Feldman’s Top 10: Oklahoma State now proud owner of playoff spot
Editor’s note: Each week, Bruce Feldman and Stewart Mandel will break down their top 10 teams based on the most recent slate of games. Here are Feldman’s rankings after Week 10 (Also, read Mandel’s):
1. Clemson (9-0): Deshaun Watson was terrific and the Tigers notched another strong W beating a talented FSU team to go with a win over Notre Dame earlier.
2. Alabama (8-1): The Tide’s win over No. 2 LSU was total domination and was as impressive as anything we’ve seen this season.
3. Oklahoma State (9-0): Much credit to DC Glenn Spencer who contained TCU and forced four interceptions from Trevone Boykin as the OSU jumped all over and knocked off TCU in their most impressive performance of the season.
4. Iowa (9-0): The road wins over Wisconsin and Northwestern looked very good. Those two are 15-4 overall and 8-1 in all their other Big Ten games.
5. Ohio State (9-0): Urban Meyer is now 47-3 in his first 50 games at OSU. The Buckeyes stayed undefeated with a win over a 4-5 Minnesota team and are still looking for their first win over a Top 25 opponent.
6. Baylor (8-0): The Bears had their hands full against a middling Kansas State team. Not great when the rest of you schedule has been a big dud so far.
7. Notre Dame (8-1): A nice win over Pitt won’t catapult the Irish any higher but four unbeatens going down definitely helps their cause. So does the fact that Navy, a team ND beat by 17 last month, is now 7-1 and just went to Memphis and crushed the Tigers.
8. Stanford (8-1): The Cardinal handled hapless Colorado and remained on top of the shaky Pac-12 North.
9. Oklahoma (8-1): Lincoln Riley’s offense continued to sizzle against a mediocre Iowa State team.
10. LSU (7-1): The Tigers got mauled by a ferocious ’Bama D in Tuscaloosa and are going to need a lot of help to get back in the playoff race.
Bruce Feldman is a senior college football reporter and columnist for FOXSports.com and FS1. He is also a New York Times best-selling author. His new book, “The QB: The Making of Modern Quarterbacks,” came out in October 2014. Follow him on Twitter @BruceFeldmanCFB and Facebook.