Ranking the top 25 teams in college football after Week 10
Weekly college football top 25 rankings are a big part of every season, and Athlon Sports will update its top 25 following the games each weekend. The 10th weekend of the 2018 season was headlined by Alabama's dominant win over LSU in Baton Rouge, West Virginia's last-second victory against Texas, and Georgia's win over Kentucky to clinch the SEC East. The Crimson Tide maintain their No. 1 ranking after Week 10, followed by Clemson at No. 2 and Notre Dame at No. 3. Michigan checks in at No. 4 after its win over Penn State, followed by Georgia at No. 5 and Oklahoma at No. 6. The top 25 has a handful of new teams this week, including Michigan State, Mississippi State and Purdue. With the 10th week of the 2018 season officially in the books, here are the top 25 teams in college football:
College Football Top 25 Rankings (After Week 10)
1. Alabama (9-0)
Week 10 Result: Defeated LSU
Crimson Tide delivered a statement in 29-0 win over LSU.
2. Clemson (9-0)
Week 10 Result: Defeated Boston College
Ground attack and defense key Clemson's dominant 77-16 victory over Louisville.
3. Notre Dame (9-0)
Week 10 Result: Defeated Northwestern
Brian Kelly’s team has a few errors on special teams to clean up, but Fighting Irish use a standout effort from Ian Book (343 passing yards) to win 31-21 at Northwestern.
4. Michigan (8-1)
Week 10 Result: Defeated Penn State
Wolverines cross off another opponent from their 2018 revenge tour, posting a dominant 42-7 win over Penn State. With Rutgers and Indiana up next, coach Jim Harbaugh’s team should be 10-1 headed into the showdown against Ohio State in Columbus.
5. Georgia (8-1)
Week 10 Result: Defeated Kentucky
Bulldogs rush for 331 yards in 34-17 victory over Kentucky to clinch SEC East title for the second year in a row.
6. Oklahoma (8-1)
Week 10 Result: Defeated Texas Tech
Turnovers seem to be the only thing that can slow down Oklahoma’s offense. The Sooners ran for 323 yards and passed for 360 in Saturday night’s win at Texas Tech.
7. LSU (7-2)
Week 10 Result: Lost to Alabama
LSU’s offense has scored only 10 points over its last three meetings against Alabama.
8. Ohio State (8-1)
Week 10 Result: Defeated Nebraska
Urban Meyer and his staff still have a lot to work on, but Ohio State’s ground game (229 yards) showed signs of progress against Nebraska.
9. West Virginia (7-1)
Week 10 Result: Defeated Texas
Will Grier’s big day and clutch throws on fourth-quarter drive lead West Virginia to win in Austin.
10. Washington State (8-1)
Week 10 Result: Defeated California
Gardner Minshew’s late touchdown pass helps Washington State avoid upset loss to California.
11. UCF (8-0)
Week 10 Result: Defeated Temple
Knights outgained by Temple 670-630, but defense limited Owls to just six points in the second half to move to 8-0.
12. Kentucky (7-2)
Week 10 Result: Lost to Georgia
Wildcats were dominated by Georgia in defacto SEC East title game, but coach Mark Stoops’ team still has a good shot at double-digit wins this season.
13. Syracuse (7-2)
Week 10 Result: Defeated Wake Forest
Orange roll up 264 rushing yards, while defense forces three turnovers to earn seventh win of 2018 season.
14. Fresno State (8-1)
Week 10 Result: Defeated UNLV
Bulldogs crush UNLV to move to 8-1. Coach Jeff Tedford’s team travels to Boise for a key Mountain West showdown next Friday.
15. Florida (6-3)
Week 10 Result: Lost to Missouri
Gators stunned in the Swamp by Missouri. Is it time for Dan Mullen to change quarterbacks?
16. Iowa State (5-3)
Week 10 Result: Defeated Kansas
Cyclones quietly in good shape for a trip to Big 12 title game. Matchup at Texas on Nov. 17 looms large for coach Matt Campbell’s team.
17. Utah State (8-1)
Week 10 Result: Defeated Hawaii
Aggies have scored at least 56 points in three out of the last four games.
18. Penn State (6-3)
Week 10 Result: Lost to Michigan
Penn State’s offense never got on track in loss at Michigan. The Nittany Lions managed only 186 yards, with 75 coming on the final drive.
19. Mississippi State (6-3)
Week 10 Result: Defeated Louisiana Tech
Quarterback Nick Fitzgerald has six touchdown passes over the last two games.
20. Texas (6-3)
Week 10 Result: Lost to Iowa State
Defensive issues and pass coverage cost Texas for the second week in a row.
21. Boston College (7-2)
Week 10 Result: Defeated Virginia Tech
Eagles need running back AJ Dillon at full strength to beat Clemson next Saturday.
22. Michigan State (6-3)
Week 10 Result: Defeated Maryland
Spartans return to the top 25 after limiting Maryland to just 100 overall yards in 24-3 win.
23. Utah (6-3)
Week 10 Result: Lost to Arizona State
Collarbone injury to quarterback Tyler Huntley adds uncertainty to the Pac-12 South title picture.
24. Purdue (5-4)
Week 10 Result: Defeated Iowa
David Blough and Purdue passing game gets back on track to score win over Iowa.
25. Iowa (6-3)
Week 10 Result: Lost to Purdue
After back-to-back losses, matchup versus Northwestern next week is a must-win contest to stay alive in the Big Ten West Division title picture.