By DIG Sports Staff
Each week the DIG Sports Staff releases its list of the top ten teams in college football using the only reliable criteria available: the good ole fashioned eye test. Without further ado, here are the ten teams we’re diggin’ this week.
- Ole Miss – Somewhere, somehow, we will find out that Hugh Freeze has a contract clause that pays him more money if he wins close games, compared to blowouts. The Rebels had Alabama beat multiple times and found a way every time to give it away and make it close again. But the Rebels finished with a win in the end and take over the No. 1 spot, thanks to their win and Ohio State’s ineptitude.
- Michigan State – It’s never easy to play a military academy with just one week to prepare, so we excuse the Spartans for a bit of a lukewarm performance. But they’d better pick it up next week if they want to hold onto the No. 2 spot because LSU and others are charging hard and fast.
- LSU – The Tigers can literally do everything. Defensively, they stop the run, limit the pass and force turnovers. Offensively, they break your soul with the run game and they protect the ball and do just enough with the pass. No other team in the country has two quality wins. LSU does. And did we mention Leonard Fournette…
- Notre Dame – New quarterback? No problem. Notre Dame just feels like one of those teams that will find a way sneak out a win – no matter what they’re up against. Aside from LSU, the Irish have the best collection of wins in the country, and that lands them here, even with quarterback issues present.
- Texas A&M – The Aggies’ offense is downright scary, and their defense has shown marked improvement under first year defensive coordinator John Chavis. But is Texas A&M a legitimate playoff contender? We’ll find out soon enough when the Aggies open SEC play in AT&T Stadium against Arkansas this weekend.
- UCLA –Josh Rosen keeps looking worse and worse each week. The freshman quarterback was pretty awful against an underrated and stout BYU defense, but the Bruins found a way to rally to victory. That has to count for something against a good opponent.
- Georgia – The Bulldogs make their way into the poll after destroying South Carolina 52-20. Junior quarterback Greyson Lambert quelled most of the doubters after a masterful 24-of-25, 330-yard, three-touchdown performance versus the Gamecocks. With Lambert and sophomore running back Nick Chubb in the Bulldog backfield, we’re now sold on Georgia.
- Ohio State – I’m sorry, but when your schedule is a joke, you should at least have the decency to soundly beat the bottom-feeders that you play week-in and week-out on your way to the playoff. Ohio State would have lost to six SEC West teams on Saturday – Arkansas the lone exception. However, the Buckeyes play in Big 10, and they likely won’t face a worthy challenger until Michigan State rolls into Columbus in late November.
- Oklahoma –The Sooners have the been the most impressive team in the Big 12 through three weeks, and junior quarterback Baker Mayfield is a legitimate Heisman contender. It’s not crazy to think Oklahoma could be 9-0 heading into a November 7 matchup against Baylor.
- Florida State – It just wouldn’t be college football season if Florida State wouldn’t have found a way to crack the polls. The Seminoles got to watch all of Saturday’s action from home after winning on Friday night. Their offense leaves a lot to be desired, but their defense will demolish almost all ACC competition.