College Football Playoff Power Rankings After Week Ten

David Hookstead | Contributor

Another weekend of football is over, and there were plenty of great games.

Here are the latest power rankings for the playoffs if the games started today. (SLIDESHOW: Get College Football Started Right With These Top 25 Ranked Cheerleaders)

1) Michigan:

Another weekend of football and another weekend of Michigan absolutely obliterating whoever they played. Quarterback Wilton Speight threw for 362 yards and two touchdowns during the team’s 59-3 blowout win against Maryland. The Wolverines also rushed for an incredible 273 yards on the ground with five touchdowns. Michigan has arguably the most elite defense college football has seen in the past several years. A showdown with Ohio State looms, but it’s unlikely they lose that game.

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ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 05: Wilton Speight #3 of the Michigan Wolverines looks for a open receiver during the first half against the Maryland Terrapins on November 5, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

2) Alabama:

The Crimson Tide beat LSU 10-0 late Saturday night. LSU is a good team with a great defense that had been playing very hot as of late. However, they just weren’t capable of moving the ball against the Tide’s defense at any point during the close game. It’s likely that at the end of the season LSU will have been the best team Alabama played during the regular season. Quarterback Jalen Hurts struggled mightily against LSU, throwing for only 107 yards on 19 attempts and no touchdowns. However, he was effective in the ground game and scored Alabama’s only touchdown. It wasn’t a pretty win, but it was still a win against a good school. Saban has his team where they need to be heading into the playoffs. A Michigan/Alabama national championship game is just what America needs for football and we all might get it.

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BATON ROUGE, LA – NOVEMBER 05: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide shakes hands with head coach Ed Orgeron of the LSU Tigers after their 10-0 win at Tiger Stadium on November 5, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

3) Clemson:

Clemson smacked around Syracuse to the tune of 54-0. Quarterback Deshaun Watson threw for 169 yards and two touchdowns before leaving the game with an injury. His backup Nick Schuessler played outstanding in relief throwing for 177 yards and two touchdowns. Clemson has a clear path the playoffs and it’d be shocking if they didn’t make it.

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CLEMSON, SC – NOVEMBER 05: Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers looks to pass during the game against the Syracuse Orange at Memorial Stadium on November 5, 2016 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Tyler Smith/Getty Images)

4) Washington:

It was laughable when Texas A&M beat out Washington for the last spot in ESPN’s initial playoff rankings. It was even funnier given the fact A&M lost to Mississippi State on Saturday, while Washington beat California 66-27. Quarterback Jake Browning looked like a potential Heisman finalist after he threw for 378 yards and six touchdowns. The Huskies are in a league of their own when it comes to the PAC-12.

5) Ohio State:

There’s a likely chance a one loss team gets into the playoffs, and if Ohio State beats Michigan it’ll be them without a doubt. The Buckeyes sent a message to the world on Saturday that they are still hanging around after an insane 62-3 beatdown of Nebraska. Quarterback J.T. Barrett threw for 290 yards and four touchdowns. The winner of the OSU/Michigan game will likely have to face Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship, where they will be heavily favored to win. The Buckeyes have a path and they control their own destiny.

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