A lot of movement this week as we saw teams win nicely, teams get upset, and have big wins to the resume. Who makes the big jumps? Who drops? Let’s see.
(1) ALABAMA (Last week: 1-no change): Alabama answered critics of the defense being inexperienced and how they would give up points to Ole Miss. Aside from the first ten seconds of the game, the Tide shut out the Rebels in another dominant fashion of 62-7. The offense looks like clockwork and just terrorizing defenses any way possible. Next up, the Aggies.
(2) GEORGIA (Last week: 2-no change): Georgia had a “ho hum” week against Middle Tennessee as the Bulldogs ripped the Blue Raiders 49-7. Offense is clicking well, defense is clicking, and so forth. Defense will be tested against Missouri next week though. But after how Missouri played last week, I’d be surprised if Georgia loses.
(3) OHIO STATE (Last week: 5-up 2 spots): They spiked up with a win against #15 TCU. However, the gap between #2 Georgia and #3 Ohio State to me is the defenses. The Buckeyes are giving up way too many yards and so far way too many points. Of course that offense is just a beast to handle so far. Next week Urban Meyer comes back and tunes up against Tulane. One concern will be Bosa’s injury however.
(4) CLEMSON (Last week: 3-down 1 spot): I think many have given too much thought into Clemson’s struggles first at Texas A&M and then with Georgia Southern (how? they won 38-7). Clemson wins ugly but they win. Nobody griped in the past about Alabama winning ugly during the national championship years under Saban so why does it change on Clemson? They do need to settle in on a quarterback however. Tigers get a road trip to Georgia Tech next Saturday. It can be that win they need to show they are a dominant team.
(5) OKLAHOMA (Last week: 4-down 1 spot): Nothing Oklahoma did too wrong as they exacted revenge on Iowa State and they took their best shots from the Cyclones and stood tall. The question is was the defense not as strong or was it they played off a little bit as the game continued? Oklahoma gets a home tilt with Army, which may be a little interesting.
(6) VIRGINIA TECH (Last week: 8-up 2 spots): The Hokies didn’t play last weekend due to Hurricane Florence. However, with Auburn and Wisconsin falling, they move up by default. Hokies travel to Old Dominion next week.
(7) LSU (Last week: unranked): Tigers made a statement over the Auburn Tigers with a come-from-behind win on them for the second straight year. But this time LSU did it in Auburn. The defense is strong and will be a formidable opponent for Georgia and Alabama as both have to travel to Tiger Stadium. The question will be is their offense good enough to hang with those teams? LSU heads home to play Louisiana Tech.
(8) MISSISSIPPI STATE (Last week: unranked): Granted beating Louisiana Lafayette is not exactly a massive accomplishment, but so far the Bulldogs have dominated in their first three games. They face an improved Kentucky team, a team that the Bulldogs dominated last year 45-7 in Starkville.
(9) STANFORD (Last week: 9-no change): Bryce Love was out and Stanford won 30-3 to UC Davis. Like Clemson they win ugly, but they win. Oregon is next on the list in a big PAC-12 North tilt in Eugene. Cardinal need to be on top of their game offensively.
(10) WASHINGTON (Last week: 10-no change): Washington was on my upset alert against Utah. They won thanks to a strong defense. The question still looms for the Huskies if their offense can be consistent enough and resemble the 2016 team that made it to the playoff. Next week a revenge game for the Huskies as Arizona State comes calling.
Teams considered: Penn State, Notre Dame, Auburn, West Virginia, Oregon
-Fan in the Obstructed Seat