Ouimet's Top 25 (Week 8)

The first BCS Poll is out!<br><br> Michigan rose this week to #11 in the Coaches Poll, and to #13 in both the AP and the BCS polls.<br><br> Where do the Wolverines stand in the one <b>Poll With Reasons</b>, the <b>Ouimet Poll</b>?<br>

(The first BCS Poll is out! For the Coaches, AP and BCS Polls {on ESPN.com}, click HERE.)

The Ouimet Poll

1. USC – The Trojans were lucky to escape with a win against the Cal Bears, but there wasn't anything lucky about the 45-7 blowout win against Arizona State. QB Matt Leinart finished the day 13 of 24 for 224 yards with four touchdowns and was able to win the quarterback duel without any challenge for Arizona State QB Andrew Walter. Not only was the Trojan offense executing well, but the defense was able to sack the Sun Devils six times in the victory which now gives them 15 straight wins. The Trojans have now won 26 of 27 and is off to their best start since 1996. Don't look for this streak to end either as they now will stay in Los Angeles this week to host Washington in the Coliseum and are in control of their own destiny not only for the Pac Ten Championship but the National Title game in Miami as well.

2. Oklahoma – The Sooners have the reigning Heisman Trophy winner in QB Jason White, but they now have a freshman running back in Adrian Peterson who is making his run at the Heisman as he now has rushed for over 100 in his first six games. Adrian was able to rush for 130 yards as the Sooners pulled out a 31-21 win against Kansas State in a revenge game after the 35-7 loss in the Championship game last year. Quarterback Jason White completed 20 of 31 for 256 yards, but did make one huge mistake in the interception that led to the Kansas State touchdown. The Sooner defense game into this game with a good game plan and a solid rush defense that threw Kansas State a few new different looks. Oklahoma allowed Kansas State running back Darren Sproles to gain 235 yards last year, but this year in had 13 carries for 34 yards, which will always keep Coach Stoops happy and proud of the effort. Up next in the much improved Kansas Jayhawks before the interstate game the following week against Oklahoma State, so Stoops must not let them look ahead!

3. Auburn – The Tigers are the best team in the SEC and manhandled Arkansas in the 38-20 win in Auburn, Alabama. The Tigers QB Jason Campbell is now making is run at the Heisman with a great day completing 17 of 19 for 297 yards and three touchdowns. Jason was 11 of 12 in the first half alone for 210 yards as this Tiger team dominated the Razorbacks with five consecutive scoring possessions. Coach Tommy Tuberville had a great game plan and has this team playing perfect football so far as they are now 7-0 with a game against a struggling Kentucky team coming up next. The biggest question for the Tigers is will they have enough to continue this pace to win the SEC and to get into the National Tile game.

4. Miami (Fl) – This was a game of ups and downs packed with a lot of excitement, while the Canes dug themselves out of a hole with the comeback charge led by Brock Berlin and Devin Hester to win 41-38 after being down by 17 points. The Hurricanes showed the type of character that this Miami team is made of throughout the game and were able to escape from a loss in the Orange Bowl to become 5-0 on the season. Coach Coker did a great job at halftime as they were down 34-7 to regroup and get the Canes back on track for the second half, so my hat goes off to the Hurricane coaching staff! QB Brock Berlin showed he is not only physically tough, but mentally as well to lead the Canes in this comeback going 25 of 37 for 308 yards on the day. This is a team that will not roll over and just go away or die, which now is the second game the Canes have comeback from a double digit deficit. The Canes will now go on the road for back to back games against North Carolina State and North Carolina. Now being in the ACC there isn't any easy game on the schedule and can't continue to fall behind as often anymore. Look for a tough ACC game against the Wolfpack this week on the road!

5. Florida State – The Seminole defense came to play Saturday night and they shut out the Cavaliers in the 36-3 win in Tallahassee, while the defense limited Virginia to only 20 yards rushing for the day. Running back Lorenzo Booker was able to rush for a career high 123 yards and two touchdowns, while QB Wyatt Sexton completed 20 of 26 for 275 yards and a touchdown. He has replaced Chris Rix nicely completing 66% of his passes for 846 yards and five touchdowns, while impressing Coach Bowden and the offensive staff. With another great performance for Mr. Sexton there will be a quarterback controversy in Tallahassee in a few weeks, which might just keep Mr. Rix on the bench for the remainder of the season. This was a complete game for the Seminoles with all three phases of the football team playing very well against the Cavaliers as they dominated them all night. Now the Seminoles need to regroup as they play back to back weeks on the road against Wake Forest and Maryland.

6. Wisconsin – The Badgers have now started the season 7-0 and are in command of the Big Ten Championship with probably the best defense in the conference. The were able to comeback in West Lafayette in a 20-17 win over Purdue with CB Scott Starks returning a fumble for a touchdown with less than three minutes to play in the game. Coach Alvarez and defensive coordinator Brent Bielema came in with a great game plan in containing the Purdue offense and QB Kyle Orton that was averaging more than 500 yards a game. Badger QB John Stocco, who is a sophomore, was able to led Wisconsin to a 73 yard drive that put the Badgers within three while completing 17 of 32 for 211 yards and one touchdown on the day. The Badger defense showed up and won in the trenches, while getting to Mr. Orton and making him scramble time after time. The Badgers are very sound defensively and have a steady offense to go with it as they show great balance that compliments their style of play. The Badgers are in control of the Big Ten Championship race and will play host to Northwestern this week, but lets not forget this team will end the season with back to back road games with Michigan State and Iowa.

7. Texas – The Longhorns were able to bounce back after the Oklahoma loss with a 28-20 win against Missouri. RB Cedric Benson rushed for 150 yards on 28 carries with two touchdowns, but did fumble three times during this game. Coach Brown and the Longhorns need to work on the turnover ratio and its passing attack as they are now ranked 102 nationally, which is not going to help the running attack if they can't open up the passing attack to get some first downs. This team must improve in a hurry, because Texas Tech is up next this week on the road and will not be able to win this game with just a good defensive effort. When you face the Red Raiders they are always going to put some points on the board, so the Longhorns better be able to move the ball offensively to control the time of possession. This team is probably over ranked and I wouldn't be surprised to see the Red Raiders of Texas Tech with an upset in this one! The Longhorns better find a starting Quarterback this week! Will it be Young or Mock?

8. Georgia – The Bulldogs were able to put a pair of 100 yard rushers in the backfield and rout Vanderbilt in the process with a 33-3 victory. The Bulldogs bounced back from their first loss of the season and now is 5-1 on the year with their only setback coming from Tennessee. The Bulldogs were able to rush the ball this week with RB Danny Ware with 127 yards and RB Thomas Brown with 122 yards as they were able to have success against the Commodores poor defense. This win put QB David Greene two wins shy of Peyton Manning's NCAA record with next weeks game on the road against Arkansas, who is a team in a must win situation coming off that lopsided loss to Auburn. The Bulldogs did a great job bouncing back after that touch loss, but must continue to take this success and build upon it as they try to get back into the SEC Championship picture. Can Coach Richt win a big game is still the biggest question about him and his coaching staff?

9. California – The Cal Bears were able to put up 550 total yards in the 45-28 victory over UCLA this past Saturday to bounce back from the loss to the Trojans. RB JJ Arrington ran for a career best 205 yards and two scores as he had big holes to run through, while QB Aaron Rodgers went 19 of 29 for 260 yards as the Golden Bears were dominating in the win on both sides of the ball. Coach Tedford's football team looked focused and on a mission against the Bruins, which was not going to let this game slip away like they did last week against the Trojans. WR Geoff McArthur had nine receptions for 163 yards, which was good for the Bears since they lost top receiver Chase Lyman for the season last week. This team is on a mission to prove themselves and up next is Arizona, so look for continued success both through the air and on the ground. Also, don't count Aaron Rodgers out of the Heisman just yet!

10. Utah - The Utes are the real deal and QB Alex Smith is throwing his name in for the Heisman as he was able to throw for four touchdowns and run for two more in the 46-16 victory over North Carolina. Mr. Smith was 29 of 37 for 341 yards, while the Utes were able to gain 669 yards of total offense. The North Carolina defense was not ready for the Utes offense and for the matter I am not sure any team is ever going to be ready. Coach Meyer has this offense rolling with high steam and is going to make a bid for a BCS berth, especially with wins over North Carolina, Arizona, and Texas A&M now this year. UNLV is the next team that is up for the Utes and look for this high powered offense to continue straight ahead at high steam! If the Utes finish the season undefeated look for this team to get a BCS bowl game invitation, because there is no doubt they will travel well!

11. Tennessee – A freshman Quarterback is leading the way for the Vols as he was 14 of 30 for 231 yards even though he was replaced for two series by another freshman. The Volunteers were able to go on the round to Mississippi and leave with a 21-17 victory with their 11th straight win over Ole Miss. QB Erik Ainge was able to take the team down the field 83 yards in nine plays in the winning drive after giving up the 34 yard interception that went for a touchdowns for Ole Miss. Mr. Ainge did get good support from RB Gerald Riggs as he ran for 118 yards and one touchdown, while the Rebels haven't beaten Tennessee since 1983. The Vols have played three ranked teams so far this season and now will go back home to take on Alabama, which is coming off of a win against Southern Mississippi. Look for an outstanding defensive game for the Vols in another win this week against the Tide, because the Vols are playing real well right now.

12. Purdue – The Boilermakers were hanging on to the 17-14 lead when they called a naked Bootleg in which Kyle Orton fumbled and the Badgers were able to return it for a touchdown, which gave Purdue the 20-17 loss in West Lafayette. On the last drive of the game QB Kyle Orton led them down to the Wisconsin 25, but kicker Ben Jones was not able to connect on the 42 yard field goal. Quarterback Kyle Orton was 25 of 45 for 235 yards and a touchdown, but had three turnovers on the day with two of them being fumbles. The Boilermakers did not have an answer for the Badger defense by killing many drives without coming up with any big plays to sustain those drives. It always deflates a team when they lose at home, but it doesn't get much easier for the Boilermakers this week with the Wolverines coming to town with something to prove. The Boilermakers can not afford to lose in back to back weeks and are in a must win situation, so look for a great offensive game plan from Coach Tiller this week!

13. Louisville – The Cardinals offense had scored 28 or more points in every contest and they were able to continue that with 38 against the Canes, but wasn't enough even though they led by 17 points in the third quarter. The Cardinals and Coach Petrino put the Cardinals on the map after this loss in which they were in the lead the whole game, but couldn't pull it off on the road in the fourth quarter as the game ended with an interception. The spread offense of the Cardinals had the Hurricane defense guessing all night and took the home crowd out of the game early. Louisville competed hard all night and scored 24 unanswered pints in the first half, while QB Stefan Lefors completed 17 of 22 for 244 yards but was not able to finish the game. Up next for the Cardinals is a home game with South Florida and needs to win after losing in a tough contest where they outplayed the Canes for three quarters. Coach Petrino has put Louisville on the map and look for an outstanding finish to their last season in Conference USA!

14. Texas A&M – The Aggies went on the road to beat Oklahoma State in Stillwater and there was never a doubt in this 36-20 win over the Cowboys. The Aggies were able to get out to a 20-0 lead and Coach Dennis Franchione has the Aggies playing real well. QB Reggie McNeal was 19 of 25 for 288 yards, while also rushing for 98 yards putting the Cowboys defense on their heels all night long. The A&M offense is hard to stop when McNeal makes the right decisions and any defense will struggle to contain him when he's at his best. The Aggies were able to hold Cowboy running back Morency to 111 yards on 28 carries, which is below is average of 173 per game. The Aggies will now host Colorado this week, which is a team that comes into this game struggling and Coach Franchione will try to keep the offense rolling with Reggie McNeal by putting points on the board quickly. Let's remember this Aggie team only has one loss and it is at the hands of Utah in the first game of the year.

15. Michigan – The Wolverines got a great game from Michael Hart as he ran 40 times for 234 yards in the 30-19 victory over Illinois this past Saturday. Another bright spot for Michigan was that Max Martin came into the game and added his 67 yards to the total, while QB Chad Henne was 14 of 27 for 114 yards and one touchdown. The Offense is coming together as offensive coordinator Terry Malone is doing a good job with the two young guns in the back field, by deciding how quickly to implement the offense and what will be the new wrinkles each week. This development would not be possible without the guidance of Quarterback coach Scot Loeffler and his knowledge of the passing game. Scot is not only one of the best in the game, but he is developing this young Quarterback perfectly. The Offensive Line is finally coming together after three major changes to the lineup -- it's coming into its own as we now can see, and that is helping the ground attack. The concern with the Wolverines is the defense continuing to give up big plays in each game, which, going on the road to face Purdue, should concern the Wolverines. Look for Coach Herrmann to come into this game in West Lafayette with a good blitz package, zone coverages, and some stunts that will surprise the Boilermakers offense. But the key to this game is winning the war of the trenches. If Michigan can win at the Line of Scrimmage on both sides of the ball they will win this game, because you must get to Kyle Orton to beat the Boilermakers -- and their offensive line is not that great (except at chop-blocking opponents' DL's)!

16. Virginia – The Cavaliers couldn't even get a touchdown on the road at Florida State this week as they took a 36-3 loss. Coach Al Groh had an offense that came into this game averaging 42 points a game and 493 yards, but let's remember that the Cavaliers really haven't played anyone this year and definitely was not road tested. The Cavaliers were under a heavy pass rush all night and could not put together a ground game all night against the Seminole defense. Coach Groh ended up pulling QB Marques Hagans out of the game as he was 20 of 30 for 214 yards on the night with one interception, but now the Cavaliers need to get his confidence back as they go on the road to play Duke this week. A must win for the Cavaliers against a struggling Duke Blue Devil team.

17. West Virginia – The Mountaineers were able to rush the ball against Connecticut with 309 yards on the ground in the 31-19 win on the road this past Thursday. Coach Rich Rodriguez was not happy with the amount of penalties in this game, but did hold the Huskies from scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter. The Big East is definitely down this year, but West Virginia should still continue to practice hard and take one game at a time. The Mountaineers are the best all around football team in the Big East and up next is Syracuse Orangeman who are coming to Morgantown this Thursday with two weeks to prepare for the Mountaineers. Remember that Syracuse does have three losses, but those losing are coming from the likes of Purdue, Virginia, and Florida State. This one could end up being a great college football game!

18. LSU – The Tigers two losses on the year were by a total of four points to Auburn and Georgia and with both of them coming on the road. The Tigers are better than most people think and they just needed to find the right quarterback, which they have in Marcus Randall who did an outstanding job against Florida two Saturday's ago in the Swamp. They can't win the National Championship, but still can win the SEC Championship and are fighting to repeat their Title. Coach Saban and the Tigers take on Troy this week, who is a team that has already beaten Marshall and Missouri on the year. Look for a well prepared Coach Saban team with two weeks to prepare for Troy and look for a solid victory this week at home before they make the stretch run with the rest of their SEC schedule. To finish the season after Troy the Tigers will play Vanderbilt, Alabama, Mississippi, and Arkansas, so I think the Tigers will finish up the season with only two losses.

19. Florida – This week the Gators were supposed to have a bye week, but instead it was a 52-16 blowout win against Middle Tennessee State and this game couldn't have come at a better time for the Gators who are coming off the loss to LSU. QB Chris Leak was 17 of 22 for 316 yards with four touchdowns, which was good for the Gators since Mr. Leak had a season low 142 yards the week before in the loss to the Tigers. Coach Zook has some more work to do with the Gators, both offensively and defensively to get this team prepared for what is ahead in the SEC. Now the Gators are about to go through something no other team in this country will do from here on out, which is they play four of their five games on the road to finish the season. The Gators will have an easy task this week against Mississippi State, but in two weeks will travel to play Georgia. Keep your eye on this team as they play like the stock market both up and down! Will Coach Zook be able to keep his job or is Urban Meyer the next into town?

20. Oklahoma State – The Cowboys were dominated in this game against the Aggies and could not find an answer in stopping their offense in the 36-20 loss. Coach Miles defense did not have any answers for Aggies QB Reggie McNeal; while he was able to give them contain problems all day as he rushed for 98 yards. Than the Cowboys gave up a Hail Mary touchdown at the half which was a back breaker for the Cowboys as they headed into the locker room and it took the fans out of the game. This game is going to hurt the Cowboys for a long time and Coach Miles must get his Cowboy team refocused this week in practice as they now travel to take on Missouri. If they had contain problems with Reggie McNeal what problems will Brad Smith from Missouri give to the Cowboy defense? This is a must win and will be a very tough game for them to win on the road, but for the Cowboys to win RB Vernand Morency must get 150 yards rushing and control the time of possession in this game. We will find out if they are over ranked real quickly this week!

21. Arizona State - The Sun Devils were bad on both sides of the ball this past Saturday and usually is the case when QB Andrew Walter has a bad day. Andrew was sacked six times and completed 19 of 34 for 181 yards, but did throw two interceptions. There wasn't much the Sun Devils could do in this ball game, because the Trojans were able to control not only the game but the line of scrimmage all day long. The Sun Devils need to go home and get prepare in a hurry, because up next is Bruins of UCLA who is also coming off a tough loss to Cal. Arizona State can't afford back to back losses, so are in a must win situation this week at home against the Bruins and Coach Koetter needs to make sure they come into this one with a great game plan!

22. Virginia Tech – The Hokies have won three close games this year, but do have two losses to USC and North Carolina State. This is a very young team for the Hokies, but Coach Beamer is trying to keep them focused and improve each week from game to game. This week the Hokies are traveling to Georgia Tech after beating Florida A&M 62-0 this past Saturday. The Hokie defense is the backbone of this team and is playing very well right now. The Hokies are doing a great job playing Beamer Ball this year and winning the field position game with special teams, so if they can continue to support their offense this team might make a run at the ACC championship. Remember the Hokies do get Virginia and Miami in back to back weeks to finish the season with the game against the Cavaliers at home. Just watch out for this team!

23. Boise State – Now 6-0 after the 45-42 victory over Tulsa, but it took a 46 yard field goal with three seconds to get the win and continue the longest winning streak in the nation at 17. Coach Hawkins should feel very lucky to escape this game with a win and if Tulsa was able to get a first down instead of punting who knows what the outcome would have been in overtime. QB Jared Zabransky rushed for two touchdowns, while completing 17 of 31 for 233 yards with one touchdown in the air. Not sure if this team should be in the Top 25, but any team that wins 17 in a row deserves to be ranked until they do lose a game. The Broncos better be well prepared this week, because Fresno State is very capable of ending their streak this week!

24. Iowa – The Hawkeye's manhandled the Buckeye's in their backyard with a 33-7 win as Drew Tate is finally coming into is own. The Hawkeye's dominated the Buckeye's by shutting down their running attack holding them to 27 yards on 29 carries. The Hawkeye defense played a great game as Ohio State finished the game with 177 total yards. This was only the fourth Iowa victory over Ohio State in 42 years, but more importantly this was the Hawkeye's 16 straight home win. The Hawkeye's completing shut down the Buckeye offense and even forced QB Justin Zwick to be replaced by Troy Smith due to his ineffectiveness in running their offense. For the Hawkeye's they are now off to Penn State this week where they will try to get their first win on the road after dropping the other two to Michigan and Arizona State. Are the Hawkeye's really the fourth best team in the Big Ten or is this conference just mediocre this year?

25. UCLA – The Bruins just could not stop this high powered offense of the Bears as they were dominated from the beginning in the 45-28 loss on the road this week in Berkeley. The Bruins defense gave up 550 yards to the Bears and could not stop them on the ground giving up 290 yards rushing. QB Drew Olson did throw four touchdowns, while completing 20 of 36 for 299 yards in the loss. The Bruins have a lot to work on this week to shore up the defense, because they are back on the road this week as they will play Arizona State who is also coming off of a loss to the Trojans. Coach Dorrell and defensive coordinator Larry Kerr need to get things straightened out real quick before they go play the Sun Devils or they will be dropping out of the Top 25. Remember this team has lost to California and Oklahoma State, so win this week will help them out tremendously.

Others to watch:

26. Texas Tech – Losses to New Mexico and Oklahoma, but a 70 point win and Texas next!
27. UAB – FSU is their only loss with Tulane next. It's too bad Louisville isn't on the schedule!
28. Notre Dame – 5-2 and Boston College up next at home! Tennessee in two weeks!
29. Missouri – Two losses to Troy and Texas, but keep your eye on them with Oklahoma State next!
30. Stanford – Two losses to USC and Notre Dame, up next Oregon at home!
31. Georgia Tech – Beat by North Carolina and Miami, but a win against Virginia Tech might do it!
32. South Carolina – Two losses to Georgia and Mississippi. Two weeks will be Tennessee at home!
33. North Carolina State – Losses to Ohio State and North Carolina, but a win against Miami!
34. Michigan State –Two weeks to prepare for Michigan! Drew Stanton and the spread offense!
35. Minnesota – Back to back losses to Michigan and Michigan State, can they really beat Illinois?
36. Ohio State – Where's Cooper when you need him? Can Tressel really recruit? Answer: 3 losses!

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