It’s always exciting to see new teams in the top 10 but it’s a completely different story when unlikely teams are occupying upper echelon spots. The traditional national powers are starting to take notice too. Here is a look at this week’s top ten.
1) Clemson Tigers (5-0) defeated Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 73-7
Quarterback Trevor Lawrence was superb, going 24-32 for 404 yards with five touchdowns and an interception in a half of work. Wide receiver Amari Rodgers had 161 receiving yards and two touchdowns. The defense held the Yellow Jacket’s offense to 204 total yards and forced three turnovers.
Next game – vs. Syracuse Orange
2) Alabama Crimson Tide (4-0) defeated #3 Georgia Bulldogs 41-24
Quarterback Mac Jones was sensational, going 24-32 for 417 yards with four touchdowns and an interception. Running back Najee Harris had 152 rushing yards and a touchdown. Wide receivers DeVonta Smith (167 receiving yards/two touchdowns) and Jaylen Waddle (161 receiving yards/one touchdown) were causing havoc all day. The defense struggled early but completely dominated Georgia’s offense in the second half and force three turnovers.
Next game – at Tennessee Volunteers
3) Ohio State Buckeyes (0-0) Idle
Next game – vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers
4) Cincinnati Bearcats (3-0) Postponed (Tulsa Golden Hurricanes)
Next game – at #6 Southern Methodist Mustangs
5) Notre Dame Fighting Irish (4-0) defeated Louisville Cardinals 12-7
Quarterback Ian Book was pedestrian, going 11-19 for 106 yards and had a rushing touchdown. Running back Kyren Williams rushed for 127 yards. The defense held Louisville’s offense to 233 total yards.
Next game – at Pittsburgh Panthers
6) Southern Methodist Mustangs (5-0) defeated Tulane Green Wave 37-34 OT
Quarterback Shane Burchele was outstanding, going 23-37 for 384 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Ulysses Bentley IV had 94 rushing yards and a touchdown. Wide receivers Rashee Rice (139 receiving yards/one touchdown) and Danny Gray (133 receiving yards/one touchdown) were the go-to receivers. The defense made the necessary plays late and in overtime to help secure the win.
Next game – vs. #4 Cincinnati Bearcats
7) Oklahoma State Cowboys (3-0) Postponed (Baylor Bears)
Next game – vs. #11 Iowa State Cyclones
8) Brigham Young Cougars (5-0) defeated #20 Houston Cougars 43-26
Quarterback Zach Wilson was excellent, going 25-35 for 400 yards and four touchdowns. Wide receiver Dax Milne had 184 receiving yards and three touchdowns. The defense gave up some big plays but held tough to help get the win.
Next game – vs. Texas State Bobcats
9) Georgia Bulldogs (3-1) lost to #2 Alabama Crimson Tide 41-24
Quarterback Stetson Bennett was awful, going 18-40 for 269 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. Wide receiver James Cook had 101 receiving yards and a touchdown. The defense struggled in the second half to contain Alabama’s offense.
Next game – at Kentucky Wildcats
10) Texas A&M Aggies (3-1) defeated Mississippi State Bulldogs 28-14
Quarterback Kellen Mond managed the game, going 13-23 for 139 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Running back Isaiah Spiller had 114 rushing yards and two touchdowns. The defense held the Bulldog’s offense to 217 total yards and forced two turnovers.
Next game – vs. Arkansas Razorbacks