1. Alabama
  2. Ohio State
  3. Clemson
  4. Michigan


  1. Ohio State–The Buckeyes were 39 point favorites against Rutgers and nearly covered by halftime in a 58-0 rout of the Scarlet Knights. Rutgers punted (10 times) on every possession. And Coach Urban Meyers’ team is doing what his teams always do–get better as the season progresses.
  2.  Tennessee–Don’t laugh. The Volunteers have been everyone’s target since the start of the season when they nearly squandered their pre-season Top 10 ranking in a 20-13 opening game win over Appalachian State. The Vols have been trailing by double digits four times in their five games and won each time, including Saturday’s remarkable 34-31 Hail Mary pass victory at Georgia.
  3.  DeShaun Watson–The Clemson quarterback started as a pre-season Heisman favorite and then slipped from view a bit as the Tigers muddled through their first few games. Guess what? He’s back after a prime time 5 TD performance–including 2 in the final 7 minutes of the Tigers’ wild 42-36 win over Louisville.

       WHO’S NOT

  1. Charlie Strong–The Texas coach’s future is anything but strong after Saturday’s 49-31 loss to Oklahoma State.  The shine of the opening night win against Notre Dame has faded quickly. The Longhorns have lost their last two games against California and Oklahoma State, allowing 97 points. Next up is Oklahoma, which is coming off a 52-46 win over TCU. To make matters worse, Texas AD Mike Perrin said that everything and everyone in the football program would be evaluated. With the Tom Herman Sweepstakes just starting, not good news for the embattled Strong. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.