By DIG Sports Staff
Special teams mayhem at Georgia Tech, a season-ending injury for Baylor and the annihilation of “The U” defined the latest weekend of college football. Pretenders keep falling and the cream is beginning to rise to the top as we enter the last weekend in October.
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.
- Ohio State – The Buckeyes finally look like a championship contender. All it took was taking one-hit wonder Cardale Jones out of the lineup and replacing him with J.T. Barrett – the guy who got the Buckeyes to the College Football Playoff last year in the first place.
- Clemson – Just in case there were a dozen or so people out there in the world who thought Miami was still a relevant program, Clemson erased all doubt of that on Saturday. The Tigers completely humiliated the Hurricanes 58-0, dealing “The U” the worst loss program history, and helping end the Al Golden era in Miami half a season earlier than expected. Clemson has looked dominant, but a date with Florida State still looms.
- LSU – We have zero confidence in the Tigers ability to remain undefeated as they approach the final four games of their schedule. LSU has allowed 20 or more points in six-straight games. Their secondary communication and alignment are laughable. Their special teams are even worse. But they’re undefeated in the SEC. That has to count for something.
- TCU – The Horned Frogs sat at home this weekend in advance of Thursday night’s showdown with West Virginia. With Baylor’s quarterback down, TCU now has an open door to try and sneak into the College Football Playoff. It better endure its current brutal stretch first, though.
- Stanford – Stanford is not only the best one loss team in the nation, but one of the nation’s elite teams through eight weeks. Since their season opening loss at Northwestern, the Cardinal have scored at least 31 points in six straight games, while overpowering all their PAC-12 adversaries. At 5-0 in conference play, Stanford has very manageable remaining PAC-12 schedule. Their season finale date with Notre Dame on November 28 could be a de facto playoff elimination game.
- Michigan State – The Spartans were underwhelming on Saturday, but they always are. At this point in the season, though, it’s hard to leave out any major conference team that’s unbeaten, so Michigan State lands at this spot – even if exhibiting some holes on both offense and defense.
- Alabama – The Crimson Tide are overrated. If their defense doesn’t net pick six’s or blocked punts, they can’t score enough points to blow anyone out. But at the end of the day, they’re still Alabama and the Tide always finds a way to be a part of the story come crunch time.
- Oklahoma State – God bless all of the people in Stillwater as they battle the tragedy that occurred on the school’s campus. The Cowboys are an overlooked undefeated foe that keeps chugging along in the Big 12 race.
- Baylor – Time to see if Baylor’s offense truly is a plug and play system. Starting quarterback Seth Russell’s season is over after suffering damage to his cervical vertebra in last week’s win over Iowa State. The Bears’ fate now rests in the hands of true freshman quarterback Jarrett Stidham. If Baylor can survive games against Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and TCU with Stidham under center, it will truly have earned a place in the College Football Playoff.
- Memphis – If Ole Miss wins the SEC West and the Tigers go undefeated, the College Football Playoff Committee has a huge decision to make. Memphis’ schedule looks awful on paper, but the team faces Navy, Houston and Temple coming down the stretch – all opponents with dominant records. If the Tigers sweep those games and end up unbeaten, it will be tough for the committee to leave them out.