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Nick Saban was back on the Alabama sideline after a COVID-19 scare and an incorrect favorable test previously in the week, and his Crimson Tide are back on top of ESPN’s power rankings.Alabama sculpted apart a Georgia defense that had actually been suffocating this season with one dynamite play after another and collared the Bulldogs 41-24 on Saturday night in Bryant-Denny Stadium.Clemson, which annihilated Georgia Tech 73-7 behind Trevor Lawrence’s 5 first-half touchdown passes, refrained from doing anything to lose the No. 1 area; it was more that Alabama got rid of No. 3 Georgia and made it look basic in the 2nd half.And the more you enjoy the ACC( see North Carolina being distressed by Florida State), the more improbable it

appears that anybody since league is going to beat Clemson.The Big 10 signs up with the party this Saturday and has 4 groups in the power rankings– No. 3 Ohio State, No. 5 Penn State, No. 11 Wisconsin and No. 17 Michigan– previous to even playing a game this season. They get their really first opportunity on the field to prove they belong. 2 Associated The all-league schedule in the SEC has really achieved what various in and around that conference thought it would: We’re a month into the season and 10 of the 14 groups have 2

or more losses.While Arkansas

, now 2-2, didn’t make it into the power rankings today, if we had power rankings for coaches, the Hogs ‘Sam Pittman, Barry Odom, Kendal Briles and the rest of that Arkansas personnel would be right there at the top. Nobody has actually done a much better training task to this point than the Hogs’ first-year workers, which acquired a program that had really lost 20 straight SEC games.BYU moved into the leading 10 at No. 9 after Zach Wilson and the Cougars did a number on Houston in the 2nd half Friday on the road.And brand-new to the power rankings this week are a set of unbeatens, No. 21 Coastal Carolina and No.

25 Liberty. They square off on Dec. 5 to liquidate the regular season. If you wish to be specific, sure, Alabama has really had more dominant defenses under Saban. Nevertheless as long as the Crimson Tide continue to offer Mac Jones time to throw

< img alt="" src =" https://a.espncdn.com/combiner/i?img=/i/teamlogos/ncaa/500/333.png&w=110&h=110" width= "50"/ > the football and he has DeVonta Smith, Jaylen Waddle and the rest of those Alabama receivers to throw to, all the best in beating this lot. And speaking of Alabama‘s defense, the Tide blanked Georgia in the 2nd halfon Saturday to win 41-24 and put the video game away in old-school Bama design. Senior running back Najee Harris, yet another essential cog because offense, bullied his method to 152 rushing backyards on 31 carries.Up next: at Tennessee (Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS) play 2:01 Mac Jones tosses an interception on the first play of the video game, then returns tothrow 4 goals in Alabama’s 41-24 win over Georgia.< img alt="" src=" https://a.espncdn.com/combiner/i?img=/i/teamlogos/ncaa/500/228.png&w=110&h=110" width=" 50"/ > The Tigers not did anything Saturday in a 73-7 knocking

of Georgia Tech to relinquish their crown as one of the most overall, if not the most total, groups in college football. Clemson has yet to

< img alt="" src= "https://a.espncdn.com/combiner/i?img=/i/teamlogos/ncaa/500/228.png&w=110&h=110" width =" 50"/ > be pressed this season in the ACC and has really won 26 straight computer game versus league challengers. The Tigers have scored more than 40 points in each of their past 4 video games, and with home video games versus Syracuse and Boston College the next two weeks, they will likely be unbeaten entering into their roadway video game at Notre Dame on Nov. 7. Up next: vs. Syracuse( Saturday, twelve noon ET, ESPN or ACC Network) The Buckeyes’ running video game will look a little different this season now that J.K. Dobbins is gone. He finished third nationally a year ago with an average of 143.1 backyards per computer game and continued 301 times. Oklahoma graduate transfer Trey Preaching will likely be option No. 1 this season, however sophomore Master Teague III seems recuperated from his Achilles injury. So rather of one back getting most of the brings, Preaching and Teague figure to share the load for an Ohio State running computer game that should again be explosive in 2020. Up next: vs. Nebraska( Saturday, noon ET, Fox) There’s never ever any embarassment in losing to Alabama, but the approach Georgia lost Saturday night in a 41-24 obstacle to the Crimson Tide will be what stings one of the most. The Bulldogs led 24-20 at the half, nevertheless they relaxed in the second

half amidst their own errors and an Alabama death computer game that has actually been unstoppable. Regardless of yielding 564 backyards in overall offense, Georgia is still elite on defense and, till revealed otherwise, is the second-best group in the SEC. Nevertheless if Georgia gets another opportunity at Alabama in the SEC championship game, the Dawgs will require to play a much cleaner video game to have a chance.Up next: at Kentucky( Oct. 31, midday ET, SEC Network) The Nittany Lions should be fun to enjoy on offense this season with first-year planner Kirk Ciarrocca coming over from Minnesota. Among the secrets will be quarterback Sean Clifford being more accurate throwing the ball, nevertheless he’s got a lot of playmakers around him in addition to an offensive line that returns 4 beginners. Journey Brown is

< img alt="" src =" https://a.espncdn.com/combiner/i?img=/i/teamlogos/ncaa/500/213.png&w=110&h=110 "width=" 50"/ > the headliner in the backfield, however Penn State has a great deal of depth and versatility there. Pat Freiermuth is amongst the nation’s premier tight ends, and receiver Jahan Dotson is one of the Big 10’s most underrated players.Up next: at Indiana( Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET, FS1) It was a struggle the entire technique, and the Irish have in fact had stretches this season where they have actually looked pretty typical, nevertheless they have in fact made necessary plays when they require to and did once again Saturday in a 12-7 home win over Louisville. Veteran quarterback Ian Book made 2 clutch third-down tosses on the last drive to keep the ball far from the Cardinals, and sophomore running back Kyren Williams has actually hurried for 312 lawns in his past 2 computer game. Notre Dame will be a huge chosen the next two weeks versus Pittsburgh and Georgia Tech on the roadway before returning house to handle Clemson on Nov. 7. Up next: at Pittsburgh( Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC) The Cowboys’ game with Baylor was rescheduled to Dec. 12 after Baylor suspended all football activities to examine beneficial tests for COVID-19 and carry out contact tracing. Oklahoma State will have had 2 successive weeks off when it faces Iowa State next weekend, which need to be the Cowboys’ most significant test yet on defense after quiting just 3 touchdowns in their very first 3 video games. The rescheduling of the Baylor video game means Oklahoma State will play 4 of its last 5 video games on the road prior to the Huge 12 national championship on Dec. 19. Up next: vs. Iowa State( Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET, Fox) Something we know for sure about the Bearcats is that they need to be well rested heading into the toughest stretch of their season. The

< img alt= "" src =" https://a.espncdn.com/combiner/i?img=/i/teamlogos/ncaa/500/197.png&w=110&h=110" width= "50"/ > Bearcats have actually not played given that Oct. 3 when they defeated South Florida 28-7. Their video game Saturday with Tulsa was held back until Dec. 5 due to beneficial COVID-19 cases within Cincinnati’s program. Upcoming for Luke Fickell’s Bearcats, who have actually made it possible for simply 17 points in their previous two getaways, are games versus SMU, Memphis and Houston in succeeding weeks. And with the Tulsa post ponement, that indicates Cincinnati will play its last 3 games on the road.Up next: at SMU( Saturday, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN2)< img alt="" src =" https://a.espncdn.com/combiner/i?img=/i/teamlogos/ncaa/500/252.png&w=110&h=110"

width=” 50 “/ > BYU took its most significant action yet towards an unbeaten season with a 43-26 win at Houston on Friday night, and junior quarterback Zach Wilson took another action towards putting his name squarely into the Heisman Trophy race. The Cougars scored 29 unanswered points after falling back 26-14 in the 3rd quarter, and Wilson tossed 3 of his four objective passes in the last 15 minutes and 53 seconds of the game. BYU, stabilizing 43.6 points per game, still has its hardest computer game to come versus Boise State( on the road) and San Diego State.Up next: vs. Texas State( Saturday, 10:15 p.m. ET, ESPN) play 2:01 Zach Wilson throws 4 goals on 400 lawns in BYU’s 43-26 win vs. Houston.

< img alt=" "src =" https://a.espncdn.com/combiner/i?img=/i/teamlogos/ncaa/500/252.png&w=110&h=110" width=" 50"/ > The Ducks are the highest-ranked Pac-12 group heading into the season despite the fact that they’re having to replace a ton of skill on offense. That concern will fall on previous Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorhead, who takes control of as Oregon’s offending coordinator after Marcus Arroyo left for the UNLV head-coaching job. Moorhead has actually had exceptionally little time on the practice field with the Ducks’ players due to the truth that of the pandemic and has a choice to make at quarterback with Justin Herbert now in the NFL. Sophomore Tyler Shough will attempt to hold back Boston College graduate transfer Anthony Brown.Up next: vs. Stanford (Nov. 7, TBA)< img alt ="" src =" https://a.espncdn.com/combiner/i?img=/i/teamlogos/ncaa/500/275.png&w=110&h=110" width=" 50"/ > The consistency in Paul Chryst’s program at Wisconsin has

< img alt="" src=" https://a.espncdn.com/combiner/i?img=/i/teamlogos/ncaa/500/2483.png&w=110&h=110 "width =" 50"/ > been excellent. He has directed the Badgers to 10 or more wins in 4 of his five seasons in Madison, and this year they will be competing for their 4th Huge 10 national championship look in the previous 5 years. Defense is hardly ever a problem at Wisconsin. The Badgers ended up 10th nationally a year ago in scoring defense (16.9 points per video game), and from junior middle linebacker Jack Sanborn to a loaded secondary to budding star Keeanu Benton at nose handle, they might be even better in 2020. Up next: vs. Illinois( Saturday, 8 p.m. ET, Big 10 Network), After such an uninspired win over Vanderbilt to open the season, much of the college football world was prepared to write off the Aggies as a group that didn’t belong amongst the SEC’s elite this season. However Jimbo Fisher’s club seems to be discovering its groove, and coming off Saturday’s 28-14 street win at Mississippi State, Texas

A&M may be poised to go on a run when you survey the Aggies’ set up the remainder of the method. Sophomore running back Isaiah Spiller has helped take the pressure off quarterback Kellen Mond, and Texas A&M has really discovered some good balance on offense.Up next: vs. Arkansas( Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network )< img alt="" src=" https://a.espncdn.com/combiner/i?img=/i/teamlogos/ncaa/500/2390.png&w=110&h=110" width =" 50"/ > The Hurricanes recuperated from their loss a week previously to Clemson by keeping back Pittsburgh in your home for a 31-19 success. Transfer quarterback D’Eriq King continues to make a big distinction for a Miami offense that has actually scored more than 30 points in all four its wins. He tossed 4 goal passes Saturday, consisting of 3 of 35 backyards or longer.His last scoring toss was a 45-yarder to Will Mallory on a second-and-17

play after Pitt had really pulled within 21-16 in the third quarter.Up next: vs. Virginia( Saturday, 8 p.m. ET, ACC Network) play 1:57 D’Eriq King tallies four general goal passes, leading Miami to a 31-19 win over Pittsburgh. The Gators will have a while to get things corrected on defense. They’ve scored at least 38 points in their really first 3 games, but have quit more than 500 yards in overall offense in 2 of those 3 computer game. Their video game Saturday with LSU was rescheduled for Dec. 12 due to favorable tests and quarantines within the Florida football program

. And due to the truth that of a prolonged pause of group activities

< img alt ="" src=" https://a.espncdn.com/combiner/i?img=/i/teamlogos/ncaa/500/2390.png&w=110&h=110" width= "50"/ > in the Gators ‘program, their video game versus Missouri, initially established for this coming Saturday, has actually been transferred to Oct. 31. Up next: vs. Missouri( Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network Alternate)< img alt="" src=" https://a.espncdn.com/combiner/i?img=/i/teamlogos/ncaa/500/2306.png&w=110&h=110" width=" 50"/ > The Wildcats, who were off Saturday, have actually won three games in a row, however will require to play the rest of this season without senior quarterback Skylar Thompson, who went through season-ending shoulder surgery.True freshman

Will Howard will action in as the starter after leading the< img src= "https://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/30134113/"/ > Wildcats to a win over TCU a week earlier. Kansas State has actually been enough on defense, particularly when it comes to taking the ball away, that the Wildcats will not require to lean too greatly on Howard. Nevertheless they will require him to make important tosses and take care of

the football like he performed in the TCU computer game if they’re going to spend time in the Huge 12 race.Up next: vs. Kansas (Saturday, twelve noon ET, FS1) As the Trojans get ready for the start of their season, something new defensive coordinator Todd Orlando is appealing is that there will not be any keeping back when it happens physical in practice. USC gave up 31 or more points in 4 of its last six games a year back, including 49 in a 49-24 loss to Iowa in the Trip Bowl. In specific, the Trojans need to be better at stopping the pursue ending up 72nd nationally last season in hurrying defense. They supplied 162.3 yards per computer game on the ground, which ranked

them ninth in the Pac-12. Up next: vs. Arizona State( Nov. 7, midday ET, Fox) Michigan’s pass defense will not have any warm-ups this seasonwith Tanner Morgan, Rashod Bateman and that Minnesota offense being initially up on the schedule. The Wolverines’ pass rush must stay in good shape with Kwity Paye and Aidan Hutchinson coming off the edge, and they have actually made some moves in the secondary. Junior Sammy Faustin has in fact shifted from security to cornerback, as the Wolverines appear set at the security position. Jim Harbaugh mentioned just recently that sophomore safety/nickel Daxton Hill may be the most knowledgeable player on the team.Up next: at Minnesota( Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET, ABC )< img alt ="" src= "https://a.espncdn.com/combiner/i?img=/i/teamlogos/ncaa/500/2567.png&w=110&h=110" width =" 50 "/ >

< img alt="" src =" https://a.espncdn.com/combiner/i?img=/i/teamlogos/ncaa/500/30.png&w=110&h=110" width=" 50"/ > The Mustangs needed to scratch and claw to remain unbeaten on Friday night with a 37-34 overtime triumph against Tulane, marking the second straight season that they have actually started 5-0. The last time that happened was 1983. SMU coach Sonny Dykes said back in June that he expected Shane Buechele to have amongst the most efficient years of any quarterback in college football. Up until now, he’s been right. Buechele threw 2 more touchdown passes to accompany 384 passing yards and is now 15-3 because winding up being SMU’s beginning quarterback.Up next: vs. Cincinnati( Saturday, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN2) The Tar Heels had shown a number of suggestions of possibly being ranked a bit pricey earlier this season with some unsteady effectiveness. Nevertheless on Saturday, North Carolina left no doubt in falling back 24-0 in the second quarter and seeing its rally fall short in a 31-28 loss at Florida State. For viewpoint, Florida State’s only win participating in the computer game was a comeback success over Jacksonville State . The Tar Heels are still skilled sufficient to be a consider the ACC race, so it will be interesting to see how they react to such a discouraging loss.Up next: vs. N.C. State( Saturday, midday ET, ESPN or ACC Network) We knew the Hokies may score. They had actually set up a minimum of 38 points in each of their first 3 tilts, including 45 in an 11-point loss to North Carolina a week back. That ‘s what made Saturday’s 40-14 thrashing of Boston College so pleasing for Justin Fuente and his Virginia Tech football group. The Hokies played

< img alt="" src =" https://a.espncdn.com/combiner/i?img=/i/teamlogos/ncaa/500/2567.png&w=110&h=110 "width=" 50"/ > a few of their finest defense of the season in forcing five Boston College turnovers, and they will require that sort of offensive/defensive balance if they’re going to spend time in the ACC race.Up next: at Wake Forest( Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET, ACC RSN) Coastal Carolina’s baseball group put the Sun Belt Conference school situated just beyond Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on the map in 2016 by winning the championship game. Now, it’s Coastal Carolina’s football group that’s grabbing headlines. The Chanticleers beat No. 21-ranked Louisiana 30-27 on Wednesday on the roadway for

their very first win over an FBS top-25 nationally ranked program in school history. And they did it in dramatic fashion. Massimo Biscardi kicked a game-winning 40-yard basket with four seconds staying. The Chants have actually scored 30 or more points in all four of their wins.Up next: vs. Georgia Southern( Saturday, midday ET, ESPNU) The Sooners were off Saturday and might utilize the rest after their 53-45 win in 4 overtimes a week ago against Texas. Oklahoma requires to support its defense after quiting 31 or more points in standard in each of its previous 3 video games. Playing their method back into the College Football Playoff formula might be a long shot for the Sooners, nevertheless they still get Oklahoma State

in the house in November and aren’t completely out of it in the Big 12 race, specifically in a season when it appears like the Substantial 12 might batter on each other.Up next: at TCU( Saturday, noon ET, ABC) The Ragin’ Cajuns mastered the art of the renewal in their very first 3 wins, as they rallied in all three video games. They originated from behind 3 various times to link the video game versus Coastal Carolina on Wednesday, and in spite of hurrying for 240 backyards, lost for the very first time this season in a gut-wrenching 30-27 defeat in your house. It was Louisiana’s very first computer game considering that Sept. 26, and the layoff displayed in the Ragin’ Cajuns’

failure to get off the field defensively in important situations. Their Nov. 5 home game with Arkansas State is forming approximately be the vital contest in the Sun Belt Conference’s West Department race.Up next: at UAB (Friday, 8 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network) A period of 3 or 4 weeks in any football season can change the skin tone of things in a rush, particularly in a season like this one. And after Week 1 and a 31-14 home loss to Louisiana, Iowa State was being chalked up as more of a pretender after some in the preseason forecasted the Cyclones to be a competitor in the Big 12 race. It’s a reminder that overreaction after one week of football is never ever really reasonable. Iowa State, which was off this week, has actually won 3 straight games and is one

of 2 unbeaten groups in Huge 12 play together with Oklahoma State. They please next weekend in Stillwater.Up next: at Oklahoma State( Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET, Fox) BYU isn’t the only school playing as an independent this season making some noise. Hugh Freeze’s Flames are 5-0 after winning 38-21 at Syracuse on Saturday, the very first win over an ACC opposition in Liberty school history. Freeze led Liberty to 8 wins a year ago in his extremely first season as head coach, and the Flames might be on their way to matching and even going beyond that general this season. They still have a few of their most challenging video games upcoming against Virginia Tech, North Carolina State and Coastal Carolina, all on the road.Up next: vs. Southern Miss( Saturday, 1 p.m. ET, ESPN3).

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