2022 College Football Power Rankings: Week 4

2022 College Football Power Rankings: Week 4

An impressive under-the-radar Big Ten team moves into the top ten of this week’s college football power rankings.

 

1. Georgia Bulldogs (3-0) | Last week: 1

Georgia started SEC play by total dismantling South Carolina, 48-7. The Bulldogs made things very difficult on Spencer Rattler and the Gamecocks offense, while Stetson Bennett (320 total yards, three total touchdowns) keeps playing like one of the best quarterbacks in the nation. Stud sophomore tight end Brock Bowers had five receptions for 121 yards and was on the receiving end of both of Bennett’s touchdown tosses.

 

2. Alabama Crimson Tide (3-0) | Last week: 2

Alabama allowed a second-quarter touchdown, and Bryce Young threw a couple of interceptions, but it was an overwhelming performance as expected in the 63-7 drubbing of Louisiana-Monroe. Bama was only one-for-six on third down, so that’s something to improve as the Tide receivers look to step up this season.

 

3. Michigan Wolverines (3-0) | Last week: 5 (+2)

Michigan looks way too dominant not to move up in the power rankings, and we’re moving them up a couple of spots to No. 3. J.J. McCarthy looks excellent as the Wolverines’ starting quarterback, but Jim Harbaugh was able to get seven different players in the game to throw a pass in the 59-0 win over Connecticut. Michigan’s defense limited UConn to just 2.1 yards per play.

 

4. Ohio State Buckeyes (3-0) | Last week: 3 (-1)

Headlined by quarterback C.J. Stroud (five touchdown passes) and wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. (two touchdown receptions), Ohio State put up 77 points and 763 yards of total offense against Toledo. The Buckeyes averaged an insane 9.8 yards per play in the victory, so they’re red-hot as they get set to host Wisconsin this Saturday.

 

5. Clemson Tigers (3-0) | Last week: 4 (-1)

Will Shipley (12 carries, 139 yards, two touchdowns) starred in Clemson’s comfortable win against Louisiana Tech, and DJ Uiagalelei again did damage himself on the ground with nine carries for 62 yards. The Tigers were thrown on a little bit on defense, but they’ll take a rushing yardage margin of 280-6 all day every week.

 

6. Penn State Nittany Lions (3-0) | Last week: NR

Penn State has moved up eight spots to No. 14 in the AP poll, but we have them rising well into the top ten at No. 6. Winning at Auburn the way they did—forcing two interceptions and two fumbles in a 41-12 win—should be taken notice of. Sean Clifford is an experience quarterback that can help control games while working in tandem with a run game led by star freshman Nick Singleton, who has immediately become one of college football’s top big-play threats.

 

7. USC Trojans (3-0) | Last week: 6 (-7)

Fresno State battled a bit into the third quarter, but USC eventually separated for a 45-17 home victory to improve to 3-0 in their first season under Lincoln Riley. The ground game was a major factor for the Trojans, with Austin Jones (12 carries, 110 yards, one touchdown) and Travis Dye (11 carries, 102 yards, one touchdown) both doing damage.

 

8. Oklahoma Sooners (3-0) | Last week: 7 (-1)

Nebraska struck first, but they were no match for Oklahoma on Saturday. The Sooners won by five touchdowns and ran 84 plays on offense, converting 31 first downs. But the big story is obviously the defense, which is allowing just 10.0 points per game; they allowed more points (35) in the 2021 season opener than through three games in 2022.

 

9. Kentucky Wildcats (3-0) | Last week: 8 (-1)

It was a relatively slow start versus Youngstown State, but Kentucky took off with 21 second-quarter points in their 31-0 shutout victory as a follow up to the upset win at Florida two Saturdays ago. The Wildcats had a time of possession of over 38 minutes and overcame three turnovers to still shut out the Penguins.

 

10. Texas Longhorns (2-1) | Last week: 9 (-1)

Bijan Robinson (20 carries, 183 yards, three touchdowns) was the focus for the Longhorns offense, which ran for nearly 300 yards in the home win over UTSA, without Quinn Ewers. Hudson Card played well at quarterback, but Ewers is back at practice already and looks to have a shot to play against Texas Tech this weekend.

2022 Heisman Trophy Watch: Week 4

2022 Heisman Trophy Watch: Week 4

Strong performances against inferior competition led to not much movement in this week’s 2022 Heisman Trophy watch.

 

1. Bryce Young | Alabama QB | Junior | Last week: 1

Bryce Young surprisingly threw a couple of interceptions (his first two of 2022) versus Louisiana-Monroe, but he threw for 236 yards and three touchdowns on just 13/18 passing while also adding another rushing touchdown. Young will now start his second season of SEC play as Bama’s starting quarterback this week.

 

Season stats:

68.2% | 644 PASS YDS | 9 PASS TD | 2 INT

15 CAR | 144 RUSH YDS | 2 RUSH TD | 9.6 AVG

 

2. Stetson Bennett | Georgia QB | Senior (RS) | Last week: 2

Stetson Bennett continues to look like one of the best players on the field, and he has a case for No. 1 in the early Heisman Trophy race after leading his team in both passing (284 yards, two touchdowns) and rushing (36 yards, one touchdown) in a 48-7 win at South Carolina. Bennett has been highly efficient through three games.

 

Season stats:

73.9% | 952 PASS YDS | 5 PASS TD

8 CAR | 31 RUSH YDS | 3 RUSH TD | 2.9 AVG

 

3. Bijan Robinson | Texas RB | Junior | Last week: 3

After totaling over 200 yards against UTSA, Bijan Robinson is showing what made him one of the Heisman favorites entering 2022. Robinson rushed 20 times for 183 yards and three touchdowns and caught one pass for 19 yards to help No. 22 Texas get to 2-1.

 

Season stats:

51 CAR | 311 RUSH YDS | 5 RUSH TD | 6.1 AVG

7 REC | 132 REC YDS | 1 REC TD | 18.9 AVG

 

4. C.J. Stroud | Ohio State QB | Sophomore (RS) | Last week: NR

Several players could be in the No. 4 and No. 5 slots this week, but Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud moves back into the top five after tossing five touchdowns on 22/27 passing for 367 yards versus Toledo. Stroud is already up to 11 touchdowns and no picks this year.

 

Season stats:

72.9% | 941 PASS YDS | 11 PASS TD

 

5. Marvin Harrison Jr. | Ohio State WR | Sophomore | Last week: 5

Marvin Harrison Jr. has stayed hot, catching two more touchdowns and going over the century mark in yardage for the second consecutive game. Over the past two games, Harrison has 13 receptions for 286 yards and five touchdowns.

 

Season stats:

18 REC | 342 REC YDS | 5 REC TD | 19.0 AVG

 

Dropped out:

USC QB Caleb Williams

2022 College Football Power Rankings: Week 3

2022 College Football Power Rankings: Week 3

The first few weeks of the 2022 college football season have been about as wild as you can hope for. Four new teams already join the top ten of the latest power rankings after last week.

 

1. Georgia Bulldogs (2-0) | Last week: 1

Georgia, now also No. 1 in the AP poll, handled Samford as expected on Saturday. The defense stonewalled the visiting Bulldogs, and the Georgia offense was able to get guys playing time and spread the ball around to 15 different receivers. The Dawgs begin SEC play this Saturday when they go to South Carolina.

 

2. Alabama Crimson Tide (2-0) | Last week: 2

The three-touchdown favorite Crimson Tide were open the ropes in Austin, but Bryce Young again looked like a magician on the game-winning drive to help Alabama avoid the early-season upset loss. The penalties for Nick Saban’s squad were very uncharacteristic, but they should get that cleaned up quickly. The big concern for Alabama is the need for receivers to step up around Young.

 

3. Ohio State Buckeyes (2-0) | Last week: 3

Ohio State is not lacking for premier talent on the outside, with Marvin Harrison Jr. getting the headlines last week after catching three touchdowns from C.J. Stroud versus Arkansas State. The Buckeyes will host Toledo this weekend before beginning the Big Ten schedule.

 

4. Clemson Tigers (2-0) | Last week: 4

DJ Uiagelelei again did some damage with his legs in Clemson’s second game of the season, and Cade Klubnik only saw very limited action in the 35-12 victory over Furman. The Tigers are five-touchdown favorites for a home matchup with Louisiana Tech on Saturday night.

 

5. Michigan Wolverines (2-0) | Last week: 5

The quarterback plan for Jim Harbaugh was criticized by some but appears to have worked perfectly. J.J. McCarthy went 11/12 for 229 yards and three touchdowns against Hawaii, and he’ll be the starting quarterback for Michigan. Cade McNamara was key in getting the Wolverines to the College Football Playoff last season, but McCarthy’s dual threat ability might offer more upside for the reigning Big Ten champions. Michigan could be up a spot or two in the rankings.

 

6. USC Trojans (2-0) | Last week: NR

The USC defense boasted a strong pass rush and was able to force a couple of interceptions at Stanford, but the story was Caleb Williams and the offense. The Oklahoma transfer is super comfortable running Lincoln Riley’s system, and Pitt transfer Jordan Addison (seven receptions, 172 yards, two touchdowns) and fellow Oklahoma transfer Mario Williams (four receptions, 74 yards, one touchdowns) made big plays in primetime.

 

7. Oklahoma Sooners (2-0) | Last week: 7

The Oklahoma defense was stellar against the run in their 33-3 win over Kent State, and Dillon Gabriel went 21/28 for 296 yards and three touchdowns on offense—with Marvin Mims starring with seven receptions for 163 yards and two touchdowns. Mims is flying under the radar as a third-year player that’s emerging as one of the best big-play threats in the nation.

 

8. Kentucky Wildcats (2-0) | Last week: NR

Anthony Richardson and Florida were deservingly getting a lot of hype after the first full week of the season, but Mike Stoops’ Kentucky squad came ready to play in “The Swamp” and pulled off the huge SEC win. The Wildcats defense should be among the best in the country all season.

 

9. Texas Longhorns (1-1) | Last week: NR

Too high for Texas after a loss? The performance versus No. 1 Alabama deserves a close look—maybe the Longhorns will fall off to some extent after playing what might turn out to be their best all-around effort all year. However, Steve Sarkisian is obviously doing a nice job with the program. Bijan Robinson is one of the best players in the nation, and the Crimson Tide couldn’t stick with Xavier Worthy at receiver. It’s a shame that Quinn Ewers was knocked out of the game and will now miss time with a shoulder injury, but Hudson Card did well at quarterback for Texas.

 

10. Arkansas Razorbacks (2-0) | Last week: NR

KJ Jefferson and the Arkansas offense are clicking, and the Razorbacks scored five touchdowns on the ground (by four different players, led by Reheim Sanders rushing 24 times for 156 yards and two touchdowns) with the dual threat Jefferson complementing with his arm (18/21, 162 yards, one touchdown). Arkansas already has a ranked win over Cincinnati, and they’ll look to push their record to 3-0 when hosting Missouri State on Saturday.

2022 Heisman Trophy Watch: Week 3

2022 Heisman Trophy Watch: Week 3

As stated last week, the early season Heisman race features a blend of preseason expectations and early individual performance. There are some switches after the top two this week.

 

1. Bryce Young | Alabama QB | Junior | Last week: 1

It wasn’t a pretty and flashy performance all game, but Bryce Young again came through when it matters most for a game-winning drive at Texas. The end of the game was reminiscent to how the Iron Bowl went last season, and Alabama can bank on Young making magic happen when they need it.

 

Season stats:

67.2% | 408 PASS YDS | 6 PASS TD

12 CAR | 138 RUSH YDS | 1 RUSH TD | 11.5 AVG

 

2. Stetson Bennett | Georgia QB | Senior (RS) | Last week: 2

Stetson Bennett spread the ball around and continued to show masterful control of Georgia’s offense in a win over Samford. People won’t be able to ignore Bennett’s individual ability for much longer if he keeps playing like this.

 

Season stats:

75.4% | 668 PASS YDS | 3 PASS TD

5 CAR | -5 RUSH YDS | 2 RUSH TD | -0.1 AVG

 

3. Bijan Robinson | Texas RB | Junior | Last week: 4 (+1)

No. 3 through No. 5 can include a ton of players, but Texas running back Bijan Robinson actually rises after the Longhorns’ close loss to Alabama. While Robinson couldn’t find much room to run, he made the most of what was there and scored a touchdown on the ground while also catching three passes for 73 yards.

 

Season stats:

31 CAR | 128 RUSH YDS | 2 RUSH TD | 4.1 AVG

6 REC | 113 REC YDS | 1 REC TD | 18.8 AVG

 

4. Caleb Williams | USC QB | Sophomore | Last week: NR

Stanford is a tough team under head coach David Shaw, but Caleb Williams was on fire on Saturday evening, throwing for 341 yards and four touchdowns. The weapons at Williams’ disposal, including Pitt transfer Jordan Addison, were on full display in the high-octane showing on the road versus a conference opponent.

 

Season stats:

79.6% | 590 PASS YDS | 6 PASS TD

15 CAR | 72 RUSH YDS | 4.8 AVG

 

5. Marvin Harrison Jr. | Ohio State WR | Sophomore | Last week: NR

Marvin Harrison Jr.’s quarterback C.J. Stroud could easily be ranked in the top five, but I’m giving the edge to Harrison himself after he caught three touchdowns in OSU’s route of Arkansas State. After a quiet opening game, Harrison caught seven passes for 184 yards and three touchdowns.

 

Season stats:

12 REC | 240 REC YDS | 3 REC TD | 20.0 AVG

2022 College Football Power Rankings: Week 2

2022 College Football Power Rankings: Week 2

If the first full week was any indication, the 2022 college football season is going to be a great one. The Week 2 power rankings already include a new No. 1 team.

 

1. Georgia Bulldogs (1-0) | Last week: 3 (+2)

There was some hope for a relatively close game on Saturday afternoon, but Georgia completely dismantled Oregon to kick off their 2022 season about as well as possible. The defending champions have reloaded just like the Alabama teams under Nick Saban have over the years, and quarterback Stetson Bennett has complete control of the Bulldogs offense.

 

2. Alabama Crimson Tide (1-0) | Last week: 2 (-1)

Alabama couldn’t have asked for more from their opening game, handling Utah State, 55-0. The drop to No. 2 is just a matter of us having Georgia too low in our preseason rankings. The Crimson Tide defense smothered the opposition, and Bryce Young totaled six touchdowns (five passing, one rushing) in the victory.

 

3. Ohio State Buckeyes (1-0) | Last week: 2 (-1)

Jaxon Smith-Njigba leaving the game because of a leg issue didn’t help, but the Ohio State offense was off by a touch to begin the season versus Notre Dame until they were able to get going in the second half. The run game led by TreVeyon Henderson (15 carries, 91 yards) and Miyan Williams (14 carries, 84 yards, one touchdown) might be relied on often by Ryan Day if opposing defenses don’t want to let the Buckeyes throw all over the field.

 

4. Clemson Tigers (1-0) | Last week: 4

Clemson also had a relatively slow start by their standards—but they were at least ahead for most of the game and eventually separated for a 41-10 win at conference opponent Georgia Tech. A slimmer DJ Uiagelelei played well, and exciting freshman Cade Klubnik entered the game and showed major flashes that has the Tigers excited.

 

5. Michigan Wolverines (1-0) | Last week: 6 (+1)

Michigan dominated from the jump of their 51-7 win against Colorado State, moving up four spots to No. 4 in the AP poll after their showing. At quarterback, Cade McNamara threw a touchdown while J.J. McCarthy ran for one. The Wolverines will look to handle Hawaii similarly this Saturday night in the The Big House.

 

6. Texas A&M Aggies (1-0) | Last week: 5 (-1)

Alnias Smith starred in the Aggies’ first game of the year, catching six passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns. Haynes King threw a couple of interceptions, but he threw for 364 passing yards and three touchdowns. Next up, Texas A&M hosts an Appalachian State team that just took North Carolina down to the wire.

 

7. Oklahoma Sooners (1-0) | Last week: 10 (+3)

The Brent Venables era as the head guy at Oklahoma began with a 45-13 win versus UTEP, and the potential of the defense has Sooners fans optimistic about their CFP chances. Transfer quarterback Dillon Gabriel threw a couple of touchdowns to Brayden Willis, while Marcus Major ran for two touchdowns—and Gavin Freeman scored on a 46-yard reverse.

 

8. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (0-1) | Last week: 7 (-1)

Marcus Freeman had a tough task facing his alma mater in Columbus to begin his first season as Notre Dame’s head coach, and his team acquitted themselves nicely with a style of play that had them in control for the first half of the game, which was closer than the 21-10 score might indicate. The Fighting Irish will play Marshall this week as they look to get to 1-1.

 

9. Florida Gators (1-0) | Last week: NR

Utah-Florida was one of the top games of Week 1, and the Gators take the Utes’ spot in the top ten after a thrilling home victory. Quarterback Anthony Richardson dazzled throughout the evening, with 11 carries for 106 yards and three touchdowns on the ground along with a smooth two-point conversion through the air:

 

 

10. Baylor Bears (1-0) | Last week: NR

The defending Big 12 champions scored at least 14 points in every quarter of their 69-10 win versus Albany. A matchup with No. 21 BYU late this Saturday night will obviously be a bigger challenge for Dave Aranda’s squad.

2022 Heisman Trophy Watch: Week 2

2022 Heisman Trophy Watch: Week 2

With so much exciting talent in college football, the very early 2022 Heisman Trophy race is off to a strong start. Early, you have to strike a bit of a balance between preseason outlooks and on-field performance for the rankings, but a couple of SEC quarterbacks already join the top five after Week 1.

 

1. Bryce Young | Alabama QB | Junior | Last week: 1

Bryce Young threw five touchdowns and added another 100 yards and a touchdown on the ground, starting his Heisman repeat candidacy off in excellent fashion. This moment with Nick Saban was hilarious, but it also shows that Young is comfortable, having fun, and listens to coaching:

 

 

Season stats:

64.3% | 195 PASS YDS | 5 PASS TD

5 CAR | 100 RUSH YDS | 1 RUSH TD | 20.0 AVG

 

2. Stetson Bennett | Georgia QB | Senior (RS) | Last week: NR

Stetson Bennett is also very comfortable, and you can tell that he knows he’s “the guy” leading Georgia’s offense right now. The dual threat quarterback went 25/31 for 368 yards and two touchdowns, adding another touchdown rushing. Don’t be deceived by appearances, the relatively undersized quarterback could be a legit Heisman contender in 2022.

 

Season stats:

80.6% | 386 PASS YDS | 2 PASS TD

2 CAR | 8 RUSH YDS | 1 RUSH TD | 4.0 AVG

 

3. Anthony Richardson | Florida QB | Sophomore (RS) | Last week: NR

 

 

This was just one of several amazing things Anthony Richardson (274 total yards, three rushing touchdowns) did on Saturday night in a win over top-ten Utah. The electricity Richardson brings will naturally be a factor in making him a Heisman candidate, especially if the Gators have a great season.

 

Season stats:

70.8% | 168 PASS YDS

11 CAR | 106 RUSH YDS | 3 RUSH TD | 9.6 AVG

 

4. Bijan Robinson | Texas RB | Junior | Last week: 5 (+1)

The rushing/receiving ability of Bijan Robinson was discussed last week, and he promptly scored once as a runner and once as a receiver to open 2022. The Texas running back is going to average many yards per touch this year.

 

Season stats:

10 CAR | 71 RUSH YDS | 1 RUSH TD | 7.1 AVG

3 REC | 40 REC YDS | 1 REC TD | 13.3 AVG

 

5. C.J. Stroud | Ohio State QB | Sophomore (RS) | Last week: 2 (-3)

Arizona wide receiver Jacob Cowing (8/152/3) is among the top Week 1 performers that could have been included in the top five, but C.J. Stroud stays in the top five after a solid performance of 223 yards and two touchdowns in a top-five matchup against Notre Dame.

 

Season stats:

70.6% | 223 PASS YDS | 2 PASS TD

3 CAR | 1 RUSH YDS | 0.3 AVG

 

Dropped out:

Alabama OLB Will Anderson

USC QB Caleb Williams

2022 College Football Power Rankings: Week 1

2022 College Football Power Rankings: Week 1

College football is back. After Week 0 gave us a brief look, the action really picks up starting tonight, with West Virginia vs. No. 17 Pitt and Penn State vs. Purdue as the headliners. Future power rankings will be on Tuesdays, and the season, as usual, should deliver plenty of twists and shuffling in the rankings throughout the year.

 

1. Alabama Crimson Tide

In Nick Saban’s 15th year at Alabama, the Crimson Tide is clearly atop the polls, and rightfully so. Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young is back after a year of experience during which he helped his team get to the national title game. Young is surrounded by a plethora of transfers including former Georgia Tech running back Jahmyr Gibbs, and the Crimson Tide defense is headlined by star pass rusher Will Anderson.

 

2. Ohio State Buckeyes

Ohio State also brings back a star quarterback entering his second year as the starter, with C.J. Stroud leading an offense that is stacked, with Rose Bowl star Jaxon Smith-Njigba and super talent Marvin Harrison Jr. (son of the Hall of Famer) at receiver. After losing to Michigan last season and missing out on the CFP—as if winning the Rose Bowl is somehow a disappointing season—the expectations are sky high in Columbus.

 

3. Georgia Bulldogs

You could argue the defending champions should or could be in the top two, but they lost an awful lot of talent from last year’s special team—particularly on the memorable defense with a bunch of players that went to the NFL. But expect Kirby Smart to be able to reload and push for a repeat in 2022-2023. The offense has championship quarterback Stetson Bennett back, along with star tight end Brock Bowers.

 

4. Clemson Tigers

A “bad” year for Clemson included getting to double-digit wins and winning their bowl game, but they have probably heard the noise and are looking to get back into the College Football Playoff mix this season. Despite the haters, Dabo Swinney remains one of the best coaches in the nation. We’ll see how the Tigers deal with the loss of great defensive coordinator Brett Venables.

 

5. Texas A&M Aggies

The headlines for Texas A&M this offseason came from head coach Jimbo Fisher’s angry response to comments made by Nick Saban, but the Aggies are a very talented squad looking to take the next step to compete for a conference title this year. A&M opens with Sam Houston State and Appalachian State before facing Miami and then dealing with the SEC. The most anticipated matchup of the season is October 8 when the Aggies face the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa.

 

6. Michigan Wolverines

Michigan is another team that lost a lot—most notably, Heisman runner-up Aidan Hutchinson at defensive end—after making the CFP last season. There seems to be some sentiment that last year was somewhat fluky, but Jim Harbaugh has done an excellent job of bringing his alma mater “back”. You know what you’re going to get from a tough Michigan team—except maybe for playing time at quarterback, where time will be split between Cade McNamara and J.J McCarthy, each set to get a start in the first two games.

 

7. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Brian Kelly abruptly left for LSU, so the highly regarded Marcus Freeman is now leading the program—and he’ll be thrown right into the fire when the Notre Dame faces Ohio State. Fortunately, the Fighting Irish are loaded with seniors on defense, and the unit can help them get back into the CFP.

 

8. Utah Utes

Coming off the epic Rose Bowl loss to Ohio State, the experienced Utah offense led by Cameron Rising at quarterback should be extremely confident entering this season. The defense also boasts veteran players, and the entire team will be tested immediately in a matchup at the Swamp.

 

9. North Carolina State Wolfpack

This is higher than consensus and the polls, but NC State could be a team ready to make a leap in 2022. Third-year starting quarterback Devin Leary is one of the best players in the country playing behind a strong offensive line, and they’ll work with an exciting defense led by one of the best linebacker groups in the nation.

 

10. Oklahoma Sooners

Brett Venables might be the guy to get Oklahoma to consistently play strong defense, and his Sooners should immediately compete for a conference title in an intriguing Big 12. The competition for roles under Venables will hopefully lead to results on Saturdays—but UCF transfer Dillon Gabriel has been locked in as the starting quarterback and will look to have a big campaign on that side of the ball.

2022 Heisman Trophy Watch: Week 1

2022 Heisman Trophy Watch: Week 1

With a realistic repeat option starting at the top, the 2022 Heisman Trophy race should be an exciting one.

 

1. Bryce Young | Alabama QB | Junior

Can Bryce Young pull off the improbable and join Archie Griffin as the only two-time Heisman Trophy winner in history? If he plays like he did last year and Alabama again makes it to the College Football Playoff, we’d like his chances. Young is a magician at quarterback, and he should provide plenty of memorable moments in addition to putting up stellar numbers.

 

2. C.J. Stroud | Ohio State QB | Sophomore (RS)

That said, C.J. Stroud is the betting favorite entering the season. Ohio State is loaded offensively, with running back TreVeyon Henderson and receivers Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Marvin Harrison Jr. among its leading skill players. As a very accurate triggerman, Stroud should be among the nation’s leaders in passing all year.

 

3. Will Anderson | Alabama OLB | Junior

Will Anderson had 17.5 sacks last season and is a favorite to go first overall in the NFL draft next spring. Former Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson finished second in last year’s voting, and there might be an opening for a defensive player to win the honor this season. It also might help that voter fatigue could set in to some extent after his teammate won it last year—so if it comes down to Anderson or Young, the defensive player might actually have the advantage for once.

 

4. Caleb Williams | USC QB | Sophomore

Caleb Williams followed Lincoln Riley to USC, so he’s very comfortable with his new team playing in the same offense as he did at Oklahoma. Williams was also joined by top receiver Jordan Addison, who transferred from Pitt. Bringing the Trojans back to national relevance would be huge for a potential Heisman candidacy.

 

5. Bijan Robinson | Texas RB | Junior

And Bijan Robinson rounds out the top five as a very talented running back on a Texas squad also looking to get back to competing for a national championship. In ten games last season, Robinson ran 195 times for 1,127 yards and 11 touchdowns while adding another 295 yards and four touchdowns as a receiver.

Preseason 2022 College Football AP Poll Released

Preseason 2022 College Football AP Poll Released

After the coaches poll last week, the more highly anticipated AP Top 25 College Football Poll is out for the first time for the 2022 season. The preseason AP Poll includes the Alabama Crimson Tide at the top for the seventh time under head coach Nick Saban.

 

1. Alabama Crimson Tide

2. Ohio State Buckeyes

3. Georgia Bulldogs

4. Clemson Tigers

5. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

6. Texas A&M Aggies

7. Utah Utes

8. Michigan Wolverines

9. Oklahoma Sooners

10. Baylor Bears

11. Oregon Ducks

12. Oklahoma State Cowboys

13. NC State Wolfpack

14. USC Trojans

15. Michigan State Spartans

16. Miami Hurricanes

17. Pittsburgh Panthers

18. Wisconsin Badgers

19. Arkansas Razorbacks

20. Kentucky Wildcats

21. Ole Miss Rebels

22. Wake Forest Demon Deacons

23. Cincinnati Bearcats

24. Houston Cougars

25. BYU Cougars

Initial 2022 College Football Coaches Poll Released

Initial 2022 College Football Coaches Poll Released

College football returns this month, and you know it’s getting really close when polls are released. The first USA TODAY Coaches Poll for the 2022-2023 season has been unveiled, with the Alabama Crimson Tide at the top. Preseason college football odds also have the national championship favorites in the same order of one through four as the coaches poll. The initial AP poll will also be released soon too, but here’s the initial top 25 according to the coaches.

 

1. Alabama Crimson Tide

2. Ohio State Buckeyes

3. Georgia Bulldogs

4. Clemson Tigers

5. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

6. Michigan Wolverines

7. Texas A&M Aggies

8. Utah Utes

9. Oklahoma Sooners

10. Baylor Bears

11. Oklahoma State Cowboys

12. Oregon Ducks

13. NC State Wolfpack

14. Michigan State Spartans

15. USC Trojans

16. Pittsburgh Panthers

17. Miami Hurricanes

18. Texas Longhorns

19. Wake Forest Demon Deacons

20. Wisconsin Badgers

21. Kentucky Wildcats

22. Cincinnati Bearcats

23. Arkansas Razorbacks

24. Ole Miss Rebels

25. Houston Cougars

 

Among the most surprising rankings are USC (No. 15) and UCLA (unranked), the two Pac-12 teams that are set to join the Big Ten in a few years. We’ll see if they are higher in the AP poll.

 

College Football Playoff participant Cincinnati is down to No. 22 after losing key players including quarterback Desmond Ridder, so they’ll have a chip on their shoulders entering this season.

 

The Division I college football season kicks off on August 27.

Early 2022 College Football Power Rankings

Early 2022 College Football Power Rankings

We have a long wait before the new season of college football kicks off, but a couple of weeks into the offseason, it’s time for very early 2022 college football power rankings. There is quite a bit of projecting with these, but it should be another exciting and unpredictable fall. The records shown for each program are from the 2021 season.

 

1. Georgia Bulldogs (14-1)

Kirby Smart and company have a legitimate powerhouse program that looks a lot like Alabama and should be here to stay, and quarterback Stetson Bennett is back after helping lead his team to a national title. Bennett will come in with superb experience and will turn 24 years old during next season.

 

2. Alabama Crimson Tide (13-2)

Despite losing to Georgia, Alabama has a case to be No. 1 in the early 2022 college football power rankings. Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young returns and profiles as the type of guy to use the CFP Championship Game loss as a learning experience that helps him improve as a player—and the Crimson Tide have supremely talented players ready to step for those leaving for the NFL.

 

3. Michigan Wolverines (12-2)

Perhaps this is too high for a Michigan program that finally got over the hump last season, as they’ll be losing big-time players including Aidan Hutchinson, David Ojabo, and Hassan Haskins. However, the mindset Jim Harbaugh has built with the Wolverines is dangerous in the Big Ten. This ranking is with the assumption that Harbaugh will not make the jump back to the pro game.

 

4. Ohio State Buckeyes (11-2)

Of course, Ohio State will look to have something to say about Michigan repeating their stellar 2021 campaign. Heisman finalist CJ Stroud and star receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba return after a record-breaking Rose Bowl versus Utah, and the offense should again be excellent. The defense will need to figure some things out this offseason, though.

 

5. Clemson Tigers (10-3)

Clemson was ranked far too low last year, particularly during the latter part of the season—it might have had something to do with the media not liking Dabo Swinney much. Anyway, the Tigers had a challenging year yet found a way to finish 10-3 with a strong bowl victory over Iowa State. They will be losing their offensive and defensive coordinators, but no one should be shocked if Clemson gets back near the top of college football in 2022.

 

6. Utah (10-4)

Utah very nearly upset Ohio State in the Rose Bowl, and there should be major optimism for quarterback Cameron Rising and the offense heading into next season. Kyle Whittingham has had the Utes in the Pac-12 title game in each of the past two full seasons (2020 being heavily impacted by COVID-19).

 

7. Texas A&M (8-4)

This is a bit of an upside projection, but many are high on Texas A&M under Jimbo Fisher, and the Aggies handed Bama one of its two losses last season, giving a glimpse at their upside. Look for a productive quarterback battle in College Station this spring and summer.

 

8. Baylor (12-2)

The loss to TCU during the regular season stung, but Baylor closed out the season on a very strong note, beating Oklahoma State in the nail-biting Big 12 Championship Game before winning the Sugar Bowl over Ole Miss. In many years, Baylor easily could have been in the CFP. Dave Aranda has the Bears on the right track.

 

9. NC State (9-3)

Behind an experienced defense, what could be one of the best offensive lines in college football, and a stud quarterback in Devin Leary, watch out for NC State in 2022. Leary threw 35 touchdown passes last season and is one of the top players in the nation.

 

10. Oklahoma State (12-2)

Projecting forward, UCLA, USC, and other schools could have been included in the top ten. But Oklahoma State grabs the No. 10 slot after a great season under Mike Gundy in which they were literally inches away from having a strong argument for the College Football Playoff. Quarterback Spencer Sanders returns to lead the Cowboys offense, and it’s worth noting that Oklahoma will have a first-year head coach in Brent Venables after Lincoln Riley left for southern California.

Early 2022 Heisman Trophy Favorites

Early 2022 Heisman Trophy Favorites

Alabama quarterback Bryce Young eventually ran away with the Heisman Trophy, but it was one of the most interesting races in years throughout the season. These are the five very early favorites for the award in 2022. Odds are via FOX Bet.

 

1. Bryce Young, QB, Alabama (+200)

After running away with the Heisman, Bryce Young is the obvious favorite to repeat in 2022. One notable downside is that Young will lose most of his top weapons from this season—but Alabama has uber-talented players to step into larger roles, as was evident when guys got more opportunities during the national title game. Also, Archie Griffin remains the only two-time Heisman winner in history, so Young might face an uphill climb there. But the Alabama quarterback is a great kid, and the voters should not hold back on voting for him if he deserves it again.

 

2. CJ Stroud, QB, Ohio State (+400)

The performance against Michigan State and the comeback win over Utah in the Rose Bowl in particular showcased the type of talent CJ Stroud has throwing the football. He’ll lose Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave to the NFL, but that didn’t stop stroud from torching the Utes for 573 yards and six touchdowns when they sat out the bowl game. Teammate Jaxon Smith-Njigba also should get mention as someone that could be in the top five after a record-breaking bowl performance.

 

3. Caleb Williams, QB, TBD (+1000)

We don’t even know where Caleb Williams will play in 2022 (though it seems like he’ll follow Lincoln Riley to USC), but he did enough as a dual threat for the Sooners as a true freshman in 2021 to be bullish on his upside moving forward. With the assumption of him going to southern California, Williams would probably have to quickly help the Trojans get back to near an elite level for strong Heisman consideration—but it could happen in the Pac-12.

 

4. Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas (+1800)

Sticking with dual threats, but this time at running back, Texas star Bijan Robinson was getting Heisman recognition for much of his sophomore season after a hot start that included a stretch of five consecutive games with 127+ yards on the ground. Robinson can build on his numbers last season of 195 carries for 1,127 yards and 11 touchdowns along with 26 receptions for 295 yards and another four scores as a receiver.

 

5. Will Anderson Jr., DE, Alabama (+4000)

The 2021 Heisman Trophy race was essentially wide open all season until Bryce Young locked it up with the Iron Bowl and SEC Championship Game, and we could see closer races in the coming years given the way college football is heading with the transfer portal and NIL rules. Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson was second in the Heisman voting this season, and Anderson—who finished with 17.5 sacks and has a ton of hype entering next year—could be squarely in the mix for the honor as a defensive player in 11 months.

2022 College Football Playoff National Championship Game Preview And Prediction

2022 College Football Playoff National Championship Game Preview And Prediction

The 2021 college football season was able to get back to normal after a COVID-impacted 2020 campaign, and it concludes tonight when the Georgia Bulldogs and defending champion Alabama Crimson Tide play in the CFP National Championship Game.

 

Time: 8:00 PM ET

Channel: ESPN

Location: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN

 

Tale of the Tape

 

Georgia Bulldogs (13-1) vs. Alabama Crimson Tide (13-1)

 

Scoring Offense

Georgia: 38.8 points per game (9th in the nation)

Alabama: 41.4 points per game (T-3rd in the nation)

 

Scoring Defense

Georgia: 9.64 points per game (1st)

Alabama: 19.21 points per game (T-13th)

 

Total Offense

Georgia: 444.9 yards per game (23rd)

Alabama: 494.6 yards per game (6th)

 

Total Defense

Georgia: 253.1 yards per game (2nd)

Alabama: 299.8 yards per game (6th)

 

Third Down Conversion Percentage

Georgia: .454 (19th)

Alabama: .527 (2nd)

 

Third Down Conversion Percentage Defense

Georgia: .351 (31st)

Alabama: .310 (7th)

 

Sacks

Georgia: 45.0 (10th)

Alabama: 52.0 (3rd)

 

Turnover Margin

Georgia: +3 (49th)

Alabama: +9 (18th)

 

Overview

 

Clearly the two best teams in the country this season, Alabama and Georgia will again square off in a championship game—which there have been a few of since Kirby Smart took over the Bulldogs program. This will be the second CFP National Championship Game matchup between the SEC foes, with the first coming three years ago and ending with Bama winning on Tua Tagovailoa hitting DeVonta Smith for a deep touchdown in overtime. Alabama has won seven consecutive games in the series overall, and there’s no doubt Georgia is looking to get over the hump.

 

All season, the Bulldogs boasted the top defense in the nation (9.6 points allowed per game), completely shutting down all opponents until they lost 41-24 to Alabama in the SEC title game. Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young calmly and coolly operated the Tide offense, totaling 461 yards and four touchdowns in the matchup, and his unshakeable demeanor should again shine under the bright lights with a national title on the line. Star receiver John Metchie is unfortunately out with the torn ACL suffered earlier this season against Georgia, but Ja’Corey Brooks and others have stepped up at receiver along with stud weapon Jameson Williams. Also on offense, Brian Robinson Jr. is coming off 198 yards rushing in the Cotton Bowl, so we’ll see if Alabama can get their run game going more this time around. And after shutting down Cincinnati in the CFP Semifinal, Alabama might be playing their best defense entering the rematch.

 

For Georgia, the defense is filled with sensational players on all three levels, including defensive lineman Jordan Davis, linebacker Nakobe Dean, and former Clemson cornerback Derion Kendrick. The numbers speak for themselves, as does the energy they typically play with, and you can expect a much better outing versus Alabama than the first time around.

 

Offensively, senior running back James Cook is a guy that makes Nick Saban nervous, and keep an eye on him as a potential mismatch nightmare on linebackers. Another difference-maker should be phenom true freshman tight end Brock Bowers, who hit the Tide for ten receptions, 139 yards, and a touchdown back in early December. But the biggest key for the Bulldogs among their skill players might be wide receiver George Pickens, who made a great recovery from a torn ACL last spring and is still working his way back into the swing of things. The six-foot-three receiver is extremely talented and can be a major presence on the outside for Georgia’s offense.

 

Matchup to Watch

 

Stetson Bennett versus the Crimson Tide defense

You can drill it down further and get down to how the Georgia quarterback and the Bulldogs can produce on third downs and keep drives moving; but overall, Bennett’s performance will obviously be critical tonight. Bennett has taken control and leadership of the Georgia offense this season, and his teammates love playing with him, but the former walk-on has performed much better facing teams that are not Alabama. In two career starts against the Tide, Bennett has five interceptions. However, he appeared to get more confident in this season’s SEC Championship Game loss, and he’ll look to take that into the national title game.

 

Predictions

 

I am expecting a very close game, but Alabama has the Heisman Trophy winner and is led by Nick Saban. The Crimson Tide might just be too much. – Kevin Davis

 

Picking against Alabama and Nick Saban is not the wisest of moves. I’ve been surprised to see Georgia favored in the game, which actually makes me more uneasy about picking them. However, that said, I think the defense will play much better than they did over a month ago (not having to face Metchie might help there), and that Stetson Bennett will make enough plays for Georgia to finally beat Alabama and get their first national championship since 1980. – David Chappine

2021-2022 College Football Playoff Semifinals: Preview And Predictions

2021-2022 College Football Playoff Semifinals: Preview And Predictions

2021 concludes tonight; but first, the College Football Playoff will send two teams to the national title game. This year gave us one of the craziest college football seasons in history, but the four best teams clearly stood out at the end of the regular season. Let’s get right to it with brief previews and predictions ahead of today’s matchups.

 

Cotton Bowl Classic | 3:30 PM ET

No. 4 Cincinnati vs. No. 1 Alabama

 

The undefeated Cincinnati Bearcats became the first non-Power Five school to make the College Football Playoff, and they will jump right in for a date with the top program in the country and the defending champion Alabama Crimson Tide led by legendary head coach Nick Saban. In terms of sheer talent, Cincinnati has not seen the type of speed and athleticism they’ll see from Bama. However, the Bearcats defense has shown it’s one of the best units in the country, with multiple star players led by Ahmad Gardner, Coby Bryant, and Myjai Sanders. Gardner and Bryant have the ability to contend with Alabama’s premier talent on the outside (headlined by Jameson Williams, with John Metchie unfortunately out for the Tide after tearing his ACL).

 

The bigger issue for the underdog Bearcats might be moving the ball and scoring points on offense, though Alabama has been somewhat vulnerable there at times this season. The good news for Cincinnati is that they are led by senior quarterback Desmond Ridder. Ridder hasn’t faced a team like Alabama, but his tremendous experience should be a major benefit in what’ll be a tough situation. On the other side, the Crimson Tide offense is led by Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young, who is somewhat of a magician at quarterback. One more thing to watch: Cincinnati running back Jerome Ford played his first two seasons at Alabama before transferring in 2020.

 

Overall, Luke Fickell’s squad has overcome the odds to get this far, and they might overcome the odds again to make this closer than most anticipate. But Alabama has just too much firepower and CFP experience.

 

Prediction: Alabama 34, Cincinnati 21

 

Orange Bowl | 7:30 PM ET

No. 3 Georgia vs. No. 2 Michigan

 

While Georgia is a 7.5-point favorite over Michigan, the Orange Bowl should be a closer game and more of a toss-up to conclude New Year’s Eve. Both teams are extremely physical. The Bulldogs boast one of the best defenses in recent memory, allowing just 9.5 points per game, which by far leads the nation. But Michigan is tied for fourth in scoring defense (with Cincinnati), allowing 16.1 points per game. Powered by Hassan Haskins, the Wolverines are tenth in the country with 223.8 rushing yards per game, and the Bulldogs have racked up 194.9 rushing yards per game in the SEC—but neither offense boasts a high-octane passing attack (both are outside the top 50 in passing yards per game).

 

Still, both teams can score big points. Michigan got more creative offensively this season, but they still want to play power football the way football fans are used to seeing from Jim Harbaugh dating back to his time at Stanford and in the NFL with the 49ers. And Kirby Smart and offensive coordinator Todd Monken have pushed the right buttons with the quarterback position this season, riding with Stetson Bennett, who has overcome many doubters while helping lead his team to an outstanding run. Bennett’s ability to extend plays with his legs should come into play tonight. Ultimately, Georgia wants to win the game with their defense.

 

However, Michigan would not mind a defensive battle at all. And after handling Ohio State, they probably feel they can beat anyone. The pass rush for the Wolverines is probably the key, with Aidan Hutchinson and David Ojabo both coming off the edge. In the end, the Georgia defense—which has new Oregon head coach Dan Lanning still on as the defensive coordinator for the CFP—might just be too dominant, and Stetson Bennett might be more reliable to make key plays and keep drives going than Michigan’s Cade McNamara.

 

Prediction: Georgia 24, Michigan 21

2021-2022 College Football Bowl Schedule: Dates, Times, Channels

2021-2022 College Football Bowl Schedule: Dates, Times, Channels

College football’s regular season is officially in the books after another great Army-Navy Game. Now, it’s bowl season. Here’s the full 2021-2022 college football bowl schedule with time and channel, including the College Football Playoff matchups and the National Championship Game.

 

Friday, December 17

 

Bahamas Bowl

Middle Tennessee vs. Toledo

12:00 PM ET | ESPN

 

Cure Bowl

Northern Illinois vs. Coastal Carolina

6:00 PM ET | ESPN2

 

Saturday, December 18

 

Boca Raton Bowl

Appalachian State vs. Western Kentucky

11:00 AM ET | ESPN

 

Celebration Bowl

Jackson State vs. South Carolina State

12:00 PM ET | ABC

 

New Mexico Bowl

Fresno State vs. UTEP

2:15 PM ET | ESPN

 

Independence Bowl

No. 13 BYU vs. UAB

3:30 PM ET | ABC

 

LendingTree Bowl

Eastern Michigan vs. Liberty

5:45 PM ET | ESPN

 

LA Bowl

Oregon State vs. Utah State

7:30 PM ET | ABC

 

New Orleans Bowl

No. 23 Louisiana vs. Marshall

9:15 PM ET | ESPN

 

Monday, December 20

 

Myrtle Beach Bowl

Tulsa vs. Old Dominion

2:30 PM ET | ESPN

 

Tuesday, December 21

 

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Kent State vs. Wyoming

3:30 PM ET | ESPN

 

Frisco Bowl

No. 24 San Diego State vs. UTSA

7:30 PM ET | ESPN

 

Wednesday, December 22

 

Armed Forces Bowl

Missouri vs. Army

8:00 PM ET | ESPN

 

Thursday, December 23

 

Frisco Football Classic

Miami (Ohio) vs. North Texas

3:30 PM ET | ESPN

 

Gasparilla Bowl

Florida vs. UCF

7:00 PM ET | ESPN

 

Friday, December 24

 

Hawaii Bowl

Memphis vs. Hawaii

8:00 PM ET | ESPN

 

Saturday, December 25

 

Camellia Bowl

Ball State vs. Georgia State

2:30 PM ET | ESPN

 

Monday, December 27

 

Quick Lane Bowl

Western Michigan vs. Nevada

11:00 AM ET | ESPN

 

Military Bowl

East Carolina vs. Boston College

2:30 PM ET | ESPN

 

Tuesday, December 28

 

Birmingham Bowl

No. 20 Houston vs. Auburn

12:00 PM ET | ESPN

 

First Responder Bowl

Air Force vs. Louisville

3:15 PM ET | ESPN

 

Liberty Bowl

Texas Tech vs. Mississippi State

6:45 PM ET | ESPN

 

Holiday Bowl

No. 18 NC State vs. UCLA

8:00 PM ET | FOX

 

Guaranteed Rate Bowl

Minnesota vs. West Virginia

10:15 PM ET | ESPN

 

Wednesday, December 29

 

Fenway Bowl

Virginia vs. SMU

11:00 AM ET | ESPN

 

Pinstripe Bowl

Virginia Tech vs. Maryland

2:15 PM ET | ESPN

 

Cheez-It Bowl

No. 19 Clemson vs. Iowa State

5:45 PM ET | ESPN

 

Alamo Bowl

No. 14 Oregon vs. No. 16 Oklahoma

9:15 PM ET | ESPN

 

Thursday, December 30

 

Duke’s Mayo Bowl

North Carolina vs. South Carolina

11:30 AM ET | ESPN

 

Music City Bowl

Tennessee vs. Purdue

3:00 PM ET | ESPN

 

Peach Bowl

No. 10 Michigan State vs. No. 12 Pittsburgh

7:00 PM ET | ESPN

 

Las Vegas Bowl

Wisconsin vs. Arizona State

10:30 PM ET | ESPN

 

Friday, December 31

 

Gator Bowl

No. 17 Wake Forest vs. No. 25 Texas A&M

11:00 AM ET | ESPN

 

Sun Bowl

Washington State vs. Miami (FL)

12:00 PM ET | CBS

 

Arizona Bowl

Central Michigan vs. Boise State

2:00 PM ET | Barstool Sports

 

Cotton Bowl Classic (CFP semifinal)

No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Cincinnati

3:30 PM ET | ESPN

 

Orange Bowl (CFP semifinal)

No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 3 Georgia

7:30 PM ET | ESPN

 

Saturday, January 1

 

Outback Bowl

No. 21 Arkansas vs. Penn State

12:00 PM ET | ESPN2

 

Citrus Bowl

No. 15 Iowa vs. No. 22 Kentucky

1:00 PM ET | ABC

 

Fiesta Bowl

No. 5 Notre Dame vs. No. 9 Oklahoma State

1:00 PM ET | ESPN

 

Rose Bowl

No. 6 Ohio State vs. No. 11 Utah

5:00 PM ET | ESPN

 

Sugar Bowl

No. 7 Baylor vs. No. 8 Ole Miss

8:45 PM ET | ESPN

 

Tuesday, January 4

 

Texas Bowl

Kansas State vs. LSU

9:00 PM ET| ESPN

 

Monday, January 10

 

College Football Playoff National Championship Game

8:00 PM ET | ESPN

2021 College Football Power Rankings: Bowl Season

2021 College Football Power Rankings: Bowl Season

There was little controversy for the final 2021 College Football Playoff Rankings ahead of bowl season. Here are the final power rankings before a national champion is crowned.

 

  1. Alabama Crimson Tide (12-1) | Last week: 3 (+2)

Presumptive Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young threw for an SEC Championship Game record 421 yards as Alabama rolled to a 41-24 victory over Georgia to again take the conference and secure the top spot in the College Football Playoff. Nick Saban and company will now have nearly a month to prepare for the first non-Power-Five program in the CFP.

 

Bowl game: Cotton Bowl vs. 4 Cincinnati (Fri, 12/31 at 3:30 PM ET)

 

2. Michigan Wolverines (12-1) | Last week: 2

There was zero letdown for the Wolverines in the Big Ten title game, and their dominance over Iowa even set up a discussion about whether Michigan should be ranked No. 1. The offense showed its creativity last week, and we’ll see what Jim Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Josh Gattis draw up for Georgia. The Orange Bowl will obviously be a huge challenge, but it profiles as the type of game Michigan wants to play.

 

Bowl game: Orange Bowl vs. 3 Georgia (Fri, 12/31 at 7:30 PM ET)

 

3. Georgia Bulldogs (12-1) | Last week: 1 (-2)

Not that he’s been Superman in the other games, but Alabama has been somewhat of a kryptonite for Stetson Bennett over the past couple of years when it comes to the interceptions. Being behind in the game hurt, but look for the Bulldogs to get the run game going to help complement the defense—and to set up play-action to sensational freshman tight end Brock Bowers, who put up ten receptions for 139 and a touchdown in the loss to Bama.

 

Bowl game: Orange Bowl vs. 2 Michigan (Fri, 12/31 at 7:30 PM ET)

 

4. Cincinnati Bearcats (13-0) | Last week: 4

Congratulations to Cincinnati for making the College Football Playoff as a non-Power-Five school. This should silence the talk of bias in the CFP for at least a little, but it really helped that the Bearcats had Notre Dame on the schedule and beat them. It’s been an awesome season for Luke Fickell’s squad either way, but making a statement against a titan like Alabama would be quite the story.

 

Bowl game: Cotton Bowl vs. 1 Alabama (Fri, 12/31 at 3:30 PM ET

 

5. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (11-1) | Last week: 5

Brian Kelly leaving for LSU—while Notre Dame had a realistic shot of making the CFP—was a stunner, but it seems the program might be OK. From the way Kelly left, to the excitement the current players have about new head coach Marcus Freeman, to this:

 

 

It all might put a chip on the shoulder of the fighting Irish for both their bowl game against Oklahoma State and heading into the 2022 season.

 

Bowl game: Fiesta Bowl vs. 9 Oklahoma State (Sat, 1/1 at 1:00 PM ET)

 

6. Baylor Bears (11-2) | Last week: 9 (+3)

Bears head coach Dave Aranda has done a great job of bringing this program back and winning a conference title to earn a New Year’s Six Bowl in his second season. The goal-line stand to beat Oklahoma State showed the type of toughness Baylor has, and their matchup versus Ole Miss in the Sugar Bowl should be a good one.

 

Bowl game: Sugar Bowl vs. 8 Ole Miss (Sat, 1/1 at 8:45 PM ET)

 

7. Ohio State Buckeyes (10-2) | Last week: 7

Quarterback C.J. Stroud is a Heisman finalist, and playing in the Rose Bowl is certainly a fine consolation for a strong ten-win season for Ohio State, despite the disappointment of the Michigan loss. Hopefully star receivers Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave play in their final game, as there’s a chance they skip it while looking ahead to the NFL draft.

 

Bowl game: Rose Bowl vs. 11 Utah (Sat, 1/1 at 5:00 PM ET)

 

8. Ole Miss Rebels (10-2) | Last week: 8

A 10-2 year in the SEC earned Lane Kiffin a nice contract extension and his team a Sugar Bowl berth. Some felt that star quarterback Matt Corral should have been a Heisman finalist, but he’ll have an opportunity to go out with a bang in one of college football’s big bowl games for the New Year’s Day nightcap.

 

Bowl game: Sugar Bowl vs. 7 Baylor (Sat, 1/1 at 8:45 PM ET)

 

9. Oklahoma State Cowboys (11-2) | Last week: 6 (-3)

Oklahoma State was literally an inch or two away from maybe making the final spot in the College Football Playoff a debate. Mike Gundy did a fantastic job with the Cowboys this year, and they’ll look to end the campaign with a win over Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl.

 

Bowl game: Fiesta Bowl vs. 5 Notre Dame (Sat, 1/1 at 1:00 PM ET)

 

10. Pittsburgh Panthers (11-2) | Last week: NR

These final two or three spots in the top ten easily could have gone to a few different teams including Michigan State (the lone team to beat Michigan) and Utah (Pac-12 champions), but Pitt gets the nod after winning the ACC. Kenny Pickett and the Panthers will now face Michigan State in the Peach Bowl, so at least those two teams will be able to settle the rankings on the field.

 

Bowl game: Peach Bowl vs. 10 Michigan State (Thu, 12/31 at 7:00 PM ET)

2021 Heisman Trophy Watch (Final Rankings)

2021 Heisman Trophy Watch (Final Rankings)

The 2021 Heisman Trophy race has concluded, and we are likely to have a clear winner awarded the prestigious honor on Saturday night.

 

1. Bryce Young | Alabama QB | Sophomore | Last week: 1

The past five quarters of football for Bryce Young should have sealed the Heisman for him after he was the consensus frontrunner for most of the year. The comeback win in the Iron Bowl and then 461 total yards of offense and four total touchdowns against an elite Georgia defense made it not much of a debate that Young should hoist the Heisman Trophy on Saturday evening. Young had 46 touchdowns this season.

 

Season stats:

68.0% | 4,322 PASS YDS | 43 PASS TD | 4 INT

71 CAR | 31 RUSH YDS | 3 RUSH TD | 0.4 AVG

 

2. Kenny Pickett | Pitt QB | Senior (RS) | Last week: 4 (+2)

Personally, I am not a fan of this play at all:

 

 

Defenders are already put in a tough spot as it is, particularly when it comes to the quarterbacks. But it was still an entertaining long touchdown run for Kenny Pickett, who led Pitt to its first ACC title in history. The senior quarterback totaled 47 touchdowns while leading the Panthers to an 11-2 campaign, and he should undoubtedly be a finalist when they are announced today.

 

Season stats:

67.7% | 4,319 PASS YDS | 42 PASS TD | 7 INT

98 CAR | 233 RUSH YDS | 5 RUSH TD | 2.4 AVG

 

3. Aidan Hutchinson | Michigan DE | Senior | Last week: NR

Another strong showing from Aidan Hutchinson in the Big Ten Championship Game helps vault him up to the top three of the final Heisman rankings. Hutchinson set a Michigan single-season record with 13.5 sacks, and he showed up at the biggest moment with three sacks against Ohio State to help the Wolverines make the College Football Playoff for the first time. In a year that’s been relatively wide-open most of the way, it won’t be shocking if Hutchinson gets some first-place votes as a defensive player.

 

Season stats:

55 TKL | 15.0 TFL | 13.5 SACKS | 2 FF

 

4. Kenneth Walker III | Michigan State RB | Junior | Last week: 3 (-1)

Kenneth Walker III finished second in the nation in rushing during the regular season, and he keyed an outstanding year for Michigan State that included defeating eventual CFP team Michigan and earning a New Year’s Six Bowl. Remember, Walker went over 200 yards and five touchdowns on the Wolverines.

 

Season stats:

264 CAR | 1,646 RUSH YDS | 18 RUSH TD | 6.2 AVG

13 REC | 89 REC YDS | 1 REC TD | 6.8 AVG

 

5. C.J. Stroud | Ohio State QB | Freshman (RS) | Last week: 2 (-3)

C.J. Stroud had an excellent first season as the starter as a redshirt freshman for Ohio State, but he finishes clearly behind Bryce Young and Kenny Pickett in the end. Stroud will be among the preseason favorites for 2022.

 

Season stats:

70.9% | 3,862 PASS YDS | 38 PASS TD | 5 INT

 

Dropped out:

Ole Miss QB Matt Corral

2021 College Football Power Rankings: Week 14

2021 College Football Power Rankings: Week 14

Everyone is expecting the same top four tonight, and things can be made easy or difficult in the final College Football Playoff rankings depending on what happens during championship week.

 

1. Georgia Bulldogs (12-0) | Last week: 1

Georgia shut out Georgia Tech and remain unbeaten heading into this Saturday’s SEC Championship Game against Alabama. The Bulldogs have not slipped up at all this season, and the current -6.5 spread ahead of the matchup is an indication of how dominant they have been in 2021.

 

2. Michigan Wolverines (11-1) | Last week: 5 (+3)

Jim Harbaugh finally got over the hump versus Ohio State as Michigan’s head coach, and the Wolverines did it emphatically. Hassan Haskins had five touchdowns (a record in The Game), and the tone was set from the start in the cold and snowy conditions. Harbaugh has obviously turned the Michigan program around over the past several years, and the criticism he’s gotten has arguably been over the top and unfair. We’ll see what the committee does with No. 2 and No. 3, but Michigan is now squarely in the top four for the CFP and might remain there barring a bad loss to Iowa in the Big Ten title game this Saturday.

 

3. Alabama Crimson Tide (11-1) | Last week: 2 (-1)

The slow start for the offense (and really a slow game overall until the end) could end up being a positive for Alabama after they survived in the Iron Bowl. Nick Saban will have his players extremely focused on executing against a tough opponent with a conference title and CFP berth on the line.

 

4. Cincinnati Bearcats (12-0) | Last week: 4

Cincinnati passed their final test of the regular season with flying colors, coasting past East Carolina to complete a 12-0 stretch. With another win over Houston in the AAC title game this Saturday, the Bearcats should become the first team from outside the Power Five to make the Playoff.

 

5. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (11-1) | Last week: 6 (+1)

The potential Brian-Kelly-to-LSU bombshell aside, Notre Dame has been playing very well since their loss to Cincinnati, and with a loss to a potential CFP team as the only blemish on the record, the Fighting Irish might have a realistic shot of stepping into the top four with an Alabama loss this weekend.

 

6. Oklahoma State Cowboys (11-1) | Last week: 7 (+1)

However, Oklahoma State might have something to say about that after coming back to beat Oklahoma (in Lincoln Riley’s final game) last Saturday night. OK State now has a chance to win the Big 12 Championship Game and vault all the way up to one of the top four spots in the rankings.

 

7. Ohio State Buckeyes (10-2) | Last week: 3 (-4)

There’s been some discussion of Ohio State not being completely out of the Playoff mix if total craziness ensues this weekend, but they probably should be eliminated after a pretty convincing loss to Michigan. The Buckeyes can light it up on offense, but the defense doesn’t give the feel of a team that should be in the CFP discussion with two losses on the record and no conference title.

 

8. Ole Miss Rebels (10-2) | Last week: 8

It wasn’t a super entertaining Egg Bowl (which we missed out on last year due to COVID), but Lane Kiffin and Ole Miss will certainly take the victory over the in-state rival. Led by quarterback Matt Corral, the Rebels have had an excellent season at 10-2 ahead of bowl season.

 

9. Baylor Bears (10-2) | Last week: 9

After barely surviving against Texas Tech, Baylor is at No. 9 this week; but a win against Oklahoma State with a conference championship on the line would arguably be enough to boost them into at least the top six—and maybe even near or in the top four if Saturday is crazy enough. If certain things fall into place, we could have quite the discussion and debate on Sunday.

 

10. Oregon Ducks (10-2) | Last week: NR

How crazy can things get this weekend? Not to get too hypothetical, but losses by Alabama (particularly if it’s not a close game), Cincinnati, and Michigan could potentially get both Baylor and Oregon into the CFP despite likely being low in the top ten tomorrow night. Of course, the Ducks just need to take care of their own business and get some redemption in the Pac-12 title game over Utah after the Utes blew them out recently.

2021 Heisman Trophy Watch: Week 14

2021 Heisman Trophy Watch: Week 14

The clubhouse leader remains entering championship week, but the 2021 Heisman Trophy race is still up in the air more than it has been in recent memory.

 

1. Bryce Young | Alabama QB | Sophomore | Last week: 1

Bryce Young and Alabama were getting shut down by Auburn, but an incredible 97-yard touchdown drive to force overtime—and an eventual four overtime win in the Iron Bowl—helped solidify Young as the Heisman favorite with one game remaining. If Young didn’t pull off that final drive, this race would really be mind-boggling.

 

Season stats:

69.0% | 3,901 PASS YDS | 40 PASS TD | 4 INT

68 CAR | -9 RUSH YDS | 2 RUSH TD | -0.1 AVG

 

2. C.J. Stroud | Ohio State QB | Freshman (RS) | Last week: 2

C.J. Stroud put up strong numbers again and did not play poorly, and he remains at No. 2 for now. But the freshman quarterback’s chances of winning the Heisman this year are probably finished following OSU’s loss to Michigan. Still, Stroud should certainly get an invite to New York.

 

Season stats:

70.9% | 3,862 PASS YDS | 38 PASS TD | 5 INT

 

3. Kenneth Walker III | Michigan State RB | Junior | Last week: 3

Same goes for Kenneth Walker III, who has his regular season end with 1,646 yards and 18 touchdowns, including the epic performance in Michigan State’s win over Michigan. Walker isn’t going to be able to jump to No. 1, but he’s had an outstanding year.

 

Season stats:

264 CAR | 1,646 RUSH YDS | 18 RUSH TD | 6.2 AVG

13 REC | 89 REC YDS | 1 REC TD | 6.8 AVG

 

4. Kenny Pickett | Pitt QB | Senior (RS) | Last week: 5 (+1)

While Kenny Pickett is down at No. 4 for now, Pitt playing for a conference championship this week gives him a chance to leap all the way up to the top of the final rankings. Pickett threw another four touchdowns in the Panthers’ win over Syracuse on Saturday, and he’s up to 44 total touchdowns this season. With a stellar win and a subpar outing from Bryce Young in a loss, Pickett could be the guy.

 

Season stats:

67.7% | 4,066 PASS YDS | 40 PASS TD | 7 INT

92 CAR | 213 RUSH YDS | 4 RUSH TD | 2.3 AVG

 

5. Matt Corral | Ole Miss QB | Junior (RS) | Last week: 4 (-1)

Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson is now receiving legitimate Heisman Trophy hype, and he should be counted out by no means with the race still relatively wide-open entering the final week compared to future years—he’ll have the Big Ten Championship to make another huge impact for the Wolverines. But Matt Corral remains in the top five for now after leading Ole Miss to a 10-2 regular season capped off by an Egg Bowl victory.

 

Season stats:

68.3% | 3,333 PASS YDS | 20 PASS TD | 4 INT

145 CAR | 597 RUSH YDS | 11 RUSH TD | 4.1 AVG

2021 College Football Power Rankings: Week 13

2021 College Football Power Rankings: Week 13

No. 3 Oregon went down and went down hard in their loss to Utah last week, so there’s more movement for the latest 2021 college football power rankings before the final week of the regular season.

 

1. Georgia Bulldogs (11-0) | Last week: 1

As was obviously expected, Georgia was able to coast against Charleston Southern. The Bulldogs were able to get a lot of players into the rout, which is good to see in the final home game of the year. Georgia will take on Georgia Tech to conclude their regular season.

 

Next game: at Georgia Tech; Sat, 11/27 at 12:00 PM ET

 

2. Alabama Crimson Tide (10-1) | Last week: 2

It was a seven-point win, but it felt like Alabama was in control in their victory over ranked Arkansas on Saturday. Bryce Young lit up the Razorbacks for 559 yards and five touchdowns through the air, and he and the Tide will look to get past rival Auburn ahead of the SEC title game versus Georgia.

 

Next game: at Auburn; Sat, 11/27 at 3:30 PM ET

 

3. Ohio State Buckeyes (10-1) | Last week: 4 (+1)

You could certainly put the Buckeyes up at No. 2 (as the AP poll did) following their complete demolition of Michigan State in a top-ten conference matchup. Regardless, OSU will make the College Football Playoff with two more wins. Quarterback C.J. Stroud is looking to stay hot after one of the best performances you will ever see last week.

 

Next game: at 6 Michigan; Sat, 11/27 at 12:00 PM ET

 

4. Cincinnati Bearcats (11-0) | Last week: 5 (+1)

Just like that, with the craziness of this college football season, Cincinnati is back into the top four. We expect that will be the case tomorrow night when the latest CFP rankings are released. SMU is a solid team, but the Bearcats won 48-14, perhaps getting some of those “style points” that are talked about with them.

 

Next game: at East Carolina; Fri, 11/26 at 3:30 PM ET

 

5. Michigan Wolverines (10-1) | Last week: 6 (+1)

While Ohio State is on fire heading into “The Game”, Michigan had a fantastic outing themselves against Maryland last week. If there was a time for Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines to come away with a big win over Ohio State to finally put to rest the talk that they can’t win a big game, this is it. However, as the Buckeyes showed last week, they are undoubtedly playing with more talent than anyone in the Big Ten.

 

Next game: vs. Ohio State; Sat, 11/27 at 12:00 PM ET

 

6. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-1) | Last week: 8 (+2)

Notre Dame blew out Georgia Tech, 55-0, to secure their fifth consecutive ten-win season. Brian Kelly is another coach that’s been unable to win the big game to some extent (though for him it’s been in the national title game and playoffs), but he deserves credit for the turnaround after a 4-8 campaign in 2016.

 

Next game: at Stanford; Sat, 11/27 at 8:00 PM ET

 

7. Oklahoma State Cowboys (10-1) | Last week: 9 (+2)

The outstanding defense from Oklahoma State continued last week, as they shut out Texas Tech to advance to 10-1. The Cowboys are second in the nation in points allowed per game (14.9) and third in total defense (267.8 yards per game). The strength of Notre Dame and Cincinnati ahead of them might make it tough, but Oklahoma State should not be counted out of the Playoff race.

 

Next game: vs. 10 Oklahoma; Sat, 11/27 at 7:30 PM ET

 

8. Ole Miss Rebels (9-2) | Last week: 10 (+2)

It wasn’t a totally perfect game and celebration, but Matt Corral and the Rebels won again to put themselves in a spot to get to ten wins when they face Mississippi State this week. We were robbed of a Thanksgiving Egg Bowl last year because of the funky COVID scheduling, but we’ll see Lane Kiffin and Mike Leach’s squads face off on Thursday.

 

Next game: at Mississippi State; Thu, 11/25 at 7:30 PM ET

 

9. Baylor Bears (9-2) | Last week: NR

There was no letdown for Baylor last week, as the defense again allowed just ten points for a second consecutive game. Despite just beating the Sooners a couple of weeks ago, the Bears will need some help to get into the Big 12 title game.

 

Next game: vs. Texas Tech; Sat, 11/27 at 12:00 PM ET

 

10. Oklahoma Sooners (10-1) | Last week: NR

Oklahoma bounced back and held on for a victory over Iowa State, and it now sets up an interesting scenario where if the Sooners beat OK State this Saturday, they’ll play again in the Big 12 Championship. Caleb Williams and the passing attack will need to get going, but it won’t be an easy task against one of the nation’s top defenses.

 

Next game: at 7 Oklahoma State; Sat, 11/27 at 7:30 PM ET

2021 Heisman Trophy Watch: Week 13

2021 Heisman Trophy Watch: Week 13

Has a clear top-two emerged for the 2021 Heisman Trophy race heading into the final week of the regular season?

 

1. Bryce Young | Alabama QB | Sophomore | Last week: 2 (+1)

Recency bias might be pushing Bryce Young out from the top of many Heisman lists and from the top spot in the Vegas odds, but the star sophomore quarterback should be the favorite. Young torched Arkansas for 559 passing yards (the second-most in SEC history) and five passing touchdowns in Alabama’s 42-35 win last week.

 

Season stats:

71.7% | 3,584 PASS YDS | 38 PASS TD | 3 INT

57 CAR | 14 RUSH YDS | 2 RUSH TD | 0.2 AVG

 

2. C.J. Stroud | Ohio State QB | Freshman (RS) | Last week: 5 (+3)

While Young remains at No. 1, C.J. Stroud certainly put himself squarely in the Heisman discussion after going 29/31 for 393 passing yards and six passing touchdowns… in the first half of the top-ten matchup against Michigan State. As the insane efficiency indicates, Stroud put throws on the money with stellar accuracy—including on touchdowns deep down the field. But keep in mind that the Spartans, despite a great year overall, did have the worst pass defense in college football.

 

Season stats:

71.1% | 3,468 PASS YDS | 36 PASS TD | 5 INT

 

3. Kenneth Walker III | Michigan State RB | Junior | Last week: 1 (-2)

Unfortunately, Kenneth Walker III fell victim to the onslaught from the other side of the ball, as being down multiple touchdowns very early in the game and 42-0 at halftime made it very difficult for him to get going. Walker had just six carries for 25 yards. He shouldn’t be counted out of the Heisman race entirely, but Saturday was basically a worst-case scenario for his candidacy.

 

Season stats:

234 CAR | 1,508 RUSH YDS | 17 RUSH TD | 6.4 AVG

13 REC | 89 REC YDS | 1 REC TD | 6.8 AVG

 

4. Matt Corral | Ole Miss QB | Junior (RS) | Last week: 3 (-1)

In his final home game for the Rebels after announcing he will be declaring for the 2022 NFL Draft, Matt Coral threw for 326 yards and a couple of touchdowns versus Vanderbilt. Corral is up to 29 total touchdowns on the season, but he’s probably a distant fourth in the race.

 

Season stats:

67.4% | 3,099 PASS YDS | 19 PASS TD | 3 INT

133 CAR | 553 RUSH YDS | 10 RUSH TD | 4.2 AVG

 

5. Kenny Pickett | Pitt QB | Senior (RS) | Last week: 4 (-1)

And Kenny Pickett is right in the mix with Corral behind the top three. The Pitt quarterback had another big day slinging the ball around last week against Virginia, throwing for 340 yards and four touchdowns (two interceptions) to match Bryce Young’s 40 total touchdowns this season.

 

Season stats:

67.1% | 3,875 PASS YDS | 36 PASS TD | 6 INT

89 CAR | 209 RUSH TDS | 4 RUSH TD | 2.3 AVG

2021 College Football Power Rankings: Week 12

2021 College Football Power Rankings: Week 12

Down goes another top-ten team, as Oklahoma lost to Baylor last week to tumble out of our top four and outside the top ten of this week’s 2021 college football power rankings.

 

1. Georgia Bulldogs (10-0) | Last week: 1

Tennessee was able to hang around for a little bit, but the Bulldogs were just too much on Saturday afternoon. It’s been previously mentioned here and elsewhere that Georgia looks a lot like the Alabama teams we’ve been used to seeing over the years. Pure domination every single week and no slip-ups.

 

Next game: vs. Charleston Southern; Sat, 11/20 at 12:00 PM ET

 

2. Alabama Crimson Tide (9-1) | Last week: 2

Alabama didn’t have trouble with New Mexico State, putting up a 49-3 halftime lead before taking the foot off the gas relatively speaking. After a narrow win over LSU a couple of Saturdays ago, Bama is now looking to get back on track with their SEC schedule this week against Arkansas.

 

Next game: vs. 21 Arkansas; Sat, 11/20 at 3:30 PM ET

 

3. Oregon Ducks (9-1) | Last week: 4 (+1)

Oregon keeps rolling and improved to 9-1 on the season, but they’ll have one of their toughest conference opponents up this Saturday when they go to Utah. The last matchup between the Ducks and the Utes was when Oregon dominated the Pac-12 title game a couple of seasons ago.

 

Next game: at 24 Utah; Sat, 11/20 at 7:30 PM ET

 

4. Ohio State Buckeyes (9-1) | Last week: 6 (+2)

Ohio State might have had the most impressive showing of any squad last week, completely blowing the doors off a ranked Purdue team with two top-five wins this season. The Buckeyes are hot heading into the huge Big Ten matchup versus Michigan State this Saturday at noon.

 

Next game: vs. 7 Michigan State; Sat, 11/20 at 12:00 PM ET

 

5. Cincinnati Bearcats (10-0) | Last week: 5

Because of the impressiveness of Ohio State over the past several weeks, Cincinnati remains just outside the top four still. However, they are still very much in the playoff mix, likely getting in if they remain unbeaten and the SEC or Big Ten don’t get two teams in the top four. The Bearcats can’t look past SMU this week, obviously.

 

Next game: vs. SMU; Sat, 11/20 at 3:30 PM ET

 

6. Michigan Wolverines (9-1) | Last week: 7 (+1)

It was looking shaky for Michigan late in the game while behind against Penn State, but the Wolverines were able to get the victory in a tough environment to improve to 9-1. Now, they go to Maryland and must ensure that they don’t fall into a trap with Ohio State on deck.

 

Next game: at Maryland; Sat, 11/20 at 3:30 PM ET

 

7. Michigan State Spartans (9-1) | Last week: 8 (+1)

The passing attack for Michigan State got going at the right time last week, as they’ll need it to avoid being one-dimensional at Ohio State this weekend. For the Spartan defense, they’ll probably need to make stops on key situations like third down and red zone to have a shot at the upset.

 

Next game: at 5 Ohio State; Sat, 11/20 at 12:00 PM ET

 

8. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (9-1) | Last week: 9 (+1)

The Notre Dame offense has been playing great since the Cincinnati loss, but it’s the defense that’s been the story over the past couple of games—allowing just nine points combined to Navy and Virginia. The Fighting Irish now return to South Bend for their final home game of the season.

 

Next game: vs. Georgia Tech; Sat, 11/20 at 2:30 PM ET

 

9. Oklahoma State (9-1) | Last week: 10 (+1)

Since their lone loss of the year late last month, Oklahoma State is 3-0 with a point differential of 142-23. Quite impressive, and the Cowboys are low in the rankings now, but they can potentially make a move up closer to the top four with a shot at the playoffs. “Style points” might be important for OK State during the final stretch.

 

Next game: at Texas Tech; Sat, 11/20 at 8:00 PM ET

 

10. Ole Miss Rebels (8-2) | Last week: NR

Oklahoma could have remained in the top ten at this spot, and Wake Forest and Baylor are among the other schools in consideration. But Ole Miss is the pick following their impressive showing against Texas A&M.

 

Next game: vs. Vanderbilt; Sat, 11/20 at 7:30 PM ET