The Top Fan's Top 25 - Week Six
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The Top eight teams went unchanged, but after Texas dropped from their number nine spot in my poll, a lot of teams moved up, down, out and in. Here is my top 25 for week six...
1. LSU (6-0, 3-0) Defeated Florida, 41-11 - Last week: 1 - The Tigers took care of Florida in convincing fashion. With the offense rolling, and the sick talent on defense, there are few teams in the country that belong on the same field as LSU. Next: Tennessee.
2. Alabama (6-0, 3-0) - Defeated Vanderbilt, 34-0 - Last week: 2 - I always give props for a shutout, so, props for the shutout! Vandy is a decent team, not a doormat, so this really is a respectable zero for the Tide defense. The next two should be big wins, setting up for the date with LSU, November 5th. Next: at Ole Miss.
3. Oklahoma (5-0, 2-0) - Defeated Texas, 55-17 - Last week: 3 - It is hard to see this team not moving up after a 38-point thrashing of Texas. But with the two teams above them, they have to maintain. If they keep this up, and with LSU/Bama to play, they will reach the title game. Next: at Kansas.
4. Wisconsin (5-0, 1-0) - Idle - Last week: 4 - The Badgers had a week off, and their SOS went up just a hair as Nebraska came from behind to win. These guys are on a roll, and I would put them up against any team out there. Next: Indiana.
5. Boise State (5-0, 0-0) - Defeated Fresno State, 57-7 - Last week: 5 - This is the part of the season where it just gets harder and harder to keep BSU up here. Why? Because across America, teams are winning tough games while Boise cruises through. Listen. I am not a Boise hater. Quite the contrary. But I so wish - as do they - that they were challenged weekly. I think they could handle it. Next: at Colorado State.
6. Stanford (5-0, 3-0) - Defeated Colorado, 48-7 - Last week: 6 - I was off by two points in this prediction. I said 50-7, and it was 48-7. That certainly doesn't make me Socrates, just sayin...Stanford is good. They are real good. National champs? We will see as time rolls on....Next: at Washington State.
7. Oregon (4-1, 2-0) - Defeated Cal, 45-13 - Last week: 7 - The Ducks are very good. They played the best team in America to start the season, LSU in a loss, and appear to have it on cruise control now. They have a few big games towards the end of the season to make their case, but will need a couple of top teams to lose to think number 1. Next: Arizona State.
8. Oklahoma State (5-0, 2-0) - Defeated Kansas, 70-28 - Last week: 8 - This team is so potent that I hate to not have them ranked higher. But there is just a log jam at the top right now. 70 points is impressive no matter who the oppostion is. Next: at Texas.
9. Clemson (6-0, 3-0) - Defeated Boston College, 36-14 - Last week:10 - The Tigers had no problem in putting away BC. But an early third quarter injury to QB Tajh Boyd scared Tiger faithful. It appears Boyd will be ok, but his profound importance to this team cannot be overstated. He is the man. He should be back. Next: at Maryland.
10. Arkansas (5-1, 1-1) - Defeated Auburn, 38-14 - Last week: 14 - I have gone on and on about how much I am impressed with Arkansas, yearly. They are tough. This year, they may be 3rd in the West, but could posssibly be be 3rd overall nationwide. These guys are good. Next: at Ole Miss
11. Michigan (6-0, 2-0) - Defeated Northwestern, 42-24 - Last week: 11 - The Wolverines had to do a little come from behind football to pull this one out. Normally - all year - they have dominated. But in this one they had to suck it up and pull out an improbable win of sorts. I like the character of the this team. Next: at Michigan State.
12. Georgia Tech (6-0, 3-0) - Defeated Maryland, 21-16 - Last week: 13 - This has to be one of the sleeper picks nationwide. Who could have possibly said three months ago that GT would be amongst the nation's top teams? Not me. Next: at Virginia.
13. West Virginia (5-1, 1-0) - Defeated UConn, 43-16 - Last week: 15 - The Mountaineers are 6th in the nation in passing at 362.8 ypg. The next six weekends should see them not have to put that to the test. Pencil WVU in now as Big East Champs. Its over. Really. Next: at Syracuse.
14. South Carolina (4-1, 2-1) - Defeated Kentucky, 54-3 - Last week: 17 - The Gamecocks decided to go with sophomore Connor Shaw at QB, rather than fifth-year senior Stephen Garcia, and the move seems to be a good one. Shaw went 26 of 39 for 311 yards and zero INTs to lead USC to the win. Do not expect to see Garcia anytime soon. Next: at Mississippi State.
15. Nebraska (5-1, 1-1) - Defeated Ohio State, 34-27 - Last week: 18 - The Cornhuskers may have just played the game of the season. Watching on TV at our house, we looked up and a once OSU blowout had turned into a great game with 20 minutes to play. The Huskers rallied, and are now still in the B1G Ten race. Next: at Minnesota.
16. Illinois (6-0, 2-0) - Defeated Indiana, 41-20 - Last week: 19 - The Illini should win the next two (Ohio State, at Purdue) setting up a huge game with Penn state in three weeks. Illinois is not ranked majorly in any of the statistical categories, but so far, so good... Next: Ohio State.
17. Arizona State (5-1, 3-0) - Defeated Utah, 35-14 - Last week: 21 - This is the team I am suddenly watching close. They have a loss, yes, but it was to a good team and 1,500 miles from home. They have three very good wins in Mizzou, USC and Utah. Next: at Oregon.
18. Virginia Tech (5-1, 1-1) - Defeated Miami, 38-35 - Last week: 20 - VT got back on track by beating Coastal Division rival Miami. Though a national title is out of the picture, the Hokies could certainly still win their division and play in the ACCCG with a chance at the BCS. Next: at Wake Forest.
19. Kansas State (5-0, 2-0) - Defeated Missouri, 24-17 - Last week: 22 - KSU is ranked in the top 20 in both points against and rushing yards for - two good categories to be top 20 in. No wonder this year's version as a whole is undefeated so far. Next: at Texas Tech.
20. Penn State (5-1, 2-0) - Defeated Iowa, 13-3 - Last week: 23 - I wonder if Joe Paterno's age has an impact on PSU in the polls, both good and bad. I mean, he is super respected for his body of work, but his program is also looked at as being run by a man past his time. Regardless, PSU's 2011 team seems to play defense as well as any team in any generation to come out of State College in Paterno's 45+ years at the helm. Next: Purdue.
21. Houston (6-0, 2-0) - Defeated East Carolina, 56-3 - Last week: unranked - This team jumped onto my radar after blowing out ECU. There is no team on the schedule that can beat these guys, and you are looking at your 2011 BCS busters right here. Next: Marshall.
22. Texas (4-1, 1-1) - Lost to Oklahoma, 55-17 - Last week: 9 - After getting the crap kicked out of them, it is hard to keep UT in my top 25. But I think they ran into one of the best teams in America trying to make their case for number one, and they are still a top 25 team. Next: Oklahoma State.
23. Baylor (4-1, 1-1) - Defeated Iowa State, 49-26 - Last week: 25 - I hate to even have this team ranked as I know what is about to happen. Games against four of their next seven foes are ranked teams, and Mizzou is in there, as well. Bye, bye Baylor in the coming weeks. Next: at Texas A&M.
24. Michigan State (4-1, 1-0) - Idle - Last week: 24 - Everyone talks about LSU's and Alabama's defenses, but MSU is right there with them with the #2 unit in the nation at 10.2 ppg. This team is led offensively by senior QB Kirk Cousins, who has nearly 1,200 yards passing this season. Next: Michigan.
25. North Carolina (5-1, 1-1) - Defeated Louisville, 14-7 - Last week: unranked - The Heels squeeked by Louisville, breaking a 0-0 halftime score to what was really a two-score win (UL scored with :42 to go to make it 14-7), and so this ranking might bring me grief. But hey, here are the Heels with five wins in six games under first-year Coach Everett Withers. Next: Miami.
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