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Jeff Dantzler’s Top 15

Jeff Dantzler
Jeff Dantzler

The calendar has rolled into October, it’s the heart of the college football season. Loads of big conference games highlight the slate. Georgia had a scary affair at Missouri, but pulled it out. Bryce Young was injured in Alabama’s win. It was a monster weekend in the Magnolia State, as Ole Miss beat Kentucky and Mississippi State topped Texas A&M. TCU and Kansas are both undefeated and play a big one this weekend.

1. Alabama – It was a big win at Arkansas, as Bama survived the Hogs push and Bryce Young’s injury. Now comes the game the college football world has been anticipating. Alabama and Texas A&M with Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher taking center stage.





2. Ohio State – The Buckeyes fell behind Rutgers 7-0, but then turned it on and dominated the Scarlet Knights 49-10. Now Ohio State heads to Michigan State for a classic Big Ten battle. The Spartans are struggling. The Buckeyes are rolling.

3. Georgia – The Bulldogs survived a scary night in CoMo, escaping with a 26-22 win over Missouri. Back-to-back fourth quarter touchdowns delivered the triumph. Now comes ancient rival Auburn as the Bulldogs try to bump that record to 6-0 and 3-0 in the SEC.

4. Clemson – The Tigers are roaring after a 30-20 victory over N.C. State. Clemson is clicking and has the most talent in the ACC. They’ll have to be sharp and avoid the trap at Boston College this week with a trip to Florida State on deck.





5. Tennessee – The Volunteers had a week off to soak in their big win over Florida in Knoxville. Now it’s grind time in the SEC. Tennessee ventures to LSU for a huge showdown between two programs. Emperor Saban awaits on deck.

6. Ole Miss – The Rebels secured a thrilling 22-19 victory over Kentucky in a highly touted showdown in beautiful Oxford. The Ole Miss defense and special teams came up with the big plays, and the Rebels are 5-0. Next up is Vandy in Music City USA.

7. Michigan – The Wolverines took down Iowa 27-14 in Iowa City. Michigan is now 5-0 and 2-0 in the Big Ten. Michigan ventures to Indiana Saturday for a second straight road trip. A battle with Penn State looms.

8. Southern Cal – The Trojans had a little more trouble with Arizona State than expected, but pulled out a 42-25 win. Next up is Washington State, and Southern Cal must guard against looking ahead to Utah the next week.

9. Oklahoma State – The Cowboys had an open date and capitalized with a 36-25 victory at Baylor. It was the Big XII opener. Now the Cowboys take on always dangerous Texas Tech in Stillwater. Oklahoma State is clicking.

10. Kentucky – It was a heartbreaker for Kentucky in Oxford, as the Wildcats fell to Ole Miss 22-19. A couple of extra point miscues and two red zone fumbles were killers. Kentucky will try and get well Saturday night against South Carolina in Lexington.

11. Mississippi State – The Maroon Bulldogs made the big plays and scored in all three phases in an impressive 42-24 win over the Aggies in College Station. Arkansas comes to call Saturday. The Hogs are limping. Will Rogers is a top flight quarterback.

12. Utah – Since a heart-breaking loss to Florida in the season-opener, the Running Utes of Kyle Whittingham have put it all together and ripped off four consecutive victories. Utah has a huge game at 5-0 UCLA this week.

13. Oregon – Since the season-opening loss to Georgia, the quack attack has been gaining some serious steam. Oregon took down Stanford 45-27 to make it 4-1 and 2-0 in the PAC-12. The Ducks are at Arizona Saturday.

14. Brigham Young – The Cougars put together a Thursday night 38-26 win over Utah State. BYU didn’t play great, but the Cougars are 4-1 with a couple of extra days for Notre Dame in Las Vegas. What a setting for BYU and the Fighting Irish.

15. TCU – It was a game to remember for TCU, as the Horned Frogs scored 27 points in the first quarter and beat Oklahoma 55-24. TCU is 4-0 and has its hands full on Saturday, taking on resurgent 5-0 Kansas in Lawrence.





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