Keegan Jackish’s College Football Week Five Top Ten:
(1) Alabama Crimson Tide:
Last Week’s Result: Beat Vanderbilt 59-0.
Why They’re Here: Alabama absolutely destroyed Vanderbilt in their first SEC game of the season. Bo Scarbrough and Damien Harris both had incredible performances and the Alabama backfield is probably the most talented one overall in the country. They should be favorites in every game they play this year.
(2) Oklahoma Sooners:
Last Week’s Result: Beat Baylor 49-41.
Why They’re Here: The Oklahoma defense had some struggles against Baylor but most Big 12 games are high scoring with little defense so I’m not too worried about Oklahoma. Baker Mayfield is looking like one of the front-runners for the Heisman trophy and I would not bet against this Oklahoma team, they are one of the scariest offenses in the country.
(3) Clemson Tigers:
Last Week’s Result: Beat Boston College 34-7.
Why They’re Here: The Clemson offense has been incredible so far this season but the Tigers defense was the storyline here. They managed to hold Boston College to single-digit points and look unstoppable four weeks into the season. Clemson is more well-rounded on both sides of the ball than Oklahoma is but I gave the slight edge to Oklahoma thanks to Baker Mayfield.
(4) Penn State Nittany Lions:
Last Week’s Result: Beat Iowa 21-19.
Why They’re Here: This week I moved Penn State up two spots thanks to the incredible final drive that the Nittany Lions had that ended with a last-second win. Saquon Barkley and Baker Mayfield are in my opinion the top two Heisman candidates right now but I am giving the slight edge to Saquon Barkley right now and if he can keep up the pace he is at currently at Penn State should win the Big Ten.
(5) USC Trojans:
Last Week’s Result: Beat California 30-20.
Why They’re Here: I was a little torn between who to pick here between USC and Ohio State but I am still going to give a slight nod to USC thanks to the great talent that they have at the quarterback position and the fact that their defense has been better. I think there is a pretty good chance they lose at Washington State this week but I am not going to fault them too much if they do since that is a well-coached team with a solid quarterback.
(6) Ohio State Buckeyes:
Last Week’s Result: Beat UNLV 54-21.
Why They’re Here: Ohio State continues to impress but they just don’t seem as talented at the quarterback position as the top five are right now. I am keeping them here largely because of Urban Meyer who is, in my opinion, a top three coach behind only Nick Saban and Dabo Swinney. Their schedule is very easy in the next three weeks (at Rutgers, Maryland, at Nebraska) and I expect their offense and defense to get on a roll during those weeks.
(7) Washington Huskies:
Last Week’s Result: Beat Colorado 37-10.
Why They’re Here: The defense has been better than I thought they would be early in the year since they lost so much talent in their secondary and they continue to be one of the best teams in the country. Chris Petersen is an incredibly underrated coach and he deserves to be considered as a top ten coach in the country, he built Boise State into a powerhouse and has revitalized the Washington program now. There is no reason why Washington couldn’t eventually be in the top four.
(8) Wisconsin Badgers:
Last Week’s Result: BYE.
Why They’re Here: Wisconsin and Michigan both have very good reasons to be in this spot but I am going to give it to Wisconsin here. Alex Hornibrook has been pretty good this season and their offensive line is strong like it always is. The Badgers defense has had some pretty decent performances this season despite losing their top two pass rushers to the NFL and they have impressed me a lot this season.
(9) Michigan Wolverines:
Last Week’s Result: Beat Purdue 28-10.
Why They’re Here: Michigan is very well-coached and I came super close to putting them ahead of Wisconsin. The Michigan defensive line is one of the best in the country and they have an incredible force with Rashan Gary who is a former five-star recruit and could be a top ten pick someday. The Wolverines have a pretty easy schedule in the next two weeks (Michigan State and at Indiana) but their first major test since Florida will be at Penn State in a few weeks and if they win that game they could vault their way into the college playoff.
(10) Georgia Bulldogs:
Last Week’s Result: Beat Mississippi State 31-3.
Why They’re Here: I debated a little bit if I should put Oklahoma State here but after Georgia demolished Mississippi State and held Nick Fitzgerald to single-digit points I decided to bump Georgia up. They should be getting Jake Eason back soon but Jake Fromm has been pretty good this season. I would probably start a healthy Jake Eason over Jake Fromm but they could have a controversy on their hands which isn’t a big concern because it never hurts to have two good quarterbacks on a roster, just ask New England.