The college football season has been predictable so far. The best teams keep winning, and there haven’t been any huge upsets. Anything can happen on Saturdays, though, so you never know which top 10 team will be in disbelief after suffering a surprise loss.
Ohio State plays a good Northwestern team this weekend, so watch out for an upset there. The SEC is always full of good teams, so you never know when a team like Alabama or Georgia could lose a game.
1. Alabama (4-0, Last week’s ranking: 1)
Alabama’s 25-0 win over Ole Miss showed how dominant it is. It’s always tough to shut out a team, and it’s even harder to keep an SEC team out of the end zone. Alabama doesn’t score points like Oregon or Louisville, but with its elite defense, it doesn’t need to.
2. Oregon (4-0, Last week’s ranking: 2)
The Ducks destroyed Cal, a Pac-12 rival, on Saturday in another high-scoring win. There is cause for concern though, as superstar running back De’Anthony Thomas sprained his ankle and had to miss almost the entire game. It doesn’t look like he’ll play against Colorado this weekend. The Ducks can certainly win without him, but he’s one of their most dangerous players.
3. Ohio State (5-0, Last week’s ranking: 3)
In his first game back from a knee injury, quarterback Braxton Miller threw four touchdowns in an important win over Big Ten opponent No. 23 Wisconsin. Now the Buckeyes must win another key game, this time at No. 16 Northwestern, another Big Ten foe. Ohio State will probably have to go undefeated to play for the national championship, but the Buckeyes have the talent to win the rest of their games against some tough conference teams.
4. Clemson (4-0, Last week’s ranking: 4)
The Tigers looked the most dominant of any top 10 last week, beating Wake Forest 56-7. Quarterback Tajh Boyd had four total touchdowns, and his top receiver Sammy Watkins had more than 100 receiving yards. Look out for this duo to continue leading Clemson to conference victories this season.
5. Georgia (3-1, Last week’s ranking: 9)
The Bulldogs had what could be a season-defining win over LSU on Saturday. Quarterback Aaron Murray accounted for five touchdowns in the biggest game of Georgia’s season so far, and the Bulldogs got another great win to boost their ranking. Star running back Todd Gurley hurt his ankle last weekend, but this team can still win without him.
6. Stanford (4-0, Last week’s ranking: 5)
Stanford doesn’t get as many headlines as Alabama or Texas A&M, but the team is quietly showing why it can compete with the best. Quarterback Kevin Hogan threw three touchdowns last week to lead the Cardinal to a 55-17 win over Washington State. Stanford’s toughest game of the season so far will come on Saturday, when it hosts No. 15 Washington.
7. Louisville (4-0, Last week’s ranking: 7)
The Cardinals didn’t play last week, but their electric offense shouldn’t miss a beat this weekend. They play Temple and should continue easily beating opponents. Louisville has been scoring 48 points per game and hasn’t given up more than 13 points to an opponent. The Cardinals don’t play a ranked team for the rest of the season, so those big wins should continue.
8. Florida State (4-0, Last week’s ranking: 8)
Jameis Winston added another highlight to his fantastic first season against Boston College last weekend. At the end of the first half, Winston evaded pass rushers and lofted a perfectly thrown deep ball to receiver Kenny Shaw for a touchdown. It was just one more great play by a quarterback who will keep the Seminoles in contention for a BCS bowl game.
9. Texas A&M (4-1, Last week’s ranking: 10)
Texas A&M’s offense cannot be slowed down. With a dangerous passing attack led by Johnny Manziel and receiver Mike Evans and a great running back in Ben Malena, the Aggies have a good chance to win their remaining games. The biggest challenge left is LSU, which has a great offense of its own. That game could have a major impact on who wins the SEC.
10. LSU (4-1, Last week’s ranking: 6)
After a tough loss to Georgia, the Tigers are down but not out. LSU faces several challenges, as the Tigers still have to play Florida, Alabama, and Texas A&M, but they are good enough to beat all those teams. Depending on how those games go, LSU could either shoot up the rankings or fall out of the top 10.
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Photo: Kenyan Drake #17 of the Alabama Crimson Tide rushes over Tony Conner #12 of the Mississippi Rebels at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 28, 2013 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)