For as many teams unbeaten top 10 teams as they were entering the weekend, what played out in the end was the product on the field working itself out.
We already know who the clear two best teams in all of college football. The conversation always began after that.
For weeks we made cases for Houston being a top four team.
We made cases for Stanford.
In the end the result paved way for what was clearly obvious.
We have another half of the season to go but the picture right now has never been more clearer. In the weeks to come it will become even more clear.
Again not a surprise.
While Ohio State might have the better game to game results via the scoreboard, Alabama has clearly played the better competition.
Wins against stingy Ole Miss.
Blowout win at Arkansas.
They still has Tennessee, LSU and Auburn still to come. Plus they’re the defending national champs. Nick Saban and the Tide at least deserve that much benefit of the doubt.
2. Ohio State
First time where the Buckeyes looked semi vulnerable in their 38-17 win over Indiana. I believe every team including the top tier schools are allowed at least a single mulligan a season. A opportunity to exhale if just for the moment. Their next big test arrives next week against Wisconsin.
We will learn more.
Funny how things work out.
Tigers struggle out the gate. The whole world panics. Clemson falls as far as #5 in the AP poll. I told everyone not to panic. They're weighted schedule would help their case in the long run as long as they did their job. Then they turn their season around which includes a huge win over Louisville two weeks ago.
Who looks foolish now?
Any football team that beats a sanctioned college football program on the road by 78 points should be considered vastly underrated when having a conversation about the college football playoff. What has sort of hurt the Wolverines thus far is after you get past the Wisconsin victory from two weeks ago, they don’t have another legitimate opponent on the schedule until the last game of the season against Ohio State.
Michigan State isn’t good this year so we can’t use that.
Iowa is a bunch of posers who refuse to put legitimate schools on their schedules before many consider them an actual powerhouse.
Which is why beating teams like Rutgers by more than 50 points a week do hold some water with voters. And with me.
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The Pac 12’s only hope to making the playoff but they may have cost Oregon coach Mark Helfrich his job with their 70-21 win.
6. Texas A&M
Didn’t learn too much about them in their win vs. Tennessee but they’re doing their job. Not even sure if they're the second best team in SEC either.
Houston losing this weekend vs. Navy absolutely hurts their argument to crash the playoff party considering they play each other in November.
I have to give them credit for fighting week to week even though I still believe they are the luckiest team on the planet. Unfortunately they picked the wrong time to lose their first game of the season at Texas A&M with Alabama on the horizon.
Another 1-loss team that’s still in the playoff race and has weighted schedule with Ohio State coming up.
10. Ole Miss
Even a two loss Rebels team has a better argument than the Baylor’s and Miami’s of the world to enter the top ten conversation.