I have waited years to do this, and then the Mothership decides to nix the Blogpoll. This will not deter me. And, hey, unlike Todd, I actually watch games! #BlameTodd. Feel free to praise me in the comments below.
Alabama Crimson Tide
South Carolina Gamecocks
Florida St. Seminoles
Oklahoma St. Cowboys
Texas A&M; Aggies
Virginia Tech Hokies
TCU Horned Frogs
Ole Miss Rebels
North CarolinaState Wolfpack, Notre Dame Fighting Irish,
PennState Nittany Lions, USC
Trojans, California Golden Bears
- Clemson: Home game at night, against an exceptionally talented UGA team. No one did more this week than the Tigers.
- Alabama: both lines showed growing pains against a very physical team returning 19 starters. Withholding judgment until we see the bounce back in College Station.
- Sakerlina: This team should scare the hell out of you. Lattimore was not missed, and the offense has a home run threat now.
- Oregon: Ho-hum, overpowering another pay-for-slaughter. Did nothing to drop or raise from lofty preseason expectations.
- Michigan: Watch what the Wolverines did to their tasty MAC patsy. This may be one of the most complete teams in the country…too bad Al Borges will cost them a game.
- LSU Tigers: Tough opponent, and a good win, in a de facto road game. LSU has a passing game now, and I am not comfortable with this. Defense is made of interchangeable admantium parts from 2003-2012 leftovers.
- Stanford: Get a decent passing game, and we’ll see if you can move up. An open bye week means you start a bit lower.
- Florida: Workmanlike physical effort. Driskel is still a one-step forward, two-step back guy. Mack is workhorse in the backfield.
State: Jameis is very very good. The offensive line is even better. The defense will cost that team two losses.
- Louisville: Dominating effort against a very good MAC team. Defense has improved. Teddy tosses 5 TDs to start the Heisman hype.
State: This team is still not right. The lines do nothing for me, CB is a liability. Bulls hung in there far longer than they should have against an alleged top-5 team.
- UGA: Hard to penalize a very physical 3-point loss to my #1 team. Malcolm Mitchell’s fluke injury is going to hurt this week when the Dawgs drop to 0-2.
State: Appears to have a defense to go with a potent running game. Where is that vaunted passing game though?
- Oklahoma: DL especially looked sharp dominating a decent ULM team. This team will get better each week, and QB position is better by subtraction –but you knew that would happen
- Wisconsin: Gary Andersen is a damn good coach, and this team won’t drop off. Our friends in the Warrior Poet conference can’t sleep on the loathed Badgers.
- Texas Longhorns: I’m happy for your run game, and Ash looked sharp. Don’t expect me to forget that assy first half though…against NMSU.
- Baylor Bears: Oregon, only with a fear of dice, dancing and light beer. WADR to Johnny FFB, he’s not even the best player in his own state. Lache Seastrunk waves hi.
- Washington: Ranked this highly for both dominating a good Boise squad, and for shutting down that nonsense before Labor Day. Thanks, guys.
- Texas A&M;: Suspensions aside, SEC teams do not fight for their lives against Rice…much less give up 306 yards on the ground to Rice.
- Virginia Tech: Phenomenal defense. Easily one of the best we’ll see this year. Good effort by the RBs/OL wasted by Scott Loeffler’s baffling game plan. Coverage teams and QB remain a disaster.
- TCU: No one wants to play LSU; playing them early in the season, before injuries hit, is even worse. Fast, athletic defense will pose problems to some B12 teams this year.
- Northwestern: Same gameplan that the Wildcats have relied on since Barnett: opportunistic defense; exciting offense –perhaps too exciting for comfort. Lack of a running game keeps the Wildcats in the second tier of the B1G.
- Sparty: This is the snow-bound Virginia Tech. World class defense, and quarterbacking that violates the 8th Amendment. I don’t know how they’ll score enough to win more than 7-8 games.
- Ole Miss: No one seriously thinks Ole Miss is a top-25 team. After the rash of early injuries, we won’t think about them much longer either.
- North Dakota
StateUniversity Bison: QB with balls of steel, dominating lines on both sides, well-coached. Ignore the state, the division and the logo; this is a bowl team in any conference in America.