Posted on: October 12, 2009 12:25 am

College Football Top 25 - Week 6

With only 4 ranked teams losing (7 if include the next five), there was not a lot of movement in the rankings this week.  New #1, and some surprising top 10 teams, including 3 Big 12 teams, and two non-AQ teams. Also, I continued to add to the rankings, giving change from last weeks ranking as well.

1. Alabama (+2) - That was a very impressive win against a decent Mississippi team.  There is nothing that anyone else has done even remotely close to what Alabama has accomplished.

2. Florida (-1) - Not impressed at all with that win.  Defense was pretty good, but the offense was rather sluggish.

3. Virginia Tech (+1) - Impressive win against BC.  That lone loss is looking better and better.

4. Texas (-1) - Nothing about that win was impressive.  They were pretty much stifled by a lackluster Colorado defense.

5. Boise State (+1) - Idle this week, but no one else around them winning impressively enough to jump up past them.

6. Kansas (+3) - Benefitting from losses by the two active teams above them, Kansas moves up with a harder than expected win based on the brilliant performance by Todd Reesing.  Reesing has thrust himself into the Heisman discussion, but still has some work to do to become a serious contender.

7. Cincinnati (0) - No game, no move.

8. Miami (+3) - Even though it was just Florida A&M, this team still looks very good.

9. TCU (+1) - That was an ugly win against Air Force, but a win is a win, so I can't penalize them in this case.

10. Oklahoma State (+2) - Loss to Houston looks a little better now, and tough win against a fairly good A&M team helps jump them into the top 10 this week.

11. LSU (-6) - I know the defense of Florida is fairly good, but they should have been able to score more than 3 points. 

12. Brigham Young (+2) - Impressive win against an overmatched opponent.

13. Oklahoma (0) - Good win, but they were playing against Baylor, who is without their star QB for the entire season.  We'll see how good they are after this week's game against Texas.  Win, and they jump.

14. Oregon (+2) - Good defensive second half to help them jump up in the polls.  They will need that good defensive play to carry them through the rest of this month.

15. USC (0) - Idle, no change.

16. Georgia Tech (+4) - Once again, I am impressed by this team.  While the D needs some work after giving up 44 to Florida State, the offense showed that they clearly are as explosive as any in the country.

17. Ohio State (+1) - Good win against previously unbeaten Wisconsin, causing them to jump over Penn State this week.

18. Penn State (-1) - Expected easy win against a directional school.  Nothing special to justify moving them up.

19. Iowa (0) - Tough win against Michigan, should not have been that hard though.

20. Houston (0) - Back on the right track after that loss to UTEP.  Nothing too impressive about that win though, so they stay pat.

21. Nebraska (+2) - Good road win in conference.  The rain probably had a lot to do with it, but that was an ugly game, with lots of mistakes, so I can't get too excited about it.

22. South Carolina (NR) - Undefeated at this point in the year pretty much assures a spot in the Top 25.

23. Utah (NR) - 3rd Mountain West team in these rankings, showing that this conference is still just as good as ever.

24. South Florida (+1) - Idle this week, moving up because of other losses

25. West Virginia (NR) - Finally a believer in this team.  They still have a tough road through the Big East though.

Next 5 (in no particular order):
Central Michigan
Notre Dame

New to the rankings this week:
South Carolina, Utah, West Virginia.

Falling out of the rankings this week:
Mississippi (8) - That loss was ugly. U-G-L-Y. Nothing going at all on offense, and those 4 INT's killed any chance they had at a decent bowl this year.
Missouri (22) - That 4th quarter collapse begs the question:  Would the score have been anywhere near as close if it hadn't been raining the first 3 quarters?  Also, what was Gary Pinkel thinking, leaving an obviously-injured Gabbert in the game.
Auburn (23) - Thoroughly embarrassed by Arkansas.  No possible reason to keep them in the rankings.


Posted on: October 5, 2009 2:06 am

College Football Top 25 - Week 5

Here's my latest top 25.

1. Florida - Being idle this week, and no one below them impressing enough, they get to keep the top spot for now.

2. Texas - Same as above.

3. Alabama - Wasn't impressed enough with their victory to move them ahead of the two idle teams ahead of them, but a good enough win to stay right here.

4. Virginia Tech - Good tough win against Duke. Tyrod Taylor played at the top of his game.

5. LSU -  Good win on the road against Georgia.  Snatching victory from the jaws of defeat in such an impressive fashion is enough to move them up one spot in today's poll.

6. Boise State - This is the first example of what I was talking about last week.  While both LSU and Boise State won this week, LSu played a much tougher opponent, and their overall body of work is now better than Boise.

7. Cincinnati - Undefeated record and good win last week makes Cincinnati storm into the top 10 after losses by Oklahoma and Houston this week.

8. Mississippi - Good win, even if it was against Vandy.  Big chance against Alabama this week to move up in the polls with a win.

9. Kansas - Idle this week, moving up because of losses of others. With games next against Iowa State and Colorado, two wins could possibly make this a top 5 team when Oklahoma comes to town, depending of course on losses by teams above them.

10. TCU - Slow start, but they jumped out to a lead and never looked back.

11. Miami - While Jacory Harris had an impressive game and probably got back into the Heisman race, I'm not so sure they would have wond if Bradford had been in for that last drive.

12. Oklahoma State - Another idle team this week, moving up due to Houston and Oklahoma losses.

13. Oklahoma - A hard fought game, but Oklahoma needs to be careful.  This team could easily have 3 losses in conference this year if they continue to play like this.
14. Brigham Young - Solid win against Utah State helps them to move up in this weeks rankings.

15. USC - Win against Cal was pretty impressive, but the QB play has to improve for USC to win the Pac 10 this year.

16. Oregon - I have to admit that I ranked Oregon a little low last week.  This week I'm moving them up to about where they belong, and they might actually pass USC even if they both win out before their game on Halloween.

17. Penn State - Nice to get back on the winning track, but nothing to convince me that they deserve any higher of a ranking this week. 

18. Ohio State - Solid win against a clearly overmatched Indiana team.

19. Iowa - Mediocre performance against mediocre at best competition.  I was prepared to move them up with a convincing win this week, but that was far from it.

20. Georgia Tech - Undefeated, and slowly been gaining my respect.  Wish I could see more of this team, I'm sure I'd like it.

21. Houston - That was a bad loss.  Still have one of the better wins, but won't stay in for long without blowing everyone out.

22. Missouri - Idle this week, moved up because Georgia dropped out.

23. Auburn - Undefeated and in the SEC, it's impossible to find a reason to keep this team unranked any longer.

24. Nebraska - Big game against Missouri which will probably decide who stays in the rankings.

25. South Florida - Impressive win at Floridat State helped last week, and them a strong win at Syracuse helped push them into the Top 25 this week.

Next 5 (in no particular order):  Georgia, South Carolina, Stanford, Utah, Wisconsin

Dropped out this week:
California (14) - After two blowout losses, it's hard to see why they were ranked in the first place.
Georgia (22) - Tough loss at home, and good teams don't get boneheaded penalties that cost them the game.
Michigan (24) - was finally starting to get on the bandwagon, and then the wheel came off against Michigan State.

New to the rankings:
Georgia Tech, South Florida, Auburn

Posted on: September 28, 2009 1:00 am
Edited on: October 1, 2009 6:28 pm

College Football Top 25

Welcome to my first entry in my brand new blog.  I've been ranking teams for several years now on my own, always willing to share my ideas with my friends, but I finally decided it's time to put my own Top 25 up for all to see.  Check back each week to see how my take on the current best teams in college football.  Please feel free to comment on my picks, but please leave real comments, not just insults because I didn't rank your team where you want it.

Without further ado, my first posted top 25.

1. Florida - While I'm still not sure if they are the best team, that Kentucky win was pretty impressive.  Gators just better hope that Tebow is back before LSU on Oct. 10, or they are going to be in serious trouble.

2. Texas - With nothing else to separate these two teams, I'm just going to have to go with whichever had the most impressive win the week before.  In this case Kentucky on the road gives Florida the nod over Texas, but with the impressive play from both sides of the ball, it won't take much for me to put Texas in the top spot.

3. Alabama - Not overly impressed with this team, was planning on moving them down this week if any of the teams immediately behind them won, but with Mississippi, Penn State and Cal all losing, I have no one else I can justify putting here.

4. Virginia Tech - Jumping them up here after that impressive win against Miami, where they limited Heisman Hopeful Jacory Harris to only 150 yards and no TDs.  Add in the fact that they rushed for almost 300 yards, and you have a very good looking team in Blacksburg.

5. Boise State - Seems a little high to be putting them here, but with the impressive win against Oregon, and a big win at Fresno State, there doesn't seem to be a legitimate reason to keep them out of this spot.  Look for them to fall as other teams play tougher schedules in the near future, but without a loss, this will probably be a top 7 or 8 team all season.

6. LSU -  Another team that moves up only because everyone above them is moving down.  No impressive win on their resume yet, but they could really solidify this spot with games against Georgia and Florida coming up.

7.Oklahoma - Moving up slightly without having to do anything.  Even with Bradford back, this team is going to have problems if they can't get better play from the O-line.

8. Houston - Narrow escape that was against Texas Tech, but Houston still has a pretty impressive resume for this early in the season.  With no other team just jumping out at me (and refusing to buy in to the hype for USC until I see an impressive win), this is an easy pick.

9. Mississippi - Close loss, and the rally at the end, lead me to leave them in the top 10 for now, given that South Carolina figures to be at least a middle of the road team in the SEC.

10. Kansas - One of the few remaining solid undefeateds.  Playing some solid competition, KU gets the nod here over Cincinnati based on potential alone, since neither team has played spectacularly, but is still without a loss.

11. Cincinnati - Another undefeated team, playing some decent competition.  Nothing in the win to make me go crazy though.  The fact that they haven't lost gives them the nod over teams like USC and Ohio State.

12. TCU - The best chance the Mountain West has to break into the BCS, the Horned Frogs were pretty impressive in that come-from-behind win, with some good defense down the stretch.

13. Oklahoma State - Good win against Georgia, and close loss to Houston, gives OSU a good enough resume to be in this spot, even with the loss.

14. California - While they did get blown out, it was on the road to a team that was expected to be pretty good this year.  They better be ready for USC this week, or they may drop from the rankings completely.

15. Miami - That loss was ugly, and may have just knocked Jacory Harris out of contention for the Heisman. 

16 Brigham Young - Still have a bad taste in my mouth after that home blowout against Florida State.  It doesn't taste any better after Florida State lost to South Florida this week.

17. Penn State - While that loss was embarrasing, at least it was to a much improved Iowa team that has a decent shot in the Big Ten this year

18. USC - still not impressed by this team, can't justify putting them any higher than this. Name recognition is not a good reason.

19. Ohio State - nice win, but this team is not consistent enough to deserve any higher of a ranking. See USC comment, and include tradition in that note.

20. Oregon - Losing to Boise on the road is their only blemish, that thrashing of Cal was very impressive, even if it was at home.

21. Iowa - That was an impressive win, but I'm not quite sold that they are a true elite team.

22.Georgia - After that tough loss to Oklahoma State, they are playing much better.  Expect a jump if they can pull off a win against LSU this week.

23. Missouri - Solid games, good wins so far.  Probably should have won by more against Nevada, but the game was on the road, so I'll give them a break there.

24. Michigan - Good wins, especially that game against Notre Dame, cause me to bring Michigan in at the 24 spot.

25. Nebraska - That loss to Virginia Tech hurt, but not enough to keep them out of the rankings.

Next 5 (in no particular order):  Auburn, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, South Florida, Utah

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