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Yes, it’s the baseball postseason. That won’t deter me, or plenty of other scribes, from keeping track of what’s going on on the gridiron on Saturday. What a great time of year in sports — baseball playoffs, the NFL is under way, college football has really heated up, the NHL is back, and NASCAR is going down to the wire.
Anyway, here’s my top-10 going into the weekend…
- USC. What else can be said? I think they throttle Notre Dame, which is simply not a top-10 team in my book. (or in my poll)
- Virginia Tech. It’s sort of a tossup between them and Texas, but I think they’re a little more solid, a little less likely to have a bad game.
- Texas. This is a trap game this week. If they come out, play focused and lay the smackdown on a decent Colorado team, it will say a lot.
- Georgia. I saw an interesting theory that none of the SEC teams this year are THAT great, and every time one beats another, we make too much of it. Even so, I like this team a lot. And Pope, their tight end, is an absolute monster.
- Florida State. This weekend would be a much scarier game if UVa weren’t underachieving so much. I think the only way these guys get a scare before the Florida game is if somebody really comes out throwing and challenging their DBs.
- Alabama. I thought these guys were interesting, but I didn’t see that Florida win coming. I’m still not sold, but they’re undefeated. I’m watching.
- Penn State. They’re undefeated, they beat a good team, what the heck. Like Alabama, I’m not sold. But they bear watching.
- Miami. Beat somebody, already. UM-FSU would be a very different game right now, eh? Probably more likely 20-17 than 10-7.
- UCLA. See Alabama and Penn State. Undefeated, with one very nice win, but I want to see them do it again.
- Boston College. I think this team is very strong. They’re physical, they play defense and they can move the ball. There’s a good chance they could finish the regular season 9-2 with both losses coming to undefeated, top-5 teams.
Game of the week: I know I’m supposed to say SC-ND, but that game is just overhyped. ND doesn’t really impress me. Instead, let’s go with Louisville-West Virginia, because believe it or not, one of those two teams is almost certain to get an automatic BCS berth. Ouch.
Teams to watch: Colorado, Auburn, the Wisconsin-Minnesota winner, Texas Tech (see above, "Beat somebody, already!")
Just a quick note…
There was no top-10 this past week, basically because I saw no college football last week. Thanks to Saturday’s 4 am start in San Diego, however, I was able to see lots of pigskin this week. So the top-10 will return, with much love for Georgia and Penn State.
Just wanted to get that out there.
Welcome to my weekly college football Top 10. A couple ofnotes: I don’t believe in inertia when it comes to rankings. This week’s
rankings don’t mean a thing next week. Also, rankings should be a measure of
two things: how good you are, and what you’ve accomplished. It shouldn’t have
anything to do with what’s to come. It shouldn’t be a prediction. So just
because I have USC and Texas, that doesn’t mean I necessarily think that’s
where they’ll be at season’s end.
On with the show…
1. USC — Every couple of years or so, a team comes out
on a roll and everyone starts wondering whether they’re the Greatest Team Ever.
Now it’s SC. But geez, maybe it’s not hype with these guys. We won’t know until
they actually play someone, but they’re downright terrifying.
2. Texas — The OSU win was nice, even if the Big 10
looks like it was pretty heavily overrated. That’s still a tough place to play.
October won’t be easy for them — at Mizzou, Oklahoma, home for Colorado and
Texas Tech, at Oklahoma State.
3. LSU — Yep, thus far I’m right in line with both major
polls, but these do look like the three best teams in the country to me.
JaMarcus Russell really impressed me against ASU, and that was a nice win over
a good team. We’ll know more after Saturday against Tennessee.
4. Florida State — Of course I’m biased. But there
aren’t many teams with two good wins at this point, and you’d have to call
beating Miami and winning at BC to be good wins. IF Drew Weatherford is even
pretty good, and IF the young wideouts come through like they appear they will,
then there’s only one question — the secondary.
5. Georgia — I think this is the best team in the SEC
East, and they’ll have to be, since they play at Tennessee and at Florida. But
they can run the ball, they can throw it enough and the defense is very good.
6. Virginia Tech — This might be a very, very good team,
but they had a hard time with the only decent opponent they’ve had so far. I
can’t shake the feeling they’ll lose to somebody they shouldn’t — maybe as
soon as this weekend against Georgia Tech, which is a very dangerous team.
7. Florida — They can play defense. They’ve got
attitude. But if Meyer can’t or won’t tailor his offense to fit an amazing
talent like Chris Leak, then there are major problems in Gainesville. This team
could be scary good. They’re not quite there right now.
8. Miami — Yeah, they’ve got a loss. But Tallahassee is
a tough place to play. So is Clemson, where the ‘Canes pulled out a very gutty
win. The schedule is pretty favorable to UM for the next month and a half or so
— they’ll probably be 7-1 and rolling when they go to Blacksburg in November.
9. Tennessee — Yup, it’s another team with a loss. But
as with Miami’s loss, it’s hard to dock them too much for it. UT’s defeat is to
Florida, at night, on the road. And that close win over UAB is actually a
half-decent showing, because UAB is not a weak team.
10. Purdue — I hate to put them here when they haven’t
really showed anything, but it’s hard to leave out the Big 10 entirely.
Louisville is the other team I considered here, and their win over Oregon State
is probably better than anything Purdue has done. So I reserve the right to
change this spot even if Purdue keeps winning.
Teams to keep an eye on: Georgia Tech, Michigan State,
Cal, Arizona State, Texas A&M, Alabama.
Game of the week: Iowa-Ohio State. I was very high on
Iowa before the season started; I thought they might well be the best team in
the Big 10. Now the conference has been exposed, but a win for either of these
teams will be a nice step back towards being well regarded. It will be hard
this year for a one-loss team to make the Rose Bowl, but it will be impossible
for a two-loss team.