The Big Ten is about as much as be probably the most attention-grabbing convention within the nation over the ultimate two months of the season.

The newest AP Top 25 offered by Regions Bank has 5 Big Ten groups ranked among the many prime 11. The enjoyable begins subsequent Saturday when No. 4 Penn State visits No. 3 Iowa.

No. 1 Alabama (5-0)

Next: at Texas A&M, Saturday.

Reality test: While Georgia has the perfect protection, the Tide may need the perfect defensive participant: OLB Will Anderson Jr. leads the nation in tackles for loss with 11

Ranked: Just proper so long as Georgia is 1A.

No. 2 Georgia (5-0)

Next: at No. 18 Auburn, Saturday.

Reality test: The Bulldogs gave 4 tailbacks at the least 10 carries and none greater than 16 towards Arkansas. Put one other manner, Zamir White leads Georgia with 53 carries. Alabama’s Brian Robinson had 36 towards Ole Miss.

Ranked: Could be No. 1.

No. 3 Iowa (5-0)

Next: vs. No. 4 Penn State, Saturday.

Reality test: The turnover hose retains flowing into the Hawkeyes’ protection. Iowa is as much as 16 takeaways and a nation’s finest 12 interceptions. Reality Check continues to be skeptical, however why struggle it?

Ranked: Just proper.

No. 4 Penn State (5-0)

Next: at No. 3 Iowa, Saturday.

Reality test: Nittany Lions have had a troublesome time getting the operating recreation going, however appeared higher towards Indiana with 209 yards on 42 carries.

Ranked: This is okay.

No. 5 Cincinnati (4-0)

Next: vs. Temple, Friday.

Reality test: With a former defensive coordinator as a head coach, the Bearcats get pegged as a grind it out offense. Nope: The finest a part of UC’s offense is Desmond Ridder’s deep photographs to massive receivers Alec Pierce and Leonard Taylor.

Ranked: Just proper.

No. 6 Oklahoma (5-0)

Next: vs. No. 21 Texas, Saturday.

Reality test: Sooners haven’t but had a 100-yard dashing day from a operating again, however Kennedy Brooks was shut towards Kansas State with 91.

Ranked: Feels excessive, however Sooners at six works.

No. 7 Ohio State (4-1)

Next: vs. Maryland, Saturday.

Reality test: Lots of complaints in regards to the protection, however the Buckeyes have the No. 1 offense within the nation at 8.57 yards per play.

Ranked: Should be behind Oregon.

No. 8 Oregon (4-1)

Next: vs. California, Oct. 15.

Reality test: Everybody has accidents, nevertheless it actually does appear as if the Ducks have been notably unfortunate. Add RB CJ Verdell (leg) to the record after he was harm within the loss to Stanford.

Ranked: Should nonetheless be forward of Ohio State.

No. 9 Michigan (5-0)

Next: at Nebraska, Saturday.

Reality test: QB Cade McNamara and the passing recreation are displaying promise and the Wolverines are 5-0 for the primary time since 2016.

Ranked: Feels excessive, however then have a look at the remainder of the choices.

No. 10 BYU (5-0)

Next: vs. Boise State, Saturday.

Reality test: Cougars had been on their third quarterback towards Utah State and are hoping that Jaren Hall will probably be again towards Boise.

Ranked: Touch too excessive.

No. 11 Michigan State (5-0)

Next: at Rutgers, Saturday.

Reality test: WR Jayden Reed has scored eight touchdowns, 5 receiving, two on punt returns and one dashing. The final Michigan State participant with two punt return TDs in a season was Bill Simpson in 1972.

Ranked: About proper.

No. 12 Oklahoma State (5-0)

Next: at No. 21 Texas, Oct. 16.

Reality test: Cowboys appeared like a workforce that was extra lucky than good the primary three weeks of the season, however confidence is constructing and so they’re enjoying higher within the Big 12.

Ranked: Little excessive.

No. 13 Arkansas (4-1)

Next: at No. 17 Mississippi, Saturday.

Reality test: Sure, the Razorbacks had been outclassed by Georgia, however who would not be?

Ranked: Little low.

No. 14 Notre Dame (4-1)

Next: at Virginia Tech, Saturday.

Reality test: Drew Pyne may the most suitable choice at quarterback for the Irish. Not pretty much as good a passer as Jack Coan or runner as Tyler Buchner, however possibly the perfect mixture of each.

Ranked: Too excessive.

No. 15 Coastal Carolina (5-0)

Next: at Arkansas State, Thursday.

Reality test: Can a street recreation on a brief week derail the second-highest scoring workforce within the nation?

Ranked: Too excessive.

No. 16 Kentucky (5-0)

Next: vs. LSU, Saturday.

Reality test: Wildcats are nonetheless offensively challenged, however being the SEC’s Big Ten workforce has been a profitable id below Mark Stoops.

Ranked: Too low.

No. 17 Mississippi (3-1)

Next: vs. No. 13 Arkansas, Saturday.

Reality test: Lane Kiffin’s fourth-down calls towards Alabama all made sense. You can attempt to win or hope to maintain it shut. You play to win the sport.

Ranked: Little excessive.

No. 18 Auburn (4-1)

Next: vs. No. 2 Georgia, Saturday.

Reality test: Let Bo Nix prepare dinner. The oft-criticized junior quarterback performed possibly the perfect recreation of his profession towards LSU.

Ranked: Too low.

No 19 Wake Forest (5-0)

Next: at Syracuse, Saturday.

Reality test: Demon Deacons play high-risk, high-reward protection. They are third within the ACC in sacks (17), tied for third in tackles for loss (37), and eleventh in yards per play allowed (5.51).

Ranked: About proper.

No. 20 Florida (3-2)

Next: vs. Vanderbilt, Saturday.

Reality test: There is a few frustration amongst Florida followers with coach Dan Mullen after his second loss to Kentucky, nevertheless it’s laborious to take the complaints significantly. How totally different is that this if a Gators defensive again would not throw a shoe towards LSU final 12 months?

Ranked: Too excessive.

No. 21 Texas (4-1)

Next: vs. No. 6 Oklahoma, Saturday.

Reality test: RB Bijan Robinson (164 yards from scrimmage per recreation and 9 touchdowns) is right here to persuade you the Heisman is not only for quarterbacks.

Ranked: Touch low.

No. 22 Arizona State (4-1)

Next: vs. Stanford, Friday.

Reality test: This is probably the most proficient workforce within the Pac-12 South, and the Sun Devils are going to be kicking themselves over letting that BYU recreation get away.

Ranked: About proper.

No. 23 North Carolina State (4-1)

Next: at Boston College, Oct. 16.

Reality test: There are a number of quarterbacks placing up gaudy stats within the ACC, however Devin Leary (12 touchdowns cross, two interceptions, finishing 67%) has introduced a lot wanted stability to a place that has been something however for the Wolfpack since Ryan Finley in 2018.

Ranked: Too excessive.

No. 24 SMU (5-0)

Next: at Navy, Saturday.

Reality test: If you are a Big 12 quarterback seeking to switch, SMU is the place to be. Following up the productive profession of Texas switch Shane Buechele, Oklahoma switch Tanner Mordecai leads the nation in touchdowns passes (24) for the Mustangs.

Ranked: About proper.

No. 25 San Diego State (4-0)

Next: vs. New Mexico, Saturday.

Reality test: Rocky Long is gone, however the Aztecs are nonetheless enjoying stingy protection below Brady Hoke, permitting 4.09 yards per play.

Ranked: Too excessive.

Reality Check is all about giving some recognition to Group of Five groups, however as an alternative of San Diego State, how about unbeaten UTSA?