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 (2-0)…My goodness, it's not often you see somebody put 70 on the board against an SEC team, even a bad one.  Now we'll see what kind of defense the Trojans have at Eugene. 


2.  Texas (3-0)…The Longhorns made instant work of Rice and now have a bye week before beginning Big 12 play.


3.  LSU (1-0)…The Bayou Bengals got a week off to scout the Volunteers and their questionable offense. 


4.  Florida (3-0)…As I predicted in this space last week, it was Florida's defense – not the new Urban Meyer offense – which won the SEC's annual September elimination game.


5.  Florida State (3-0)…Say what you want about the Seminoles, they haven't been pretty but they've already got two wins over top 25 teams. 


6.  Ohio State (2-1)…That was a classic sandwich game for the Buckeyes and the result was a ho-hum win over San Diego State.  Now they get ready for the Hawkeyes. 


7.  Georgia (3-0)…The ‘Dawgs finally don the white jerseys this season for a SEC road opener at Mississippi State, which they should win handily. 


8.  Virginia Tech (3-0)…Hokies have posted consecutive 45-0 victories, but now face a stern test against ACC upstart Georgia Tech in Blacksburg. 


9.  Georgia Tech (3-0)…The win at Auburn was nice, but winning on the road against the Hokies is a wholly different challenge and will take their best game of the year, especially if Reggie Ball isn't healthy.


10. Louisville (2-0)…After being scared off by the way they played at Kentucky that was the Cardinal team we expected to see this season in a pasting of Oregon State.


11. Miami, Fla. (1-1)…That win on the road against Clemson was more impressive than you might think because the Tigers are one of the more underrated teams in the country.


12. Tennessee (1-1)…As we suspected all along during the preseason, the talented Volunteers are about to be trampled under foot by an incredibly difficult schedule.


13. Michigan State (3-0)…Now the key for the Spartans is proving that their biannual win in South Bend wasn't a fluke but a kick-start to a breakout season.


14. Notre Dame (2-1)…This is still a good football team, it just turns out that for all the gushing over Charlie Weiss he really hasn't reinvented the wheel yet.


15. Arizona State (2-1)…Ok, I know it's just Northwestern, but over 700 yards of total offense?  That is insane.  Next up is a sneaky conference road opener at Corvallis. 


16. UCLA (3-0)…Say what you want about the soft Pac-10, but the Bruins just out-physicaled Oklahoma en route to a statement win about where both teams are headed this season.


17. Purdue (2-0)…Boilermakers just got the job done against Arizona and are now on upset alert at Minnesota this week in their Big Ten opener


18. Michigan (2-1)…The Wolverines just mauled Eastern Michigan, but could be in trouble with back-to-back road trips now to Madison and East Lansing.  


19. Boston College (2-1)…It might've turned out better for the Eagles had starting quarterback Quinton Porter not suffered a bum ankle in the second half. 


20. Clemson (2-1)…It's hard to drop the Tigers to low after the way they played the pants off the Hurricanes and took them to three overtimes.   


21. Iowa State (2-0)…Looking at ISU's upcoming schedule you can see there is a chance for these Cyclones to go where no Cyclones have gone before.


22. Texas Tech (2-0)…I dropped the Red Raiders just out of spite for their schedule they've played thus far, but this still a team that should be thinking New Year's Day bowl.   


23. Alabama (3-0)…Steve Spurrier doesn't look so smart when the other team has by far the better players, and that was the case for the Crimson Tide on Saturday.


24. Iowa (2-1)…Didn't exactly inspire us to confidence about this week's game at the Horseshoe after the way they played against Northern Iowa.  This team will likely be out of the rankings next week. 


25. Wisconsin (3-0)…They've won games with offense, they've won games with defense.  Now they'll need to play a complete game to beat a beat-up Michigan team this week.  



Five Thoughts


1.      Is it just me, or is that Nebraska offense just downright offensive?  Here's hoping they don't figure it our before October 1st.


2.      Look for a somewhat sloppy effort from ISU on Friday night, and a win in the 14-17 point range.  This is still a young team coming off a win of great magnitude that is going on the road without its normal travel schedule.  Army isn't good enough to win, but this won't be the woodshed beating most Cyclone fans will want to see.  And even if ISU isn't sloppy, I don't Dan McCarney will allow his team to embarrass the Cadets on national television out of respect for West Point.


3.      Wake me up when Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Kansas play someone with a pulse please.


4.      ISU's new AD is stepping into a solid foundation in Ames, so right away he'll have to hone those intangibles of charisma, boldness, and decisiveness that critics of the previous regime were clamoring for.  His only major issues are increasing revenue – which is always an issue – and rallying folks around the flag.


5.      We're still on pace for that Louisville-Iowa State Fiesta Bowl I predicted before the season started. J

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