Here’s a look at New Arena’s Top 25 Poll for Week 11 of the 2018-2019 College Football season:
25. Utah Utes
Week 10 result: Lost to Arizona State 38-20
Up next: vs. Oregon
How bad is the Pac-12 South? Utah is 4-3 within conference play — yet still controls its destiny the rest of the way. The Utes can’t feel good about losing QB Tyler Huntley for the rest of the season. A loss to Oregon would be crippling after a good start to the year.
24. Cincinnati Bearcats
Week 10 result: Defeated Navy 42-0
Up next: vs. South Florida
The Bearcats are coming off their best performance in weeks. Their opponent, South Florida, is coming off back-to-back blowout losses. If Cincy can get past the Bulls, the Bearcats may be playing for the American East title next week when they take on No. 7 UCF.
23. Penn State Nittany Lions
Week 10 result: Lost to Michigan 42-7
Up next: vs. Wisconsin
The Nittany Lions have now lost 3-of-5 after getting annihilated by Michigan. The Lions were dominated in every facet of the game, and were lucky to avoid a shutout. If Wisconsin QB Alex Hornibrook can’t play, Penn State should rebound nicely.
22. Florida Gators
Week 10 result: Lost to Missouri 38-17
Up next: vs. South Carolina
Is there another quarterback controversy brewing in The Swamp? Starting QB Feleipe Franks was pulled in favor of Kyle Trask late in the third quarter of Florida’s eventual loss to Missouri. The Gators have another tough matchup this week, but games against Idaho and Florida State to close the regular season should help ease the blow of two-straight losses.
21. Iowa State Cyclones
Week 10 result: Defeated Kansas 27-3
Up next: vs. Baylor
The Cyclones are beginning to peak at the right time. After losing 3-of-4 to start the year, Iowa State has rattled off four-straight victories. If they are able to win out, there is an outside chance the Cyclones can make it to the Big 12 Championship.
20. NC State Wolfpack
Week 10 result: Defeated Florida State 47-28
Up next: vs. Wake Forest
NC State molly-whopped Florida State last week. An easy schedule the rest of the way (@ Louisville, @ North Carolina, vs. East Carolina) provides a great opportunity for the Wolfpack to finish the regular season with 10 wins.
19. Washington Huskies
Week 10 result: Defeated Stanford 27-23
Up next: BYE
The Huskies have lost three games by a combined 10 points. Their next game (vs. Oregon State ) should be a cakewalk. With a win in that game, the Huskies trip to Pullman would likely decide who will represent the Pac-12 North in the Pac-12 Championship.
18. Texas Longhorns
Week 10 result: Lost to West Virginia 42-41
Up next: @ Texas Tech
A heartbreaking loss to the Mountaineers has put the Longhorns in a hole. Two weeks ago, they controlled their destiny in the conference. Two weeks later, Texas is looking up at West Virginia and Oklahoma in the standings. Their matchup with Iowa State next week will be a de facto elimination game in the conference race.
17. Boston College Eagles
Week 10 result: Defeated Virginia Tech 31-21
Up next: vs. Clemson
Believe it or not, Boston College has an opportunity to win the ACC Atlantic Division. With home games against Clemson and Syracuse sandwiching a trip to Tallahassee, the Eagles would win the division if they win-out. If they can upset Clemson, the Eagles will be in business.
16. Mississippi State Bulldogs
Week 10 result: Defeated Louisiana Tech 45-3
Up next: @ Alabama
After a mid-season lull dropped the Bulldogs to 4-3, Mississippi State has played two of its best games the past two weeks. Unfortunately, they play Alabama this week. Nobody has been able to compete with the Tide — and there is little reason to believe that will change this week.
15. Syracuse Orange
Week 10 result: Defeated Wake Forest 41-24
Up next: vs. Louisville
The Orange continue to impress. While their narrow losses to Clemson and Pittsburgh get tougher and tougher to swallow, Syracuse is still in a great position coming down the stretch. Louisville shouldn’t pose much of a threat. However, with games against Notre Dame and Boston College looming, the Orange must stay sharp.
14. Fresno State Bulldogs
Week 10 result: Defeated UNLV 48-3
Up next: @ Boise State
While the past few weeks haven’t provided any scares for Fresno State, the Bulldogs will surely be restless thinking about the blue turf in Boise. The Bulldogs are the better team, and should come away with a victory. However, we all know how difficult it is playing on the blue turf. The Bulldogs have a shot at reaching a New Year’s Six Bowl — though they must be perfect.
13. Utah State Aggies
Week 10 result: Defeated Hawaii 56-17
Up next: vs. San Jose State
The Aggies are one of the hottest teams in America. Coming off back-to-back wins by an average of 40.5 points, Utah State is rolling on its way to the Mountain West Championship. If the Aggies take care of business the rest of the way, they may be the next Group of 5 team up should UCF lose a game.
12. Kentucky Wildcats
Week 10 result: Lost to Georgia 34-17
Up next: @ Tennessee
Kentucky’s defense finally met its match. In allowing Georgia to rush for 331 yards, the Wildcats relinquished more than 20 points (34) for the first time this season. Kentucky also lost its chance to win the SEC East, and now must hope to win out to ensure placement in a top-tier bowl game.
11. Ohio State Buckeyes
Week 10 result: Defeated Nebraska 36-31
Up next: @ Michigan State
The Buckeyes may have survived their contest with Nebraska, but something looks off with this team. Nebraska has no business competing with Ohio State at this point in time. However, the Buckeyes still control their destiny. Three-straight wins to end the season would secure a spot in the Big Ten Championship.
10. LSU Tigers
Week 10 result: Lost to Alabama 29-0
Up next: @ Arkansas
9. Washington State Cougars
Week 10 result: Defeated California 19-13
Up next: @ Colorado
Maybe a letdown was to be expected following big wins over Oregon and Stanford. Either way, the Cougars must be disappointing with their effort against Cal. Wazzu’s final road game of the season comes against a struggling Colorado team — losers of four in a row.
8. West Virginia Mountaineers
Week 10 result: Defeated Texas 42-41
Up next: vs. TCU
What a win for the Mountaineers. By converting a game-winning two-point conversion with 16 seconds remaining, West Virginia drastically improved its chances of making not only the Big 12 Championship, but potentially the CFP. Its last three games aren’t easy, but West Virginia is very much alive.
7. UCF Knights
Week 10 result: Defeated Temple 52-40
Up next: vs. Navy
The Knights survived a test from a game Temple squad. Temple gained a ridiculous 670 yards of offense, but UCF was able to overcome a nervy start to the game. McKenzie Milton and company have proved they are able to outscore any team. However, the Knights must perform better defensively if they want to make serious noise.
6. Oklahoma Sooners
Week 10 result: Defeated Texas Tech 51-46
Up next: vs. Oklahoma State
The Sooners are averaging a ridiculous 53 PPG over their past five games. Kyler Murray accounted for 460 yards in Oklahoma’s win on Saturday — but he wasn’t the star of the day. Trey Sermon was dominant in rushing for 206 yards and three touchdowns. Oklahoma’s trip to Morgantown to end the season could be for a spot in the CFP.
5. Georgia Bulldogs
Week 10 result: Defeated Kentucky 34-17
Up next: vs. Auburn
The Bulldogs locked up the SEC East in dominant fashion. Georgia gashed Kentucky all day en route to a comfortable road victory. With a meeting with Alabama in the SEC Championship virtually set in stone, Georgia will do its best to avoid a loss heading into the big game. Win out, and they’re in the CFP.
4. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Week 10 result: Defeated Northwestern 31-21
Up next: vs. Florida State
Notre Dame took care of business against a dangerous Northwestern squad. Remarkably, even with games against Florida State and USC remaining, the Irish’s matchup with Syracuse is their toughest remaining game. Notre Dame is three games away from making the Playoff.
3. Michigan Wolverines
Week 10 result: Defeated Penn State 42-7
Up next: @ Rutgers
Michigan’s revenge tour is still going strong. After whipping Penn State throughout Saturday’s game, the Wolverines can take a breath as they prepare for Ohio State on Nov. 24. Rutgers is awful to the point that Michigan could field 22 players and still win.
2. Clemson Tigers
Week 10 result: Defeated Louisville 77-16
Up next: @ Boston College
Clemson looked like the second-best team in the nation against Louisville. When your starting quarterback throws for only 59 yards and you still win by 61 points, your team might be okay. Boston College should provide the Tigers with their first test since Syracuse.
1. Alabama Crimson Tide
Week 10 result: Defeated LSU 29-0
Up next: vs. Mississippi State
Alabama beat the No. 3 team in the nation 29-0 on their own turf. Oh, Tua Tagovailoa threw his first interception. The Tide are unstoppable.
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