By DIG Sports Staff
From the thrill of watching a smiling Charlie Strong don a golden cowboy hat after Texas beat Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry, to the agony of seeing Georgia running back Nick Chubb, one of college football’s premiere players, go down with a season-ending knee injury, week six was one of the most emotional Saturdays in recent memory.
Michigan dominated, TCU survived, LSU rolled and the college football carousel has begun about two months early with the firing of Southern California’s Steve Sarkisian and retirement of the Head Ball Coach, Steve Spurrier, from South Carolina.
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 – The Utes didn’t play amazing football on Saturday night, but they survived and advanced nonetheless. The real tests for Utah are coming up in the next two weeks. After a slow start, Arizona State is red-hot. Likewise, USC is overrated, but will still be a test for Utah on Oct. 24.
- Baylor – Baylor could have beaten Kansas by 100 on Saturday had they chosen to do so. The Bears had a lot of holes to fill in the offseason, which caused them to get off to a little bit of a slow start. But right now, things are clicking on all cylinders and the Bears look like an absolute force.
- LSU – It took four games of conservative football to get there, but LSU finally found an offensive balance against South Carolina on Saturday. Simply put – quarterback Brandon Harris was given the opportunity to have a big day. If Harris can toss for over 200 yards with two scores and no interceptions in the rest of the Tigers’ games, LSU will go to the College Football Playoff.
- Alabama – Nick Saban’s bunch looked terrible for two-plus quarters of Saturday night’s game with Arkansas, but in typical Alabama fashion, the Tide’s extremely physical style wore out the Razorbacks, which allowed for a pretty comfortable win.
- TCU – One would think that sometime this season, an opponent would be able to hold onto its 20-point lead against the Horned Frogs. As it stands, TCU survived another lackluster first-half performance and rallied past Kansas State in a thriller shooter.
- Florida – The Gators all-but guaranteed on Saturday night that Missouri is not going to win the SEC East again. That’s a huge plus to football fans in the SEC. With LSU and Georgia in their next two games, we will find out soon whether it will be the Gators who take the throne and ride into Atlanta.
- Texas A&M – The Aggies were at home resting this weekend – licking their wounds before a premier matchup with Alabama on Saturday. If Texas A&M finds a way to win that game, I am putting it on record right now and saying that they will be the new No. 1 in this poll.
- Michigan – I can hear Ohio State fans hollering all the way from Columbus, ‘How can the Wolverines be ahead of the Buckeyes even with one loss?’ That’s simple: Michigan is a better football team than Ohio State. Since losing close on the road to Utah, Michigan has been absolutely lights-out. How good? Well, they’ve recorded three-straight shutouts and last gave up a point on September 19.
- Florida State – Isn’t perception a funny thing? Last year, Florida State was limping past teams in ACC play, but was still ranked near the top of the polls because of what they’d done in 2013. This year, the ‘Noles are doing the same thing, but can hardly crack the Top 10 – all because Jameis Winston is now in the NFL.
- Ohio State – The Buckeyes played terribly for a half – what else is new – but they rebounded and found a way to cruise past a Maryland foe who is in disarray. The Buckeyes play patsies for about another month before moving into the teeth of their schedule. Must be nice to play a schedule without teeth until late November.