Projecting the new college football rankings following Georgia’s dominant win over a top-10 Arkansas team as the Dawgs make a push for Alabama and No. 1.
Even only in Week 5 of the 2021 season, the Georgia Bulldogs welcomed Arkansas to Sanford Stadium for the team’s second matchup against a top-10 team in the college football rankings. And for the second time, the Dawgs were relentless and dominant as they drubbed the Razorbacks to the tune of a 37-0 victory.
With a win over Clemson and now moving to 3-0 early in SEC play, it’s hard to say that any team in the country has been as dominant as Georgia to this point. Despite playing without JT Daniels and with Stetson Bennett stepping back in at quarterback against an Arkansas team with wins over Texas and Texas A&M, the Bulldogs asserted their dominance for 60 straight minutes.
The big question isn’t if Georgia deserves their No. 2 spot in the college football rankings they held coming into Week 5 — it’s if this team is more deserving than Alabama of No. 1. We’ll decide that as we project the college football rankings after UGA’s monster win in Athens.
College football rankings projections after Georgia’s drubbing of Arkansas
1. Georgia Bulldogs
2. Alabama Crimson Tide
3. Oregon Ducks
4. Penn State Nittany Lions
5. Iowa Hawkeyes
6. Oklahoma Sooners
7. Cincinnati Bearcats
8. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
9. Florida Gators
10. Ohio State Buckeyes
11. Ole Miss Rebels
12. BYU Cougars
13. Michigan Wolverines
14. Arkansas Razorbacks
15. Texas A&M Aggies
- Note: Rankings are prior to the conclusion of Alabama-Ole Miss and Cincinnati-Notre Dame
Show me a better résumé in college football than Georgia’s? There isn’t one. Even if Clemson is not the title contender we expected, they have dominated every matchup with aplomb, much more impressively so than Alabama — and that’s not even a slight on the Crimson Tide.
Kirby Smart has been building the Dawgs for this exact moment and they are living up to it. The defense is suffocating and the offense just moved the ball consistently only a top-10 team in the country with their backup quarterback under center.
Speaking of Arkansas, they still deserve to be a top-15 team, mainly because they should be ahead of the Texas A&M team they dominated in Week 4. But really, their loss in Athens was more about Georgia being that elite than them being a bad team, which they’ve surely proven prior to Saturday’s loss.