The results of college football’s Week 10 games will be felt throughout the rest of this year’s season. In the most recent “Game of the Century,” the leading team Georgia thrashed the second-ranked team, Tennessee, who seriously hurt the Vols’ chances of competing in the SEC championship match and NCAAF Playoff.
In a separate incident, No. 5 Clemson’s season-long flaws were finally too obvious to ignore during a 35-14 road defeat at Notre Dame. Under first-year head coach Marcus Freeman, the Fighting Irish have had quite a turnaround. Freeman’s squad was finally the one to dethrone Swinney’s Tigers, coming from the unbeaten club.
Moreover, Brian Kelly has defeated Nick Saban after three tries as LSU defeated a top-ten rival in Alabama. Other teams, including UCLA, USC, Oregon, TCU, and Michigan, handled their games less impressively.
Whatever the case, their recent triumphs will keep them at the top of the standings or close to it, which is significant when the Playoff committee is ready to reveal its final four teams. In the meantime, here are the leading teams with the best NCAAF odds to bet on as they take the road to the finals.
Georgia is the only option to be in the top spot this week, and there should be no debate as The Bulldogs dominated Tennessee’s potent attack, winning 27-13 in a game far closer than the result would suggest. Georgia should be in first place given that this was a historic “Game of the Century”, and Tennessee was initially ranked higher than Georgia in the rankings.
Ohio State (9-0)
In a windy game situation in Evanston, Illinois, the Buckeyes defeated Northwestern, scoring 21-7. The Wildcats only have earned one victory, and a result like that might be bad for the Buckeyes’ standings. At least, it would not have been for a string of poor performances.
On Saturday, the Wolverines defeated Rutgers 52-17 after returning from a brief and unsettling 17-14 deficit. This includes outscoring the Scarlet Knights 38-0 in the second half, maintaining the chance of an Ohio State matchup with an unbeaten record and a spot in the top three at the end of the season. It’s possible that the Wolverines will surpass Ohio State if they continue to do better.
TCU is the newest team competing for a spot in the NCAAF Playoff, much assisted by the three defeats suffered by Clemson, Alabama, and Tennessee. Even though the Horned Frogs are unbeaten, they may not be the best Playoff prospect among the unbeaten teams. TCU will qualify for the NCAAF playoffs for the first time if that holds true going to the Big 12 title matchup.
All season long, the Ducks have performed like one of the top teams in the nation. Bo Nix’s potential as a Heisman Trophy contender was highlighted by the Ducks’ 49-10 thrashing of Colorado.
Tennessee suffered a heartbreaking 27-13 defeat against Georgia after being outmatched. However, this does not disprove the Volunteers’ five additional ranked victories this season, more than any other team or show them to be a fraud. The Vols are positioned for an 11-1 record, which would still allow them to make the playoffs. Everything is still up for grabs, even though the possibilities have decreased.
After defeating the formerly 6th-ranked Tide in a 32-31 extended thriller in Tiger Stadium, Brian Kelly and company should receive the “Bama bump.” The victory was significant for LSU and gave the Tigers a clear lead inside the SEC West Division. If the Tigers prevail, they will get the opportunity to compete against Georgia in Atlanta for SEC supremacy.
In a multiple-touchdown game against Cal, Caleb Williams showed that his decision to move to USC was wise. Could the Trojans’ victory against the Golden Bears have been greater? The Trojans have an intriguing stretch run to finish the season, including games against UCLA, a squad that destroyed Clemson. They may also face Oregon during the Pac-12 championships.
Much like it’s cross-town opponent, UCLA is in a similar situation. The Bruins may have defeated the Arizona State club in their last game. In that sense, defeats in front of the Bruins detracted from what might have been an extra exciting victory. The Bruins’ only option to climb up is to win their remaining games, which would create an intriguing Playoff debate.
Given that Ole Miss is a game ahead of the Crimson Tide, they could be in the tenth slot. But despite some setbacks, this season, Alabama has earned a lot of respect in the rankings for their consistent success with Nick Saban. We’ll have to wait and see whether that holds true following Week 11’s game against the Rebels.
The window of opportunity for teams to bid to qualify for the 2022 College Football Playoff is slowly closing. With a few more weeks remaining before the final game takes place this December, each team must hustle tremendously. Can the top ten teams remain in their standings moving forward, or would it be a surprising ranking we’ll all see towards the end of this month?