Each and every week during the college football season, CN's founder Steve Deace will be breaking down his top 25 and delivering his thoughts on Iowa State as well. Check out what Deace had to say about week four of the college football season right here at CN.
(4-0)…It's going to be a wide open
season. The Buckeyes have to be the
least dominant top-ranked team a third of the way through a season that I can
Auburn (4-0)...No need to go all out against Buffalo, arguably Division
I-A's worse team. This week is one
of the few tricky road games on the schedule, a trip to face South Carolina and the
old ball coach.
(4-0)…Had to be expect a bit of a
letdown coming off the big win over the Irish, but the Wolverines continue to
prove week after week they are the real deal on defense.
(3-0)…The young Trojans are still
a work in progress, but it's difficult to see who in the Pac-10 is going to beat
them since all the top conference contenders must come to the Coliseum.
West Virginia (4-0)…Workmanlike effort on the road in a win over a
stubborn East Carolina team, and they get this
(4-0)…Chris Leak is quietly
putting together a Heisman campaign in his senior season, but someone might want
to let the Gator fans in on the secret.
(4-0)…This program has some
impressive depth, dominating a Big 12 team on the road despite being without
four starters, including their starting quarterback and running back.
(3-1)…The fast Tigers have another
warm-up act this week against lowly Mississippi State before a trip to the Swamp.
Texas (3-1)…Despite the loss to Ohio State, the Longhorns still look like the
class of what is otherwise a mediocre Big 12 thus far.
10. Notre Dame (3-1)…Most of the Irish's
fortunes in their comeback was Michigan
State just being Michigan State, but give them credit for testicular
fortitude nonetheless. That could
turn out to be a multi-million dollar BCS win when you look at their rest of
Georgia (4-0)…Not really sure how good the Bulldogs are, but
deserves credit for still playing hard despite the rocky start.
Oregon (3-0)…The Ducks have had
two weeks to prepare for a talented Arizona State squad licking its wounds after
a blowout loss in Berkley.
Tennessee (3-1)…Well what do you know, the Volunteers are finally
going to play a road game this week, albeit in Memphis.
Iowa (4-0)…As expected, the Hawkeyes slept-walked for most of
the trip to Champaign, but you can bet they will be ready
for the biggest game at Kinnick Stadium since October 19th,
Virginia Tech (4-0)…These guys
haven't played anybody yet, but they'll get their first test versus an
underrated Georgia Tech team this week.
Oklahoma (3-1)…After taking out their instant replay frustrations
out on Middle
Tennessee State the Sooners get a week off. Maybe they'll finally move on now and
get on with the rest of the season?
Clemson (3-1)…Don't look now, but
the Tigers will be favored in every game but one the rest of the way. They've got a real shot at the ACC title
and their first bid in the BCS.
(3-0)…Could the Horned Frogs run
the table? This week's home game
against Brigham Young represents one of their few challenging games left.
California (3-1)…It looks we're seeing the real Golden Bears now,
they just weren't quite ready for the spotlight in that first game in Knoxville. Look at this
week at Oregon
Boston College (3-1)…The Eagles finally got caught playing with fire
late in games in an upset loss at N.C. State.
State (3-1)…A bye week should help the Seminoles get healthy
and continue working on their offense.
Rutgers (4-0)…It's a Renaissance
year for the Scarlet Knights, who are off to their best start since the peanut
farmer was trolling around the White House, but now they face three straight
(4-0)…This is another non-BCS team
that has an excellent shot to go undefeated. The Broncos will be favored in every
game the rest of the way.
(3-1)…Now that All-American wide
receiver Jarrett Hicks has been reinstated by the NCAA look for the offense to
kick it up a notch.
(3-1)…Somebody has to represent
the Big 12 North.
Honorable Mention: #26 Georgia Tech (3-1), #27 Purdue (4-0), #28
Missouri (4-0), #29 Texas A&M (4-0), #30 Wake Forest (4-0).
The Good, The Bad, & The
Good—For about 12 minutes midway
through the first half the Cyclones found their mojo against the best team on
their schedule. They took a
roundhouse from Mike Tyson and then got back up off the mat to hit the defending
champs right back. If they can play
(and coach) with that type of aggressiveness and toughness for 60 minutes the
rest of the season they will win the Big 12 North.
Bad—Freshmen giveth, and freshmen
taketh away. The Cyclones probably
wouldn't have beaten Toledo in the opener without his two sacks late
in the fourth quarter. Yet his
ill-advised – or "stupid", as Dan McCarney described it – blow to the head
penalty on a rare three-and-out for the ISU defense gave the Longhorns back the
momentum for good and took away an leverage the Cyclones had in their quest to
make it a four-quarter game. Also, is Texas that good up front on both sides of the
line of scrimmage or are the Cyclones that soft? Probably a little bit of both.
Ugly—ISU still hasn't scored a
touchdown in the second half of a game this season. That statistic is just inexplicable and
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