1. Georgia: (34-10 win vs Auburn)
After Week One, I had my second pre-season ranked Georgia Bulldogs team (Had OU ranked first in my pre-season poll) ranked first overall and caught some grief for it.
However, Georgia has looked like the most dominant team this season, with the most dominant defense I’ve ever seen in college football.
In their last three conference games, they’ve outscored their opponents 133-10.
They held Tank Bigsby to 28 yards rushing and didn’t allow a single Bo Nix touchdown.
Backup quarterback Stetson Bennett had 272 total yards and two scores for the Bulldogs.
Their three-headed backfield of Zamir White (79), James Cook (35) & Kendall Milton (43) combined for 157 total yards in this one.
Georgia’s rushing attack averages 197 rush yards per game.
The scary part? This team isn’t anywhere close to healthy. JT Daniels, George Pickens, and others coming back will make this team much more deadly.
2. Oklahoma: (55-48 win vs Texas)
It was quite possibly the worst start in Red River Shootout history for Oklahoma.
Texas had a touchdown on the first play of the game, Oklahoma had a three & out, and then proceeded to have their punt blocked to make the score 14-0 within the first couple of minutes of the game.
Caleb Williams made his first appearance with a long touchdown scamper on a fourth and one situation.
Spencer Rattler then got pulled due to a fumble (his second turnover), and Williams never looked back.
Who’s Caleb Williams, you ask? He was the first ranked quarterback in his class.
Here’s a Williams Red River highlight montage:
After being 21 points down, a Kennedy Brooks touchdown with just seconds remaining gave Oklahoma the remarkable win.
Caleb Williams finished with 300 total yards and three touchdowns, completing 16 of 25 pass attempts.
Kennedy Brooks finished the game with 217 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries.
Bijan, “the best RB in college football,” Robinson had just five fewer carries than Brooks but finished with EIGHTY fewer yards and one less touchdown.
With what appears to be the answer at Quarterback and this offense coming together, Oklahoma is back in the driver’s seat to make the college football playoff.
3. Iowa: (23-20 win vs Penn State)
I have called Iowa the 2nd best defense in the country, and they relied on their defense in their matchup against Penn State, as their four turnovers forced to their just one was the difference in the game.
Spencer Petras threw for 195 yards and two touchdowns, along with an interception.
Running back, Tyler Goodson ran for an inefficient 88 yards in this one.
With this win against Penn State, if Iowa can continue to play elite defense and string together wins, they’ll represent the Big-10 in the college football playoffs.
4. Cincinnati: (52-3 win vs Temple)
After a high emotional win over Notre Dame, the Bearcats picked up right where they left off against Temple.
Desmond Ridder completed 22 of 30 pass attempts for 259 yards and three touchdowns with zero interceptions.
Jerome Ford rushed 15 times for 149 yards and two touchdowns.
Wideout Alec Pierce had six receptions for 144 yards against Notre Dame & continued his excellent play with a six reception, 93 yards, one-touchdown performance.
Let’s not forget that this Bearcats team lost to Georgia by just three points in last year’s Peach Bowl. They’re the real deal.
5. Alabama: (38-41 loss vs Texas A&M)
Florida dominated Alabama at the line of scrimmage and ran for 245 total yards in their close loss.
Then, A&M’s offensive line controlled Alabama’s defensive front at the point of attack. It’s evident that’s Alabama’s weakness.
Zero total sacks from the Crimson Tide allowed backup quarterback Zach Calzada to stand calm and throw for 285 yards & three touchdowns.
He completed 21 of 31 pass attempts and threw just one interception.
Besides losing along the line of scrimmage (four sacks and five tackles for loss given up), Alabama also lost the turnover battle.
One turnover was in the hands of first-year starter Bryce Young. He totaled 369 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception.
He’s had an interception in three straight games.
The other turnover was due to a Brian Robinson Jr. fumble. He had 147 yards on 24 carries.
There are three phases of football: Offense, defense, and special teams.
Alabama got beat in all three in this one.
Alabama is still very talented, but they have to figure out their woes in the trenches to return to the college football playoff.
6. Oregon: (Didn’t play)
“But Trenton, the last time we saw Oregon, they lost to an unranked team!!!”
Do you mean just like Alabama last week? This team is still plenty talented, with a critical victory against a good Ohio State team.
Oregon should still be the front runner in the PAC-12. Look for them to rebound next week against California.
7. Ohio State: (66-17 win vs Maryland)
Ever since losing to Oregon, Ohio State has outscored their opponents 218-57 in their last four games.
Needless to say, they’re on a roll.
CJ Stroud threw for 406 yards and five touchdowns.
Two touchdowns apiece went to Chris Olave (7-120) & Garrett Wilson (5-84).
Stroud’s other touchdown went to Treveyon Henderson.
Henderson, the best true Freshman in the nation, totaled 169 yards and three touchdowns in this one.
Ohio State can still make the playoffs if they win the Big-10 title game.
8. Penn State: (20-23 loss vs Iowa)
“Penn State would’ve won if Clifford didn’t get hurt!”
I can’t entirely agree. Clifford, who’s been notorious for fading back in big games, had already thrown two interceptions in the game before coming out due to injury.
In football, there’s a saying that whoever wins the turnover battle will win the game, and Iowa was doing so even with Clifford in.
The score was 17-10 when Clifford went down & there was a lot of football to be played.
However, on a positive note, Penn State’s defense had controlled the whole game before giving up a deep play-action bomb late.
If Clifford is healthy moving forward, the Nittany Lions will still be contenders in the Big-10.
9. Notre Dame: (32-29 win vs Virginia Tech)
I’ve said before that Notre Dame has a quarterback problem. Jack Coan’s play early in the first got him benched, but due to two 2nd half interceptions from Tyler Buchner that turned into Hokie touchdowns, he was the hero late.
Coan was the hero, but I think Buchner did enough things to give himself a longer look than the other QB’s from here on.
He completed six of 14 passes for 113 yards, one touchdown & two interceptions through the air.
However, he also chipped in 67 yards and a score on the ground. He just gives this team a different dynamic with his legs.
The Fighting Irish will have a week off to figure out who their guy is.
In my opinion, you know where you’re at with Coan & the upside is greater with Buchner.
10. Kentucky: (42-21 win vs LSU)
Is Kentucky a football school? The Wildcats continued their undefeated streak at the hands of the LSU Tigers.
A majority of this team’s production came from the ground, as they had 330 yards rushing.
Chris Rodriguez Jr. rushed for 147 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries.
Kavosiey Smoke had 104 yards on 12 attempts.
Quarterback Will Levis had 75 yards on the ground and two scores.
Also, he chipped in 145 yards and three scores with his arm as well.
With how crazy this season has been to start, expect fireworks next week when Kentucky faces off against Georgia.
11. Oklahoma State: (Didn’t play)
OSU didn’t play this week but will look to use their good defense next week against a Texas team that seemed to be dominating Oklahoma before their second-half debacle.
This team has yet to allow 100 rushing yards from a single back all season and will need to continue their stout run D against Bijan Robinson to win.
12. Michigan State: (31-13 win vs Rutgers)
Much has been said about Kenneth Walker III (232 yards & 1 TD on 29 carries), but this weekend’s standout was breakout receiver Jalen Nailor.
Nailor produced 221 yards and three touchdowns on five receptions (8-128 in last week’s game).
The Spartans can be very dangerous if they have a legit threat on the outside to keep the defense honest instead of crowd the box on Walker.
13. Coastal Carolina: (52-20 win vs Arkansas State)
I moved Oklahoma State and Michigan State above Coastal Carolina.
Why do you ask? The differences in their quality of wins are immense.
However, the Chants continued their dominant winning streak this time against Butch Jones and the Arkansas State Red-Wolves.
Grayson McCall completed 18 of 23 pass attempts for 365 yards and four touchdowns.
Additionally, running-back Sharmari Jones rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown & tight end Isaiah Likely totaled 232 yards and four touchdowns on eight receptions.
14. Ole Miss: (52-51 win vs Arkansas)
If you like defense, this game was not for you.
Both teams combined for 1,287 total yards, 611 of those by the Rebels.
Matt Corral accounted for 381 total yards (94 rushing) and four total touchdowns.
Henry Parrish Jr had 114 total yards (111 rushing), and Snoop Conner had 111 total yards (110 rushing) and three touchdowns on 12 carries.
Braylon Sanders had 127 yards and a touchdown on two receptions, while Dontario Drummond had 78 yards and a touchdown on a couple of receptions.
The Razorbacks had an opportunity to send the game into overtime but elected to go for two (and the win) and failed to convert.
15. SMU: (31-24 win vs Navy)
The SMU Mustangs are still undefeated, but Navy played them closer than they would’ve liked.
Two turnovers, one from quarterback Tanner Mordecai allowed the Midshipman to run the ball FIFTY-THREE times and win the time of possession battle, keeping the explosive Mustang offense off the field.
Mordecai is leading the country in touchdowns but has an interception in all but one game this season, including five in his last three games.
He will need to take care of the ball better if his team wants to remain unbeaten & beat Cincinnati for the AAC conference title.
16. Michigan: (32-29 win vs Nebraska)
I have Michigan low because although they are undefeated, they have yet to beat a top 25 team.
Nebraska is much better than what people think & will turn the corner sooner rather than later, but they’re still not a top 25 team.
Quarterback Cade McNamara struggled, as he threw for just 255 yards, one interception, and no touchdowns.
Lead back Blake Corum had just 89 yards and a score.
However, the team was carried by Senior Hassan Haskins, who had 123 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Turnovers were the name of the game in this one and for each team the whole year.
McNamara’s interception was just the second of the season for the Wolverines & Martinez’s fumble (2nd turnover of the game) late cost his team the game.
Turnovers have cost this Nebraska team many games this season. If they can play cleaner football, this team will turn the corner.
17. BYU: (17-26 loss vs Boise State)
Starting QB Jaren Hall returned for the undefeated Cougars & wideout Garrett Romney still was the team-leading wideout without his brother feeding him the ball.
Romney had four receptions for 102 yards.
However, four turnovers (Boise State had zero) cost BYU the game.
There’s good news, however. Returning starter Jaren Hall threw for a career-high in yards in this one.
With Hall back and hopefully more than 73 yards from standout RB Tyler Allgeier, this team should be able to get back on track.
18. Wake Forest: (40-37 win vs Syracuse)
Survive and advance, right? It took an extra period to beat a not so very good Syracuse team, but Wake Forest is still undefeated & the ACC’s only hope is at making the college football playoff.
Football is a team sport, but this win can be claimed as solely wideout A.T. Perry’s. He had three receptions for 137 yards and three touchdowns in this one, including the game-winner.
This is the Demon Deacon’s first 6-0 start since 1944.
19. Florida: (42-0 win vs Vanderbilt)
After their loss to Kentucky, many people (including me) called for Anthony Richardson to step in.
On Saturday, Emory Jones proved it was his team, totaling 313 yards, four touchdowns, and an interception.
Anthony Richardson completed four of six passes for just 25 yards and an interception. He also only averaged 2.2 yards on his five carries (11 yards).
There’s not much to talk about, considering it’s a game against Vandy, but it’s clear this team is Emory Jones from now on.
20. Arizona State: (28-10 vs Stanford)
After their loss to BYU, the Sun Devils have rattled off three wins in a row, with the team’s last two against my 17th ranked UCLA & Stanford, a team who had just come off of an upset win against Oregon.
Jaden Daniels (75 yards 1TD) & Rachaad White (96 yards 1TD) ran all over the Cardinals & the defense forced quarterback Tanner Mckee to throw three interceptions in the win.
21. Arkansas: (51-52 loss vs Ole Miss)
Arkansas had more total yards, destroyed the Rebels in time of possession, but losing the turnover battle and a questionable two-point conversion call to end the game led to a defeat.
KJ Jefferson had 411 total yards & SIX touchdowns (85 yards and three scores on the ground).
The bulk of the passing yardage went to lead wideout Treylon Burks (7-136-1). He also threw touchdowns to Warren Thompson (4-76-1) & Trey Knox (5-37-1).
Raheim Sanders paced the team in rushing yards (139), and Trelon Smith had 85 rush yards, and the teams only scored on the ground outside of Jefferson.
I commend the aggressive play call from Pittman, as he’s trying to create a winning culture in Arkansas.
The play didn’t work out, but you can visually see the impact he’s making on this program.
22. Texas A&M: (41-38 win vs Alabama)
A&M had been continuously a top ten team for most of the season, but back-to-back losses to start SEC play bumped them out of my top 25.
However, with a win against the second-ranked team (at the time, according to my rankings) in the country, they deserve to climb back in the top 25.
The Aggies just flat out beat them physically at the line of scrimmage, creating a lot of pressure on Bryce Young & negating Alabama’s impact at the point of attack.
Zach Calzada threw for 285 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception in what was an awe-inspiring performance.
Isaiah Spiller totaled 89 total yards and a score on the ground, while Jalen Wydermyer (3-73-1) & Ainias Smith (6-85-2) led the way on the receiving end of things.
A Seth Small field goal won the game for Texas A&M.
Here’s a video of his family’s reaction my wife wanted in the article.
23. Baylor: (45-20 win vs West Virginia)
Baylor came into last week’s game against Oklahoma State with the sixth-best rushing attack in the nation.
They got humbled on the ground overall, having people question how the team would respond against a stout West Virginia defensive front, considering the team had a high volume rushing attack.
How did they respond? With a monster game via the air, of course!
North East Arkansas’s very own Gerry Bohannon totaled 342 yards and FIVE total touchdowns.
Baylor has a chance to springboard up my rankings with a good performance against BYU on Saturday in what should be a fun game.
24. NC State: (Didn’t play)
NC State didn’t play last week but will stay in my top 25 “Cream of the Crop” rankings.
They’ve landed in my top 25 due to their two overtime upset win against Clemson, although admittedly, it is not looking like a significant win at this moment.
25. Texas: (48-55 loss vs Oklahoma)
Texas now has two losses, but they still deserve to stay in my top 25.
They jumped out to a considerable lead against my now second-ranked team in the nation but had no idea how to handle Caleb Williams in the second half, as he scored on eight of his ten drives.
They will be in good hands in the future with Casey Thompson (388 pass yards, five touchdowns), Bijan Robinson (137 yards, one TD) & explosive Freshman wideout Xavier Worthy (nine receptions 261 yards & two TD’s).