College football did not take long to place two familiar faces at the top of the current standings. The Alabama Crimson Tide and Clemson Tigers, who have battled it out for the past two national championships, find themselves at #1 and #2 in the national standings yet again. The first Playoff standings of the year have yet to be released, but the consistent dominance of these two programs is hard to ignore.
The Tigers jumped, now #3, Oklahoma after an impressive win that saw their talented defense stifle reigning Heisman trophy winner Lamar Jackson and the Louisville Cardinals on the road. The game marked quarterback Kelly Bryant‘s first road start for the Tigers, but that proved little challenge for the new signal caller. Clemson’s next big test will come in two weeks, when the team travels to Blacksburg for a showdown with #13 Virginia Tech.
The Tide have a highly impressive victory already this season as well, steamrolling ACC power Florida State in the opening week to set the tone for yet another dominant season for Saban and company. Alabama has since improved to 3-0 and now looks to roll through the SEC gauntlet, as they have become accustomed to doing. Alabama ends the year with three out of four games coming against ranked opponents, including a trip to #15 Auburn for Rivalry Week in November.
Not to be left out are the Oklahoma Sooners, who come into the week ranked #3 in the country and have a major statement win of their own. The Sooners look poised to make the Playoff for the second time in the four seasons of the Playoff format. Traveling to Columbus and all but taking over Buckeye Stadium two weeks ago, certainly proved that the Sooners are more contender than pretender. Boomer Sooner would surely like another shot at the Tigers, who snuffed out Oklahoma’s initial Playoff run in 2015.
Although it is still early in the season, it appears that the three usual favorites have demonstrated they are in a class of their own. There are four Playoff spots up for grabs and several teams are looking to dethrone the top tier, while making a case for a National Championship of their own. The pressure and excitement can only grow from here and the nation’s best battle it out across the remainder of the season.