Who is the best team in college football this season?

In years previous, by the point November rolls round, we normally can establish the No. 1-ranked staff within the nation. One of the best normally rises above the remaining. It’s usually fairly apparent.

Alabama is that staff lots. Clemson was that staff a couple of instances. Perhaps an LSU in 2019. Or an Ohio State a few instances.

This 12 months?

Good luck. Let’s take a look at the candidates, we could?

Probably the most dominant staff in faculty soccer has unquestionably been Michigan and but the Wolverines’ finest win to date is towards … Rutgers. A lot for that.

How about Washington? Whereas the Huskies maintain arguably one of the best win of the season — towards one-loss Oregon — in addition they struggled towards Arizona State and Stanford.

There’s Florida State, which has victories over LSU, Clemson and Duke. However these wins appeared a lot better on the time, not so nice now.

Lastly, Georgia, a staff that has performed a grand complete of 1 staff presently ranked within the AP High 25.

That leaves us with Ohio State, which has wins over Penn State (it was ugly, sure) and at Notre Dame (that appeared higher a couple of days in the past than it does now).

On that notice, let’s get to our rankings, which don’t embody Oklahoma (Mike Gundy’s Cowboys noticed to that).

Ohio State has consecutive residence video games towards Michigan State and Minnesota earlier than its rivalry recreation towards Michigan. (AP Photograph/Noah Okay. Murray) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)


1. Ohio State Buckeyes

This week: gained 35-16 over Rutgers

Subsequent week: vs. Michigan State

Greatest win: vs. Penn State

We’re beginning to get used to those ugly Ohio State wins, no? The Buckeyes, of all groups, are counting on a stingy protection and a ground-and-pound working assault to win video games and that’s simply downright bizarre. RB TreVeyon Henderson (128 yards) and defensive coordinator Jim Knowles’ unit performed the largest function on Saturday in New Jersey.

2. Washington Huskies

This week: gained 52-42 at USC

Subsequent week: vs. Utah

Greatest win: vs. Oregon

In the event you’re questioning if the pass-heavy Huskies can depend on a floor recreation to win, properly, working again Dillon Johnson positive did wonders answering that query. He ran for 256 yards on 26 carries for 4 touchdowns. Certain, USC’s protection stinks, however Washington is beginning to show that it’s greater than a one-dimensional offense. That protection? Properly, it wants some work.

3. Georgia Bulldogs

This week: gained 30-21 vs. Missouri

Subsequent week: vs. Ole Miss

Greatest win: vs. Missouri

For a second straight season, Missouri gave the Bulldogs an actual drawback. And for a second straight season, in the long run, the Bulldogs solved that drawback. However did Mizzou expose some Georgia flaws? UGA gave up three sacks. File that away forward of subsequent week’s potential top-10 showdown towards Ole Miss in Athens.

4. Florida State Seminoles

This week: gained 24-7 at Pitt

Subsequent week: vs. Miami

Greatest win: vs. LSU

The Noles, main simply 10-7 at halftime, struggled to maneuver the soccer on the Fightin’ Pat Narduzzis, however they acquired a few lengthy touchdowns within the second half to drag away, together with a 55-yard run and 22-yard move. Additionally they locked up a visit to Charlotte for the ACC championship recreation. However everyone knows that’s not coach Mike Norvell’s prime aim this 12 months.

5. Michigan Wolverines

This week: gained 41-13 vs. Purdue

Subsequent week: at Penn State

Greatest win: vs. Rutgers

The Michigan offense scored on its first three possessions and its protection didn’t enable a landing till the fourth quarter. Signal-stealing scandal and all, Michigan continues to be probably the most dominant staff within the nation this season. However, as defined above, does that imply the Wolverines must be No. 1 when their finest win is Rutgers? We’ll know much more from Glad Valley subsequent Saturday afternoon.

Jim Harbaugh's Wolverines are still undefeated despite all the turmoil surrounding their season. (Photo by Aaron J. Thornton/Getty Images)

Jim Harbaugh’s Wolverines are nonetheless undefeated regardless of all of the turmoil surrounding their season. (Photograph by Aaron J. Thornton/Getty Photos) (Aaron J. Thornton by way of Getty Photos)

6. Oregon Geese

This week: gained 63-19 vs. Cal

Subsequent week: vs. USC

Greatest win: at Utah

The place would the Geese be had they held on to beat Washington earlier this 12 months in Seattle? The reply: the No. 1-ranked staff within the nation and in prime place to make the School Soccer Playoff. Dan Lanning’s staff has rebounded in extraordinary vogue since that blown fourth-quarter lead towards the Huskies. They’ve outscored Washington State, Utah and Cal 136-49.

7. Texas Longhorns

This week: gained 33-30 in OT vs. Kansas State

Subsequent week: at TCU

Greatest win: at Alabama

The Longhorns led 17-0 after which 27-7 earlier than nearly blowing it. It was a wild closing jiffy, with the Wildcats scoring three touchdowns in a span of about three minutes to make issues attention-grabbing within the fourth quarter. Steve Sarkisian’s group pulled it out in the long run when its protection stuffed the Wildcats on a fourth-and-goal on the 4 in extra time.

8. Alabama Crimson Tide

This week: gained 42-28 vs. LSU

Subsequent week: at Kentucky

Greatest win: vs. Ole Miss

That loss to Texas appears so, so way back. This Bama staff appears to be like totally different. Extra bodily. Higher QB play. Harder protection. The Tide have gained seven straight since shedding at residence to the Longhorns. Six extra straight for a nationwide title.

9. Penn State Nittany Lions

This week: gained 51-15 at Maryland

Subsequent week: vs. Michigan

Greatest win: vs. Iowa

Coordinator Manny Diaz’s protection appears fairly good. The Nittany Lions entered second within the nation in complete protection. They held Maryland to 234 complete yards, together with -49 on the bottom. James Franklin’s focus can now shift to the subsequent recreation: Michigan. Franklin is 3-6 towards the Wolverines.

10. Ole Miss Rebels

This week: gained 38-35 vs. Texas A&M

Subsequent week: at Georgia

Greatest win: vs. LSU

Welcome, Lane Kiffin, to the High 10 — simply in time to take the journey to two-time defending nationwide champion Georgia! The 2 former Nick Saban assistants meet in a top-10 showdown with a number of SEC marbles on the road. The Rebels are nonetheless within the SEC West and, who is aware of, possibly the CFP race. Kiffin’s crew had a late-season meltdown final 12 months, shedding the ultimate three common season video games. What is going to occur this 12 months down the stretch?

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