Every Sunday, Kirk Herbstreit releases his new top four college football teams in the country. After yesterday’s hectic schedule, there’s a new No.1 team according to the ESPN analyst. In fact, Herbstreit has two new teams in his top four.
Surprisingly, the Baylor Bears jumped to No.1 on his list. After an easy September slate of games, the Bears started their Big 12 schedule with a date against the Texas Tech Red Raiders. The Bears’ fans had no reason to worry, as Baylor out scored their instate rival, 63-35.
The combination of Seth Russell to Corey Coleman led to three of Russell’s four touchdown passes. However, the Bears also used running back Shock Linwood to gain 221 yards on 20 carries.
While Baylor is Herbstreit’s new No.1 team, they have plenty of work to do going forward. The Big 12 is loaded at the top, and they should be tested the rest of the way.
The other newcomer into Herbstreit’s top four also comes from the Big 12 conference. The Oklahoma Sooners put an end to West Virginia’s undefeated aspirations, by dominating the Mountaineers 44-24. The Sooners are really starting to come together on both sides of the ball. However, they will begin to feel the pressure as one of the best teams in the country now.
The UCLA Bruins were Herbstreit’s No.2 team last week. On Saturday, they lost their first game of the season in the PAC-12 South. Arizona State dominated the Bruins early, and held on late for a 15 point win.
Interestingly enough, having two Big 12 teams this high last season did the conference no favors. Therefore it doesn’t matter how high the teams are ranked in October and November. They want to be in the top four by the end of the season vote.
1. Baylor Bears: The Baylor Bears were impressive in their win over Texas Tech.
2. Ohio State Buckeyes: The Buckeyes weren’t impressive in their win over Indiana, but maybe some credit should go to the Hoosiers. Ezekiel Elliott scored three touchdowns in a dominant second half. The Buckeyes’ running back just put himself in the Heisman race. Unfortunately, Cardale Jones hasn’t played very well this season.
3. Oklahoma Sooners: The Sooners are the second Big 12 team in the top four. Will they be consistent enough to go undefeated in this tough conference? Remember, a loss will likely doom any team in the Big 12.
4. LSU Tigers: Right now, it’s Leonard Fournette or bust. The sophomore running back has gone for over 200 rushing yards in three straight games. Still, the jury is out on how good LSU really is. They struggled with Eastern Michigan.
Herbstreit’s top two teams left out of the Top 4 are TCU and Michigan State. The Horned Frogs made Texas players check their twitter page at halftime, while the Spartans let a big lead slip in a win over Purdue.