My CFB Top 10 – 9/19/08
For those of you not brave enough or informed enough to comprehend my political notes, be glad the college football is back. Other than USC, nine of my top ten teams come from either the SEC (5) or the Big 12 (4). The Pac-10 might not have anyone other than USC in my top 25, that’s how bad they are this year. If USC loses to anyone in their conference, they don’t deserve to play for the national championship.
1) USC Trojans
Even though Ohio State has been and still is incredibly overrated, beating them so thoroughly is still impressive. Their road to the National Championship game has no major road blocks left. They play only one ranked team between now and December, and that’s a home game against Oregon, and the Ducks seems to go though as many quarterbacks as they do uniforms.
2) Oklahoma Sooners
One of two teams that have scored at least 52 points in each of their first three games. With a sophomore quarterback that seems to get better every week and a schedule that sees every tough opponent come to Norman, OU seems poised to waltz into the Big 12 Championship game.
3) Missouri Tigers
The second team to score at least 52 points in each game, and the nation’s leading scoring offense at nearly 58 points a game. With a defense that is getting healthy for tough road games at Texas and Nebraska, the Tigers hope to get another chance at Oklahoma after the Sooners beat the Tigers twice to kill any national titles hopes Mizzou had.
4) Florida Gators
After two wins over Hawaii and Miami, this week’s game at Tennessee will give people a more accurate view of which team Florida is. The team that dominated Hawaii or the one that led Miami only 9-3 before putting the Canes away with 17 fourth quarter points.
5) Georgia Bulldogs
I dropped UGA down to five because I believe that the four teams above them would have scored more than one touchdown against an unranked South Carolina team. Arizona State shouldn’t give the Dawgs much trouble, although they’re a better club than GA Southern and Central Michigan.
6) Texas Longhorns
For now. Hurricane Ike forced them to postpone their game against Arkansas, further toughening their midseason schedule. Facing Oklahoma and Missouri in back to back weeks is about as tough of a draw as anyone can get in college football.
7) LSU Tigers
They avoided losing to Appalachian State and beat up on North Texas, but now the fun begins. They get UGA and Florida from the East this year, and they’ll need a quarterback to step up to return to the SEC Championship game for the third time in the past four years.
8 ) Alabama Crimson Tide
Manhandled then Top-10 ACC power Clemson in the first week of the season then dominated lower-tier competition n Tulane and Western Kentucky. Saban’s top recruiting classes are beginning to pay off for Alabama.
9) Texas Tech Red Raiders
Their new emphasis on defense will be tested as they enter conference play next week, but the offense looks just as good as it did last year.
10) Auburn Tigers
I wasn’t thrilled about putting a team that managed three points off Mississippi State in the top 10, but I’m more wary about putting any team from the Big 10 (Wisconsin) here in their place. So Auburn it was, but if the way they played against MSU was any indicator, they’re going to have some trouble with the good SEC teams.
Wisconsin, South Florida, BYU, Ohio State