Comments welcomed, as always.
|1||Southern Cal||Well, they won, though it wasn't easy. ASU's probably the best team they'll face this year.|
|3||Virginia Tech||Triplets to follow.|
|4||Ohio State||DNP. Essentially the same team as Virginia Tech.|
|5||Florida State||Beat sitting duck Syracuse 38-14 and seem to have put together an offense to go with their defense, which is kinda good. Essentially the same team as Ohio State.|
|6||Alabama||SWEET FANCY MOSES. Suggestion for Mike Shula: don't sleep with anyone. ANYONE.|
|7||Miami||That CU win looks better now, as does the FSU loss. USF is apparently no pushover.|
|8||Michigan State||I have a hard time believing anyone will slow this offense down more than Michigan did, which wasn't very much at all.|
|9||Tennessee||Another iffy offensive performance. I cannot make any sense of the SEC.|
|11||Arizona State||What do you do with this team? They've lost to LSU and USC, but have played well in each loss and have one of the country's most explosive offenses. At this point in the year I think they're one of the country's better teams and thus here they go. A third loss will be met with harsh reassessment.|
|12||Notre Dame||Dismantled Purdue in a win much like the Pitt one, in both good and bad ways.|
|13||Florida||What the hell? At this point you just have to say the offense is extremely wonky.|
|14||LSU||Yeah... Les Miles is no longer on my "desirable Carr successor" list.|
|15||Boston College||Functional DNP vs. Ball State.|
|16||Cal||28-0 versus Arizona is their best performance to date, but this team is largely benefiting from the struggles of others.|
|17||Wisconsin||Indiana stats seem pretty sketchy and despite the 3-0 start, the Hoosiers are Not Good. But they're 5-0 and beat Michigan.|
|18||UCLA||Dude. Washington is not good.|
|20||Penn State||Okay, they're 5-0 and they thumped Minnesota, but let's be serious: they have no quarterback. Robinson was 13 for 32. They mostly just ground out a ton of rushing yards against a bad defense.|
|21||Auburn||I believe I was sleeping on Auburn earlier.|
|22||Texas Tech||You still haven't played anyone, unless Kansas is "anyone." (They aren't.)|
|23||Louisville||Fine. You return. Upward mobility will be hard to come by.|
|24||Michigan||If Henne plays like that and Hart plays like that we're back in business.|
|25||Minnesota||The Big Ten: specializing in making Brian look dumb since 2005.|
Dropped Out: Iowa State(#18), Purdue(#19), Texas A&M(#22) (The Aggies have a loss to Clemson, a win against I-AA Texas State in which they gave up 31 points, a stomping of SMU, and an OT win against... Baylor), Virginia(#25)
Games I Saw: Michigan-MSU, Purdue-ND, garbage time in PSU/Minnesota and 'Bama/UF, parts of Arizona-Cal.
Help Requested: Please make some goddamn sense of the SEC for me. And what am I supposed to do with the bottom of the poll? Am I crazy for leaving the Spartans way up there? Do I enjoy Dijon mustard far too much? Please inform.
Update: Swapped Auburn and Georgia Tech after GT blogger Nathan pointed out the similar resumes and the head-to-head Jackets win. And papa don't preach, I'm keepin' MSU at #8. OSU-MSU should be an interesting game. Someone's rush offense/defense will be proven for realz.