One of the enjoyable incidental benefits of the Buckeyes’ bye week—aside from decreased blood pressure—is that I get to watch a full day’s worth of football. I didn't have the pleasant distraction, but distraction nonetheless, of losing my mind while watching the Buckeyes.
One other secondary benefit was that I realized how wrong I was about so many teams. I was able to watch to the early Big Ten matchups, midday SEC and ACC contests, as well as the Big 12 nightcap.
On top, I had a lot of movement, and not just because of Texas’ loss. Am I the only one that gets the feeling that Penn State could not hang with the big boys from the SEC and Big 12?
I just don't see the Nittany Lions keeping up with Texas Tech, Texas, or Oklahoma. And, the Gators? Fuhgetaboutit. I watched Florida and I'm sure they would shred PSU. I am not looking to trash Penn State, but I believe any objective fan would pick the rest of the Top 8 to beat PSU.
Speaking of Florida, you could vote them No. 1 and I would not have any problem with it. Their offense is unreal. They put up 163 points on defenses that pundits claimed were pretty good. Plus, they may not score more than 40 points in each of their remaining games. Their offense is that good.
Call it post-traumatic blowout syndrome, but I believe USC should be in the top three. I know they have inconsistencies on offense, but their defense is the best in the country.
They have given up 20 points in the last five games. I agree that Washington and Washington State are horrible—WSU may be the worst BCS conference team I can remember—but I do not envision any elite team (save Florida) moving the ball against the Trojans.
I grouped the non-BCSers together because I have equally few opinions of each. Utah and TCU square off this Thursday night, which will give me a better idea of their respective talent, but neither of them is going to crack the Top 10 as it stands.
The bottom seven features six new teams, with one from each BCS conference; I swear that was unintentional. Somehow, North Carolina is the highest ranked team in the ACC and I think it has as much to do with my belief that they will finish 10-2 and ahead of everyone else in that league.