1. Alabama Crimson Tide– Six weeks in and they are still at the top of this power rankings list. They did look very shaky last week against Kentucky, but once the second half got rolling, they pulled away and dominated in true Crimson Tide fashion. The only way they lose a game is if they face a school from another conference. I really don’t think the SEC is strong enough this year to knock Nick Saban and company off the top of the peak. It’s now onto Arkansas.
2. Ohio State Buckeyes– They are making it look really easy right now. A 58-0 beating of Rutgers last week and that win continued the streak of Ohio State scoring at least 45 points in every game this year. Their next opponent is coming off an upset victory over Michigan State last week and they played these Buckeyes very tough last season in their meeting. I’m talking about the Indiana Hoosiers and I’ve considered this one to be a trap game for Ohio State. They can’t take this one lightly.
3. Michigan Wolverines– Their offense was held to 14 points last Saturday against Wisconsin, but their defense has shown me that they can match up with quite a few teams and their secondary could be the best in the country just based off all they are able to do. The win on Saturday was their first victory over a top-ten team since 2008. Next on their schedule, games with Rutgers and Illinois and it’ll look like they will enter their much-anticipated battle with Michigan State on October 29th with a zero remaining in the loss column.
4. Clemson Tigers– They did it again. They defended their home field and won their 19th straight home game in a thrilling game against Louisville. DeShaun Watson stepped up and had a huge game. He finished with five touchdown passes and 397 yards passing in the victory and the defense did a pretty good job at containing Lamar Jackson in that pocket. I guess this can be considered a statement victory and they’ve still made sure that their names will be included in the first set of playoff rankings.
5. Washington Huskies– They’ve really put themselves in the driver’s seat of the Pac-12 North. They shut down Christian McCaffrey and the Stanford Cardinal and held their offense to 214 total yards and six points. This could be the biggest win for them in school history and they’ve now eased themselves into talks as being considered a playoff team. Now, they have another battle ahead of them with the Oregon Ducks in Eugene.