Los Angeles Times
Are two weeks of College Football enough to do a power ranking? Damn right it is. Here are the 10 best teams in the country right now.
The first quarter vs Duke was shaky, but since then the Crimson Tide have dominated outscoring opponents 105-13 so far this season. Tua is still incredible, but probably the biggest advantage the Tide have is their incredible core of WR’s. We know how good Jerry Jeudy is, but now we are continuing to see guys like Ruggs, Smith, and Waddle come into their own as well. That group not only has the potential to be the best in football this year but maybe one of the best WR groups of all time.
I’m not going to claim that Lawrence was overrated, but he certainly has not looked like the same guy as he was in last year’s CFP. Luckily the balance on offense has been plenty for the Tigers to steamroll to 2-0, not to mention the fact that they are already past what was likely the hardest team they will face all year in Texas A&M.
3) Ohio State
Justin Fields, who had plenty of doubters coming into the season, looks like a contender to win the Heisman this year. He also has one of the best RB’s in the country in JK Dobbins, and a quality defense led by DE Chase Young. They just beat a quality Cincinnati team 42-0, and it doesn’t seem like they are going to slow down anytime soon under new head coach Ryan Day.
The Bulldogs began the year with a 30-6 SEC road win, albeit against Vanderbilt. Fromm and company now have a cupcake game vs Arkansas State to fine-tune things before the Fighting Irish come to town.
Can Hurts make it three Heisman’s in a row for OU? I still doubt it, but he’s certainly off to a good start. The Sooner defense still needs some work, but they certainly have looked somewhat improved from last year thanks in large part to Kenneth Murray. The biggest reason to like the Sooners, however, isn’t Hurts or the new defense. If they are to make a championship run it will be because of the balance they have on offense with one of the best combinations of WR’s and RB’s in the country led by Ceedee Lamb and Trey Sermon.
Yes, they have the best win in the country right now, but I have questions about their defense after watching their game against Texas. And Joe Burrow certainly looks like a top-tier QB, but is he good enough to win in Tuscaloosa?
Despite being 1-1, I couldn’t put anyone else above Texas. They are one of the few teams in the country who have gotten to prove on the field they belong against other top teams. Their young defense needs some work, but Tom Herman has something special on offense especially with the duo of Sam Ehlinger and Colin Johnson. The Longhorns may not be undefeated, but their playoff hopes certainly aren’t done yet.
It’s tough to know who the Badgers really are after only seeing them play against USF and CMU, but they have yet to allow a point and currently have a differential of 110-0. Jonathon Taylor is incredible, and if their defense is legit and Jack Coan can continue to play decent football then Wisconsin could contend for the Big 10 title.
9) Notre Dame
There were many positives to take away from the opener against Louisville, but the play of Ian Book was more than concerning. If Notre Dame wants to go anywhere this season, that game last Monday has to have been an anomaly rather than a sign of things to come.
10) Penn State
The first half vs Buffalo was concerning, but other than that Penn State has been dominant. In my opinion, Penn State will be one of the most intriguing teams in the country to watch going forward. We know they have an elite defense. The question marks fall on the offensive side of the ball. Sean Clifford has looked good, but will he be able to perform against opponents like Michigan and Ohio State?