Alabama slips the No. 1 spot out from under the Sooners

By Dean Backes
Sep. 25, 2017

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Alabama finds itself in a familiar place this week, following a 59-0 trouncing of Vanderbilt, the nation’s then 22nd ranked team. The Crimson Tide move into the No. 1 spot in this week’s power rankings. Much like the score would indicate, Alabama dominated this contest in all phases. The Crimson Tide out first-downed the Commodores 38-3. That’s 38-3!! In first downs!! While churning out 667 yards of total offense itself, Alabama held Vanderbilt to a mere 78 total yards. Wow, what a statement! The Crimson Tide ran the ball for 495 yards on 66 carries and scored six touchdowns on the ground! Have we used enough exclamation points, yet?! Need we say more?

Oklahoma’s 49-41 close-call with Baylor drops the Sooners to fourth, allowing Alabama and Washington to jump into the top two spots following impressive 59-0 and 37-10 wins over Vanderbilt and Colorado respectively. Clemson falls to third and Georgia climbs from tenth to fifth to round out this week’s Top 5.

South Florida made the largest leap in this week’s rankings. Following their 43-7 win over Temple, the Bulls jump from 24th to 15th. Auburn vaulted eight spots to 11th this week, while Washington State climbs into the No. 14 spot after being ranked 21st last week. Falling the hardest this week is Mississippi State following its 31-3 loss to Georgia. The Bulldogs drop to 23rd following a No. 9 ranking a week ago. Vanderbilt fell hard as well; dropping 11 spots out of the rankings and into the No. 33 spot in the Other Contenders list. Oregon fell from the No. 16 spot a week ago all the way out of the Top 25 and into the No. 26 spot following it’s 37-35 loss to unranked Arizona State.

In order to be considered for these rankings a school has to acquire a power ranking of 120 or better. Calculating the number of votes a school received by the AP and Coaches polls, collectively, breaks any ties in power rankings. Of course, the school with the most votes is given the higher ranking. Should there still be a tie, the school that increased their power ranking by more points over their preseason power ranking gets the higher ranking.

To the right of each school is, of course, its won-loss record, offensive scoring average, defensive scoring average, the average power ranking of the school’s opponents and the school’s power ranking. Any school with at least a 120 power ranking that did not make the Top 25 is included in the ‘Other Contenders’ list at the bottom of the story. These power rankings are taken from GamePlan Magazine and updated weekly.

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2017 College Football Top 25

1. Alabama 4-0 41.25 10.00 117.50 137

2. Washington 4-0 44.50 11.75 111.25 135

3. Clemson 4-0 37.75 9.25 113.50 134

4. Oklahoma 4-0 48.00 19.50 111.00 134

5. Georgia 4-0 31.00 11.50 120.75 133

6. Wisconsin 3-0 43.33 10.00 109.67 133

7. Virginia Tech 4-0 40.00 10.25 111.25 133

8. Penn State 4-0 40.50 8.25 108.75 132

9. Ohio State 3-1 39.25 20.00 117.25 132

10. Texas Christian 4-0 47.75 18.50 119.50 132

11. Auburn 3-1 30.50 11.25 113.25 131

12. Oklahoma State 3-1 48.25 24.00 115.25 131

13. Michigan 4-0 31.50 13.50 116.25 130

14. Washington State 4-0 43.75 18.50 108.00 129

15. South Florida 4-0 40.75 17.25 105.75 129

16. Southern Cal 4-0 37.00 24.75 120.50 128

17. Miami (Fla.) 2-0 46.50 21.50 113.00 128

18. West Virginia 3-1 48.75 25.25 112.75 128

19. Louisiana State 3-1 28.50 18.25 117.00 128

20. Kansas State 2-1 39.00 13.33 108.00 128

21. Notre Dame 3-1 38.75 18.50 116.00 127

22. Stanford 2-2 40.25 25.75 116.00 127

23. Mississippi State 3-1 36.50 14.75 121.25 126

24. North Carolina State 3-1 35.25 23.00 115.25 125

25. Wake Forest 4-0 37.75 11.50 111.25 125

Other contenders: Oregon 3-1 125, Utah 4-0 124, Duke 4-0 123, Florida State 0-2 123, Louisville 3-1 122, Central Florida 2-0 122, Georgia Tech 2-1 122, Vanderbilt 3-1 122, Houston 2-1 122, Texas 1-2 122, Florida 2-1 121, Iowa 3-1 121, Minnesota 3-0 121, Texas A&M 3-1 121, Colorado State 2-2 121, San Diego State 4-0 120, Colorado 3-1 120, Appalachian State 2-2 120, Indiana 2-1 120, Kentucky 3-1 120.

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