The Good: Alabama’s defense showed why they are considered the best defensive unit in the nation. Bama held Ole Miss to 46 yards rushing on 25 attempts.
The Bad: I’m sure Tide fans would like to see AJ McCarron find the end-zone every game, especially against teams like Ole Miss.
Did the coaches get it right?: Yes. Alabama is still the best team in the nation and their #1 ranking should not change until they lose a game.
The Good: Oregon absolutely pummeled California and it could have been much worse. The Ducks led 41-3 at half-time but decided to call off the dogs in the second half. I expected Oregon’s offense to put up big numbers but I was impressed that their defense was able to hold Cal to 16 points.
The Bad: The Ducks’ star running back, De’Anthony Thomas, injured his ankle on Saturday and is out for this week’s game against Colorado. The good news is that Oregon’s scout team should be able to beat Colorado by three or four scores.
Did the coaches get it right?: No. I still have Ohio State ranked ahead of Oregon.
#3 Ohio State
The Good: Ohio State beat a Wisconsin team that many people picked to upset the Buckeyes in Columbus. Wisconsin led the nation in rushing with both of their running backs averaging over 150 yards per game prior to playing Ohio State. The biggest question-mark for the Buckeyes was their inexperienced front seven but they stepped up to the challenge and held Wisconsin to 104 yards rushing. Braxton Miller threw for 4 touchdowns with no interceptions in his first game back from a knee injury.
The Bad: Bradley Roby had quite possibly his worst game as a Buckeye. In his defense, he was asked to cover one of the best receivers in the nation on an island by himself, while the Buckeyes attempted to shut down Wisconsin’s running game. I would have to imagine that Roby’s draft stock took a hit after allowing Jared Abbrederis to gain 207 yards through the air. Ohio State’s starting senior safety, Christian Bryant, broke his ankle in the final minute of the game and is out for the season.
Did the coaches get it right?: No. I still have Ohio State ranked ahead of Oregon at #2.
The Good: Clemson destroyed Wake Forest while racking up nearly 600 yards of total offense. Clemson proved that their defense can play too as they held Wake Forest to 7 points.
The Bad: There isn’t anything negative to say about Clemson’s performance.
Did the coaches get it right? No. I still have Stanford ranked ahead of Clemson.
The Good: Stanford blew out another strong conference opponent for the 2nd week in a row. Stanford’s first team defense held a potent Washington State offense to 3 points through 3 quarters.
The Bad: Stanford allowed Washington State’s offense to rack up nearly 400 yards of offense.
Did the coaches get it right? No. I still have Stanford ahead of Clemson this week at #4.
The Good: Georgia was able to escape the most treacherous opening 4-game stretch in all of college football with only one loss. This Bulldogs offense remains one of the best in the nation after putting up 44 points on LSU.
The Bad: Georgia’s defense is as bad as I expected prior to the start of the season and they will not win a national championship because of this.
Did the coaches get it right?: Yes. I still feel that a one loss SEC team should be ranked higher than an unranked Louisville team.
#7 Louisville (bye)
I agree with Louisville at #7.
#8 Florida State
The Good: Florida State managed to hold on and find a way to win behind Jameis Winston’s 397 yards and 4 touchdowns.
The Bad: Florida State’s defense allowed a mediocre Boston College team to accumulate 397 yards of total offense and 34 points.
Did the coaches get it right?: Yes. I feel good about Florida State at #8 after last week’s performance.
#9 Texas A&M
The Good: Texas A&M’s offense continues to roll as they finished the game with over 500 yards of total offense.
The Bad: The Aggies defense gave up 33 points and allowed Arkansas to pile up 483 yards of offense.
Did the coaches get it right?: Yes. Texas A&M still seems to be a top ten team so I am fine with them at #9 as long as there is the potential for other undefeated teams to jump them as the season progresses.
The Good: Oklahoma dominated a good Notre Dame squad. Blake Bell proved that he is more than just a red-zone, rushing quarterback as he threw for 232 yards and 2 touchdowns.
The Bad: Oklahoma’s defense allowed Notre Dame to rush for over 200 yards.
Did the coaches get it right?: Yes. Oklahoma seems to be the real deal and they should continue to rise up the polls as they beat additional quality opponents.