CFB TOP 25 WEEK 10
The College Football Today CFB Top 25 for week 10 has been updated and it sure was a crazy Halloween weekend. First off, I understand how some people might not understand the complexity of how top 25 rankings work at College Football Today and that is completely understandable. The fans, media and coaching staffs always think their team is better than another, simply because of the tribalism that the sport of American football thrives off of. In conducting top 25 rankings the last three seasons, I only use fact based evidence that is clearly identifiable to the bipartisan human mind. I try my absolute best to do the same with top football recruit rankings and have lost some friends along way, who think that their kid is better than another. My main intentions was to provide every football recruit a chance to get seen by every college football team in the nation and that mission has been well served, from the class of 2016 up until the Class of 2025. The fact of the matter is, it doesn't matter what I think or believe. College coaches will offer the players they believe best fit their program and offensive or defensive system. The majority of top 25's are based off a collective opinion of sports writers, coaches and the CFB Playoff committee, which I have learned can be swayed by making a legitimate case that cannot be denied factually. This also goes for recruits, but we will get into that at another time, as most recruit rankings are 100% opinion based by people that never played or coached in the game of American football. But let's divulge into the new College Football Today Week 10 Top 25 and justify our rankings for week 10.
WEEK 10 CFB TOP 25 RANKINGS
In the week 10 CFB top 25 rankings, I still have Alabama as the number one team in the nation and a good friend of mine called and said they actually mentioned our top 25 during the Alabama game. Maybe they were hearing things or maybe it's true, I am not positive as I had my eyes fixated on the Ohio State vs Penn State match-up. The Alabama Crimson-Tide were able to post a shutout on Coach Saban's birthday and simply manhandled the Mississippi State Bulldogs for four straight quarters. Ever since allowing 48 points to the Lane Kiffin led Ole Miss Rebels, the Alabama defense has had an awakening and has only allowed 41 points in their last three SEC contests. Losing a potential NFL 1st round pick in Jaylen Waddle, certainly made people question whether or not the Crimson-Tide offense could sustain their dominance and it hasn't seemed to slow them down a bit. Alabama was able to light up the scoreboard for 48 points against a very good Vols team and scored 41 points in yesterday's thrashing of the Mississippi State bulldogs. The Crimson-Tide are running full-throttle offensively with Mac Jones leading the way and are getting back to pounding the rock with Najee Harris, who is virtually unstoppable once he gets motoring downhill. They finish the season against LSU, Kentucky, Auburn and Arkansas, in which they will be heavily favored to win all four games heading into the SEC Championship game. As we have seen this season, anything can happen any given Saturday and major upsets have taken place every week thus far of the 2020 college football season, but I like their chances moving forward. In recent recruiting news, the Alabama Crimson-Tide offered number one overall 2022 football recruit Myles Rowser! Which had nothing to do with why they are ranked number one in our CFB Top 25 at College Football Today. Which brings me to the Clemson Tigers and why we ranked them number two in our week 10 College Football Top 25. Who have also began recruitment of Top 2022 OT recruit Hunter Moss and Top 2024 football recruits RB Jordan Triplett, as well as Top 2024 LB recruit Keith Hodge Jr. Both teams set the standard in college football recruiting year in and year out, as they normally reign at the top of team recruiting rankings in each respective class.
COLLEGE FB TOP 25
After the Ole Miss game Alabama had fallen to number three in the college FB top 25 and I had major questions about their defensive production. Given the fact that Lane Kiffin is a very intelligent offensive football mind, he simply was able to find the weaknesses in the Crimson-Tide defense and exploit them. Those weaknesses have clearly been addressed and the Bama defense is once again the best in the nation. The fact of the matter is Alabama has beaten two top 10 opponents handily in Texas A&M and Georgia, who have proved to be two of the best teams in all of College Football Today. Clemson destroyed the Top 25 Miami Hurricanes, who are fully relying on D'Eriq King for their offensive output and both quarterbacks appeared to struggle to push the ball downfield in the wet conditions in Death Valley. Clemson went to their workhorse back and the best running back in the nation Travis Etienne, as well as the short passing game to dismantle the Canes defense. Coach Venables arguably will go in the history books as the best defensive coordinator in the history of college football, as his game-plans are second to none when it comes to neutralizing a star-studded dual-threat quarterback. But this is Clemson's only top 25 win of the season thus far and they have been tested by ACC opponents Virginia, Syracuse and escaped with a 6 point win over Boston College. I agree 100% with Coach Dabo Swinney, as a win is a win and it is not easy reigning victorious week in and week out like the Tigers have done consistently. So we must give them credit for finding ways to get the job accomplished, even when their star 1st RD NFL Draft pick QB Trevor Lawrence is sidelined due to Covid-19. If the Clemson Tigers come out in the first half against Notre Dame sluggish like they did against Boston College, they could have trouble finishing the job against the very talented Fighting Irish. It is really heartbreaking that Trevor Lawrence will not be able to play against Notre Dame, as I pray he clears Covid-19 protocol and has an epic finish to the 2020 college football season. The ACC has proven to be much more competitive than in years past, as Virginia was able to topple top 25 North Carolina and has made Clemson's schedule look more competitive than the records actually show. Even Boston College has proven to be a team that is tough to beat, as their only losses on the 2020 season came to the hands of North Carolina and Virginia Tech. But, the SEC and BIG 10 still appear to be the best football conferences from top to bottom, which brings me to the third ranked Ohio State Buckeyes.
CFB TODAY TOP 25
The CFB Today Top 25 has featured Ohio State ranked number three in the nation since we added the Big 10 teams back to the FBS Top 25. We also inserted teams like Marshall and Coastal Carolina into the CFB Today top 25 back on 9/19/2020 and those teams remain undefeated in the 2020 college football season. I Tweeted yesterday that Coach Ryan Day calls the offensive plays for the Buckeyes and that he was under the tutelage or Urban Meyer & Chip Kelly, as well as was a former collegiate QB at the University of New Hampshire. This wealth of experience is now on full display with one of the most talented teams in the world of College Football Today and Justin Fields has been magnificent throughout his career as an Ohio State Buckeye. Through the first two games of the 2020 college football season, Justin Fields is 48 for 55 passing and has thrown for 594 yards, while not having thrown an interception and has hurled 6 touchdowns. His QB rating through the first two Buckeyes victories is an enamoring 218.4 and he is the best quarterback I have seen on tape for the 2021 NFL Draft. Last season, Fields finished the year with 3,273 yards and was able to toss 41 TD's, while only throwing 3 interceptions on the season and finished the year with a 181.4 QB rating. With that being said, I am more impressed with the offensive balance the Buckeyes have demonstrated and the variety of offensive sets that they are using to confuse defenses, while creating mismatches or wide open receivers down field. The powerful running combination of Master Teague and Trey Sermon, has proven to be able to take over a game and leave gaping holes in the defense when utilizing the play-action pass. Justin Fields is also a threat on the ground, but always looks to distribute the football to his play-makers in a timely manner and looks extremely confident behind center for the Ohio State offense. They were able to defeat Nebraska by a score of 52-17 and went into Happy Valley to defeat an extremely talented Penn State by a score of 38 to 25. Penn State proved to be an elite Big Ten football team in my opinion, after losing to Indiana in Bloomington on a last second controversial touchdown. They were competitive from start to finish, but the Ohio State Buckeyes simply had too many weapons offensively and could not be slowed down. The Buckeyes defense has also been impressive and is able to create turnovers, which is able to give Ohio State's highly potent offense more possessions in a span of four quarters. The Buckeyes remaining schedule features Rutgers, Maryland, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan State and they end the season at home against their arch nemesis the Michigan Wolverines. They will have to be fully ready to play week in and week out, as the Big 10 conference appears to be stacked this season from top to bottom. Top 25 Indiana will have to travel to Columbus, Ohio, which should be a very exciting and competitive Big 10 football match-up and Michigan State just beat Michigan, so this game could be closely contested as well. Ohio State's former defensive coordinator Greg Schiano is once again leading the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, so he will also have his team well prepared to play the juggernaut that is Ohio State football. Ohio State has also shown interest in many top football recruits and you can find many of them in the football recruitment database by clicking the button below!
CLEMSON VS NOTRE DAME
The Clemson vs Notre Dame game is arguably the biggest game of the 2020-2021 college football season and the Tigers will have to travel to South Bend, Indiana without star quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Much like Clemson, Notre Dame has found a way to win very close games throughout the 2020 college football season, but a win is a win. They have looked stronger as the season has moved along and are also a very balanced football team on both sides of the football. Notre Dame will have to play a flawless football game offensively and take care of the football for four quarters. They will have to find ways to exploit the Tigers defense led by arguably the best defensive coordinator in the history of College Football and find a way to slow down the best running back in the nation Travis Etienne. Back on October 7th, 2018, I predicted that Notre Dame would make it into the CFB Playoff and that prediction held true. They then went on to get completely ran off the field by the Clemson Tigers in the CFB playoff Semi-Finals and my prediction was mainly based off the remaining schedule they had to finish the 2018-2019 season. Brian Kelly and the Fighting-Irish have been patiently waiting for almost two years for a rematch with Clemson, after getting embarrassed on National TV. The 2020 Notre Dame team features a much more potent running attack with Kyren Williams and Ian Book is an outstanding play-maker in his own right. The main question is, are they fully prepared to make another CFB Playoff run or will they once again fall to the mighty Tigers of Clemson? The remainder of the week 10 college football top 25 analysis will be posted to the College Football Today RokFin channel!
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