College football rankings: Alabama is for real, and so is improving QB Jalen Milroe
This is not one of the best Alabama teams Nick Saban has ever coached.
In fact, in past years, this is the kind of Alabama team that ends up right where 2022 Alabama did — on the outside looking in at the College Football Playoff asking how that team (Texas Christian) could end up in the final four and not them.
That year, though, Bama caught two losses. This year, that has yet to happen.
And just as many thought quarterback Jalen Milroe might be the player that prevented Alabama from achieving greatness in 2023, he put together the best performance of his career against a good LSU team in a 42-28 win in Tuscaloosa.
Milroe passed for 219 yards, rushed for 155, and set the school record for rushing TDs in a game by a quarterback, with four. He showed not just Bama fans, but fans of the sport, that he is capable of leading the Crimson Tide past the better teams in their conference — as Bama is the only team to beat Ole Miss this season, too.
That loss to Texas is the blemish on an otherwise perfect résumé.
The Wolverines continue to just throttle whoever the schedule puts in front of them. They’ve scored at least 30 points in every game they’ve played and allowed no more than 13 points in a game all year.
2. Georgia (9-0)
This is the second game Georgia has won without star tight end Brock Bowers, their first against a ranked opponent.
The Dawgs have been tied or trailing each of their last six SEC opponents at halftime, though. It’s not as dominant as UGA has been in the past, but it’s dominant nonetheless.
3. Ohio State (9-0)
The Buckeyes trailed Rutgers 9-7 before reeling off 26 points and allowing just nine against a six-win Scarlet Knights team.