College Football: Will Smith's Top 10 (After Week Two)
There have been two weeks of college football and there have already been major upsets in Virginia Tech and Kansas.
There has been a college football mega non-conference day and surprises with Florida's Mike Pouncey and Chris Rainey.
If I didn't know any better, I'd say this year's football is going to turn out to be a great with.
So without further adieu, here is my top 10 teams of the nation.
(Keep in mind i will be updating this and adding teams as the season progresses.)
1. Alabama Crimson Tide
Thus far, Alabama simply cannot be disputed as number one until they either lose, or play particularly atrocious against a weak opponent while another team consistently plays excellently.
With Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson, a stingy defense, and a QB who hasn't lost a game he started since since middle school, saying Alabama wasn't number one would simply be an act of bias.
2. Boise State Broncos
The Broncos took a bad shot last week while their one tough game of the year lost to FCS school, James Madison.
However, the last two years the Broncos have gone undefeated and even defeated this year’s likely PAC-10 champion and end-of-the-year top 5 team, Oregon.
Unless a Boise loses a fluke game on this year’s WAC schedule, expect to see them in the BCS National Championship.
3. Ohio State Buckeyes
I’m going to be completely honest, I have a strong bias against Ohio State, but they raised my level of respect a bit after the win against Miami, though without the 4 INTs I don’t think they would have won.
The defense looked very good, and Terrell Pryor showed again how he could make an excellent TB.
Expect another season full of wins.
Nevertheless, it’s still early in the season and Iowa or Wisconsin could take the Big 10 crown.
As long as OSU stays focused, they can keep the title for a 6th straight year.
4. Oregon Ducks
The 72-0 pounding the Ducks gave to the Lobos was the most lopsided victory in Autzen history.
13 points of which were scored by the backup offense.
Moreover, the backup defense prevented New Mexico from even scoring.
Yet, I must admit that they did beat New Mexico.
Therefore, I must bring up the W against Tennessee.
Though they played like the Bad News Bears in the first half, they more than made up for it by scoring 35 points in the second half and prevented the Vols’ offense from being productive.
Not only does that show experience and talent, it shows how the Ducks can control how they play and effectively bounce back from being sloppy.
5. Iowa Hackeyes
Last year, the Hawkeyes really emerged as a national contender.
Ricky Stanzi is an excellent QB and Iowa is undefeated when he plays a game from start to finish.
In addition, the defense is good enough to play with the best of them.
Lookout Ohio State, the Hawkeyes will be looking for revenge for last year’s 24-27 loss.
6. Nebraska Cornhuskers
The Big Red is making a comeback.
Even without Suh, their defense is great and plays with a fanatical passion, and as everyone knows, defense wins games.
Luckily for Nebraska, they’ve got plenty of defense to make up for their poor offense.
In addition, they have a great chance of taking the Big 12 Championship the last year they are in the conference.
Any team playing the Cornhuskers better take care to watch plenty of video and prepare for probably the hardest defense they’ll play all year.
7. Wisconsin Badgers
Yet again, another great defense.
They have developed well and have a chance to win the Big 10, though not as strong as OSU or Iowa.
John Clay could well be the next Toby Gerhart, he is fast and powerful.
This is the kind of team that could just manhandle anyone else in a contest of pure strength.
Beware teams that lack speed, Wisconsin will bring the pain
8. Florida Gators
Thus far, the Gators have not met expectations at all.
Urban Meyer’s time from the team has obviously taken its toll.
The offense is sloppy and the hole Tim Tebow left in the team has been showing.
They simply do not have the passion the nation has gotten used to seeing from Florida.
However, in the second half against South Florida, the Gators showed their potential.
I expect to see spurts of bad playing from the Gators, but Meyer will find a way to fix the problem.
9. Oklahoma Sooners
Despite losing a huge amount of talent last year, the Sooners have managed to keep together a good team.
Landry Jones has developed a lot since last year and the Sooners beating of Florida State only goes to show how well the Sooners intend to play in the future.
My prediction: Oklahoma will play Nebraska in the Big 12 Title game.
10. TCU Horned Frogs
Andy Dalton returns for his fourth season as the greatest asset the Frogs have.
Not only is he the winningest active quarterback, but he also has a strong receiving and running back core.
On the other hand, the defense has lost Jerry Hughes, a two-time All-American, and the cornerbacks are a question mark.
Luckily for the Frogs, the schedule is manageable and they will likely get another BCS game.