As Week 9 approaches in the 2022 college football season, several teams have begun to separate themselves in the race for the College Football Playoff.
Georgia, Ohio State, Tennessee, Michigan, Clemson and TCU make up the six remaining undefeated teams this year, and the AP Top 25 Poll ranks five of the six, excluding TCU, in their current top five.
When it comes to deciding the best of the bunch, Kirk Herbstreit appeared on ESPN's "Sportscenter" recently and stated that "it's a toss-up" between Ohio State and Tennessee for his number one ranking.
“On one hand, Tennessee’s been so explosive, with Hendon Hooker, they’ve been dynamic, I think they’ve kind of come out of nowhere based on what they’ve been able to do this year. Then Ohio State with high expectations, CJ Stroud, that offensive firepower, that defense with Jim Knowles seems to be getting better every single week. I think they could potentially be the most complete team, and when you throw in Stroud, and all those playmakers around him, I give Ohio State a slight edge now over Tennessee and Georgia, who obviously play next week," Herbstreit said on ESPN.
While Herbstreit currently appears to favor the Buckeyes, the matchup between Tennessee and Georgia on November 5th will have major implications on all rankings.
Assuming both the Volunteers and Bulldogs win their games this weekend, their early November clash will likely be the most-watched and anticipated game since Tennessee upset Alabama earlier in the season.
Ohio State will travel to No. 13 Penn State this weekend, while Tennessee and Georgia will face SEC opponents in Kentucky and Florida, respectively.