Georgia’s defense scoring a touchdown is a remarkable feat. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops called timeout in the dying seconds of a blowout loss and gave his team another shot at reaching the goal line.
They were the first to score on the best national defense with two touchdowns. Georgia’s win of 30-13 was convincing enough to keep the gap between the No. From the rest, the USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll ranked the No.1 team.
The No. 1 spot in the poll is where things really get exciting. It will be published Sunday. 2. After the Hawkeyes’ shock loss at Purdue, this spot was originally held by Iowa.
It’s now up to you, the voters. Is it Oklahoma or Cincinnati?
Georgia was the clear No. 1 is the question of No. 2. This is the most important question. Below is how the poll’s top 10 may look.
1. Georgia (7-0).
Following the Iowa poll that resulted in one first-place vote last week, this vote will be unanimous. It could not be! Georgia’s dominance of opponents has continued even though Stetson Bennett is the backup quarterback. That means this team can take matters to another level once JT Daniels returns to health.
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2. Cincinnati (6-0)
Oklahoma was No. Oklahoma was No.3 a week earlier, making it possible for the Sooners to move up one spot following their win over TCU. But Cincinnati has been so impressive — following up two Power Five wins with back-to-back 50-point games to open conference play — that the Bearcats are much better against the eyeball test, especially with the run of close games OU has played since Week 1.
3. Oklahoma (7-0)
The best news to come out of the 52-31 win against the Horned Frogs was the play of freshman quarterback Caleb Williams, who threw for 295 yards and four scores and ran for another to put an absolute stranglehold on the starting job after wrestling it away from Spencer Rattler. Williams’s offense has been showing signs of life and good defense play, so OU may have its best football yet.
4. Alabama (6-1)
Alabama rebounded from a rough loss at Texas A&M to take care of business against Mississippi State. After giving up 41 points to the Aggies, the Crimson Tide held the Bulldogs to just 299 yards of offense on 4.1 yards per play in the 49-9 win. Are they the best team in America? Even if it is, there will be no way for voters to move the Tide over the undefeated Bearcats or Sooners.
5. Ohio State (5-1)
C.J. Stroud is leading the Buckeyes into an important run of crucial games. Stroud is the most productive offensive player in America. Do not underestimate the improvements in defense. They have shut down Akron Rutgers, Maryland and other institutions after a poor start. OSU will be the Big Ten’s top-ranked conference, with many rivals in the Top 10.
6. Michigan (6-0).
Michigan is back in action against Northwestern on Saturday, after a close game with Nebraska. After an off-week, the Wolverines will be back against Northwestern. It makes perfect sense to put the Wolverines above the Nittany Lions, who are currently at one loss. But what about the Spartans. MSU can make a strong case for ranking second among Big Ten team.
7. Penn State (5-1)
It is possible that PSU could be pushed out of the top 10, if Clifford, the quarterback who was injured in Iowa’s loss, misses a significant amount of time. Although the Nittany Lions may be able overcome Illinois, Clifford will need to remain in the middle to manage the critical games that will determine the Big Ten East.
8. Michigan State (7 0)
Mel Tucker’s work breaking in several new faces in his second year is a great example of how you can manage and rebuild rosters quickly in this era of transfer portal. MSU can keep up this pace for how long? The real test are yet to come. However, this team has exceeded expectations every week since Week 1.
9. Oregon (5-1)
The past weeks have shown that Oregon will not leapfrog Ohio State, despite their win in Columbus last month. However, after their win over California, the Ducks could climb back into the Top Four if the Big Ten East continues to eat itself during the brutal October-November games.
10. Iowa (6-1)
Voters who voted for Iowa No. 2 are now facing backlash. They now have enough ammunition to take the Hawkeyes out of the top 10. Iowa’s style was not as flashy and stylish as other top teams in the Coaches Poll, even though they were unbeaten. So with one loss on their record — not to mention it came against the Boilermakers — the Hawkeyes are set for a tumble.
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