By DIG Sports Staff
November college football chaos reigned supreme on a weekend that saw Baylor, Stanford and Utah lose. Plus LSU’s out of our rankings for the first time since Week Two.
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 may not be the 1972 Dolphins all of the time, but they just find a way to win games. It’s not popular for a Louisiana man to rank the Buckeyes at the top spot in the country, but it’s simply become a dilemma that’s impossible to avoid.
- Alabama – OK, last week we said it was a cheap trick to put Alabama ahead of Oklahoma State. This week, we’ve change our minds. The Cowboys will not go undefeated. There is no possible way that they battle through their schedule without a loss. Alabama on the other hand sacked Dak Prescott what felt like 62 times in a dominant win to keep the Crimson Tide train rolling.
- Clemson – The Tigers limped past Syracuse in an ugly win on Saturday at the Carrier Dome. Teams who can’t put Syracuse away convincingly usually turn out to not be legitimate national title threats (see also: LSU).
- Notre Dame – The Irish control their own destiny in the quest to reach the College Football Playoff. There’s absolutely no doubt in my mind. If they beat Boston College and then Stanford, they’re in. They deserve to be in, too. They are a two-point road loss at Clemson from being unbeaten.
- Oklahoma State – The Cowboys won’t win the rest of their games. That fact has been discussed up-top in our discussion about Alabama. If they do, they’ll surely have a strong case to be in the Top 4. But they won’t. There’s no way. The Cowboys just simply aren’t that good of a football team. Sure, beating TCU amazing, but it’s the same TCU team that nearly lost to woeful Kansas.
- Florida – The Gators need to beat Florida State and then somehow beat Alabama (or any other SEC Western Champ) to have a shot to get into the Top 4. In some years, the SEC can maybe get two teams in, but this isn’t one of those years. Florida’s resume just isn’t strong enough to fit that bill.
- Oklahoma – How about Bob Stoops? Long written off for dead, the Sooners circled the wagons and trumped Baylor on the road to keep their playoff hopes alive. Losing to Texas is an absolute resume killer – there’s no doubt about it. But being 11-1 in the Big 12 with three-straight wins over Baylor, TCU and Oklahoma State would be tough to discredit.
- Iowa – The Hawkeyes have hands-down the easiest major conference schedule of anyone in the country. They’ve barely beaten Illinois, Indiana and Minnesota on the season and have a 0 percent chance to beat Ohio State, Michigan or Michigan State in the Big 10 Championship Game. But at 10-0, we simply can no longer leave them out of the field.
- North Carolina – The best kept secret in the country is in Chapel Hill. The North Carolina football team is really, really good. The Heels have won nine-straight to avenge an opening-night loss to South Carolina to start 2015. If the Tar Heels keep winning and scoring crooked numbers on everyone they face, they have to jump up in the rankings – especially if they beat Clemson in the ACC Championship Game.
- Navy – How about some love for the Midshipmen, who are legitimately a top-flight team this season. Take away a tough loss at Notre Dame, and it’s Navy’s only setback. The Midshipmen demolished Memphis on the road and sit two wins away from rolling through the American Athletic Conference unbeaten.