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
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?
(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.
(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.
(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,
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.
(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
weekend with a stiff defense.
(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.
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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
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.
(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.
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.
Purdue (1-0)…Didn't exactly look
great against Akron, but they got the win. Upset alert this week at
(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.
(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.
(1-0)…Keep an eye on the Bulldogs,
who could be undefeated heading into a November road game at USC.
(2-0)…Granted, the Sooners are
reeling, but a win over Oklahoma would still add some legitimacy to Karl Dorrell's
program this weekend.
(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.
(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.
(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.
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.
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.
Something is up at
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
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.
Has Gary Pinkel updated