My goal with each week is to start ranking teams purely on 2016 accomplishments while phasing out preseason expectations as much as possible. Not all teams have played the level of competition necessary to do that, but the ones at the top of this list certainly have.
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The Tigers took care of business against South Carolina State. They have a tough turnaround Thursday night at Georgia Tech, with torrid Louisville coming to town the week after that.
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QB Austin Allen had another solid outing (16-of-21 for 241 yards and two touchdowns) in the Razorbacks' 42-3 rout of Texas State. The Razorbacks have a shot to be the second-best team in the SEC.
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The Huskies are the only team still here entirely on potential, as they spent non-conference season feasting on Rutgers, Idaho and Portland State.
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The Wolverines finally got tested and in fact might have been in trouble had Colorado QB Sefo Liufau not gone out with injury. The Wolverines' defense finally clamped down in a 45-28 win.
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Michigan State (2-0)
How silly of me to doubt Mark Dantonio yet again. The Spartans completely shut down Notre Dame's talented tailbacks while themselves rushing for 260 yards in a 36-28 road win in South Bend.
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Christian McCaffrey continues to singlehandedly torment USC's defense. On Saturday night he ran 30 times for 165 yards and caught four passes for 73 yards in the Cardinal's 27-10 rout.
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You'll see no complaints here about the Cougars' Thursday night road win at Cincinnati even though they trailed early in the fourth quarter before running away 40-16. But it's concerning that Greg Ward Jr. will apparently attempt to keep playing with an injured shoulder.
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The Cardinals dominated FSU the same as if the 'Noles were Charlotte or Syracuse. Most impressively, the Cardinals manhandled them up front, sacking QB Deondre Francois five times, in what was unquestionably the season's most impressive performance to date.
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Ohio State (3-0)
Winning on the road is hard but the Buckeyes made it look easy at Oklahoma. The defense did a nice job stopping the run and forcing Sooners QB Baker Mayfield into a couple of costly interceptions. Curtis Samuel and Noah Brown are emerging as big-time playmakers.
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The Tide's wacky 48-43 win at Ole Miss was reminiscent of their 49-42 marathon at Texas AM three years ago. The Tide racked up 334 yards on the ground, including QB Jalen Hurts' 146 on 18 attempts, and did not play as poorly defensively as the score indicates.