College Football's 11 Best 11s: An Upsetting Last Weekend In September

BabyTateSenior Writer ISeptember 27, 2009

STATE COLLEGE, PA - SEPTEMBER 26:  Ricky Stanzi #12 of the Iowa Hawkeyes celebrates a 21-10 victory over the Penn State Nittnay Lions with Travis Meade #61 on September 26, 2009 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The opening 15 minutes of Saturday's game between Florida and Kentucky demonstrated why the Gators are the best college football team in the nation.

During the first quarter, Coach Urban Meyer's Gators outscored the Wildcats 31-0 and  appeared able to do as they wished against the home-standing underdogs from the Bluegrass Commonwealth.

When Florida plays to their ability, there is no issue concerning the outcome of any contest with opponents they face on the field. So let it be said, so let it be written.

It is the other 45 minutes of the Kentucky contest that concerns onlookers. And that is why the case for the 2009 season BCS Champion is not yet closed.

For their part, Texas looked impressive in annihilating Texas-El Paso 64-7 and Alabama was its customary smothering self in destroying Arkansas 35-7.

Fans of both schools are left with the realization that on their best day, neither legendary program can match the Gators when the men from Gainesville are operating at maximum capacity.

But are the Gators performing to their potential, and what effect will the concussion delivered to star quarterback Tim Tebow have on Florida's quest for another national title?

And what of the talented but woefully uninspired Louisiana State Bayou Bengals?

Is it possible the Tigers are simply laying low, and are ready to spring several whippings on their touted SEC rivals? A string of impressive victories that could vault LSU into the No. 1 position in the land.

And do not dismiss Boise State. The Broncos defeated an Oregon squad at full strength 19-8 in the first game of the season.

One need only look at the Ducks' ability to break Utah's winning streak, the longest in the country, and seven days later completely dominate highly ranked California by 39 points to recognize the strength of the conquerors from the blue carpet in Idaho. 

The Broncos are the wild card in any discussion about who will play for the national title. They have an advantage many teams do not, they beat everyone they play.

With this in mind, let us turn our attention to the 11 Best 11s for week five of the season.


                                                         The 11 Best 11s 

Ranking This Week                           Ranking Last Week

1. Florida                                                 1.

2. Texas                                                   3.

3. Alabama                                              4.

4. Boise State                                          5.

5. Louisiana State                                   7.

6. Southern California                            8.

7. Iowa                                                      N/R

8. Ohio State                                            9.

9. Oklahoma                                            10.

10. Virginia Tech                                     N/R

11. Michigan                                             11.

On The Porch: Cincinnati, Missouri, Oregon, Georgia, Houston