Another week and the Buckeyes and Crimson Tide are still #2 and #1, respectively, in the College Sports Nation Top Ten. The Tide host the undefeated Texas A&M Aggies, while Ohio State travels to Penn State to face the always tough Nittany Lions.
10: Nebraska Cornhuskers (6-0)
How good is Nebraska? They’ve taken down a clearly not themselves Oregon and that’s about it. They’ve got a home game against Purdue this week before two substantial hurdles back-to-back: at Wisconsin and at Ohio State. If the Huskers can even get a split out of that tricky two-step, fans should begin thinking about booking tix to Indy for the Big Ten Championship.
9. Tennessee Volunteers (5-2)
A lot of teams get whupped by the Crimson Tide, Tennessee. Take solace in still being on track for your best campaign in a decade or so. Heck, maybe the Vols will get a second crack at Alabama come the SEC Championship Game. Vols can lick their wounds this weekend against the dreaded bye week before getting back to it on the 29th against the Gamecocks.
8. Wisconsin Badgers (4-2)
Just not good enough. That’s the tough pill to swallow for the Badgers after two close losses in a row against the Big Ten kingpins Michigan and Ohio State. The sledding gets no easier for Wisconsin as they now face Iowa and Nebraska in back-to-back weeks. If there’s any solace it’s probably in the fact that UW is tied with Tennessee in the best two-loss team in the nation contest, but that’s a big “if.”
7. Louisville Cardinals (5-1)
Three weeks removed from their tough road loss to ACC boss, Clemson, the Cardinals are back in action against a very good and very underrated NC State. The Wolfpack is a team that no one should want to play right now and Louisville better not be rusty coming out of their bye.
6. Texas A&M (6-0)
Oh, hello, undefeated A&M. I didn’t see you there. Please, do come into the College Sports Nation Top Ten. The Aggies travel to Tuscaloosa this weekend to take on #1 and undefeated Alabama in a game of some minor consequence.
5. Washington Huskies (6-0)
“Ruff, ruff, ruff,” that’s how the Huskies have been treating opponents this season. Coming out of the bye week after their thorough, 70-21 demolition of the Oregon Ducks, Washington now faces the other team from Oregon: the Beavers of Oregon State. Barring some unforeseen lapse or catastrophe, the Huskies should continue to run roughshod over the Pac 12.
4. Michigan Wolverines (6-0)
Six up and six down for the Wolverines. Saturday the University of Michigan hosts Illinois which should put up about as much resistance as an ant hill against the landing gear of a 747. Michigan’s season, per usual, will be won or lost with their results against Michigan State (two weeks out) and Ohio State (six weeks out).
3. Clemson Tigers (7-0)
The Tigers have the bye this week before their huge showdown with Florida State at Doak-Campbell. Having outlasted Louisville, Clemson’s path to the playoff is clear: beat FSU.
2. Ohio State Buckeyes (6-0)
A week after mounting an impressive comeback against Wisconsin, in one of the most inhospitable and raucous stadiums in college football, the Buckeyes once again find themselves on the road, in an impossibly inhospitable environment: Happy Valley against Penn State.
1. Alabama Crimson Tide (7-0)
Tennessee had no answers for ‘Bama as the Crimson Tide dominated this past weekend from start to finish. Nick Saban probably still has some things to nitpick over, but the Crimson Tide appears to be untouchable at the moment. Of course, that will be tested when Texas A&M comes to visit this weekend at home.
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