The aftermath of Week 7 created even more separation. The latest AP Top 25 even acknowledged as such. The pretenders are falling in the polls (see Miami and Houston) while the land of the unbeatens are making their cases for national title consideration.
Alabama put a larger gap between themselves and everyone including Ohio State this weekend.
The race for the Final Four in reality is a five team race with three others biding their time and hoping the ones in the sequestered four slip up.
It may still happen.
Clemson was nearly victimtimized.
So was Ohio State.
The next 6 weeks will be that much more interesting.
Following Week 7 there shouldn't be a question who the best team in college football is. Alabama recieved a season high 60 first place votes in the AP on Sunday. In the process they've also beaten ranked teams such as Ole Miss, Arkansas and Tennessee.
'Bama has unbeaten Texas A&M on the schedule next week with showdowns vs. both LSU and later the Iron Bowl against Auburn.
If you're doubting Nick Saban and the Tide at this point in the season you're doing so at your own peril.
2. Ohio State
Not entirely surprising seeing Ohio State struggle against Wisconsin on Saturday Night. If you've watch the Badgers this season they are a tough out and a legitimate top 10 team WITH two losses. Plus every top team earns a mulligan or so throughout the year. The impressive thing about the Buckeyes was as they executed on both sides of the ball when they needed to.
Remember -- OSU is a relatively young squad so some of the parts are still learning on the fly.
Moving up this list on a bye week sounds splendid for Jim Harbaugh. I know we are still a full month away from the showdown in Columbus but I am praying to my God that both teams are unbeaten when they play.
Really considered dropping them out of the four completely. Close win at home vs. unranked NC State may look bad to some but State is an ACC irritant. Clemson's weighty schedule also helps their cause and it continues later this month with their showdown vs. Florida State.
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6. Texas A&M