Another week of college football has come and gone with things starting to shake up a bit. Conference play is underway and more big teams are either going up or down in the rankings. Here are mine through 5 weeks of action.
Still number one. And looking impressive to boot. A resounding 38-10 victory over Florida at the Swamp is more proof that Nick Saban’s squad is the team to beat. A solid offence and a stout defence are providing a perfect balance for the Tide. A home date with Vanderbilt is next which should be no problem for Alabama.
The Bayou Bengals continue their roll. An easy 35-7 win over Kentucky put Les Miles’ crew in excellent shape in the SEC. Tyronn Mathieu has emerged as a Heisman candidate with his knack for making big plays. The NFL has their eyes peeled on this exciting but small cornerback. He will play on Sundays in the near future. Big game for LSU as they host Florida in Death Valley next.
Yes the Sooners won easily over Ball State but come on Oklahoma play somebody. I know you beat Florida State earlier in the season but Ball State? Really? The only thing Ball State is famous for is that David Letterman did his schooling there. OK I’m done ranting. And yes Landry Jones is good. But we’ll see how good Oklahoma really is when they travel to Dallas for the Red River Shootout against Texas on Saturday.
The Cardinal will go as far as Andrew Luck will take them. Right now he’s leading them to a potentially great season. Stanford crushed UCLA last week and their hopes for a Pac 12 title remain high. Luck is the key and if he continues his great play at quarterback, there’s no telling how far Stanford will go. Colorado is next for Stanford.
5. Oklahoma State.
The Cowboys had a bye last week and host Kansas this week.
6. Boise State.
The Broncos got some revenge over the weekend by dispatching Nevada, the team that beat them last season which cost the Broncos a shot at the National Championship. Boise State didn’t play its best game though and there are rumblings that this team may be vulnerable. Boise State hopes to quell such talk on Friday when they travel to Fresno State.
The Badgers made their statement on Saturday by overwhelming Nebraska and proving that they are the team to beat in the Big Ten. Russell Wilson is having a breakout season and is showing the country that he should be a Heisman candidate as well. The Badgers will need a couple of teams to slip but if Wisconsin can take care of business, they do have a shot at the National title. A bye week is next.
Another team making some noise. The Tigers scored an impressive road win against Virginia Tech and have become the favourites to win the ACC. Clemson has done it in every way imaginable. Offence, defence and special teams have all played factors for Dabo Swinney’s team. A home game against Boston College is next.
The Razorbacks bounced back after a loss to Alabama with a stirring comeback victory over Texas A&M. Quarterback Tyler Wilson was the star of the game by throwing for 510 yards against the Aggies. Bobby Petrino should be thrilled with his team’s character and determination. Next up is a home game against Auburn which should be very intriguing.
The Ducks had a bye week and host California on Thursday night.
Don’t look now but here come the Longhorns. Mack Brown’s crew soundly defeated Iowa State avenging last year’s embarrassing loss. Texas has gotten better every week and they hope the trend continues. It will have to because Oklahoma is next in the Red River Shootout. No doubt the biggest game of the season for Texas.
I will admit I didn’t see Michigan being ranked this high all season. But an undefeated start have people in Ann Arbor thinking Rose Bowl. The Wolverines opened their Big 10 account with an easy win over Minnesota as Denard Robinson continues to shine for the Wolverines. A trip to Northwestern is next.
13. Georgia Tech.
The Yellow Jackets move up 10 spots in my rankings thanks to the top ranked offence in the country. A wild victory over NC State as the Yellow Jackets in prime position for an ACC title run. Next up a home game against Maryland.
The Cornhuskers debut in the Big Ten was one to forget. A blowout loss to Wisconsin exposed the Cornhuskers defence as being a weak point. It didn’t help that Taylor Martinez has his worst game of the season for Bo Pellini’s team. Nebraska will try to bounce back with a home game against Ohio State.
15. Virginia Tech.
The Hokies lost their first game of the season at home to Clemson as Frank Beamer’s offence could not move the football against a strong Tigers defence. Tech has battled inconsistency all year and it finally came back to bite them. The Hokies hope to rebound next week with a home game against Miami.
The Fighting Illini continue their rise in the rankings. A win over Northwestern combined with other teams losing has given Illinois a move up in the rankings. Illinois want to continue their move up next week at Indiana.
The defending National Champions return to the Top 25 after a thrilling road win at South Carolina. Auburn continue to find ways to win which will make them a very dangerous opponent for everyone in the SEC. An intriguing matchup with Arkansas is next.
The Gators got a huge dose of reality last week when Alabama came into the swamp and smacked them around like it was nobody’s business. Worse yet was quarterback John Brantley’s ankle injury which will force the senior to miss next week’s game. Which means one of 3 very young quarterbacks will have to make the trip to Death Valley next week to face mighty LSU and their ferocious defence. Things could get ugly in Gainesville very soon.
19. South Carolina.
The Gamecocks lost a heartbreaker to Auburn last week which could be very costly to South Carolina’s SEC title hopes. Steve Spurrier’s fun and gun offence misfired against the Tigers and now questions are being asked. Was running back Marcus Lattimore used properly against Auburn? And should he play a bigger role in the offence? Kentucky comes to town next week and don’t be surprised of the Wildcats get a heavy dose of Mr Lattimore.
20. Arizona State.
The Sun Devils continue to hang around and are quietly having a good season. A victory over Oregon State last week gives ASU a punchers chance at the Pac 12 title. A trip to Utah is next.
21. Kansas State.
The Wildcats make their initial appearance in my top 25 after a thrilling victory over Baylor last week. Kansas State are never an easy opponent and they do have the ability to sneak up on teams and sting them where it hurts. The rest of the Big 12 should take notice. A home game against Missouri is next.
22. West Virginia.
Even though the Mountaineers defeated Bowling Green last week, other teams such as Auburn, Kansas State and Georgia Tech had more impressive victories so West Virginia goes down in my rankings. I think they’re overrated and they have to show me more than just Geno Smith throwing the ball down the field. A home game against Connecticut is next.
The Bears suffered a heart wrenching loss to Kansas State even though Robert Griffin III threw for 338 yards and 5 touchdowns. Griffin is starting to receive attention from both Heisman voters and NFL scouts but the rest of the team will have to pick up the slack if Baylor wants to remain ranked. Iowa State is next for Baylor.
24. Florida State.
The Seminoles had a bye week and will travel to Wake Forest on Saturday.
25. Texas A&M.
The Aggies are blowing leads worse just like their professional in-state counterparts the Dallas Cowboys. For the second straight week, Mike Sherman’s team squandered a big halftime lead and lost the game. This time Arkansas pulled the rabbit out of the hat. The pass defence for A&M is horrid right now and if the Aggies don’t improve that, this could be a lost final season in the Big 12 for A&M. A trip to Texas Tech is next for A&M.
Games to watch next week. Florida at LSU is always a fun one. Oklahoma vs Texas could very well decide the Big 12. Auburn at Arkansas has interesting possibilities.