Yesterday was a pretty good day of football with not too many surprises. Some of the "power" teams did struggle a good bit against "lessor" competition, but there were no earth shattering upsets...
1. Alabama: Got off to a slow start against the Rams but not slow enough to knock them off the top spot.
2. Oregon: Idle. No reason to move them up or down.
3. TAMU: Johnny Football and CO. will continue to roll.. Must improve on defense or they may have a nasty surprise (or two) in store before all is said and done.
4. Clemson: Another team that struggled a bit but not enough to move up or down from last week's ranking.
5. South Carolina: Moves up one without playing. Might be ranked a bit high. They are getting the benefit of the doubt.
6. LSU: May really be a team worth watching after all. Improved play on offense and a good defense might propel them into a national championship. Miles still coaches though.........That is problem.
7. Florida State: Easy win against a pretty good FCS opponent.
8. Louisville: Easy win against inept competition doesn't really say much. They are the real deal though. Believe it.
9. Stanford: Better than expected. Had an easy time with Graham's Sun Devil squad. Graham is an ass anyway.
10. Georgia: Struggled against the Mean Green of North Texas. The Dogs really didn't look like a top ten team. They are.
11. Ohio State: A win against FAMU proves nothing. Nothing at all. Probably the best team in the Big Ten, Not sure exactly what that says about the Big Ten......
12. Miami: A good football team that is still under the radar. Could challenge for top spot in the ACC.
13. Oklahoma: Might be the best of the Big Twelve. Or not. Talent is there but coaching staff is suspect.
14. Baylor: Utterly destroyed a pretty decent Sun Belt squad. Could possibly be the best in the Big Twelve. Well coached.
15. UCLA: Turning out to be a pretty good football team. Well coached.
16. Washington: We will see. May be better than some suspect.
17. Northwestern: OK
18. Maryland: Very easy to overlook (and I have done so). The Terps are playing some ball. When was the last time that happened?
19. Mississippi: Could surprise some folk in the SEC before all is said and done.
20. Fresno State: Could be the best of the MWC. Nice win over the Broncos.
21. Texas Tech: Still too early to see what they are really about. Something is going right. Anyway that Tuberville is gone and that is a start in the right direction.
22. Florida: Not convinced they are a team that can challenge in the SEC quite yet.
23. Michigan: Struggled mightily against a less than mediocre team for the second week in a row. If Hoke was not coaching they would be out of the top 25. I am still, at this time, a believer in Mr. Hoke.
24. Notre Dame: OK
25. Texas: Texas? Yes.
On the bubble in no particular order
Oklahoma State: Fell out of the top 25 due to the uncertainty whether some rather wild allegations will be a distraction.
Houston: Not real sure what they have yet.
USC: Should be top 25 but just aren't there. Kiffin coaches. Nuff said.
Utah State: Will challenge to top spot in the MWC
Boise State: A dangerous football team that could finish strong. A bit of a down year.
Michigan State: Maybe. Will have to improve.
Washington State: The Pirate might be the man to right the ship here
Arizona: Well coached.
Arizona State: Probably not
UCF: Might be a top 25 team before all is said and done.
Oregon State: Another well coached and rather under the radar team.
Mississippi State: Perhaps - A top 25 finish would be a major success in Starkville.
Toledo: Good MAC squad
Northern Illinois: and Ditto again.
Anyone else? Maybe Nebraska or Kansas State. Both would have to improve a great deal. Not convinced that Pelini is the man in Lincoln. I know that Snyder is the man for KSU. No one else can win there it seems.
Arkansas: Probably not this year.
Auburn: Improved over last season. A bowl game of sorts likely but a place in the top 25 is a long shot.
Vanderbilt: Well coached. Nashville is a hard place to win in the SEC. Vandy would be a better fit in CUSA, the ACC, or that newfangled American Athletic Conference. They won't go anywhere though. Commodore fans would rather lose in the SEC than win in a lessor conference I would wager.
Penn State: Perhaps
Missouri: Easy to overlook. Might be a team worth watching.
Wisconsin: Probably should not forget about the Badgers.