9 (tie). Ohio State (2-1)
Defeated Army 38-7
The Buckeyes looked to avenge the thrashing they took at the hands of Baker Mayfield and the Oklahoma Sooners. Against Army, they sure came through. This could serve as an early season wake up call for Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes, if they get propelled into the Playoff later, but the Big Ten is very strong and they may not win out.
9 (tie). Michigan (3-0)
Defeated Air Force 29-13
After losing last year’s version of The Game in a heartbreaker, Michigan was left out of the Playoff. This year, they are looking to make none of those mistakes and win out. The only problem is that they must get through both Ohio State and Penn State this year. Both of these games could go either way, and the winner has a great argument to get into the Playoff.
7. Oklahoma State (3-0)
Defeated Pittsburgh 59-21
Heisman hopeful Mason Rudolph is putting up video game numbers, Oklahoma State is running people out of Boone Pickens Stadium and Mike Gundy has an excellent mullet. Everything is good in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Their main test is going to be against Oklahoma in Bedlam, provided they do not slip up at any point during the rest of the season.
6. Washington (3-0)
Defeated Fresno State 48-16
Washington is looking to return to the Playoff, except they are looking for a very different result. Quarterback Jake Browning is looking to return from a stellar sophomore year with a stronger junior campaign. They have an interesting matchup against Colorado this weekend, and a good performance there could catapult them into the top 4.
5. USC (3-0)
Defeated Texas 27-24 (2OT)
USC seemed to struggle at times in their rematch of the 2005 Rose Bowl against Texas. Their defense played great, but the offense was the issue. They only seemed to move the ball when there were less than two minutes left in each half. This can mean that they can deliver under pressure, but it was a red flag for sure.