Week Six - Top Twenty Five

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Week Six - Top Twenty Five

After all the upsets, shockers, and heart-breaking losses, here are my top twenty five heading into week six...

#1 - LSU. For the first time this year, consensus top team in the land without dispute (in my opinion) despite struggling against Tulane in the first half, due to USC's whole game of miserableness against Washington. Came out and stifled Tulane in a general LSU fashion in the 2nd half, outscoring them 24 - 0. Impressive... Next week, home against my #9, Florida. Should be a good one...

#2 - USC. Talk about being exposed. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I'm STILL not sold on this USC team making a title run. Yes, they're loaded - BUT, they don't seem to have... "it"... and it showed last night. 16 penalties for 161 yards? Booty's bleek play at QB? I'm not so sure they are the 2nd best team in the land right now, but there aren't many who could take their place...

http://bleacherreport.com/image/file/861/lead/tedford.jeff.1.jpg#3 - California. A big win at Oregon combined with numerous Top Ten losses and here you have it... Cal is the 3rd best team in the land. I actually was very impressed with Cal's defense and they way they limited big play by Dixon. If last night was any indication, USC could have its hands full when they visit these guys on the road...

#4 - Ohio State. The clear front-runner in the Big Ten now, the Buckeyes finally seemed to have righted their offense ship, and the defense continues to play stellar and make big plays when necessary. Expect my #17, Purdue to be a big test this approaching weekend...

 #5 - Wisconsin. No way they are the 5th best team in the land, but when you consider the numerous other losses, I really don't have much of a choice. Visit the Illini next weekend, the same Illini who upset Penn State this past weekend. I wonder does Zook have anything left in his cards of magic...

#6 - Oklahoma. Yes I did it. I know they lost on the road to a mediocre Colorado team, but, I don't think Boston College or the rest of the middle-of-the-top-25 teams are better than OU. Thus, the Sooners title run chances where actually saved by the slew of losses. No better weekend to lose sight than this one I suppose. After this coming weekend, either OU or Texas will be in a two game slump. I'll put my money on it being Texas...

Icon #7 - Boston College. I didn't put them higher because of a unimpressive performance against UMass. Yes, I am one of those people you impress by running up the score, SO RUN IT UP. 77-0? No worry, it's ok to score in the 80's with me and still be sportsmanlike. Any such, BC's road isn't all that tough until a Thursday Night contest with the Hokies in late October, but they way they've been playing...

#8 - Kentucky. I really didn't want to put Kentucky this high either, however. Their next few games, will make or break them, so I can afford one "filler" team. Not to say they aren't good...

 #9 - Florida. I feel shaky putting them this high, especially with a game next week @ LSU. I'm still a little shocked they lost at home to this Auburn team, but put up enough (or should I say, Tebow'd enough) of a fight to make it respectable. Sadly, the road ahead doesn't offer any chance of relief...

#10 - South Florida. They win easy, they win sloppy, they just always find a way to win. Took West Virginia completely out of it's element (even though they didn't have the best game) - and came out with a win. Could be considered the Big East front-runner? Considering, Rutgers lost at home to MARYLAND, and Louisville is still in the gutter. Go Bulls...

#11 - Oregon. That's right. Oregon played it close the entire game with an obviously decent Cal team, and had a chance to tie it at the very end if it weren't for a misfortune fumble. I like the Ducks, and feel they will give teams problem all season. 

#12 - Georgia. I hate hearing the "you placed a team we beat ahead of us" argument, but, when I look at Georgia's cumulative body of work, I like them a little better than South Carolina, SO I'M PLACING THEM HIGHER...

Icon#13 - West Virginia. Yep, I felt a 1-loss Oregon and 1-loss Georgia team have done more than has a 1-loss West Virginia, and thus placed them higher. In fact, a few of the teams below WVU could eventually pass them in the future. Call it what you want, but this is what happens when you a) schedule a pitiful non-conference schedule and b) lose one of the few big conference games you'll have, in a sloppy fashion...

#14 - South Carolina. Bulled their way to a win over Croom's up-and-coming team, I was impressed. The Gamecocks still have a tough road ahead of them, so only time will tell how good this team really is...

#15 - Hawai'i. Even with 5 INTs, they still roll. The slew of losses were a big break to the Warriors BCS hopes, allowing them to move up several spots in the rankings despite playing an awful schedule. How can you NOT expect to be undefeated...

#16 - Texas. Finally exposed, the Longhorns were totally out-played and out-classed at home, in the tune of Brown's worse home loss during his Texas tenure. With a game against the Sooner's this coming weekend, things don't look much brighter for this Texas team, unless they pull off the upset. But, put it this way, even if they do, their national title hopes are still in a much bleeker situation than are Oklahoma's if they win... 

#17 - Purdue. Didn't overlook Notre Dame for their home match-up next week with Big Ten King Ohio State, I'm impressed. The Boilermakers have always given the Buckeyes fits at home, so it should be a good game none-the-less...

#18 - Missouri. Mizzou gets to prove this weekend whether they are deserving of a ranking and how far they'll go in the Big 12 race when they host North Division Rival Nebraska. This game, should decide who plays for the crown, or at least be a MAJOR factor of such...

#19 - Rutgers. You lost, at home, to Maryland. Ouch. Especially a Maryland team who isn't that good. They probably should be lower, but for benefit of the doubt, I'll keep them here...

#20 - Clemson. As soon as you boast a Clemson/ Tommy Bowden team up, they implode, literally. I wish I had $20 for every special team gaffe the Tigers had against Georgia Tech. Should rebound when the Hokies come to town this weekend, or at least I'd hope...

#21 - Cincinnati. Another win, but over a lowly team. The Bearcats have a chance to make some real noise when they visit Rutgers this weekend. This should be a very, very entertaining game...

#22 - Arizona State. Who made the Sun Devils mad? Absolutely spanked Stanford, allowing only 3 points to a team who registered 31 against Oregon. Ouch. And, for once, an Erickson team had relatively few penalties, a sign of progress I suppose...

#23 - Michigan State. That's right. They impressed me even in a loss, racking up substantial yardage against the Badgers at home. Should mow over Northwestern, but can't take a contest against (4-1) Indiana too lightly afterwards...

Icon#24 - Virginia Tech. Why do the polls have them so high again? Because, that proves the polls are all about using a "name" to rank someone. The defense played, OK? How can you judge against an over-matched UNC team, that the Hokies barely beat at home. The offense, continues to regress and be dismal. The Hokies have only gone over 300 offensive yards ONE time out of five games, against Ohio. When you've played the likes of William & Mary, UNC, and East Carolina at home, THAT IS ABSOLUTELY FRIGHTENING. The LSU game wasn't a fluke people, they are just bad. Could earn "brownie points" at Clemson next week - but don't count on the offense to win it for you...

#25 - Nebraska. The Blackshirts appeared to have righted themselves after this weekend, and then I realized they played lowly Iowa State. No further comments...

ON THE BUBBLE
- Illinois (4-1)
- Indiana (4-1)
- Kansas (4-0, averaging 54 points and almost 555 yards of offense)
- Penn State (who's lost two in a row...)
- Alabama (who's lost two in a row...)
- Arkansas (who LOST two in a row, only to rebound...)
- UCLA (but that 6-44 loss to Utah still bothers me...)
- Georgia Tech (Gailey's teams are more bi-polar than ever...)
- Florida State (hmm...)
- Miami (barely winning over Duke at home LOST you ground, however...)

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