Each week John Chancey and Marty Coleman list their top 5. Their rankings after week 4 are below.
Chancey's Top 5
Alabama – The Tide did to Southern Miss what you would expect. The offense is playing well so far for Bill O’Brien. The defense might be a small question mark, but it remains to be seen if there is an offense that can exploit that (cough, cough, Ole Miss).
Georgia – The Dawgs did to Vanderbilt what you would expect. The offense has played well following their opening season game against Clemson. The defense continues to play well. I think I said this last week, but the World’s Biggest Cocktail Party on 10/30 should be a good game.
Oregon – Broken record warning: The Ducks did to Arizona exactly what you would expect, and they may have the clearest path to the playoff of anyone in the nation right now. They will have to visit UCLA on 10/23. If they can win that game, they don’t have another game against a team that currently has a winning record until they get to the Civil War at the end of the season, and it remains to be seen if Oregon State can possible keep that winning record.
Oklahoma – Another squeaker, this time against West Virginia. Still undefeated to this point, but suddenly the schedule looks more menacing. Of their eight remaining games, six of them are currently above .500, and that doesn’t include Iowa State, who visits Norman on 11/20.
Iowa – Either Colorado State is improving over their early season form, or they got up for this game because Iowa now has a target on it’s back. It will be interesting to see how the Hawkeyes handle that new weight. The next three games are against Maryland, Penn State & Purdue. Iowa is in the driver’s seat in the Big 10 West, but if they slip up, there are teams who could take advantage, particularly Purdue, who would then be in the driver’s seat.
Coleman's Top 5
Alabama – We know there are teams that can hang with Alabama and it sets up an intriguing next two weeks with Ole Miss coming to town and then a trip to a not so hot looking Texas A&M team. But, as the Nature Boy once said, “To be the man, you gotta beat the man” and until someone does, the Crimson Tide will likely be right here.
Georgia – Good teams win and really good teams crush the Vanderbilt’s of the world as the Bulldogs did on Saturday in a 62-0 romp. Arkansas comes to town next Saturday for what should be an interesting game and a test for Kirby’s guys.
Oregon – Being outgained by an 0-4 Arizona team doesn’t exactly bode well for the Ducks, but as Chancey notes, their path is not really tough. I planned to drop them, but Cincinnati was off and Oklahoma escaped again while scoring 16 points. You’ve been warned, Ducks. A repeat performance in Palo Alto next week is going to cost you. There might even be a PAC-12 game worth watching in that October 23 matchup at UCLA.
Penn State – It’s still debatable how good Wisconsin and Auburn are, but the Nittany Lions won both games and we could be looking at a top 10 showdown with Iowa in a couple of weeks, plus with Ohio State ahead on the schedule this will all sort itself out, likely by the end of October.
Cincinnati – Off this week, with the Irish looming. Barring something unforeseen the winner is in the top 5 and the loser may never see the top 5 again this season. More or less here by default, this team has a ton to prove this week. It’s put up or shut up time. Literally. You can’t lose games like this and continue to complain about missing out on the playoff.