1. Georgia: (62-0 win vs Vanderbilt)
The Bulldogs lost on Saturday. The internet was having fun in this one as far as if Vandy would produce more yards than Georgia did points.
However, Vanderbilt pulled away at the end, as they totaled 77 total yards.
JT. Daniels had 129 yards, two scores, and ONE incompletion in a quarter in this one. Stetson Bennett came in and tossed the rock for 151 yards, a touchdown, and an interception in relief.
The Bulldogs combined for 241 yards and five scores on the ground. Zamir White (9-48), Daijun Edwards (10-46) & Kenny McIntosh (8-36) all scored at the running back position.
Tight End Brock Powers and wideout Ladd McConkey also provided the team with a rushing score.
In addition, both Powers (2) and Ladd (1) hauled in the team’s only receiving touchdowns.
2. Alabama: (63-14 win vs Southern Miss)
Bryce Young completed 20/22 pass attempts for 313 yards, five touchdowns, and an interception in this one.
Other standouts in this cakewalk were Roydell Williams (110 rushing yards, 1TD), Jase McClellan (106 total yards, 1TD), Jahleel Billingsley (6-105-1TD) & Cameron Latu (5-57-2TD).
Billingsley & Latu is no doubt the deadliest Tight End duo in college football.
3. Oklahoma: (16-13 win vs West Virginia)
Oklahoma started their conference play against a stout West Virginia defense fresh off of a win against a ranked Virginia Tech team.
The normally explosive Sooner offense had just 91 yards in the first half and the team never had a lead until Gabe Birkic hit the game-winning field goal as time expired.
Oklahoma’s defense, however, is the strength of the team (I never thought I’d say that). They’ll have to continue to do that until OU figures out its issues along the offensive line.
IF Lincoln Riley can figure out this offense and the defense can continue their solid play, Oklahoma could be a tough team to beat.
4. Oregon: (41-19 win vs Arizona)
Oregon opened their conference play and made quick work of a bad Arizona football team.
We know about Anthony Brown (206 yards 3TD’s) & CJ Verdell (45 yards & a TD), but can we talk about this defense?
This team picked off Wildcat QB Jordan McCloud FIVE times in this one.
5. Iowa: (24-14 win vs Colorado State)
Colorado State gave my fifth-ranked Hawkeyes all they could handle, as they had a lead at halftime.
They didn’t score in the second half, however, as the stout Hawkeyes D made great second-half adjustments.
Iowa begins conference play next week against an undefeated Maryland football team led by Quarterback, Taulia Tagovailoa.
If Iowa wants to win the Big-10 they’re going to have to play better complementary football on the offensive side of the ball.
6. Penn State: (38-17 win vs Villanova)
Coming off of a high emotion, whiteout game against Auburn, Penn State didn’t break stride in week four.
Quarterback Sean Clifford threw for over 400 yards for four scores and an interception.
Jahan Dotson had seven receptions for 117 yards and a touchdown & fellow Wideout Parker Washington had five receptions for 148 yards and two tuddies in this one.
7. Notre Dame: (41-13 win vs Wisconsin)
Many people questioned my high ranking of Notre Dame in my Cream of the Crop each week because the team hadn’t been battle-tested against good teams.
Despite this, the Fighting Irish haven’t made my life easier, as they’ve looked bad against inferior competition. They’re simply not playing their brand of football with so far bad offensive line play to date.
However, this week they answered their first real “test” against a stingy Wisconsin team.
It wasn’t all easy, however, as Jack Coan had to come out due to injury in his “revenge game” and the Irish had to trot out their third-string backup Quarterback since talented Freshman, Tyler Buchner wasn’t available.
On top of that, the team’s offensive line was HORRIBLE, giving up six sacks & twelve tackles for loss. The team only gained THREE yards on the ground. THREE.
Two interceptions in the final 2:30 of the game returned for six sealed the deal for Notre Dame, as Graham Mertz had four total interceptions on the day.
It was a special day for Brian Kelley, as he became the all-time winningest coach in program history, but he will have a lot of work to do if he wants to continue adding wins in the win column.
Notre Dame has a tough stretch of games coming up against Cincinnati, Virginia Tech & North Carolina. If Notre Dame can figure out their woes on the O-Line and win out, they have a very good case to be in the college football playoffs.
8. Cincinnati: (Didn’t play)
The Bearcats didn’t play this week, but as mentioned above, they have a HUGE game next weekend against Notre Dame.
The Bearcat offense wasn’t in sync at all in their last game against Indiana & Coan (if healthy) won’t turn the ball over three times like Penix Jr.
If this team wants to pull off the upset, they’ll need Desmond Ridder and company to put the pressure on Notre Dame. We’ve seen what the Irish can do if you don’t pull ahead and keep them in it.
9. Arkansas: (20-10 win vs Texas A&M)
Arkansas beat Texas earlier this year, but I still didn’t know how to gauge this Razorback squad. Coming against a top ten ranked SEC foe, Arkansas had a much bigger test this weekend.
Decidedly, they showed me what they were made of as they doubled up an Aggies squad with lots of Talent.
The Hogs outgained the Aggies 443 to 272 in total yards, due in large part to two large touchdown passes from KJ Jefferson.
One was an 85-yard strike to Treylon Burks (6-167-1), with another 48-yard score in the hands of AJ Green.
Jefferson went down due to injury but came back to finish off the game. His health moving forward will be critical for this Razorbacks squad.
10. Ohio State: (59-7 win vs Akron)
CJ Stroud got to rest his shoulder against an inferior Akron squad & Freshman Kyle McCord got the start.
McCord threw for 319 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception, one to Chris Olave (2-12) & one to Jaxon Smith-Njigba (5-93).
Garrett Wilson also chipped in with 124 yards on four receptions in the air.
Treveyon Henderson (8-93) & Master Teague III (8-71) each had two touchdowns apiece, while Evan Pryor (5-35) also chipped in with a touchdown.
It’s hard to gauge against Akron, but this Ohio State defense looked much more engaged and improved in this one. Ohio State finished with nine sacks, 12 tackles for loss, and two interceptions.
The Buckeyes can win the Big-10 if they solve their woes on the defensive side of the ball.
11. Texas A&M: (10-20 loss vs Arkansas)
A&M has plenty of talent, but I questioned this team’s upside dating back to my pre-season poll due to their lackluster quarterback play.
Freshman Haynes King didn’t look good to start the season but has missed the last couple of games due to injury.
His backup Zach Calzada struggled in this one, completing just 20 of 36 pass attempts for 151 yards and an interception.
A&M needs better play from the Quarterback obviously, but the talent around him needs to help out as well.
Jalen Wydermyer, a tight end who’s had his name appear in the first round of pre-season NFL mock drafts has yet to catch a touchdown. He had just one catch for 18 yards in this one.
12. Florida: (38-14 win vs Tennessee)
With Anthony Richardson out for another week, Emory Jones got another chance to prove what he could do as the sole starter for this Florida Gators squad.
He became the first Gators QB to top 200 yards passing & 100 yards rushing since Tim Tebow in 2009 against Florida State.
He had 209 yards and two scores with his arm & led the team with 144 yards with his legs.
He’s put up two solid performances against SEC foes & is starting to hit his stride.
Either with Jones or Richardson at QB, things are looking up for this Florida Gators team.
13. Ole Miss (Didn’t play)
Ole Miss didn’t play this week.
They get a week-long break to prepare for Alabama next weekend as they try to spring an upset.
The Rebels has an improved defense and an explosive offense led by potential Heisman favorite, Matt Corral to give the Crimson Tide fits.
Alabama showed us they were a beatable team against Florida, especially on the ground.
Jerrion Ealy, who broke out last week for 103 yards on the ground will be huge in this one.
14. BYU: (35-27 win vs USF)
Jaren Hall was a surprise inactive against USF, but backup quarterback Baylor Romney filled in well with 305 yards and three touchdowns.
Baylor found his brother, Gunner for a touchdown in this one, as he finished with five receptions for 119 yards.
Fellow wideout Puka Nacua finished with 102 yards & Neil Pau’u along with Masen Wake ended with a touchdown as well.
Standout running back Tyler Allgeier (who finished with 1,130 rushing yards & 13TD’s last season) had 86 rushing yards & two scores in this week’s matchup.
15. Costal Carolina: (53-3 win vs UMASS)
Coastal Carolina struggled against Buffalo in their first road game of the season but was firing on all cylinders in this one. They scored in eight of nine possessions en route to a 53-3 win.
Grayson McCall had three total touchdowns against the Minuteman, with one of his touchdowns passes going to Jaivon Heiligh.
Heiligh is one of the best wideouts in college football. He had 118 yards and a touchdown on five receptions in this one. He has had at least 91 yards and a score in each game.
This team has won 15 of its last 16 games and should continue that winning streak en route to a Sun Belt title.
16. Fresno State: (38-30 win vs UNLV)
Like Heiligh being amongst the best at his position in a nonpower five school, Fresno States Jake Haener is amongst the best quarterbacks in college football.
He’s leading the country in passing yards with 1,182. He threw for 378 yards, five touchdowns, and an interception in this one.
It wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows in this one, however, as this team had to rally from a 12 point deficit caused probably by their hangover win against UCLA in what was a LATE game.
Jalen Cropper had 14 receptions for 141 yards and a go-ahead/game-winning touchdown late against the Bruins last week and stayed hot in this one, as he had 10 receptions for 108 yards and FOUR touchdowns. He has a touchdown in every game this season.
This Fresno State Bulldogs team is as fun to watch as they are talented. They came close to beating Oregon, shocked UCLA last week, and should win the Mountain West.
17. UCLA: (35-24 win vs Stanford)
How did UCLA respond to their upset loss against Fresno State? By winning their conference opener against Stanford.
Dorian Thompson Robinson threw a tie-breaking deep TD pass early in the fourth quarter & came back from a shoulder injury to throw the game-clinching TD later on in.
He had 281 total yards and four total touchdowns.
The Bruins made a much-needed adjustment and got Zach Charbonnet involved in this one, as he had 118 yards and a score on 23 carries (a season-high).
If UCLA can continue to give him the ball (instead of just SIX carries as they did in the Fresno State loss) this team should make it to the PAC-12 championship game.
18. Michigan State: (23-20 win vs Nebraska)
A week after beating a top 25 Miami team, Michigan State clashed against a surprisingly good Nebraska team who took the University of Oklahoma to the brink last weekend.
Like they did against Oklahoma, Nebraska did a good job stuffing the run, as they contained a red hot Kenneth Walker to just 61 yards on the ground & kept him out of the end zone.
Without the ground game working, Michigan State struggled, as quarterback Payton Thorne was in worse situations & threw his first interception of the season in this one.
A field goal and interception late helped Michigan State seal the deal, but the team needs to get more production on the ground to continue to string together wins.
19. Baylor: (31-29 win vs Iowa State)
A kid from North-East Arkansas, I remember going up against Baylor Bear quarterback Gerry Bohannon and his Earle Bulldogs team in basketball back in high school.
He appeared to be playing at about 75%, not wanting to injure himself and hurt his football career.
Barley trying, he proceeded to give us around 25 points & ten rebounds with what appeared to be his eyes closed. He’s a special athlete.
Finally getting his shot to be the team’s starter, Bohannon is one of the few QB’s in the nation with ZERO interceptions after the first four weeks of the season. He has 11 total touchdowns and is completing 73.3 percent of his passes.
Against my 13th ranked Iowa State team, he had a combined 200 total yards & three touchdowns.
20. N.C. State: (27-21 win vs Clemson)
D.J. Uiagalelei (174 total yards 2TD 1INT) & Justyn Ross (8-77 2TD) just flat out got outplayed by NC State QB Devin Leary (238 yards 4TD 0INT) & wideout Emeka Emezie (14-116 1TD) in this one.
If it wasn’t for three missed field goals by NC State’s kicker, the upset would’ve happened in regulation.
Clemson’s offense currently is as creative as a white Crayon & their defense who’s played ELITE all year finally broke and couldn’t carry the weight of the bad offense any longer.
They have a lot of work to do if they want to even sniff the ACC title game.
21. SMU: (42-34 win vs TCU)
You’re probably thinking, “What?!” But this SMU team is 4-0 on this young season & just bested my 22nd ranked TCU squad.
Quarterback, Tanner Mordecai is an OU transfer who’s 8th in the country in passing yards with 1,268 and is first in touchdowns with TWENTY.
However. the gunslinger had an off day for the Mustangs, throwing for just 245 passing yards, four touchdowns but THREE interceptions. He has just five all year.
SMU has just as good of a shot as any to dethrone Cincinnati and win the American conference.
22. Texas: (70-35 win vs Texas Tech)
Texas came out Week One and beat my 25th ranked team going into the season, Louisiana.
They looked great against them, but then proceeded to get dominated and the line of scrimmage against what we know is a good Arkansas team (was then un-ranked).
How did they respond? With a QB change to Casey Thompson.
With him at the helm, Texas shut out Rice 58-0 and hung SEVENTY points in his first start of the season against conference foe, Texas Tech.
Thompson had 332 total yards & SIX touchdowns.
Best RB in the nation, Bijan Robinson had 191 total yards and a score in this one as well.
Thompson should’ve been the starter from the Jump. If he plays against Arkansas, we very well could’ve had a different result.
23. Maryland: (37-16 win vs Kent State)
What’s the difference between Maryland and Michigan? If you look at it, both teams are undefeated with zero top 25 wins in my polls rankings. (If you want to argue Michigan’s Washington win was ranked to start the season by the AP poll go ahead, just know you’re using a source that ranked a team that lost to MONTANA.)
Maryland, unlike Michigan, has a win over a school with a top 25 win.
Taulia Tagovailoa has been outstanding this season. He’s completing 75.5% of his passes for 1,340 yards (7th) ten touchdowns (10th) & just a single interception.
In their game last week against Kent State, Tagovailoa had 384 yards passing, three touchdowns, and his first interception.
His main target, Dontay Demus Jr had four receptions for 108 yards & a score.
He’s had over 100 yards and a touchdown in each game this year besides the Illinois game (8-77).
The team’s lead running back, Tayon Fleet-Davis had 60 rushing yards & two scores on seven carries.
He’s had over 60 yards in every game this year, including a score in three straight games.
For this team to have success in conference play, they’ll need more of his 18 carry, 123-yard rushing line he had in their win against West Virginia. (8,11 & 7 carries in the team’s last three games)
24. Michigan: (20-13 win vs Rutgers)
Eerily similar to Michigan State, Michigan is a run dominant team that found out what happens when their ground game gets slowed down.
The Wolverines were held to just 2.7 yards per carry & standout back Blake Corum was held to just 68 yards and zero touchdowns.
The team had a 20-3 halftime lead but failed to get anything going in their first handful of possessions and it almost cost them.
If Michigan wants to do deep into conference play undefeated, coach Harbaugh is going to have to play a lot less conservative moving forward.
25. West Virginia: (13-16 loss vs Oklahoma)
WVU beat my 21st ranked Virginia Tech team & had a lead against Oklahoma to the final seconds of the game.
This defensive front is one of the best in the whole country and proved it in this one, holding OU to just 91 yards at halftime.
However, on the offensive side of the ball, this team struggled, as they tried to win this one with a two-quarterback approach.
You know what they say, if you have two QB’s you have none. Moving forward in conference play this team is going to have to decide on a Quarterback to play full time.
In my opinion, Freshman Garrett Greene gives this team a whole new dynamic they need to win football games.