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A top 10 ranking used to come with some cache and could put fear in some opponents but not in today’s climate. Seems like that ranking puts a huge target on a team’s back. The fear is gone for the most part as non Power 5 schools have closed the talent gap and believe they can beat anyone.
Here’s a look at the most recent top 10.
1) Georgia Bulldogs (7-0) defeated then #5 Kentucky Wildcats 30-13
The Bulldogs out muscled a physical Wildcat team to get the win. Quarterback Stetson Bennett was sharp, going 14-20 for 250 yards and three touchdowns. Wide receiver Brook Bowers had 101 receiving yards and two touchdowns. The defense held Kentucky under 300 total yards and had three sacks.
Next game – at Florida Gators
2) Oklahoma Sooners (7-0) defeated TCU Horned Frogs 52-31
The Sooners pulled away from the Horned Frogs for the victory. Quarterback Caleb Williams was effective, going 18-23 for 295 yards and four touchdowns. Running back Kennedy Brooks ran for 153 yards and a touchdown. The defense forced a turnover and made just enough plays to help secure the win.
Next game – at Kansas Jayhawks
3) Cincinnati Bearcats (6-0) defeated UCF Golden Knights 56-21
The Bearcats crushed the Golden Knights for the easy victory. Quarterback Desmond Ridder completed 13-23 for 140 yards and a touchdown. Running back Jerome Ford was sensational, rushing for 189 yards and four touchdowns. The defense held UCF under 300 total yards and forced three turnovers.
Next game – at Navy Midshipmen
4) Michigan Wolverines (6-0) Idle
Next game – vs. Northwestern Wildcats
5) Alabama Crimson Tide (6-1) defeated Mississippi State Bulldogs 49-9
The Crimson Tide dismantled the Bulldogs for the bounced back win. Quarterback Bryce Young was impressive, going 20-28 for 348 yards and four touchdowns. Wide receiver John Metchie III had 117 receiving yards and a touchdown. The defense was suffocating, holding Mississippi State under 300 total yards, had seven sacks and forced three turnovers.
Next game – vs. Tennessee Volunteers
6) Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (6-0) Idle
Next game – at Appalachian State Mountaineers
7) Ohio State Buckeyes (5-1) Idle
Next game – at Indiana Hoosiers
8) Michigan State Spartans (7-0) defeated Indiana Hoosiers 20-15
The Spartans used a late score to avoid the upset to beat the Hoosiers. Quarterback Payton Thorne completed 14-26 for 126 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. The defense held Indiana to 241 total yards, had three sacks and forced three turnovers.
Next game – at #4 Michigan Wolverines
9) Oklahoma State Cowboys (6-0) defeated Texas Longhorns 32-24
The Cowboys used a big fourth quarter to comeback and beat the Longhorns. Quarterback Spencer Sanders went 19-32 for 178 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Running back Jaylen Warren was outstanding, rushing for 193 yards. The defense was stingy in the second half to help secure the win, had three sacks and forced two turnovers.
Next game – at Iowa State Cyclones
10) Kentucky Wildcats (6-1) lost to #1 Georgia Bulldogs 30-13
The Wildcats couldn’t sustain enough offense to challenge the Bulldogs in their loss. Quarterback Will Levins was accurate going 32-42 for 192 yards and two touchdowns. The defense held strong early but couldn’t contain Georgia’s offense when they needed stops in the second half.
Next game – at Mississippi State Bulldogs