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 (6-0)…Displaying, yet again, the heart of a
champion. The Trojans convert a
fourth-and-long late in the game and then score with three seconds left to beat
the Irish. Now has three straight
breathers before a road date at Cal.
(6-0)…Dominating what looks like a
down Big 12 Conference and its going to take a major upset for the Longhorns to
lose a game the rest of the way.
3. Virginia Tech (5-0)…Coming off a bye, but should still be on upset
alert at Maryland. The
Terrapins are also coming off an off week in anticipation of this game.
4. Georgia (6-0)…Just continues to get the job – two straight SEC
wins on the road – and now has two weeks to prepare for the world's annual
largest cocktail party.
5. Alabama (6-0)…If that 13-point output at Ole Miss is indicative
of the Crimson Tide offense minus Tommy Prothro, don't put them in the SEC
Championship Game just yet.
6. UCLA (6-0)…Just dodged an ambush in Pullman, and now needs to
prove it's not destined for another late season swoon under Karl Dorrell.
(6-0)…Playing their best defense
in years while still putting up video game numbers on offense. However, a reality check in
Austin is forthcoming.
8. LSU (5-1)…Losses of other undefeated teams helps the Tigers
jump right back in the BCS race, and they still control their own destiny in the
(5-1)…Tough loss at
Virginia, but the Seminoles are still likely to land in the
inaugural ACC title game when it's all said and done.
(5-1)…Ho-hum effort at
Temple, but that's usually all it takes to beat the
Owls. Should win their next two at
home against Georgia Tech and North Carolina.
(6-1)…Was the gut-wrenching loss
to Michigan really an upset? The Wolverines were favored after
all. Still in control of the Big
Ten's path to the BCS, though.
Notre Dame (4-2)…Nearly added
another storied chapter to its storied history, but still gave the two-time
defending national champs 60 minutes of hell.
(6-1)…Quietly, again, having a
very solid season and gets two weeks to prepare for a tough road trip to
(6-1)…Will be favored in the rest
of its games the rest of the way, and if they run the table the Ducks – and
their fan base – could be very attractive to the BCS.
(6-1)…What an unreal way to a win
that game at Minnesota. It's
beginning to feel like fate has stepped in and decided to give Barry Alvarez a
(5-2)…A school-record 12 sacks,
plus those typical Spartan mental breakdowns, led to a win that put the Buckeyes
right back in the BCS hunt.
Florida (5-2)…The legend of Urban Meyer continues to be put a hold after another loss on the road in the SEC that
all but ends the Gators bid for the BCS and the SEC title.
(3-2)…That treacherous schedule
we've talked so much about since the preseason doesn't get any easier with a
trip to Tuscaloosa on deck and a trip to
Bend still to
19. West Virginia (6-1)…May have already
punched its ticket to the BCS for the first time ever after a dramatic, double
overtime comeback upset of Louisville.
(6-1)…With the exception of that
loss to SMU following a post-Oklahoma swoon, the Horned Frogs have played as
consistently as any team outside the top five this season.
(5-1)…Ever since that opening home
loss to Georgia Tech the Tigers have been playing good football. Now they face a stern road test at LSU.
(4-2)…Knocked the Seminoles from
the ranks of the undefeated for the best win of the Al Groh era, but should be
on upset alert at Chapel
Hill this week.
(5-1)…Maybe it's time to start
taking the Huskers, whose only blemish came on a dramatic fourth-down touchdown
by Texas Tech, seriously again?
(4-1)…One of the more underrated
teams in the country, again. The
Bulldogs lost early this season by three points at
Oregon, and suddenly with the way the Ducks are playing
that's not a bad looking loss.
(4-2)…Again the Spartans are left
to ponder what might have been after wasting chances to beat both
Michigan and Ohio State.
Still has some tough games left on the schedule.
Honorable Mention: #26 Minnesota (5-2), #27 Louisville (4-2), #28
California (5-2), #29 Iowa (5-2), #30 Colorado (4-2).
(read only if you have thick skin)
The effort was
tremendous, as was the overcoming of those two early defensive touchdowns by
that said, however, the Cyclones have squandered a golden opportunity this
season that may not come around again anytime soon.
ISU is clearly not ready
to be a championship program yet.
It's inventing new ways to loose football games. And before some of you predictably blame
this on the coaches let me remind you of two things: 1) While I wouldn't say
every play-call has been Lombardiesque, the coaches have had the team in
position to win during all three of those losses; 2) basketball media day was
ISU is going to need to
beat Colorado at home for the first time since 1983 to even make
a bowl game, because you don't want to be 5-5 heading to
Lawrence in the final to face a 5-5
Kansas squad also looking for bowl-eligibility.
The Heisman Trophy is
now a three-man race: Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart of USC versus Vince Young of
will be the fourth person invited to the ceremony? Could be Laurence Maroney of
However, if Bush stays healthy and doesn't win it there ought to be an
This week's BCS
projection: Rose—Texas vs. USC, Orange—Virginia Tech vs.
Georgia, Sugar—LSU vs. Notre Dame,
Fiesta—Penn State vs. West Virginia.