An hour ago, Cal was shocked at home by Oregon State and Mizzou turned the ball over time after time in losing at OU.
Four hours ago, LSU inexplicably ran an HB iso on 4th-and-2 to lose at Kentucky in three overtimes.
My favorite teams, Tennessee and Oregon, won impressively against weak conference foes.
It was yet another bizarre weekend of football—and the chaos is reflected in my latest power rankings.
These rankings are based on my gut feeling about the most powerful teams TODAY. With so much parity in college football this season, the pecking order is subject to change every week.
Good teams play bad, and sometimes bad teams (Stanford) play good. It's inexplicable, but it happens.
I actually gave these rankings quite a bit of thought, and initially put USF at number 1. However, could they beat LSU, Florida, Kentucky, Oregon, or Ohio State on any given night? Probably not...but you have to give them some credit for being undefeated...and as far as OU and LSU, the Sooners just beat a top-10 quality opponent (missing its leading rusher) while LSU lost. This week, RIGHT NOW, these rankings are the best in my opinion, and I watch every game. They will change week to week because there are so many upsets, so criticize all you want, but I am betting (Ohio State aside) these will be close to the final rankings.
An impressive victory over previously unbeaten Missouri vaults Oklahoma into the top spot.
The loss at Colorado hurts the Sooners' credibility, but Mizzou is their second big-time win this season, and OU is now now the front-runner to win the Big 12 title.
Plus, head coach Bob Stoops is as good as they come.
2. Boston College (7-0)
With all the losses, and BC winning again, the Golden Eagles slide up to No. 2.
BC beat a terrible Notre Dame team, but I liked their defense. Their big test will come against Virginia Tech.
BC has a great offensive coordinator in Steve Logan, but best of all they have a senior stud QB in Matt Ryan. Individual talent is a plus for this team, and the schedule is on their side.
3. University of Oregon (5-1)
The Ducks led 40-0 at the half against Washington State today. I put Oregon this high because I see them beating the likes of Ohio State, Oklahoma, USC, and other teams in the Top 10.
Oregon's hopes for a national title ride squarely on the shoulders of star QB Dennis Dixon. The Ducks lost early, which means they can climb the rankings quickly as the season winds down. A win over USC will validate them as legitimate contenders.
4. University of South Florida (6-0)
USF absolutely destroyed UCF on Saturday, putting up 60+ points in a statement game.
Never mind that they beat West Virginia and Auburn—the critics said the Bulls were overrated and couldn't compete with the big dogs. While UCF is no powerhouse, USF certainly silenced the doubters for the time being.
Can the Bulls run the table? Very possible. I doubt they'll play for the national title if they do, but right now they're playing like the best team in the nation.
Since this is about power, and not the AP poll, I put the Wildcats above LSU and Florida—even though Florida may beat Kentucky next week.
Andre' Woodson played well today, and this team has a shot at the SEC East. If they win out, they may get a rematch with LSU in the SEC title game.
6. LSU (6-1)
Beat Florida, lost in triple OT at Kentucky, and still may get a shot at the national title.
LSU is a good team and deserves to be high in the polls. They play one of the toughest schedules in college football, and we'll hear from the Tigers at the end of the season when they represent the SEC West for the conference title.
7. University of Florida (4-2)
I hate UF, but they could beat any of the teams on this list on any given night.
8. Ohio State (7-0)
The Buckeyes will probably be No. 1 in the new polls, but they have no wins over teams in the Top 25.
Beating Kent State, Youngstown State, and Ohio School for the Blind does little to impress.
I believe OSU is, at best, the fifth-best team in college football, and LSU would give the Buckeyes a run for their money.
They may be the first team in history to play for a national title with no Top-25 victories (Purdue doesn't count).
The Gamecocks have arguably the best big-time coach in college football—and with super-frosh QB Chris Smelley playing like a star, USC is a player in the SEC East.
If the 'Cocks take on UK again, the Wildcats could easily win. SEC teams will beat up on each other all season.
10. California (5-1)
If Nate Longshore isn't injured, Cal is No. 1 and in the BCS driver's seat...but a major setback to Oregon State costs the Bears.
Their future is murky as the season rolls on.
Next in Line
11. West Virginia
13. Arizona State