Fourth Quarter Sports’ College Basketball power rankings: Week 10

After not having many changes in the rankings last week, we prepare to watch a lot of changes happen in this weeks version. Several teams have lost important games from the games we talked about here. The important games included eight of the top 10 teams in the rankings facing other teams who are ranked lower or looking to be ranked with big wins.

In fact, most of the top 25 had games that would affect the rankings this week, which makes it so much harder to figure out who’s in and out of the top 25. With teams like Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Marquette all losing, it raises the question as to who will remain in the top 25. Florida State, Ohio State, Kentucky, Kansas, Nevada and Indiana have also lost this week. So now things will get even more interesting in the rankings. Have Iowa State and St. John’s earned their way into the top 25? How about Minnesota and Seton Hall? This is going to be hard to figure out who all actually deserves to be there. This week’s games will also help us figure that out for next week.

But we can’t wait until next week to figure that out, so let’s see where each team gets ranked this week and how many new teams will be there.
  1. Virginia (13-0)
  2. Michigan (15-0) 
  3. Duke (12-1) 
  4. Tennessee (12-1)
  5. Virginia Tech (13-1)
  6. Michigan State (13-2)
  7. Gonzaga (13-2)
  8. Mississippi State (12-1)
  9. Texas Tech (13-1)
  10. North Carolina State (13-1)
  11. Kansas (12-2)
  12. Florida State (12-2)
  13. North Carolina (11-3)
  14. Marquette (11-3)
  15. Kentucky (10-3)
  16. Ohio State (12-2)
  17. Nevada (14-1) 
  18. Auburn (11-2)
  19. Houston (15-0) 
  20. Buffalo (13-1)
  21. Iowa State (12-2)
  22. St. John’s (14-1)
  23. Minnesota (12-2)
  24. Oklahoma (12-2)
  25. Indiana (12-3)

On the Bubble

Maryland, Seton Hall, TCU, UCF, Temple, South Florida, Clemson, Pittsburgh, Villanova, Maryland, Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi

Dropped from the Rankings

Nebraska, Wisconsin and Iowa

Top 25 Breakdown

Numbers One through Five

With a big win over Florida State, Virginia has earned the right to be No. 1. However, the next few weeks will be a tough test for the Virginia Cavaliers, as we see how well they play against some better opponents.

Speaking of better opponents, Michigan has made the biggest statement thus far this season. They have every right to be in the top two. They could actually be No. 1 as well, but if they haven’t gotten that far after beating Villanova or North Carolina, then now isn’t the chance either, especially with the recent schedule coming up for them.

Both Duke and Tennessee will have some interesting games this week that could have some ranked or tough opponents help them stay in the top five. If they were to lose, then they could definitely drop in the rankings.

Virginia Tech has made the top five for the first time this season due to the recent losses by both Nevada and Kansas. Virginia Tech could remain there ahead of their game with Virginia next week.

Numbers Six through 10

Michigan State beat Ohio State to keep themselves in the top 10. In fact, they moved up two spots in my ranking because of it. Well, that and the losses by Nevada and Kansas. Those two teams losing have affected the top 15, as you will continue to see.

Gonzaga didn’t make much of a change this week, but the rest of the teams in the top 10 have made huge jumps. Let’s see how long they stay there. All three of these teams have important conference games this week. They may fall or rise depending on the results. You can see who each team plays in the weekly preview article tomorrow.

Numbers 11 through 15

I might have been a bit harsh with dropping Kansas so far down, but they have lost two of their last three games.

Ironically, all the teams in the middle section have lost a game this week. All of them except North Carolina, but we will also be seeing all of them play games this week. Florida State and North Carolina will have tough games against higher seeded conference opponents, so let’s see how they do this week.

Numbers 16 through 20

Ohio State and Auburn have not moved in the rankings. Despite their loss, Ohio State has been playing really well. Houston has also been playing well! They are still undefeated and looking to stay that way. Buffalo rebounded nicely from their recent loss and still remains in the top 25. Nevada went from being in the top five to No. 17 in the rankings, but they also have another tough task and they might not be ranked much longer.

Numbers 21 through 25

Welcome Iowa State, St. John’s and Minnesota to the top 25 rankings! You have all earned it. Iowa State beat Kansas to earn their way in. St. John’s has had a great season. I have put them in the top 25 several times before, but their win over Marquette helps them get in with the committee. It has been the same situation with Minnesota. Their win over Wisconsin and a nice 12-2 record gives them the edge too.

For Oklahoma and Indiana, they have taken a big loss after a big win. That’s why I have kept them in the top 25 for now. They both have a tough challenge this week and will be given a chance to prove they are worthy of being in the top 25.

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Will we see the same teams in the top 25 next week? Who will rise? Who will fall? Can one of the bubble teams make their case for a top 25 spot? Stay tuned next week and see who’s in and out of the top 25. Also, share who you believe should be in the top 25 based on what you’ve seen this season!

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