Where is Ohio State Football in Kirk Herbstreit’s top 6 after Week 3?

Kirk Herbstreit is the color commentator for the NFL’s Thursday night football as well as a key anchor for ESPN’s college gameday. Though Herbie dipped his toe into the pro ranks this year, we love following what one of the busiest guys in all of football had to say about the college football landscape.

With the conclusion of the third week of the college football season, Herbstreit released his Top 6 rankings this week and they’re a little weird to be honest. Obviously, the former Buckeye quarterback is trying to be as objective and unbiased as possible, and that’s all well and good, but we have something to say.

Here’s the order Herbstreit has with his top 4 and another 2 knocking on the door after the final round of play.

6 USC Trojans

Dec 4, 2021; Berkeley, California, United States; California Golden Bears tight end Elijah Mojarro (81) celebrates with USC Trojans wide receiver John Jackson III (80) after scoring a touchdown against the California Golden Bears during the second quarter at FTX Field at California Memorial Stadium. Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

what we say

The USC trojans at number 6 seems fair as there hasn’t been any real test yet and there are still many unknowns that have emerged from a rather rough patch in recent years. Things are looking better in SoCal so far, though, so stay tuned.

5 Oklahoma earlier

OU defenseman Reggie Grimes (14) celebrates the Sooners’ 45-13 win over UTEP on Saturday in Norman. Credit: USA TODAY Sports

what we say

The Oklahoma Sooners at number five honestly seems low with the dismantling of Nebraska and the work we’ve seen so far. In fact, maybe Oklahoma should be ahead of the next team on the list…

4 Michigan Wolverines

Michigan Wolverines quarterback JJ McCarthy (9) leads the offense against the Connecticut Huskies in the first half at Michigan Stadium, Saturday, September 17, 2022. Credit: USA TODAY Sports

what we say

Herbie’s final playoff berth was awarded to a questionable choice with Michigan’s selection. The Wolverines have played against three schools, all of which would rank in the FBS bottom ten, so it’s a bit odd that he would give them so much credit.

3 Buckeyes of the State of Ohio

College Football News Big Ten Bowl projections after Week 3 09/16/2022; Columbus, Ohio, United States; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback CJ Stroud (7) goes by during the Toledo game. Mandatory Credit: Doral Chenoweth/The Columbus Dispatch

what we say

The former OSU quarterback lists his alma mater as No. 3. Though the Notre Dame Fighting Irish win looks less and less impressive, there’s no question that the Ohio State Buckeyes look legit with stars on offense and a vastly improved defense.

2 Crimson Tide of Alabama

09/17/2022; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban talks to quarterback Bryce Young (9) during the second half against the UL Monroe Warhawks at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

what we say

Herbstreit has the Alabama Crimson Tide at number 2. It surprised me, considering this Alabama team doesn’t have the horses we’re used to, as evidenced by their fights against the Texas Longhorns.

1 Georgia Bulldogs

09/10/2022; Athens, Georgia, USA; Georgia Bulldogs running back Kendall Milton (2) runs the ball against the Samford Bulldogs in the second half at Sanford Stadium. Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

what we say

Herbstreit is number 1 with the Georgia Bulldogs. I don’t think anyone would argue against this ranking as Georgia looks like a freight train once again but still has a lot to do.

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