Here we are, already onto Week 10 of college football, and this wonderful game has proven to us time after time why we love it so deeply.
If you had asked someone before the season began what he or she thought about the current top five teams in the nation, what would there response have been?
Crazy, stupid, idiotic, or somewhere along those lines.
Let's take a quick glance at those top five teams:
No. 1—Oregon: Not many people expected Oregon to have such rapid success, considering the Ducks lost their starting quarterback, Jeremiah Masoli, not long before the season.
Oregon came into the season ranked No. 11 in the AP Poll Preseason Top 25 Poll, and many thought they were still overrated.
But the Ducks have proved everyone wrong, currently sitting at the top spot in the nation. And not to mention they may arguably have one of the most explosive offenses nationwide led by sophomore—and Heisman candidate—running back LaMichael James.
No. 2—Boise State: The Broncos came into the season ranked No. 3 in the AP Poll Preseason Top 25 Poll.
After compiling a record of 7-0, and beating two Top 25 teams (Virginia Tech and Oregon State), they are currently ranked No. 2 in the AP Poll Top 25, so this really isn't a surprise, because moving up one spot isn't a huge leap.
Heisman candidate Kellen Moore, who is trying to get the Broncos to their first ever BCS National Championship, is the chief in command for the Broncos.
No. 3—Auburn: This is the team least expected to be in the top-five. They were certainly expected to be good coming into the season, but not this good. The Tigers came into the season No. 22 in the AP Poll Top 25. But they slowly crept up the rankings, and that included signature wins against South Carolina, Arkansas, and LSU. Auburn’s star quarterback, Cam Newton, has also exceeded many expectations and is arguably the leading Heisman candidate.
No. 4—TCU: Am I going crazy or are there two non-BCS teams in the top-five?
TCU has virtually destroyed every team they have played this season. The Horned Frogs closest game has come against Oregon State, where TCU won by nine points. And in TCU’s last five games, the closest any team has been is 27 points.
They came into this season ranked No. 6 in the AP Poll Preseason Top 25, and, just like Boise State, have not disappointed.
They have even jumped the Broncos in the BCS Rankings and sit at No. 3.
No. 5—Alabama: This is another team that comes as a surprise, but for a different reason than every other team.
The Crimson Tide came into the season No. 1 on every preseason poll there was as the Tide returned Greg McElroy, Julio Jones, Marcell Dareus, Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson, and also brought in a heap of highly talented recruits.
But Alabama was upset by South Carolina in Week 6, 35-21, and that sent the Tide down to No. 8 in the AP Poll.
They have since crept back up to No. 5 and need to continue winning—along with a couple upsets to occur—for them to have a shot at back-to-back national championships.
Certainly things will continue to take shape as we head into the home stretch of the college football season, and we will continue to monitor things week-by-week.
As for the top-five teams mentioned above, things will only continue to get harder for them, because they all have a large target on their backs.
I will give you what I think the toughest game remaining on each of their schedules, the winner, and who will be the BCS National Championship Game.
But without further adieu…