College Football Computer Rankings: FSU Jumps to 2nd, Michigan Still No. 1

September 5, 2023 by Staff

The first full weekend of college football has caused quite a shake-up in the Congrove Computer Rankings (CCR Top 133) at The rankings were released minutes after the completion of Duke's 28-7 upset of Clemson which marked the fourth loss by one of last week's Top 25 teams.

Michigan remains No. 1 after an uninspiring 30-3 win over East Carolina, but Florida State moves up from 4th to 2nd with its 45-24 win over LSU while the Bayou Bengals plummet from 9th to 23rd.

Texas Tech drops from 18th to 31st after falling to then-No. 68 Wyoming in double-overtime by a 35-33 count in Laramie.

UTSA takes an 18-place plunge from 22nd to 40th with a 17-14 loss to Houston.

Washington could be on the move upward in Pac-12 Championship odds after cruising to a 56-19 home win over then-No. 23 Boise State. The Huskies jump from 7th to 3rd this week while the Broncos take a freefall from 23rd to 43rd. Washington (+340) had the 3rd-best odds at the time this article was written, just behind USC (+220) and Oregon (+320).

USC gets nudged out of 3rd-place in the computer rankings by Washington, but the Trojans only slip to 4th. USC is 2-0, but has faced two Mountain West teams in San Jose State and Nevada that rank 95th and 121st, respectively. The Trojans open PAC-12 play this Saturday, but that game is also not likely to help USC in the rankings. The Cardinal are just 14 spots from the bottom of the rankings and that's following a 7-spot upward boost after a 37-24 win at Hawaii.

Tennessee remains 5th, coming off a 49-13 romp over Virginia in Nashville. But the Vols now finds themselves ahead of Georgia as the Bulldogs descend from 2nd to 6th, despite a "kind" 48-7 victory over outmanned FCS member Tennessee-Martin. Tennessee dips into the FCS pool this coming weekend when Austin Peay takes the last train from Clarksville to Knoxville. The Vols scored a 45-0 shutout in the only other meeting with the Governors in the 2013 season opener.

Ohio State goes down one spot to 7th on the heels of a much closer than expected 23-3 win at Indiana, and the Buckeyes will also go the FCS route this week by hosting Youngstown State. Ohio State hosted the Penguins in 2007 and 2008, winning 38-6 and 43-0.

Alabama moves up from 11th to 8th, just in time to host No. 13 Texas. The Tide handed MTSU a 56-7 thrashing while the 'Horns took their time get around to boiling Rice 37-10 and slipped a spot in the rankings. Alabama and Texas were both preseason betting favorites to make the College Football Playoff which remains at just 4 teams this year before expanding to 12 teams in 2024. The programs met last year in Austin with 'Bama prevailing 20-19. Texas QB Quinn Ewers had to leave that game early with a clavicle injury and did not return to action until the Oklahoma game four weeks later.

Penn State inches upward from 10th to 9th as a reward for a 38-15 win over West Virginia. The Nittany Lions are another top FBS school that will entertain a FCS program this week as they prepare to be a rude host to Delaware in the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

Ole Miss rounds out this week's top 10 as the Rebels get ready to visit a dangerous, and 25th-ranked, Tulane team. Lane Kiffin's squad had no mercy on Mercer in a 73-7 romp while the Green Wave crashed South Alabama 37-17. Two years ago, Tulane was a 61-21 loser in Oxford. The Green Wave were a 2-10 team that year, but they get to play host this time around and have won 10 of their last 11 games, including a Cotton Bowl victory over USC.

SEE: Complete Top 133.

Tulane is one of four teams moving into the computer's Top 25 this week, along with UCLA (24), Kentucky (22), and Oregon State (20).

Twenty-three of this week's top twenty-five schools are from Power 5 conferences. The SEC leads the way with 7, followed by 6 schools from the PAC-12, and 4 from the B1G, The ACC and Big 12 are next with 3 apiece. The other two spots go to the American Conference (Tulane) and the Independents (Notre Dame).