College Football Power Rankings: Michigan joins the top four, and it may not change again

Get used to it: Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, Michigan. Perhaps the most interesting thing about the Power Rankings going forward is there is a good chance it might not change much at the top. None of the top four play each other the remainder of the regular season. While that’s not a rarity, it does suggest a lack of movement — and a possible bracket set in early November for the College Football Playoff.

Just look at what we saw this past weekend.

  • Alabama made the season’s biggest statement in skunking LSU.
  • Good Lord, Clemson has averaged 60 points the last four games.
  • Notre Dame passed what should be its biggest test the rest of the way at Northwestern.
  • Michigan looks like the Big Ten’s best team. More than that, it looks better than Ohio State.

But things always change, don’t they? Georgia holds the key to two SEC teams getting in (by beating Alabama in a rematch from January that is now assured). The Big 12 and Pac-12 are on the outside looking in for now.

Onward, upward and downward in this week’s Power Rankings … 

Dropped out: Houston, Virginia, Penn State, South Florida, Northwestern

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