1. Alabama
  2. Michigan
  3. Clemson
  4. Washington


  1. USC–The Trojans looked like road kill at the start of the season after getting pounded by Alabama in their opener and losing to Stanford and Utah for a 1-3 start. Following Saturday’s 45-20 win over Oregon, USC is now bowl eligible at 6-3 and has won five straight for only the second time in eight years. Next up is a true test-a road game at unbeaten and No. 4 ranked Washington.
  2. Lamar Jackson–The Louisville QB is the Heisman front runner and with good reason. He has accounted for 45 TDS (26 TDs  passing, 19 rushing) and had 7 TDS (4 throwing, 3 running) in a 52-7 romp over Boston College on Saturday.
  3.  Alabama–You could put the No. 1 ranked Tide in this category every week, but Saturday’s 10-0 win at LSU was exceptional because you got the feeling that if the game went an additional four periods, LSU still wouldn’t have scored. Much was made about the return to form of LSU running back Leonard Fournette, who is still projected as the No.1 running back in next spring’s NFL draft if he chooses to enter.  Fournette ran for 285 yards against Ole Miss a few weeks ago. Against Alabama, he picked up 35 yards in 17 carries. Until some one actually can find a way to beat Alabama, the Tide is No 1 and it’s not close. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.