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The Weekly 128

Alabama and Amari Cooper took a tumble out of my top spot last weekend. Photo by Kevin Cox, Getty Images.

Alabama and Amari Cooper took a tumble out of my top spot last weekend.
Photo by Kevin Cox, Getty Images.

The college football regular season is about half over, and Chris Lee checks in with his ranking of all 128 FBS teams.

  1. Auburn (5-0): The Tigers are having the kind of elite season that Florida State had a year ago–so far.
  2. Florida State (5-0): After a sub-par first month before ‘Noles rounded more into form, it’s worth asking the question: was FSU just bored?
  3. Ole Miss (5-0): Underrated defense leads the way for a legit top-five team.
  4. Mississippi State (5-0): That showdown with Auburn might be the game of the year, and Dak Prescott might be your Heisman winner, too.
  5. Baylor (5-0): Bears lead the nation in scoring margin (38.6 ppg) and yardage margin (324).
  6. Alabama (4-1): Even with the loss to Ole Miss, only Baylor has out-gained opponents by more yards.
  7. TCU (4-0): Are Gary Patterson’s old Horned Frogs back?
  8. Oklahoma (4-0): Sooners, despite one loss, might still be one of the country’s most two or three complete teams.
  9. Notre Dame (5-0): Irish D has been nasty, and Everett Golson is making plays just when they’re needed.
  10. Michigan State (4-1): Spartans were really impressive for three quarters vs. Nebraska.
  11. Georgia (4-1)
  12. UCLA (4-1)
  13. Arizona (5-0)
  14. Texas A&M (5-1)
  15. Oregon (4-1)
  16. Kansas State (4-1)
  17. Ohio State (4-1)
  18. Utah (4-1)
  19. Louisville (5-1)
  20. East Carolina (4-1)
  21. Clemson (3-2)
  22. Nebraska (5-1)
  23. Oklahoma State (4-1): According to Phil Steele, the Cowboys have America’s top special teams units.
  24. Arizona State (4-1)
  25. USC (3-2)
  26. Stanford (3-2)
  27. Marshall (5-0): Thundering Herd is second in the country (31.8 ppt) in scoring margin.
  28. Missouri (4-1)
  29. Arkansas (3-2)
  30. Georgia Tech (5-0)
  31. Virginia (4-2)
  32. LSU (3-2)
  33. Wisconsin (3-2)
  34. Virginia Tech (4-2)
  35. Northwestern (3-2)
  36. South Carolina (3-3)
  37. Memphis (3-2)
  38. West Virginia (3-2)
  39. Iowa (4-1)
  40. Maryland (4-2)
  41. California (4-1)
  42. Washington (4-1)
  43. Florida (3-1)
  44. Kentucky (4-1)
  45. Tennessee (2-3)
  46. Penn State (4-1)
  47. Miami (3-3)
  48. Boise State (4-2)
  49. UCF (3-2)
  50. Texas (2-3)
  51. Pitt (3-3)
  52. Colorado State (4-1)
  53. Oregon State (4-1)
  54. BYU (4-2)
  55. Indiana (3-2)
  56. Rutgers (4-1)
  57. Minnesota (4-1)
  58. Boston College (3-2)
  59. Duke (4-1)
  60. Washington State (2-4)
  61. Temple (3-1): Nobody would have thought it before the season, but Owls are sixth in the country in scoring margin (27 ppg)
  62. North Carolina State (4-1)
  63. Georgia Southern (4-2)
  64. Northern Illinois (4-1)
  65. Nevada (3-2)
  66. Iowa State (1-4)
  67. Syracuse (3-2)
  68. Air Force (4-1)
  69. Arkansas State (3-2)
  70. Utah State (3-2)
  71. Toledo (4-2)
  72. MTSU (4-2)
  73. Houston (2-3)
  74. Texas Tech (2-3)
  75. Colorado (2-4)
  76. Louisiana Tech (3-3)
  77. Navy (2-4)
  78. Akron (3-2)
  79. North Carolina (2-3)
  80. Michigan (2-4): The Wolverines are out-gaining opponents by 38 yards a game, but nation-worst minus-13 turnover margin is the killer.
  81. Cincinnati (2-2)
  82. Purdue (3-3)
  83. UAB (3-2)
  84. Illinois (3-3)
  85. Texas State (2-2)
  86. Western Kentucky (2-3)
  87. North Texas (2-3)
  88. Fresno State (3-3)
  89. San Diego State (2-3)
  90. Wake Forest (2-4)
  91. Hawaii (1-4)
  92. Bowling Green (4-2)
  93. Western Michigan (2-3)
  94. South Alabama (95)
  95. Louisiana-Monroe (3-2)
  96. FIU (3-3)
  97. Vanderbilt (1-5): Only five teams have been out-scored by a worse margin than the Commodores, and only four out-gained by more yards, though VU’s played a tough slate so far.
  98. Ball State (1-4)
  99. South Florida (2-3)
  100. UTSA (1-4)
  101. Army (2-3)
  102. Lousiana-Lafayette (2-3)
  103. Kansas (2-3)
  104. Buffalo (3-2)
  105. Central Michigan (3-3)
  106. Wyoming (3-2)
  107. San Jose State (2-3)
  108. Old Dominion (3-3)
  109. Rice (2-3)
  110. Ohio (3-3)
  111. Connecticut (1-4)
  112. Appalachian State (1-4)
  113. UTEP (2-3)
  114. New Mexico (2-3)
  115. Tulsa (1-4)
  116. Tulane (1-3)
  117. Miami-Ohio (1-5)
  118. FAU (2-4)
  119. Southern Miss (2-4)
  120. New Mexico State (2-4)
  121. Georgia State (1-3)
  122. UNLV (1-5)
  123. Idaho (0-5)
  124. Massachusetts (0-6)
  125. Troy (0-5)
  126. Kent State (0-5)
  127. SMU (0-5): Mustangs have been out-scored by a nation-worst 42.4 ppg. Minus-313 yards per game is the nation’s worst, too.
  128. Eastern Michigan (1-4): Eagles tied with Michigan with a nation-worst minus-13 in turnovers, and only SMU has worse scoring and yardage margins.