- Ohio State
- Christian McCaffrey–Remember the all-everything back from last season, who finished second in the Heisman voting last year, and disappeared from almost everyone’s list of contenders when Stanford staggered at the start of the season and lost to Washington and Washington State in back to back games? Well, folks, McCaffrey has almost the same numbers he had last season. His latest effort was 284 yards and 3 TDS in a 45-31 win over Cal on Saturday. Put him back in the Heisman race.
- Oklahoma–The Sooners were another of those walking dead teams with high pre-season rankings which evaporated when they lost to Houston and Ohio State in the first month of the season. The Sooners have not lost since September and routed West Virginia 56-28 at Morgantown on Saturday and are now at least in the discussion about Final Four teams.
- Florida–The Gators have gotten little respect, even in the SEC East, which is again the step child to the powerful SEC West (or at least it was perceived that way). So when the Hurricane Matthew make-up game against LSU was rescheduled for Baton Rouge –it was a Florida home game in September–the Gators faced a disadvantage on Saturday and were 2 touchdown underdogs. Final score: Florida 16 LSU 10. The win clinched the SEC East title for the Gators and sent them into the SEC title game next month against Alabama, another SEC West (and everywhere else) monster. That game will be played in Atlanta. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.