By DIG Sports Staff
Blowouts in the Pac-12, TCU’s survival and another exhilarating performance by LSU running back Leonard Fournette highlight week four of the college football season. With one-third of the season in the books, things are starting to get interesting as conference play begins and we separate contenders and pretenders.
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 – The Rebels left a lot to be desired on Saturday, struggling to put away a Vanderbilt team that was beaten by Western Kentucky earlier this season. It’s obviously not time to panic yet. The Rebels were still drained from their upset of Alabama, so a letdown game was to be expected. This does setup an intriguing matchup between undefeated SEC teams at Florida next weekend…
- Utah – That’s not a typo. The Utes’ rise from unranked to No. 2 is well deserved. Utah laid a 42-point whoopin’ on Oregon in Eugene, and the game was pretty much over the entire second half. Combine the annihilation at Autzen Stadium with the fact Michigan (Utah’s first win of the season) looked pretty dominant over BYU Saturday and the Utes have the best resume in college football right now.
- UCLA – Maybe one day we’ll quit betting against Bruins’ freshman quarterback Josh Rosen. Just a week after a dismal three interception performance versus BYU, Rosen got his mojo back in a dominant 56-30 victory at Arizona. The Bruins are missing a lot of key bodies defensively, which could hurt long-term. For right now, UCLA looks like the class of the Pac-12.
- Notre Dame – The Irish are pretty impressive. There were big concerns at quarterback when starter Malik Zaire went down with a broken ankle, but DeShone Kizer has filled in nicely with back-to-back wins over Georgia Tech and UMass. The Irish will have a stiff test this week against Clemson, a team that just might be the favorites to win the ACC.
- LSU – Leonard Fournette is the best player in college football, but what’s more noteworthy for LSU fans in that sophomore quarterback Brandon Harris has appeared above average through the Tigers’ first three games. Harris is protecting the football, making nice passes in critical moments and taking advantage of his mobility when necessary. That’s scary for the rest of the SEC, assuming LSU can quit committing 10-15 penalties a game sometime soon.
- Georgia –The Dawgs are the team with the most to gain next weekend when they welcome Alabama between the hedges of Sanford Stadium. If Georgia can top the Crimson Tide, they will skyrocket up the polls and warrant discussion as the best team in America. Time for sophomore running back Nick Chubb to deliver a Heisman moment.
- Michigan State – The Spartans earned a sound victory against a Central Michigan team that’s better than their 1-3 record would indicate, but Michigan State drops because their resume has been shredded. We know the Big Ten stinks, and that hurts the Spartans’ cred to begin with, but suddenly their three-point win over Oregon at home is unimpressive.
- Ohio State – If you really watch their games and don’t allow the pro-Buckeye hype the media is constantly trying force feed us to skew your perspective, it’s easy to see this year’s Ohio State is imperfect. The Buckeye’s are subpar defensively, they turn the ball way too frequently and they’re doing this all with a bullseye on their backs.
- Oklahoma – Sure the Sooners had a bye week, but we still maintain that the Sooners are the best team in the Big 12 through September. Heisman-candidate-in-the-making Baker Mayfield and the Sooners just have to survive a trap game upset before late-season battles against Baylor and TCU.
- TCU –Remember when we thought Gary Patterson was a defensive coach? The Horned Frogs beat Texas Tech by the skin of their teeth with a late miracle catch by Aaron Green to seal the 55-52 victory. On the other side of the ball, the Horned Frogs have given up 89 points the past two weeks. It’s not a question of if, but when, TCU will lose this season.