The college football season is in full swing and there have already been some games that could have playoff implications come January. With undoubtedly the biggest weekend of the year so far coming up, who is the best team in college football so far?
This question is not as easy as it should be to answer. The AP top 5 thus far are #1 Florida State, #2 Oregon, #3 Alabama, #4 Oklahoma, and #5 Auburn. Other than maybe swapping Oklahoma and Auburn, yours truly has no problem with these rankings. However the teams holding these positions have had their share of problems.
Florida State definitely lost the first half to NC State on Saturday and if not for scoring five second half touchdowns, they would not be in this discussion. Also FSU only squeaked by Oklahoma State and Clemson by six in each of those games. Oregon had to go down to the wire to beat a decent but still 2-3 Washington State team. Alabama made West Virginia look great on opening weekend. We're still not sold on Trevor Knight and Oklahoma and Auburn is certainly no number one.
So... The real number one? This coming weekend may hold the answer as Alabama takes on #11 Ole Miss, Oregon play a 4-0 Arizona on Thursday, Oklahoma faces a freshly ranked TCU, and Auburn takes on an LSU team that just a week ago was in the top 10. Oh, and Florida State, they play Wake Forest. So, if they struggle at all, we know there not #1.
Some other intriguing matchups next Saturday: Arizona State at #16 USC, #6 Texas A&M at #12 Mississippi State, #20 Ohio State at Maryland, #7 Baylor at Texas, Boise State at Nevada, #14 Stanford at #9 Notre Dame, Miami at Georgia Tech, and #19 Nebraska at #10 Michigan State.