The Gamecocks were off Saturday, and some people might hold that against them (judging on some of the other FanSided Top 25s I’ve read through emails today), but, naturally, I won’t.
Here’s Garnet and Cocky’s latest top 25 poll:
25. Rutgers Mostly because I could put anyone with two or fewer losses in this spot and make a good argument for them, and partially because my mind is fried from trying to do that.
24. Northern Illinois These guys seem to find a way to win 10 games more often than not recently. They’re well ahead of schedule to meet that mark again.
23. Kent State Hey. I had them 25th last week. They’ve got to move up a little bit.
22. Michigan? Yes that question mark is on purpose. They don’t have a good win, but they don’t have a bad loss either. I’m just having a hard time finding teams worthy of being in the top 25 right now.
21. Louisiana Tech I guess I can finally hop on this bandwagon. They don’t have a signature win, but they are scoring more than 50 points a game this year. So that’s cool.
20. Nebraska I ask this question every week, but Someone’s gotta win the Big 10, right?
19. TCU Sure, it might be a stretch to rank them so high, but if you go back and look at the teams I had ranked 19-25 last week, it’s almost impossible to figure out a right way to rank them this week.
18. UCLA Yeah, they were unranked in a lot of polls last week, but not mine. So they’re movin’ on up after their impressive humiliation of Arizona.
17. Texas Thanks to West Virginia’s epic collapse this year (which was capped off yesterday), Boise State’s loss to Arizona State, and the Longhorns drubbing of Texas Tech on the road, these fine fellas find themselves back in Garnet and Cocky’s top 20.
16. Stanford I’d like to take this time to say a few words about the team the Cardinal just crushed, Colorado. How can a team that won two (TWO) National Titles in the 90s be this (THIS) bad in the second decade of the new millennium? It baffles the mind.
15. Oregon State The Beavers shook off their first loss of the year with a nice 36-26 win over Arizona State. These guys have to keep winning if Oregon wants a shot at a BCS Title, in my eyes.
14. Clemson Ah, to live life in the ACC. Where you play one tough conference game a year, lose it, then skyrocket up the polls by beating UNC, Wake Forest, and, of course, Duke on a weekly basis.
13. Texas A&M I believe the Aggies would destroy the team I have ranked just above them in this poll. Sadly, they will not get the chance to do that. That Johnny Football fella is pretty good at that QB thing isn’t he?
12. Louisville Everyone went crazy over Teddy Bridgewater’s stat line yesterday. So I looked it up. 324 yards and 5 TDs on 19/28 passing. That’s pretty good. Then I looked up who he did it against. Temple. Who’s allowed an averaged QB rating against of 154. Congrats, Teddy. You just won the Heisman.
11. Florida State These guys were on a bye this week, and have another two weeks against sub-par ACC teams before their final test of the year against the Gators.
10. Oklahoma The Sooners knocked off the ever pesky Cyclones of Iowa State after a shaky start. They sit second in the Big 12 thanks to their blowout win over Texas earlier this year, but they still have to play Baylor, West Virginia, Oklahoma State and TCU. This is a team that could either fly up the rankings or plummet out of them in the next few weeks.
9. South Carolina The Gamecocks had the week off, and came close to moving up with Florida and Notre Dame nearly losing to unranked teams. Alas, SC will have to win out to crawl any further into the top 10 (of my poll or the BCS).
8. LSU A team can’t fall that far after almost beating ‘Bama. Hey, The Jaguars are almost as good as the Tigers, right? Alabama could totally beat Jacksonville, right?
7. Florida James Franklin was the best Gator passer of the day as UF beat Missouri 14-7 in large part to Franklin’s propensity to hit wide open Florida DBs every time he got Mizzou into Gator territory.
6. Ohio Sate Every week in this spot I take a moment to bash the Big 10. I’ll let that league bash itself today.
5. Notre Dame Three overtimes. To beat Pitt. Who lost to Youngstown State. ‘Nough said.
4. Georgia It pains me to have them this high. It pains me they’re going to a second straight SEC Championship game after losing to Carolina for the second straight year. But after watching Notre Dame almost lose to a team that Youngstown State beat… yeah. I’ll leave it at that.
3. Oregon Their only quality win of the year just happened, and in that victory, they turned the Southern Cal team they defeated into a three loss team. If Oregon State loses another game by the time these two schools meet, that could spell doom for Oregon’s BCS Title hopes.
2. Kansas State Collin Klein went down in the third quarter of their latest victory, but he was seen on the sideline in good spirits, walking around, clapping, etc. I believe he’ll play the rest of the season, but what do I know, I’m just (not) a doctor.
1. Alabama The Crimson Tide somehow pulled out one of the most improbable wins in the history of Death Valley. I don’t think there was much doubt before, but now nobody should have a different No. 1.