No. 5: Washington Huskies (10-0, NC). The Huskies knocked off another ranked opponent to stay undefeated and on the doorstep of the CFP. The Huskies stand at 10-0 for only the second time in school history after holding Utah scoreless in the second half to win 35-28 in Seattle. Senior QB Michael Penix Jr. shined again, throwing for 332 yards, and 2 TDs as well as running another in. Usually, a win like this would be rewarded with a boost in rank, but there is nowhere to go among the current class of teams in College Football. The Huskies have one final regular season test, a trip to Corvallis to face top-10-ranked Oregon State.
No. 4: Florida State Seminoles (10-0, NC). The Seminoles’ win over Miami was more than just a tick in the W column, it was their 16th straight win and clinched an appearance in the ACC Championship Game. For the first time this season, the Tallahassee squad got out-gained, allowing 335 yards while posting only 322, not helped by senior QB Jordan Travis, who struggled through one of his worst performances of the year. Florida State looks to tune up and stay sharp against FCS opponent North Alabama in their home game finale.
No. 3: Michigan Wolverines (10-0, NC). No HC Jim Harbaugh on the sideline in Happy Valley did not seem to bother the Wolverines as they won an old-fashioned track meet against Penn State. Both teams were limited to under 75 passing yards but senior RB Blake Corum picked up the slack and rushed for 145 yards and notched 2 TDs. Harbaugh’s squad has proven resilient amidst off-field drama but must continue on with or without him on the sideline when they continue their road trip to College Park, MD ahead of “the Game” on Thanksgiving weekend.
No. 2: Georgia Bulldogs (10-0, NC). 27 straight wins. SEC East Champions. Back-to-back wins over top 12 opponents. Star junior TE Brock Bowers returned in the Bulldog’s 52-17 rout of Ole Miss. Everything is on the up and up for HC Kirby Smart and co. Senior RB Kendall Milton had himself a night with 127 yards on the ground and 2 TDs. Junior QB Carson Beck led his team to 10+ points in each quarter and 628 offensive yards. The Bulldogs finish SEC conference play at Tennessee on the weekend.
No. 1: Ohio State Buckeyes (10-0, NC). In a season where the top spot remains air-tight, there is no budge in the Buckeyes play. Ohio State took care of business at home against Michigan State, winning 38-3. Sophomore QB Kyle McCord threw a career-high 335 yards and 3 TDs and star junior WR Marvin Harrison Jr. reeled in 2 TDs on 149 yards and 7 receptions, and an additional 19-yard rushing TD. Harrison Jr. also eclipsed the 1000 receiving yards mark. The Buckeyes look to keep rolling against Minnesota before taking on Michigan in an edition of “The Game” as important as any other.