My Top 25 College Football Teams for the Week of Oct. 5

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My Top 25 College Football Teams for the Week of Oct. 5
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1. Alabama (5-0)

The Tide and quarterback Greg McElroy got off to a slow start against Kentucky but pulled out an 18-point victory to hold on to the No. 1 spot.  Mark Ingram continued his dominance with 140 rushing yards and two touchdowns.  Alabama travels to Oxford to face Ole Miss this Saturday in a big SEC West matchup.

 

2. Florida (4-0)

The Gators had a bye week which gave Tebow time to rest up for the big showdown in Baton Rouge against LSU.  I'd be willing to bet the farm that Tebow will start against LSU.  I'm thinking Florida wins big.

 

3. Texas (4-0)

The Longhorns also had a bye week and face Colorado at home this Saturday.

 

4. USC (4-1)

The Trojans dominated California in a game that showcased the greatness of Joe McKnight.  USC has a bye this week to get ready for Notre Dame in South Bend.

 

5. Ohio State (4-1)

The Buckeyes continued their dominance of the Big Ten with a win at Indiana.  The Ohio State defense held the Hoosiers to only 18 rushing yards.  Ohio State might be tested this week with a home game against Wisconsin.

 

6. LSU (5-0)

The Tigers drop in the polls because their offense is just not impressive.  They beat a tough Georgia team on the road, but quarterback Jordan Jefferson must play better for the Tigers.  LSU will struggle against Florida's defense, and may very well never find the end zone.

 

7. Boise State (5-0)

The Broncos defeated UC Davis 34-16 and have a bye until their Wednesday night game at Tulsa on Oct. 14.

 

8. Virginia Tech (4-1)

The Hokies finally found success in their passing game against Duke.  Tyrod Taylor passed for 327 yards, but Virginia Tech only managed a 34-26 victory.  Virginia Tech needs this kind of performance from Taylor against good teams if the Hokies want to make some noise late in the season. 

The Hokies face Boston College at home this week.

 

9. TCU (4-0)

The Horned Frogs once again showed their defensive dominance in their 39-14 victory over Southern Methodist.  TCU is on upset alert this week as they travel to face a dangerous Air Force team.

 

10. Cincinnati (5-0)

The Bearcats earned their fifth win against a winless Miami (OH) football squad.  Cincinnati doesn't have much to brag about so far in terms of quality wins, but their Thursday night matchup at South Florida on Oct. 15 will show us a lot about this team.

 

11. Miami (3-1)

The U made it through a brutal opening four games with a 3-1 record.  The Canes knocked off the Bradford-less Sooners 21-20, and looked good in the process.  Jacory Harris is a great quarterback, but Javarris James may be an even better running back.  Miami faces Florida A&M at home this week.

 

12. Oregon (4-1)

Is Washington State good?  No.  But Oregon absolutely dominated the Cougars in every aspect of the game.  I think it's safe to say that Oregon has completely put the Boise State game behind them.  The Ducks travel to UCLA this Saturday.

 

13. Nebraska (3-1)

The Huskers are very good.  They blew out Louisiana-Lafayette 55-0 in a tune up before they travel to Missouri this Thursday night.  Watch this game and tell me that Nebraska does not have a defense capable of stopping Texas.

 

14. Auburn (5-0)

The Tigers and their unconventional offense came out of Knoxville with a 26-22 victory.  Auburn was successful in its first road test; although Tennessee's offense didn't put up much of a fight.  The Tigers are at Arkansas this Saturday.

 

15. Oklahoma State (3-1)

The Cowboys had a bye this week and travel to College Station to face Texas A&M this Saturday.

 

16. Georgia (3-2)

The Dawgs suffered a heart-breaking 20-13 loss to LSU at home.  The excessive celebration penalties were heinous, and directly affected the outcome of the game.  Despite Georgia's two losses, they are still a top-25 team. 

Losses to LSU and at Oklahoma State are nothing to be ashamed of.  Georgia should rebound with a win at Tennessee this Saturday.

 

17. BYU (4-1)

The Cougars took care of Utah State without any problems, and travel to UNLV this Saturday.  BYU should be 6-1 when they face TCU on Oct. 24.

 

18. South Carolina (4-1)

The Gamecocks started slowly, but scored 21 points in the third quarter to finally put away South Carolina State of the lowly MEAC.  South Carolina has Kentucky at home this Saturday.

 

19. Oklahoma (2-2)

The Sooners are a mystery.  Sam Bradford has been out since week one, but Landry Jones has done a more than adequate job in his place.  The two losses have put the Sooners out of the BCS Championship picture, but they might still be a good team when Bradford returns. 

With receiver Ryan Broyles now out for a month, who will Bradford throw to when he returns?  Oklahoma has Baylor at home this Saturday.

 

20. Mississippi (3-1)

Vanderbilt did not give the Rebels any trouble, and Ole Miss cruised to a 23-7 victory.  Jevan Snead threw three touchdowns to go along with his three interceptions.  Snead has been the poster boy for the abolishment of preseason accolades.

He will have to play better against 'Bama this Saturday if Ole Miss is going to have any chance at knocking off the Tide.

 

21. Georgia Tech (4-1)

The Jackets' success through the air led Georgia Tech to a 42-31 victory over a solid Mississippi State team.  Quarterback Josh Nesbitt threw for 266 yards, and proved that the Jackets might not be so one dimensional after all.  Georgia Tech travels to Tallahassee to face a bipolar Florida State team this Saturday. 

 

22. Wisconsin (5-0)

The Badgers enter my top 25 after a 31-28 win at Minnesota.  The win over the Gophers comes a week after a 38-30 victory over Michigan State.  Wisconsin is rolling but must travel to Columbus to play the Buckeyes this Saturday.

 

23. Kansas (4-0)

The Jayhawks had a bye week, and will play Iowa State at home this Saturday.  Their first real test won't come until Oct. 24 against Oklahoma.

 

24. South Florida (5-0)

The Bulls are coming off a big win at Syracuse...that was a joke.  But the Bulls are undefeated, and have a win at Florida State on their resume.  South Florida enters my top 25 simply because no other teams have been that impressive.

 

25. Iowa (5-0)

The Hawkeyes had to block two field goals at the end of regulation to defeat Northern Iowa in week one.  This past Saturday, the Hawkeyes barely defeated Arkansas State.  After a furious fourth quarter rally, Arkansas State fell just short and lost 24-21. 

The Hawkeyes may not be impressive, but they are 5-0.  They host Michigan this Saturday and will probably fall out of my top 25. 

 

Houston (58-41 loss to UTEP) and California (30-3 loss to USC) both dropped out of my top 25 this week.

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