By DIG Sports Staff
Last Saturday was the epitome of why we love college football. Near mayhem reigned supreme across the nation as Big 10 powers held on for dear life (looking at you Buckeyes and Spartans), TCU bludgeoned Texas and the Southeastern Conference featured two high-profile blowouts in Athens and Gainesville. Seriously, after that 38-10 massacre of the Bulldogs at the hands of Alabama, we’re not sure who’s done more damage to the state of Georgia: General William Tecumseh Sherman or Nick Saban?
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.
- Utah – What do you get when Ole Miss gets blown out by Florida, LSU struggles with Eastern Michigan, Notre Dame loses on a two-point conversion and the entire Big 10 remains a joke? A top ten poll where Utah is suddenly now king. The Utes are the most unlikely, least impressive No. 1 team that one may ever find, but they’ve survived the battle of attrition to get to the top.
- Baylor – The Bears proved what most folks around college football already knew – that TCU’s struggles against Texas Tech were a serious sign of weakness for the Horned Frogs. Baylor made easy work of the Red Raiders. Don’t look now, but the Baylor offense is starting to click on all cylinders again.
- LSU – Nothing that happened in Saturday’s game changes our mind regarding LSU’s team or its chances in 2015. The Tigers slept walked up and down Death Valley, and they were never going to cover that monumental 45-point spread. The Tigers should awaken from their come on Saturday against South Carolina.
- TCU – The Horned Frogs drove the final nail in the coffin of Charlie Strong’s career as Texas’ head coach. He’s as good as done. Longhorn ineptitude aside, TCU played well for 60 minutes on Saturday – something that they really haven’t done much of so far this season.
- Florida – I say, it’s great…to be…a Florida Gator! For the first time in quite a while, the Gators are a real threat in the SEC after completely dismantling Ole Miss in the Swamp, despite battling a stiff locker room-wide flu bug. Next challenge: can Florida battle expectations? Time will tell.
- Alabama –Bye, bye Georgia. Las Vegas made Alabama an underdog for the first time in what feels like forever on Saturday against the Dawgs. The bookies quickly regretted that decision as the Crimson Tide absolutely obliterated Mark Richt’s team to reposition themselves firmly in our top ten poll.
- Texas A&M – The Aggies just keep finding a way to win. That has to count for something in an SEC race that’s already seen several of its powerhouses drops games on the season. Let’s just go ahead and crown John Chavis as the “King of Coordinators” in college football. The work he’s done with the Aggies’ defense so far is insane.
- Clemson – The Tigers beat Notre Dame on Saturday in a thriller – arguably the signature win of Dabo Swinney’s career with the Tigers – but do not overreact too much. How many times have we seen Clemson get some hype and then fall completely flat on their faces?
- Oklahoma – The Sooners easily handled West Virginia, and at 4-0, will certainly challenge Baylor and TCU for the Big 12 crown this season. Quarterback Baker Mayfield continues to dazzle. Oklahoma doesn’t have to beat Texas by 50 points in this weekend’s Red River Rivalry game, but it couldn’t hurt in helping bolster the nation’s perception of the Sooners.
- Northwestern – The Wildcats are 5-0 and are tied with Iowa atop the Big 10 western division. Don’t look now, but that 16-6 victory over Stanford to open the season is looking more impressive by the week. A big test against Michigan looms next week for the Wildcats.