Did you enjoy the stuffed mushrooms, cheese dip and glazed chicken wings? Well, get ready for the filet mignon, lobster tail and veal cutlet.
This Saturday served us some juicy appetizers ahead of next week’s main entrées. Let’s be honest: Memphis-SMU, Georgia-Florida and Utah-Washington are no LSU-Alabama, Penn State–Minnesota and Kansas State–Texas. Next Saturday features two games pitting unbeaten Power 5 programs!
But enough about next week. Let’s get to our Top 10 teams after this week’s slate of game.
TOP 10… Teams
Last week: 1
Last game: Beat Auburn 23–20 in Week 9
Next game: Saturday at Alabama
There is a big game next weekend in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, featuring LSU. You may have heard of it. The Tigers and Crimson Tide were off this week before their unbeaten top-three clash.
2. Ohio State
Last week: 2
Last game: Beat Wisconsin 38–7 in Week 9
Next game: Saturday vs. Maryland
The Buckeyes rested up this week ahead of their titanic matchup against the Terrapins. We kid, of course. Maryland has lost four straight. The real question here is just how long Ryan Day will leave in QB Justin Fields.
Last week: 3
Last game: Beat Arkansas 48–7 in Week 9
Next game: Saturday vs. LSU
Tua Watch is in full force down there in Alabama, and it is testing coach Nick Saban’s patience. Tagovailoa returned to practice last week after having surgery on a sprained right ankle two weeks ago.
Last week: 4
Last game: Beat Wofford 59–14
Next game: Saturday at NC State
The Tigers will be large favorites in their final trio of regular season games, but that doesn’t mean that they’ll be easy. A road game at South Carolina caps the season after a test at home against 7–1 Wake Forest.
5. Penn State
Last week: 5
Last game: Beat Michigan State 28-7 in Week 9
Next game: Saturday at Minnesota
The Nittany Lions are participants in the other unbeaten game next weekend. Sure, it’s not LSU-Alabama, but the Gophers and Lions meet with serious Big Ten title hopes at stake—as well as a potential playoff spot.
Last week: 6
Last game: Beat USC 56–24
Next game: Saturday vs. Arizona
The Pac-12 remains alive for a playoff spot! The Ducks and the Utes are the conference’s last hope. Oregon has won eight straight since the season-opening loss to Auburn in Arlington.
Last week: 8
Last game: Beat Florida 24–17
Next game: Saturday vs. Missouri
Did UGA just have a bad day in its loss to South Carolina? At season’s end, that may be one of the more inexplicable defeats of a playoff contender. The Bulldogs are on course to see LSU or Alabama in the SEC title game, most likely a play-in game for the playoffs.
Last week: 9
Last game: Lost at Kansas State 48–41 in Week 9
Next game: Saturday vs. Iowa State
Lincoln Riley and staff got an extra week to 1.) prepare for the Cyclones, 2.) dwell on the loss to K-State and 3.) fix whatever happened in the loss to K-State.
Last week: NR
Last game: Beat Washington 33–28
Next game: Nov. 16 vs. UCLA
The Utes stormed back to beat Washington in their most impressive victory yet this season. They’re heading for a top-10 showdown against Oregon in the Pac-12 title game and, yes, the winner might just advance to the playoffs.
Last week: 10
Last game: Beat West Virginia 17–14
Next game: Saturday at TCU
Are the Bears the best undefeated team in the nation? No, they’re probably not, but are they worthy of the top 10? Of course. However, the upcoming schedule is brutal. They first travel to TCU before hosting Oklahoma and Texas in back-to-back weeks.