CFN Rankings No. 1 to 130: Final Games & Predicted Records After Week 11

CFN Rankings No. 1 to 130: Final Games & Predicted Records After Week 11

Week 11

CFN Rankings No. 1 to 130: Final Games & Predicted Records After Week 11

CFN Rankings No. 1 to 130: Remaining Games & Predicted Final Records After Week 11


The CFN ranking of all 130 teams – along with the remaining games and predictions for the rest of the season – after Week 11



Week 11 Scoreboard & Predictions: How Did The Picks Do?

How are you supposed to rank teams after a second straight insane week?

The stars are starting to rise to the top, but they did that a few weeks ago, too, and then they got blasted. Georgia, TCU and Notre Dame are still terrific, but now they have to bounce back in a hurry.

And Miami, Auburn, Wisconsin and Oklahoma have to avoid being the next to get crushed under the weight of expectations.

So here we go. The rankings of all 130 teams, with a few quick notes on what happened in this craziest of weekends.

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130 UTEP (0-9)

LAST WEEK 130: at North Texas 45, UTEP 10
Remaining Games: Louisiana Tech, at UAB
Likely Final Record: 0-12
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129 Georgia Southern (0-9)

LAST WEEK 129: at Appalachian State 27, Georgia Southern 6
Remaining Games: South Alabama, at Louisiana-Lafayette, at Coastal Carolina
Likely Final Record: 0-12
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128 Rice (1-9)

LAST WEEK 128: Southern Miss 43, at Rice 34
Remaining Games: at Old Dominion, North Texas
Likely Final Record: 1-11
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127 Charlotte (1-9)

LAST WEEK 127: Middle Tennessee 35, at Charlotte 21
Remaining Games: at Southern Miss, Florida Atlantic
Likely Final Record: 1-11
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126 Coastal Carolina (1-9)

LAST WEEK 126: Troy 42, at Coastal Carolina 17
Remaining Games: at Idaho, Georgia Southern
Likely Final Record: 2-10
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125 Texas State (2-8)

LAST WEEK 125: Georgia State 33, at Texas State 30
Remaining Games: at Arkansas State, at Troy
Likely Final Record: 3-9
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124 San Jose State (1-9)

LAST WEEK 124: at Nevada 59, San Jose State 14
Remaining Games: at Colorado State, Wyoming
Likely Final Record: 1-11
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123 Bowling Green (2-8)

LAST WEEK 121: at Buffalo 38, Bowling Green 28
Remaining Games: Toledo, Eastern Michigan
Likely Final Record: 2-10
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122 Kent State (2-8)

LAST WEEK 120: at Western Michigan 48, Kent State 20
Remaining Games: Central Michigan, at Akron
Likely Final Record: 2-10
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121 Ball State (2-8)

LAST WEEK 115: at Northern Illinois 63, Ball State 17
Remaining Games: Buffalo, Miami University
Likely Final Record: 2-10
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120 Idaho (3-6)

LAST WEEK 116: Didn’t Play This Week
Remaining Games: at New Mexico State, at Georgia State
Likely Final Record: 4-8
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119 UNLV (4-6)

LAST WEEK 107: BYU 31, at UNLV 21
Remaining Games: at New Mexico, at Nevada
Likely Final Record: 5-7
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118 BYU (3-8)

LAST WEEK 123. BYU 31, at UNLV 21
Remaining Games: UMass, at Hawaii
Likely Final Record: 3-9
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117 Georgia State (5-5)

LAST WEEK: 118: Georgia State 33, at Texas State 30
Remaining Games: Appalachian State, Idaho
Likely Final Record: 6-6
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116 Appalachian State (6-4)

LAST WEEK 116: at Appalachian State 27, Georgia Southern 6
Remaining Games: at Georgia State, Louisiana-Lafayette
Likely Final Record: 8-4
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115 ULM (4-5)

LAST WEEK 115: Didn’t Play This Week
Remaining Games: at Auburn, Arkansas state
Likely Final Record: 4-7
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114 South Alabama (4-6)

LAST WEEK: 119: at South Alabama 24, Arkansas State 19
Remaining Games: at Georgia Southern, at New Mexico State
Likely Final Record: 5-7
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113 Louisiana (4-5)

LAST WEEK 114: at Ole Miss 50, Louisiana-Lafayette 22
Remaining Games: New Mexico State, Georgia Southern, at Appalachian State
Likely Final Record: 5-7
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112 Old Dominion (4-6)

LAST WEEK: Old Dominion 37, at FIU 30
Remaining Games: Rice, at Middle Tennessee
Likely Final Record: 4-8
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111 Miami Univ. (4-6)

LAST WEEK 122: at Miami 24, Akron 14
Remaining Games: Eastern Michigan, at Ball State
Likely Final Record: 6-6
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110 Massachusetts (3-7)

LAST WEEK 111: at UMass 44, Maine 31
Remaining Games: at BYU, FIU
Likely Final Record: 4-8
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109 UTSA (5-4)

LAST WEEK 98: UAB 24, at UTSA 19
Remaining Games: Marshall, at Louisiana Tech
Likely Final Record: 6-6
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108 Kansas (1-9)

LAST WEEK 104: at Texas 42, Kansas 27
Remaining Games: Oklahoma, at Oklahoma State
Likely Final Record: 1-11
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107 Hawaii (3-7)

LAST WEEK 109: Fresno State 31, at Hawaii 21
Remaining Games: at Utah State, BYU
Likely Final Record: 5-7
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106 Nevada (2-8)

LAST WEEK 108: at Nevada 59, San Jose State 14
Remaining Games: at San Diego State, UNLV
Likely Final Record: 2-10
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105 East Carolina (2-8)

LAST WEEK 110: Tulane 31, East Carolina 24 OT
Remaining Games: Cincinnati, at Memphis
Likely Final Record: 2-10
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104 Tulsa (2-8)

LAST WEEK 106: Didn’t Play This Week
Remaining Games: at USF, Temple
Likely Final Record: 2-10
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103 Connecticut (3-7)

LAST WEEK 105: at UCF 49, UConn 24
Remaining Games: Boston College, at Cincinnati
Likely Final Record: 3-9
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102 Oregon State (1-9)

LAST WEEK 103: at Arizona 49, Oregon State 28
Remaining Games: Arizona State, at Oregon
Likely Final Record: 1-11
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101 Louisiana Tech (4-6)

LAST WEEK 102: Florida Atlantic 48, at Louisiana Tech 23
Remaining Games: at UTEP, UTSA
Likely Final Record: 6-6
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100 New Mexico (3-6)

LAST WEEK 101: at Texas A&M 55, New Mexico 14
Remaining Games: UNLV, at San Diego State
Likely Final Record: 3-9
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99 New Mexico State (4-5)

LAST WEEK 100: Didn’t Play This Week
Remaining Games: Idaho, South Alabama
Likely Final Record: 6-6
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98 Baylor (1-9)

LAST WEEK 99: Texas Tech 38, at Baylor 24
Remaining Games: Iowa State, at TCU
Likely Final Record: 1-11
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97 Southern Miss (6-4)

LAST WEEK 97: Southern Miss 43, at Rice 34
Remaining Games: Charlotte, at Marshall
Likely Final Record: 7-5
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96 Middle Tennessee (5-5)

LAST WEEK 95: Middle Tennessee 35, at Charlotte 21
Remaining Games: at WKU, Old Dominion
Likely Final Record: 6-6
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95 Buffalo (3-7)

LAST WEEK 94: at Buffalo 38, Bowling Green 28
Remaining Games: at Ball State, Ohio
Likely Final Record: 5-7
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94 Arkansas State (5-3)

LAST WEEK 80: at South Alabama 24, Arkansas State 19
Remaining Games: Texas State, at ULM, Troy
Likely Final Record: 8-3
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93 UAB (7-3)

LAST WEEK 96: UAB 24, at UTSA 19
Remaining Games: at Florida, UTEP
Likely Final Record: 8-4

92 Air Force (4-6)

LAST WEEK 92: Wyoming 28, at Air Force 14
Remaining Games: at Boise State, Utah State
Likely Final Record: 5-7
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91 SMU (6-4)

LAST WEEK 58: at Navy 43, SMU 40
Remaining Games: at Memphis, Tulane
Likely Final Record: 7-5
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90 Navy (6-3)

LAST WEEK 91: at Navy 43, SMU 40
Remaining Games: at Notre Dame, at Houston, Army
Likely Final Record: 7-5
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89 Tulane (4-6)

LAST WEEK 88: Tulane 31, East Carolina 24 OT
Remaining Games: Houston, at SMU
Likely Final Record: 4-8
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88 Western Kentucky (5-5)

LAST WEEK 87: at Marshall 30, WKU 23
Remaining Games: Middle Tennessee, at FIU
Likely Final Record: 6-6
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87 Illinois (2-8)

LAST WEEK 86: Indiana 24, at Illinois 14
Remaining Games: at Ohio State, Northwestern
Likely Final Record: 2-10
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86 North Texas (6-3)

LAST WEEK 85: at North Texas 45, UTEP 10
Remaining Games: Army, at Rice
Likely Final Record: 8-4
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85 Cincinnati (3-7)

LAST WEEK 83: Temple 35, at Cincinnati 24
Remaining Games: at East Carolina, Connecticut
Likely Final Record: 5-7
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84 Marshall (7-3)

LAST WEEK 82: at Marshall 30, WKU 23
Remaining Games: at UTSA, Southern Miss
Likely Final Record: 9-3
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83 FIU (6-3)

LAST WEEK: 78: Old Dominion 37, at FIU 30
Remaining Games: at Florida Atlantic, WKU, UMass
Likely Final Record: 7-5

82 Temple (5-5)

LAST WEEK 90: Temple 35, at Cincinnati 24
Remaining Games: UCF, at Tulsa
Likely Final Record: 6-6
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81 Utah State (5-5)

LAST WEEK 81: Didn’t Play This Week
Remaining Games: Hawaii, at Air Force
Likely Final Record: 6-6
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80 Troy (8-2)

LAST WEEK 79: Troy 42, at Coastal Carolina 17
Remaining Games: Texas State, at Arkansas State
Likely Final Record: 9-3
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79 Eastern Michigan (3-7)

LAST WEEK 71: at Central Michigan 42, Eastern Michigan 30
Remaining Games: at Miami University, Bowling Green
Likely Final Record: 4-8
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78 Western Michigan (6-4)

LAST WEEK 70: at Western Michigan 48, Kent State 20
Remaining Games: at Northern Illinois, at Toledo
Likely Final Record: 6-6
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77 Akron (5-4)

LAST WEEK 69: at Miami University 24, Akron 14
Remaining Games: Ohio, Kent State
Likely Final Record: 6-6
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76 Colorado State (6-5)

LAST WEEK 93: Boise State 59, at Colorado State 52 OT
Remaining Games: San Jose State
Likely Final Record: 7-5
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75 Central Michigan (6-4)

LAST WEEK 84: at Central Michigan 42, Eastern Michigan 30
Remaining Games: at Kent State, Northern Illinois
Likely Final Record: 7-5
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74 Duke (4-6)

LAST WEEK 65: at Army 21, Duke 16
Remaining Games: Georgia Tech, at Wake Forest
Likely Final Record: 4-8
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73 Wyoming (7-3)

LAST WEEK 76: Wyoming 28, at Air Force 14
Remaining Games: Fresno State, at San Jose state
Likely Final Record: 8-4
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72 Army (8-2)

LAST WEEK 89: at Army 21, Duke 16
Remaining Games: at North Texas, Navy
Likely Final Record: 10-2
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71 Purdue (4-6)

LAST WEEK 73: at Northwestern 23, Purdue 13
Remaining Games: at Iowa, Indiana
Likely Final Record: 4-8
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70 Rutgers (4-5)

LAST WEEK 72: at Penn State 35, Rutgers 6
Remaining Games: at Indiana, Michigan State
Likely Final Record: 4-8
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69 Nebraska (4-6)

LAST WEEK 63: at Minnesota 54, Nebraska 21
Remaining Games: at Penn State, Iowa
Likely Final Record: 4-8
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68 Minnesota (5-5)

LAST WEEK 75: at Minnesota 54, Nebraska 21
Remaining Games: at Northwestern, Wisconsin
Likely Final Record: 5-7
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67 Vanderbilt (4-6)

LAST WEEK 68: Kentucky 44, at Vanderbilt 21
Remaining Games: Missouri, at Tennessee
Likely Final Record: 4-8
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66 Florida Atlantic (7-3)

LAST WEEK 74: Florida Atlantic 48, at Louisiana Tech 23
Remaining Games: FIU, at Charlotte
Likely Final Record: 9-3
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65 Fresno State (7-3)

LAST WEEK 67: Fresno State 31, at Hawaii 21
Remaining Games: at Wyoming, Boise State
Likely Final Record: 8-4
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64 Toledo (8-2)

LAST WEEK 50: at Ohio 38, Toledo 10
Remaining Games: at Bowling Green, Western Michigan
Likely Final Record: 10-2
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63 Ohio (8-2)

LAST WEEK 77: at Ohio 38, Toledo 10
Remaining Games: Toledo, at Akron, at Buffalo
Likely Final Record: 10-2
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62 Pitt (3-6)

LAST WEEK 61: North Carolina 34, at Pitt 31
Remaining Games: at Virginia Tech, Miami
Likely Final Record: 4-8
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61 North Carolina (2-8)

LAST WEEK 66: North Carolina 34, at Pitt 31
Remaining Games: Western Carolina, at NC State
Likely Final Record: 3-9
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60 Colorado (5-6)

LAST WEEK 64: USC 28, at Colorado 24
Remaining Games: at Utah
Likely Final Record: 5-7
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59 Northern Illinois (7-3)

LAST WEEK 62: at Northern Illinois 63, Ball State 17
Remaining Games: Western Michigan, at Central Michigan
Likely Final Record: 9-3
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58 Utah (5-5)

LAST WEEK 60: Washington State 33, at Utah 25
Remaining Games: at Washington, Colorado
Likely Final Record: 6-6
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57 Oregon (5-5)

LAST WEEK 59: Didn’t Play This Week
Remaining Games: Arizona, Oregon State
Likely Final Record: 6-6
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56 Florida (3-6)

LAST WEEK 46: at South Carolina 28, Florida 20
Remaining Games: UAB, Florida State
Likely Final Record: 3-8
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55 USF (8-1)

LAST WEEK 57: Didn’t Play This Week
Remaining Games: Tulsa, at UCF
Likely Final Record: 9-2
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54 Houston (6-3)

LAST WEEK 56: Didn’t Play This Week
Remaining Games: at Tulane, Navy
Likely Final Record: 8-3
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53 California (5-5)

LAST WEEK: 55: Didn’t Play This Week
Remaining Games: at Stanford, at UCLF
Likely Final Record: 5-7
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52 Indiana (4-6)

LAST WEEK 54: Indiana 24, at Illinois 14
Remaining Games: Rutgers, at Purdue
Likely Final Record: 6-6
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51 Maryland (4-6)

LAST WEEK 53: Michigan 36, at Maryland 10
Remaining Games: at Michigan State, Penn State
Likely Final Record: 4-8
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50 Tennessee (4-6)

LAST WEEK 52: at Missouri 50, Tennessee 17
Remaining Games: LSU, Vanderbilt
Likely Final Record: 5-7
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49 Texas Tech (5-5)

LAST WEEK 49: Texas Tech 38, at Baylor 24
Remaining Games: TCU, at Texas
Likely Final Record: 5-7
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48 Kansas State (5-5)

LAST WEEK 48: West Virginia 28, at Kansas State 23
Remaining Games: at Oklahoma State, Iowa State
Likely Final Record: 6-6
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47 Kentucky (7-3)

LAST WEEK 47: Kentucky 44, at Vanderbilt 21
Remaining Games: at Georgia, Louisville
Likely Final Record: 7-5
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46 Ole Miss (5-5)

LAST WEEK 45: at Ole Miss 50, Louisiana-Lafayette 22
Remaining Games: Texas A&M, at Mississippi State
Likely Final Record: 5-7
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45 Arkansas (4-6)

LAST WEEK 44: at LSU 33, Arkansas 10
Remaining Games: Mississippi State, Missouri
Likely Final Record: 4-8
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44 Missouri (5-5)

LAST WEEK 43: at Missouri 50, Tennessee 17
Remaining Games: at Vanderbilt, at Arkansas
Likely Final Record: 7-5
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43 South Carolina (7-3)

LAST WEEK 42: at South Carolina 28, Florida 20
Remaining Games: Wofford, Clemson
Likely Final Record: 8-4
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42 Arizona State (5-5)

LAST WEEK 41: at UCLA 44, Arizona State 37
Remaining Games: at Oregon State, Arizona
Likely Final Record: 6-6
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41 Memphis (8-1)

LAST WEEK 40: Didn’t Play This Week
Remaining Games: SMU, East Carolina
Likely Final Record: 10-1
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40 Syracuse (4-6)

LAST WEEK 37: Wake Forest 64, at Syracuse 43
Remaining Games: at Louisville, Boston College
Likely Final Record: 5-7
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39 Florida State (3-6)

LAST WEEK 36: at Clemson 31, Florida State 14
Remaining Games: Delaware State, at Florida
Likely Final Record: 5-6
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38 UCLA (5-5)

LAST WEEK 51: at UCLA 44, Arizona State 37
Remaining Games: at USC, California
Likely Final Record: 6-6
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37 Wake Forest (6-4)

LAST WEEK 34: Wake Forest 64, at Syracuse 43
Remaining Games: NC State, Duke
Likely Final Record: 7-5
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36 Boston College (5-5)

LAST WEEK 33: NC State 17, at Boston College 14
Remaining Games: at UConn, at Syracuse
Likely Final Record: 6-6
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35 Virginia Tech (7-3)

LAST WEEK 11: at Georgia Tech 28, Virginia Tech 22
Remaining Games: Pitt, at Virginia
Likely Final Record: 9-3
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34 Boise State (8-2)

LAST WEEK 31: Boise State 59, at Colorado State 52 OT
Remaining Games: Air Force, at Fresno State
Likely Final Record: 9-3
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33 Virginia (6-4)

LAST WEEK 30: at Louisville 38, Virginia 21
Remaining Games: at Miami, Virginia Tech
Likely Final Record: 6-6
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32 Texas A&M (6-4)

LAST WEEK 29: at Texas A&M 55, New Mexico 14
Remaining Games: at Ole Miss, at LSU
Likely Final Record: 7-5
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31 Louisville (6-4)

LAST WEEK 35: at Louisville 38, Virginia 21
Remaining Games: Syracuse, at Kentucky
Likely Final Record: 8-4
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30 Iowa State (6-4)

LAST WEEK 28: Oklahoma State 49, at Iowa State 42
Remaining Games: at Baylor, at Kansas State
Likely Final Record: 7-5
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29 Texas (5-5)

LAST WEEK 27: at Texas 42, Kansas 27
Remaining Games: at West Virginia, Texas Tech
Likely Final Record: 6-6
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28 Stanford (7-3)

LAST WEEK 39: at Stanford 30, Washington 22
Remaining Games: California, Notre Dame
Likely Final Record: 8-4
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27 San Diego State (8-2)

LAST WEEK 38: Didn’t Play This Week
Remaining Games: Nevada, New Mexico
Likely Final Record: 10-2
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26 Georgia Tech (5-4)

LAST WEEK 32: at Georgia Tech 28, Virginia Tech 22
Remaining Games: at Duke, Georgia
Likely Final Record: 6-5
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CFN Top 25 After Week 11

Week 11 Scoreboard & Predictions: How Did The Picks Do?

25 Iowa (6-4)

That’s more like the Iowa we’ve seen all season long. But it still has a win over Iowa State on the resume, it still is the team that pushed Penn State, and no matter what else happens, it’ll always be the team that did that to Ohio State.

LAST WEEK 18: at Wisconsin 38, Iowa 14
Remaining Games: Purdue, at Nebraska
Likely Final Record: 8-4
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24 UCF (9-0)

Yeah, this is all fine, and the offense is amazing, but there isn’t enough meat on the schedule bone. Now becomes the true test – staying focused. Everyone will be jacked up for the showdown against USF, but going to Temple in mid-November is dangerous for a team full of Floridians. This dream season could be wiped away in the next 13 days if it doesn’t stay sharp.

LAST WEEK 24: at UCF 49, UConn 24
Remaining Games: at Temple, USF
Likely Final Record: 11-0
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23 Arizona (7-3)

The Wildcats are so much fun. They’ll never play defense and a reasonable level in the RichRod era, but so what? They’ll just keep cranking out huge games from Khalil Tate and the ground attack.

LAST WEEK 25: at Arizona 49, Oregon State 28
Remaining Games: at Oregon, at Arizona State
Likely Final Record: 9-3
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22 Washington State (9-2)

As it turns out, yeah, the Cougars are who we thought they were – possibly Mike Leach’s best team. It’s got a whole lot of grit on both sides to go along with the flash.

LAST WEEK 26: Washington State 33, at Utah 25
Remaining Games: at Washington
Likely Final Record: 9-3
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21 Washington (8-2)

This is a total and complete gift of a ranking for a team good enough to be 10-0 without breathing hard. With the light schedule and the style of play, this is Wisconsin without the success. There are NO wins of substance, but even though the CFP is gone, a second straight Pac-12 title would be terrific.

LAST WEEK 8: at Stanford 30, Washington 22
Remaining Games: Utah, Washington State
Likely Final Record: 10-2
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20 West Virginia (7-3)

For the second straight year, West Virginia is stuck in the no-man’s land of the Big 12 between the elite and everyone else. It got the job done against Iowa State, and this week against Kansas State, but the next two weeks could reshape the Dana Holgorsen era. Beat Texas and Oklahoma, and 2018 will take on a different feel.

LAST WEEK 23: West Virginia 28, at Kansas State 23
Remaining Games: Texas, at Oklahoma
Likely Final Record: 8-4
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19 NC State (7-3)

Don’t blow off the win at Boston College. A mentally-weak team could’ve had a letdown moment against a dangerous Eagle squad and blown this, but the Wolfpack got the job done.

LAST WEEK 21: NC State 17, at Boston College 14
Remaining Games: at Wake Forest, North Carolina
Likely Final Record: 9-3
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18 Michigan (8-2)

Is this a good team that hasn’t beaten anyone, or does this seem like a good team because it hasn’t played anyone. The offense just doesn’t seem to work, but the defense makes up for it. Get ready – this is the big, giant X factor in the College Football Playoff race, with the potential royally screw things up for the Big Ten over the next few weeks.

LAST WEEK 20: Michigan 36, at Maryland 10
Remaining Games: at Wisconsin, Ohio State
Likely Final Record: 8-4
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17 Michigan State (7-3)

Bad day, bad timing. The Spartans walked right into the team that had to deal with the fallout from the historic Iowa loss. They’re still good, and they’re still having a nice bounceback season. Again, bad luck that they got the good Ohio State.

LAST WEEK 14: at Ohio State 48, Michigan State 3
Remaining Games: Maryland, at Rutgers
Likely Final Record: 9-3
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16 Northwestern (7-3)

Even with the overtime thrillers along the way, Northwestern is very, very quietly putting together a fantastic season. It might not always be flashy, but it’s effective, beating Michigan State and Iowa before taking down the Boilermakers.

LAST WEEK 17: at Northwestern 23, Purdue 13
Remaining Games: Minnesota, at Illinois
Likely Final Record: 9-3
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15 Mississippi State (7-3)

The Bulldogs are here for what they almost did. Alabama has looked and played vulnerable at times, but Mississippi State had a lot to do with that on Saturday night. The team was beaten and battered, but it was right there until the end.

LAST WEEK 22: Alabama 31, at Mississippi State 24
Remaining Games: at Arkansas, Ole Miss
Likely Final Record: 9-3
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14 Oklahoma State (8-2)

Oklahoma State and Penn State are in the same category. Great teams, they’ll go 10-2, and they’ll be off to the New Year’s Six. But they’re going to end the season angrier at what might have been than happy about what they accomplished. This is a special team that needs just one break – another TCU loss – to have a shot at a Big 12 title.

LAST WEEK 16: Oklahoma State 49, at Iowa State 42
Remaining Games: Kansas State, Kansas
Likely Final Record: 10-2
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13 TCU (8-2)

The key will be to refocus in a hurry. There was a moment in the second half when this looked like the TCU is was supposed to be coming into the showcase showdown. Watch out, Big 12. That team might just show in the rematch with the Sooners.

LAST WEEK 9: at Oklahoma 38, TCU 20
Remaining Games: at Texas Tech, Baylor
Likely Final Record: 10-2
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12 LSU (7-3)

Among the hottest teams in the SEC, yes it lost to Troy, and yes it lost to Alabama a few weeks ago. It’s also the team that got to Auburn. Considering how quickly the season could’ve gone in the tank, it’s turning out to be relatively solid.

LAST WEEK 12: at LSU 33, Arkansas 10
Remaining Games: at Tennessee, Texas A&M
Likely Final Record: 9-3
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11 USC (8-2)

It’s as if the Notre Dame loss woke everyone up. With the pressure of being a national title contender off – boom. It became the team everyone was hoping it might be from the start. Winning the Pac-12 championship won’t be a bad consolation prize.

LAST WEEK 10: USC 38, at Colorado 24
Remaining Games: at Colorado, UCLA
Likely Final Record: 10-2
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10 Penn State (8-2)

It’s a shame the Nittany Lions were on the wrong side of both close games against Michigan State and Ohio State – there’s the talent in place to have been a true problem in the College Football Playoff mix. It’ll roll to 10-2 and on to a New Year’s Six bowl – but it could’ve done so much more.

LAST WEEK 15: at Penn State 35, Rutgers 6
Remaining Games: Nebraska, at Maryland
Likely Final Record: 10-2
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9 Ohio State (8-2)

It’s so, so maddening to see just how good this team can be. It can absolutely roll by Alabama, Clemson, anyone when the O line is working and there’s an attitude, but it can absolutely get nailed at any time in inexplicable fashion. Iowa just isn’t that good – the Wisconsin game proved that.

LAST WEEK 19: at Ohio State 48, Michigan State 3
Remaining Games: Illinois, at Michigan
Likely Final Record: 10-2
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8 Notre Dame (8-2)

The Irish looked and played gassed. It gave up on the ground game early when it didn’t get out to its customary big lead, it tried throwing the ball, and bad things happened. This isn’t an excuse – Miami was amazing – but banged up stars Josh Adams and Brandon Wimbush didn’t seem like they had anything in the tank.

LAST WEEK 3: at Miami 41, Notre Dame 8
Remaining Games: Navy, at Stanford
Likely Final Record: 10-2
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7 Georgia (9-1)

Relax, everyone. It was a bad day against a team that was operating at peak efficiency. No, it doesn’t erase all the amazing things the Bulldogs did at No. 1, and no, this certainly isn’t a deathblow. This team won’t play like that again.

LAST WEEK 1: at Auburn 40, Georgia 17
Remaining Games: Kentucky, at Georgia Tech
Likely Final Record: 11-1
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6 Auburn (8-2)

Blow off the losses to Clemson and LSU – the Tigers are peaking at just the right time. Just watch how everyone jumps on the idea that Auburn is winning the Iron Bowl. And everyone might be right.

LAST WEEK 13: at Auburn 40, Georgia 17
Remaining Games: ULM, Alabama
Likely Final Record: 9-3

5 Clemson (9-1)

Syracuse. As amazing as the Tiger defense is, and as solid as Kelly Bryant looks, the malaise in in the loss in the Carrier Dome puts the Tigers just a half-click behind the top four. It’ll be in for one fantastic showdown in a few weeks against Miami for a spot in the CFP.

LAST WEEK 4: at Clemson 31, Florida State 14
Remaining Games: Citadel, at South Carolina
Likely Final Record: 11-1
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4 Oklahoma (9-1)

No argument if you want to put the Sooners as high as second, but that Iowa State loss is still the problem. The energized team is more than just the eventual Heisman-winner.

LAST WEEK 6: at Oklahoma 38, TCU 20
Remaining Games: at Kansas, West Virginia
Likely Final Record: 11-1
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3 Wisconsin (10-0)

And now we know – the Badgers really were bored. They did what they had to do week after week against a mediocre schedule, but when the spotlight was on after what Iowa did to Ohio State, this was the team that looked like in this crazy year, it just might have the right formula – minus the turnovers.

LAST WEEK 5: at Wisconsin 38, Iowa 14
Remaining Games: Michigan, at Minnesota
Likely Final Record: 12-0
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2 Miami (9-0)

There’s still a question about a consistent offense, but as long as the defense can keep coming up with turnovers and timely plays, and until this ultra-confident team shows it can’t come through in the clutch, it’s a real threat to rise up and win it all.

LAST WEEK 7: at Miami 41, Notre Dame 8
Remaining Games: Virginia, at Pitt
Likely Final Record: 11-0
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1 Alabama (10-0)

The Crimson Tide aren’t without their flaws. They might not be as good as last year, and they might not be as dominant, but on a weekend of beartraps, they came through on the road while others around them were getting destroyed.

LAST WEEK 2: Alabama 31, at Mississippi State 24
Remaining Games: Mercer, at Auburn
Likely Final Record: 12-0
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