Despite 17 teams making the list, there are realistically 10 teams remaining with a shot at the title. Here’s why:
Upcoming games: there are at least six matchups over the next five weeks between the 17 teams above, including a trifecta between Michigan, Ohio State, and Michigan State.
Quality of win: Oklahoma’s five wins by less than one score, including games against Tulane and Nebraska, won’t be looked on as kindly as Georgia’s 37-0 win over then-ranked Arkansas. One loss and teams like the Sooners are likely out.
Big picture: Here’s the updated AP Poll, with the major change being Alabama jumping Oklahoma for the #3 spot.
AROUND THE LEAGUES
Turns Out He Can Catch
(5-2) Cincinnati Bengals41 vs. (5-2) Baltimore Ravens 17
Ja’Marr Chase (8 rec, 201 yards, 1 TD) set the NFL record for most receiving yards in a player’s first seven games, including this catch, spin move, and run for 82 yards.
(5-2) Tennessee Titans27 vs. (3-4) Kansas City Chiefs 3
Derrick Henry heard “only quarterbacks can win the MVP” and decided to throw a touchdown against the Chiefs.
The story here, though, was the Tennessee defense holding Patrick Mahomes to 206 yards, 0 TDs, and 1 INT.
MLB Championship Series
AL: Houston Astros 5vs. Boston Red Sox 0
The Astros are headed back to the World Series for the third time in five years after holding Boston to one run in the ALCS’ final 26 innings.
Houston also scored 27 two-out runs in the series, the most in a playoff series in MLB history.
Houston wins the series 4-2.
NL: Atlanta Braves4vs. LA Dodgers 2
Atlanta’s Eddie Rosario, who they traded for mid-season, finished the NLCS with a .560 average, three home runs, and nine RBI in six games.
Highlight:Oklahoma quarterback Caleb Williams sealed the win over Kansas on fourth and one by stripping the ball from his running back who was stuffed at the line of scrimmage. Caleb ran for the first down.
New Orleans Saints (3-2) vs. Seattle Seahawks (2-4) - 8:15 ET on ESPN
Tampa Bay Lightning (2-2-1) vs. Buffalo Sabres (3-2-0) - 7:00 ET on ESPN+
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