A month into the college football season, one thing seemed certain: the teams that many of us thought might be Back not much Back.
We look at you Texas and Miami. Texas Tech beat the Longhorns in overtime, and Middle Tennessee beat Miami in perhaps the most shocking result of the day (on coach Mario Cristobal’s birthday, none). On Saturday, it was good to be a rider, in red and blue.
It was good to be orange too. Just ask Tennessee, who rolled Florida, and Clemson, who survived the Wake Forest panic. And there’s Auburn, too, who didn’t win quite as much as Missouri lost in an epic ugly overtime match on the Plains. Coach Brian Harsin survived for at least another week.
In another SEC fight, Arkansas blew up a 14-0 lead in a 23-21 loss to Texas A&M that featured one of the most outlandish field goals you’ll ever see. Little Cam’s luminous attempt in the last two minutes Disassembled from the upper right in vertical position I fell in the end zone! Gone from the top ten are the pigs as well as the urgent ones. The Kansas State Wildcats led by Adrian Martinez, a week after losing to Tulane at home, went to the Oklahoma Thunderbolt Trail.
Meanwhile, Kansas remained undefeated by defeating Duke, and took the TCU team from Sonny Dykes to SMU on their return to Dallas. The frying pan is back in Fort Worth. Michigan finally played the Power 5 team, Maryland, and passed the test, while Minnesota traveled to Michigan State and beat Sparti.
In Colorado, things went from bad to worse. The Buffalo and the Rams combined 0-8, losing on Saturday with a cumulative score of 86 to 27 for UCLA and Sacramento State, respectively (yes, Sacramento State). At Georgia Tech, things are not much better. Jeff Collins’ hot seat was on fire after the Yellow Vests fell to 1-3 with a 17-point loss at the UCF.
But let’s get back to discussing those who don’t often Back. The Longhorns are now 2-2 to start their second year under coach Steve Sarkissian after losing their first to Tech since 2017. In Miami, they had a poor start to the first year of Cristobal’s era. The Hurricanes scored nine points in a loss at the A&M last week, and their defense allowed Middle Tennessee to cut yards. The Blue Raiders had scores of 69, 71 and 98 yards, and quarterback, Chase Cunningham, threw 401 yards in just 16 games (that seems almost impossible).
Needless to say, the Longhorns and Hurricanes are not in the top 10. Before we get to the rankings, keep in mind that we attach special importance to World Health Organization Teams played (ahem, Michigan fans).
1 – Georgia (4-0)
last game: Kent State win 39-22
Next match: in Missouri (Saturday)
First of all, he ceded Kent State, which played in Washington, Oklahoma and Georgia this year as a payday victim. The Flashes earned $5.2 million in game guarantees. It looked like Georgia was on the line in the middle of the third quarter. The Bulldog led 12-10 before pulling back, mostly on the heels and hands of the narrow end variety Brock Bowers, who was rushing twice for 77 yards (both downhill) and five grabs for another 60.
2 – Ohio State (4-0)
last game: Wisconsin won 52-21
Next match: Rutgers (Saturday)
The Buckeyes jumped to a 21-0 lead before the first quarter ended. For the most part, Ohio State did what it wanted against the Badgers, which is somewhat unusual. In fact, the 52 points is the most Wisconsin has given up in a game outside of overtime in at least six years.
3. USC (4-0)
Last game: beat Oregon 17-14
Next game: Arizona State (Saturday)
Oregon gave USC all it could handle for more than three quarters in Corvallis on Saturday night. But the Trojan defense and special teams kept Lincoln Riley’s team at it to set the table for QB Caleb Williams, who gave USC the lead forever. Jordan Addison, who was relatively quiet most of the night, got the winning 21-yard pass to close the road.
4 – Penn State (4-0)
last game: Beat Central Michigan 33-14
Next match: Northwest (Saturday)
Nittany Lions continues to produce returning talent. Last week, Nick Singleton was jogging all over Auburn. This year, freshman Kaytron Allen was helping PSU weed out a feisty Michigan middle team coached by Jim McElwain. Allen had 111 yards on the floor and James Franklin’s team went from a one-point game in the first half to a defeat in the second.
5 – Alabama (4-0)
last game: beat Vanderbilt 55-3
Next match: Arkansas (Saturday)
Bryce Young races in his bid to become Heisman’s second-recurring winner, stuffing the stat book against Commodores with 385 yards and four touchdowns. Not only did Nick Saban’s crew keep Vandy out of the end zone, but Doris’s team took a total of 11 shots on Bama’s side of the field (seven of those are in the goal field).
6. Tennessee (4-0)
last game: beat Florida 38-33
Next match: LSU (8 October)
Foles and second-year coach Josh Hubel knocked out the gates in 2022, scoring in groups. They average attacking over 500 yards, and accumulated 576 against the Gators. Do not sleep on folders. They get a farewell week before traveling to play LSU and then host Alabama in what could be the first related UT-Bama game in a very long time.
7. Clemson (4-0)
last game: Wake Forest 51-45 VOT
Next match: North Carolina (Saturday)
The Tigers, for the second consecutive season, weren’t in control of themselves, but they found a way to win on the road in overtime and with the quarterback finally having a game-breaker. DJ Uiagalelei passed for 371 yards and five touchdowns to help lead Clemson to win the comeback. Wake had four leads in the second half (one in overtime) that blew. Dave Clawson is now 0-9 against Dabo Swinney, who claimed during a post-match interview that the game made him 10 years old.
8. Florida (4-0)
last game: beat Boston College 44-14
Next match: Wake Forest (Saturday)
The Knowles were welcomed into our top ten with a 4-0 score for the first time since 2015. That comes a year after they started 0-4. QB Jordan Travis continued to play (321 yard passes) and choked Mike Norville’s defense against the Eagles in what was 60 minutes of dominance from the Fifa. The BC had two drives going over 25 yards.
9. Kansas (4-0)
last game: Defeat Duke 35-27
Next match: in Iowa (Saturday)
One month into the season, Kansas has yet to lose. Who was bad before the year started?! The Jayhawks strangled the Blue Devils in a surprisingly undefeated basketball encounter. KU QB Jalon Daniels delivered a gem. He completed 82% of his passes for 324 yards, four TDs and ran for another 83.
10- Michigan (4-0)
last game: Defeat Maryland 34-27
Next match: opposite Iowa
Wolverines, welcome to the top ten! An uninspiring early season schedule — Colorado State, Hawaii, and Ocon State — prevented us from placing Michigan in the top ten. But the victory over the Terps was enough for them to reach the world rankings. It wasn’t the prettiest of showings, but RB Blake Corum rolled 243 yards out and scored twice to take out a daring run from Maryland QB Taulia Tagovailoa
10- North Carolina (4-0)
Last match: beat UConn 41-10
Next game: Fifth place Clemson
We know the quality of NC State’s wins isn’t great. But we’ll find out if the Wolfpack is real next week at a match in Clemson. After the East Carolina Panic to open the season (North Carolina State won 21-20), Dave Doeren’s team beat Charleston Southern, Yukon and Texas Tech. That tech win looks horribly good after the Red Raiders toppled the Texas.
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