One month into the college season and it already seems as if all roads are leading to another Alabama-Clemson championship game.
The top-ranked Crimson Tide and No. 2 Tigers asserted themselves again on Saturday, though in different ways. The Tide looked ferocious in crushing Mississippi 66-3, showing that 59-0 against Vanderbilt the week before was no fluke.
National champion Clemson, meanwhile, convincingly beat a team ranked in the top 15 for the third time this season, taking out Virginia Tech 31-17.
Clemson once again grabbed first-place votes from preseason No. 1 Alabama in Sunday’s new AP Top 25. The Tigers have 17 and the Tide received 44. Who should be No. 1? The better resume belongs to Clemson, but Alabama has done nothing to warrant any lack of confidence.
The last two national championship games were classics between the Tigers and Tide, with each winning one. A possible rubber match is a long way away, but who can stop it?
Until further notice, any debate about the rankings starts at No. 3. How did the voters do with that this week? Heat check:
No. 1 Alabama (5-0)
Jokingly, Nick Saban’s team gets called a machine, but it truly is producing a consistent level of effort and technical soundness that seems inhuman.