Former Florida Gators and Mississippi State Bulldogs coach Dan Mullen has ranked his top 10 college football teams after a wild Week 10. Mullen, who serves as a college football analyst for ESPN, knows a lot about some of the top teams in college football because he coached against several of them last season.
How does Dan Mullen rank his top 10?
Ole Miss Rebels
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Dan Mullen ranks Ole Miss No. 10, but the Rebels still have an outside chance at making the College Football Playoff. The Rebels host Alabama on Nov. 12 in a key SEC West game. LSU remains in the driver’s seat for the SEC West.
Interestingly, Mullen does not include Clemson in his top 10.
Alabama Crimson Tide
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Alabama lost at LSU on the road last week and has a challenge at Ole Miss in Week 11. The Crimson Tide have played in four razor-tight games this season and are 2-2 in those games. Nick Saban and Alabama went 4-1 in one possession games last season.
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LSU plays at Arkansas in Week 11 after earning an emotional win over the Alabama Crimson Tide. Brian Kelly and LSU could clinch the SEC West this week with a win over Arkansas and an Alabama win against Ole Miss.
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Dan Mullen gives UCLA a lot of respect in his rankings. The Bruins likely will not be ahead of Alabama, LSU and Ole Miss in the CFP rankings, but they do top the trio in Mullen’s top 10. UCLA hosts Arizona this week before hosting USC in Week 12.
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The Oregon Ducks have looked like the best team in the Pac-12 this season. Oregon, which lost to Georgia in Week 1, has a pair of tough home games the next couple of weeks. The Ducks (8-1) host Washington (7-2) on Nov. 12 before hosting Utah (7-2) on Nov. 19.
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The Tennessee Volunteers fall from the top spot in Dan Mullen’s rankings after losing on the road at Georgia. Tennessee still can make the playoff, but needs some help. If Tennessee wins out, will the Volunteers be ranked ahead of the loser of the Ohio State-Michigan game (assuming Ohio State and Michigan win out before the final week).
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Michigan struggled in the first half against Rutgers, but turned on the jets in the second half and blew out Rutgers. The Wolverines are looking to win their next two home games against Nebraska and then Illinois before playing Ohio State.
TCU Horned Frogs
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TCU will be fortunate if it is in the top four in the CFP rankings. There’s a good chance the Horned Frogs will be No. 5. However, Dan Mullen puts quarterback Max Duggan and the Horned Frogs in his top three. TCU plays on the road at Texas this week.
Ohio State Buckeyes
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Interestingly, Mullen ranked Ohio State behind TCU after Week 9. The Buckeyes did not impress against Northwestern on a windy day, but they did enough for Mullen to move Ohio State ahead of TCU.
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Georgia’s win over Tennessee gave the Dawgs the top spot in Dan Mullen’s top 10. Mullen previously ranked the Bulldogs No. 2 behind Tennessee. Georgia’s 27-13 win over Tennessee was more dominant than the score indicates.