NCAA Football rankings: November 5, 2018

The full Badger Bracketology composite Markov Chain rankings are on the NCAAF rankings tab. The top 25 teams and the B1G teams are below.

Some observations when we compare to last week’s rankings. First, we have a new #1 team (Alabama) after Alabama’s decisive win over LSU. Second, Notre Dame dropped from #4 to #5 after beating Northwestern because other teams had higher quality wins. A win does not guarantee that a team will not drop in the rankings. Third, my alma mater (Illinois) crushed Minnesota and only increased from #104 to #96…because a win against Minnesota does not appear to count for much. And finally, we have 5 B1G teams in the top 25. Not bad.

1 Alabama
2 Clemson
3 Michigan
4 Georgia
5 Notre Dame
6 LSU
7 Oklahoma
8 Kentucky
9 UCF
10 Ohio St
11 West Virginia
12 Washington St
13 Michigan St
14 Florida
15 Penn St
16 Mississippi St
17 Washington
18 Fresno St
19 Syracuse
20 Texas
21 Utah St
22 Army
23 Cincinnati
24 Iowa
25 Buffalo

The B1G, ranked.

3 Michigan
10 Ohio St
13 Michigan St
15 Penn St
24 Iowa
29 Purdue
39 Northwestern
40 Wisconsin
53 Maryland
73 Indiana
77 Minnesota
92 Nebraska
96 Illinois
119 Rutgers