Let’s get these power rankings off to a spicy start. Ole Miss makes the cut for a couple of reasons (and I almost had Arkansas here, too). Reason No. 1 is the fact that Lane Kiffin seems to have turned this team around almost immediately and the Rebels were competitive in an opening week matchup against playoff contender Florida. And reason No. 2: this team went on the road and beat a good Kentucky team in Week 5. Ole Miss is here until further notice.
It wasn’t long ago that Texas looked borderline unbeatable. And then people realized that it was because the Longhorns faced a hapless UTEP team. Sam Ehlinger might be the real deal, but when he struggles like he did against TCU, the Longhorns just fold. Giving up 56 points to Texas Tech last week and then losing at home to TCU this week was almost enough to knock the Longhorns completely out of my top 25.
Speaking of TCU, the Horned Frogs didn’t get enough love in the AP Top 25, but that’s what these power rankings are for. After a tough loss to Iowa State in their opener, the Horned Frogs went on the road to beat a top-10 Texas team, improving to 1-1 on the year and they could easily be 2-0 with a couple of really good wins. Max Duggan is one tough son of a gun and this team looks primed for a run.
UCF was given the shaft by AP voters this week as the Knights went from a top-20 team all the way out of the rankings after losing to Tulsa. Don’t worry, UCF, we have your back here. We saw what you did to Georgia Tech and East Carolina and Dillon Gabriel might just be my favorite quarterback who doesn’t get enough love in college football. I’d be shocked if this team lost again until at least November.
Here’s your obligatory “Michigan is ranked” spot. The Wolverines have a ton to prove this season, but I believe they are the Big Ten’s third-best team behind Penn State and Ohio State who you’ll see later on in this list. No one else from the conference (sorry, Wisconsin and Minnesota) truly warrants a spot in these power rankings yet.