Each week John Chancey and Marty Coleman list their top 5. Their rankings after week 3 are below.
Chancey's Top 5
Alabama – Florida gave Alabama a game, which was fun to see, but the Tide prevailed. I didn’t see anything that makes me think they should fall from #1, but I don’t think Georgia is very far behind.
Georgia – The Bulldogs did exactly what they should have against SC, and Daniels played and looked good, which is a big positive for Georgia. The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party may be more competitive than we expected, however, seeing how well the Gators stood up against Alabama.
Oregon – Played an FCS opponent; moving the Ducks to #3 has more to do with what I saw from the Sooners.
Oklahoma – Nebraska deserves credit for playing well in this game, but Oklahoma should have had more success Saturday, especially playing in Norman. I’m not dismissing this team from the national title discussion. We see teams with good offenses, and teams with good defenses. Is there one that has both? Maybe Oregon if they get Thibodeaux back at full strength? Lately, it’s been better to have the good offense than the good defense.
Iowa – Soundly defeated their MAC opponent. They will need to continue impressing to keep this spot. There are other teams, like Penn State, that will have opportunities against better competition as the season progresses. Iowa might get jumped at some point.
Coleman's Top 5
Alabama – Last week I wondered what would happen when the Tide faced a team that could offer a modicum of resistance and we found out Saturday Bama is not unbeatable, but they also won on the road against a good team.
Georgia – Nothing to see here in a victory over South Carolina, but that Clemson win looks less impressive each week. The Bulldogs should be the Tigers biggest fans. With a soft schedule the next couple of weeks, I don’t imagine the Bulldogs will be going anywhere anytime soon.
Oregon – Stony Brook? Really? Not going to penalize the Ducks, but do better scheduling if for no other reason than appearance. Not saying you need two Ohio State type non-conference games, but Stony Brook is Baylor level scheduling. I still have questions about the defense and a PAC 12 schedule.
Cincinnati – This was Cincinnati’s first chance to prove they’re not a mirage. People interpret the Indiana win in different ways and I get that. I saw it as a tough, grind it out, when you had a chance to fold, but end up winning by 2 touchdown win. The Bearcats didn’t fold when down 14 to a Big 10 school on the road, but challenges ahead.
Oklahoma – Basically here by default. Unimpressive, but undefeated. To say I missed on my Heisman choices of Spencer Rattler and D.J. Uiagalelei would be an understatement.