Big games: Nov. 1 vs. Miami; Nov. 8 at Pitt; Nov. 29 at Virginia.
If more than one of the top three falters—and who'd bet against that this year?—these teams, all 5-1, are positioned to pounce.
As suggested by the Bulldogs' manhandling of Tennessee last Saturday, when healthy, quarterback David Greene and a hungry Dawg defense can beat up on anyone.
Big games: Nov. 1 vs. Florida (at Jacksonville); Nov. 15 vs. Auburn; Dec. 6, SEC championship game.
With QB Matt Leinart in a groove and the run game producing, the only question is which defense—the one that stuffed Auburn or that caved to Cal—will show up on any given week.
Big games: Saturday at Notre Dame; Nov. 1 vs. Washington State; Dec. 6 vs. Oregon State.
The Cougars' scrappy defense can hang with anyone, but the offense, led by quarterback Matt Kegel, must show it can roll against teams better than sliding Oregon and Colorado.