Ah yes, the top 25. With the BCS and now the Playoff Committee making choices, the Top 25 Polls are basically rendered obsolete. I already have gripes with them but to each his own. Instead of doing a top 25 (because honestly it gets pretty jumbled and cloudy once you get past the top 15) I am going to narrow it down to a top 10 because it is easier and the ten teams on here at least have some sort of legit chance of making a Playoff at least to me. But I will do it (through my own opinions) and somewhat give a capsule of why I believe they are ranked where they are ranked. Enjoy!
(1) ALABAMA: What is the scary part is that Alabama’s offense has really kicked into high gear compared to years past where, yes they would score 35-40 points, but it just was more of feel of turnovers giving them key field positions and such. We talk about Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts (who had a great game Saturday), but Nick Saban retooled his coaching staff on the offensive side as Mike Locksley is the new offensive coordinator and he seems perfect for what the offensive side needs and then probably the best assistant hire of Dan Enos as quarterbacks coach. Enos has a strong track record at Central Michigan and Arkansas. So if the defense wilts a little bit this year, the offense looks to be in fine shape, and that is a very scary thought. But the absolute domination of Louisville and Arkansas State here really keeps them at a nice, healthy #1 on my power rank.
(2) GEORGIA: The Bulldogs made a huge statement to South Carolina Saturday. They pretty much bullied the Gamecocks on both sides of the ball en route to a 41-17 win in Columbia. Nothing in the way of concerns though anytime Jake Fromm makes a mistake the fans are screaming for Justin Fields. If you want to beat Georgia however, you need a quarterback who doesn’t make mistakes and has a game of his life. Jake Bentley didn’t have that last weekend. But a great win nonetheless and they looked very dominant.
(3) CLEMSON: “But they had a tough road game at Texas A&M.” Yes they did. Granted, the Tigers won in a hostile environment, but how that 2nd half was played out, they really didn’t look all that impressive and lucked out on a fumble call. Texas A&M played tough, but Clemson had some opportunities to put that game away and early. And in the end, the vaunted defense was gassed out. Had there been no fumble, I don’t know if they escaped A&M victorious. That said and I mentioned it to a buddy today, Clemson always has that early W that they have to scratch, fight, and claw to get. And it really does them good I believe.
(4) OKLAHOMA: Its still pretty scary on how the Sooners are playing on BOTH sides of the ball right now. Kyler Murray is having a great start (though he had a small hiccup or two this past weekend albeit small) and looked very sharp. And the defense is pretty rock solid. The biggest concern is if Rodney Anderson’s knee injury is serious. That could put a sting to the Sooners great start. Next week a revenge match with Iowa State.
(5) OHIO STATE: The Buckeyes answered their critics (me) with a near perfect showing on both sides of the ball after allowing 31 to Oregon State and being ran up and down on the field by them. Of course, they pretty much run Rutgers anyways (166-3 has been the combined score the last 3 games). But still, impressive nonetheless. They get TCU in Arlington so a blowout win could spike them up in the rankings.
(6) WISCONSIN: Jonathan Taylor is really trying to show he is the real deal for the Heisman Trophy. And he showed that pretty much by carrying Wisconsin in a blowout win. However, there are still concerns in the passing game with Alex Hornibrook as he wasn’t too sharp. If Wisconsin goes anywhere this year, he HAS to show up. No questions asked.
(7) AUBURN: Auburn sharpened their skills against FCS Alabama State in a rout. Nothing really to note besides their first big test (albeit in the comforts of their home) is against LSU next Saturday.
(8) VIRGINIA TECH: I put this team up there for how they dominated Florida State’s offense the week before. You don’t do that to a Seminoles team and say what you will, they kept Cam Akers in check (save for the one big run) and took advantage of the mistakes. They played William & Mary last week in a rout as well. Hokies get East Carolina this week and could enter the Notre Dame game October 6th undefeated which could be a major playoff implication.
(9) STANFORD: The Cardinal showed their defense can still get after it in a 17-3 defensive struggle against USC (to be honest, the PAC-12 had some good showings on defense this past weekend, not just Stanford). And Bryce Love came to play. This team SHOULD be fine down the stretch, but time will tell if the Cardinal can keep it up.
(10) WASHINGTON: I flip-flopped back and forth between the Huskies and Notre Dame. Notre Dame’s struggles to Ball State was a little concerning and while Washington didn’t look overly impressive against North Dakota, it was a nice rebound after the tough loss in Atlanta to Auburn. I would like to see the Huskies play more of a consistent game from beginning to end however before I move them up in the rankings.
OTHER TEAMS CONSIDERED:
Notre Dame, LSU, Penn State, West Virginia
-Fan in the Obstructed Seat