Now, Alabama blew the second-best and third-best team in the Southeast Conference, beating Georgia with 17 and Texas A&M with 28. Clemson devastated four opponents at the Atlantic Conference with an average margin of 34.3 points.
This is your landslide 1-2, in whatever order you prefer. Then it becomes interesting.
Georgia won third place in the SI 10 most by default, like everything else. The bulldog was good before he went to Tuscaloosa, and it was half past one there. In the current barren landscape – where we don’t rank anyone who hasn’t played yet – that’s enough.
North Carolina coughed a giant hair ball against the state of Florida, and Notre Dame was not impressive enough against Louisville to seem fair to start a national search for the fourth-best team. Why not BYU? The cougars passed their biggest test of the season to date on Friday night, roaring to beat Houston.
The second half of the Top 1
In short, the arrival of the Big Ten this week is perfectly defined. There are very high rankings available.
1. Clemson (5–0)
Last game: Beat Georgia Tech, 73–7
Next game: Syracuse Saturday
The Tigers’ offense fell to Georgia Tech by 52 points in the first half, the most than half of school history against an ACC opponent – despite making two turnovers. Trevor Lawrence had five touchdowns before the intermission, although he made his first interception on October 19, 2019. The most ridiculous statistic of this ridiculous attack on Clemson: 17 tigers caught a miss, including Dabo Sweeney’s two sons. Once again, we wonder if anyone from the ACC can even slightly stress Clemson. (Notre Dame or a bust on November 7?)
2. Alabama (4–0)
Last game: Beat Georgia, 41-24
Next game: In Tennessee Saturday
After the Bulldogs’ half, Red Tide opened the box for victory in the third and fourth quarters. Huge plays from their incomparably wide receivers on some nice deep balls from Mac Jones; the usual universal efficiency by Najee Harris; and several major defensive stops that beat the beating on the field and in the press. It might have been closer if Nick Saban had to stay home, but “Bama still looked like a better team after tightening up and coming in after Stetson Bennett IV. Leaving aside Joe Burrow’s supernova, the SEC continues to pass through Tuscaloosa.
3. Georgia (3-1)
Last Game: Lost by Alabama, 41-24
Next game: In Kentucky October 31
The bulldogs’ prominent defense was shattered by Alabama’s pass, giving up 417 yards and four touchdowns in the air. That’s the most passing yards Georgia has allowed since 2000, when Hal Mume coached Kentucky and Jared Lorenzen threw him down. The other obvious problem for Georgia: Stetson Bennett IV is not good enough to win a penalty. The former walk has been a success story so far, but it was revealed by Alabama – performing only 18 of 40 passes for 269 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. Maybe it’s time for Kirby Smart to turn to USC transfer JT Daniels.
4. BYU (5–0)
Last Game: Beat Houston Friday, 43–26
Next game: Texas Saturday Saturday
BYU made it easy in the first four games, and then Houston made the Cougars work for this one. Passing 26-14 at the end of the third quarter, BYU exploded for 29 unanswered points to win. It was another performance for quarterback Zach Wilson (25 for 35 for 400 yards and four touchdowns, plus 40 yards in a hurry), and the defense, which had trouble stopping Houston, rose most of the night to do some great plays in last quarter. The Cougars will benefit greatly in their next two games (Texas State and Western Kentucky) before facing Boise State on November 6. If the Cougars run the table, they will probably be the most reasoned team in terms of the College Football Playoff.
5. Notre Dame (4–0)
Last game: Beat Louisville, 12–7
Next game: In Pittsburgh Saturday
The fighting Irish fought unexpectedly against 1-4 cardinals. Louisville came into the game with 34.3 points per game, but did not give up a touchdown until the end of the third quarter. Notre Dame failed to finish driving in the Red Zone and his passing game gave only 106 yards. There were zero games in the air of 20 yards or more. This is the second consecutive game that the Irish lagged behind in the second half, but for a short time. After four straight home, it’s time for Notre Dame to hit the road.
6. A&M in Texas (3-1)
Last game: Beat Mississippi State, 28–14
Next game: Arkansas October 31
The agios are still surpassed this season, thanks to a one-sided loss to Alabama. But it was the second consecutive impressive performance – offensively explosive against Florida last week and defensively difficult against the Bulldogs this week. A week after the loss of receiver Caleb Chapman for the season, A&M showed some depth of play in that position with a 51-yard touchdown reception from freshman Chase Lane. But the offensive anchor continues to flow back Isaiah Spiller, who turned in his third 100-yard game of the season against the Bulldogs.
7. Florida (2–1)
Last game: Lost to Texas A&M on October 10th
Next game: Missouri October 31
The only place where the Gators did not suffer any embarrassment this week was on the field, as their game was postponed due to the explosion of COVID-19. This followed the absurd position of coach Dan Mullen that he wants to “pack the swamp” with 90,000 fans after losing last Saturday to Texas A&M. The week ended with Mullen publicly admitting that he also had the virus. Florida is such a mess from a digital point of view that the planned game for next week has already been moved back to Halloween.
8. Cincinnati (3–0)
Last game: Smash USC 28-7 on October 3rd
Next game: at SMU Saturday
The outbreak of Bearcats’ COVID-19 forced a postponement of their game against Tulsa, which means that there will be 21 days left between matches when they visit undefeated SMU Saturday (assuming the game remains on schedule). This is great for the American Athletics Conference. So far, Cincinnati’s offense has been on foot, with quarterback Desmond Reeder not as dynamic as the previous two seasons. But Luke Fickel’s team remains the best defensive unit in the AAC and that still makes them beat the team in the league.
9. Oklahoma State (3–0)
Last game: Smash Kansas 47-7 on October 3
Next game: Saturday in Iowa
The Cowboys ‘game against Baylor has been postponed from the current editions of Bears’ COVID-19, so they are on the same schedule as Cincinnati – three weeks between games. Next is the one that will weigh heavily in the Big 12 race, with the Cyclones also no loss in the conference game. The Oklahoma State Defense leads the conference with the fewest points allowed per game (9.0) and the least allowed yards per game (4.05).
10. Marshall (4–0)
Last game: Beat Louisiana Tech, 35-17
Next game: Florida Atlantic Saturday
It’s time to show a little love for the thunder herd, which has not yet been tracked in play this season. Marshall has ten national defenses, and freshman quarterback Ben Wells continues to impress – he was 19 of 24 for 227 yards and two touchdowns and is running for a new result on Saturday against Tech. The figure of the herd, which will be greatly favored in each of their other matches of the regular season.