Another week come and come. Some movement on the rankings this week. Still the puzzle remains unsolved. But that’s what I’m here for. Let’s do it.
The Tide remain Number 1 and are looking good. An impressive 38-14 win over Arkansas got the Tide off to a good start in conference play. Someone will have to step up and show me they can beat them. Well Florida will get their chance in a huge game at the Swamp. It’s so big CBS moved the game to primetime. Should be outstanding.
I understand the argument having the Bayou Bengals at number 1. and there is no doubt Les Miles’ crew look like a machine. The Tigers dismantled West Virginia on the road and now the Tigers will enjoy home cooking for the next couple of weeks. Kentucky will come to Death Valley next week and probably won’t enjoy the hospitality.
The Sooners did beat Missouri but didn’t look overtly sharp last week. The defence which was menacing against Florida State struggled against the Tigers but Landry Jones bailed out the Sooners. A home game against Ball State is next followed by the Red River Shootout vs Texas.
The Cardinal had a bye week and host UCLA next week.
5. Oklahoma State.
The Cowboys make a jump from 8 to 5 after a thrilling road win over Texas A&M. Justin Blackmon is the best receiver in the nation and will go very high in the 2012 NFL draft. Brandon Weeden is a rising star at quarterback which also bodes well for the Mike Gandy’s squad. A bye week is next for Oklahoma State.
6. Boise State.
The Broncos ripped through Tulsa and are making their case for a Top 5 spot. Kellen Moore could be a first round pick in the 2012 draft and NFL teams should keep an eye on him. Nevada will play the Broncos on the blue turf next week.
Yes the Cornhuskers won but they go down a couple of spots in my rankings thanks to some inconsistent performances by the Huskers. Nebraska better be ready for Big 10 play though. A trip to Wisconsin awaits Nebraska in a highly anticipated matchup.
8. South Carolina.
The Gamecocks defence came through in a solid win over Vanderbilt last week. Steve Spurrier’s team was much better against the Commodores than against Navy and is hoping the trend continues next week. Auburn comes into Columbia for an interesting showdown.
9. Virginia Tech.
The Hokies played a solid road game in a win over Marshall and Frank Beamer is more positive about his team than he was at this time last week. Virginia Tech hosts Clemson in a major ACC battle next week.
The Gators show improvement every week. Florida overwhelmed Kentucky last week and the offence which had struggled, had their best game of the season. The Swamp will be electric next week when Alabama comes into town for a must see game. The ratings on CBS will be huge!
The Badgers had another easy game, blowing out South Dakota but next week we’ll find out how good the Badgers really are. Nebraska comes into Madison for the Big 10 opener and Camp Randall should be rocking. Another game I’m very interested in.
The Ducks make a huge leap going from 17 to 12 on my rankings. Oregon beat up on Arizona and the offence is indeed back. Watch out for Oregon. They will be a factor before the season is over. A bye week is next for Oregon.
13. Texas A&M
The Aggies lost a heartbreaker to Oklahoma State which will test the character of Mike Sherman’s team in the weeks ahead. The Aggies have been distracted with their future move to the SEC and must pay attention to what’s happening on the field. Arkansas is next for the Aggies.
The Tigers move up 5 spots after a thrilling victory over Florida State. Clemson have become a major factor in the ACC and are thinking conference championship and a BCS Bowl bid. The defence will have to be better but I like their spunk. A huge road game at Virginia Tech awaits the Tigers.
The Bears continue to be the surprise team of college football. A win over Rice sets up the Bears quite nicely as they prepare for conference play. A difficult road game against Kansas State is next for Baylor.
The Razorbacks were brought back to reality by powerful Alabama last week. The Razorbacks just can’t seem to win important games on the road and will need a miracle to make it to the SEC title game. Texas A&M is next for Arkansas.
17. South Florida.
The Bulls are creeping up the rankings. A win over UTEP solidifies South Florida in the Top 25 with conference play looming. Short week for the Bulls with a trip to Pittsburgh on Thursday night is next. Not an easy game.
The Longhorns had a bye week and Mack Brown used that time to prepare his team for the rigours of Big 12 play. A trip to Iowa State is next for Texas. The Longhorns can’t be caught looking ahead to the Red River Shootout in 2 weeks time so this could be a trap game for Texas.
19. West Virginia.
The Mountaineers found out they’re not ready for a National Title run after getting blown out by LSU at home. The good news for West Virginia is that it was a non conference game and so a BCS bowl berth is still a possibility. Bowling Green comes to Morgantown next week.
The Wolverines dispatched San Diego State last week and Denard Robinson is establishing himself as a top-notch playmaker. Michigan starts Big 10 play next week with a home game against Minnesota.
The Horned Frogs are finding their form again after an opening week loss. A convincing win over Portland State gives TCU more confidence as they move closer to Big East play. SMU is next for TCU.
The Fighting Illini are a team I didn’t expect to be ranked all year but they are proving me wrong. A win over Western Michigan is nice but now conference play is starting so I’ll see how Illinois will do in the Big 10. Northwestern comes to Champaign next week.
23. Georgia Tech.
The Yellow Jackets are ready to make some noise in the ACC. An exciting win over North Carolina is producing optimism around campus. A trip to Raleigh to face NC State is next for Tech.
24. Arizona State.
After a week away the Sun Devils return to the Top 25 after hammering USC last week. The Sun Devils are showing they could sneak up on teams in the Pac 12 and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Oregon State comes to Tempe next week.
25. Florida State.
The Seminoles barely hang on to a Top 25 spot. A devastating loss to Clemson will hurt Florida State’s chances of winning the ACC and another loss will put them out of the Top 25. A much-needed bye week is next for Florida State.
Two games to watch next week. Alabama at Florida and Nebraska at Wisconsin are the big games and both will impact the ranking next week.