Football Travels to No. The streaming broadcast can be seen online free of charge via the link at the top of this release and is also accessible on the Villanova Athletics mobile app. Villanova will be playing the nation's top-ranked team for the ninth time in its history and the first time since the playoffs. In their eight previous games against No. Villanova has won nine of its last 13 games against top-five opponents sinceand during that span has an overall record of while making six postseason appearances.
But Brent Venables' Clemson defense made the play it had to make, and the defending national champion Tigers survived a scare at North Carolina. The beauty of college football is the unpredictability from week to week, and just when you think nobody in the ACC really has a chance against Clemson, something like Saturday's near miss happens.
So here we are, and the truth is that ranking the top six or seven teams in the country at this point is a crapshoot. Cases could probably be made for all six or seven to be No.
But for the time being, we'll go with Alabama and Tua Tagovailoa. Air Tua already has thrown 23 touchdown passes with no interceptions, and he tossed a school-record six TDs on Saturday in the blowout victory over Ole Miss.
And what about the Pac? There are no unbeaten teams remaining -- and it's not even October.
The Alabama junior receiver caught 11 passes for yards and had four of his five touchdown catches in the first half.
The guy throwing him the ball, Tua Tagovailoa , had a pretty good day too, with six touchdown passes. If you want to get picky, Alabama actually trailed in this game late in the first quarter, and defensively, the Crimson Tide gave up rushing yards.
This isn't the Alabama defense of old, especially with the injuries, but the Tide can score with anybody and have now defeated 87 consecutive unranked opponents under Nick Saban, the longest streak in FBS history.
Up next: Open date 2. Ohio State , Big Ten It has almost looked too easy for Ohio State, which won its fifth consecutive game by 24 or more points this season, the latest a pummeling of Nebraska on Saturday before what had been an electric Memorial Stadium crowd to start the contest.
But that changed in a hurry, as the Buckeyes rolled to a halftime lead in the kind of dominant performance that should serve notice to the college football world. There's not much Ohio State hasn't done well to this point. The Buckeyes are greatly improved defensively from a year ago and have been scary good on offense.
They've scored 42 or more points in every game, and quarterback Justin Fields just gets better every week. He has accounted for 23 touchdowns. Up next: vs. Michigan State Saturday, p. ET, ABC 3.
Auburn , SEC When you combine a championship-level defense laden with future pros up front and an offense that has rediscovered its groove with Gus Malzahn calling plays and freshman quarterback Bo Nix improving weekly, you get the kind of start that Auburn is off to this season.
The question now: Can the Tigers navigate a schedule that is absolutely brutal the rest of the way? And then in November, Georgia and Alabama both visit the Plains.
Up next: at Florida Saturday, p. ET, CBS 4.
And even though Clemson was "outplayed and outcoached" by North Carolina, according to Swinney, the Tigers managed to escape on the road and win their 20th straight game. Clemson has an open date this coming Saturday before returning home on Oct.
The Tigers have more than a few things to clean up, in particular doing a better job of protecting quarterback Trevor Lawrence. They had better get accustomed to getting everybody's best shot the rest of the way.
And given how weak the ACC is, it's hard to see Clemson losing to a conference foe this season and still getting into the College Football Playoff. Up next: Open date 5. The top of the Power Rankings are laden with SEC teams, and Kirby Smart's club has been as impressive as anyone with its physicality on both lines of scrimmage despite some injuries in the offensive line.
And when you have an experienced quarterback playing with the poise and efficiency that Jake Fromm has since he arrived on campus, that's all the more heartening for the Dawgs, as they very likely are looking at a start heading into the Florida game on Nov.
Up next: at Tennessee Saturday, 7 p.
Oklahoma , Big 12 This transfer quarterback thing has worked out just fine for Oklahoma. The Sooners got another big game from Jalen Hurts and blew past Texas Tech in a romp that has been the norm for the Sooners this season. They've racked up at least yards of total offense in all four of their contests, and Hurts had his first yard passing game of the season.
Some tougher tests await, but nobody has even come close to slowing down the Sooners to this point. The Tigers scored points in their first four wins before getting this week off. Burrow already has thrown 17 touchdown passes. For perspective, in the previous five seasons, LSU as a team never threw more than 17 touchdown passes the entire season.
Ed Orgeron promised that this LSU offense would be different, but did anybody see this coming? Wisconsin , Big Ten Not that anybody is really into style points at this juncture of the season, but Wisconsin just keeps finding different ways to win. A week after thumping Michigan, the Badgers remained unbeaten thanks to a pair of defensive touchdowns in a home win over Northwestern.
Of course, it also helps to have a running back the caliber of Jonathan Taylor, who just keeps cranking out yard games. He now has rushed for yards in 26 of his 31 career games.
Florida , SEC This is right where Florida expected to be while exiting September, and there's reason to be optimistic, especially in the way the Gators have played on defense. They blanked outmanned Towson on Saturday, the second straight game in which Florida has not allowed a touchdown.
But the real season starts now with a daunting four-game stretch that includes a home game against Auburn next weekend, a trip to LSU the following week and a home matchup with Georgia the first weekend in November. The biggest concern for the Gators is an offensive line that needs to mature and help generate more of a running game.
Auburn Saturday, p. ET, CBS Notre Dame There might be a lot of debate as to whether the Fighting Irish can play their way back into College Football Playoff consideration following their hard-fought loss at Georgia in Week 4, but there's no debate about the way Notre Dame's defense took matters into its own hands on Saturday in a triumph over Virginia.