Tim Brando’s rankings and looking ahead to Week #5; The Rose Bowl is 100 years old, UCLA hosts Utah

Here’s where we are with the TOP 10 after week #5.

1) Ohio St. -Right now (and in CFB that means this week) they’re the most dominant it would appear.

2) Alabama- I moved them up solely because they responded when challenged on the road at Arkansas.

3) Georgia- what was that last week? I realize teams are always motivated but 🤦‍♂️🤷‍♂️

4) Michigan-Loved how business like there were against Iowa.

5) Oklahoma St.- In what appears to be a wide open BIG12, this team has set themselves apart.

6) Clemson-No one scrutinized the Tigers more than I did, but I’m a believer now!

7) Ole Miss- Kiffin’s use of the transfer portal was exquisite and his defense is proof of that! Once Jaxson Dart gets it going LOOK OUT!

8) USC- The reason they’re not higher is because I’m not impressed enough with the offensive and defensive fronts.

9) Tennessee- This week’s a huge challenge at LSU. Tigers have Vols on Upset Alert

10) Kansas –Last week they proved they can win without a solid offensive performance. This is KU’s week with unbeaten TCU coming to Lawrence. This week, CFB will prove yet again that despite MLB’s new round of Divisional Playoffs it can’t hold CFB’s jock strap when it comes to interest.

Why am I and so many others fascinated with the Lance Leipold? It’s pretty simple.

We’re in a period of painful transition in our nations 246 year history. One in which merit is not honored as universally as it once was. Everything is accepted or rejected along party lines. That’s not good for society. Luckily we have stories like the Kansas program and it’s seemingly young new coach. Lance is neither young, nor inexperienced. He’s a Champion D3 Head Coach, that brought his system to Buffalo in the MidAmerican Conference and impressed, and he’s now is doing it at unquestionably what was the Power 5’s worst program.

  • Everything about his (Leipold) achievements should be held up, examined, praised, and ultimately mimicked.
  • People become disillusioned and depressed when their efforts are ignored or devalued. It is antithetical and un-American to play down the underdogs achievements.
  • There was a time “fly in the ointment” was a go to line for me. I’ll not use that on Kansas, because they’re a Power 5 program, but know this, they represent everything that yours truly loves about CFB. The NFL has no story like this on Sundays.
  • I’m really happy to see the primary carriers of CFB, College GameDay a show I hosted from its berth, sending its popular crew to Lawrence. Additionally the company I work for FOX Sports is sending Jason Benetti and Brock Huard both TOP FLIGHT broadcasters to call this game at high Noon on FS1.
  • Spencer and I will see ya Saturday from the Rose Bowl which opened on October 28, 1922. It’ll be our first trip to that cauldron of CFB History in its Centennial Year. A blessing to be sure. Its #18 UCLA hosting #11 Utah at 3:30 ET. on FOX.



Tim Brando

Tim Brando has covered college football and basketball nationally for 37 years. He began his network career at ESPN, before moving to CBS and is now at Fox Sports.. Brando is completely comfortable, be it on play-by-play or in the studio.

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