1. Clemson Tigers– DeShaun Watson and company just keep quietly rolling and winning games. What a season they’ve had. They started fast last week against Wake Forest and never looked back. They enter rivalry week facing South Carolina and then its the big one next weekend when they face North Carolina in the ACC title game next in Charlotte. They are playing their best football at the right time and that’s all that matters right now. Watson deserves an invitation to New York City for the Heisman ceremony.
2. Alabama Crimson Tide– They are in very good position right now. With Ole Miss defeating LSU last Saturday, Bama must win today’s iron bowl to clinch the SEC West once again and that will set up a date with the Gators of Florida next Saturday afternoon in the SEC Title game. Right now, Derrick Henry is the front runner for the Heisman. He has singlehandedly picked this team up and carried them on his shoulders. This is a huge game today. It’s rivalry week, it’s Auburn for the Iron Bowl. Stay tuned.
3. Oklahoma Sooners– I really like this team and after surviving TCU’s bid for an upset, they have a chance to give the Big-12 its one and shining moment and that’s a spot in the playoffs. The Sooners offense struggled big time without Baker Mayfield in the second half of their game against TCU last week and they will need him for this stretch run. A win tonight in Stillwater will give them the conference title and a very good chance at making the College Football Playoff.
4. Michigan State Spartans– They are back! Right now, they are in control of the Big Ten East and they control their own destiny. A win today over Penn State and they face Iowa in the Big Ten title game next Saturday night. That win last week in Columbus has given them so much confidence moving forward and the scenario is simple: You win today, you win next week and you’re in the playoffs. Today shall be interesting.
5. Iowa Hawkeyes– They’ve been heavily debated and doubted all season but let’s give credit when and where it is due: they have played remarkable football to get to where they are now. What catches my eye about them has been their offensive line. They play so well together as a unit and they move any defender down the field with ease. They will be featured in the Big Ten title game next Saturday night.