1) LSU can beat Alabama this year
It all starts with quarterback Joe Burrow for LSU and an explosive attack which I believe can give Alabama all it wants when the Tigers travel to Alabama. LSU is explosive and looks similar to a Big 12 offense, but they are still solid on defense the way an SEC team should be. This Tigers team just feels different and the 42 points they put on a stellar Florida defense was impressive, to say the least. When looking at the Tide, the defense is not as good as the past few years and they seem vulnerable for the first time in a long time.
2) Oklahoma’s defense makes them a contender
34-27 doesn’t make it sound like either defense was great but that is simply not the case with the Sooners whose defense had to overcome some early offensive mistakes to win the Red River shootout. The Sooners’ defense under first-year coordinator Alex Grinch controlled a significant portion of the game and allowed Oklahoma to maintain the lead despite those miscues on offense. The Sooners are a definite threat this year come playoff time, with an explosive offense and a defense that is not to be overlooked anymore.
3) The Wisconsin Badgers and Penn State Nittany Lions are a threat to Ohio State
These are two big athletic and physical teams that can run the ball, stop the run and get after the quarterback. Both have the tools capable of slowing down and possibly beating an Ohio State team that has not been truly tested yet.
4) It is time that Kirby Smart gets put on the hot seat
Smart usually costs his team at the end of the season and a loss to Alabama is partly excusable, but a home loss to a South Carolina team with a losing record isn’t. Smart has proven to be a horrible situational coach and it is truly terrifying the lack of explosiveness the Bulldogs have on offense, especially when you look at the amount of talent Smart has recruited to Georgia.
5) Louisville is back
At 4-2, the Cardinals now have a legitimate chance to make a bowl game and are playing at a high level offensively while rotating freshman Evan Conley and sophomore Micale Cunningham at quarterback. After their former head coach left the program seeming in shambles it looks like the Cardinals are back!
6) Temple will and should be ranked
The Owls handled a ranked and very good Memphis team on Saturday and earlier in the year they stunned an at the time high-flying Maryland Terrapins team. It’s time for the Owls to break into the top-25. The Owls are a physical football team that can play with most anybody in the country right now.
7) P.J. Fleck is rowing the boat in Minnesota
P.J. Fleck’s team put a complete game together in a 34-7 win over Nebraska to move to 6-0 this season. That’s significant because it makes Minnesota bowl eligible for a second-straight year. At 3-0 in the Big Ten, it matches last season’s conference win total. The Gophers could very easily be a 9 or 10-win team this season and Fleck is showing he can do on a big-time stage in what he did at Western Michigan.