College Football is like this beautiful quilt.
For the first few weeks, we stitch the fabric together and swear it's all going to stay like this forever more. Then the upsets happen. A No. 1 goes. Suddenly the patchwork quilt changes colors, allegiances, and conference colours. We throw in a bit of math, too much controversy and no-one quite knows what the hell's going on.
After an exhausting weekend, where our nerves were fraught all the way from Tallahassee to Hawaii this Saturday, here are our top 25. And sorry Nevada, you are not in it.
1) Oregon - The good news? They're unbeaten in a very good Pac-10. Bad news? They've still got to play most of a very good Pac-10. And they've got the best cheerleaders in college football.
2) Boise State - Best non-BCS team in the country. Could well be the best team in the country, if you believe the screw-up known as the BCS. Oh well. They'll run the table this season, and go to the national title game.
3) TCU - Horrible for the first quarter against BYU, but the Frogged Horns (or whatever they are called) got it done. Gotta love the co-eds, too.
4) Oklahoma - The Sooners are starting look less untidy and more good. Can't wait for the showdown in Columbia, Missouri next weekend.
5) Auburn - Cam Newton's got the Tigers ticking all the way to a showdown of the unbeatens against LSU next week.
6) LSU - The Tigers were awful last night about McNeese State. Really, really awful. They only scored 32 points because they were playing, er, McNeese State. Next up? Auburn. In Auburn. Can't wait, kids!
7) Michigan State - We thought that Illinois was going to be a test for Sparty. It wasn't.
8) Utah - The fact that the Utes are unbeaten has got to count for something, eh?
9) Alabama - After the shock of the Gamecocks' loss, it was never going to be that pretty against Ole Miss. And it wasn't.
10) Ohio State - The Buckeyes loss at Wisconsin showed that they aren't too wonderful against a giant offensive line and a good running back. Good thing they didn't play anyone that's good this year.
11) Iowa - Wonderful win against Michigan. That loss to Arizona was a freak.
12) Missouri - Suddenly everyone's talking about the boys from Columbia. We're not convinced. If they beat OU we will be though.
13) Florida State- Since they lost to Oklahoma, Florida State has gone out and said, "We can play." Will this be the year they end the curse of the Gator?
14) Oklahoma State - Oklahoma State's offense rules the first half of the Texas Tech game. And then what happened? Was this defense I see before me riding up the plains?
15) Arkansas - How will Arkansas cope if Ryan Mallett's done for the year. With Tyler Wilson, the 'Backs are in good hands.
16) Nebraska - It's a big drop for a team ranked No. 5, but then again, the Cornhuskers played worthlessly on Saturday and deserve it.
17) Stanford - The NFL loves you Andrew Luck.
18) Wisconsin - The huge upset over Ohio State is great. The 80,000 'Jump Around' at the 3rd/4th quarter break is better.
19) South Carolina - In one game-ending play, Stephen Garcia turned into the overrated QB we know and love on Saturday night at Kentucky.
20) Arizona - Survived without Nick Foles for most of their win over Washington State. Also helped that the Cougars are, well, the Cougars.
21) West Virginia - A dominating performance against, er, South Florida.
22) Virginia Tech - That's right, the James Madisoners are ticking at the moment. We strictly advise not betting against them.
23) Hawaii - Upset of Nevada helped by an offense you just can't stop.
24) Michigan - Tate Forcier led the line, and nearly a comeback against Iowa. Nearly.
25) Mississippi State - Massive victory in Gainsville. After close losses against Auburn and LSU, Dan Mullen finally got his signature win. We're very happy.
Finally, I'm glad I wasn't in Madison, Wisconsin when this came past my door.
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