They blew out South Carolina, 48-7, in Week 3. The Gamecocks aren’t exactly a cupcake — this is two huge wins over Power 5 teams so far. Nothing has stopped them from looking like the most dominant team in the country, and QB Stetson Bennett may be a Heisman contender after three straight games of over 250 passing yards.
Next opponent: Kent State
The Tide came back as they always do after a near-loss and beat the crap out of Louisiana-Monroe. Bryce Young probably isn’t going to have back-to-back Heismans, but Alabama still looks like Alabama.
Next opponent: Vanderbilt
3. Ohio State Buckeyes
The Buckeyes put up an absolutely insane 77 points on Toledo this weekend. Their offensive productivity is really clicking after getting off to a tough start against Notre Dame, and their defense may still raise eyebrows, but it’s nothing to be seriously concerned about yet. CJ Stroud threw for 367 yards and five touchdowns before the backup went in.
Next opponent: Wisconsin
4. USC Trojans
Caleb Williams and Lincoln Riley continue to be the answer to Trojans’ prayers. USC defeated Fresno State, 45-17, combining the run game and receiving formations for 517 offensive yards. They’re looking like a lock for the Pac-12 title.
Next opponent: Oregon State
They took that 11-point spread against Nebraska personally. With Scott Frost gone, life didn’t get much better for the Cornhuskers, who lost the rivalry game 49-14 at home. The Sooners’ run game was incredibly productive, and Dillon Gabriel added two touchdowns.
Next opponent: Kansas State
There’s no reason to move them down, but there’s no reason to move them up, either. They’ve played a joke of a schedule so far, and there aren’t too many further observations to make about this team until they face a legitimate challenger.
Next opponent: Maryland
It was a tough first half for Arkansas — a tough first three quarters, really, but a three-touchdown fourth quarter keeps the Razorbacks undefeated as they head into their highest-profile matchup yet with Texas A&M this weekend. KJ Jefferson went 19-for-31 for 385 yards, and Raheim Sanders added 167 on the ground in a gritty comeback.
Next opponent: Texas A&M
They scheduled an easy week against Youngstown State following their win against Florida, but a 31-0 shutout still takes a lot of effort, and they achieved it. Will Levis turned the ball over twice, something that needs to be remedied before that SEC schedule starts in earnest in two weeks.
Next opponent: Northern Illinois
Next opponent: Florida
Penn State went to Jordan Hare, absolutely demolished Auburn, and headed back north changed in the eyes of college football fans. This Nittany Lions team is going to be a real problem in the Big Ten. I’ll be interested to see who can stop their run game.
Next opponent: Central Michigan