This past week of college football saw a number of top ranked teams go down, some against other respected teams while others against previously unranked and struggling programs. Previously top 5 Louisville lost to the previously highly ranked Houston, while The Ohio State University just barely overcame the 3-7 Michigan State Spartans, 17-16.

Alabama decidedly defeated the 8-2 Chattanooga 31-3, while Michigan defeated unranked Indiana 20-10. Also, the Clemson Tigers defeated Wake Forest 35-13 proving their legitimacy to stay atop the rankings. The Washington Huskies also dominated Arizona State 44-18.

Besides these contests, most of the other highly ranked teams were able to decisively come out on top in their matchups. Notably though the LSU Tigers did lose to SEC opponent the University of Florida.

See below for our rankings and be sure to let us know in the comments!

  1. Alabama
  2. Ohio State
  3. Michigan
  4. Clemson
  5. Washington
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Penn State
  8. Colorado
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Louisville
  11. Oklahoma State
  12. USC
  13. Nebraska
  14. Florida
  15. Florida State
  16. Auburn
  17. Houston
  18. Western Michigan
  19. Boise State
  20. West Virginia
  21. Utah
  22. LSU
  23. Washington State
  24. Navy
  25. Stanford

With the season very rapidly winding down, every single contest is of the upmost importance in order to determine who gets to compete in conference championship games, which will then help to determine who will see a spot in this year’s College Football Playoff.

In the Big Ten alone, there is sure to be much controversy as four of the seven top ranked teams right now come from the Big Ten conference. With Wisconsin and Penn State going up against seemingly easy opponents, it would initially appear as if one of Michigan or Ohio State will drop down to be the fourth ranked in the conference after the matchup between the two and three programs this week. However, with many variables, especially if there is a close game, the ramifications are anybody’s guess. On top of these four, Nebraska may find themselves on the outside looking in now, but with their 13 ranking and being tied in the Big Ten West, With a Wisconsin loss they could certainly move into the Championship game. Likely whichever program becomes the Big Ten Champions should have a spot in the Playoff.

Outside the Big Ten there are still a number of competitive conferences whose championship games should be very important to follow how they play out. It is interesting to see how it will turn out, as the committee is believed to prefer only conference champions in the playoff, but there is a possibility depending how this all plays out that “unwritten rule” may be thrown out the window.

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Jake Leahy is a Staff Writer for Hypeline News, frequent contributor on 560 the Answer in Chicago, and a student at Deerfield High School (IL). Follow him on Twitter @jakealeahy.

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