As we steam ever closer to Football Nirvana on Saturday, I only wish that the Cardinals-Giants game that day weren’t scheduled for a 3:05 start. Alas. Anyway, here’s the top-10. Every week it becomes more a measure of what you’ve actually done, and less of how good I think you are.
1. Ohio State. Um, yeah. Very impressive. Clear favorites to make the title game.
2. USC. I expect them to beat Nebraska soundly.
3. Notre Dame. PSU is overrated, I think, but that was still an impressive win.
5. LSU. At least one of these two teams is a legit top-5 team; we’ll know more in four days.
6. Florida. Another team that will show more of its true colors this Saturday.
This is where it gets interesting. I have seven teams for the next four spots, and no real idea where to put them. Each has a strong selling point and nearly every one has a strong negative. Let’s go with…
7. Louisville and its awesome offense, even minus Michael Bush.
8. Oregon, because I give plenty of points for a win at Fresno State.
9. Tennessee, with one great win and one awful win.
10. Virginia Tech, with a terrifying defense, great special teams and an uninspiring offense.
The three I left out: Texas (they got manhandled, even if it was by the No. 1 team), Georgia (either beat somebody, find a QB, or both), Florida State (Troy? TROY??)
Other teams to watch: WVU, Michigan, BC, UCLA, Alabama.
Game of the week: Geez, do I have to pick one? Let’s say LSU-Auburn, annually one of my favorite games. But there are so many! Louisville-Miami should be a fun unstoppable force-immovable object game. FSU-Clemson is always fun. ND-Michigan. And so on.
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