College Football Rankings
The 2017 college football rankings are updated weekly during the season. Who tops our top 25 this week?
Thankfully, the 2017 season began on August 26, with a full slate played the following weekend. This sport is well underway, and already, a few preconceived notions are challenged. While the big boys put out their own official rankings, so do we. Who cares that ours aren’t sanctioned by any higher authority. I mean, maybe you do, but you’re reading it, aren’t you?
Alabama is the team to beat once again in 2017, which should not come as a surprise to anyone. (Update November 26, 2017: They WERE the team to beat, because they got beat.) Who else is in the running for the College Football Playoff with them? Our bowl projections, coming very soon, will be a humdinger, too.
College Football Rankings Last Updated November 26, 2017
2017 College Football Rankings: #1
|Clemson Tigers (ACC)|
Previous CLEM rankings: 3, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 5, 5, 4, 4, 4, and 4.
South Carolina had little chance against a Tigers team this talented. You’re looking at your new number one.
Previous commentary 11/19/17: I don’t care that the CFP has them second; I won’t. Beating The Citadel doesn’t count for anything.
Previous commentary 11/12/17: Clemson beating Florida State is a big deal. I mean, if I told you back in July that Clemson would beat Florida State, it would be.
Previous commentary 11/5/17: Clemson bagged their third win over a team currently ranked. And here we thought their game next week against Florida State would be big. It will, just not for both teams.
2017 College Football Rankings: #2
|Oklahoma Sooners (Big 12)|
Previous OU rankings: 6, 4, 4, 4, 3, 9, 8, 7, 5, 5, 3, and 3.
Baker Mayfield is still the Heisman frontrunner, and Oklahoma is in the playoff if they beat TCU. The people who worried about Lincoln Riley are hopefully calmer now.
Previous commentary 11/19/17: Oklahoma’s game had it all, from stiffing with handshakes to groin-grabbing. We’ll laugh about this someday.
Previous commentary 11/12/17: Oklahoma had a great performance against TCU to move onto the right side of the cut line. Their offense makes them a very interesting team.
Previous commentary 11/5/17: Rumors of the Big 12’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. Oklahoma is not in a bad spot.
2017 College Football Rankings: #3
|Wisconsin Badgers (Big Ten)|
Previous WISC rankings: 10, 9, 9, 9, 8, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 6, and 6.
The Badgers climb and climb. If you win all your games, yeah, eventually you’re going to be a playoff team. Unless you’re UCF.
Previous commentary 11/19/17: Wisconsin is getting its good wins, with Michigan being their latest victim. The problem is, one loss — any loss — would be fatal to their playoff chances.
Previous commentary 11/12/17: Wisconsin got a solid win against Iowa, who happened to be ranked. What a time to be alive in Madison.
Previous commentary 11/5/17: Bucky could win the Big Ten at this rate; their schedule be damned.
2017 College Football Rankings: #4
|Auburn Tigers (SEC)|
Previous AUB rankings: 13, 20, 19, 17, 16, 16, 23, 22, 18, 10, 7, and 7.
What’s better than beating number one during your season? Beating number one twice.
Previous commentary 11/19/17: UL-Monroe made a game of it for maybe a quarter.
Previous commentary 11/12/17: No, I wasn’t going to have a two-loss Auburn hop both 1-loss Georgia AND undefeated Wisconsin. But yes, they kicked ass.
Previous commentary 11/5/17: And now we have the two-loss teams cracking the top ten. Certainly makes the CFP’s job more interesting. Except they might fire their coach anyway.
2017 College Football Rankings: #5
|Alabama Crimson Tide (SEC)|
Previous ALA rankings: 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, and 1.
Alabama’s loss on Saturday will make the CFP discussions very interesting. What leverage does a 1-loss, non-champion Alabama have?
Previous commentary 11/19/17: Timeless sports traditions: Aprils in Augusta, the Fall Classic in October, and SEC Cupcake Weekend in November.
Previous commentary 11/12/17: And now the College Football Playoff Rankings will agree with us.
Previous commentary 11/5/17: We are not going to object to the College Football Playoff Committee ranking Alabama number two. However, beating LSU doesn’t justify dropping them this week just so we can be symmetrical.
2017 College Football Rankings: #6
|Georgia Bulldogs (SEC)|
Previous UGA rankings: 17, 13, 10, 7, 6, 5, 2, 2, 2, 2, 5, and 5.
It ain’t over yet for UGA, who can still make a CFP push with an SEC title. Their drop here has nothing to do with anything aside from getting jumped.
Previous commentary 11/19/17: Order is restored as Georgia won again. Just keep winning, Bulldogs.
Previous commentary 11/12/17: At one loss, Georgia’s season is not over, but what the sam hell was that over in Auburn?
Previous commentary 11/5/17: Georgia took care of business and can expect to remain the top team in the CFP.
2017 College Football Rankings: #7
|Miami Hurricanes (ACC)|
Previous MIA rankings: 18, 16, 14, 14, 14, 13, 11, 10, 12, 6, 2, and 2.
Miami is great at playing up or down to their level of competition. After multiple flirtations, they finally got burnt by an inferior opponent.
Previous commentary 11/19/17: The final score was not as close as the game played out, in which Miami had to come back from a hefty deficit. They were not ready but found a way.
Previous commentary 11/12/17: It’s all about The U now. All they had to do was smack Virginia Tech and then bomb Notre Dame from orbit. A big CFP jump is coming.
Previous commentary 11/5/17: The Hurricanes played a very, very strong game in beating Virginia Tech. Finally, they look like the team they thought they were, and at 8-0 in the ACC, they deserve their big jump. Their game against Notre Dame next week is essentially a playoff knockout round.
2017 College Football Rankings: #8
|Ohio State Buckeyes (Big Ten)|
Previous OSU rankings: 2, 11, 11, 11, 11, 10, 7, 7, 8, 3, 11, 10, and 10.
Urban Meyer may as well be governor of Michigan, since he owns the place.
Previous commentary 11/19/17: No shutout against lowly Illinois; tsk, tsk.
Previous commentary 11/12/17: Ohio State smashed Michigan State and will make a close pass to the CFP if they win out, including the Big Ten title. It’s hard to see them getting in without some teams in front of them having difficulties. At two losses, they’re not in a position to negotiate.
Previous commentary 11/5/17: Kaboom goes Ohio State’s playoff position. To look as bad as they did about Iowa is inexcusable and following that humiliation, they will not make the College Football Playoff under any circumstances.
2017 College Football Rankings: #9
|USC Trojans (Pac-12)|
Previous USC rankings: 4, 3, 3, 3, 10, 11, 9, 19, 15, 13, 9, 9, and 9.
USC isn’t a serious player for the CFP, but the more chaos there is, the better for them. You know, except for losing the Pac-12 title.
Previous commentary 11/19/17: With the CFP Committee slotting them in at 11th, they have no shot, but hey, they beat UCLA.
Previous commentary 11/12/17: USC is basically out of it, and needs to beat a high-profile team in the Pac-12 title game to have any chance. Most likely, however, the Pac-12 is cooked.
Previous commentary 11/5/17: USC put Arizona in their place. This is certainly a good team, but not a great one.
2017 College Football Rankings: #10
|TCU Horned Frogs (Big 12)|
Previous TCU rankings: 24, 24, 17, 12, 12, 8, 4, 4, 11, 8, 11, and 11.
TCU probably won’t get into the playoff, but they can screw Oklahoma and win the Big 12 at the same time.
Previous commentary 11/19/17: Nice rebound against Texas Tech, and oh yeah, they’re probably going to the Big 12 title game.
Previous commentary 11/12/17: The Horned Frogs could have been more or less in Oklahoma’s position. That’s why you gotta win them games.
Previous commentary 11/5/17: The Horned Frogs are back on track. With Ohio State and Penn State folding, their road to the CFP got easier.