Sorry for not putting one of these up after the Florida game. I was in a car on the way back from Gainesville Sunday and sleeping the weekend off when I got home.
Here it goes again.
25. Kent State Garnet and Cocky’s new weekly favorite. The 25th spot in our poll has not been kind to most of the teams that have been slotted in it. Will the Golden Flashes buck that trend? Probably not… they did lose to Kentucky after all.
24. Arizona Why not? They did just knock of Southern Cal, and they’re pretty fun to watch.
23. UCLA Do the Bruins have any good wins? Not really. Do they have a bad loss? Yes. Can you make the case for, like, 15 teams to be ranked 23-25? Hell yes.
22. Southern California No Heisman for Barkley, no national championship trophy for the Trojans, and still nothing legit to put on the resume for Lane Kiffin.
21. Texas The Longhorns suffered two losses to solid opponents. They’ve still got two of those type of foes left on their schedule, so if they can knock them off (Texas Tech and Kansas State), they might be able to sneak in close to the top 10 when the season is over.
20. Texas Tech The Red Raiders got blown out by Kansas State, but they have a pair of good wins this season, and their other loss was to Oklahoma.
19. Boise State The Broncos won’t have a good win on their resume even if they run the table. Still, it’s pretty hard to go 11-1, so they could be a top 15 team by season’s end.
18. West Virginia The nation’s darlings no longer hold that distinction. They’re still an explosive team with a bright future in the short and long terms.
17. Stanford That win over Southern California doesn’t look so impressive anymore. None of their wins look that impressive to be honest.
16. Oregon State Most people will have these guys dropping out of the top 20. Not me. This is still a good team that has a chance a great season.
15. Mississippi State I still think I’m overrating them, but I can’t find a good reason to put the teams behind them in this slot.
14. Texas A&M I don’t know why they dropped so far after losing to LSU, but this is a top 15 team and they’ll probably finish the year with just two losses.
13. Clemson The Tigers only loss came at the hands of Florida State, and their only tough remaining game this year is against South Carolina.
12. Louisville Never thought I’d have a Big East team this close to the top 10 this year, but Louisville has done everything it needed to do to become relevant in 2012.
11. Florida State I debated putting them higher, but then I looked at their schedule. There’s no way this team should have a loss right now.
10. Oklahoma Again, they’ve got two losses, but those two losses are to great teams. Wins do matter, but in the end, the Sooners will probably end up with 10 of them.
9. South Carolina Call me biased, but when you look at the one-loss teams behind them in this poll, you’ll be hard pressed to explain why any of them are better than the Gamecocks right now.
8. Ohio State Another week, another top 25 Big 10 team goes down. Someone has to win that sad conference, right? Right?! Too bad Ohio State can’t be that team.
7. Florida Man what a difference a week makes. After benefiting from four South Carolina turnovers in the Swamp, the Gators gave the ball away six times to Georgia. Like the Gamecocks found out, it’s impossible to win like that.
6. Georgia As much as I despise them for most likely backing into the SEC Championship after losing to South Carolina for the second year in a row, they did just upset the #2 team in the nation.
5. LSU Despite their loss to FLorida, all LSU has to do to make it to the national championship game is beat Alabama, and then win the SEC Championship, most likely over Georgia. We’ll know if the can get that first part done next weekend.
4. Notre Dame I have no idea why the Fighting Irish scheduled such tough opponents. They could’ve went undefeated against 12 Kentucky’s this year and still played in the national championship because they’re Notre Dame. Props to them, though, because they’re shutting all the haters, like me, up.
3. Oregon The Ducks really haven’t played anyone yet, but they’re making sure those no ones never have a chance against them. They crushed Arizona, a team that just beat Southern Cal, and they also destroyed a Washington squad that upset Stanford.
2. Kansas State The Wildcats have wins over (then) #6 Oklahoma, (then) #13 West Virginia and (then) #14 Texas Tech this year. They’ve got one game against a ranked opponent left, and if this team goes undefeated the rest of the way, they deserve a shot at the national championship.
1. Alabama The best team in the nation exposed one of the more overrated clubs in it Saturday. The Tide look unbeatable right now. LSU might have something to say about that next week, in Baton Rouge, at night, though.