By DIG Sports Staff
From the worst loss in school history and the firing of head coach Al Golden last weekend to “The Return,” the eight lateral, game winning kick return touchdown, nothing else holds a candle to the Hurricanes’ last two weeks. Nothing. Who cares if the officials blew the call, it was wild, crazy fun, and hopefully the first step in the return of “The U.” Nevertheless the Hurricanes are no where near our top ten list.
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.
- LSU – The time is now for LSU. The Tigers are officially knee-deep into a four-game stretch that is as tough as any in college football. If LSU goes 3-1 in that stretch, the Tigers should be in the College Football Playoff – whether they win the SEC West or not. See also: Alabama in 2011.
- Clemson – The Tigers exchanged body blows with NC State for a half before putting the Wolfpack away late in a shootout. The big showdown looms Saturday with Florida State on the schedule.
- Ohio State – The J.T. Barrett experiment in Columbus lasted exactly one game after the quarterback got popped for drinking and driving this weekend, which netted a one-game suspension. That’s not the kind of thing you want to see your quarterback get into this late in the season – not in the least.
- TCU – The Horned Frogs are starting to come around. Holding West Virginia to 10 points is no easy feat under any circumstances. But that’s exactly what TCU did on Thursday night in a thorough 30-point win.
- Alabama – Like most of the top dogs in our poll, Alabama was at home this weekend – licking its wounds before a showdown with LSU. The Tide are in a weird spot. Even if they beat LSU, they don’t control their own destiny, because of their early-season loss to Ole Miss, who remains in the driver’s seat, despite having no shot to win it all.
- Florida – The Gators are a win against Vanderbilt away from going to the SEC Championship Game. It’s no fluke, either. Florida looks really good again under new-coach Jim McElwain. The Gators are about to be a force for the long haul.
- Oklahoma State – It’s not often that you allow 53 points, but still win by two and a half touchdowns, but Oklahoma State managed to do exactly that on Saturday in a decisive win over Texas Tech. The Cowboys schedule now stiffens immensely, though, so we’ll see if they can hang around.
- Michigan State – Our sentiment about Michigan State is the same today as it has been all season. They will sag at the bottom of the Top 10 until they meet Ohio State. If they win that game, they will shoot back to the top of this list. Until then, the Spartans’ resume just isn’t good enough yet.
- Baylor – The Bears got a much-needed bye week after learning that quarterback Seth Russell would be out for the season with a severe injury. Now it’s time to find out how valuable Russell was to Baylor or if he was just another in a long line of system quarterbacks that team has had.
- Notre Dame – The Irish won a hard fought road tilt at Temple last weekend to remain one of the top one-loss teams in the nation. With their only loss coming on the road at Clemson, the Irish are still in contention for a College Football Playoff berth, provided they beat Stanford in their season finale.