No. 5: Washington Huskies (9-0, NC). Michael Penix Jr. survived the best offense in College Football, outdueling USC’s Caleb Williams to a 52-42 win. The Huskies are in the driver’s seat in the Pac-12 with all signs pointing to a reunion with the Oregon Ducks in the Pac-12 championship with a CFP playoff spot on the line. They still have a tough batch of games left: they host the Utes and then travel to Corvallis to face Oregon State, but the Huskies have shown they are up to any challenge, holding the best win in College Football this season with their 36-33 win over no. 7 Oregon in October.
No. 4: Florida State Seminoles (9-0, NC). The Seminoles have been dominant to the point where the end of their season should be fairly quiet. Next week they face a volatile Miami Hurricanes team, but beyond that all-Florida affair, they should have no problems against FCS school North Alabama and archrivals Florida Gators, who have shined in some moments and embarrassed themselves at others. They are in line to face the Louisville Cardinals in the ACC Championship Game, where a win will clinch a perfect regular season and a spot in the College Football Playoffs.
No. 3: Michigan Wolverines (9-0, NC). The Wolverines have the best defense in College Football. This past week saw a season-high for points against (13). If Harbaugh and the Michigan Staff can avoid letting the extracurricular drama derail the team from playing like they have all year, their game in Happy Valley this weekend will be a blowout for the Wolverines.
No. 2: Georgia Bulldogs (9-0, NC). In their highest profile game to date, Kirby Smart’s squad proved resilient, to stay atop the SEC’s East Division. While the Bulldogs lack the sparkle of the other teams that populate the top of the rankings, they deserve to be here nonetheless, albeit not at the top.
No. 1: Ohio State Buckeyes (9-0, NC). Despite a shaky first half against Rutgers, the Buckeyes put the Scarlet Knights to bed and cruised to another win to remain perfect on the year. The Buckeyes have all eyes set on their end-of-season clash at the Big House which will most likely decide the B1G West Division’s champion and representative in the B1G Conference Championship Game. Despite this big game on the horizon, they have to lock in and show once again that they deserve the top-dog title against Michigan State in Columbus.