After another week of upsets with 4 top ten teams losing and 3 of them getting booted out of the top ten here is my rankings with still lots of football to be played.
If Alabama is not your number one team then you are either a homer or a hater. They should get every first place vote in every poll. While it’s true they have not been tested but those games are coming. Every game they have played in has been over by half time.
Now you can say this is a homer pick and your right. But what unbeaten team has as good a win as Michigan? No one does right now. Beat soundly an undefeated Stanford team and dominated Virginia Tech in Blacksburg all games Notre Dame was expected to lose. Now how could they move up while struggling at home to beat Pittsburgh. Check Pitt’s history. They have a habit of beating undefeated teams.
You can flip Ohio State and ND if you want. The Buckeyes are a team that has gone through alot. Playing without Urban Meyer for 3 games. Winning in TCU and Penn State sending their seasons into a tailspin. In fact once the season plays out and if both ND and OSU are undefeated then the Buckeyes will be ranked higher.
Clemson is firmly in the 4th spot. I won’t mover them up despite their history the last few seasons because they have not beaten anyone yet. Bama dominated A&M even though it was at home but do you have any doubt they would have done the same thing on the road? And Clemson benefited from a mistake call from the referee to win that game.
These are the clear cut top 4 no matter the order you put them in. All are undefeated. The next 6 gets tricky.
#5. LSU has a great resume and just dominated Georgia in every phase of the game. Their lone loss was at Florida who enters the top ten this week. There is still more work to do here and they can’t lose another game this season and with Alabama still on the schedule and road games at Arkansas and Texas A&M their work is cut out for them.
You could drop Georgia more from 2 if you want. But yesterday they were blown out. The bye comes at the right time for them. The back end of the schedule breaks nicely for them. A game against Florida will be a great win for them and after that I expect them to run the table all the way to the SEC title game where a win is the only way they get into the playoffs.
I have the Wolverines moving up several spots this week after dismantling Wisconsin. SInce their opening day loss at ND they have been blowing everyone out except for the game in Northwestern. Alas there is much work to do starting with a game at Michigan State and also Penn State before they play the Buckeyes in late November.
I only have the Longhorns moving up 1 spot. I am not sure how good Oklahoma is and they are not in my top 10. TCU was already broken by the time Texas beat them. I need to see more from Texas. I give them credit for maintaining enough poise to win that Oklahoma game 2 weeks ago despite them blowing a large 4th qtr lead. I just need to see more.
I really feel bad for UCF. I am moving them up one spot this week despite struggling against an inferior team. Let’s face it they need to blow everybody out and have to hope that Cincinnatti and South Florida play them with one undefeated and the other having one loss to get any kind of respect. Still it will not be enough. Their fan base can cry all they want. There just isn’t any real competition for them in their conference. I am sure they have tried to schedule a game vs a power 5 team but no one is biting yet. The self proclaimed defending champion won’t ever know how good they are until they somehow get into a power 5 conference. the ACC should come calling.
I have to go with the Gators here. After losing to Kentucky they have done nothing but win. I am not sold yet on them and the game at Georgia will be huge for both teams. It’s an elimination game for both teams.