It's really going to be a race to the finish line.
Thus far, we’ve witnessed enough inconsistent performances from perceived frontrunners to realize there is no clear-cut, top team in college football at this juncture. No. 1 Ohio State (5-0) remains this week’s place-holder for the top spot, slightly ahead of TCU and No. 3 Baylor (4-0), based on Sunday’s updated polls.
But five different schools, including No. 9 Texas A&M (5-0), received first-place votes. Baylor got 10, second only to the top-ranked Buckeyes (38) among the top vote-getters. That tells you how wide open the national championship race remains.
Yes, yes they did.
But it was hard not to be impressed by the ease with which TCU dispatched a Texas team that challenged a Pac-12 North contender (Cal) and a Big 12 team (Oklahoma State) that could reach a bowl game. The Horned Frogs may be rolling out second-stringers and lining up players out of position on defense, but with Boykin and a dangerous set of playmakers, they may still have enough to stay in the hunt.
How long will they hold on to it?
The Horned Frogs leaped right back to where they began the season in the rankings Sunday, reclaiming the No. 2 seed in both the AP Poll and USA Today’s Amway Coaches Poll.