By DIG Sports Staff
Fake field goals, muffed snaps and pick-sixes were all the rage this weekend in one of the most exciting Saturday’s of college football so far this season. LSU emerged as the last undefeated team in the Southeastern Conference, while the Big 10 still has THREE undefeated teams. Shout out Iowa!
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.
- Baylor – The Bears are a menacing offensive juggernaut that has now completely found its rhythm. Looking at the Bears’ schedule, there’s not a game Baylor should lose until late-November, if at all. The Bears are a lock to get to 10 wins and beyond in the Big 12.
- Utah – Utah surely doesn’t look the part of the No. 2 team in the country through the eye-test. The Utes aren’t dominant offensively, and they aren’t an elite-level defense, either. But they keep on winning ball games in the PAC-12. That’s all that matters at this point.
- LSU – Leave it to Les Miles to win LSU’s biggest game of the season on a fake field goal. The Tigers don’t always look amazing – especially on special teams, but LSU’s overall level of physicality and poise always looms large in those close, hard-fought SEC games.
- Alabama – Remember when the Alabama’s dominance was questioned after losing to Ole Miss at home? After winning three straight SEC games and dominating two top ten conference foes on the road, Alabama is back in the hunt for the SEC West. The Crimson Tide will regret losing to Ole Miss – especially if the Rebels keep losing, but as it stands right now, Alabama is easily the nation’s best one-loss team and they’re better than a few unbeaten, as well. Never doubt a Nick Saban coached team.
- TCU – The Horned Frogs’ roller-coaster season continues. From a last-second comeback in Lubbock to a blowout of Texas, then a massive come from behind win against Kansas State and now TCU shuts out Iowa State for the final three quarters of Saturday’s game. Their method may be inconsistent, but the Frogs keep winning. We can’t wait until TCU, Baylor and Oklahoma all finally play each other.
- Ohio State – Finally, Ohio State played a pretty solid game, thumping Penn State by four touchdowns on Saturday night. It’s still a bit of a puzzle as to why J.T. Barrett isn’t the Buckeyes’ starting quarterback. He’s better than Cardale Jones in every facet of the game, but Urban Meyer will probably make a move pretty soon with big games against Michigan State and Michigan looming on the horizon.
- Michigan State – Just when we all wrote off Michigan State, they rebounded and escaped with a win at Michigan on the road Saturday – even if the win came under some of the luckiest circumstances in recent college football memory. If Sparty beats Ohio State later in the season and takes care of business in its other games, it will be in the Top 4 – if not No. 1.
- Florida State – The Seminoles just keep chugging along, using a more efficient offense to trump Louisville on Saturday. Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech will be no easy feat because even when struggling, the Yellow Jackets are no easy out.
- Clemson – The Tigers aren’t always sexy on the field, but they find a way to get a few touchdowns more than their opponent. That’s all that counts. Like Florida State, Clemson’s spirit will be tested this weekend in a road tilt at Miami. The Tigers’ date with Florida State on November 7 will decide the ACC.
- Stanford – Utah may be No. 2 in our poll, but Stanford may be the best team in the PAC-12. Since losing on opening day, the Cardinal has been running roughshod over every team that they’ve faced.