Our Top 25 teams in college football
Gordon McGuinness, Steve Palazzolo, and Mike Renner use PFF's data to rank the top 25 teams heading into Week 5.
Our Top 25 teams in college football
After a lot of change at the top last week, there’s much movement amongst the best teams in college football. However, outside of the top eight is where things start to move around…
1. Ohio State (1)
Another week and the story stays the same. They keep on winning but it’s hard not to be worried about the quarterback situation. Worried enough to drop them from number one? Not yet, but it’s getting closer.
2. Michigan State (2)
The Big Ten one-two at the top continues. One big concern for the Spartans is the injury to left tackle Jack Conklin (+12.1). Arguably the best offensive lineman in the country, it’s a big loss if he’s out for an extended length of time.
3. Baylor (3)
Extremely talented on both sides of the ball, they’ll be hoping to avoid the struggles of fellow undefeated TCU when they host Texas Tech this weekend.
4. Ole Miss (4)
This week’s game against Florida is the second big test Ole Miss have faced so far this year. The defense has the ability to make life tough for the Florida offense, so it’s up to Chad Kelly (+9.9) to find some big plays against a tough Florida defense.
5. Florida State (5)
They didn’t play last week but that doesn’t cause them to slip. Everett Golson (+8.9) has played well and they look like the best team in the ACC right now.
6. TCU (6)
That was a close win over Texas Tech, but nobody can argue that quarterback Trevone Boykin (+10.1) is having a better season that last year. If he can keep that up then TCU should start to climb here.
7. Alabama (7)
This week’s game against Georgia will tell us a lot about Alabama. That defense is outstanding, but the question marks at quarterback have the potential to see them lose their second game of the year this weekend.
8. Notre Dame (10)
Another top-10 team with a huge game this weekend, the Irish travel to Memorial Stadium to take on the also undefeated Clemson Tigers. Will Fuller (+4.4) and Chris Brown (+3.3) are having impressive seasons at wide receiver, which is helping out new quarterback DeShone Kizer (+0.8).
9. Georgia (11)
The Bulldogs are undefeated even though we’ve yet to see the best of Nick Chubb this season. The matchup between their offensive line and Alabama’s defensive line, which boasts one negatively graded player on either side is one of the best matchups of the weekend.
10. LSU (12)
We had concerns about LSU after losing several players heading into the season. Powered by a phenomenal start to the season from Leonard Fournette (+13.7), they are making us look a bit silly so far.
11. UCLA (13)
Still undefeated. Still dominant on defense. Still a contender. Still going to rely on Josh Rosen improving as the year goes on. He’s making the mistakes that are reasonable for a young player to make, but also making some big plays of his own.
12. USC (8)
They only drop this week because some of the undefeated team’s we have concerns about have solidified their starts to the season. That Stanford loss could really hurt their College Football Playoff chances though.
13. Clemson (9)
They have a big opportunity to be the first loss on Notre Dame’s schedule, and also then push themselves higher up with a win this weekend. Huge game in both teams’ season.
14. Oklahoma (14)
Baker Mayfield (+5.4) leads them into one of the many battles of the undefeated teams this weekend when they take on West Virginia. They’ll be hoping he can replicate the play of his best game of the year against Tulsa.
15. Texas A&M (15)
Myles Garrett (+16.1) has flashed with two big games and two solid games this year, as the Texas A&M defense has set the tone for them. We just want to see him do it with more consistency.
16. Utah (21)
Continuing their climb, they made a big statement against Oregon. Quarterback struggles aside, few people would have expected a big win like that.
17. Oklahoma State (20)
They held up, just, in their first big test of the year. Now comes a game against also undefeated Kansas State.
18. Wisconsin (19)
How much is that Week 1 loss to Alabama going to hurt them as the year winds on? They get the opportunity to knock Iowa from the ranks of the unbeatens this week.
19. West Virginia (UR)
They’ve graded very well defensively so far this year, but have yet to have a statement win. They get a chance to do that against fellow top-25 Oklahoma this weekend.
The offense has plenty of question marks, with Will Grier (+0.7) and Treon Harris (+0.8) both failing to stand out, but that defense has kept them going so far. A huge test awaits against Ole Miss, but a win would see them climb again.
21. Northwestern (24)
They’ve managed to get to this point undefeated, but the following three game stretch against Minnesota, Michigan and Iowa will be the big test — can they replicate their success against Stanford?
22. Temple (22)
They didn’t play last week but our feeling remain the same. We want to see them against better competition, but they’ve played well so far.
23. California (UR)
Jared Goff (+21.4) is the best quarterback in the country right now. Bigger tests await with Pac-12 play underway, but if he can continue to play like that they have the chance to go far.
24. Stanford (UR)
Early season loss to Northwestern aside, they have improved as the season has gone on. Quarterback Kevin Hogan (+5.1) has graded positively in each of the last three games.
25. Memphis (UR)
Goff is the highest graded quarterback in the country right now as we said. The second highest graded? Memphis’ Paxton Lynch (+12.5). He’s made some big throws downfield to help keep the Tigers undefeated and, if they can get past South Florida this weekend, a date with Ole Miss looms large on October 17th.
Gordon McGuinness | Analyst, Lead Special Teams Analyst
Gordon has worked at PFF since 2011, and now heads up the company’s special teams analysis processes. His work in-season focuses on college football, while he is also heavily involved in PFF’s NFL draft coverage.