By: Zack Lambert
1 – Alabama
Bama had the week off, allowing Joe Burrow to catch up to Tua in the Heisman race. The Crimson Tide travel to College Station this weekend.
2 – LSU
LSU played Utah State and beat them 42-6. Coming into this game Utah State quarterback Jordan Love was touted as the 2nd best quarterback in this draft class but was completely shut down by the Tigers defense. The defense had 3 picks in the blowout. LSU plays Florida in a huge matchup this week.
3 – Clemson
Clemson didn’t play this past weekend after slipping by North Carolina. They host Florida State this weekend.
4 – Georgia
Jake Fromm finally exploded in the Georgia win over Tennessee. The Bulldogs were firing on all cylinders in the 43-14 affair, allowing only 343 total yards while accumulating over 500 themselves. This was the layered Georgia offense we’ve been waiting to see. South Carolina is next on the schedule.
5 – Ohio State
The Buckeyes continued their campaign of dismantlement with Michigan State being the latest victim. The 34-10 mauling featured J.K. Dobbins and the running game dominating theSpartan defense. The Buckeyes ended with 323 rushing yards and 2 scores on the ground. Ohio State takes their bye this week.
6 – Oklahoma
Oklahoma beat the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday 45-20. Jalen Hurts completed two thirds of his passes for over 220 yards and 2 touchdowns. The run game also did their fair share with 268 yards and 4 touchdowns. Jalen Hurts might not win the Heisman this year but he’s certainly running a championship offense. Oklahoma plays rivals Texas this coming weekend.
7 – Florida
The Gators were extremely impressive in their victory over Auburn on Saturday. Florida won 24-13 regardless of their 4 fumbles. Kyle Trask fought through injury to lead the Gators to their most impressive victory of the year in a statement that they’re ready for the Playoff. Trask and Lamical Perine led the offense while the defense picked off 3 passed and recovered a fumble. The Gators have an even bigger challenge this week with LSU.
8 – Wisconsin
Wisconsin crushed Kent State 48-0 in a dominant display of offense in the form of Jonathan Taylor. Taylor ended the game with 215 yards and 5 total touchdowns. Kent State was held to only 124 yards of offense and only 10 first downs. Wisco plays Michigan State this week.
9 – Notre Dame
Notre Dame handled Bowling Green 52-0 in their first easy game in a while. The Irish racked up over 500 yards of offense with Ian Book throwing for 5 touchdowns. The pass defense was outstanding, allowing only 110 yards and picking off a pass. Notre Dame is looking really strong going into their matchup with USC.
10 – Penn State
Penn State hammered Purdue 35-7. It was 28-0 at one point and the Nittany Lions never looked back. Purdue was held to 104 yards of offense including -19 yards rushing. Sean Clifford looked really good passing the ball and should do really well in his next game against Iowa.
11 – Auburn
Auburn suffered a bad loss at Florida in which Bo Nix showed his true colors as a freshman quarterback, tossing 3 bad interceptions. He only connected on 40 percent of his passes for 145 yards while JaTarvious Whitlow was also shut down for the most part. Auburn now gets a much needed week off.
12 – Texas
The Longhorns took the fight to West Virginia and came away with and impressive 42-31 victory over the Mountaineers. Texas did its best to grind out the clock with the run game which produced 224 yards and 4 touchdowns. Being down for so long, West Virginia racked up a lot of passing yards but also threw 4 interceptions. The playmakers in the secondary sealed this one for Texas. Texas have their toughest game since LSU when playing Oklahoma in Dallas this weekend.
13 – Oregon
Oregon beat Cal in a really slow game that ended 17-7. Oregon did a great job at bouncing back from their own turnovers to stagnate the Cal offense, which ran for only 66 yards. Apart from the Auburn game Oregon has done a great job at stopping the rush. It’s a good asset to possess in college football. Justin Herbert passed well and the run game was efficient in the victory. Oregon have a tough Colorado team this weekend.
14 – Boise State
Boise just keeps churning out victories. They don’t have to beat impressive teams, they just have to win, which is what they did in Las Vegas against UNLV. Hank Bachmeier continues his impressive freshman season with 299 yards and 2 scores, leading the Broncos to victory number 5. UNLV was stifled in all forms of offense due to the swarming Boise defense. This team is legit. They face Hawai’i this coming weekend.
15 – Utah
The Utes had a bye this weekend after beating Washington State the week before. Utah takes on Oregon State this weekend.
16 – Michigan
The Wolverines came off the Rutgers win and produced what might have been the worst football game I ever watched. Iowa and Michigan combined for 532 total yards of offense with Michigan contributing 271 to the total. Shea Patterson was sloppy and the run game only moved when lucky. The defense ended up bailing the team out with 4 turnovers, 3 of which were interceptions. It’s good to have playmakers in the secondary. Michigan travels to Illinois to take on the Illini this weekend.
17 – California
Losing Chase Garbers is turning out to be a really big problem for the Bears. The offense just doesn’t click the same way with Modster at the helm and it showed in the loss to Oregon. Luckily for the Bears, the defense is still incredible and can hold great offenses to low production. If Modster can figure out how to run this system then Cal can bounce back into the fray for the PAC-12. If not, it’ll be a disappointing season after a great start. Cal has a bye this week.
18 – Virginia
Bronco Mendenhall’s squad had the weekend off from playing. They return to action against Miami on Friday.
19 – Iowa
The Hawkeyes had their worst performance of the year against Michigan, putting up only 3 points in the loss. Nate Stanley threw 3 interceptions and had a tough time finding a rhythm against a motivated defensive unit. The run game managed only 1 total yard on 30 tries in what became a frustratingly difficult game to watch. The defense did well to limit Shea Patterson but just couldn’t force the turnovers to keep up. Iowa matches up with a hot Penn State this weekend.
20 – Washington
Washington dropped their 2nd game of the year this weekend at Stanford. The PAC-12 is becoming increasingly convoluted as no one team can seem to separate themselves. Jacob Eason was really poor, completing 44% of his passes. The run game was also inefficient as Washington gained just 88 yards on the ground. Stanford moved the ball with ease on what was an unmotivated and unorganized Huskie defense. Washington will try to bounce back at Arizona next week.
21 – Texas A&M
The Aggies moved up just due to the ess ahead of them falling apart as they did not play this weekend. Alabama is coming to town this weekend.
22 – UCF
The Golden Knights suffered their 2nd loss of the season to the Cincinnati Bearcats on Friday night. Dillon Gabriel struggled to pass consistently in the 27-24 heartbreaker. 4 turnovers killed the UCF offense as they easily outgained the Bearcats but were unable to maintain control. Gabriel may not be the answer for this talented offense. The team gets a needed rest this weekend.
23 – Wake Forest
Wake Forest makes their debut in the rankings this week as they have a surprising record and really good football team. Jamie Newman continued his great campaign, passing for 243 yards and 2 touchdowns, including a clutch scoring drive in the 4th. Forest pounded out 197 yards and a touchdown on the ground. The Demon Deacons didn’t get great pressure but still turned the Boston College offense over 3 times, effectively winning the game. Wake Forest looks to continue their streak against Louisville.
24 – Missouri
The Tigers also make their debut after a shaky Week 1 loss to Wyoming. Since that game the Tigers are 4-0, including their latest victory over Troy. Kelly Bryant finally broke out of his shell with nearly 300 yards and 3 touchdown passes. This Missouri defense turned Troy over 3 times with Kobie Whiteside adding 2 to his sack total. Missouri takes on Ole Miss this weekend.
25 – Michigan State
Michigan State did all they could to hold on to Ohio State, but that’s a feat that very few can achieve. The 34-10 loss wasn’t surprising to anyone but did expose the Michigan State run defense. They allowed 323 yards and 2 scores on the ground while their own unit managed only 69. They won’t play a runner like J.K. Dobbins again this season, but Michigan State really need to tighten up that front 7. Oh yeah, They do play a runner that’s better than Dobbins this weekend. Michigan State travels to Wisconsin to take on Jonathan Taylor and the Badgers on Saturday.