The Top Fan's Top 25
Posted By:Brett Haynes - Greenville, SC Tags:
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Last week a few fans got on me pretty good about how I had my poll. - and that is perfectly fine! I had it how I wanted it, but they disagreed. If you disagree on how I have them stacked up this week too, let us know. This story can be found on our message boards right here, http://www.fans25.com/discuss-thread.cfm?dt=1791&postStatus=successful&CFID=5787053&CFTOKEN=38488446 , so please feel free to join the conversation and tell us how you would have them ranked....
1. Florida (4-0, 2-0 SEC) (Top Fan's Poll Last Week: 1) - As always, until the defending champ loses, they are number 1. The Gators had an off week while Tim Tebow's head recovers. This week though, Superman or no Superman, UF must take their top-ranking into Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge. Everyone says Florida is better than last year, we will see Saturday.
2. Alabama (5-0, 2-0 SEC) (TFPLW: tied 2) - The Tide won very easily on the road, 38-20 over Kentucky, while Texas had the week off. Alabama is a very balanced team, and with a defense as stiff as theirs, this team will be hard to beat. Next up is a trip to Ole Miss Saturday. That will be a war, but I think Bama will pull away late similar to the VT game.
3. LSU (5-0, 3-0 SEC) (TFPLW: 4) - I'm going to have the Tigers leap frog the Longhorns after the big win in Athens. Georgia is not bad, and that was a very difficult stadium to win in Saturday. LSU showed heart and poise to stay in it for the big road win. In the game of the century down in the bayou, the Tigers will now host Florida.
4. Texas (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) (TFPLW: tied 2) The Horns had the week off and it cost them two spots in my poll. LSU had a big win to leap frog them, and Bama looked like it controlled Kentucky easily. Texas now has Colorado at home and then Oklahoma in Dallas the week after.
5. Virginia Tech (4-1, 2-0 ACC) (TFPLW: 5) - After an early scare from Duke, the Hokies pulled away for a 34-26 win. They now have a game at home against Boston College, and they better be careful. BC plays the same kind of game as VT, and showed in their win against Florida State that they can score if they have to.
6. Cincinnati (5-0, 1-0 Big East) (TFPLW: 8) The Bearcats are my sleeper team this year to go unbeaten and play for a national chmapionship. They have one of the best young coaches out there in Brian Kelly, and have scored nearly 40 points a game so far. The offense is dynamite. A trip to South Florida next Thursday will be fun to watch.
7. Boise State (5-0, 1-0 WAC) (TFPLW: 7) I have had Boise at seven for a while now, and it i sjust hard to move them. This past week they played UC Davis. And while they got a win, 34-16, what does playing UC Davis tell us? Nothing. Unfortunately, the Brnoncos will have to clean house from here on out, and hope to play a big name in a big bowl.
8. USC (5-0, 2-1 Pac 10) (TFPLW: 6) Yes, they disappoint, but you still have to believe that Pete Carroll's team could beat anyone in the country if they had to. They absolutely destroyed Cal Saturday (Cal's second ugly performance in two weeks), and look now to take their anger out on Notre Dame. They have two weeks to get ready for the Irish.
9. TCU (4-0, 0-0 MWC) (TFPLW: 11) TCU is in a similar boat as Boise, but not quite as bad. There are a couple of tricky games before Utah comes to town in November - mainly a trip to BYU in three weeks. But still, with just a couple of tough games left on the regular season schedule, it will be tough for them to move up.
10. Miami (3-1, 2-1 ACC) (TFPLW: 16) Just when I thought all of this tak about the U was a bunch of just that - talk - the 'Canes get a big win over a very respected Oklahoma program. A year ago Miami got trounced by OU. This year they beat them. Now that is called improving. They have Florida coming to town this month, so we will see just how improved they are.
11. Ohio state (4-1, 2-0 Big 10) (TFPLW: 10) The Buckeys got a nice Big 10 road win over Indiana this past weekend, but it was nothing spectacuar. Still, a win is a win in the conference standngs. Even with Wisconsin up next, the schedule is very managable. If OSU goes one game at a time, the Big 10 looks very winnable.
12. Iowa (5-0, 1-0 Big 10) (TFPLW: 13) If you are an Iowa fan, this weekend's home game with Michigan will be a festive affair. While Michigan has a good team, I think Iowa has a pretty darn solid team, too, and will be extra focused on a big home win. I think the Hawkeyes may be for real.
13. Oregon (4-1, 2-0 Pac 10) (TFPLW: 12) The Ducks are primed to make a run at the Pac 10 title as we approach the season's halfway point. After dismantling Cal 42-3, the Ducks went postal on Washington State, 52-6. Next up is a trip to UCLA and a Bruin team that is up and down. Who knows what UCLA squad is waiting.
14. Auburn (5-0, 2-0 SEC) (TFPLW: tied 25) I am convinced now that Auburn can play. Yes, I know Tennessee isn't a top-ranked team. But winning on the road agaisnt 107,000 fans in a night game means something regardless. Next up is at Arkansas at home, and that game could spell trouble for Auburn.
15. Penn State (4-1, 1-1 Big 10) (TFPLW: 17) With Eastern Illinois and Minnesota as the next two home games, the Lions should easily get to 6-1 and back near the top 10. The closing stretch, however, includes road games at Michigan and Michigan State, and a home date with Ohio State.
16. Kansas (4-0, 0-0 Big 12) (TFPLW: 18) Once again, the Jayhawks are relatively untested. After five weeks of football, we just do not know that much about them yet. Still, they have won their games, and others have lost, so they slowly slide up the poll. After four easy wins to open, they now will have two weeks rest to get ready for Iow state. The Cyclones aren't bad, maybe they will give Kansas a game.
17. Oklahoma State (3-1, 0-0 Big 12) (TFPLW: 15) The Cowboys are a play or two away from being ranked about number five or six right now. Houston won fair and square, but a few plays went terribley wrong against OSU. Still, after two weeks rest, the Cowboys should win at Texas A&M. Then the schedule heats up.
18. Oklahoma (2-2, 0-0 Big 12) (TFPLW: 9) The Sooners are probably indeed a bit of a lesser team without their Heisman Trophy winning quarterback (duh), and his return is still unknown. But they still are pretty decent. They went on the road to Miami and dang near won the game. A slate of big games is on the schedule in the coming weeks.
19. Mississippi (3-1, 1-1 SEC) (TFPLW: 22) The Rebels bounced back from their defeat in Columbia to beat Vanderbilt. These days, a win is a win is a win. Ole Miss is now ranked about where they should be. Next up for Ole Miss is an enormous home date with Alabama. If they want to get back into the national scene, here is the chance.
20. Nebraska (3-1, 0-0 Big 12) (TFPLW: 21) The next two teams meet in a matchup Thursday that will be good to watch as I have seen neither team play much this fall. The Huskers played top five VT to the wire in Blacksburg, so they obviously have game. This will be a good game to see where they stand.
21. Missouri (4-0, 0-0 Big 12) (TFPLW: UR) It is interesting that some Big 12 teams do not start conference play until this late into the season. The Huskers and Tigers will meet at Mizzou's home stadium, Faurot Field, for a 9:00 PM (yes, 9:00) eastern game this Thursday.
22. South Carolina (4-1, 1-1 SEC) (TFPLW: tied 25) The Gamecocks easily took care of in-state rival South Carolina State. Quarterback Stephen Garcia is looking comfortable at quarterback for USC. The schedule for the Cocks gets tricker now as Kentucky comes in this week, followed by a trip to Alabama.
23. Georgia Tech (4-1, 2-1 ACC) (TFPLW: UR) As I was ready to throw in the towel on this 2009 Yellow Jacket team, they seem to have gotten their stalled car back into gear. A bad loss to Miami had me doubting GT. But with wins over UNC and at Mississippi State, Tech appears to have found its offensive stride again. Next up is a trip to Tallahassee to face an unpredictable FSU team.
24. South Florida (4-1, 1-0 Big East) (TFPLW: UR) With a 5-0 start and a win on the road over in-state rival FSU. the Bulls appear ready to make a run at the Big East title. The big game obviously is with Cincinnati next Thursday. Win that one, and a date with Miami is virtually all that stands between you and playing for all of it (WVU looked good last Thursday). Both of these games are at home.
25. Georgia (3-2, 2-1 SEC) (TFPLW: 19) With the performance UGA put up against my number three LSU Saturday, I cannot drop Georgia out of this poll. Oklahoma iand UGA are the two teams in the poll with two losses. The LSU defense is yearly one of the best nationwide, so a 13 point performance agaisnt them isn't something to get too worried about. Back to back trips to Knoxville and Nashville now await Georgia.
So there it is folks, please feel to let us know your thoughts!
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