Sep 14

The Top Fan's Top 25 - Week 2

Posted By:Brett Haynes - Greenville, SC  Tags:

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Here is my top 25 (er, 27...) following week two of action. This season is setting up to be wilder than any I can remember...
1. Florida Gators (2-0) - The Gators feasted once again, and as defending champs get to keep this spot, but it is time for them to schedule a good out of conference pre-SEC season game. They should demolish Tennessee this weekend in the Swamp. They go to LSU in 19 days.
2. TIE - USC (2-0)/Alabama (2-0) - This is a tie as both teams have won key out of conference games on the road. Alabama's was a neutral site win, but still a big win. USC showed major poise in driving 95 yards late against a tough Ohio State defense.
4. Texas (2-0) - The 'Horns may be the best team out there, but they are still in need of some quality wins. They didn't beat Wyoming as bad as I thought they would. The first big game for Texas is this weekend as they host the Red Raiders of Texas Tech.
5. Penn State (2-0) - Joe Pa and company just keep quietly beating people. They do not have a big game until they travel to Michigan October 24th. Until then, after 50 years on a winning sideline, he is earned a non-eventful trip into the top 5. I know they could slip, but I see another 10-win season for the Man.
6. Mississippi (1-0) - On paper they look good. Jevan Snead started off 2009 with a nice performance against Memphis. But the Rebels are still untested to be honest. One must wonder how this team in unfamilair territory will handle having a target on its back.
7. Virginia Tech (1-1) - Yeah, some will complain with them being in the top-10. But they played Alabama deep into the 4th quarter, and feel that this team is very close to the elite level. VT hosts Nebraska in a huge game this weekend.
8. California (2-0) - I have not had a chance to see the Bears play yet, but they must be doing something right. Cal is off to a 2-0 start and plays Minnesota in the Gopher's new stadium this weekend.
9. BYU (2-0) - The Cougars sky-rocketed up the polls after beating Oklahoma to start the season. Now, a pretty managable schedule may let them and Boise State fight over who will be the BCS buster in 2009. The two schools do not however play each other. BYU gets FSU this weekend.
10. Boise State (2-0) - I have the Broncos here right next to BYU, but do not see much potential for them to move up. The win against Oregon was sort of a one game playoff of sorts to see if they can run the table as the rest of the schedule is stacked with easy wins. The same old end-of-season argument for Boise is already being repolished.
11. LSU (2-0) - The Tigers certainly have as much firepower as any team in America. But until they beat someone good, I will keep them right at the edge of my top 10. Do not be surprised if LSU is a top 5 team by midseason (they host Florida in three weeks).
12. Oklahoma (1-1) - OU has been less than impressive. They did bounce back from defeat to hang 64 on Idaho State, though. Can somebody please tell me again what good comes from those games?? Next they get Tulsa at home before traveling to the U to face the ' Canes. Landry Jones is the quarterback until we hear more on Sam Bradford's condition.
13. Georgia Tech (2-0)  - The Yellow Jackets are off to a 2-0 start after hanging on to beat Clemson. GT mixed in sneaky special teams plays to open up a big halftime lead, then held on. They now have a five game stretch that will tell a lot more about them: @ Miami, UNC, @ Mississippi State, @ FSU, VT. Get back with me in five weeks on this one.
14. TCU (1-0) - Gary Patterson's team took care of lowly Virginia in Charlottesville. After a game against Texas State, the Horned Frogs travel to play Clemson in Death Valley. Win that one and TCU could be the third BCS buster in the mix as a game against BYU is the only other road block on the schedule.
15. Ohio State (1-1) - I could have the Buckeyes a bit higher I suppose. But the fact is that every time they get into a big top-10 game, they lose. So, for now, I am putting them at number 14 in my poll and not going to allow myself to let them advance past ten until they beat a top-10 team. 
16. Utah (2-0) - Folks on this site probably think I cannot stand the non-BCS teams, and that couldn't be further from the truth. The Utes really know how to play ball, I just wish that they were in a tougher conference to see if they could withstand a grind, not just get up for scattered big games. Still, they are 2-0, and I will leave them hovering around number 15 for right now.
17. Nebraska (2-0)  - The Cornhuskers are yet to be tested in Coach Bo Pelini's 2nd season. This week, however they will get an exam. Virginia Tech is sitting in Blacksburg waiting on Big Red, and this game should fit right in with some of the instant classics we have seen in this young 2009 season.
18. UCLA (2-0)  - I had them ranked in my preseason poll, and then oddly enough picked Tennessee to beat them. That was a dumb pick. I'm going back to my gut feeling that Rick Neuheisel is turning this program around. At 2-0 and with a big road win, look out, here they come!
19. Kansas (2-0) - I have to be fair to the Jayhawks here. I haven't seen them play yet, but they started off in the top 25, won their first two by a combined 82-10, and so they move up a few spots. Their next 4 games are very winnable, so they could be top 10 when they host Oklahoma October 24th. They also get Texas Tech and Texas after that. Enjoy it now while you can guys!
20. Oklahoma State (1-1) - The Cowboys beat Georgia, but did not put up the kind of points I thought they were capable of. This past weekend, the offense scored 35, but in a shootout with Houston, they should've scored more. Nothing away from the Cougars, but I think OSU isn't playing up to par yet.
21. Georgia (1-1) - The Dawgs hung on to beat South Carolina Saturday night, but the ER in Athens probably got a work out. Heart-attacks were certainly breaking out right and left as the Dawg defense watched USC throw into the end zone late. Joe Cox is proving to be exactly what many thought: steady, but certainly nothing special.
22. North Carolina (2-0) - The Tar Heels nearly threw away a potentially big season in having to rally and then hold on to beat UConn. UNC trailed 10-0 entering the 4th, but did what it had to do to remain unbeaten. That win isn't moving them up any in my poll, though. The Heels travel to GT in two weeks.
23. Miami (1-0) - Miami quarterback Jacory Harris is scarily similar in style to former LSU quarterback Jamarcus Russell and former Texas qb Vince Young. Like them, the tall Harris just glides around the pocket with eyes down field. When he sees a man, a flick of the wrist can produce a 50-yard strike. Watch out for this team, the athletes are sick, and if they buy into Randy Shannon's game-plan, they could be 'back'.
23. Michigan (2-0) - The Wolverines are still a good ways from being where they want to be. But beating Notre Dame in a rockin' Big House on national TV is a good place to start. Michigan now gets Eastern Michigan and Indiana at home before travleing to Michigan State. A 4-0 start is very possible, and Rich Rod needed that more than words can describe.
24. TIE - Houston (2-0)/Cincinnati (2-0) - I am very impressed with both of these schools thus far. Cincinnati straight up wore Rutgers out on the road, then put 70 on Southeast Missouri State. They get to travel to Oregon State next in what will be a test. The Houston Cougars are now 2-0 after going into Oklahoma State and whipping the Cowboys by 10. They now play host to Texas Tech. If they win this one, I will be a true believer in them..

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