There’s a new No. 1 in town. Well, maybe “new” isn’t the right word. But after an unconvincing win by Clemson, Alabama is back on top of the college football world after topping Ole Miss. Regardless of how, both teams remained undefeated, a feat that only a fraction of teams can lay claim to.
Still, the Tigers haven’t looked nearly as sharp during their title defense, and the near-upset can’t be overlooked. Their sloppy performance still doesn’t crack the worst performances of the weekend, though a familiar contest ranks at the top of both the worst and best.
Penn State’s bye week probably couldn’t have come at a more convenient time. After struggling against Buffalo and Pitt, the Nittany Lions’ offense returned with a force against Maryland. Some inconsistencies should be expected with a young offense, but it can be even more difficult to truly explain Penn State’s 4-0 start to the season.
With the resurgence, the Nittany Lions have the more unbiased rankings on their side.
Still, the Nittany Lions performance on Friday could have as much to do with a below-average Maryland side. But that won’t stop the hot takes from flying. While Ohio State still stands to come out on top of the Big Ten, the Nittany Lions won’t be far behind.
Penn State will be celebrating its 100th Homecoming this weekend, and if the oddsmakers are correct, should be capping it off with a dominant victory over Purdue. The Boilermakers’ recent injury news, that looks to be even more the case.
With their most talented players on the sideline, the Boilermakers will have to rely on strong performers elsewhere and a redesigned offense should they hope to pull off the upset.