Mandel’s Top rated ten: A dozen contenders for a finite amount of spots – The Athletic

Each individual Saturday night time in the course of the regular year, I ranked my Leading ten teams in the place. I’m undertaking it once more, this time soon after the New Year’s Working day bowl game titles. We will not know whether LSU or Clemson finishes No. 1 till a week from Monday, but just about every other location has been made a decision. (Except you believe the Tennessee-Indiana Gator Bowl winner deserves thought.)

1. LSU (fourteen-)

On Nov. 16, LSU enhanced to ten- but allowed 402 hurrying yards in a fifty eight-37 rout of Ole Pass up. All the Tigers have carried out since then is simultaneously get even extra lethal on offense and much stingier defensively. They followed their late-period routs of Texas A&M (fifty-7) and Ga (37-10) with a sixty three-28 Peach Bowl rout of Oklahoma in which QB Joe Burrow accounted for 8 touchdowns. The Tigers have now crushed 50 % of the Major ten groups from the most the latest AP poll (Oklahoma, Georgia, Florida, Auburn and Alabama).

two. Clemson (14-)

Week immediately after 7 days in excess of the 2nd 50 % of the frequent…