1) Alabama (6-0) – Nick Saban is the only coach in the nation complaining about positive media coverage. He called it “rat poison” for his undefeated team. That is the world I want to live in.
2) Clemson (6-0) – Clemson is just rolling through their schedule. They did not dominate, but a very solid two touchdown win nonetheless.
3) Penn State (6-0) – Saquon Barkley did not have his best game, but still finished with two touchdowns in a big win over Northwestern.
4) Georgia (6-0) – The Bulldogs are the clear favorite in the SEC East. They ran for 423 yards and continue to steam roll through the conference.
5) Washington (6-0) – The Huskies keep dominating bad teams. They have, by far, the easiest schedule in the top five. They travel to Arizona State next week to play another late night west coast game that nobody is going to watch on this side.
6) TCU (5-0) – Hard fought victories go a long way with the Sold Out Crowd committee. TCU had to fight every second with West Virginia and found a way to win, as all good teams do.
7) Wisconsin (5-0) – As long as they keep winning, Wisconsin will be favorited to come out of the B1G West. Again, no Ohio State or Penn State on the schedule and Michigan is obviously very beatable. If they beat who they are supposed to beat, the Badgers will be in the B1G Championship game.
8) Washington State (6-0) – Their defense continues to prove that they are competitive. No more 55-48 wins for the Cougars. They won in impressive fashion in a tough road environment. Kudos to Mike Leach.
9) Miami (4-0) – What a win to snap the seven game losing streak against Florida State. This game displayed the epitome of the rivalry. Miami has now shown enough to be cemented in the top 10 and is currently on a nine-game winning streak dating back to last year.
10) Ohio State (5-1) – The Buckeyes are still demolishing bad teams. I cannot wait to watch them play Penn State in a couple of weeks. It will be a chance for Ohio State to bounce back into the playoff picture.
11) Auburn (5-1) – Since the loss to Clemson, Auburn has proved to be the team everybody was talking about in the off-season. A trip to Baton Rouge next week will be big against an LSU team that is playing with nothing to lose.
12) Oklahoma (4-1) – I am genuinely disappointed in this team. I believed Oklahoma was going to run the table in the Big 12 and be in the Playoff. A loss to Iowa State, who was a 30.5 point underdog, after being up 24-10 is inexplicable. Awful loss for the Sooners who have to play Texas next week in the Red River Rivarly.
13) USC (5-1) – USC dominated a bad Oregon State team. Nothing to write home about, but it is good to see USC bounce back after a tough loss a week ago. Sam Darnold needs to stop throwing interceptions.
14) Virginia Tech (5-1) – Virginia Tech picked up their first ACC win against Boston College in a game the defense dominated. They travel to Miami in November in a game that could decide the ACC Coastal.
15) Oklahoma State (4-1) – The Cowboys had their bye week, but their win over Texas Tech gains a little more weight as the Red Raiders put up 65 points in a win over Kansas.
16) Notre Dame (5-1) I know this is high, but hear me out. Their only loss the season came in a one point game against Georgia. They beat Michigan State by 20 on the road. They play USC this weekend at home with a chance to prove that last year is officially behind them and they are legit once again.
17) Michigan (4-1) – Jim Harabaugh is now 1-4 against Michigan State and Ohio State and 0-3 at home in those games. It is odd that Michigan cannot find a quarterback and they desperately need one. Holding a team to 14 points should get you a victory, but turning the ball over five times will earn you a loss.
18) South Florida (5-0) – Charlie Strong and his team were able to sit back and watch this amazing weekend of college football. They travel to Cincinnati next weekend to take on a Bearcats team that was just demolished by UCF.
19) NC State (5-1) – After the Wolfpack’s opening week loss to South Carolina, they have gone on to win five straight games. A big Thursday night victory over Louisville has the Pack riding high. Ryan Finley has yet to throw an interception this season and has thrown for 1770 yards.
20) San Diego State (6-0) – Rashaad Penny is beating down the door to get into the Heisman discussion. He is second in the nation with 993 yards and nine touchdowns through six games.
21) UCF (4-0) – What a job Scott Frost has done in Orlando this year. It was just two years ago that this program went 0-12 and now here they are. The Knights are ranked second nationally, tied with Penn State and Alabama, in turnover margin through six weeks of the season and are lighting up their opponents.
22) Michigan State (4-1) – In their four wins this season, the Spartans have yet to give up more than 14 points. They gave up just ten last night in a big win at Michigan. The next three weeks favor them with Minnesota, Indiana, and Northwestern on the schedule.
23) Stanford (4-2) Stanford is easily the best two loss team in the nation. A big road win at Utah brings them back into the Sold Out Crowd top 25. Bryce Love is in my top three in the Heisman trophy standings and is leading the nation in rushing by 247 yards on 25 less attempts than Rashaad Penny. Their two losses came on the road against two ranked teams in back-to-back weeks.
24) Texas Tech (4-1) – The Red Raiders only loss came in a close game against Oklahoma State, who could still win the Big 12. This offense is averaging 46.8 points per game and can shoot with the best of them. They travel to West Virginia next week to take on the Mountaineers fresh off a devastating loss to TCU.
25) West Virginia (3-2) – West Virginia went toe-to-toe with TCU the entire game. TCU scored the game-winner with just over two minutes left on the clock. The Mountaineers two losses on the season have come in the form of 31-24 games against Virginia Tech and TCU. It was tough for me to leave them in this spot, but if they can bounce back against Texas Tech next week at home, the Mountaineers will be back in everybody’s top 25.