By Kenny Howell
I am starting to wonder if there is a best team in college football. Just when it seems that someone separates themselves, they get knocked down a peg. Maybe that means that parity is at its best this year, so it should make for an exciting first playoff.
1. Oregon (3-0) (2) - The Ducks hold the most impressive win while still being undefeated and convincing in three wins.
2. Texas A&M (3-0) (3) - The Aggies didn't blow out Rice like they should, only 38-10, so it keeps them out of the top spot.
3. Florida State (2-0) (4) - The Seminoles didn't play, but they are still the defending champs, so they get a seat at the table.
4. Alabama (3-0) (5) - The Tide seem to be ironing out their problems against some weaker opponents before getting ready for SEC play.
5. Auburn (2-0) (7) - The Tigers didn't play, but should be in the mix.
6. Oklahoma (3-0) (10) - The Sooners defense is for real, but the Tennessee defense showed their offense has some problems closing things out. Might show up against elite opponents.
7. LSU (3-0) (8) - LSU got its second straight shutout against an inferior opponent, but their offense definitely needs some work.
8. Georgia (1-1) (1) - Georgia seemed to be the chosen one after the first week win, but then you have to go on the road in the SEC and you drop quickly.
9. Notre Dame (3-0) (11) - The Fighting Irish didn't look overly impressive against Purdue, but they came out with the win.
10. Missouri (3-0) (13) - Mizzou looks like they are coming together after a solid win over Central Florida.
11. South Carolina (2-1) (16) - The Gamecocks got a much needed win when they needed it, knocking off my previous No. 1 Georgia.
12. UCLA (3-0) (17) - The Bruins looked kind of unimpressive again, but it was without starting quarterback Brett Hundley. Still undefeated right now.
13. Michigan State (1-1) (15) - The Spartans were idle, still reeling from the whirlwind that is Oregon.
14. USC (2-1) (6) - The Trojans looked poised to be the team that challenges Oregon for the Pac-12 possible spot in the playoffs, but then they lay a dud against Boston College.
15. Stanford (2-1) (9) - Stanford's loss to USC looks a little bit more questionable after the Trojans went down to Boston College.
16. Clemson (1-1) (14) - The Tigers loss to Georgia looks a bit worse now that Georgia is in the column.
17. Florida (2-0) (12) - Kentucky may be much improved, but there is nothing really impressive about the Gators being taken to 3 OTs against the Wildcats.
18. Arizona State (3-0) (18) - The Sun Devils weren't impressive against Colorado, but they did get the win.
19. Baylor (3-0) (19) - Still not sold on this Baylor team. They can score a lot of points against bad teams is all I know right now.
20. Ole Miss (3-0) (20) - Ole Miss had no trouble against La.-Lafayette as expected.
21. BYU (3-0) (24) - BYU struggled against Houston, but stayed undefeated.
22. Kansas State (2-0) (NR) - This might not last long as the Wildcats host Auburn this weekend.
23. Ohio State (2-1) (23) - The Buckeyes let out some frustration against Kent State, running up 66.
24. Nebraska (3-0) (NR) - The Cornhuskers are winning, but haven't played anyone yet.
25. Duke (3-0) (NR) - David Cutcliffe has the Blue Devils off to another undefeated start.