Week Eight Power Rankings (NCAA)

1. Ohio State Buckeyes– There’s no other team in the country that’s playing better in all three phases than these guys. The Ohio State Buckeyes are a dominant team. Their offense is quick yet explosive, their defense has been aggressive yet consistent and they’ve even handled business on special teams. To think people said they’d miss Urban Meyer and Dwayne Haskins. I think Ryan Day and Justin Fields are doing quite well for themselves. They got Northwestern out of the way. Next week, they’ll receive their first true test against the Wisconsin Badgers at the shoe. I can’t wait for that one. By the way, I will be previewing that.

2. LSU Tigers– They had their hands full with Florida last weekend, but they took care of business. It’s remarkable to see how potent their offense is each week. Joe Burrow continues to make a case for the Heisman. This is the best offense I’ve seen LSU have in quite some time. Joe Burrow is efficient, accurate, and his swagger is on max. They are averaging nearly 50 points per game, and even the best defenses in the country would be hard-pressed against LSU’s offense. On top of a fantastic offense, they boast a fast and physical defense. One downfall has been their defense giving up 38 points each to Texas and Vanderbilt then 28 to the Florida Gators. It could be a cause for concern moving forward.

3. Clemson Tigers– Everyone wanted to see that complete game from the champs, and they got it. This game was over before it started to hit Florida State. Clemson heard all the noise after their scare against the North Carolina Tar Heels. Last week was their opportunity to show the world that they are still the big dogs on the block. Trevor Lawrence threw three touchdown passes and one horrible interception. When he tightens his game up, this will be a tough team to beat come playoff time. We could see a possible repeat.

4. Alabama Crimson Tide– They cruised to another win last week against Jimbo Fisher and the Texas A&M Aggies. However, I’m still concerned about their defense. They allowed 28 points to the Aggies, a team that Clemson held to ten points in week two and Auburn held to 20 points just a few weeks ago. Their offense sustains long drives which covers up the holes in the defense and at this point, it falls on them to cover for the defense. I can’t wait to see what Nick Saban does again moving forward because if things don’t get better on defense, they won’t get far.

5. Oklahoma Sooners– As expected, the Red River Rivalry didn’t disappoint. Oklahoma got a quality win on the season and they received everything they could handle from the Texas Longhorns. Jalen Hurts didn’t look as sharp as he has all year with two turnovers in the red area that could’ve broken the game open. Give some credit to the Sooners defense. They were very stout against the run. This is still my pick to win the Big-12.

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