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1) Alabama Crimson Tide (8-0) def Texas A&M 33-14
The Crimson Tide win again. It was not pretty but they simply wore the Aggies down. The running game carried Alabama’s offense (287 yards). This was, by far, quarterback Jalen Hurts worst game throwing. The defense was their usual stingy self, giving up less than 300 total yards. Oh yeah, the defense scored another touchdown. That’s ten straight games with a non offensive touchdown. Tough seeing another team beat them.
2) Michigan Wolverines (7-0) def Illinois 41-8
You can say weak competition but the Wolverines did exactly what they had to do against a weaker team. Michigan crushed them early to remove any doubt and the offense was balanced and efficient. The defense made short work of a bad Illini offense, giving up 172 total yards. They can’t rest because Ohio State lost.
They have a huge road game in Tallahassee against Florida State. They can wrap up the division with a win.
4) Washington Huskies (7-0) def Oregon State 41-17
Another blowout win for the Huskies, sweeping the Oregon schools. They are for real. The combination of quarterback Jake Browning and running back Myles Gaskin lead a well balanced offensive attack. The defense bent but did not break against the Beavers. I think the rest of the country is taking notice.
5) Louisville Cardinals (6-1) def North Carolina State 54-13
The Cardinals dominated the same Wolfpack team Clemson struggled with. It was a complete team effort as the offense had it going, especially through the air and the defense played with a chip on it’s shoulder, giving up only 14 rushing yards. They might be getting their swagger back but I need another win like this next week to believe it.
6) West Virginia Mountaineers (6-0) def TCU 34-10
It’s time to at least consider the Mountaineers as a playoff contender. I’m not fully convinced but if they keep winning, that will change. They have always had a history of high powered offenses but their defense is what changed giving up only 10 points this week following 17 points to Texas Tech (who scored 59 against Oklahoma) last week. They have some big games on the horizon.
7) Texas A&M Aggies (6-1) lost to Alabama 33-14
No shame in losing to the best team in the country. They put up a good fight in the first half. In the end, they ran out of gas and answers. The good news is they won’t see a defense like this for the rest of the season. So I expect them to be favored for the rest of their games.
8) Ohio State Buckeyes (6-1) lost to Penn State 24-21
The Buckeyes suffered a bad loss to the Nittany Lions. They outgained them (413-276), won the turnover battle (+1), held the time of possession (37 to 22 minutes) and still could not win. I’m puzzled by this loss. One special team play (blocked FG) cost them the game. But all is not lost, they can get right back in the playoff picture by beating Michigan the last game of the year.
They have a struggling Texas Longhorn team next. This might get ugly early. The Bears need to look spectacular and score a lot of points.
10) Nebraska Huskers (7-0) def Purdue 27-14
I was not impressed with the Huskers. They played a better second half to comeback and get the win. I can’t take them seriously when they struggled back to back weeks against inferior opponents. Nebraska racked up 400 plus yards on offense but something seems off. They better sure up their pass defense, tougher opponents looming.