Several teams have a claim as being the best in college football right now.
Georgia is ranked No. 1. Tennessee just upset Alabama. Clemson and Michigan are both perennial powers who are unbeaten.
But former coach Rick Neuheisel didn’t pick any of those programs when asked which team he believes is the best in the country. Neuheisel said on the “Dan Patrick Show” Monday that he believes the Ohio State Buckeyes should be considered the favorite to win it all.
“If Ohio State does what I expect them to do — they’ve got Iowa and Penn State the next couple of weeks — I think Ohio State is the best team in the country,” Neuheisel said.
Neuheisel spoke particularly highly of C.J. Stroud and the Ohio State offense. Stroud is tied for the national lead in touchdown passes and considered the Heisman Trophy favorite by sports books. The Buckeyes lead the country in scoring at 48.8 points per game.
Neuheisel noted that Ohio State has been putting up those numbers despite missing preseason All-American wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba, who has appeared in just two games due to a hamstring injury.
But the Buckeye defense has been solid, too. Head coach Ryan Day brought in Jim Knowles from Oklahoma State to run the defense this season, and Ohio State is holding its opponents to 15.7 points per game, 10th best in the country.
“Remember, they’re doing everything that they’re doing without Jaxon Smith-Njigba, who’s going to be coming back here soon,” Neuheisel said. “Once he’s right, you put him with those other receivers, Marvin Harrison Jr. and company, and you’ve got C.J. Stroud, that’s been proven. You’ve got two big-time running backs in (TreVeyon) Henderson and (Miyan) Williams. Both, when the other is hurt, ends up having a marquee day. And I go back to a defense with Jim Knowles that’s been kind of corrected.”
The Buckeyes will host Iowa on Saturday before traveling to Penn State for their biggest test of the season.