Cincinnati traveled to Annapolis to face a 1-5 Navy team – and four points – but the contenders came to play against the Bearcats. Navy was only trailed by three at halftime before Cincinnati won the third quarter 14-0 to take control of the game. It wasn’t over yet, as the Midshipmen scored 10 straight points in the fourth quarter and even recovered an offensive kick late 27-20. The Bearcats, however, intercepted a pass to keep their undefeated season and playoff hopes. Despite the tight call, Cincinnati is a unanimous selection this week.
Oklahoma were also tested by a 1-5 opponent on Saturday, but the Sooners didn’t need a dramatic interception to stay undefeated – just an explosive second half. After trailing 10-0 at the halfway point against Kansas, the Oklahoma offense found its way and outscored the Jayhawks 35-13 in the final two quarters to avoid a surprise. As one of the few undefeated teams in the country, the Sooners are the favorites to make the CFP squad at the moment, but not a popular pick this week after the close call against the Jayhawks.
Alabama also had their hands full with Tennessee in Tuscaloosa, leading just 21-14 at halftime. But the Crimson Tide dominated the fourth quarter, edging the Volunteers 28-7, to avoid a second SEC loss. Nick Saban’s team is present on 13 ballots this week.
Ohio State rebounded well from a Week 2 loss to Oregon with five straight wins, including a 54-7 rout by Indiana on Saturday night. The winning streak has the Buckeyes on nine rounds before a big game against Penn State next Saturday.
Michigan avoided any chance of surprise in a 33-7 win over Northwestern. The Wolverines continue to gain ground in the playoffs and have secured five votes this week. They will face their bitter rival, undefeated Michigan State, next Saturday in a battle for the lead of the Big Ten.
Andrea Adelson: 1. Géorgie, 2. Cincinnati, 3. Alabama, 4. Michigan
Kyle Bonagura : 1. Géorgie, 2. Cincinnati, 3. Alabama, 4. Michigan
Bill Connelly : 1. Georgia, 2. Cincinnati, 3. Michigan, 4. Ohio State
Heather Dinich : 1. Georgia, 2. Alabama, 3. Ohio State, 4. Cincinnati
David M. Hale : 1. Georgia, 2. Cincinnati, 3. Ohio State, 4. Alabama
Chris Low : 1. Georgia, 2. Alabama, 3. Cincinnati, 4. Ohio State
Harry Lyles Jr. : 1. Georgia, 2. Cincinnati, 3. Alabama, 4. Ohio State
Ryan McGee : 1.Géorgie, 2. Cincinnati, 3. Michigan, 4. Alabama
Adam Rittenberg : 1. Géorgie, 2. Cincinnati, 3. Alabama, 4. Michigan
Alex Scarborough : 1. Georgia, 2. Alabama, 3. Ohio State, 4. Cincinnati
Marc Schlabach: 1. Georgia, 2. Alabama, 3. Cincinnati, 4. Ohio State
Paolo Uggetti: 1. Georgia, 2. Ohio State, 3. Alabama, 4. Cincinnati
Tom VanHaaren: 1. Georgia, 2. Cincinnati, 3. Ohio State, 4. Alabama
Dave Wilson : 1. Géorgie, 2. Cincinnati, 3. Alabama, 4. Oklahoma