1. Georgia: (30-13 win vs Kentucky)
Georgia’s win against my tenth-ranked Kentucky Wildcats team gives the team the most wins in the nation against ranked opponents.
The Georgia defense proved once again that they were the best in the country, as they allowed under 200 yards passing and just 51 rushing yards (1.9 yards per carry).
Quarterback Stetson Bennett continued his strong play with 272 total yards and three touchdowns.
Two of his touchdowns came to Freshman Brock Powers (5-101-2), as he is playing arguably like the best tight end in the country.
2. Oklahoma: (52-31 win vs TCU)
Oklahoma has their new starting quarterback, and their fans went crazy about it.
Williams had 361 total yards and FIVE touchdowns in his starting debut.
The defense, who had an excellent start to the season, has had a rough stretch as of late. Multiple injures, including key members of the secondary being out, have really impacted this unit.
If OU can regain health on defense, led by Caleb Williams, this team is a national championship contender.
3. Cincinnati: (56-21 win vs UCF)
The Bearcats continue to roll, this time on the back of stud running back Jerome Ford.
Ford tallied 189 yards on 20 carries to tally four touchdowns in this one.
Cincinnati should make the college football playoff this year if they go undefeated thanks to the leadership of Ridder & Ford on offense.
4. Alabama: (49-9 win Mississippi State)
The Crimson tide handled Mississippi State quite easily, a team who beat Texas A&M (As you all know, A&M beat Alabama).
The 40 point blowout was due in large part to the talented quarterback, Bryce Young.
Young tallied 348 passing yards and four touchdowns.
Talented RB Jase McClellan is out due to injury, so Sophomore Roydell Williams got more burn in this one, pacing the team in rushing yards (78).
Mississippi State isn’t quite precisely a ground and pound, physical team that Alabama has struggled against playing in the air raid system, but it was nice to see Alabama respond well to their loss.
5. Oregon: (24-17 win vs California)
You might see the final score and think Oregon is overrated in my rankings, but I know a team that has learned from their past mistakes against Stanford.
Quarterback Anthony Brown had 288 total yards and two touchdowns, while running-back Travis Dye totaled a combined 218 yards and a score on the ground.
Potential first overall pick Kayvon Thibodeaux also tallied a sack in this one.
I respect teams wins more than their losses, so Oregon will still stand above Ohio State in my rankings.
6. Ohio State: (Didn’t play)
7. Iowa: (7-24 loss vs Purdue)
The defense only allowed 24 points, but that wasn’t enough for the inconsistent Hawkeye offense, as the team could only manage a single touchdown.
This one falls on the poor play of QB Spencer Petras, as he threw FOUR interceptions.
The Hawkeyes can still win the Big-10 thanks to their defense, but they HAVE to have a better play out of Petras & Goodson.
8. Penn State: (Didn’t play)
9. Notre Dame: (Didn’t play)
10. Oklahoma State: (32-24 win vs Texas)
Bijan Robinson was the talk at the running back position going into the game, but we left the game talking about Oklahoma State lead back, Jaylen Warren.
Warren had 193 yards rushing in this one, compared to Robinson’s 135 (his lowest rushing total in conference play).
Warren’s legs & a stout defense (two interceptions) have been the key to this Oklahoma State winning streak, and they’ll likely lean on that the rest of the season.
11. Michigan State: (20-15 win vs Indiana)
This one was closer than anticipated for the Spartans.
The win was due in large part by senior tight end Tyler Hunt.
A Tyler Hunt to Payton Thorne pass, followed by a Thorne to Hunt touchdown pass later in the series, was a huge reason why Michigan State came up with the win.
Kenneth Walker was held under 100 yards rushing in this one with 84, as this team will struggle as he struggles. We saw it in the Nebraska game (61 rush yards).
This team has to make sure he runs strong, or they’re going to drop a game late.
12. Kentucky: (13-30 loss vs Georgia)
The Wildcats had just 7 points late into the 4th quarter until a garbage-time touchdown changed that.
Like I’ve done with many teams this year, I can’t drop them too far in the poll, considering they played the best team in the nation.
Plus, this Wildcats team is the first team all season to score two touchdowns on Georgia’s defense, no matter how late or what lengths they went to score the second one.
13. Costal Carolina: (Didn’t play)
14. Ole Miss: (31-26 win vs Tennessee)
Heisman hopeful Matt Corral totaled 426 yards in the Manning Bowl, thanks to his 195 yards rushing on THIRTY carries.
He had 231 yards passing, two touchdowns, and an interception.
However, after the team’s first three games of good defense, this team has struggled on that side of the ball in their last three contests.
This team will lose more games this season, potentially costing Corral a Heisman if they don’t adjust on defense.
15. SMU: (Didn’t play)
16. Michigan: (Didn’t play)
17. Wake Forest: (Didn’t play)
18. Texas A&M: (35-14 win vs Missouri)
After their upset win against Alabama, Texas A&M couldn’t afford a letdown against Missouri this week.
Due to this, the Aggies ran all over the Tigers.
Isaiah Spiller had 168 yards and a touchdown, while Devon Achane had 124 yards and two scores on the ground.
Another thing on brand for A&M was lead wideout Ainias Smith’s two touchdown receptions & 34 yards on three receptions.
Having just come off of a two-touchdown performance against Alabama, it’s obvious he’s their lead wideout.
Expect Spiller, Achane & Smith to be critical for A&M’s success moving forward.
19. Baylor: (38-24 win vs BYU)
Quarterback Gerry Bohannon threw his first interception & didn’t have a rushing score for the first time this season.
However, the Baylor Bears still rallied to beat BYU thanks to a potent rushing attack and a swarming defense.
Baylor had 303 yards rushing and four scores on the day, led by senior Abram Smith & his 188 yards and three scores.
Additionally, the team’s defense had five sacks in this one, making life difficult on the offensive line.
They also allowed just 33 rushing yards from one of the better backs in the country.
Like Oklahoma State, this team relies on a steady defense and practically mistake-free offense to win the team games.
They’ll be a tough team to play down the road, considering they’ll be tough to pull away from.
20. BYU: (24-38 loss vs Baylor)
Back-to-back games with their starting quarterback returning and back-to-back losses for the Cougars.
Jaren Hall had another career day throwing the ball, as he had 342 passing yards and a score with no interceptions.
However, this offensive line has struggled, as they’ve allowed Hall to get sacked multiple times & have allowed very few rushing lanes for Allgeier to run through.
This team has two top 25 wins, but if this O-Line can’t rebound, they will fall out of my top 25.
21. NC State: (33-7 win vs Boston College)
It’s been the first Saturday of October since we’ve last seen them, but the Wolfpack kept their win streak going this weekend since they upset Clemson earlier this season.
Sophomore quarterback Devin Leary hasn’t thrown an interception since their second game of the season.
Due to this, the team has had much success, as he totaled 251 yards and three touchdowns in this one.
In the Clemson game, he had 238 yards and four scores.
Look for NC State to continue to rattle off wins as long as Leary plays well.
22. San Diego State: (19-13 win vs San Jose State)
Welcome to the “Cream of the Crop,” San Diego State! I’ve been reluctant to rank them for many weeks, but six straight weeks of nothing but W’s, I had no excuse not to rank them.
How did they get here, you ask? On the back of lead back, Greg Bell.
The Aztecs barely throw the football, as the team has totaled rushing attempt numbers of 42, 55, 47, 43 this year before last week’s game.
Against San Jose State, the Aztecs struggled on the ground, as they gained just 70 yards on 36 attempts (1.9 yards per carry).
Once in overtime, two touchdown passes from backup QB Lucas Johnson (his only two completions) in each OT period helped seal the deal for the team.
Starting QB Jordon Brookshire is more of a rushing threat, as Johnson has more TD passes in limited action this season.
Will San Diego State make a move to Johnson moving forward, or will they continue to roll with Brookshire?
23. Auburn: (38-23 win vs Arkansas)
Auburn has taken care of business besides two losses to the top ten teams in Penn State & Georgia.
This week’s win came against a ranked Razorbacks squad.
Three plays were huge for Auburn.
A strip-sack-score on KJ Jefferson, a fourth-down stop on Jefferson on the next drive & one play later, a deep connection between Bo Nix & Demetrius Robinson separated the Tigers from the Razorbacks.
In the Pre Season, I predicted the Tigers to upset the Crimson Tide. The team is 0-2 against the top ten teams gives me little hope for that, but this team belongs to be in the top 25 right now.
24. Purdue: (24-7 win vs Iowa)
Purdue has just two losses on the season, the exact same amount as my 18th ranked Texas A&M squad, and just like the Aggies, has a win over a top-five ranked team as well.
Their win against Iowa was due in large part by David Bell.
Bell, a first-round hopeful at the wideout position in this year’s draft, tallied 11 receptions for 240 yards and a touchdown.
His Quarterback, Aidan O’Connell, has had a bit of an up and down season (including a zero TD, two-interception performance against Notre Dame), but he completed 30 of 40 pass attempts for 375 yards and two scores on the day.
The Boilermakers have yet to win back-to-back games, so they’ll need O’Connell to be more consistent moving forward.
Hopefully, a win against a top-five ranked team is a vote of confidence he and this team needs.
25. Pittsburgh: (28-7 win vs Virginia Tech)
They have a loss to Western Michigan & haven’t played Clemson, Miami, or North Carolina, but this Pitt squad could be a threat in the ACC led by one of the best QBs in the nation.
Quarterback Kenny Pickett is 11th in the nation in passing yards; his 21 touchdowns are good for fourth in the country & he has only thrown one interception this season. His QBR of 88.4 is 3rd in the nation.
Pickett, who’s completed 69.8% of his passes this season, totaled 241 total yards and three total touchdowns in the Pitt Panthers’ most recent win against Virginia Tech.
Their stretch of games coming up against Clemson, Miami & Clemson will tell a lot about the team.