Because it seems every sports site has some sort of rankings post I thought I’d give it a shot with doing some NCAA Division 1 college football rankings. If I’d really thought this through I’d have invited a few friends to submit ballots–and maybe at some point I still will–but for now these are just my picks.
My top-five picks will get a little blurb, teams ranked six through ten get just a mention. Feel free to argue with me in the comments.
#1 – Clemson (5-0)
Last year’s NCAA College Football Playoff champion, and I figure until they lose–or at least look really bad against an opponent they should easily beat–they deserve the top ranking. A week five 31-17 win at Virginia Tech was more than enough to keep them at #1. Next week they’re home against Wake Forest (4-1).
#2 – Alabama (5-0)
Lots of people have Alabama as the top team this year, but unless Clemson slips up the Crimson Tide will have to wait until the playoff to claim their spot on top. Last week Alabama crushed an overmatched Ole Miss 66-3, and in week six they visit Texas A&M (4-1).
#3 – Michigan (4-0)
After a big win at Florida the Wolverines have played nothing but powderpuffs, but that win over the Gators is good enough to have them claim the #3 spot for now. After having week five off Michigan plays three AP Top-Ten teams over the next eight weeks. A strong showing and they’re likely in the playoff. In week six the Wolverines host cross state rival Michigan State (3-1).
#4 – Penn State (5-0)
The Nittany Lions have four wins against teams that no one with a top notch program would consider tough, and a fifth on the road against a mid-level Iowa team that had Penn State scoring on the last play of the game. But make no mistake, this is a very good Nittany Lions squad. Their playoff chances come down to the last two weeks in October when they play Michigan and at Ohio State. Next week Penn State is at Northwestern (2-2).
#5 – Georgia (5-0)
The Bulldogs have three quality wins, including a 41-0 thrashing of Tennessee in Knoxville in week five. Georgia will likely have to win the SEC Championship to earn a spot in the College Football playoff, but don’t count them out. They say defense wins championships, and the Bulldogs play defense very well. Next week they’re at Vanderbilt (3-2).
#6 – Oklahoma (4-0)
Week five: idle
Week six: vs Iowa State (2-2)
#7 – Washington (5-0)
Week five: beat Oregon State 42-7
Week six: vs California (3-2)
#8 – Wisconsin (4-0)
Week five: beat Northwestern 33-24
Week six: at Nebraska (3-2)
#9 – Ohio State (4-1)
Week five: beat Rutgers 56-0
Week six: vs Maryland (3-1)
#10 – Oklahoma State (4-1)
Week five: beat Texas Tech 41-34
Week six: vs Baylor (0-5)