The Post’s college football rankings and Heisman watch after Week 9.
Post Top 10
1. Georgia (8-0) (Last week: 1)
Before Saturday, it had been a relatively quiet season for Brock Bowers. The dynamic tight end reminded everyone how explosive he can be against Florida, catching five passes for a career-high 154 yards and a score.
2. Tennessee (8-0) (3)
The stakes couldn’t be higher for the Volunteers, in their best season since 1998, Saturday in Athens, Ga.: Win in Georgia and the playoffs are all but locked up. Lose and the SEC East crown is gone and the playoffs become uncertain.
3. Ohio State (8-0) (2)
As I predicted last week, Ohio State got some game pressure from Penn State, the deficit was in the fourth quarter for the first time this season, and the Buckeyes answered with 28 straight points to end any potential drama.
4. Michigan (8-0) (4)
Jim Harbaugh suddenly feels underappreciated after all the talk about his underachievement before last year. Michigan has won 20 of its last 22 games and looks to be in position to beat Ohio State on Thanksgiving weekend and return to the playoff picture.
5. Clemson (8-0) (5)
The Tigers’ road to an undefeated season must go through South Bend, Ind., on Saturday in prime time, arguably their toughest remaining test heading into the ACC Championship game. Notre Dame has won five of its last six games and is coming off a 41-24 demolition of Syracuse.
6. Alabama (7-1) (6)
LSU has scored 10 points in its last three home games against Alabama, and the Crimson Tide hasn’t beaten in Death Valley since 2010. The Tigers will almost certainly be reminded of the ugly recent history of this rivalry several times this week.
7. TCU (8-0) (7)
Get ready to see TCU lower than expected in the College Football Playoff Commission’s first rankings on Tuesday. The Horned Frogs have not had a significant non-conference win and have played many close games in the Big 12, a conference that is usually overlooked by the committee.
8. Oregon (7-1) (8)
There isn’t a hotter team in the country, at least offensively, than the Ducks. They are averaging 48 points per game during their seven-game winning streak and are becoming the clear class of the Pac-12.
9. USC (7-1) (10)
This is really starting to look like Lincoln Riley’s team, stout offensively but inept defensively. USC has allowed 80 points and 1,105 yards in its last two games.
10. Ole Miss (8-1) (NR)
Lane Kiffin has the Rebels headed for his second consecutive double-digit win season. Guess how many times that happened before he arrived. Once, in 1959-60.
She dropped out: Oklahoma State (6-2)
Heisman Watch (in alphabetical order)
RB Blake Corum, Michigan
Corum, second nationally in rushing touchdowns with 14, passed for 1,000 yards in just his eighth game this week and has already surpassed his career high of 952 yards from last year.
QB Hendon Hooker, Tennessee
The rising prospect has thrown for at least 200 yards and two touchdowns in every game this season, a consistency that will go a long way with voters.
QB CJ Stroud, Ohio State
Stroud set the bar so high that his 354-yard, one-touchdown performance against Penn State was astounding.
QB Caleb Williams, USC
It’s easy to forget: Williams is just 19 years old, in his first full season as a starter, and among the best in the game, with 24 touchdown passes, a 64.7 completion percentage and just one interception.
QB Bryce Young, Alabama
He’s still our pick to win the award, but that could change over the next two weeks as Alabama visits LSU and Ole Miss in must-win games to keep their playoff hopes alive.