|1.||Alabama||9-0||1||25||at Mississippi State|
|3.||Florida||9-0||3||42||at South Carolina|
|4.||Georgia Tech||9-1||5||12||at Duke|
|5.||TCU||9-0||9||47||v. (20) Utah|
|6.||Cincinnati||9-0||7||67||v. West Virginia|
|7.||LSU||7-2||8||17||v. Louisiana Tech|
|8.||Oregon||7-2||4||6||v. Arizona State|
|9.||USC||7-2||11||7||v. (24) Stanford|
|10.||Miami||7-2||18||11||at North Carolina|
|11.||Ohio State||8-2||19||46||v. (13) Iowa|
|12.||Boise State||9-0||13||82||v. Idaho|
|13.||Iowa||9-1||6||39||at (11) Ohio State|
|15.||Pittsburgh||8-1||15||70||v. Notre Dame|
|16.||Houston||8-1||16||94||at Central Florida|
|17.||Oklahoma State||7-2||20||68||v. Texas Tech|
|18.||Penn State||8-2||12||72||v. Indiana|
|19.||Tennessee||5-4||25||32||at Ole Miss|
|20.||Utah||8-1||24||99||at (5) TCU|
|22.||Virginia Tech||6-3||21||4||at Maryland|
|23.||Clemson||6-3||NR||23||at N.C. State|
|24.||Stanford||6-3||NR||15||at (9) USC|
|25.||Oregon State||6-3||NR||9||v. Washington|
Let’s Start at the End(zone): The bottom half of this thing is regoddamndiculous.
Once you get past Pittsburgh, it is essentially arbitrary selection.
As soon as you hit the mid-teens all teams look the same: hideously inconsistent, burdened with multiple defeats (one inexplicable), and aiming for a season that will ultiamtely be crowned by a post season appearance sponsored by company that you would not work for.
Am I being too hard on Virginia Tech? Almost certainly, as two of their losses are to my No. 1 and No. 4 teams, respectively.
Oh yeah, they lost in Chapel Hill along the way.
Meanwhile, a team they throttled resides at No. 10.
I know. I am an idot.
Seriously, Tennessee at #19? They are only 2-3 in the SEC and played the worst really close game in recent memory against Alabama. How can they even be ranked?
While we are in the neighborhood, should Penn State even be ranked? What is their best win? Temple? Northwestern? Could they really beat Wisconsin?
Thank God for 1-3: Eventually, this triumvirate will have to change. Or, maybe not.
These are the best three teams around, easily. Could GT really rush for their customary quarter mile against the top dogs? Will you on TCU, Cincinnati, or Boise State against the Tide or Gators or Longhorns?
The Best of the (2-loss) Rest: The Tigers have lost close games against Florida and Alabama, a distinction they share with Tennessee. That does not necessarily make them the best 2-loss team, just the least offensive.
And, yes, Boise State is #12. Does that defense look any good to you? Not me. They need to be nuking their competition and, to the contrary, they are struggling for large parts of their games.
I don’t want to hear about the Oregon game from 2 months ago. One game does not make a ranking.