3 more top 10 teams fell. We’re late in the season, too. All loses start to feel like bad losses as the margin for error shrinks and shrinks. Let’s break it down.
#1 Georgia- As always, there was never a moment of panic as Georgia marched on.
#2 Cincinnati- Are we done pretending that Cincinnati hasn’t earned the number 2 spot? They bounced a perfectly respectable SMU team 48-14. If they can close out their last two games, they’re in. Come on.
#3 Ohio State- If you thought the argument for Alabama or Oregon or Ohio State at 3 was close, Ohio State put that discussion to bed. While Alabama struggled to put away a middle of the pack Arkansas team at home and Oregon came out completely flat, Ohio State rolled the formerly number 7 team, Michigan State 56-7. They lost early and have been destroying teams since. They cannot over look a hungry Michigan team now, though.
#4 Alabama- I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. This is not the Alabama of old. They struggled with a highly uncreative Arkansas team. Admittedly, they should’ve blown Arkansas out, but could never get enough momentum to put them away early. They continously let lesser teams hang around which has never been Saban’s M.O. They locked up the West yesterday and won a date with Georgia. They still have to survive Auburn though.
#5 Oklahoma State- This was a tough decision between Notre Dame, Michigan and Oklahoma State. It comes down to the fact that they beat Baylor. The other two don’t have a win nearly as good. Theyre a field goal away from being undefeated. They’ll get a chance to really claim this top 5 spot if they can beat Oklahoma and double down and beat Baylor twice.
#6 Michigan- I like this Michigan team a lot. But it boils down to no signature wins. The Penn State win was a good one but it was close. They lost to one of, if not the only ranked team they’ve played. Of course none of this matters if they handle business and go 12-1.
#7 Notre Dame- Notre Dame certainly edges out Oklahoma when you’re talking about boring 1 loss teams. Again I question their ceiling with Cincinnati hanging out of the top 4. They only get one more show case. Whereas every other team so far has a shot at 2 games.
#8 Baylor- It will be interesting to see where all the two loss teams rank with Michigan State and Oregon joining Baylor. I currently have Baylor as the highest of the bunch. You could argue Michigan State and Oregon each have better wins but they also both have blow out losses as well as losses to teams they should have beat. Baylor . Baylor doesn’t control their own destiny either. They will be rooting for Oklahoma State to beat Oklahoma. This should secure their spot in the Big 12 championship game.
#9 Oklahoma– A lot of people overreacted to Oklahoma all season. But to those people’s credit, Oklahoma still doesn’t have a lot of impressive quarters. It still doesn’t look like they’ve clicked even with the QB change. Could an impressive win over Oklahoma State catapult them into the top 5? Tough to say at this point. One thing is clear though. A loss to the Cowboys and all the hopes and dreams of the season are over.
#10 Mississippi- In my power rankings, I have Michigan State ahead of Mississippi. However, Michigan State’s blow out loss came at such a bad point in the season, the win over Michigan couldn’t save them. Mississippi has losses to Alabama and Auburn somehow. But Ole Miss has also beat Texas A and M and Arkansas. Beating Vandy last week isnt super impressive. Its more so the manner of how Michigan State and Oregon lost that allows Ole Miss to maintain the #10 spot.
So there you have my top 10. As always, next week will be even more telling as Michigan faces Ohio State, Alabama and Auburn square off and Oklahoma and Oklahoma State look to settle things once and for all. Tune in next week for more!