My AP Top 10 Today! October 16th, 2022!
Just a heads up guys. My work schedule has been all over the place and I’ve been busy on my off days. As a result, post have been infrequent and probably will be this week too. Anyway, I won’t bore you with the details. Let’s get into the post!
#1 Georgia- For two weeks, Georgia looked very beatable. This was coming off a dominant month of football. After sleepwalking through Missouri into their near demise, Georgia has finally woken up. It’s a good thing, too. Tennessee looks to fit the billing of a top 4 team. That matchup looms big now. Georgia is the only team with two shutout victories this season. They’ve played complete football for two weeks. And they still have that win over Oregon in their back pocket.
#2 Michigan- I’ve made the case before on this blog Michigan is the 2nd best team in the country, they just lacked the quality win to go with their slaughtering of lesser teams. Then, a lot like Georgia, the wins got uglier. They weren’t just going for the throats of their opponents. And at halftime against Penn State yesterday, Michigan looked like maybe they weren’t ready to play another top 10 team. They still seemed to be in control. Penn State couldn’t do anything on offense and Michigan could move at will. Suddenly, Michigan was settling for field goals while Penn State popped off some major boom plays. A long run by QB Clifford followed by a Pick Sick score for the Lions. Penn State actually had the lead despite their QB being 1-3 for 8 yards midway through the 2nd, 14-13. Then, if you blinked, Michigan was up 41-17 and the game was over. As if it was never in any doubt. As if the game was never close, not even once.
#3 Ohio State– You could certainly make the case for another team being here. After all, Ohio State was on bye while another team was out getting one of the best wins of the season. Time will tell in the end.
#4 Tennessee- Some people will have Tennessee #1 or even #2 after the game they put on Alabama. My problem with Tennessee is they still almost choked. Texas and Texas A and M showed how beatable Alabama was but how hard they are to kill. Tennessee almost joined that club. The fireworks started early. Tennessee jumped up 28-10 at one point. Well, Tennessee forgot how to play not only offense but defense as well. And soon, Alabama was up 35-34. There was another point where Tennessee put it on the ground and Alabama scooped and scored to go up 49-42. All signs pointed to Alabama houdining their way out of another loss. Alabama still has not found a reliable kicker in Sabans near two decade reign. As a result, Tennessee was able to get their own field foal attempt off. Winning the game 52-49.
#5 Clemson– Clemson has been silently impressing me this season. They aren’t outright obliterating teams like Michigan and Ohio State. They dont really have a signature out of conference win like Georgia or Alabama. However, Clemson is in the midst of a “Monster of the Week” ACC schedule. They beat Wake Forest, NC State and Florida State in 3 straight weeks. And the heat continues when they play an unbeaten Syracuse team. People will scoff at those names who do not follow the ACC or take it seriously. However, Wake Forest has one of the most electrifying QBs in the nation. Florida State beat a quality LSU team. I’ll admit NC State as been a little underwhelming this year. But their only two losses are to undefeated Clemson and undefeated Syracuse. They even sniffed the top 10 til Clemson got them. The problem, I think, for them is the nation at large doesn’t respect those other schools I named, so Clemson needs to be dismantling those schools, not letting them hang around. Next week should again be very telling.
#6 Alabama- I’m sure people will be outraged with the #6 spot for Alabama. But I actually think it’s the perfect spot for a multitude of reasons. The teams that could have been breathing down their necks, USC and Oklahoma State, both lost. That helps soften their fall. Secondly, the polls were already moving Alabama down. Since becoming #1, Alabama fell in back to back weeks. Its means the polls were starting to get worried about Alabama. And how could you not. I don’t have the stats in front of me, but they have to be one of the most penalized teams in the nation. The turnovers are scary, too. And the kicking game continues to give Saban heart attacks on a yearly basis. Alabama has two things going for them. A. Saban. It’s hard to envision a Saban team getting 3 losses. B. The sheer talent found on that roster. All Alabama fans wanted to say last year was their rebuild. I rolled my eyes at that and now you see why. This is the year that feels like a rebuild. Saban and Young are doing everything to hide the glaring flaws of this squad. But what I learned about this team is simple. If you take Young and Gibbs off this team, they easily have 3 losses already. But when Young and Gibbs decide its go time, the rest of the team plays better. They just finally messed around too much.
#7 TCU- What a turn of events for the hornfrogs. They go from utter destroying Oklahoma to scratching back against Oklahoma State. But you get to make crazy leaps like jumping from 13 to 7 when the number 7 and 8 team lose and you are the one who sent 8 home. TCU has weathered most of what the B12 can throw at them. Though, Kansas State and Texas still look for the Hornfrogs.
#8 UCLA- I may be the person highest on UCLA right now. They were on bye, but they had one of the best two week stretches of any team when they bounced Washington and Utah. They got a bye week to prepare for Oregon. That game will decide a lot.
#9 Ole Miss- Ole Miss is waiting for their shot to get a few more quality wins under their belt. The bad news is Mississippi State and Texas A and M have dropped, while Kentucky Arkansas and LSU all took steps up this weekend.
#10 Oregon- The Pac 12 always seems to be lingering for the 10 team spot. As right now it could go to UCLA, Oregon or USC. Oklahoma State could also have a claim at it. Considering their only loss came in OT at fellow undefeated TCUs home turf. A game in which they were up 30-16. Not to mention Still I’m going Oregon. They’ve looked solid since bouncing back to the thumping they took last week. It also sets up a top 10 matchup next week, Oregon and UCLA.
So that’s my top 10. There were still plenty of teams that have an argument for the ten spot. Which is why this reveal will be one of the more interesting ones to watch.
Thank you guys so much for reading. Have a great day.
My AP Top 10 Today! October 2nd, 2022!
Two top 10 teams fell to two ranked teams. There’s little shame in that, but some big shakeups. I have 2 new teams joining the top 10 while the others get shuffled around. Georgia looked beatable two weeks in a row, while Alabama and Ohio State continued to separate themselves. Here’s a breakdown of our top 10 college football teams.
#1 Ohio State- I’m convinced of 1 thing this weekend. There will be a new number 1. And the debate of Ohio State or Alabama will continue to rage on. For the last two weeks they have looked on another level after Georgia continues to struggle.
#2 Alabama- I’m not stressing about the ordering at this point in the season. Alabama took a quarter off against Arkansas before reminding them who their daddy was. Both Ohio State and Alabama have big matchups left. Eventually one of them will pull away in the voting, but for now they are equal in my eyes.
#3 Clemson- This very well could be Georgia, but Clemson has impressed me the most out of the remaining teams. They never looked bad this season. Their game with Wake was up in the air for most of it, but Wake Forest might turn out to be really good after all. They just bounced former top 10 team NC State. It appears as if Clemson is moving upward in momentum, whereas Georgia seems to be slipping as the season goes on.
#4 Georgia- Last week, I felt like you could slide Georgia down and it wouldn’t have been a big deal. Still, they had earned enough goodwill that I let last week’s performance go. I chalked it up to a fluke. I assumed they were playing down to lesser talent. However, this weekend reinforced Georgia might be actually struggling. Georgia’s defense saved them, holding Missouri to 5 field goals. This included a FG on a drive that got to the Georgia 1. The first half was miserable and hard to watch. Georgia got it going in the second half and eventually snatched the lead with mere minutes to go. Georgia needs a few get right games or they may continue to fall.
#5 Michigan– The biggest issue for Michigan remains that they haven’t played anyone, whereas Georgia will continue to be held up by the thrashing they put on Oregon. The offense seems to have slowed down a bit now that they are in conference play. That’s fine, but now they aren’t beating teams by 50. That’s kinda a big deal when you aren’t playing ranked opponents. Michigan desperately needs some big wins or some of the teams below them could jump them as the season progresses.
#6 USC– The same could be said about USC. Their offense is still humming along though. And the defense remains serviceable. As Lincoln Riley is finally not having win shootouts each week. The close game against Oregon State remains a knock against them moving higher, but if they rout Utah in addition to being unbeaten, USC could jump to #4.
#7 Oklahoma State- Okla State took a huge step forward in solidifying their top 10 status by ousting Baylor. The Big 12 looks to be stacked top to bottom, but will ultimately be hindered for not having any elite schools. Still if Oklahoma State can take care of business this season, we will see how high they climb.
#8 Tennessee– The slide for Tennessee is fairly easy to explain. They were on bye while USC and Oklahoma State had chances to impress, also, factor in Pitt losing, which was one of their resume builders. It all adds up to a week that doesn’t exactly help you move up.
#9 Ole Miss– There’s a chance in the AP Poll the committee just moves Ole Miss to 7, taking Kentucky’s spot. I’m opting to put them here for now. The SEC West will provide opportunities to keep climbing. Still they edged out fellow SEC overachiever Kentucky, which never hurts your case.
#10 Utah- I view the 10 spot as a 4 headed race. Penn State would be a front runner if we were going off records, but Penn State has not impressed outside of a good showing at Auburn. Oregon has bounced back tremendously after week 1 thumping to Georgia, but not enough to jump into the top 10. Kentucky barely lost on the road against a now top 10 team. I would understand completely if you left Kentucky at 10. Though. My vote goes to Utah. They gutted a team that just took USC to the wire. They, too, have rebounded nicely from their week 1 let down, which could’ve been a fluke at this point.
So there’s my top 10 for this week. I’m feeling pretty good about it. By my estimations there are six teams getting removed from the top 25: Oklahoma, Texas A and M, Florida State, Minnesota, Arkansas and Pittsburgh. Baylor is probably on a short leash now, or out as well. That opens the door for a few teams such as UCLA, Kansas, TCU, LSU, Mississippi State, Cincinnati or Washington State.
What do you guys think of the rankings? Where would put teams? Let me know in the comments down below.
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My AP Top 10 Today! September 25th, 2022
This week delivered us two losses to top 10 teams so we have some shake ups. Florida State and Kansas remain unbeaten and look to sneak into the rankings. Wake Forest and Florida hope their close showings against Clemson and Tennessee are enough to stay ranked. While Oklahoma and Arkansas pray for mercy after nail-biting losses. Let’s break down our new top 10!
#1 Georgia- I really wanted to be a prisoner of the moment and have Ohio State ascend to #1, but I couldn’t. Georgia had the weakest showing of the top 3 for once. It still resulted in a double digit victory, but they let Kent State have a pulse for way too long.
#2 Ohio State- This game was never close. Ohio State was up 14-0 before I had a chance to blink. Wisconsin tried to make it respectable but that is a tough task. Week 1’s slugfest with Notre Dame is looking like a fluke more and more. I know people will probably keep Alabama at two after thrashing Vanderbilt. I said last week this debate would rage on all season, and both teams looked darn good this Saturday.
#3 Alabama- Hard to rag on them too bad for beating up Vandy, as Vandy had the best record of any team they’ve played this season. Still, it’s hard to say if they’ve truly cleaned up both sides of the ball when roughing up perpetual bottom feeders. We will learn a lot about Alabama as they get into the thick of their SEC schedule.
#4 Clemson- Here we are. Clemson has been on the outside looking in for the top 4 all season. This weekend really helped push the top 3 versus the field narrative. As no one outside of the top 3 looked that good. Still Clemson had to handle some real adversity, as they were down late on the road to a QB that could sling it. It’s hard too imagine them moving much higher than this without one of the big 3 losing. And a QB switch might not solve their problems. DJ played solid, but the defense gave up big play after big play. And then there’s the over 100 penalty yards. Those need to be cleaned up quickly.
#5 Michigan- We thought there was a chance Michigan could end up in a dog fight with Maryland and we got it. The Wolverines managed to pull away late, but Maryland cut it back to one score. Michigan is probably better for the near death experience, though. Up to this point they had yet to be tested. Their previous opponent’s only had 1 combined win.
#6 Tennessee– Call it a hot take or click bait if you must. But the teams that were ahead of them just didn’t not feel me with confidence. Now, you could just as easily move Kentucky to 6 on account of their game with Florida wasn’t nearly as close as Tennessee’s was. Still, I don’t think Kentucky looked great this weekend. Tennessee can now brag about their wins over Pitt and Florida.
#7 Oklahoma State– Oklahoma State gets the benefit of being on bye this week. As a result, there’s no chance to sky rocket up or plummet down the rankings. We will learn more when a potential top 15 matchup takes them to a tough Baylor team.
#8 USC- We were almost given the double upset special. Oklahoma failed to pull off their comeback, while USC fended off a tricky Oregon State team. As a result, USC could go 1 of 2 ways in the official rankings. Move to number 6, jumping OU, or, fall a little for narrowly escaping. I’m parking them here at 8 and seeing how they regroup.
#9 Kentucky- Kentucky has played 1 inspired game of football up to this point. That was against Florida. If you get up to face all your difficult teams, but then cruise control past lesser opponents, I will get nervous. I could possibly be overreacting. The poll could squarely rank them higher than this.
#10 NC State– Number 10 is the spot I’m more curious about. Oklahoma and Arkansas both lost close games, so I don’t think either fall from the top 20. Arkansas lost a game they had in total control. Meanwhile at Oklahoma, you don’t expect them to give up that many penalty yards again, especially not at home. Back to NC State I was quick to write them off after a 1 point victory over ECU. However, they’ve quietly turned it around these last 3 weeks. Now, that win over Texas Tech finally looks a little better. That’s why I have NC State at #10.
I think Oklahoma and Arkansas will remain top 20 teams (as the teams below them all made pushes to move into the top 15). I vote to keep Wake Forest in at #25. We should boot out Miami and Texas and move Kansas and Florida State into the top 25.
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