BOISE STATE: I don’t care what team you are, it isn’t easy to go into Fresno and beat the Bulldogs and Pat Hill’s home turf. Make it a night game on a Friday evening and that is downright difficult.
Boise State went in and took care of business, and they are the real deal this season. Kellen Moore is a bonafide superstar, and Chris Petersen is a master of a coach.
OLE MISS: Still haven’t seen them prove that they belong this year. Right now, they are basically living off of their preseason hype and the fact that they play in the SEC.
Next week, they finally play some competition on the road against the Gamecocks. Win that one, and you deserve to be there.
MIAMI (FL): Did you see that defense against the rushing attack of Georgia Tech? Did you see Jacory Harris AGAIN go off on offense?
Miami looks to finally be back on the right track, but the determining factor on their season will be their schedule. Their next two games against Virginia Tech and Oklahoma will be massive.
If they can win those two games, you will see Miami (FL) right up there with Texas and Florida.
CINCINNATI: Their huge jump from No. 17 to No. 9 is because of Tony Pike and that sensational offense going into Corvallis and beating a very good Oregon State team.
The defense has been a pleasant surprise for the Bearcats this season as well.
Will they go undefeated?
Boy, there’s a great chance that they do.
Will they make the BCS?
I highly doubt it with their schedule strength, but they have to be considered at least.
USC: The AP poll dropped them all the way to 12, but come on, let’s come back here a second. They didn’t have Matt Barkley, Taylor Mays didn’t play, and Joe McKnight got hurt.
Not to mention, they turned the ball over three times and Washington didn’t. This is still a VERY good USC team, and there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be in the Top 10.
PENN STATE: Plain and simple with the Nittany Lions: they have looked sluggish.
Granted, it is hard to get up for teams such as Akron, Syracuse, and Temple, but STILL…you have to go out and prove you are MUCH better than those teams. Watching replays of those games made me think that this Penn State team still has some major questions on defense and the offense still has to have a consistent rushing game with Evan Royster and Stephfon Green.
VIRGINIA TECH & NEBRASKA: Man, what a battle. You would think the Hokies would move up with a win like that, but the way Va Tech won that one, they deserve to stay where they belong.
The Huskers gave that one to the Hokies and for that reason I feel that Nebraska shouldn’t drop out of the top 25.
They showed that they can go into the hostile environments and compete against the best in the country. I have mad respect for the Huskers now, and I think they can make some noise in the Big 12 this season.
FLORIDA STATE & BYU: FSU proved with their blowout win over the Cougars that they deserve to be in the top 25. Yes, they lost to Miami at home and barely squeaked out a win against Jacksonville State, but FSU is just a few seconds away from now being undefeated! I mean, they lost to MIAMI, who is now one of my top teams in the 25 this week! You can’t be down on the Seminoles for that!
As for BYU, this is still a top 25. This is still the same team that beat Oklahoma in the first week of the season, but their shot at the BCS is now done and over with, unfortunately.
MISSOURI: The Tigers are a top 25 team; they just took a week off after looking pitiful against Bowling Green, of all teams.
NOTRE DAME: Notre Dame I still believe is a top 25 team, but the loss of Michael Floyd and the possibility of losing Jimmy Clausen would be way too much for this team to handle.
The defense hasn’t looked great at all and Michigan State basically gave that game to the Irish this past week. Notre Dame is on the cusp of getting back into the Top 25, but they’ve got to prove they belong now.
AUBURN: I had the Tigers in my Top 25 to start the season, but dropped them out after realizing that their defense probably wasn’t going to cut it this year.
Well, I was right about their defense in a sense, but wow, Chris Todd and the Auburn offense has been sensational under new head coach Gene Chizik. Their win against West Virginia was impressive, but they need to beat someone else in conference to get into the Top 25.
IOWA: Great win at home against Arizona, and I stress that considerably because U of A is a good team, and that Iowa defense played great. That Northern Iowa game is still lurking in the back of my mind right now, though.
They have a huge test this next week at Penn State, and I’m sure it won’t be any easier after what the Hawks did to PSU last season.
WASHINGTON: I know that the AP poll has the Huskies in the Top 25, but let’s just hold up for a second here. This is still almost the same Washington team that went winless in 2008. Yes, the victory against USC was phenomenal, but they have to follow up that victory with another strong performance at Stanford to make it into the top 25.