Ranking 131 college football teams after Week 10: No debating Georgia at No. 1


We tried, we thought, we hoped. But ultimately, like Thanos, Georgia is inevitable.

The Dawgs’ 27-13 win against No. 1 Tennessee was never as close as the final score, and it made clear that Georgia is far and away the best team in the country. Thus, it’s back to No. 1 in The Athletic 131.

Georgia played with its food against Kent State and Missouri, but at the end of the day, in a big spot, nobody compares to its depth and talent. The College Football Playoff committee should be allowed to keep spots 2-4 open just to make a point.

Tennessee, even in defeat, still has a shot at the CFP. Georgia’s chances of winning the SEC probably went up when LSU beat Alabama in overtime, and if Tennessee finishes 11-1 with only that loss, the Vols will have a case. (Don’t forget Tennessee blew the doors of LSU in Baton Rouge.)

But there’s only one case for No. 1. Despite losing a record 15 NFL Draft picks off last year’s team, Georgia could still go out and throw a touchdown pass to Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint, a former top-60 recruit who had one touchdown in his career entering Saturday. Tight end Brock Bowers might be the most talented player in the country. Quarterback Stetson Bennett threw for 226 yards in the first half and attempted only four passes in the second half as the Dawgs melted the clock away.

Georgia is No. 2 in 247Sports’ Team Talent ratings, and only Alabama and Ohio State are close to the Dawgs. Georgia likely won’t have to play Alabama this year after the Tide lost a second game, and Ohio State has rarely been tested. Kirby Smart has built Georgia into the Alabama-like Death Star people always thought it could be.

Georgia may be inevitable, but nothing else in this sport is. After another wacky weekend, here is the Week 11 edition of The Athletic 131.

1-10

Rank Team Record Prev

1

9-0

2

2

9-0

3

3

9-0

4

4

9-0

6

5

8-1

1

6

8-1

8

7

7-2

17

8

8-1

9

9

8-1

10

10

8-1

11

I was surprised to see the CFP committee put Ohio State at No. 2 last week. The Buckeyes move up to No. 3 here this week, but reluctantly after an ugly 21-7 win at Northwestern. Yes, the weather was bad, but the Buckeyes struggled to run the ball at times and have been far from dominant. The win against Notre Dame, however, looks better with time after the Fighting Irish dominated Clemson 35-14. Still, I kept Michigan ahead, moving it to No. 2. The Wolverines have started slow the past few weeks, trailing at halftime at Rutgers on Saturday, but they’ve never been in danger of losing. The weak nonconference schedule hurts, but by closing with Illinois and Ohio State, it ultimately doesn’t matter. The Michigan-Ohio State winner will almost certainly get in the CFP and the loser will need help.

TCU moves up to No. 4 after yet another comeback win, this time 34-24 against Texas Tech. People fretted about the No. 7 spot in the CFP, but if you win your games, you’ll be fine. The 9-0 Horned Frogs have trailed in five consecutive games and won the past three by double-digits. They also own a two-game lead over the rest of the Big 12 and have nearly assured themselves a spot in the Big 12 title game. If TCU wins out, it’s in. If it drops a game before that but still wins the…



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