Without any Associated Press or coaches polls until Monday, we’re forced to look at other lists today.
ESPN has crunched the numbers, and despite Alabama looking impressive in its 18th straight win, the dominant Crimson Tide are still not at the top of its list of top teams going forward.
In the current ESPN Football Power Index, Michigan is the top-ranked team after a 78-0 thrashing of Rutgers, which moved the Wolverines all the way up from fourth.
Alabama, which had a nice win at Arkansas on Saturday, moved up from number 3 to 2, and has yet to occupy the top spot despite being the No. 1 team in the country in the AP and coaches polls in each week this season.
The objective rankings look ahead at the rest of the season for teams.
ESPN touts the index this way:
The Football Power Index (FPI) is a measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of a team’s performance going forward for the rest of the season. FPI represents how many points above or below average a team is. Projected results are based on 10,000 simulations of the rest of the season using FPI, results to date, and the remaining schedule. Ratings and projections update daily.
Last week’s top team, Ohio State, moved down from 1 to 5 after struggling with Indiana for a while.
Clemson is third and Louisville, despite being 4-1, is fourth.
In the rest of the SEC, Texas A&M is seventh, LSU ninth and Auburn is 10th. Ole Miss is 11th and Tennessee is 12th. Florida is 17th.