It was a wild week of college football. After months of anticipation, there were upsets galore. Some teams are as good as we thought they were. Some came out flat. And so we begin the five month march towards the College Football Playoff.
It’s worth noting that any kind of ranking is extremely fluid at this point. Most Power-Five teams play cupcake opponents the first week of the season as a tune up ahead of a challenging conference schedule.
There is rarely any definitive information available after the first week of the FBS season.
With that said, college football authority Kirk Herbstreit revealed who his top four teams are the first week via his personal Twitter handle.
Few surprises there. Alabama and Ohio State are virtual locks for the College Football Playoff if they can manage to avoid playing down to any of their opponents. They won’t be the underdog in a single matchup this season.
Clemson faces a whale of an ACC schedule and will have a tough time staying undefeated throughout the course of the entire season. And Penn State could still make the College Football Playoff even if they suffer an Oct. 28 loss to the Buckeyes, so long as they take care of Michigan the week prior.
Speaking of Michigan, Herbstreit went on to names the teams that he’d have ranked fifth and sixth:
The Wolverines were impressive the way they handled a supremely talented Florida Gators team in Week 1. USC wobbled against an inferior Western Michigan squad, and quarterback darling Sam Darnold didn’t look like a Heisman Trophy winner.
Herbstreit appears ready to chalk it up to early season rust, but only time will tell if that’s really the case.
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