Arkansas, Oregon and Florida every bit the mud as Top 10 groups within the AP ballot went on the street to unfriendly confines. At least Arkansas was a 19-point underdog, the identical can’t be stated for the favored Ducks or Gators. While Oregon had a questionable penalty known as on them on a would-be recreation sealing fourth down play, Florida was penalized fifteen instances to brief circuit an offense that performed decently. And so the whims of 2021 proceed to upset the apple cart.
1. Georgia (5–0)
Last recreation: Beat Arkansas 37–0
Next recreation: at Auburn
The Dawgs dined on some smoked Hog on Saturday—Arkansas by no means had an opportunity. Georgia defenders confirmed their enamel all day on each sides of the ball.
Arkansas struggled to get something happening offense and the miscues together with a blocked punt and a number of penalties definitely didn’t assist their trigger. Georgia didn’t even have beginning QB JT Daniels, dominated out shortly earlier than the sport with a lat harm. It didn’t seem to be they wanted him. Georgia’s protection has now solely allowed considered one of its 5 opponents on its schedule to attain a landing and has outscored the final two convention opponents 99–0.
2. Alabama (5–0)
Last recreation: Beat Ole Miss 42–21
Next recreation: at Texas A&M
Lane Kiffin informed us to get some popcorn prepared after which his Ole Miss staff went out and appeared like they have been on the unsuitable aspect of a horror film. But this sequel was nothing like final 12 months’s authentic. Alabama performed nice protection and Ole Miss couldn’t get something achieved on offense. The Tide took what they confirmed on movie final season to coronary heart.
3. Iowa (4–0)
Last recreation: Beat Maryland 51–14
Next recreation: in opposition to Penn State
Maryland hosted the Hawkeyes in a Friday night time tilt that didn’t go very properly for the house staff. They have been down so a throw-heavy recreation plan was mandatory, however it positively didn’t go properly contemplating:
Before it was over, he added a fifth INT and the Hawkeyes barely needed to do a lot of something with an opponent self-destructing on the opposite aspect of the sector just like the Terps have been. But that’s how Iowa desires to win, by executing a recreation plan that’s extra strong than yours is.
4. Cincinnati (4–0)
Last recreation: Beat Notre Dame 24–13
Next recreation: in opposition to Temple
In the Marcus Freeman Bowl, the Bearcats emerged victorious by leaping out to a giant lead due to turnovers and holding on regardless of iffy particular groups. Quarterback Desmond Ridder completed with 293 yards via the air and led a clutch late drive to place the sport on ice. It’s arguably the largest win for the Bearcats in class historical past, and exhibits that UC retains it rolling after three profitable seasons.
5. Penn State (5–0)
Last recreation: Beat Indiana 24–0
Next recreation: at Iowa
Indiana’s Michael Penix Jr. exited the sport because of harm within the third quarter, however it’s robust to say it might have even mattered with how suffocating the efficiency was from Penn State’s protection. The Hoosiers acquired into the purple zone twice in 13 drives and got here away with nothing, together with getting stoned on the 4-yard line. All eyes now flip to the mammoth journey to Iowa City subsequent week.
6. Oklahoma (5–0)
Last recreation: Beat Kansas State 37–31
Next recreation: Texas
Spencer Rattler largely took care of the ball with a 22–25 efficiency and Kennedy Brooks lastly acquired one thing going for the OU run recreation with 91 yards on the bottom. A late kick return by the Wildcats made issues momentarily nerve wracking, however after recovering an onsides try, the Sooners held on in opposition to the normally up-for-it Kansas State staff. Red River awaits as because the Sooners look to maintain their offense headed in the correct path.
7. Michigan (5–0)
Last recreation: Beat Wisconsin 38–17
Next recreation: at Nebraska
The Wolverines snapped out of their points with Wisconsin in a giant means going to Camp Randall and routing the Badgers. They knocked quarterback Graham Mertz out of the sport and his alternative, Chase Wolf, wasn’t in a position to do a lot better. It was 38–10 till a late rating put Wisconsin slightly bit nearer.
8. Coastal Carolina (5–0)
Last recreation: beat Louisiana-Monroe 59–6
Next recreation: at Arkansas State
Why not them? The Chants’ have completely bludgeoned the final two groups on their schedule and sit undefeated—and impressively so. One of the nation’s greatest speeding assaults stored rolling with 6.5 yards-per-rush and 275 yards whole on the bottom. They now head into the enamel of convention play with Arkansas State, App State and Troy arising.
9. BYU (5–0)
Last recreation: beat Utah State 34–20
Next recreation: in opposition to Boise State
Zach Wilson who? Ok the Cougars aren’t as explosive as they have been final 12 months via the air, however they’re nonetheless getting the job achieved. Starter Jaren Hall didn’t even play on this recreation, however BYU merely fed the Aggies a gradual dose of Tyler Allgeier, who went off for 218 yards. The rushing-based strategy is extra fitted to Kalani Sitake’s pursuits anyway. BYU is again to its latest roots.
10. Ohio State (4–1)
Last recreation: Beat Rutgers 52–13
Next recreation: in opposition to Maryland
Despite all of the requires his benching, CJ Stroud responded with 330 yards on 17–23 via the air. The Buckeyes nonetheless have top-of-the-line extensive receiving corps within the nation and Shroud discovered all of them day. Rutgers is rising and much from the depths of the previous few seasons, however the Buckeyes simply have far more within the tank even when they’ve stumbled out of the blocks this season.