The First Ever Irish Eyes Top 25

The first Bowl Championship Series standings of the year were released this week. So it just seems like the right time for Irish Eyes to release its first poll of the season.

1. South Florida (6-0): An impressive 64-12 victory over Central Florida on Saturday has the Bulls holding down the top spot. One of the better defense's in the country led by linebacker Ben Moffitt and defensive end George Selvie, they held the nation's leading rusher Kevin Smith to just 55 yards on 18 carries. South Florida's earlier victories at Auburn and against Big East conference rival West Virginia holds the most water with the Bulls being named No. 1.

2. Boston College (7-0): Led by Heisman candidate Matt Ryan, the Eagles beat host Notre Dame 27-14 on Saturday. Boston College has an open date this Saturday before playing its biggest game of the season against thus far at Virginia Tech.

3. Ohio State (7-0): The Buckeyes best win of the season is a 23-7 victory over Purdue two weeks ago. They beat Kent State, another cupcake, 48-3 last weekend. Michigan State comes to Columbus this Saturday.

4. Oklahoma (6-1): Back-to-back wins over Texas and Missouri have the Sooners ranked as Irish Eyes' top one-loss team.

5. LSU (6-1): The 43-37 overtime loss to Kentucky this past weekend drops the Tigers from what would've been the top spot to No. 5.

6. Kentucky (6-1): Andre Woodson's three touchdown passes and one rushing score in the 43-37 victory over LSU, has the quarterback's name back in the Heisman talk. Florida's Tim Tebow was good against the Tigers, Woodson was great.

7. South Carolina (6-1): Wins at Georgia and against Kentucky are impressive. The only setback, a 28-16 loss at LSU.

8. Arizona State (7-0): Dennis Erickson can make any program relevant. The Sun Devils are looking for a marquee win, and get a chance this Saturday at home against California.

9. Oregon (5-1): Quarterback Dennis Dixon has been the best player in the country. When he runs, his stride looks like Randy Moss. The Ducks superstar had three touchdown passes and another rushing score in the 53-7 thrashing of Washington State this weekend.

10. Missouri (5-1): The Tigers lost their 16th straight game in Norman last Saturday, losing 41-31 to Oklahoma. A win would've put Missouri under serious consideration for the top spot in the poll.

11. West Virginia (5-1): Can't hate on the Mountaineers when their only loss has come to South Florida. Especially when quarterback Pat White didn't play the second half because of injury.

12. California (5-1): Nobody saw the 31-28 loss coming to Oregon State last Saturday. Especially with such good wins against Tennessee and at Oregon coming earlier in the season.

13. Virginia Tech (6-1): A 41-23 victory at Clemson two weeks ago was impressive.

14. USC (5-1): The Trojans haven't looked right for three weeks. A rivalry game against Notre Dame this weekend is just what this talented team needs. Bad news for the Irish.

15. Kansas (6-0): So far, the Jayhawks best win has been a 30-24 victory at rival Kansas State.

16. Auburn (5-2): Just when you thought the Tigers season was going to go in the tank, they showed a lot of moxie in a 20-17 win at Florida three weeks ago. Auburn travels to LSU this Saturday.

17. Texas Tech (6-1): Graham Harrell had another typical performance on Saturday, throwing for four touchdowns in 35-7 beating of Texas A&M.

18. Florida (4-2): The Gators have lost two in a row to two very good teams in Auburn and LSU.

19. Tennessee (4-2): The Vols have won three in a row after starting off 1-2. One of those wins, a 35-14 whooping of Georgia.

20. Texas (5-2): The Longhorns got back on track Saturday, beating Iowa State 56-3.

21. Virginia (6-1): The Cavaliers have won six in a row, the latest, a 17-16 victory over previously undefeated Connecticut.

22. Cincinnati (6-1): Head coach Brian Kelly has done a great job with the Bearcats.

23. Michigan (5-2): Who'd a thought after the 0-2 start, that Michigan would rally to be a player in the Big Ten? Colin Burns did!

24. Georgia (5-2): The Bulldogs needed a last-second field goal to beat Vanderbilt 20-17 on Saturday.

25. Hawaii (7-0): The Warriors nearly lost again last Friday, escaping San Jose State with a 42-35 overtime win. They've played one of the worst schedules in college football.

Under Consideration: Penn State, Rutgers, Kansas State, Illinois, Alabama and Wake Forest.


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