1: Georgia Bulldogs
The Georgia Bulldogs really showed that they are among the elite and will now be trying to make their way to the college football playoffs. Now while it may be very early, they showed just how dominant that Bulldog defense is in a 10-3 victory over the Clemson Tigers.
Georgia’s 3 point allowed is tied for the 2nd fewest vs a top 5 opponent since 1936. Not to mention they did this against an elite Clemson offense and one of the best coaches in all of college football. Georgia showed this defense is for real and will try and keep it going.
2: Iowa Hawkeyes
Iowa came into week 1 with a tough matchup ahead of them in the Indiana Hoosiers. In a big week 1 Big10 matchup, the Hawkeyes not only won but they excelled and dominated on all sides of the ball in a game that was supposed to go down to the wire. The Hawkeyes 34-6 victory showed that they are not to be taken lightly in the Big10 conference this year.
3: UCLA Bruins
The UCLA Bruins surprised many people this week following a 38-27 upset victory over the previously 16th ranked LSU Tigers. Ucla is now 2-0 to start the season after wins over LSU and Hawaii and have their confidence riding high now being moved up to the 16th rank in the college football polls.
After a rough couple of seasons for the Bruins, Chip Kelly and his Ucla Bruins are now back in the national spotlight, and with a lot of work still to do this season, they have to be feeling pretty good with the way they have started this season.
1: Clemson Tigers
In a matchup that many anticipated could be an early preview for a playoff game later in the season, Clemson came in the favorites and Georgia just seemed to have an answer for them all game long. Clemson’s offense did not seem to have an answer for the Bulldogs defense, as they did not score a single touchdown all game.
In a close 10-3 defeat, the Clemson Tigers did not look like themselves. Their defense was as solid as always in a defensive game against Georgia, however their offense could not get the ball in the endzone all game, which raises some concerns going forward as they now will likely need to win out to make the college football playoffs.
2: Indiana Hoosiers
The Hoosiers had high promise going into the season, as they had a great run last season and were ranked and had a lot of returning players coming back. However this season they did not pick off where they left off. In fact they did quite the opposite as they got crushed by the Iowa Hawkeyes 34-6.
In a game where it almost seemed that nothing went right for the Hoosiers, now the question is where do they go from here?
3: Minnesota Golden Gophers
Minnesota played a hardly fought game against a top ranked Ohio State opponent in week 1. That is not why they are on this list. Many expected them to lose and they actually put up a pretty good fight and scare against the Buckeyes.
However, in doing so they lost their star running back and captain, Mohamed Ibrahim. Ibrahim was injured in the 3rd quarter, after already carrying the ball 30 times for 163 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Now the Gophers are faced with many questions as to who will carry the load with their star tailback out for the season, and it’s going to be a big challenge for them in the always tough Big10 Conference.