Did you think Week 9 of the college football season brought twists and turns? Just wait for Week 10.
After another wild weekend of action that followed along with the rest of the Saturdays this fall, we're due for more of the inevitable surprises in Week 10. Perhaps nothing will top—or bottom—the insane, controversial finish between the Miami Hurricanes and Duke Blue Devils, but Saturday's action will shake up the College Football Playoff outlook in one way or another.
Before we take a look into some of the teams trending upward heading into Week 10, however, let's take a look at where the teams fall in the Associated Press Top 25, Amway Coaches Poll and Bleacher Report Top 25:
Teams on the Rise
After an offseason coaching change, drastically low expectations and a shocking suspension to a star player (quarterback Will Grier), the Florida Gators keep on churning forward with their eyes set on the SEC Championship Game.
They took their last big step in Jacksonville, thoroughly dominating the Georgia Bulldogs and embarrassing their SEC East rivals for the second straight year. The Gators are an incredible 7-1 on the season, with their only loss being a 35-28 defeat on the road against the unbeaten LSU Tigers.
All that stands between Florida and a trip to Atlanta is a meeting with the mighty Vanderbilt Commodores, who are fresh off a 34-0 loss against the Houston Cougars, as Joe Schad of ESPN.com noted:
A look forward at the rest of the Gators' schedule shows that head coach Jim McElwain could take his team to Atlanta with one loss while being smack-dab in the middle of the CFP race. After Vandy, Florida will travel to South Carolina before rounding out the season at home against Florida Atlantic and Florida State.
After that, it wouldn't surprise anyone to see the Gators give whoever prevails in the SEC West a serious test in Atlanta.
North Carolina Tar Heels
The crazy finish from the Miami-Duke game over the weekend may not have impacted the CFP race, but it did shake up the ACC Coastal Division.
With the Blue Devils' loss, North Carolina is now the lone unbeaten team in the division—and thus controls its own destiny for a trip to the ACC title game. The Tar Heels still have to face Duke, along with Miami, Virginia Tech and North Carolina State—but they're undoubtedly in the driver's seat.
What's more, North Carolina entered the Top 25 in all three polls this week for the first time all season, but don't tell the players. Head coach Larry Fedora gave his thoughts, per the team's Twitter account:
North Carolina's football program has been mired in mediocrity over the last couple of years, but a scheme change on defense has transformed it from mediocre to formidable. Defensive coordinator Gene Chizik's unit has given up fewer than 20 points in all but one of its games, and that lone exception was a 38-31 win over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets' highly potent offense.
Don't be surprised if the Tar Heels are around in early December to give Clemson or Florida State a fit in the conference title game.