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DIG Top Ten

By DIG Sports Staff

Two weeks into the 2015 college football season, and we’ve already witnessed thrilling victories, devastating injuries, the return of Ohio State superstar Braxton Miller and one near historic defeat (looking at you Auburn). Each week the DIG Sports staff will compile its list of the top ten teams in college football using the only reliable criteria available: the good ole fashioned eye test. Like the LSU season opener versus McNeese State, our Week One poll was canceled, but without further ado, here are the ten teams we’re diggin’ this week.

  1. Alabama – The Crimson Tide just play a different sport than 99 percent of the universities around the country. The Tide are so ridiculously physical up-front, and they beat teams down from inside out.
  2. Michigan St. – The Spartans didn’t just beat Oregon on Saturday, they controlled the flow of the game from start-to-finish. With Ohio State on Nov. 21 and not much else in the way of challenges, Michigan State’s season is falling into place.
  3. Ohio St. – The Buckeyes are what they are – they are a fierce, masterful club. But the whole two-quarterback system is sort-of spooking us out a little bit right now. That type of thing scares me.
  4. Ole Miss – Ole Miss’s streak of scoring 70-plus points every week will end Saturday when the Rebels travel to Tuscaloosa, but it sure has been fun to watch these first two weeks. The Rebels have weapons galore, and first year quarterback Chad Kelly looks to be quite a threat under center.
  5. TCU – After an underwhelming 23-17 victory over Minnesota open to the season, TCU was much better on Saturday albeit against an inferior opponent. The Horned Frogs just have too many returnees this year to ever count them out.
  6. UCLA –Josh Rosen sort-of came back down to earth against UNLV, but the freshman quarterback still completed 22 passes and led his offense to 37 points. With a true freshman quarterback, the Bruins will only get better, and that’s a scary thought.
  7. Texas A&M – I know what you’re thinking: the Aggies got off to a blazing hot start last season before sputtering in SEC play. This Texas A&M team is different. Sophomore quarterback Kyle Allen is a rising star and the Aggie defense under first year coordinator John Chavis has already shown noticeable improvement.
  8. USC – Quarterback Cody Kessler has been fantastic so far this season, though the Trojans have been unchallenged. With Stanford, Arizona State, Washington and Notre Dame in the next four games, the college football world will quickly find out whether USC has regained elite status or is just once again overrated and overhyped.
  9. Notre Dame – The Irish looked like the best team in the country in their season opening rout of Texas, but the Golden Domers are in the bottom half of the top ten in week two after losing quarterback Malik Zaire to a season-ending injury. What a tough blow for the Irish.
  10. BYU – Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. After losing senior quarterback Taysom Hill to a season-ending foot injury in week one, 21-year-old freshman Tanner Mangum has engineered back-to-back last second Cougar victories over Nebraska and Boise State. Will the magic continue in the Rose Bowl against UCLA this week?

 

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