Shameless homer: I know Ohio State’s ranking looks bad and it looks even worse when you consider that I moved them up after a loss. But, vigilant readers know rankings are not always subject to a draconian win-loss analysis. So, when a team hangs blow for blow with the best program in the country, it stands to reason that they should be viewed as a very good team.
Up top: That static top four is deceiving. USC was a tempting choice to be placed at No. 2 but I tend to think Texas’ early struggles against Wyoming were nothing to be worried about. Has Florida played a game yet? Let’s just assume they are 2-0.
Mid-major explanation: “You hate the non-BCS conferences! You need to give them more respect!” I hear that all the time. So, let me respond. “Yes and no.”
BYU clocks in at No. 15 based on a once-in-a-lifetime victory against a team that was shell shocked after losing the Heisman Trophy winner. And, before you say it I know they were playing OU tough in the first half while they had Bradford. But the Sooners were starting to find a groove as the half ended averaging more than 10 yards/play over their final 9 plays. I have no doubt that Stoops’ staff would have made adjustments at the half that would have resulted in a comfortable OU win. Instead, the entire offense was stunned into awfulness. It happens to college kids. At this moment, I truly believe that if a Landry-led Oklahoma team played BYU this weekend they will would win comfortably. If BYU can take out Florida State this weekend (and they are 7.5-point favorite) I will take it all back.