Leach's Top-10, FSU-is-ALIVE! edition
Lucky Seven coming later in the day.
1. Oregon. I first really started liking this team when I watched them eviscerate UW. They’ve manhandled Michigan and ASU, they beat USC and even their low-profile non-conf. wins (Houston, Fresno St) are over pretty decent teams.
2. LSU. No longer obviously the best team in the country, but their accomplishments speak for themselves. Destroyed VaTech, quality wins over UF, Auburn (really underrated team) and at Alabama, and even their loss is not a bad loss.
3. Ohio State. They haven’t beaten a single team that currently stands in the top-20. Everybody made a big fuss of their win over PSU, but this is not a very good PSU team. Illinois may be better than anyone they’ve played to date, and Michigan surely is better. If they’re 12-0, OK. Currently, at 10-0, I don’t think they’ve accomplished more than the two teams above.
4. Oklahoma. Texas and Mizzou remain legitimately good wins. The loss at CU is still somewhat forgivable to me, even in light of Mizzou destroying CU, because for the most part that’s a tough place to play.
5. Missouri. Even with a loss, they’ve accomplished more than Kansas. They have probably the best loss of any one-loss team (at Norman), and some at least decent wins (Texas Tech, blowout at Boulder).
6. Kansas. These guys look really good. They score tons of points and don’t allow points. But geez, they still have not played anybody. At one point KSU looked like something of a signature win, but KSU has been exposed. Beat Mizzou and OU, and we can talk.
7. WVU. I guess. Man, for a supposedly national program, these guys never play anybody.
8. ASU. Their loss is a good, forgivable loss. But their wins are nothing to write home about.
9. BC. I started to put VT here, and then I realized that BC has one fewer loss and also beat VT in Blacksburg.
10. VaTech. There’s just a big mess between about 7-15 for me. VaTech has a good win over Clemson, and two losses to good teams — though LSU just killed them.
Teams to watch: Michigan (I think they win the Big 10), Auburn, Clemson
Game of the Week: With all respect to Uncle Bob, former AD at Williams, the game of the week is NOT Amherst-Williams. Sorry, Disney. Lot of potentially entertaining conference games (Michigan-Wisconsin, Clemson-Wake, Arkansas-Tennessee, Texas-Texas Tech, etc), but it’s gotta be Auburn-Georgia. Mmmmm… big hits. Oddly, the best thing for Georgia might be to win out and MISS the SEC title game, go 10-2, let Tennessee get smoked by LSU, and get an at-large BCS bid with a top-10 ranking and no third loss. Just a thought.
(currently playing on the speakers: Uncle Tupelo, Anodyne)