#1 Alabama (bye)
Alabama is still deserving of their #1 ranking and that should not change until they lose a game. That doesn’t mean that I think they are the best team in the country.
#2 Florida State
The Good: Florida State demolished another top 10 team. James Winston completed 73% of his passes for 325 yards. Florida State converted 11/15 first downs against Miami! The Seminoles’ defense looked superb as they held Miami to 83 yards rushing and 14 total points.
The Bad: Winston threw 2 interceptions and certainly did not look like a Heisman Trophy front-runner. Florida State is a great football team but I don’t think they’re as great as most people think they are.
Did the coaches get it right?: No. I have Florida State at #4. I think both Ohio State and Oregon could beat the Seminoles on a neutral site. Clemson and Miami were only top 10 teams because the presason polls said they were. I have Oregon at #3.
#3 Oregon (bye)
I agree with Oregon’s #3 ranking.
#4 Ohio State
The Good: Ohio State blew out yet another Big 10 opponent, this time Purdue by a score of 56-0. I realize that Purdue is not a great team but Ohio State played flawless football for the second straight week. Braxton Miller completed 83% of his passes for 233 yards and 4 touchdowns and he only played one half of football! Carlos Hyde racked up 111 yards on only 8 carries until his backups came in to lighten his load. The Buckeyes’ defense posted their second shut out of the year.
The Bad: Nothing. Ohio State was phenomenal in all aspects of the game for the second week in a row.
Did the coaches get it right?: No. Ohio State should most definitely be in control of their own destiny. Urban Meyer is 21-0 as the head coach of the Buckeyes and they deserve a shot at a national title if they finish the season undefeated.
#5 Stanford (bye)
I still feel that an undefeated Baylor team should be ranked ahead of Stanford but Thursday night will settle this debate. Stanford will solidify their #5 ranking if they are able to upset Oregon.
#6 Baylor (bye)
Baylor will jump to #5 if they are able to beat Oklahoma on Thursday night and if Stanford loses.
The Good: Clemson pummeled Virginia by a score of 59-10. Tajh Boyd looked phenomenal as he threw for 377 yards and 3 touchdowns.
The Bad: Clemson looked great throughout the entire game.
Did the coaches get it right?: No. Their only quality win was against a Georgia team that isn’t nearly as good as we originally thought. Clemson was absolutely embarrassed by Florida State on their own home field. I have Auburn at #7.
The Good: Missouri’s dominant performance on Saturday was quite impressive despite the fact that Tennessee is an awful football team. The Tigers’ backup quarterback, Maty Mauk, threw for 3 touchdowns in their blowout win.
The Bad: Mauk’s 48% completion percentage won’t be good enough when they play a real football team.
Did the coaches get it right?: No. I think Clemson and Oklahoma are better teams than Missouri. I have Oklahoma at #8 and Missouri at #10.
The Good: Auburn won another game to continue their impressive, and quite surprising, season. Their defense forced 3 turnovers in their game against Arkansas on Saturday.
The Bad: The Tigers only out-gained Arkansas 366 yards to 346 yards. Nick Marshall only threw the ball 8 times for 118 yards.
Did the coaches get it right?: No. I still have Auburn ranked #7 despite their average performance against the Razorbacks.
#10 Oklahoma (bye)
We will know a lot more about Oklahoma after their showdown with Baylor Thursday night.