Alabama now has blown out the second-best and third-best groups in the Southeastern Conference, beating Georgia by 17 and Texas A&M by 28. Clemson has laid waste to 4 Atlantic Coast Conference opponents by a median margin of 34.Three factors.
That’s your landslide 1–2, in no matter order you like. After that, it will get attention-grabbing.
Georgia earns the third spot in the SI Top 10 as a lot out of default as anything. The Bulldogs have been good earlier than going to Tuscaloosa, and have been good for a half as soon as they received there. In the present barren panorama—the place we’re not rating anybody who hasn’t but performed—that’s sufficient.
North Carolina coughed up a giant hairball against Florida State and Notre Dame was unimpressive enough towards Louisville that it appears honest to begin a nationwide seek for the fourth-best group. Why not BYU? The Cougars handed their largest check of the season so far Friday night time, roaring back to beat Houston.
The latter half of the Top 10 is equally indistinguishable. A few one-loss SEC groups, a few undefeated Group of Five groups. And, wow, look what the cat dragged in: the solely unbeaten Big 12 group, Oklahoma State, which hasn’t performed since Oct. 3.
Long story brief, the Big Ten’s arrival this week is completely timed. There are loads of excessive rankings accessible.
1. Clemson (5–0)
Last recreation: Beat Georgia Tech, 73–7
Next recreation: Syracuse Saturday
The Tigers’ offense dropped 52 factors on Georgia Tech in the first half, the most in a half at school historical past towards an ACC opponent—and that’s regardless of committing two turnovers. Trevor Lawrence had five touchdown passes before intermission, although he did throw his first interception since Oct. 19, 2019. Most ridiculous stat from this ridiculous Clemson offensive onslaught: 17 Tigers caught passes, together with each of Dabo Swinney’s sons. We are as soon as once more left questioning whether or not anybody in the ACC may even mildly stress Clemson. (Notre Dame or bust on Nov. 7?)
2. Alabama (4–0)
Last recreation: Beat Georgia, 41–24
Next recreation: At Tennessee Saturday
Trailing the Bulldogs at halftime, the Crimson Tide opened a can of beatdown in the third and fourth quarters. Huge performs by their peerless vast receivers on some good deep balls from Mac Jones; the normal all-around effectivity from Najee Harris; and some massive stops from a protection that had been taking a beating on the area and in the press. Maybe it will have been nearer if Nick Saban had to stay home, however ‘Bama still looked like the better team once it tightened up defensively and got after Stetson Bennett IV. A Joe Burrow supernova aside, the SEC continues to run through Tuscaloosa.
3. Georgia (3–1)
Last game: Lost to Alabama, 41–24
Next game: At Kentucky Oct. 31
The Bulldogs’ touted protection was shredded by Alabama’s passing recreation, giving up 417 yards and 4 touchdowns by means of the air. That’s the most passing yards Georgia has allowed since 2000, when Hal Mumme was the coach at Kentucky and Jared Lorenzen was throwing it each down. The different obvious challenge for Georgia: Stetson Bennett IV isn’t adequate to win a shootout. The former walk-on has been successful story to this point, however he was uncovered by Alabama—finishing simply 18 of 40 passes for 269 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. It may be time for Kirby Smart to show to USC switch JT Daniels.
4. BYU (5–0)
Last recreation: Beat Houston Friday, 43–26
Next recreation: Texas State Saturday
BYU had it straightforward by means of its first 4 video games, and then Houston made the Cougars work for this one. Trailing 26–14 late in the third quarter, BYU exploded for 29 unanswered factors to win going away. It was yet one more showcase efficiency for quarterback Zach Wilson (25 for 35 for 400 yards and 4 touchdowns, plus 40 yards dashing), and a protection that had hassle stopping Houston a lot of the night time rose as much as make some massive performs in the closing quarter. The Cougars will probably be closely favored of their subsequent two video games (Texas State and Western Kentucky) earlier than dealing with Boise State Nov. 6. If the Cougars run the desk, they’ll possible be the most argued-over group from a College Football Playoff perspective.
5. Notre Dame (4–0)
Last recreation: Beat Louisville, 12–7
Next recreation: At Pittsburgh Saturday
The Fighting Irish struggled unexpectedly towards the 1–4 Cardinals. Louisville got here into the recreation surrendering 34.Three factors per recreation, however didn’t hand over a landing till late in the third quarter. Notre Dame failed to complete drives in the Red Zone, and its passing recreation produced simply 106 yards. There have been zero performs of 20 yards or longer by means of the air. This is the second straight recreation the Irish have trailed in the second half, nevertheless briefly. After 4 straight at residence, it’s now time for Notre Dame to go on the highway.
6. Texas A&M (3–1)
Last recreation: Beat Mississippi State, 28–14
Next recreation: Arkansas Oct. 31
The Aggies have nonetheless been outscored on the season, due to a lopsided loss to Alabama. But this was a second straight spectacular efficiency—offensively explosive towards Florida final week, and defensively powerful towards the Bulldogs this week. Per week after dropping receiver Caleb Chapman for the season, A&M confirmed some playmaking depth at that place with a 51-yard landing reception by freshman Chase Lane. But the offensive anchor continues to be working again Isaiah Spiller, who turned in his third 100-yard dashing recreation of the season towards the Bulldogs.
7. Florida (2–1)
Last recreation: Lost to Texas A&M on Oct. 10
Next recreation: Missouri Oct. 31
The solely place the place the Gators didn’t undergo any embarrassment this week was on the area, since their recreation was postponed attributable to a COVID-19 outbreak. That adopted coach Dan Mullen’s absurd stance that he wished to “Pack The Swamp” with 90,000 followers after the loss final Saturday to Texas A&M. The week ended with Mullen publicly acknowledging that he, too, has the virus. Florida is such a large number from a numbers standpoint that its scheduled recreation for subsequent week already has been pushed again to Halloween.
8. Cincinnati (3–0)
Last recreation: Beat USC 28–7 on Oct. 3
Next recreation: at SMU Saturday
The Bearcats’ personal COVID-19 outbreak pressured postponement of their recreation towards Tulsa, which implies they are going to be 21 days between video games after they go to undefeated SMU Saturday (assuming that recreation stays on the schedule). That’s a giant one for the American Athletic Conference. Cincinnati’s offense has been pedestrian to this point this season, with quarterback Desmond Ridder not as dynamic as he’d been the earlier two seasons. But Luke Fickell’s group stays the greatest defensive unit in the AAC, and that also possible makes them the group to beat in the league.
9. Oklahoma State (3–0)
Last recreation: Beat Kansas 47–7 on Oct. 3
Next recreation: Iowa State Saturday
The Cowboys’ recreation towards Baylor was postponed by the Bears’ ongoing COVID-19 points, so they’re on the identical schedule as Cincinnati—three weeks between video games. The subsequent one is one that may weigh closely in the Big 12 race, with the Cyclones additionally unbeaten in convention play. Oklahoma State’s protection leads the convention in fewest factors allowed per recreation (9.0) and fewest yards allowed per play (4.05).
10. Marshall (4–0)
Last recreation: Beat Louisiana Tech, 35-17
Next recreation: Florida Atlantic Saturday
Time to indicate some like to the Thundering Herd, which has but to path in a recreation this season. Marshall has a top-10 protection nationally, and freshman quarterback Ben Wells continues to impress—he was 19 of 24 for 227 yards and two touchdowns and ran for one more rating Saturday towards Tech. The Herd determine to be closely favored in every of their remaining regular-season video games.