When's the last time there's been parity amidst the top-ranked teams in college football? Over the past few years, Alabama and Clemson have been head-and-shoulders above the rest of the field. But it's different this season.
Teams like Ohio State, Oklahoma, LSU, Georgia and Auburn look elite to start the year. AP poll voters are starting to think teams other than the Crimson Tide and Clemson are deserving of first-place votes.
In the latest AP poll, five teams received first-place votes. Alabama and Clemson are No. 1 and No. 2, but other teams which received votes include: Georgia, Ohio State and Auburn. Georgia received four first-place votes while the Buckeyes have seven and Auburn received three.
All three teams are certainly deserving — and there's no question those three teams have played a tougher schedule to date than Clemson and Alabama. Perhaps nobody in college football has a better resume than Auburn. The Tigers have wins over No. 13 Oregon and No. 25 Texas A&M. Many believe Auburn should at least be in the top four of the AP poll.
Surprisingly, neither Oklahoma or LSU received first-place votes. Both have been absolutely dominant against the competition faced.
As the season progresses, contenders and pretenders will emerge. Will this be the first season since 2014 a team other than Clemson or Alabama will play in the national championship?