Ohio State and LSU both had huge ranked wins over the weekend. Which one gets into the top four behind Alabama, Clemson, and Georgia?
1. Alabama (3-0) | Last week: 1
It looked like Ole Miss might have been ready to give Alabama some trouble again after D.K. Metcalf’s 75-yard deep ball touchdown to open the game on Saturday night, but it was all Crimson Tide after that, with the No. 1 team in the nation rolling to 62 straight points. Alabama hosts Texas A&M in the big CBS game this weekend.
2. Clemson (3-0) | Last week: 2
Kelly Bryant left Saturday’s game against Georgia Southern with an injury, but he’s expected to be ready to go this weekend against Georgia Tech. The bright side was true freshman Trevor Lawrence got some more valuable experience in the blowout victory. Dabo Swinney’s squad is now gearing up to stop the triple-option attack of the Yellow Jackets.
3. Georgia (3-0) | Last week: 3
Jake Fromm threw more touchdowns (three) than incompletions (two) in a 49-7 rout of Middle Tennessee. Elijah Holywfield (son of former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield) had 100 yards on eight carries in the win. Georgia will look to limit Drew Lock and Missouri’s potent offense.
4. LSU (3-0) | Last week: 9 (+5)
LSU makes a jump from No. 9 all the way to No. 4 after their huge win in Jordan-Hare against Auburn. The Tigers now have a win against Miami and a win against Auburn, so they’re difficult to leave out of the top-five at this point. Joe Burrow played a lot better than the stats indicated on Saturday, and he’s brought stability at quarterback for the program.
5. Ohio State (3-0) | Last week: 5
The game was probably slightly closer than the 40-28 score indicates, as TCU did give them a fight, but the Buckeyes improved to 3-0 and now get head coach Urban Meyer back from his three-game suspension. Hopefully Nick Bosa is OK after getting injured in the win.
6. Penn State (3-0) | Last week: 7 (+1)
After the overtime win against Appalachian State in the first week, Penn State has blown out Pitt and Kent State in back-to-back weeks. The Nittany Lions are probably flying way below the radar because of how close that first game was; but remember, they did win that game.
7. Oklahoma (3-0) | Last week: 8 (+1)
Kyler Murray is lighting it up for Oklahoma to start the season, and it looks like their offense will be able to score with anyone. Good for last year’s Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield telling off a Bleacher Report analyst. The Sooner should be able to handle Army this weekend.
8. Auburn (2-1) | Last week: 6 (-2)
Auburn took a home loss to LSU, but they still belong in the top ten after playing it close. LSU might own the best win of the season, but Auburn probably owns the second-best win of the season after their opening game victory against Washington.
9. Stanford (3-0) | Last week: 10 (+1)
Bryce Love did not play, but Stanford still took care of business against UC Davis. Now they have back-to-back very tough games on the road again Oregon and Notre Dame. They’ll climb the rankings if they can get to 5-0 in these next two weeks.
10. Washington (2-1) | Last week: NR
Notre Dame is among the teams that could be in this final spot in the top ten, but Washington gets the slight nod. They have a difficult task facing Herm Edward’s Arizona State team this Saturday night at home.