Each week John Chancey and Marty Coleman list their top 5. Their rankings after week 7 are below.
Chancey's Top 5
Georgia: their game against Kentucky was entertaining for the most part, but eventually they pulled ahead and put it away. I’m happy for Stetson Bennett. He is playing very well right now, and the team is responding well to his leadership. If I was Kirby Smart, I would think long and hard about how smart it is to take Bennett out in favor of Daniels.
Alabama: the Tide bounced back strong from their unexpected loss to A&M. This team is clearly talented. They simply appear to be vulnerable to having a bad day. The odds of it happening again get lower as they continue to get more experience playing together. I don’t think Alabama loses again in the regular season.
Cincinnati: they continue to do what they need to do. As long as they avoid the same kind of bad day Bama had against A&M, they will keep themselves in the conversation. SMU’s run is good news for Cincinnati: if the Ponies keep a zero in the loss column, it sets up a clash between undefeated teams on 11/20. The Bearcats need that, and a win, if they hope to hold off a Big Ten champion and a suddenly rejuvenated Oklahoma.
Oklahoma: Caleb Williams shower why he is the best choice at QB1 for the Sooners, accounting for four touchdowns Saturday. I do worry if a bad day is in Williams future, but he has a few more weeks to get comfortable before a surprising Baylor program hosts OU on 11/13.
Oklahoma State: not the OSU most are putting in this spot. Why? Resume. Most of the teams vying for this spot don’t have good wins. If they have a good win, they also have a loss. The Pokes are undefeated, are the only team with a victory against Baylor, and road wins against Texas and Boise State. A road game against Iowa State will be another test this weekend.
Coleman's Top 5
Georgia – As soon as the Bulldogs went up 7-0 Saturday I texted Beef and Locks “Ball game over”, because that’s all the Georgia defense has needed this year. It was a slight exaggeration, but the Bulldogs were never really threatened and now have a week off before meeting a suddenly struggling Florida team in Jacksonville.
Alabama – Yep, they leapfrog Cincinnati in my rankings, but it’s closer than you might think. The Tide crushed a Mississippi State team that has beaten Texas A&M (in College Station) and N.C. State, in Starkville at night. Tennessee is up next, but that’s a home game and Arkansas looks less interesting each week. On the flip side, Auburn is getting more interesting each week.
Cincinnati – The Bearcats destroyed UCF, which is a shell of its former self and that’s really the issue for UC. Even their best win is over an overrated Notre Dame team. They do have a currently undefeated SMU in late November, but who knows where and what the Mustangs will be at that point.
Oklahoma – A change was made at quarterback and it appears to be exactly what the Sooners needed. The offense racked up 525 yards, including 295 passing from Caleb Williams, who also had 66 and a touchdown on the ground. Different team with Williams at QB. I don’t care what stat you throw at me – the defense is still a concern.
Ohio State – The Buckeyes ascend despite being off this past weekend and the reality is they were close last week. This should settle itself in two weeks when Penn State comes calling and either/or becomes a two loss team. Since the Oregon loss Ohio State has outscored opponents 218-57. Granted the opponents haven’t been great, but still that’s 54-14 on average. There are still some apparently tough games ahead, but as I sit here today, I can see an 11-1 Ohio State team come December.