Deace's Top 25 College Football Rankings

Each week our publisher, Steve Deace, publishes his top 25 college football rankings based on how he thinks the teams should be rated at this moment. In addition, he offers up five thoughts on the season thus far.

1.  USC (1-0)…Trojans had a week off to get ready to name the score against Arkansas, which lost at home to Vanderbilt, next week at the Coliseum.


2.  Texas (2-0)…Longhorns found a way to hang on in the second and third quarter in Columbus, long enough for Vince Young to attain legend status with a fourth quarter comeback.  They'll be 10-0 heading into the finale at Texas A&M. 


3.  LSU (1-0)…Was there a member of the human race – other than Sun Devils fans – not cheering for the Tigers after that game-winning pass from JaMarcus Russell to Early Doucet? 


4.  Ohio State (1-1)…The Buckeyes had this one in the bag, until they forgot that the end zone is the goal in the red zone, not settling for field goals.  Still have some quarterback issues to iron out.   


5.  Florida (2-0)…Forget all the talk about Chris Leak and that Urban Meyer offense, how about the Gator defense?  That's the reason the Swamp should be rocking after a victory over Rocky Top. 


6.  Georgia (2-0)…Bulldogs came back to Earth a little bit after struggling with a South Carolina team with no running game to speak of.  Don't hand D.J. Shockley the Heisman, just yet.


7.  Virginia Tech (2-0)…Hokies dismantled Duke, as expected, and should get a fired-up Ohio squad this week.  The Bobcats upset Pittsburgh last week in the debut of Frank Solich.


8.  Tennessee (1-0)…Phil Fulmer made the right move in naming Rick Clausen the starting quarterback.  Next the Volunteers begin their road gauntlet in Gainesville. 


9.  Notre Dame (2-0)…For the first time since 1918 the Irish have started a season by winning two-straight on the road, and they pulled the upset in Ann Arbor last weekend with a stiff defense. 


10. Florida State (2-0)…Still think the Seminoles have some work to do at quarterback if they're going to return to the nation's elite this season.  Tough test this week at Chestnut Hill. 


11. Georgia Tech (2-0)…As is usually the case, an upstart team struggles at home against a lesser opponent after pulling the upset on the road. 


12. Boston College (2-0)…There could be a new power rising in the new-look ACC, and they'll get a chance to prove it this week with the Seminoles coming to town. 


13. Arizona State (1-1)…Sun Devils probably earned some respect in the loss to LSU, but they might've earned a win if it weren't for some shoddy special teams play. 


14. Miami, Fla. (0-1)…Suddenly the Hurricanes have gone from thinking national title to staring at a 0-2 start right in the face with a tough road game to Death Valley. 


15. Clemson (2-0)…This makes it six ACC squads in the top 15, making this – not the Big Ten – the top conference in the country alongside the SEC. 


16. Michigan (1-1)…So the Wolverines finally play some defense, and then the offense melts down in the red zone?  After another loss to a lesser-rated foe, it's time to ask if this program is going soft.


17. Louisville (1-0)…Cardinals had an off week, and with the way things are looking in the Big Least they're looking more and more like a team that will finish undefeated. 


18. Purdue (1-0)…Didn't exactly look great against Akron, but they got the win.  Upset alert this week at Arizona. 


19. Texas Tech (1-0)…The Red Raiders are now thinking New Year's Day bowl game with the way the Sooners are struggling, and given their schedule that's a realistic goal. 


20. Iowa State (2-0)…The Cyclones just pistol-whipped a mistake-prone and prideful instate rival in a slugfest, sending a message that they're ready for primetime. 


21. Fresno State (1-0)…Keep an eye on the Bulldogs, who could be undefeated heading into a November road game at USC. 


22. UCLA (2-0)…Granted, the Sooners are reeling, but a win over Oklahoma would still add some legitimacy to Karl Dorrell's program this weekend.


23. Iowa (1-1)…Would the result had been different had Drew Tate not been knocked out of the game?  We'll never know, but he wasn't exactly playing great before his concussion.  Wouldn't want to be Northern Iowa on Saturday.


24. Wisconsin (2-0)…Badgers are showing some offense thus far at home, but now we have to see what their young defense can do on the road at North Carolina.


25. Alabama (2-0)…Got its annual non-conference battle with Southern Mississippi out of the way, and now opens SEC play on the road against the old ball coach. 



Five Thoughts


1.      So much for the Big Ten being the best conference in America.  I thought it might be heading into the season, and observed last week there could be three Big Ten teams in the top five of the rankings if things worked in the league's favor.  Instead, the league went 0-for-3 in its national television marquee matchups, and it was favored in all three games. 


2.      The real emerging power league is the ACC, and it has two clashes worth watching this week in Boston College-Florida State and Miami (Fla.)-Clemson.  


3.      Something is up at Oklahoma.  Starters on the offensive line quitting before the season starts, Rhett Bomar getting busted 48 hours before his first start at quarterback, and Adrian Peterson apparently not attending class.  It appears that this program is rudderless from a leadership standpoint right now.   


4.      Texas has a clear path to start the season 10-0 heading into the finale at College Station.  And don't think Texas A&M wouldn't love nothing more than to ruin the Longhorns' national title dreams.  


5.      Has Gary Pinkel updated his resume?


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