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.
(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.
(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.
(3-0)…Say what you want about the
Seminoles, they haven't been pretty but they've already got two wins over top 25
(2-1)…That was a classic sandwich
game for the Buckeyes and the result was a ho-hum win over
they get ready for the Hawkeyes.
(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
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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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
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.
(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.
(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.
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
(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.
(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.
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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(2-1)…Didn't exactly inspire us to
confidence about this week's game at the Horseshoe after the way they played
Iowa. This team will likely be out of the
rankings next week.
(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.
Is it just me, or is
that Nebraska offense just downright offensive? Here's hoping they don't figure it our
before October 1st.
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.
Wake me up when
Texas Tech and Kansas play someone with a pulse please.
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.
We're still on pace for
that Louisville-Iowa State Fiesta Bowl I predicted before the season started.