I will look up your suggestions.
I recognize some of my grades can raise eyebrows at the top places. All but 1 of my B+/ B grades were taken during the COVID period. I was severely affected by it. My grades before and post-COVID paint a more consistent picture (3.8+ GPA). I will specify these details in SOP and I'd be happy with tier 1.5 schools.
Thanks for pointing it out nevertheless.
Out of curiosity, where did you eventually pursue your PhD? Did you eventually pursue a masters?