(Tyler Stimson votes in the ESPN-U poll and the Bleacher Report poll. )
(Previous rankings of top 10 teams in parentheses. )
1. TCU —Beat San Diego State 55-12. This team keeps rolling towards a BCS bowl. And hopefully a national title appearance. All they need is a Texas and Cincinnati loss, and they are a shoe-in for the title game. But in my opinion, this team deserves to get in over Texas, and play the SEC champion. Their defense is (arguably) the best in all of college football.
On offense, they average over 200 yards rushing a game and have one of the most efficient dual threat QB's in the nation in Andy Dalton.
And on special teams they have Jeremy Kerley, who already has two punt return touchdowns and is extremely dangerous as a receiver or running the wildcat formation.
This is the only team to beat Boise State in nearly two years.
This team has no clear weakness. They have played a tough schedule. And they are worthy of the No. 1 overall ranking.
In comparing Alabama and TCU, consider this: TCU beat San Diego State 55-12. San Diego State lost to UCLA 33-14. Tennessee also lost to UCLA, but by 30-19. Alabama beat Tennessee by only two points at home, needing two blocked field goals to do so. So that means that TCU is 33 points better than Alabama.
Since Florida beat Tennessee by 10, TCU is only 25 points better than Florida.
In comparing Texas and TCU, consider this: TCU beat BYU 38-7. BYU beat Oklahoma 14-13. Texas beat Oklahoma 16-13. So TCU is 29 points better than Texas!
(I'm not being completely serious, I'm just showing the idiocy of A-B-C team comparisons, especially when you take into account margin of victory)
To fans in the Dallas/Fort Worth area: Wake up! If people in Texas truly love football you have to support this team and start selling out that stadium!
Here is another article I wrote last week (from my perspective as a BYU fan) on why TCU will win a national title.
2. Alabama (5) — Beat LSU 24-15. Julio Jones had the play of the game with a long TD reception to give Alabama the lead for good. Alabama clinched a spot in the SEC title game. Everything is set for a Florida vs. Alabama SEC championship game, with the winner set to play for a national championship.
3. Florida— Beatdown Vanderbilt 27-3. This a complete team now that Tim Tebow is coming back to form. Any of the top four could be ranked in any order at this point. They all have cases to be No. 1, No. 4, or anywhere in between.
4. Texas (2) —Absolutely crushed UCF 35-3. Not exactly a tough test, but they passed with flying colors. Jordan Shipley set a new team record with over 270 receiving yards. We could be looking at an all Texas championship game this year.
5. Boise State (4) —Beat Louisiana Tech 45-35 on Friday night. Oregon’s loss hurts Boise’s BCs chances. It shouldn’t, but it does. If this team runs the table and still doesn’t make a BCS bowl, it will be a complete and utter travesty.
6. Cincinatti (7) —Beat Connecticut 47-45 in a wild one. Connecticut was able to make this one close, as they have done in every loss this season. Cincinatti keeps rolling towards the de facto Big East championship game against Pittsburgh in the final week of the season. The only question is if Tony Pike will get his job back.
7. Georgia Tech (10)— Won 23-20 over Wake Forest in overtime. They put there season on the line going for it on fourth and short. They got it and ran it in a few plays later for the walk-off victory. I have them ranked the highest of the three one-loss BCS teams remaining.
8. Pittsburgh (14) —Blew out Syracuse, 37-10. This team jumped six spots because of all the losses of teams in front of them.
9. Utah (13) —Beat New Mexico 45-15. This is a solid team that tends to play down to their competition. But not today. They beat up on the worst team in the Mountain West conference, scoring the most points they've scored all year. Their only loss is 24-31 at Oregon (possibly the best home team in the entire country).
10. Houston —Escaped 46-45 against Tulsa, in a thriller. They were down by eight and got a TD with 22 seconds left. Then they missed the two point converson, got an onside kick, and got in FG position. They their kicker nailed a 51-yarder with no time remaining. An inexplicable loss to UTEP is the only thing keeping them from being unbeaten.
11. LSU (9) —Lost 24-15 against Alabama on the road in a game that was much more competitive than the score would indicate.
12. Iowa (8) —Lost to Northwestern 17-10. Iowa's luck finally ran out, but they still control their destiny for reaching the Rose Bowl. If they win at Ohio State, the Big Ten Title is theirs.
13. Oregon (6)- Lost to Stanford 52-41. This was a classic trap game. Oregon was on top of the world coming of the heels of their domination of Southern California, but they clearly underestimated Stanford.
They trailed 37-14 at the half, and were unable to come all the way back in the second half. I still think this is the best team in an extremely competitive Pac-10. This is not a good game for the Pac-10, but it does show the depth of the conference.
14. Arizona —Crushed Pac-10 cupcake Washington State 48-7. They had a punt and a kick return for a TD to blow the game wide open.
15. Miami —Beatdown Virginia 52-17. This is a good football team with some solid wins this season.
16. USC— Beat Arizona State 14-9 with a solid defensive effort on the road. Their defense finally showed up after giving up 27, 36, and 47 points in the last three weeks.
17. Ohio State —Crushed Penn State 24-7 on the road. How did they lose to Purdue?
18 . Oklahoma State —Bounced back from last week with a 34-8 victory over Iowa State.
19. BYU —Played their best football of the season, crushing Wyoming on the road 52-0. BYU is still perfect on the road. Max Hall had one of the most efficeint and spectacular games he has had in his career. He was 20-22 for 320 yards and four TD's in two and a half quarters.
McKay Jacobsen came back for the first time in a month and a half and made a big contribution with an 80 yard TD catch in the second quarter. Keep in mind, this is the same Wyoming team that Texas trailed 10-7 with late in the first half.
20. Wisconsin— Held on for a 31-28 victory over a scrappy Indiana team.
21. Penn State —Got blown out by Ohio State. Penn State has played one of the easiest schedules in the entire country. I still think they are (barely) a top 25 team.
22. South Florida— Had a bye week. They have a big game against Miami in two weeks.
23. Stanford— Pulled off the massive upset 51-42 over Oregon, which looked like the hottest team in all of college football. They are 7-3 overall and 5-2 in the Pac-10.
24. Navy— Upset Notre Dame 23-21. They ran for 360 yards and held Notre Dame to 60 yards rushing. I know they lost to Temple, but they are 7-3, with solid wins over Air Force and Notre Dame, and close losses at Pitt and at Ohio State.
25. Virginia Tech —Bounced back with a solid 16-3 victory over East Carolina.
Dropped Out: Oklahoma (20), Notre Dame (22), Cal (23)
Newcomers: Stanford, Navy, Virginia Tech
Please post any comments below! Let me know what you think about these rankings.
What do you totally disagree with? Please let me know!
Here is a link to my rankings from last week.
Thanks for reading, everyone!