Paul Finebaum drops latest Top 5 following Week 9 action
After a wild and eventful Week 9 of the 2021 season, the race for the College Football Playoff is starting to look clear. ESPN College Football analyst Paul Finebaum released his top five rankings with some big surprises and exclusions.
At No. 1 is the Georgia Bulldogs (8-0), much to no one’s surprise. Georgia looks like the most complete team on both sides of the game. The Bulldogs are coming off a big second-half performance in the 34-7 win over the Florida Gator.
Sitting at No. 2 are the Alabama Crimson Tide (7-1), the top one-loss team in the nation. Alabama has seen some big hit-or-miss performances this year, but they also look like a well-balanced team on both sides of the ball.
Coming into the No. 3 spot are the Michigan State Spartans (8-0), who are coming off a fantastic 37-33 home win over the #6 Michigan Wolverines. The Spartans are starting to get huge national recognition as well as Heisman Trophy talk with star running back Kenneth Walker III.
At No. 4 are the Cincinnati Bearcats (8-0), the top undefeated non-power five team. The Bearcats are in danger of slipping in the ranks with their close wins against non-power teams like Tulane. Finally, at No. 5 are the Oklahoma Sooners (9-0), who are finally winning games by a wide margin.
The first College Football Playoff rankings will be released on Tuesday night.