Another crazy week of college football is come and gone. Which means time for my top 25 teams in college football.
1. Alabama. The Tide had questions going into Saturday’s game in Penn State but Nick Saban’s squad responded with a convincing 27-11 win over the Nittany Lions. Once the Tide survived the opening moments and got used to the hostile crowd, Alabama took over and cruised to victory. The defence was outstanding and QB AJ McCarron managed the game very well. Still the team to beat.
2. LSU. A very easy win over Northwestern State was a welcome break for the Bayou Bengals. They will have a tough test on Thursday night travelling to Starkville to face Mississippi State in the SEC opener for both sides. A game to watch.
3. Oklahoma. A bye week for the Sooners but they have a huge test Saturday night as they make a rare appearance in Tallahassee to face an improving Florida State team. The game of the week for sure.
4. Stanford. The Cardinal scored a 44-14 win over Duke but QB Andrew Luck wasn’t happy with his game. They open their Pac 12 schedule against Arizona in Tucson. Road game within the conference are never easy so Stanford should take notice.
5. Nebraska. The Huskers got a scare from Fresno State but did score a 42-29 win. The Huskers will have to be better though if they have any shot of a National Championship. They host Washington on Saturday and will be favoured to win big.
6. Boise State. A bye week for the Broncos after an impressive victory over Georgia a week earlier. Boise State hosts Toledo on Friday night and better take note of how Toledo nearly upset Ohio State in Columbus on Saturday.
7. Texas A&M. The Aggies had a bye week and should have an easy time with Idaho next week in College Station. Their schedule will get tougher as the season rolls on.
8. Oklahoma State. The Cowboys were very impressive in a 38-14 win over Arizona. WR Justin Blackmon looks like a future NFL star while QB Brandon Weeden is poised in the pocket while possessing a big arm. Watch out for the Cowboys. They are at Tulsa this week.
9. South Carolina. The Gamecocks move up in my rankings after a heart-stopping 45-42 win over Georgia on Saturday. It was a thrilling game filled trick plays, controversy, and drama till the finish. A home game against Navy is next for Steve Spurrier’s team.
10. Virginia Tech. The Hokies were fortunate to escape with a 17-10 win over East Carolina last week. Frank Beamer was less than thrilled with the performance and knows the Hokies must be better. They host Arkansas State on Saturday.
11. Florida. The Gators continue to show improvement and the defence looks great. They shut out UAB 39-0 last week and Will Muschamp is putting his stamp on this team. Their traditional SEC opener against Tennessee is next.
12. Wisconsin. The Badgers blew out Oregon State 35-0 in Madison last week and corrected many errors they made against UNLV the week before. They will challenge for the Big 10 title. Up next for Wisconsin is Northern Illinois at Soldier Field.
13. Arkansas. The Razorbacks have had it easy so far. They destroyed New Mexico 52-3 in Fayetteville and the offence looks in mid-season form. They should have no problem with Troy heading into Razorback country on Saturday.
14. Florida State. The Seminoles are making some early season noise and have a wonderful opportunity to really make their mark this season. A mammoth game against Oklahoma in Tallahassee could make Florida State’s season. As I said earlier this is the game to watch.
15. Ohio State. The Buckeyes escaped with a 27-22 win over Toledo but were anything but impressive. Maybe the distractions are starting to catch up to them. They travel to Miami to face the Hurricanes in what could be called The “Scandal Bowl”.
16. Michigan State. The Spartans defence has been the story so far. Only 6 points allowed so far in their first two games. They do travel to South Bend for their annual game against Notre Dame and these games are always interesting.
17. Baylor. After a thrilling win over TCU a week earlier, the Bears enjoyed a much-needed bye week to calm down. A home game against Stephen F Austin should be little problem for Baylor.
18. West Virginia. The Mountaineers did trail lowly Norfolk State at the half before ending up with a 55-12 win. However a tricky road game at Maryland means West Virginia will have to be better in order to win.
19. Oregon. The Ducks bounced back after losing to LSU by putting up 69 points against Nevada this past Saturday. The offence was clicking again and Oregon looked like the old Oregon. They should have no problem with Missouri State visiting Eugene on Saturday.
20. Auburn. The Tigers once again win games when it looks like they will lose. A dramatic 42-38 win over Mississippi State in their SEC opener keeps the Tigers dreams of repeating as National Champions alive. A very difficult trip to Clemson awaits Auburn.
21. South Florida. The Bulls could be a factor in the Big East this year. A 37-7 win over Ball State keeps South Florida in the picture. A bye week awaits the Bulls.
22. Arizona State. The Sun Devils made some noise with a 37-30 overtime win over Missouri last Friday night. Arizona State could very well be the sleeper team in the Pac 12. First though a difficult road trip to Illinois awaits the Sun Devils.
23. USC. The Trojans won’t die very easily. They showed Pac 12 newcomers Utah what major conference life is really like last week and are determined to show the rest of the conference they are a force to be reckoned with. They host Syracuse this week.
24. Texas. The Longhorns make the list after a 17-16 squeaker over BYU. The defence looks like the strength of Mack Brown’s team but the offence must improve if Texas has any chance in the Big 12. A trip to the Rose Bowl for a game against UCLA is next.
25. Michigan. The Wolverines defence looks shaky. But after a rousing 35-31 comeback triumph over hated Notre Dame, the Wolverines crack my top 25. Denard Robinson could be a star QB but must be more consistent. They host Eastern Michigan on Saturday.