Alabama, Georgia and Ohio State lead Joel Klatt’s Top 10 ranking


It’s time for the college football world not to be neglected Stetson Bennet and the Georgia Bulldogs.

It was Joel Klattafter watching the Bulldogs dismantle No. 11 Oregon ducks Saturday in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Bennett — who helped guide the Bulldogs to the national title last year — threw for 368 yards and scored three touchdowns in the team’s 49-3 rout of the Ducks.

This led Klatt to move Georgia to No. 2 in his top 10. The Bulldogs skipped Ohio State after the hard-fought Buckeyes 21-10 victory over number 5 our Lady Saturday evening.

Klatt explained his decision during the first episode of his new podcast, “The Joel Klatt Show“, which will premiere three new episodes a week and offer unique takes and analysis of the biggest games and storylines from the college football universe.

“It’s not about what Ohio State hasn’t done or how they look…it has nothing to do with Ohio State,” Klatt said. “Moving Georgia up was all about making Georgia look like a team capable of winning a national championship and a quarterback that’s about to have a monster season.”

Does that mean college football fans could be waiting for a rematch of the 2022 National Championship Game between SEC foes Georgia and Alabama?

“If you’re a Bama fan, you better raise your eyebrows right now,” Klatt explained. “Georgia is loaded and ready. This team is rightfully national championship ready based on the Week 1 performance against Oregon.”

Here’s a look at Klatt’s updated Top 10 standings after Week 1 of the college football season.

1. Alabama (Previous ranking: 1)

Result week 1: Defeated Utah State, 55-0

Why are they listed here: Reigning Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young picked up where he left off last season, throwing for 195 yards and five touchdowns, while adding 100 yards and another rushing score. Will Anderson and the Crimson Tide defense held Utah State to just 136 total yards on offense and 3 for 17 on third down.

Key stat: Alabama’s 55-0 win marked the program’s 25th shutout since Nick Saban took over as head coach in 2007. That’s 11 shutouts more than any other Division I team in the during this period.

And after?: Alabama takes on Texas (1-0) in a highly anticipated Week 2 matchup (Saturday, 12 p.m. ET on FOX).

2. Georgia (Previous ranking: 3)

Result week 1: Defeated Oregon, 49-3

Why are they listed here: The Bulldogs dominated on both sides of the ball in an impressive 49-3 loss to No. 11 Oregon. Bennett threw for 368 yards and scored three touchdowns, while the Bulldogs’ revamped defense looked exceptional, despite losing so much talent for the benefit of the NFL.

Key stat: Since 2020, Georgia has held opponents to 10 points or less 13 times, which is the most in the FBS.

And after?: Bulldogs set to host Samford (1-0) in Week 2 non-conference game (Saturday, 4 p.m. ET)

Klatt’s bonus thoughts: “I didn’t expect them (Georgia) to be that good. They’re so quick and talented everywhere. This Georgia team looked like the defense didn’t back down even with all the NFL talent gone. It looked like the attack could have taken a step forward.”

3. ohio state (Previous ranking: 2)

Result week 1: Defeated our Lady21-10

Why are they listed here: Ohio State relied on its revamped defense to hold the Irish to just 253 total offensive yards in an impressive 21-10 win. CJ Stroud and the Buckeyes offense were far from perfect, but they did just enough to secure an impressive win over a top-five team.

Key stat: It marked the Buckeyes’ 23rd straight season-opening win, the longest active streak in the FBS, and the third-longest in the AP polling era.

And after?: Buckeyes to host Arkansas State (1-0) in Week 2 non-conference tilt (Saturday, Noon ET, Big Ten Network)

Klatt’s bonus thoughts: “This offseason, the whole question for OSU was really about their physique. Are they tough enough? Did they fix the defense that was so porous against Oregon and late in the season against Michigan? I think they answered them very well against Notre Dame.”

Related: ‘Down and dirty’: Ohio State finds a lousy way to win

4. Clemson (Previous ranking: 4)

Result week 1: vs. Georgia Tech (Monday, 8 p.m. ET)

Why are they listed here: Dabo Swinney’s program has been one of the most dominant forces in college football over the past decade. The Tigers have made six consecutive trips to the college football playoffs from 2015-2020. This defensive line should be one of, if not the best in the country, but DJ Uiagalelei’s improvement will ultimately determine how far this team can go. in 2022.

Key stat: A win over Georgia Tech would be Clemson’s 90th since 2015. It would make them the second team to reach 90 in that span (Alabama has 92). They are the only two teams to have 80 or more in this streak.

And after?: The Tigers are scheduled to face the Yellow Jackets at 8 p.m. ET on Monday.

5. Michigan (Previous ranking: 6)

Result week 1: Defeated Colorado State, 51-7

Why are they listed here: Michigan relied on a dominating defensive performance in a 51-7 landslide victory over Colorado State. Led by an impressive front-seven, the Wolverines should be fighting for another Big Ten title this season if they can figure out their quarterback situation.

Key stat: Michigan is 17-0 in non-conference home games under Jim Harbaugh. Since 2015, when Harbaugh took over, the Wolverines have been one of only five teams to be undefeated in non-conference home games with at least 15 games played.

And after?: JJ McCarthy will get his shot to start under center in Week 2 when the Wolverines host Hawaii (0-2) at the Big House (Saturday, 8 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network)

Related: Jim Harbaugh ‘pursues’ CFP title but has ‘unfinished business’ in NFL

6. Texas A&M (Previous ranking: 8)

Result week 1: Defeated Sam Houston State, 31-0

Why are they listed here: The Aggies are packed with talent on both sides of the ball, but the offense was far from perfect in the team’s 31-0 win over Sam Houston State. If Jimbo Fisher’s group can get consistent play from quarterback, this team has a chance to be special.

Key stat: The Aggies’ Week 1 win also marked the program’s first season-opening shutout since 1993.

And after?: Texas A&M is set to host Appalachia State on Saturday at Kyle Field (3:30 p.m. ET).

seven. Oklahoma (Previous ranking: None)

Result week 1: Defeated UTEP, 45-13

Why are they listed here: Dillon Gabriel had two touchdowns and ran for another as Oklahoma passed UTEP in Brent Venables’ Sooners coaching debut. The offense was explosive and well balanced, totaling 233 yards through the air and 259 yards rushing. Meanwhile, the defense was equally impressive as the Sooners held UTEP to just 28 yards rushing, the fewest an Oklahoma defense has allowed since 2014.

Key stat: The Brent Venables era began with a bang, as Oklahoma improved to 71-3 in its last 74 games scoring 40 or more points.

And after?: The Sooners will look to build on their impressive Week 1 win when they take on Kent State (0-1) on Saturday (7 p.m. ET).

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8. USC (Previous ranking: 10)

Result week 1: Defeated Rice, 66-14

Why are they listed here: Lincoln Riley’s USC debut couldn’t have gone better as the Trojans scored on every possession in the first three quarters against Rice to end in a dominating 66-14 victory.

Key stat: The Trojans’ 66-point outing marked the highest point total for USC in a game since 2008.

And after?: Riley and the Trojans face a tough test in Week 2 when they take on Stanford on the road (Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET)

Related: Brent Venables, Lincoln Riley shine in OU, USC practice debut

9. Notre Dame (Previous ranking: 7)

Result week 1: Lost to Ohio State, 21-10

Why are they listed here: Despite their Week 1 loss to Ohio State, the Irish have plenty to expect this season. Notre Dame looked great defensively on the ball at times, holding off an explosive Ohio State attack for much of the game.

Key stat: Assuming Notre Dame remains in the AP Top 25, the Irish will have been ranked for their 80th straight week in AP polls, the third-longest streak in program history and the longest since 1994.

And after?: Notre Dame will look to rebound in a Week 2 game against Marshall (1-0) on Saturday (2:30 p.m. ET).

Klatt’s bonus thoughts: “Notre Dame are one hell of a football team. I still think they will be one of the best teams in the country.”

ten. Baylor (Previous ranking: None)

Result week 1: Defeated Albany, 69-10

Why are they listed here: The Bears ended the 2021 season on a high and look set to compete for a Big 12 championship this year. Blake Shapen connected on 17 of 20 passes for 214 yards and a TD, while the Bears rushing offense gained 259 yards in their Week 1 opener.

Key stat: Baylor has now forced a turnover in 23 straight games. The Bears’ +21 turnover margin during this streak is fourth-best in FBS.

And after?: The Bears travel to BYU (1-0) to face the Cougars at LaVell Edwards Stadium (Saturday, 10:15 p.m. ET).

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