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1.) Alabama Crimson Tide (4-0): def Kent State 48-0
Last week: 1
Alabama can win in a variety of ways. Last week was a comeback, this week was a blowout. That’s why they are my clear No. 1 team. The defense was suffocating, only giving up 166 total yards and they added another special teams touchdown via punt return. The offense was efficient and got the job done. Scary thing is they can play better. They will be tough to beat. The Tide is beginning to Roll.
2.) Ohio State Buckeyes (3-0): Idle
Last week: 2
They had a well deserved week off after their impressive win last week against Oklahoma.
3.) Michigan Wolverines (4-0): def Penn State 49-10
Last week: 4
The Wolverines dominated an improving Nittany Lion”s team. Michigan is for real. The damage was done on the ground, gaining over 300 yards and six rushing touchdowns. It looks like Michigan is coming together with big games looming. The defense held Penn State under 200 yards of total offense.
4.) Louisville Cardinals (4-0): def Marshall 59-28
Last week: 5
Another electrifying performance by Heisman leader, quarterback Lamar Jackson who accounted for seven more touchdowns, but Louisville is so much more than Jackson. They have a lot of weapons surrounding him. The defense is loaded as well. The Cardinals are playing some great football while all three phases are clicking. This is the reason for their meteoric rise in my poll.
5.) Clemson Tigers (4-0): def Georgia Tech 26-7
Last week: 4
Still waiting for Clemson to have a breakout game. This could be a good or bad thing. Yes, quarterback Deshaun Watson passed for over 300 yards but the rushing game struggled again. The Tigers aren’t scoring points as expected but could the expectations be too much? The defense has certainly showed up. As a whole, they better get it together if they want to make a return trip to the playoffs. Clemson is dropping down my poll because of their lackluster offense.
6.) Houston Cougars (4-0): def Texas State 64-3
Last week: 6
The Cougars were very efficient in dismantling an overmatched Bobcat team. Everyone got involved in this blowout but one particular player stood out, top recruit freshman quarterback D’Eriq King. He was moved to wide receiver due to injuries. He caught, ran and returned a kickoff for a touchdown which was the first time that has happened in Cougars history. Houston is enjoying a resurgent renaissance for the football program.
7.) Wisconsin Badgers (4-0): def Michigan State 30-6
Last week: 10
This was an impressive road win against a tough Spartan team. This win moved them up three spots in my poll. The Badgers defense turned the tables on Michigan State creating four turnovers and scoring on a fumble return. I appreciate their no frills lunch pale mentality. The rest of the country may be taking notice as well. The numbers may not always be sexy but there is no denying this Wisconsin team as a legit threat in the Big 10.
8.) Washington Huskies (4-0): def Arizona 35-28 in OT
Last week: 7
The Huskies earned a hard fought road win. This is the kind of game that could catapult Washington; maybe they lose this game last season. The Huskies are reaping the rewards of good recruiting and the fan base is excited again. Running back Lavon Coleman was great, rushing for 181 yards on only 11 carries. The passing attack needs to play better in order to win the Pac 12. It was not pretty at times but they grinded out the victory. Could this be the year they climb to the top of the Pac 12 mountain?
9.) Stanford Cardinal (3-0): def UCLA 22-13
Last week: 8
I am not impressed with Stanford. If they are the class of the Pac 12, it’s a down year for the conference. Running back Christian McCaffrey has been solid but not spectacular. The quarterback play has been average at best. In order for the Cardinals to reach it’s potential, McCaffrey has to play like last season and the quarterback has to be much better. The defense has done enough but how would they hold up against a high powered offense?
10.) Texas A&M Aggies (4-0): def Arkansas 45-24
Last week: Wasn’t ranked in the Top 10
The Aggies used a well balanced attack and brilliant second half to defeat the Razorbacks. Quarterback Trevor Knight threw for 225 yards and ran for 157 more yards, accounting for four touchdowns. The defense gave up some early yards but kept Arkansas out of the end zone. In the second half, they got key stops to take control of the game. Texas A&M is trying to shed their finesse label, I think this win will help. A hard fought win jumps them into my Top 10.