The state of college football through 7 weeks


Sam Prestipino, Social Media Editor

The only things certain in life are death, taxes, and college football being the wildest sport on the planet. After seven weeks, there is no clear favorite to win the national championship. There is an argument for several different teams. In this feature, I’ll be breaking down how each of the current top eight teams looks heading into the final stretch. 

  1. Georgia: The Bulldogs are the closest thing to a favorite that we have. They’ve been dominant this season with the exception of a scare against Missouri. Looking at the remainder of their schedule, the Bulldogs will have to play against some elite SEC competition. Their game versus #3 Tennessee in two weeks should be a great indicator of where they stand at the end of the season.
  2. Ohio State: Everything has gone according to plan thus far for the Buckeyes. They’re 6-0 with their thinnest margin of victory being 11 points. Ohio State has a relatively easy schedule to end the season. The only issue for the Buckeyes is that their showdown against #4 Michigan is basically for a trip to the playoffs. Whoever wins that game will be a lock for the postseason. 
  3. Tennessee: Rocky Top is buzzing after taking down the third-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide. They will have another huge test against the Georgia Bulldogs on Nov. 5. That game will likely decide who represents the SEC East in the SEC Championship game. It’s really hard to gauge what will happen with the SEC the rest of the way, but Tennessee has established itself as a championship contender.
  4. Michigan: Tennessee beating Alabama really hurts the Wolverines. As previously mentioned, that game against Ohio State will most likely decide who takes a trip to the playoffs. Fortunately for Michigan, they bullied the tenth-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions, which helps their resume a lot. “The Game” will basically be a playoff game on Nov. 26. 
  5. Clemson: It’s pretty simple for the Tigers the rest of the way. Win out. Clemson welcomes the undefeated Syracuse Orange to Death Valley this week in what should be an amazing game. If the Tigers can win this game, the rest is smooth sailing until the playoffs. A loss would seriously increase the odds that Clemson misses out on the playoffs for the second straight year.
  6. Alabama: Oh boy have the Crimson Tide dug not only themselves a hole, but every other team in the country that is currently on the bubble for the playoff. Bama has to be perfect the rest of the way in order to earn a spot in the playoffs. The good news for Crimson Tide is that outside of a showdown with #7 Ole Miss, the Tide are in a good spot to play in the SEC Championship. After that it’s pretty simple, win and you’re in.
  7. Ole Miss: The Rebels have done everything right so far this season. Like Tennessee, Ole Miss will need to prove itself against the Alabama Crimson Tide. A win in that game likely crowns the Rebels as SEC West champions where they would be a win away from locking themselves in the college football playoff.
  8. TCU: The undefeated Horned Frogs are in a prime position to go undefeated. Which would cause absolute chaos in the playoff picture. A Big 12 Championship would make Texas Christian a serious playoff contender. The question is, who does this kick out of the top four?

We are in for a wild ride for the remainder of this year, as there are eight teams that could win the championship this year (and we didn’t even talk about what happens if UCLA wins out). Be on the lookout for the crazy finish that we have in store in the world of college football.