With LeBron James becoming the first active NBA player to reach $1 billion in earnings, we wouldn’t be shocked to see Mahomes become the first NFL player to achieve the feat (his $500 million contract certainly helps).
The AP Poll, voted on by a collection of 60 journalists and broadcasters, was released yesterday. Here’s the top-7 (1st-place votes in parenthesis):
Alabama Crimson Tide (47)
Oklahoma Sooners (6)
Clemson Tigers (6)
Ohio State Buckeyes (1)
Georgia Bulldogs (3)
Texas A&M Aggies
Iowa State Cyclones 1,160
Why show the top-7? Since 2004, only 2010 Auburn and 2013 Florida State won the national championship when starting the year ranked outside of the AP top-7.
Three of the top-4 are turning to new quarterbacks, with Oklahoma the only one returning last year's starter.
Number of top-25 teams by conference:
The Big-12, potentially in its last year as a conference, is still looking for its first College Football Playoff win.
Interestingly, the Pac-12 has no top-10 teams, but five teams ranked 11-25.
Does the Group of 5 finally have a chance? Yes.
#8 Cincinnati plays both #9 Notre Dame and #17 Indiana on the road. If the Bearcats win those two games and dominate the rest of their schedule, even the College Football Playoff Committee might think about maybe considering them for the #4 spot.