If this past week in college football proved anything, it’s that the two best teams in the nation, and it’s not even close, reside in the SEC. Alabama and Georgia showed they’re close to unbeatable. Check out more info on why the Dawgs and the Tide rule as well as why the Big Ten is the best overall conference in the country.
College Football Week 5 Recap
Michigan cracks the Top 10 in the Week 6 AP Poll 👀— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 3, 2021
4. Penn State
7. Ohio State
Georgia and Alabama Dominate
After easily handling then #6 Texas A&M, the Arkansas Razorbacks moved into the Top 10. Arkansas ranked eighth before their game versus #2 Georgia. Heading into NCAAF Week 6, the Razorbacks rank #13. Why? Georgia blasted Arkansas 37-0. The score could have been much worse. Dawgs’ head coach Kirby Smart told his fellas to not play as aggressively after a 21-0 first quarter.
Even though starting quarterback J.T. Daniels sat on the bench due to an injury, the Hogs couldn’t handle Arkansas’ offense. UGA’s defense dominated a Razorback offense that had become one of the best rushing teams in the nation.
On Saturday, Georgia heads to Auburn to take on a Tigers team that upset LSU on the road in week 5. We should expect Georgia’s defense to pummel an offense that scored just 24 versus the Tigers and 20 against Penn State on Sep. 18. Consider laying the points early. Also consider backing Alabama early to beat up Texas A&M this Saturday. In week 5, Bama faced an Ole Miss squad that had climbed into the Top 15.
Not only did Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral head into the game the Heisman Trophy favorite, but the Rebels’ defense had held Louisville to 24, Austin Peay to 17, and Tulane to 21. Mississippi had been beating teams with their offense and defense. All the 1-ranked team in the nation did was put a 42-21 beating onto Ole Miss. Like Georgia versus Arkansas, the victory could have been much worse.
Ole Miss scored 14 points in the fourth quarter well after Nick Saban had pulled his starters. The Bama coach isn’t taking any prisoners this season. Bama is around a 17-point favorite versus Texas A&M on the road in week 6. The Aggies have lost two in a row to Arkansas and Mississippi State, which is why the Tide should roll.
Cincinnati ends Notre Dame’s 26-game home win streak
After Notre Dame beat Wisconsin in NCAAF Week 4, it appeared as if Brian Kelly had gotten his team playing Fighting Irish football. But in week 5, the Cincinnati Bearcats showed why they’re a legit College Football Playoff team. Cincinnati beat an out of sorts Irish team 24-13. The victory broke a 26-game Notre Dame home winning streak.
More importantly, it sent the Bearcats to fifth in the nation. #3 Iowa and #4 Penn State play each other on Saturday. If Cincinnati wins out, they will make a case for being the first non-Power 5 Conference team to ever make the College Football Playoff.
Iowa, Penn State, Michigan and Michigan State make the Big Ten the best conference in the nation
Iowa dominated Maryland 51-14, Penn State throttled Indiana 24-10, and Michigan State beat Western Kentucky 48-13. The most impressive win from a Big Ten squad came from the Michigan Wolverines, who throttled Wisconsin in Madison 38-14. The victory propelled Michigan to the Top 10 on the AP Poll. The Big Ten has a total of four teams in the Top 10: #3 Iowa, #4 Penn State, #7 Ohio State and #9 Michigan.
#11 Michigan State could enter the Top 10 this Sunday should they beat Rutgers on the road on Saturday. The Spartans, Hawkeyes, Nittany Lions, and Wolverines all play run-first offenses and great defenses, which should give all four a chance to win the conference and make the CFP.
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