1. Alabama (4-0)
They have a stout defense. They have a powerful running attack led by Mark Ingram. They have beaten quality teams like Virginia Tech and SEC rival Arkansas. And their new quarterback Greg McElroy has been fantastic; completing 67.7 percent of his passes for seven touchdowns and only one interception.
2. Florida (4-0)
I do not think that Florida is the No. 1 team, nor do I think that Tim Tebow is the second-coming of Christ. Their performance against Tennessee was very disappointing, and I do not feel that their offense is good enough to put them atop the polls. That being said, they are still really good.
3. Texas (4-0)
The Longhorns struggled a little bit against Texas Tech but still managed to pull out a 10-point victory. They have a high-scoring offense led by quarterback Colt McCoy, who completes 71 percent of his passes. Texas also has the fastest white boy in football in Jordan Shipley.
4. USC (3-1)
Every year the Trojans lose to a really bad team, and everyone sits around wondering how legitimate USC really is for the next couple of weeks. But come January, USC will still have one loss and will be playing in a BCS Bowl Game. Give them a break. They lost to Washington without starting quarterback Matt Barkley, and beat a very good Ohio State team in The Shoe.
5. LSU (4-0)
Their defense was iffy in tough road wins over Washington and Mississippi State, but LSU is still sitting at 4-0. Their goal line stand against Mississippi State was awesome, but we will find out how good LSU really is in the next two weeks. They must travel to Georgia this weekend, and then return home for a showdown with the Gators on Oct. 10.
6. Boise State. (4-0)
The Broncos’ season opening win over Oregon is looking better and better now that the Ducks have finally won a few games. Their offense is explosive, and the hardest part of their schedule is behind them. Another BCS Bowl Game for the Broncos is a very real possibility.
7. Oklahoma (2-1)
They lost to BYU…without Sam Bradford. Some people will try to tell you that Oklahoma was going to lose that game with or without Sam Bradford. Don’t listen to them. Oklahoma was winning 10-7 when Bradford left the game at halftime. Bradford had completed 10 of his 14 passing attempts for 94 yards and one touchdown before he was injured. If Bradford had been able to finish the game, Oklahoma would have easily won. But he couldn’t. Oklahoma lost. The Sooners are still legit.
8. Ohio St. (3-1)
They had some trouble with Navy in the season opener, and they lost a heartbreaker to USC the following week. But the Buckeyes have responded with two straight shutouts, and are in position to make another run at the Big 10 Title.
9. Virginia Tech (3-1)
The score didn’t show it, but the Hokies were absolutely dominated by a very good Alabama team in the season opener. Nevertheless, the Hokie defense has carried this team to a 3-1 record. If Virginia Tech had anything resembling an offense, they would be a National Championship caliber team. But they don’t. So Virginia Tech will have to settle for another mediocre conference championship.
10. TCU (3-0)
An impressive resume that includes a win against the highly regarded Virginia Cavaliers has launched the Horned Frogs into the top 10. But really, TCU is good. Defensive end Jerry Hughes is a boss, and he anchors a solid defense. Winning in Death Valley was impressive, but the Frogs will also have to win at BYU if they hope to earn a BCS bid.
11. Cincinnati (4-0)
Quarterback Tony Pike has been phenomenal for the Bearcats. He has already thrown for 1,223 yards and 11 touchdowns. Cincinnati won at Oregon State and knocked off Fresno State at home. The Bearcats are in the Big East, which means that they shouldn’t have too much trouble from here on out.
12. Iowa (4-0)
Is Iowa really good, or was Penn State just incredibly overrated? A little bit of both.
13. Oregon (3-1)
After a frustrating loss to Boise State (didn’t it just make you want to punch Byron Hout right in the face?), the Ducks have rolled off big wins over Purdue, Utah, and California. Their offense is back on track, and the Ducks are very much in contention for a Pac-10 Championship.
14. Miami (2-1)
The Hurricanes ran into the perfect storm at Lane Stadium. The rain. The turnovers. The blocked punt. It was ugly. But Miami is still a very dangerous team with a complete offense. Let’s wait until after the Oklahoma game this weekend to make a decision on whether "Da U" is back or not.
15. Georgia (3-1)
The Dawgs have rebounded from a season opening loss at Oklahoma State with impressive wins over South Carolina, Arkansas, and Arizona State.
16. Nebraska (3-1)
The Huskers are one play away from being undefeated. Let’s be honest with ourselves, they should have beaten Virginia Tech. Nebraska has blown out the rest of its out of conference opponents and is my pick to win the Big 12 North.
17. Houston (3-0)
A win at Oklahoma State and a narrow home win over Texas Tech has everybody talking about the Cougars as the next BCS Bowl Buster. They have the offense to win games, but they don’t have the defense to earn a better spot in the top 25. I don’t see Houston going undefeated. They will slip up against Mississippi State or Southern Mississippi. Who rushes the field after beating an unranked team anyway?
18. Oklahoma State (3-1)
Zac Robinson and Dez Bryant lead the Cowboys’ prolific offense. They’re a good team. Plus, their coach is a man! But they’re still no Texas or Oklahoma.
19. BYU (3-1)
Five turnovers can really damper your BCS hopes.
20. South Carolina (3-1)
So what if Ole Miss was just a tad overrated. The Cocks’ defense gave Jevan Snead a night to forget. South Carolina has a defense worthy of the SEC, but they are still a long way away from competing for an SEC Title.
21. California (3-1)
Jahvid Best is fast. But he sure struggled against the Ducks. He can’t disappear in big games if California wants to make some noise in the Pac-10 this year.
22. Mississippi (2-1)
Jevan Snead for Heisman? Good thing Spurrier changed his vote.
23. Auburn (4-0)
Their undefeated start has been aided by the comforts of home. But wins over Mississippi State and West Virginia aren’t anything to complain about.
24. Georgia Tech (3-1)
Sometimes the triple option works (317 rushing yards against UNC). Sometimes the triple option doesn’t work (95 rushing yards against Miami). The Jackets are too one dimensional to be a dominant team.
Southern Mississippi put up a fight, but the Jayhawks remain undefeated. Don’t worry, they’ll get some tallies in the loss column in the coming weeks.
1. Alabama (4-0)