch Atlantic Division for fifth year in a row.

4. Alabama (8-1)

Week 11 Result: Lost to LSU

Alabama’s defense had no answers for LSU’s offense and couldn’t get a stop when it needed one late in the game. Tua Tagovailoa wasn’t healthy but still threw for 418 yards and four scores in Saturday’s loss.

5. Georgia (8-1)

Week 11 Result: Defeated Missouri

Bulldogs moved one step closer to clinching the SEC East title with a 27-0 win over Missouri.

6. Minnesota (9-0)

Week 11 Result: Defeated Penn State

Quarterback Tanner Morgan and a standout Minnesota receiving corps lifted Minnesota to its biggest win under coach P.J. Fleck.

7. Penn State (8-1)

Week 11 Result: Lost to Minnesota

Missed opportunities in red zone, three turnovers and struggles against the pass were too much for Penn State to overcome in Saturday’s loss to Minnesota. Nittany Lions can still be a factor for the CFB Playoff with a win over Ohio State in two weeks.

8. Oregon (8-1)

Week 11 Result: Bye Week

Ducks facing favorable three-game stretch – Arizona, at Arizona State and Oregon State – to finish out regular season.

9. Utah (8-1)

Week 11 Result: Off Week

Utah’s off week came at a good time since quarterback Tyler Huntley was playing at less than full strength in the win over Washington.

10. Oklahoma (8-1)

Week 11 Result: Defeated Iowa State

Sooners fortunate to escape with win over Iowa State. Oklahoma’s defense surrendered touchdowns on four of the Cyclones’ final six drives.

11. Baylor (9-0)

Week 11 Result: Defeated TCU

Bears win another close conference game (four by six points or less) to set up huge showdown against Oklahoma next Saturday.

12. Florida (8-2)

Week 11 Result: Defeated Vanderbilt

The Gators limited Vanderbilt to just 128 yards in Saturday’s 56-0 blowout in the Swamp.

13. Auburn (7-2)

Week 11 Result: Off Week

With games against Georgia and Alabama in November, Auburn could play a major role in the SEC’s quest to get a second team in the playoff.

14. Wisconsin (7-2)

Week 11 Result: Defeated Iowa

Jonathan Taylor’s 250 rushing yards led the way, while Wisconsin’s defense stuffed Iowa’s two-point attempt late in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.

15. Michigan (7-2)

Week 11 Result: Off Week

The Wolverines were off in Week 11 and return to action next Saturday against Michigan State.

16. Notre Dame (7-2)

Week 11 Result: Defeated Duke

Ian Book throws four touchdowns and runs for over 100 yards to lead Notre Dame to easy 38-7 win over Duke.

17. Memphis (8-1)

Week 11 Result: Off Week

Tigers will finish the season with two of their final three games on the road.

18. Cincinnati (8-1)

Week 11 Result: Defeated UConn

Bearcats crushed UConn 48-3 to move to 5-0 in AAC play. The Nov. 23 showdown versus Temple will likely decide the AAC East winner.

19. Boise State (8-1)

Week 11 Result: Defeated Wyoming

Broncos stay alive for a New Year’s Six bowl with overtime win over Wyoming.

20. SMU (9-1)

Week 11 Result: Defeated East Carolina

The good: Mustangs torched East Carolina for 636 yards and 59 points. The bad: SMU has allowed back-to-back opponents to score at least 50 points.

21. Indiana (7-2)

Week 11 Result: Off Week

Quarterback Michael Penix is out for the year, but the Hoosiers are still going to be a tough out for Penn State and Michigan in the next two weeks.

22. Texas (6-3)

Week 11 Result: Defeated Kansas State

Longhorns have won back-to-back Big 12 games at home on the final play.

23. Navy (7-1)

Week 11 Result: Off Week

Off week was timely for the Midshipmen, as back-to-back games against Notre Dame and SMU are up next.

24. Appalachian State (8-1)

Week 11 Result: Defeated South Carolina

Mountaineers have defeated two Power 5 teams – North Carolina and South Carolina – in Eli Drinkwitz’s first year at the helm.

25. Kansas State (6-3)

Week 11 Result: Lost to Texas

Wildcats’ three-game winning streak was snapped on last-second field goal at Texas.

26. Iowa

27. Wake Forest

28. Oklahoma State

29. Iowa State

30. Texas A&M

31. Virginia

32. North Carolina

33. Washington

34. USC

35. Air Force

36. Pitt

37. UCF

38. Tulane

39. Arizona State

40. Virginia Tech

41. Miami

42. Louisville

43. Temple

44. San Diego State

45. Louisiana Tech

46. California

47. Tennessee

48. Washington State

49. TCU

50. Wyoming

51. Southern Miss

52. Louisiana

53. Missouri

54. South Carolina

55. Kentucky

56. Illinois

57. Michigan State

58. BYU

59. Stanford

60. Texas Tech

61. Hawaii

62. Georgia State

63. Mississippi State

64. Marshall

65. Florida State

66. Georgia Southern

67. Utah State

68. Oregon State

69. Arizona

70. UCLA

71. Colorado

72. FAU

73. WKU

74. Boston College

75. Duke

76. Ole Miss

77. West Virginia

78. NC State

79. Nevada

80. Purdue

81. Nebraska

82. Kansas

83. UAB

84. Arkansas State

85. Houston

86. Ball State

87. Toledo

88. Western Michigan

89. Miami (Ohio)

90. Ohio

91. Maryland

92. Syracuse

93. Tulsa

94. San Jose State

95. ULM

96. Buffalo

97. Charlotte

98. Colorado State

99. Army

100. Fresno State

101. Central Michigan

102. Eastern Michigan

103. Coastal Carolina

104. Troy

105. Georgia Tech

106. North Texas

107. East Carolina

108. MTSU

109. FIU

110. USF

111. Northwestern

112. UNLV

113. Vanderbilt

114. Arkansas

115. Rutgers

116. Liberty

117. Northern Illinois

118. Kent State

119. UTSA

120. Bowling Green

121. Texas State

122. UConn

123. New Mexico

124. Old Dominion

125. South Alabama

126. UTEP

127. Rice

128. New Mexico State

129. UMass

130. Akron

Ranking All 130 College Football Teams for 2019 (After Week 10)

1. Alabama (8-0)

Week 10 Result: Off Week

The Crimson Tide did not play in Week 10 and return to action next Saturday against LSU. Will Tua Tagovailoa return to the field next week?

2. LSU (8-0)

Week 10 Result: Off Week

LSU’s revamped and high-scoring offense gives coach Ed Orgeron’s team a good shot to win in Tuscaloosa next Saturday.

3. Ohio State (8-0)

Week 10 Result: Off Week

The Buckeyes were off on Saturday and return to action next Saturday against Maryland.

4. Clemson (9-0)

Week 10 Result: Defeated Wofford

As expected, the Tigers had no trouble with Wofford on Saturday afternoon.

5. Penn State (8-0)

Week 10 Result: Off Week

The Nittany Lions were off this week and return to action next Saturday for a huge showdown at Minnesota.

6. Georgia (7-1)

Week 10 Result: Defeated Florida

Steady performance from quarterback Jake Fromm guides Bulldogs to a 24-17 win over Florida in Jacksonville. The victory gives Georgia full control of the SEC East. 

7. Oregon (8-1)

Week 10 Result: Defeated USC

After falling behind 10-0 in the first quarter, the Ducks simply proceeded to outscore USC 56-14 the rest of the way.

8. Utah (8-1)

Week 10 Result: Defeated Washington

Utes overcome slow start thanks to Tyler Huntley and a solid second-half defensive effort to end a four-game losing streak to Washington.

9. Baylor (8-0)

Week 10 Result: Defeated West Virginia

Bears outgained West Virginia 453 to 219 but three turnovers and struggles by the offensive line allowed the Mountaineers to have a shot at the upset.

10. Oklahoma (7-1)

Week 10 Result: Off Week

The Sooners were off on Saturday and return to action next week at home against Iowa State.

11. Florida (7-2)

Week 10 Result: Lost to Georgia

Third downs were a real problem for Florida in Saturday’s loss to Georgia. The Bulldogs converted 12 of 18 attempts, while the Gators converted on only two of nine opportunities.

12. Auburn (7-2)

Week 10 Result: Defeated Ole Miss

The Tigers outgained Ole Miss 507 to 266 but only won by six points. Bo Nix threw for 340 yards, but the Tigers connected on just two of five attempts on field goals.

13. Minnesota (8-0)

Week 10 Result: Off Week

The Golden Gophers did not play on Saturday. Coach P.J. Fleck’s team has a huge showdown in Minneapolis against Penn State next week.

14. Wisconsin (6-2)

Week 10 Result: Off Week

The Badgers did not play in Week 10. Coach Paul Chryst’s team hosts Iowa in a critical Big Ten West showdown next Saturday.

15. Michigan (7-2)

Week 10 Result: Defeated Maryland

Michigan has outscored its opponents 97-28 since the second half against Penn State.

16. Notre Dame (6-2)

Week 10 Result: Defeated Virginia Tech

Ian Book comes through in the clutch on 87-yard drive and the game-winning score with less than a minute remaining to beat Virginia Tech 21-20.

17. Memphis (8-1)

Week 10 Result: Defeated SMU

Tigers’ high-powered offense shines in Saturday night showcase win over SMU.

18. Cincinnati (7-1)

Week 10 Result: Defeated East Carolina

Bearcats keep New Year’s Six hopes alive with a last-second win against East Carolina.

19. Wake Forest (7-1)

Week 10 Result: Defeated NC State

Jamie Newman’s return helped Wake Forest blast NC State 44-10 on Saturday.

20. Boise State (7-1)

Week 10 Result: Defeated San Jose State

Broncos use 35 second-half points to end San Jose State’s upset bid in a 52-42 victory.

21. SMU (8-1)

Week 10 Result: Lost to Memphis

SMU suffered its first loss of the season at Memphis, but coach Sonny Dykes’ squad shouldn’t fall too far in the rankings after losing by six points.

22. Iowa (6-2)

Week 10 Result: Off Week

Off week allows Iowa to prepare for tough November stretch: at Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois and at Nebraska.

23. Kansas State (6-2)

Week 10 Result: Defeated Kansas

The Wildcats won the Sunflower Showdown by pounding Kansas for 342 rushing yards and five scores.

24. Indiana (7-2)

Week 10 Result: Defeated Northwestern

The Hoosiers have won more than six games for the first time since 2007.

25. UCF (7-2)

Week 10 Result: Defeated Houston

Knights return to the top 25 after beating Houston 44-29 on Saturday.

26. Texas

27. Oklahoma State

28. Navy

29. Iowa State

30. Texas A&M

31. Louisville

32. Virginia

33. Appalachian State

34. North Carolina

35. Arizona State

36. Air Force

37. Pitt

38. Washington

39. USC

40. Tulane

41. San Diego State

42. Missouri

43. Washington State

44. Temple

45. South Carolina

46. Kentucky

47. Stanford

48. TCU

49. Michigan State

50. California

51. Virginia Tech

52. Miami

53. Louisiana Tech

54. Wyoming

55. Hawaii

56. Southern Miss

57. Texas Tech

58. Louisiana

59. BYU

60. Georgia State

61. Tennessee

62. Mississippi State

63. Marshall

64. Georgia Southern

65. Boston College

66. Oregon State

67. Illinois

68. Arizona

69. Duke

70. UCLA

71. Colorado

72. Florida State

73. Utah State

74. West Virginia

75. NC State

76. Ole Miss

77. FAU

78. Purdue

79. Nebraska

80. Kansas

81. WKU

82. UAB

83. Arkansas State

84. Houston

85. Ohio

86. Ball State

87. Toledo

88. Nevada

89. Maryland

90. Syracuse

91. Western Michigan

92. San Jose State

93. Colorado State

94. Fresno State

95. Miami (Ohio)

96. Buffalo

97. Charlotte

98. Army

99. Central Michigan

100. Eastern Michigan

101. Coastal Carolina

102. Georgia Tech

103. Troy

104. North Texas

105. MTSU

106. FIU

107. USF

108. Tulsa

109. ULM

110. East Carolina

111. Northwestern

112. UNLV

113. Vanderbilt

114. Arkansas

115. Rutgers

116. Liberty

117. Northern Illinois

118. Kent State

119. UTSA

120. Bowling Green

121. UConn

122. New Mexico

123. Texas State

124. Old Dominion

125. South Alabama

126. Rice

127. UTEP

128. New Mexico State

129. UMass

130. Akron

Ranking All 130 College Football Teams for 2019 (After Week 9)

1. Alabama (8-0)

Week 9 Result: Defeated Arkansas

No Tua, no problem for the Crimson Tide in a 48-7 win over Arkansas.

2. LSU (8-0)

Week 9 Result: Defeated Auburn

LSU had a few missed scoring opportunities, but the defense held Auburn to just 287 total yards and six three-and-outs in a 23-20 victory.

3. Ohio State (8-0)

Week 9 Result: Defeated Wisconsin

Saturday was a good day for players wearing No. 2 for Ohio State – Chase Young (four sacks) and J.K. Dobbins (163 rushing yards) – in a 38-7 win over Wisconsin.

4. Clemson (8-0)

Week 9 Result: Defeated Boston College

Tigers have won their last three games by a combined score of 149-31.

5. Penn State (8-0)

Week 9 Result: Defeated Michigan State

Nittany Lions cruised to a 28-7 win over Michigan State, lifting the program to its first 8-0 start since 2008.

6. Florida (7-1)

Week 9 Result: Off Week

The Gators were off in Week 9 and return to action next Saturday against Georgia in Jacksonville.

7. Georgia (6-1)

Week 9 Result: Off Week

The Bulldogs were off in Week 9 and return to action next Saturday against Florida in Jacksonville.

8. Oregon (7-1)

Week 9 Result: Defeated Washington State

CJ Verdell’s huge night helps Ducks stay alive for playoff after last-second win over Washington State.

9.Utah (7-1)

Week 9 Result: Defeated California

Utah’s 35-0 victory over California was the program’s first shutout in conference play as a member of the Pac-12.

10. Baylor (7-0)

Week 9 Result: Off Week

The Bears were off in Week 9 and return to action on Thursday against West Virginia.

11. Oklahoma (7-1)

Week 9 Result: Lost to Kansas State

Oklahoma’s defense has improved under Alex Grinch, but this unit did not play well at Kansas State. The Sooners allowed the Wildcats to score on eight consecutive drives after forcing a punt on the opening possession.

12. Auburn (6-2)

Week 9 Result: Lost to LSU

Bo Nix went 26 of 62 for 302 yards and four interceptions in Auburn’s two losses (at Florida and LSU) this season.

13. Minnesota (8-0)

Week 9 Result: Defeated Maryland

Golden Gophers run for 321 yards against Maryland to move to 8-0. Up next: Penn State on Nov. 9.

14. SMU (8-0)

Week 9 Result: Defeated Houston

SMU needs just two victories to earn the program’s first double-digit win total since 1984.

15. Wisconsin (6-2)

Week 9 Result: Lost to Ohio State

Badgers managed only 191 yards and allowed Ohio State to score on four of its final six drives.

16. Michigan (6-2)

Week 9 Result: Defeated Notre Dame

The weather was awful, but there was no doubt about the result. The Wolverines dominated Notre Dame in a 45-14 victory on Saturday night.

17. Notre Dame (5-2)

Week 9 Result: Lost to Michigan

Notre Dame’s playoff hopes ended after abysmal performance at Michigan.

18. Cincinnati (6-1)

Week 9 Result: Off Week

The Bearcats were off in Week 9 and return to action next Saturday against East Carolina.

19. Wake Forest (6-1)

Week 9 Result: Off Week

The Demon Deacons were off in Week 9 and host NC State next Saturday.

20. Boise State (6-1)

Week 9 Result: Off Week

The Broncos were off in Week 9 and return to action against San Jose State next Saturday.

21. Iowa (6-2)

Week 9 Result: Defeated Northwestern

No offense has managed to score more than 20 points against Iowa’s defense this year.

22. Appalachian State (7-0)

Week 9 Result: Defeated South Alabama

Mountaineers have a tricky remaining slate – Georgia Southern, at Appalachian State, at Georgia State, Texas State and at Troy.

23. Memphis (7-1)

Week 9 Result: Defeated Tulsa

Tigers were fortunate to escape Tulsa with a victory.

24. Kansas State (5-2)

Week 9 Result: Defeated Oklahoma

Kansas State gashed Oklahoma for 213 rushing yards, while the defense got couple of timely stops and turnovers to seal the upset.

25. Texas (5-3)

Week 9 Result: Lost to TCU

Leaky defense and four turnovers were too much for Longhorns to overcome in loss to TCU.

26. UCF

27. Oklahoma State

28. Iowa State

29. Washington

30. USC

31. Indiana

32. Navy

33. North Carolina

34. Louisville

35. Virginia

36. Arizona State

37. Pitt

38. Texas A&M

39. Tulane

40. Air Force

41. San Diego State

42. TCU

43. Missouri

44. Washington State

45. Temple

46. South Carolina

47. Kentucky

48. Stanford

49. Michigan State

50. Utah State

51. California

52. Arizona

53. Florida State

54. Hawaii

55. Louisiana Tech

56. Wyoming

57. Virginia Tech

58. Miami

59. Southern Miss

60. Colorado

61. Texas Tech

62. Louisiana

63. BYU

64. Georgia State

65. Tennessee

66. Mississippi State

67. Nebraska

68. Duke

69. West Virginia

70. Boston College

71. NC State

72. Marshall

73. WKU

74. Kansas

75. Illinois

76. Oregon State

77. Ole Miss

78. UCLA

79. Houston

80. UAB

81. Arkansas State

82. Maryland

83. Syracuse

84. FAU

85. Ohio

86. Ball State

87. Toledo

88. Western Michigan

89. Georgia Southern

90. Nevada

91. Purdue

92. San Jose State

93. Army

94. Troy

95. Colorado State

96. Fresno State

97. Miami (Ohio)

98. Buffalo

99. Central Michigan

100. Eastern Michigan

101. Georgia Tech

102. Tulsa

103. Charlotte

104. North Texas

105. MTSU

106. FIU

107. ULM

108. USF

109. Coastal Carolina

110. Northwestern

111. UNLV

112. Vanderbilt

113. Arkansas

114. Rutgers

115. Liberty

116. Northern Illinois

117. East Carolina

118. Kent State

119. UTSA

120. UConn

121. Bowling Green

122. Texas State

123. New Mexico

124. Old Dominion

125. South Alabama

126. Rice

127. New Mexico State

128. UTEP

129. UMass

130. Akron

Ranking All 130 College Football Teams for 2019 (After Week 8)

1. Alabama (7-0)

Week 8 Result: Defeated Tennessee

Timely offense and late fumble return for a touchdown help Crimson Tide beat Tennessee for the 13th time in a row. However, the victory was a costly one, as quarterback Tua Tagovailoa left due to a high ankle sprain.

2. LSU (7-0)

Week 8 Result: Defeated Mississippi State

Thanks to four scores versus Mississippi State, quarterback Joe Burrow now owns the school’s single-season record for most touchdown passes (29) in a year.

3. Ohio State (7-0)

Week 8 Result: Defeated Northwestern

Justin Fields accounted for four touchdowns, and Ohio State’s defense did not allow a play longer than 16 yards in Friday night’s win over Northwestern.

4. Clemson (7-0)

Week 8 Result: Defeated Louisville

Trevor Lawrence already has eight interceptions in 2019 after tossing only four last season. However, as evidenced by a 45-10 win at Louisville on Saturday, the extra mistakes aren’t slowing down coach Dabo Swinney’s team.

5. Oklahoma (7-0)

Week 8 Result: Defeated West Virginia

Jalen Hurts was sharp once again, and Oklahoma’s defense held West Virginia to just 242 yards.

6. Penn State (7-0)

Week 8 Result: Defeated Michigan

Nittany Lions were outgained for the second week in a row, but coach James Franklin’s squad got timely stops on defense and a couple of clutch plays by receiver KJ Hamler to hold off Michigan.

7. Florida (7-1)

Week 8 Result: Defeated South Carolina

Gators score 21 points in the fourth quarter to pull away from Gamecocks and rebound from last week’s loss at LSU.

8. Georgia (6-1)

Week 8 Result: Defeated Kentucky

The weather was awful, but Georgia’s offense (270 yards) didn’t gain much confidence going into the bye week.

9. Notre Dame (5-1)

Week 8 Result: Off Week

The Fighting Irish were off in Week 8 and return to action next Saturday against Michigan.

10. Auburn (6-1)

Week 8 Result: Defeated Arkansas

Bo Nix was sharp (12 of 17 for 176 yards and three scores) in Auburn’s 51-10 win at Arkansas.

11. Oregon (6-1)

Week 8 Result: Defeated Washington

Ducks used three drives of 70 yards or more in the second half to win at Washington and take full control of the Pac-12 North.

12. Texas (5-2)

Week 8 Result: Defeated Kansas

The Longhorns needed some late heroics by quarterback Sam Ehlinger to prevent a Kansas upset in Austin.

13. Baylor (7-0)

Week 8 Result: Defeated Oklahoma State

The Bears gashed Oklahoma State for 9.9 yards a play, while the defense forced three turnovers, generated two sacks and scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter to help seal the victory.

14. Utah (6-1)

Week 8 Result: Defeated Arizona State

Utah’s defense held Arizona State to just 136 yards in a huge game for positioning within the Pac-12 South.

15. Wisconsin (6-1)

Week 8 Result: Lost to Illinois

Stunned in Champaign. Missed field goal and two turnovers proved costly in Wisconsin’s defeat at Illinois.

16. Cincinnati (6-1)

Week 8 Result: Defeated Tulsa

Bearcats have forced 10 turnovers over their last two games.

17. SMU (7-0)

Week 8 Result: Defeated Temple

Shane Buechele’s six passing scores led the way in SMU’s 45-21 win over Temple.

18. Minnesota (7-0)

Week 8 Result: Defeated Rutgers

Saturday’s 42-7 win over Rutgers was Minnesota’s third Big Ten win by 20 or more points this season.

19. Michigan (5-2)

Week 8 Result: Lost to Penn State

The Wolverines came up short in Happy Valley, but the offense showed signs of life. Coach Jim Harbaugh’s team has another tough test ahead next week against Notre Dame.

20. Wake Forest (6-1)

Week 8 Result: Defeated Florida State

As expected, Sam Hartman (308 yards) played well in relief of quarterback Jamie Newman. The defense also stepped up by holding Florida State to just six points in the second half.

21. Boise State (6-1)

Week 8 Result: Lost to BYU

Broncos hopes of a New Year’s Six bowl trip took a hit with loss to BYU. However, coach Bryan Harsin’s team shouldn’t slip too far in the rankings after losing by three points on the road without quarterback Hank Bachmeier.

22. Iowa (5-2)

Week 8 Result: Defeated Purdue

Hawkeyes need to do a better job of finishing drives after kicking four field goals in 26-20 win over Purdue.

23. Appalachian State (6-0)

Week 8 Result: Defeated ULM

Mountaineers join the top 25 after crushing ULM 52-7 on Saturday.

24. Arizona State (5-2)

Week 8 Result: Lost to Utah

Inexperience along the offensive line caught up to Arizona State in loss to Utah.

25. Memphis (6-1)

Week 8 Result: Defeated Tulane

Quarterback Brady White and running back Kenneth Gainwell guided Memphis to scores on eight of their first nine drives to quickly put away Tulane on Saturday night. 

26. Iowa State

27. Pitt

28. UCF

29. Virginia

30. Missouri

31. Temple

32. California

33. Washington

34. USC

35. Oklahoma State

36. Kansas State

37. Tulane

38. North Carolina

39. South Carolina

40. Texas A&M

41. Michigan State

42. Washington State

43. Navy

44. Air Force

45. Utah State

46. San Diego State

47. TCU

48. Arizona

49. Indiana

50. Texas Tech

51. Mississippi State

52. Kentucky

53. Colorado

54. Nebraska

55. Florida State

56. Louisville

57. Duke

58. Hawaii

59. Louisiana Tech

60. Stanford

61. Southern Miss

62. Louisiana

63. Wyoming

64. Boston College

65. Virginia Tech

66. BYU

67. West Virginia

68. NC State

69. Miami

70. WKU

71. Fresno State

72. Purdue

73. Houston

74. Maryland

75. Syracuse

76. Georgia State

77. Army

78. Ole Miss

79. Tennessee

80. Arkansas State

81. Oregon State

82. UAB

83. Troy

84. Marshall

85. North Texas

86. FAU

87. Ball State

88. Toledo

89. Western Michigan

90. Nevada

91. Georgia Southern

92. Central Michigan

93. Eastern Michigan

94. Illinois

95. UCLA

96. Ohio

97. Liberty

98. FIU

99. Kansas

100. Tulsa

101. Georgia Tech

102. MTSU

103. ULM

104. Coastal Carolina

105. Northwestern

106. UNLV

107. Vanderbilt

108. San Jose State

109. Colorado State

110. USF

111. Miami (Ohio)

112. Arkansas

113. Buffalo

114. Charlotte

115. East Carolina

116. Northern Illinois

117. Kent State

118. UTSA

119. Rutgers

120. Bowling Green

121. Texas State

122. New Mexico

123. Old Dominion

124. South Alabama

125. UConn

126. Rice

127. New Mexico State

128. UTEP

129. UMass

130. Akron

Ranking All 130 College Football Teams for 2019 (After Week 7)

1. Alabama (6-0)

Week 7 Result: Defeated Texas A&M

Tua Tagovailoa has passed for four or more touchdowns in five out of Alabama’s six games this year.

2. LSU (6-0)

Week 7 Result: Defeated Florida

LSU’s offense shredded Florida’s standout defense for 10.6 yards per play and 42 points in another big win for coach Ed Orgeron’s team.

3. Ohio State (6-0)

Week 7 Result: Off Week

The Buckeyes were off in Week 7 and return to action next Friday at Northwestern.

4. Clemson (6-0)

Week 7 Result: Defeated Florida State

Tigers were rested and angry coming out of the bye week and took out their frustration in a 45-14 win against Florida State. Clemson has defeated the Seminoles 104-24 over the last two years.

5. Oklahoma (6-0)

Week 7 Result: Defeated Texas

Jalen Hurts accounted for over 300 yards and four total touchdowns, but Oklahoma’s defense stole the spotlight in the win over Texas. The Sooners allowed just 4.2 yards a play, generated nine sacks and did not surrender a pass longer than 22 yards.

6. Wisconsin (6-0)

Week 7 Result: Defeated Michigan State

The Badgers earned their fourth shutout of the season in a dominant 38-0 win over Michigan State.

7. Penn State (6-0)

Week 7 Result: Defeated Iowa

Penn State’s defensive line created its share of havoc, while freshman running back Noah Cain shined in the 17-12 win over Iowa on Saturday night.

8. Florida (6-1)

Week 7 Result: Lost to LSU

The Gators came up short in the second half, but coach Dan Mullen’s team shouldn’t slip too far in the rankings after a 42-28 loss in Baton Rouge.

9. Georgia (5-1)

Week 7 Result: Lost to South Carolina

Uncharacteristic performance by Jake Fromm (four turnovers) dooms Georgia in overtime loss to South Carolina. The Bulldogs aren’t out of the playoff picture, but there’s no margin for error the rest of the way.

10. Notre Dame (5-1)

Week 7 Result: Defeated USC

USC made it interesting late, but Notre Dame was in control for most of Saturday night’s 30-27 win. The offense pounded the Trojans for 308 rushing yards, and the defense held USC’s high-powered passing game to just 255 yards.

11. Auburn (5-1)

Week 7 Result: Off Week

The Tigers were off in Week 7 and return to action next Saturday at Arkansas.

12. Texas (4-2)

Week 7 Result: Lost to Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s improved defense held the Longhorns to just 100 rushing yards and didn’t allow any big plays in the passing game. Tom Herman’s team has a lot to work on before a potential rematch in the Big 12 Championship.

13. Oregon (5-1)

Week 7 Result: Defeated Colorado

Oregon’s ground game showed signs of life, while the defense dominated once again in a 45-3 win over Colorado on Friday night.

14. Boise State (6-0)

Week 7 Result: Defeated Hawaii

Hank Bachmeier was knocked out of Saturday night’s game against Hawaii, but backup Chase Cord and a tough defense ensured the Broncos rolled to a 59-37 win.

15. Utah (5-1)

Week 7 Result: Defeated Oregon State

Zack Moss’ return from a shoulder injury is good news with Arizona State up next.

16. Baylor (6-0)

Week 7 Result: Defeated Texas Tech

Bears haven’t lacked for drama in Big 12 play this season with a last-minute victory over Iowa State and Saturday’s overtime win against Texas Tech.

17. Michigan (5-1)

Week 7 Result: Defeated Illinois

A trip to Penn State next week should provide a good barometer test for whether or not Michigan’s offense has improved since the loss at Wisconsin.

18. Cincinnati (5-1)

Week 7 Result: Defeated Houston

Desmond Ridder’s 313 total yards and five forced turnovers by the defense ensured Cincinnati didn’t have a letdown after last week’s win over UCF.

19. Arizona State (5-1)

Week 7 Result: Defeated Washington State

Bad news for the rest of the Pac-12 South: Jayden Daniels is only going to get better over the second half of the season.

20. SMU (6-0)

Week 7 Result: Off Week

The Mustangs did not play in Week 7 and host Temple in Week 8.

21. Tulane (5-1)

Week 7 Result: Defeated UConn

The Green Wave have a tough second-half schedule to navigate: at Memphis, at Navy, Tulsa, at Temple, UCF and at SMU. The race to win the AAC will be one of the top conference battles to watch.

22. Missouri (5-1)

Week 7 Result: Defeated Ole Miss

The Tigers have rebounded nicely since losing to Wyoming in the season opener.

23. Minnesota (6-0)

Week 7 Result: Defeated Nebraska

With Rutgers and Maryland up next, Minnesota is likely to be 8-0 going into a key November showdown against Penn State.

24. Wake Forest (5-1)

Week 7 Result: Lost to Louisville

Jamie Newman’s shoulder injury is a major concern, but the Demon Deacons also have plenty to clean up on defense after giving up 7.5 yards a play to Louisville on Saturday night.

25. Iowa (4-2)

Week 7 Result: Lost to Penn State

Iowa’s offense managed only 15 combined points in losses to Michigan and Penn State.

26. California

27. Appalachian State

28. Washington

29. Pitt

30. Temple

31. UCF

32. Virginia

33. Oklahoma State

34. Memphis

35. Iowa State

36. USC

37. North Carolina

38. South Carolina

39. Texas A&M

40. Kansas State

41. Michigan State

42. Arizona

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43. Washington State

44. TCU

45. Mississippi State

46. Kentucky

47. Navy

48. Air Force

49. Utah State

50. Texas Tech

51. Miami

52. San Diego State

53. Colorado

54. Florida State

55. Louisville

56. Nebraska

57. Hawaii

58. Stanford

59. Duke

60. Indiana

61. West Virginia

62. NC State

63. Southern Miss

64. Wyoming

65. Army

66. Louisiana

67. Purdue

68. Maryland

69. Syracuse

70. Fresno State

71. Houston

72. Toledo

73. Ole Miss

74. Boston College

75. Virginia Tech

76. BYU

77. Western Michigan

78. Georgia State

79. Arkansas State

80. Tennessee

81. WKU

82. Louisiana Tech

83. Northwestern

84. Nevada

85. FAU

86. UAB

87. Troy

88. North Texas

89. Georgia Southern

90. MTSU

91. Marshall

92. Central Michigan

93. Ohio

94. Oregon State

95. Tulsa

96. Liberty

97. UCLA

98. Kansas

99. FIU

100. Coastal Carolina

101. Colorado State

102. ULM

103. USF

104. San Jose State

105. UNLV

106. Vanderbilt

107. Ball State

108. Eastern Michigan

109. Illinois

110. Northern Illinois

111. Arkansas

112. Georgia Tech

113. Charlotte

114. East Carolina

115. Miami (Ohio)

116. Buffalo

117. Kent State

118. Bowling Green

119. Rutgers

120. Texas State

121. Rice

122. UTSA

123. New Mexico

124. Old Dominion

125. South Alabama

126. UConn

127. New Mexico State

128. UTEP

129. UMass

130. Akron

Ranking All 130 College Football Teams for 2019 (After Week 6)

1. Alabama (5-0)

Week 6 Result: Off Week

The Crimson Tide did not play on Saturday and return to action in Week 6 at Texas A&M.

2. LSU (5-0)

Week 6 Result: Defeated Utah State

Joe Burrow sets a new school record by eclipsing 300 passing yards in four consecutive games, as LSU beats Utah State 42-6.

3. Georgia (5-0)

Week 6 Result: Defeated Tennessee

Bulldogs have outscored Tennessee 122-26 over their last three meetings.

4. Ohio State (6-0)

Week 6 Result: Defeated Michigan State

The Buckeyes gashed Michigan State – one of the nation’s best rush defenses – for 323 rushing yards in a 34-10 victory.

5. Clemson (5-0)

Week 6 Result: Off Week

The Tigers did not play in Week 6 and return to action next Saturday against Florida State.

6. Oklahoma (5-0)

Week 6 Result: Defeated Kansas

Sooners started slow but eventually pulled away for a 45-20 win over Kansas. Up next: Texas.

7. Florida (6-0)

Week 6 Result: Defeated Auburn

Florida’s defense forces four turnovers and holds Auburn’s offense to just 4.4 yards a play in a 24-13 win in the Swamp.

8. Notre Dame (4-1)

Week 6 Result: Defeated Bowling Green

As expected, the Fighting Irish had no trouble with Bowling Green in a 52-0 win on Saturday. Brian Kelly’s team faces a key two-game stretch with USC and Michigan up next.

9. Wisconsin (5-0)

Week 6 Result: Defeated Kent State

Jonathan Taylor records five overall touchdowns, while the defense earn its third shutout of the year in a 48-0 win over Kent State.

10. Texas (4-1)

Week 6 Result: Defeated West Virginia

Balanced attack on offense and four forced turnovers by the defense help Texas avoid upset in Morgantown.

11. Auburn (5-1)

Week 6 Result: Lost to Florida

Auburn’s offense sputtered (269 total yards and four turnovers) in the Swamp.

12. Penn State (5-0)

Week 6 Result: Defeated Purdue

Penn State’s defensive line wreaked havoc with 10 sacks in Saturday’s 35-7 win over Purdue.

13. Oregon (4-1)

Week 6 Result: Defeated California

It wasn’t pretty, but Oregon notched its fourth straight victory thanks to another strong effort by the defense in a 17-7 win over California.

14. Boise State (5-0)

Week 6 Result: Defeated UNLV

The Broncos are clearly in the driver’s seat to earn the Group of 5 bowl spot in the New Year’s Six this season.

15. Utah (4-1)

Week 6 Result: Off Week

The Utes were off in Week 6 and return to action next Saturday versus Oregon State.

16. Wake Forest (5-0)

Week 6 Result: Off Week

The Demon Deacons were off in Week 6 and return to action next Saturday against Louisville.

17. Michigan (4-1)

Week 6 Result: Defeated Iowa

Wolverines dominate line of scrimmage (13 TFL and eight sacks) to edge Iowa 10-3.

18. Iowa (4-1)

Week 6 Result: Lost to Michigan

Turnovers, a lack of a consistent running game and bad play from the offensive line doomed Iowa in Saturday’s game at Michigan.

19. Virginia (4-1)

Week 6 Result: Off Week

The Cavaliers were off in Week 6 and return to action on Friday night at Miami.

20. Baylor (5-0)

Week 6 Result: Defeated Kansas State

The improvement of Baylor’s defense has been an overlooked storyline in the Big 12 so far this year.

21. Cincinnati (4-1)

Week 6 Result: Defeated UCF

Cincinnati’s defense turned in a strong effort in Friday’s upset victory over UCF. The Bearcats limited UCF to 4.8 yards a play and allowed just one touchdown over six red zone trips.

22. Texas A&M (3-2)

Week 6 Result: Off Week

The Aggies were off in Week 6 and return to action next week against Alabama.

23. Arizona State (4-1)

Week 6 Result: Off Week

The Sun Devils were off in Week 6 and host Washington State next Saturday.

24. SMU (6-0)

Week 6 Result: Defeated Tulsa

Mustangs stay unbeaten after rallying from 30-9 deficit in the third quarter for a 43-37 win in overtime against Tulsa.

25. Tulane (4-1)

Week 6 Result: Defeated Army

Green Wave join the top 25 after picking up a huge win at Army on Saturday. After a matchup with UConn next week, Tulane travels to Memphis on Oct. 19.

26. California

27. Memphis

28. Washington

29. Appalachian State

30. Oklahoma State

31. Michigan State

32. USC

33. Missouri

34. Pitt

35. UCF

36. Minnesota

37.Washington State

38. Iowa State

39. North Carolina

40. Kansas State

41. Arizona

42. Mississippi State

43. BYU

44. TCU

45. Army

46. Utah State

47. South Carolina

48. Kentucky

49. Temple

50. Navy

51. Air Force

52. Colorado

53. Nebraska

54. Florida State

55. Hawaii

56. Wyoming

57. Maryland

58. Syracuse

59. Stanford

60. Toledo

61. Duke

62. Fresno State

63. Texas Tech

64. San Diego State

65. Houston

66. West Virginia

67. Louisiana

68. Miami

69. Indiana

70. NC State

71. Ole Miss

72. Southern Miss

73. Purdue

74. Louisville

75. Boston College

76. Virginia Tech

77. North Texas

78. Northwestern

79. Western Michigan

80. MTSU

81. Marshall

82. Ohio

83. Georgia State

84. Arkansas State

85. Troy

86. Vanderbilt

87. Nevada

88. Georgia Southern

89. Louisiana Tech

90. FAU

91. UAB

92. Oregon State

93. Central Michigan

94. Eastern Michigan

95. Tulsa

96. Tennessee

97. Liberty

98. Coastal Carolina

99. UCLA

100. Illinois

101. Kansas

102. Charlotte

103. San Jose State

104. Arkansas

105. Georgia Tech

106. Colorado State

107. ULM

108. WKU

109. FIU

110. USF

111. East Carolina

112. Ball State

113. Miami (Ohio)

114. Buffalo

115. Northern Illinois

116. Rutgers

117. Kent State

118. UNLV

119. Texas State

120. Rice

121. UTSA

122. New Mexico

123. Old Dominion

124. South Alabama

125. UConn

126. Bowling Green

127. New Mexico State

128. UTEP

129. UMass

130. Akron

Ranking All 130 College Football Teams for 2019 (After Week 5)

1. Alabama (5-0)

Week 5 Result: Defeated Ole Miss

Big days from Tua Tagovailoa (418 passing yards) and DeVonta Smith (274 receiving yards and 5 TDs) guide Alabama to a 59-31 win over Ole Miss.

2. LSU (4-0)

Week 5 Result: Off Week

The Tigers did not play in Week 5 and will return to action next Saturday against Utah State.

3. Georgia (4-0)

Week 5 Result: Off Week

The Bulldogs did not play in Week 5 and return to action next Saturday against Tennessee.

4. Ohio State (5-0)

Week 5 Result: Defeated Nebraska

Ohio State’s offense recorded 368 rushing yards, while the defense held Nebraska to just 231 in a 48-7 blowout in Lincoln.

5. Clemson (5-0)

Week 5 Result: Defeated North Carolina

Survive and advance. Clemson stuffed North Carolina’s two-point attempt to escape Chapel Hill with a 21-20 victory.

6. Oklahoma (4-0)

Week 5 Result: Defeated Texas Tech

Jalen Hurts has accumulated at least 400 total yards in three out of Oklahoma’s four games this year.

7. Auburn (5-0)

Week 5 Result: Defeated Mississippi State

Best performance of Bo Nix’s young career (391 total yards) leads the way for Auburn in a 56-23 victory over Mississippi State.

8. Notre Dame (3-1)

Week 5 Result: Defeated Virginia

Brian Kelly’s team moved on from last week’s loss to Georgia by recording eight sacks in a 35-20 win over Virginia.

9. Texas (3-1)

Week 5 Result: Off Week

The Longhorns were off in Week 5 and return to action next Saturday against West Virginia.

10. Wisconsin (5-0)

Week 5 Result: Defeated Northwestern

Wisconsin’s defense scores twice and limits Northwestern to just 255 yards in a 24-15 victory.

11. Florida (5-0)

Week 5 Result: Defeated Towson

The development of Florida’s offensive line will be tested in next week’s showdown against Auburn.

12. Penn State (4-0)

Week 5 Result: Defeated Maryland

Nittany Lions have won their last three matchups against Maryland by a combined score of 163-6.

13. Oregon (4-0)

Week 5 Result: Off Week

The Ducks were off in Week 5 and return to action next Saturday against California.

14. Iowa (4-0)

Week 5 Result: Defeated MTSU

The Hawkeyes closed out their non-conference slate with an easy win over MTSU (48-3) on Saturday.

15. Boise State (4-0)

Week 5 Result: Off Week

The Broncos were off in Week 5 and return to action next Saturday at UNLV.

16. Washington (4-1)

Week 5 Result: Defeated USC

Huskies get a balanced effort out of the offense, while the defense picks off three passes to knock off USC 28-14.

17. Oklahoma State (4-1)

Week 5 Result: Defeated Kansas State

Chuba Hubbard’s 296 rushing yards was more than enough for Oklahoma State to beat Kansas State on Saturday night.

18. UCF (4-1)

Week 5 Result: Defeated UConn

Receiver Gabriel Davis closed out a terrific September by catching three more touchdowns in Saturday’s win over UConn.

19. Utah (4-1)

Week 5 Result: Defeated Washington State

The Utes leaned on their tough defense and quarterback Tyler Huntley to beat Washington State and rebound from last week’s loss at USC.

20. Wake Forest (5-0)

Week 5 Result: Defeated Boston College

Demon Deacons were outgained (536 to 440) against Boston College, but coach Dave Clawson’s team won the turnover battle (three to one) and converted 17 of 24 third-down attempts.

21. Virginia (4-1)

Week 5 Result: Lost to Notre Dame

Bryce Perkins is capable of carrying Virginia’s offense a long way, but as evidenced in Saturday’s loss in South Bend, it’s hard to overcome eight sacks and 13 tackles for a loss.

22. Texas A&M (3-2)

Week 5 Result: Defeated Arkansas

Kellen Mond threw for three touchdowns, and the defense got a key stop with less than a minute remaining to lift Texas A&M to its eighth win in a row over Arkansas.

23. Arizona State (4-1)

Week 5 Result: Defeated California

A stingy Arizona State defense limited California to just 30 yards on its final five offensive drives, with steady efforts by quarterback Jayden Daniels and running back Eno Benjamin providing enough offense to score a big win in Berkeley.

24. California (4-1)

Week 5 Result: Lost to Arizona State

Friday night’s loss against Arizona State was a costly one for California. Quarterback Chase Garbers suffered a shoulder injury in the first half and is out indefinitely.

25. SMU (5-0)

Week 5 Result: Defeated USF

The Mustangs join the top 25 after a convincing 48-21 win over USF. This is SMU’s first 5-0 start since 1983.

26. Baylor

27. Michigan

28. Cincinnati

29. Michigan State

30. Appalachian State

31. USC

32. Memphis

33. Washington State

34. TCU

35. Air Force

36. Colorado

37. Kansas State

38. Missouri

39. BYU

40. Minnesota

41. Iowa State

42. Mississippi State

43. Pitt

44. North Carolina

45. Army

46. Utah State

47. Tulane

48. Miami

49. South Carolina

50. Kentucky

51. Temple

52. Nebraska

53. Florida State

54. Hawaii

55. Wyoming

56. Maryland

57. Syracuse

58. Duke

59. Arizona

60. Fresno State

61. Houston

62. West Virginia

63. San Diego State

64. Louisiana

65. Indiana

66. Toledo

67. Purdue

68. NC State

69. Stanford

70. Ole Miss

71. Marshall

72. Southern Miss

73. Vanderbilt

74. Boston College

75. Texas Tech

76. Northwestern

77. Arkansas State

78. Virginia Tech

79. North Texas

80. Troy

81. Louisville

82. Ohio

83. Western Michigan

84. Nevada

85. Georgia Southern

86. UCLA

87. Louisiana Tech

88. Eastern Michigan

89. Navy

90. FAU

91. UAB

92. Illinois

93. Kansas

94. Northern Illinois

95. MTSU

96. Oregon State

97. Tulsa

98. Georgia State

99. Tennessee

100. Liberty

101. Coastal Carolina

102. Georgia Tech

103. Charlotte

104. Colorado State

105. San Jose State

106. Arkansas

107. ULM

108. USF

109. East Carolina

110. WKU

111. FIU

112. Miami (Ohio)

113. Buffalo

114. Rutgers

115. Ball State

116. Kent State

117. UNLV

118. Rice

119. Texas State

120. Central Michigan

121. New Mexico

122. Old Dominion

123. UTSA

124. South Alabama

125. UConn

126. Bowling Green

127. New Mexico State

128. UTEP

129. UMass

130. Akron

Ranking All 130 College Football Teams for 2019 (After Week 4)

1. Alabama (4-0)

Week 4 Result: Defeated Southern Miss

Tua Tagovailoa has passed for 17 touchdowns and has only 25 incompletions through four games this season.

2. Clemson (4-0)

Week 4 Result: Defeated Charlotte

Tigers score on six out of their first seven offensive possessions to rout Charlotte 52-10.

3. LSU (4-0)

Week 4 Result: Defeated Vanderbilt

Joe Burrow is the first quarterback in LSU history to throw for at least 350 yards (or more) in three consecutive games. However, the Tigers have a lengthy injury list after Week 4.

4. Georgia (4-0)

Week 4 Result: Defeated Notre Dame

Key throws by quarterback Jake Fromm and late defensive stop lift Georgia to 23-17 win over Notre Dame.

5. Ohio State (4-0)

Week 4 Result: Defeated Miami (Ohio)

Justin Fields accounted for six touchdowns in the second quarter, which helped Ohio State dismantle Miami (Ohio) 76-5.

6. Oklahoma (3-0)

Week 4 Result: Off Week

The Sooners were off in Week 4 and host Texas Tech next Saturday.

7. Auburn (4-0)

Week 4 Result: Defeated Texas A&M

Two road trips to Texas, two victories for Auburn. The Tigers didn’t generate much on offense (299 yards), but coach Gus Malzahn’s team maximized their opportunities.

8. Notre Dame (2-1)

Week 4 Result: Lost to Georgia

The Fighting Irish impressed in a loss at Georgia, but penalties (12), a lack of big plays on offense and production out of the ground game are areas that must be addressed to make a run at the playoff.

9. Texas (3-1)

Week 4 Result: Defeated Oklahoma State

Sam Ehlinger’s four passing touchdowns and timely stops in second half help Texas end four-game losing streak to Oklahoma State.

10. Wisconsin (3-0)

Week 4 Result: Defeated Michigan

Total domination. Jonathan Taylor’s big day and standout defensive effort key Badgers’ blowout victory over Michigan.

11. Florida (4-0)

Week 4 Result: Defeated Tennessee

Kyle Trask tossed two interceptions but delivered a solid start (20 of 28 for 293 yards) in a 34-3 win over Tennessee.

12. Penn State (3-0)

Week 4 Result: Off Week

The Nittany Lions were off in Week 4 and return to action Friday at Maryland.

13. Oregon (3-1)

Week 4 Result: Defeated Stanford

Ducks get revenge for last year’s overtime loss by beating Stanford 21-6 on Saturday afternoon. Oregon has not allowed an offensive touchdown since the opener against Auburn.

14. Texas A&M (2-2)

Week 4 Result: Lost to Auburn

Kellen Mond threw for 335 yards in Saturday’s loss to Auburn, but once again, Texas A&M struggled to win the battle up front and on the ground with its offense.

15. Iowa (3-0)

Week 4 Result: Off Week

The Hawkeyes did not play in Week 4 and return to action on Saturday versus MTSU.

16. Boise State (4-0)

Week 4 Result: Defeated Air Force

Broncos use three second-half touchdowns to pull away for a 30-19 win over Air Force.

17. Virginia (4-0)

Week 4 Result: Defeated Old Dominion

Cavaliers needed second-half comeback to hold off Old Dominion’s upset bid.

18. California (4-0)

Week 4 Result: Defeated Ole Miss

Goal-line stand in final seconds keeps California undefeated going into a key Pac-12 matchup with Arizona State next week.

19. Washington (3-1)

Week 4 Result: Defeated BYU

Jacob Eason’s three touchdown passes helped to ensure Washington didn’t suffer the same fate as USC did last week in Provo.

20. USC (3-1)

Week 4 Result: Defeated Utah

Matt Fink stepped up with Kedon Slovis injured, and Utah’s secondary had no answer for receiver Michael Pittman.

21. Utah (3-1)

Week 4 Result: Lost to USC

Big plays allowed in the secondary and missed opportunities on offense doom Utah in Los Angeles. The severity of a shoulder injury to running back Zack Moss is worth monitoring.

22. UCF (3-1)

Week 4 Result: Lost to Pitt

UCF’s 35-34 loss to Pitt was its first regular season defeat since Nov. 26, 2016.

23. Oklahoma State (3-1)

Week 4 Result: Lost to Texas

Two missed scoring opportunities in second half prove costly for Mike Gundy’s team in 36-30 loss to Texas.

24. Wake Forest (4-0)

Week 4 Result: Defeated Elon

Quarterback Jamie Newman torched Elon for five touchdowns in an easy win for Wake Forest.

25. Michigan (2-1)

Week 4 Result: Lost to Wisconsin

Wolverines were thoroughly dominated in Madison. Can Jim Harbaugh get things back on track?

26. Washington State

27. Iowa State

28. Cincinnati

29. BYU

30. Kansas State

31. Appalachian State

32. SMU

33. Michigan State

34. TCU

35. Mississippi State

36. Air Force

37. Colorado

38. Missouri

39. Arizona State

40. Memphis

41. Baylor

42. Kentucky

43. Pitt

44. Minnesota

45. Army

46. Nebraska

47. North Carolina

48. Miami

49. Utah State

50. Tulane

51. Temple

52. Maryland

53. Wyoming

54. South Carolina

55. Syracuse

56. Florida State

57. Purdue

58. Fresno State

59. Hawaii

60. Arizona

61. Houston

62. West Virginia

63. San Diego State

64. Boston College

65. Virginia Tech

66. NC State

67. Duke

68. Texas Tech

69. Marshall

70. Southern Miss

71. Stanford

72. Northwestern

73. Vanderbilt

74. Indiana

75. Ole Miss

76. Nevada

77. North Texas

78. Troy

79. Toledo

80. Louisiana

81. Louisville

82. UCLA

83. Ohio

84. Georgia Southern

85. Arkansas State

86. UAB

87. Western Michigan

88. Louisiana Tech

89. Eastern Michigan

90. Illinois

91. Kansas

92. Northern Illinois

93. FAU

94. MTSU

95. Navy

96. Oregon State

97. Tulsa

98. Coastal Carolina

99. Georgia State

100. Tennessee

101. Liberty

102. Buffalo

103. Georgia Tech

104. USF

105. Charlotte

106. Colorado State

107. San Jose State

108. Arkansas

109. ULM

110. Rutgers

111. East Carolina

112. Miami (Ohio)

113. UNLV

114. Ball State

115. Kent State

116. Rice

117. New Mexico

118. Central Michigan

119. WKU

120. FIU

121. Texas State

122. Old Dominion

123. UTSA

124. South Alabama

125. Akron

126. UConn

127. Bowling Green

128. New Mexico State

129. UTEP

130. UMass

Ranking All 130 College Football Teams for 2019 (After Week 3)

1. Alabama

2. Clemson

3. LSU

4. Georgia

5. Ohio State

6. Oklahoma

7. Notre Dame

8. Texas

9. Utah

10. Texas A&M

11. Florida

12. Michigan

13. Penn State

14. Auburn

15. Oregon

16. Wisconsin

17. Iowa

18. Boise State

19. UCF

20. Virginia

21. Oklahoma State

22. California

23. Washington

24. Washington State

25. BYU

26. TCU

27. Iowa State

28. Cincinnati

29. USC

30. Wake Forest

31. Arizona State

32. Kansas State

33. Michigan State

34. North Carolina

35. Baylor

36. Mississippi State

37. Memphis

38. Kentucky

39. Miami

40. Minnesota

41. Army

42. Temple

43. Maryland

44. Air Force

45. Colorado

46. Nebraska

47. Utah State

48. Appalachian State

49. Tulane

50. Wyoming

51. Missouri

52. South Carolina

53. Stanford

54. Northwestern

55. Syracuse

56. Florida State

57. Houston

58. Fresno State

59. Purdue

60. Hawaii

61. Arizona

62. San Diego State

63. Vanderbilt

64. Boston College

65. Virginia Tech

66. West Virginia

67. NC State

68. Duke

69. Texas Tech

70. Pitt

71. SMU

72. Marshall

73. Southern Miss

74. Indiana

75.Ole Miss

76. Nevada

77. Ohio

78. North Texas

79. Louisville

80. Troy

81. Toledo

82. Georgia Southern

83. Arkansas State

84. Louisiana

85. UAB

86. Arkansas

87. Western Michigan

88. UCLA

89. Louisiana Tech

90. Eastern Michigan

91. Illinois

92. Kansas

93. Northern Illinois

94. Georgia State

95. Tennessee

96. Oregon State

97. FAU

98. MTSU

99. Navy

100. Colorado State

101. Georgia Tech

102. USF

103. ULM

104. Rutgers

105. Tulsa

106. Charlotte

107. Liberty

108. Buffalo

109. Coastal Carolina

110. Miami (Ohio)

111. East Carolina

112. Rice

113. UNLV

114. Ball State

115. New Mexico

116. Kent State

117. WKU

118. FIU

119. Central Michigan

120. Old Dominion

121. UTSA

122. San Jose State

123. South Alabama

124. Texas State

125. Akron

126. UConn

127. Bowling Green

128. New Mexico State

129. UTEP

130. UMass

Ranking All 130 College Football Teams for 2019 (After Week 2)

1. Alabama (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Defeated New Mexico State

As expected, Alabama rolled to an easy win over New Mexico State on Saturday.

2. Clemson (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Defeated Texas A&M

Receivers Justyn Ross and Tee Higgins made big plays downfield, and Clemson’s rebuilt defense held Texas A&M to just 4.2 yards a play in a dominant 24-10 win for coach Dabo Swinney’s team.

3. LSU (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Defeated Texas

Saturday night’s win against Texas showed how far LSU’s offense has improved since last season.

4. Georgia (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Defeated Murray State

Freshman receiver George Pickens seems primed to take on a bigger role after catching four passes for 78 yards against Murray State.

5. Ohio State (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Defeated Cincinnati

Justin Fields was efficient (20 of 25), and the Buckeyes got plenty of help from the defense and ground game to end any hope Cincinnati had of an upset in Columbus.

6. Oklahoma (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Defeated South Dakota

Jalen Hurts has more overall touchdowns (nine) than incompletions (seven) through two games this year.

7. Notre Dame (1-0)

Week 2 Result: Off

The Fighting Irish did not play in Week 2 and will return to action next Saturday against New Mexico.

8. Texas (1-1)

Week 2 Result: Lost to LSU

Sam Ehlinger was excellent, but Texas had no answers in the secondary against LSU’s passing attack.

9. Utah (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Defeated Northern Illinois

Tyler Huntley had a solid day through the air (14 of 19 for 219 yards), and Utah’s defense pitched a shutout in the second half to move Kyle Whittingham’s team to 2-0.

10. Texas A&M (1-1)

Week 2 Result: Lost to Clemson

The Aggies weren’t able to get enough consistency or big plays on offense to pull off the upset in Death Valley.

11. Florida (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Defeated UT Martin

After an up-and-down performance in the opener, Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks was sharp versus UT Martin (25 of 27 for 270 yards and two scores).

12. Michigan (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Defeated Army

Survive and advance for Jim Harbaugh’s team. However, the Wolverines have a lot to clean up after a sloppy performance against Army.

13. Penn State (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Defeated Buffalo

Nittany Lions started slow but pulled away in the second half for a 45-13 win over Buffalo.

14. Auburn (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Defeated Tulane

Tulane’s defensive front played a role in the sluggish production, but Auburn’s ground game has some work to do after averaging 3.8 yards per carry on 45 attempts.

15. Oregon (1-1)

Week 2 Result: Defeated Nevada

Justin Herbert’s five passing touchdowns helped Oregon rebound from last week’s last-second loss to Auburn.

16. Wisconsin (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Defeated Central Michigan

Badgers have steamrolled their first two opponents by a combined score of 110-0.

17. Iowa (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Defeated Rutgers

Iowa’s defense did not allow a drive longer than 30 yards in Saturday’s 30-0 win over the Scarlet Knights.

18. Michigan State (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Defeated Western Michigan

Mark Dantonio wanted to see more out of his offense after a lackluster debut against Tulsa. The Spartans showed signs of life by recording 582 yards and 51 points in a win against Western Michigan on Saturday.

19. Boise State (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Defeated Marshall

The Broncos held Marshall to zero yards in the second half to hold on for a 14-7 victory.

20. UCF (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Defeated FAU

Freshman quarterback Dillon Gabriel threw for 245 yards and two touchdowns and added another on the ground, as the Knights rolled to an easy 48-14 win over FAU.

21. Virginia (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Defeated William & Mary

The 52 points scored by Virginia in Friday night’s win over William & Mary were the most by the program since 2005.

22. Oklahoma State (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Defeated McNeese State

The Cowboys crushed McNeese State in Week 2 and have one more tune up (Tulsa) before beginning Big 12 play at Texas.

23. California (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Defeated Washington

California joins the top 25 after its stingy defense once again led the way in a win over Washington.

24. USC (2-0)

Week 2 Result: Defeated Stanford

USC’s defense didn’t allow a point in the second half, but the real story was how impressive freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis was in his first start.

25. Washington (1-1)

Week 2 Result: Lost to California

The Huskies outgained California (348 to 303), but three drives into the red zone ended in a field goal.

26. Iowa State

27. Washington State

28. Mississippi State

29. North Carolina

30. Maryland

31. Colorado

32. Cincinnati

33. Stanford

34. Baylor

35. TCU

36. NC State

37. Nebraska

38. Kentucky

39. Memphis

40. Miami

41. Syracuse

42. Minnesota

43. Northwestern

44. Army

45. Boston College

46. Wake Forest

47. Virginia Tech

48. Arizona State

49. Utah State

50. BYU

51. Florida State

52. Appalachian State

53. South Carolina

54. Texas Tech

55. Kansas State

56. Purdue

57. Houston

58. Pitt

59. Fresno State

60. Vanderbilt

61. Hawaii

62. San Diego State

63. Indiana

64. Tulane

65. Wyoming

66. Missouri

67. Nevada

68. Duke

69. Ole Miss

70. SMU

71. Arizona

72. Illinois

73. West Virginia

74. UCLA

75. Marshall

76. Ohio

77. North Texas

78. Troy

79. Louisville

80. Temple

81. Toledo

82. Georgia Southern

83. Arkansas State

84. Louisiana

85. Georgia Tech

86. UAB

87. Georgia State

88. Air Force

89. Southern Miss

90. Arkansas

91. Western Michigan

92. Louisiana Tech

93. Northern Illinois

94. MTSU

95. Buffalo

96. Tennessee

97. Oregon State

98. USF

99. Colorado State

100. Eastern Michigan

101. ULM

102. FAU

103. Navy

104. Rutgers

105. Tulsa

106. Miami (Ohio)

107. East Carolina

108. Rice

109. UNLV

110. Coastal Carolina

111. Kansas

112. Charlotte

113. Ball State

114. New Mexico

115. Liberty

116. Kent State

117. WKU

118. FIU

119. Old Dominion

120. UTSA

121. San Jose State

122. Central Michigan

123. South Alabama

124. Texas State

125. Akron

126. UConn

127. Bowling Green

128. New Mexico State

129. UTEP

130. UMass

Ranking All 130 College Football Teams for 2019 (After Week 1)

1. Alabama (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Defeated Duke

Crimson Tide got off to a slow start but still finished with 512 yards in a dominant 42-3 win over Duke.

2. Clemson (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Defeated Georgia Tech

Trevor Lawrence was just okay on Thursday night, but running back Travis Etienne and Clemson’s defense ensured the opener against Georgia Tech wasn’t close.

3. Georgia (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Defeated Vanderbilt

The Bulldogs used the nation’s best offensive line and backfield to gash Vanderbilt’s defense for 325 yards on the ground in a 30-6 victory.

4. LSU (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Defeated Georgia Southern

Quarterback Joe Burrow is the perfect fit for LSU’s new offensive scheme, as this group aced its first test in an easy win over Georgia Southern.

5. Michigan (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Defeated MTSU

There were plenty of positives for Jim Harbaugh’s team in the win over MTSU. However, there were also some things to clean up on both sides of the ball. This team also has a few key injuries – Donovan Peoples-Jones and Jon Runyan – to monitor.

6. Ohio State (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Defeated FAU

Justin Fields didn’t disappoint in his debut, and the defense held FAU to just 3.1 yards a play.

7. Oklahoma (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Defeated Houston

As expected, Jalen Hurts is going to put up huge numbers in Lincoln Riley’s offense.

8. Notre Dame (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Defeated Louisville

Notre Dame’s defense has a few things to clean up, but a 35-17 victory at Louisville moved Brian Kelly to 8-2 in openers for the Fighting Irish.  

9. Texas A&M (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Defeated Texas State

Kellen Mond’s development under coach Jimbo Fisher continued with a strong outing (19 of 27 for 194 yards and 3 TDs) in an easy win over Texas State.

10. Texas (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Defeated Louisiana Tech

Longhorns win season opener for the first time under Tom Herman. And now the attention turns to a huge showdown with LSU next Saturday.

11. Washington (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Defeated Eastern Washington

The potential of Jacob Eason’s big-time arm and Washington’s receiving corps were on display in the win over Eastern Washington.

12. Utah (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Defeated BYU

A big performance from running back Zack Moss and Utah’s standout defense boosted the winning streak over BYU to nine in a row.

13. Florida (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Defeated Miami (Aug. 24)

Florida’s revamped offensive line remains a question mark after the win over Miami on Aug. 24.

14. Penn State (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Defeated Idaho

The Nittany Lions showcased their depth at running back by gashing Idaho for 331 yards and seven touchdowns in a 79-7 blowout.

15. Auburn (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Defeated Oregon

Auburn’s defense stepped up after slow start, while freshman Bo Nix delivered in the clutch to lift the Tigers over Oregon.

16. Oregon (0-1)

Week 1 Result: Lost to Auburn

The Ducks let a prime opportunity for a huge non-conference win slip away in Arlington.

17. Wisconsin (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Defeated USF

Jonathan Taylor’s big night and a suffocating defense (2.8 ypp allowed) led the way in a 49-0 romp over USF.

18. Iowa (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Defeated Miami (Ohio)

The Hawkeyes improved to 18-3 in openers under Kirk Ferentz with a 38-14 win over Miami (Ohio).

19. Michigan State (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Defeated Tulsa

The jury is still out on whether or not the offense improved from last year. However, the answer on the other side of the ball is pretty clear. Michigan State’s defense dominated against Tulsa and will rank among the best in college football once again.

20. Boise State (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Defeated Florida State

True freshman quarterback Hank Bachmeier is going to be a big-time star for the Broncos.

21. UCF (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Defeated Florida A&M

The win over Florida A&M was costly for coach Josh Heupel’s team. Standout cornerback Brandon Moore was lost for the year due to injury.

22. Cincinnati (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Defeated UCLA

Luke Fickell’s return to Columbus will be an intriguing storyline for Cincinnati’s matchup against Ohio State in Week 2.

23. Virginia (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Defeated Pitt

The Cavaliers are 4-0 in ACC openers under coach Bronco Mendenhall.

24. Oklahoma State (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Defeated Oregon State

Big 12 defenses are going to have their hands full trying to slow down Spencer Sanders, Chuba Hubbard and Tylan Wallace this year.

25. Nebraska (1-0)

Week 1 Result: Defeated South Alabama

It wasn’t pretty on offense, but the defense and special teams made enough plays to lift Nebraska to a 14-point win over South Alabama.

26. Iowa State

27. Syracuse

28. Washington State

29. Mississippi State

30. Miami

31. Stanford

32. Baylor

33. TCU

34. NC State

35. Kentucky

36. Memphis

37. Northwestern

38. USC

39. Florida State

40. Minnesota

41. Boston College

42. Wake Forest

43. Virginia Tech

44. Army

45. Arizona State

46. Appalachian State

47. Utah State

48. North Carolina

49. South Carolina

50. California

51. UCLA

52. Texas Tech

53. Vanderbilt

54. Kansas State

55. BYU

56. Houston

57. Pitt

58. Fresno State

59. West Virginia

60. Maryland

61. Indiana

62. Colorado

63. Tulane

64. Nevada

65. Purdue

66. San Diego State

67. Duke

68. Wyoming

69. Missouri

70. Ole Miss

71. Marshall

72. Ohio

73. North Texas

74. Troy

75. Hawaii

76. Arizona

77. Louisville

78. SMU

79. Illinois

80. Arkansas

81. Temple

82. Toledo

83. Georgia Southern

84. Arkansas State

85. Louisiana

86. Air Force

87. Southern Miss

88. UAB

89. Georgia State

90. Georgia Tech

91. Western Michigan

92. USF

93. Louisiana Tech

94. Northern Illinois

95. Tennessee

96. FIU

97. Oregon State

98. MTSU

99. Buffalo

100. FAU

101. Eastern Michigan

102. Colorado State

103. Navy

104. Rutgers

105. Kansas

106. ULM

107. UNLV

108. Tulsa

109. Miami (Ohio)

110. East Carolina

111. Charlotte

112. Liberty

113. New Mexico

114. Ball State

115. Kent State

116. Rice

117. Old Dominion

118. San Jose State

119. UTSA

120. Central Michigan

121. South Alabama

122. Texas State

123. Akron

124. Bowling Green

125. Coastal Carolina

126. UConn

127. New Mexico State

128. UMass

129. UTEP

130. WKU

Original Athlon Sports Ranking of All 130 College Football Teams for 2019

To track where we originally predicted all 130 teams would end the season, we're keeping this original posting below for reference. DISCLAIMER: This is not a preseason 130 ranking of teams going into the season. Instead, this ranking takes into account where we project teams to finish after the national championship in January. Athlon Sports projects where every team will finish in the final rankings at the conclusion of the upcoming season:  

130. Rice

Mike Bloomgren inherited a big-time rebuilding project last season, so it was no surprise the Owls finished 2-11 with just one win in C-USA play. Rice brings back 13 starters and hopes last year’s experience by a handful of young players helps this team take a step forward in 2019. Bloomgren has some promising pieces – RB Juma Otoviano, WR Austin Trammell, LB Blaze Alldredge and S George Nyakwol – but question marks remain at quarterback and on defense after giving up 36 points a game.

College Football Rankings: Rice

129. UMass

New coach Walt Bell is a good hire for a UMass program that has won only 16 games over the last five years. However, the Minutemen have a lot of work to do this offseason. Only six starters are back, and Bell has to restock an offense that lost standout receiver Andy Isabella and enters 2019 with uncertainty at quarterback. A defense that gave up 42.9 points a game last fall also has concerns at every level.

College Football Rankings: UMass

128. UTEP

The Miners showed some small signs of progress in coach Dana Dimel’s first year in El Paso, but this program still has a long ways to go to contend for a bowl or winning mark in 2019. Quarterback Kai Locksley’s status is uncertain after an off-field incident in June, but the return of Greg Long and Derron Gatewood should bolster the offensive line. UTEP’s defense gave up 32.8 points a game last fall and only brings back five starters.

College Football Rankings: UTEP

127. New Mexico State

The 2017 season provided New Mexico State’s first winning record since 2002 and the program’s first bowl trip since 1961. However, the Aggies slipped to 3-9 in their return to FBS Independence last fall. Coach Doug Martin’s team faces another tough schedule in 2019, so major gains in the win column are unlikely. Quarterback Josh Adkins is promising, but a defense that gave up 41.3 points a game last fall has to show marked improvement.

College Football Rankings: New Mexico State

126. UConn

The Huskies are rebuilding with youth on both sides of the ball, and as evidenced by last year’s 1-11 finish, coach Randy Edsall and this staff have a long climb ahead in the AAC. The quarterback job is open after David Pindell finished his eligibility and backup Marvin Washington transferred in the summer. UConn’s defense is in need of major repair. This unit surrendered a whopping 50.4 points and 617.4 yards per game last season. Just getting to three wins would be a step in the right direction.

College Football Rankings: UConn

125. Bowling Green

The post-spring decision by quarterback Jarret Doege to transfer added to the list of concerns for new coach Scot Loeffler. A graduate transfer is a possibility to replace Doege, but the uncertainty under center should push the offense to lean even more on talented junior running back Andrew Clair. Brian VanGorder was hired to address a defense that surrendered 40 points a game last fall. End David Konowalski’s return from injury will help, but the Falcons only bring back three starters and question marks remain at every level.

College Football Rankings: Bowling Green

124. Coastal Carolina

Jamey Chadwell – a former Charleston Southern head coach and interim leader of Coastal Carolina in 2017 – takes over on a full-time basis following Joe Moglia's retirement. The Chanticleers had a couple of key players transfer after last year’s 5-7 mark, and Chadwell has to do some restocking on both sides of the ball to keep this team in the mix for a bowl. Additionally, the quarterback battle between Fred Payton and Bryce Carpenter is likely to extend into the fall.

College Football Rankings: Coastal Carolina

123. South Alabama

Steve Campbell seems like the right fit at South Alabama, but it may take another year of development before this program will contend for a bowl. The Jaguars return standout running back Tra Minter and receiver Kawaan Baker, but the offense needs to find an answer under center to help a unit that averaged only 24.2 points a game in 2018. The defense is also in rebuild mode after giving up 38.8 points a contest. Tyree Turner is one of the Sun Belt’s top defensive linemen but questions remain about the pieces around him.

College Football Rankings: South Alabama

122. Georgia State

The Panthers took a step back in coach Shawn Elliott’s second year in Atlanta. After a 7-5 mark in 2017, Georgia State finished only 2-10 with just one Sun Belt win. A youth movement on both sides of the ball was certainly to blame for the regression, but that experience should pay off in 2019. Dan Ellington could push for a spot among the top quarterbacks in the conference after accounting for 17 total touchdowns in his first year on campus. Standout receiver Penny Hart must be replaced. Georgia State’s defense brings back seven starters but surrendered 37.4 points a game last fall.

College Football Rankings: Georgia State

121. Akron

Tom Arth is a solid hire for an Akron program looking to make a jump in the MAC East. Unfortunately for the first-year coach, the question marks are numerous for 2019. Quarterback Kato Nelson is a playmaker and should rank among the top signal-callers in the MAC. However, the Zips need more balance and better play up front to support Nelson. The return of safety Alvin Davis, linebacker John Lako, and end Josh Ward provides a good foundation on defense, but the rest of the group will be under renovation.

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120. Central Michigan

Jim McElwain is back on the sidelines as a head coach following his dismissal at Florida during the 2017 season. And it’s a good thing McElwain’s specialty is offense, as Central Michigan averaged only 15 points and 254.7 yards per game last fall. Houston transfer (and former Tennessee signal-caller) Quinten Dormady should help right away at quarterback, and Virginia Tech transfer Kalil Pimpleton has potential to be an impact addition at receiver. Defense certainly wasn’t a problem for the Chippewas last season, but a handful of key players have departed Mount Pleasant, leaving only four returning starters on this side of the ball.

College Football Rankings: Central Michigan

Related: Ranking the MAC's Head Coaches for 2019

119. UTSA

Improving an offense that averaged only 14.2 points a game in 2018 is the top priority for coach Frank Wilson and play-caller Jeff Kastl this offseason. The return of quarterback Frank Harris from injury could provide a spark, and four starters are back to lead the way in the trenches. UTSA’s defense should be strong up front, but standout linebacker Josiah Tauaefa departed early for the NFL.

College Football Rankings: UTSA

118. San Jose State

Brent Brennan enters his third year at the helm in San Jose with just three overall victories over the last two seasons. Unfortunately for Brennan, the Spartans are likely in for another long year. Quarterback Josh Love (14 TDs) is back, and Brennan’s offense has a good cast of supporting skill talent. However, the offensive line gave up 39 sacks and remains a concern for 2019. San Jose State’s defense is an even bigger issue for Brennan. The Spartans were shredded for 211.2 rushing yards a game and needs more talent and depth at all three levels. Linebackers Jesse Osuna and Ethan Aguayo should push for All-Mountain West honors.

College Football Rankings: San Jose State

117. Old Dominion

The Monarchs have posted back-to-back losing seasons since winning 10 games and going to a bowl in 2016. Coach Bobby Wilder is hoping a coaching staff overhaul along with the addition of a handful of junior college transfers provides an immediate spark. Former Michigan State quarterback Messiah deWeaver is one of those JUCOs vying for time, as he will push Steven Williams (back from redshirt) for the No. 1 spot.  New defensive coordinator David Blackwell won’t have standout end Oshane Ximines to lean on, and the Monarchs enter the fall with question marks at every level.

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Related: Ranking Conference USA's Head Coaches for 2019

116. Texas State

New coach Jake Spavital isn’t stepping into a bad situation for his debut. Texas State brings back 16 starters, including two of the Sun Belt’s top linebackers in Bryan London and Nikolas Daniels. Spavital is regarded for his work on offense during stints as a play-caller at Texas A&M, California and West Virginia, and this group has plenty of room to improve after averaging only 19.8 points a game. Junior college (and former Montana) quarterback Gresch Jensen should provide a spark under center.

College Football Rankings: Texas State

115. Kent State

The Golden Flashes only won two games in coach Sean Lewis’ debut but were more competitive than the previous year. Another step forward should be within reach in 2019. The offense returns rising star Woody Barrett at quarterback, along with a strong supporting cast at receiver and running back. Kent State’s defense is thin up front, but the outlook is better in the secondary.

College Football Rankings: Kent State

114. Ball State

Coach Mike Neu is only 10-26 through three seasons, but with 18 returning starters in place for 2019, Ball State could be a sleeper to watch in the MAC West. Neu’s top priority will be developing Drew Plitt at quarterback after Riley Neal transferred to Vanderbilt. The Cardinals have one of the MAC’s top linebacker units, but the defense has to improve after finishing near the bottom of the conference versus the run and points allowed.

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113. New Mexico

With a 6-18 mark over the last two years, the 2019 campaign is likely a make-or-break season for Bob Davie. And with immediate help needed on both sides of the ball, Davie is counting on an influx of junior college transfers to play a lot in 2019. The line should be the strength of the offense, but this unit needs steady play out of Tevaka Tuioti or Sheriron Jones at quarterback, along with a go-to back to emerge. The return of linebacker Alex Hart from injury is big for a defense that gave up 36.2 points a game in 2018.

College Football Rankings: New Mexico

Related: Ranking the Mountain West Coaches for 2019

112. Charlotte

Charlotte is a program with upside, and new coach Will Healy should elevate this team over the next couple of years. The 49ers just missed on a bowl last fall (5-7) and another push for a winning mark is within reach. In order to do so, Healy needs stable quarterback play to go with standout running back Benny LeMay on offense. The defense – led by standout end Alex Highsmith – could be one of Conference USA’s top units. 

College Football Rankings: Charlotte

111. WKU

New coach Tyson Helton is tasked with getting WKU back to the top of Conference USA after this program slipped the last two years under Mike Sanford. Helton worked under Jeff Brohm during his successful run in Bowling Green, and rekindling the high-scoring offense is a priority. The skill talent and line are in place, but can the Hilltoppers get consistent play at quarterback? Six starters provide a good foundation on defense, but concerns remain at linebacker. With solid quarterback play, WKU could surprise in Helton’s debut.

College Football Rankings: WKU

110. Liberty

With Hugh Freeze taking over in Lynchburg, Liberty won’t lack for intrigue in 2019. The combination of quarterback Buckshot Calvert and receiver Antonio Gandy-Golden should produce plenty of points and allow the Flames an opportunity to push for a winning record.