BlogPollin': Week 2

Buckeye CommentarySenior Analyst ISeptember 15, 2009

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 12:  Quarterback Terrelle Pryor #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks to pass in the third quarter of the game against the USC Trojans at Ohio Stadium on September 12, 2009 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
6Penn State2-01
8Ohio State1-12
10Ole Miss1-03
11Georgia Tech2-02
13Oklahoma State1-18
14Virginia Tech1-11
22Notre Dame2-010
25North Carolina2-08

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.