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 (3-0)…After a slow start, the Trojans just manhandled
Oregon in the second half. Now they face a more talented Sun Devils
team on the road, although Tempe is certainly no Autzen Stadium.
(3-0)…Missouri will provide a tougher than expected road test on
Saturday, particularly if the Tigers fully unleash Brad Smith on the rested
(4-0)…The Gators were sluggish
early at Kentucky before pouring it on, but could be walking into an
ambush in Tuscaloosa.
4. Virginia Tech (4-0)…Were very impressive in taking the Yellowjackets
behind the woodshed, but should be on upset alert at always tough
Morgantown this week.
(3-0)…Syracuse has a pretty good defense so this will be a good
test for a still growing FSU offense, but the Seminoles' defense should tee
(3-1)…Buckeyes get a week off
before heading to the road for the first time this season next week.
(4-0)…Got the job done on the road
against Mississippi State, and now gets a week to rest up for a road trip to
(2-1)…After a comeback for the
ages at LSU, what do the Volunteers do for an encore this week against Ole Miss? Smart move naming Rick Clausen the starting quarterback.
(2-1)…The Hurricanes better beware
of South Florida, who shocked the
country last week by blowing out Louisville.
(4-0)…For the first time since
1967 the high-octane Spartans are favored over
Michigan in a football game. We'll see how they handle that rare role
for them in this rivalry.
Notre Dame (3-1)…Last year the
Boilermakers embarrassed the Irish in South Bend, and don't think the Notre Dame players have
(1-1)…Les Miles will have a
difficult chore getting his Tigers back up for this week's game at
Starkville after the late-game collapse suffered on Monday
(3-1)…This is a statement game for
ASU. They have the talent to pull
off the upset, but do they have the testicular fortitude to withstand one of
USC's in-game onslaughts?
(3-0)…Bruins should have little
trouble making short work of Washington at home in their Pac-10 opener.
(4-0)…The biggest game of Mike
Shula's short tenure is this week when Florida ventures to Bryant-Denny Stadium. With a win the Crimson Tide can start
(4-0)…Barry Alvarez finally bested
Lloyd Carr and has his young team off to a hot start, and they should stay that
way with a home game versus lowly Indiana on tap.
(3-1)…Nice bounce-back win on the
road at Clemson for the underrated Eagles, who need this week's breather against
Georgia Tech (3-1)…With Reggie Ball sick and unprepared they were no match for Virginia Tech on the road, now
they get a week off to heal.
Minnesota (4-0)…Gophers got it
done against Purdue for the first time in a long time in an overtime classic,
and now go on the road to find out if undefeated Penn State is for real.
(3-0)…Will the real Cyclones
please stand up? Which team will we
see in Lincoln this weekend? The opportunity is there to win at
Nebraska for the first time since 1977.
(3-0)…Red Raiders will finally
play someone with a pulse in undefeated Kansas, who also hasn't played anyone with a pulse
(4-0)…Still not sure how good the
Bears really are, but they should have little trouble going to 5-0 for the first
time since 1996 by beating Arizona at home.
(3-0)…The Cavaliers have some
big-time players and have kind of gone unnoticed thus far, but they should be on
upset alert at Maryland this week.
Purdue (2-1)…So much for that talk
that this was their year. The
Boilermakers lost their 17th game by seven points or less since 2001,
and could be in trouble again this week.
(2-1)…How in the world did they
lose to South
Florida like that? They're still the class of the Big East,
though, for whatever that's worth.
Mark it down, the
Cyclones will beat Nebraska in Lincoln and join Colorado atop the North Division standings after week one
of conference play.
LSU can still run the
table and have a good shot of making it to the BCS title game by winning the SEC
with one loss, like they did in 2003.
Provided, of course, that either Texas or Virginia Tech loses a game.
Ohio State will win the Big Ten by two full games in the
standings. They're easily the best
team in that league.
Upsets alerts this week:
Virginia at Maryland, LSU at Mississippi State, Florida at Alabama, and Michigan at Michigan State.
Doesn't that smug little
leprechaun that cheats named Lou Holtz on ESPN make you long for the days of