Ohio State continues to show me that they are the best team in the country.

With C.J. Stroud, who threw for 354 yards, Marvin Harrison Jr., who caught 10 passes for 185 yards, and J.T. Tuimolau, who combined for the best individual defensive marks of any FBS player this season, earned the Buckeyes their first AP Top 10 win of the season. To top it all off, they did it on the road after trailing by five early in the fourth quarter.

The Buckeyes certainly look like a team built to contend for a national title, but there is still a long way to go as we head into the first week of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee rankings.

And don’t forget – Michigan still looms large on the schedule.

Ohio State rallies to beat Penn State

Ohio State rallies to beat Penn State

A.R. Young reacts to Ohio State’s impressive win against Penn State, including incredible defensive play from J.T. Tuimolau.

1. Ohio State (8-0)

Defeated Pension state, 44-31

Turn a tight game into a blowout thanks to a 28-point fourth quarter in a hostile environment on the road? It doesn’t get more impressive than that.

2. Georgia (8-0)

Defeated Florida, 42-20

The Bulldogs held a 28-3 halftime lead, thanks in part to running back Daijun Edwards, who had 106 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries.

3. Michigan (8-0)

Defeated State of Michigan, 29-7

Things got ugly in the tunnel after that hotly contested game ended, but not before Blake Corum gave up a dominant 177-yard performance.

4. Tennessee (8-0)

Defeated Kentucky, 44-6

Are the Volunteers playing defense now? It’s an interesting development ahead of next week’s match against Georgia.

Are the Volunteers a real threat to Georgia?

Are the Volunteers a real threat to Georgia?

RJ Young reacts to the announcement of Tennessee’s win against Kentucky on Saturday.

5. Clemson (8-0)

Idle.

6. Alabama (7-1)

Idle.

7. TCU (8-0)

Defeated West Virginia, 41-31

The Horn Frogs rallied from a four-point deficit in the second half to earn their first win against the Grants since 2017 and their first 8-0 start since 2015. The Big Noon heads to Fort Worth next weekend.

8. Oregon (7-1)

Defeated cal, 42-24

Because Nix might be the best player in the Pac-12. Against a good Cal defense, he completed 27 of 35 passes for 412 yards with three TDs and two INTs.

9. USC (7-1)

Defeated Arizona, 45-37

The Trojans stayed in the Pac-12 title hunt with the win as quarterback Caleb Williams completed 31 of 45 passes for 411 yards with five TDs.

10. UCLA (7-1)

Defeated Stanford, 38-13

Zach Charbonnet rushed for 198 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries.

11. Pension state (6-2)

Lost at Ohio State, 44-31

Although wide receiver Parker Washington had one of the best games of his career — 11 catches for 179 yards and a TD — the Buckeyes’ fourth-quarter avalanche proved too much.

PSU coach James Franklin is 1-10 against top-10 teams and is winless against Ryan Day at Ohio State.

12. Kansas State (6-2)

Defeated Oklahoma State, 48-0

K-State wrapped up the Oklahoma State Championship with a win over the nation’s No. 9 ranked AP team. The Wildcats defeated Oklahoma and Oklahoma State by a combined score of 89-14.

Kansas State blows out Oklahoma State

Kansas State blows out Oklahoma State

RJ Young reacts to the Wildcats giving up on the Cowboys and explains why Deuce Vaughn is the man to carry K-State.

13. Ole miss (8-1)

Defeated Texas A&M, 31-28

Freshman Keeshon Judkins paced the Rebels with 34 carries for 205 yards and a TD in the win against the spiraling Aggies.

14. North Carolina (7-1)

Defeated Pittsburgh, 42-24

Drake May and the Tar Heels have quietly become an extremely good program heading into a month where they can play in the ACC title game.

15. Utah (6-2)

Defeated Washington State, 21-17

Without Cam Rising at quarterback, the Utes proved capable of winning on the road against a tough Wazzu team.

Highlight: Utah State handles Washington State

Highlight: Utah State handles Washington State

Utah beat Washington State on Thursday as backup QB Bryson Barnes, playing in place of Cameron Rising, threw for 175 yards.

16. Illinois (7-1)

Defeated Nebraska, 26-9

Chase Brown carried the rock 32 times for 149 yards. He has rushed for at least 108 yards in every game this season. After rushing for 1,005 yards in 2021, he already has 1,059 yards through November.

17. Oklahoma State (6-2)

He lost Kansas State48-0

Spencer Sanders and the Cowboys have a lot to think about after being completely outplayed by the Wildcats.

18. LDU (6-2)

Idle.

19. Tulane (7-1)

Idle.

20. Syracuse (6-2)

He lost Notre Dame, 41-24

The Fighting Irish managed to upset an ACC program that started the season 6-0 and gave Clemson its toughest game of the season.

21. State of Oregon (6-2)

Idle.

22. Freedom (7-1)

Idle.

23. Kentucky (5-3)

Lost at Tennessee, 44-6

The Wildcats were dismantled by one of the best teams in college football. It just so happens that two of the top five teams in the country end up on the schedule — oops.

24. Wake Forest (6-2)

He lost Louisville, 48-21

The Demon Deacons committed eight turnovers in the second half of their loss to the Cardinals, the most by an FBS team in 15 years.

25. Texas (5-3)

Idle.

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RJ Young is a national football writer and analyst for FOX Sports and host of the podcast “College football’s number one show.” Follow him on Twitter at @RJ_Young and subscribe to “The RJ Young Show” on YouTube.


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