It’s Alabama and Georgia, a substantial hole, then everyone else.
That is what materialized in Week 5, when the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs reminded the SEC — and the FBS — the place the College Football Playoff race begins — and maybe will end.
Georgia routed Arkansas 37-0 in a top-10 showdown. Alabama beat Ole Miss 42-21 in one other cookie-cutter blowout. If the CFP rankings had been launched this week, then it might be a toss-up between the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs at No. 1.
With that, the situation the remainder of the FBS will not like is in play. If Alabama and Georgia each make the SEC championship recreation with a 12-0 file, then it is a good guess each make the CFP.
The first set of CFP rankings might be launched Tuesday, Nov. 2. Each week, Sporting News will break down the playoff image:
- Four within the College Football Playoff
- Two out
- Four to look at
Four within the College Football Playoff
1. Georgia (5-0)
Quarterback JT Daniels did not play due to a lat damage in a top-10 showdown in opposition to Arkansas, but it surely did not matter. Georgia constructed a 24-0 lead with a protection that restricted the Razorbacks to 78 whole yards within the first half. Arkansas additionally had seven three-and-outs on 10 possessions.That’s back-to-back shutouts for the perfect protection within the FBS. Stetson Bennett crammed in at quarterback, and the Bulldogs rolled up 273 speeding yards on 4.9 per carry in opposition to a beforehand robust Arkansas run protection. The Bulldogs have the most-impressive resume so far, and they go to Auburn in Week 6.
2. Alabama (5-0)
So a lot for that idea that Lane Kiffin-led Ole Miss would challenge the Crimson Tide. The Rebels missed on three fourth-down makes an attempt within the first half, and Alabama turned all three into TDs. The Crimson Tide dominated in a 42-21 blowout. Bryce Young completed 20 of 26 passing for 241 yards, two TDs and an interception, and Brian Robinson Jr. emerged with 36 carries for 171 yards and 4 TDs. Nick Saban is now 24-0 in opposition to former assistants, and one other one might be ready in prime-time with Jimbo Fisher and Texas A&M subsequent week.
3. Oklahoma (5-0)
Another week, one other one-score victory for Oklahoma. The Sooners prevented an upset to Kansas State for the primary time in three years in a 37-31 shootout, and to be honest a 93-yard kickoff for a TD from Kansas State’s Malik Knowles with 1:20 remaining created the ultimate rating. The trio of Spencer Rattler, Kennedy Brooks and Marvin Mims made the performs essential to win on the highway. Oklahoma is a default decide at No. 3, and a convincing victory within the Red River Showdown in opposition to Texas would strengthen that profile.
4. Cincinnati (4-0)
Will the CFP committee be trustworthy about it and give the Group of 5 its due? The Bearcats ended Notre Dame’s 26-game residence successful streak with a 24-13 victory at Notre Dame Stadium. Desmond Ridder handed for two TDs to construct a 17-0 lead, and he scored the game-clinching TD run after the Irish rallied within the fourth quarter to make it a one-score recreation. The Bearcats nonetheless should be excellent in American Athletic Conference play, and which may not be sufficient to sway the committee. Cincinnati will need assistance to carry off the Big Ten champion.
5. Penn State (5-0)
Make no mistake, the Iowa-Penn State showdown is the undercard to see who’s the perfect challenger for the Buckeyes within the Big Ten. Penn State righted final yr’s loss to Indiana by knocking out the Hoosiers in a 24-0 victory on Saturday. Sean Clifford has seven TD passes the final two weeks, and the protection has improved. So, why are the Nittany Lions behind the Bearcats? For now, Cincinnati has the higher victory in opposition to Notre Dame; a staff that routed the Wisconsin staff Penn State knocked off in Week 1. That’s some severe transitive properties, however the Nittany Lions can slide into that prime 4 with a victory in opposition to Iowa in Week 6.
6. Iowa (5-0)
Any doubts in regards to the Hawkeyes’ protection had been put to relaxation in a 51-14 blowout in opposition to Maryland. Six totally different Iowa gamers had an interception, and the Hawkeyes have a +12 turnover ratio by way of 5 video games. Spencer Petras added 259 passing yards, three TDs and no interceptions. Kirk Ferentz has this staff working in ruthless, methodical trend, and Penn State involves Kinnick Stadium for the perfect recreation on the schedule in Week 6.
Four to look at
7. Michigan (5-0)
Well, may this be the Big Ten challenger in ready for the Buckeyes? Michigan dominated Wisconsin 38-17 for its first victory at Camp Randall Stadium since 2001. Coach Jim Harbaugh proved the Wolverines belong for now. Michigan shut down the Badgers on the bottom and notched 5 sacks, and the offense has but to commit a turnover this season. The Wolverines performed clear, and freshman J.J McCarthy combined in at quarterback with Cade McNamara. Look for that to proceed in a entice recreation of kinds at Nebraska in prime time.
8. Oregon (4-1)
The Ducks have an enormous downside now after a 31-24 extra time loss to Stanford. Offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead missed the sport with non-COVID associated sickness. CJ Verdell left with a leg damage. Oregon allowed a game-tying landing drive within the last two minutes, and the Cardinal scored once more in extra time. Now, the Pac-12 is in hassle once more. Yes, Oregon nonetheless has that head-to-head victory in opposition to Ohio State in hand. But the Big Ten has half the groups on this checklist, and that loss at Stanford goes to be a severe blemish even when Oregon runs the desk from right here. We will not be stunned if the Buckeyes are ranked greater within the subsequent AP Poll.
9. Ohio State (4-1)
The Buckeyes are the following Big Ten staff, however we nonetheless think about them the favourite within the convention. The board units up properly with these different groups in entrance. Ohio State dominated Rutgers in a 52-13 victory. C.J. Stroud returned and had 4 of his 5 passing TDs within the first half, and playmakers TreVeyon Henderson, Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson all scored TDs. Ohio State is the one staff on this checklist with sufficient offensive firepower to entertain difficult Alabama and Georgia. That Oregon loss might be forgiven with a Big Ten championship.
10. Michigan State (5-0)
That’s 5 Big Ten groups. Kentucky, Coastal Carolina and BYU could be choices right here, however think about what the Spartans have accomplished in Mel Tucker’s second season. Michigan State has a dynamic operating again in Kenneth Walker III, who scored three extra TDs. The Spartans have piled up Power 5 victories in opposition to Northwestern, Miami and Nebraska. They cruised in a 48-31 shootout with Western Kentucky (MSU led 45-16 after 3 quarters), and highway journeys to Indiana and Rutgers are negotiable. The Spartans might be unbeaten when Michigan involves Spartan Stadium on Oct. 30.