The Top Fan's Top 25 - Week Seven
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The Top 25 was shaken up yesterday as South Carolina and West Virginia, two top 5 teams, lost. Texas, who was #20 in my poll a week ago, gave up a whopping 63 points to Oklahoma to fall out of my list as they now have two losses. Kansas State is all of the sudden the team to keep your eye on. KSU has moved up to the #3 spot with teams ahead of them going down. Here is my Top 25 following the games of week seven:
1. Alabama (6-0) - The Tide took care of business on the road at Mizzou, 42-10. In typical Bama style as of late, they went up 21-0 early and then cruised to victory. Up next for the nation's top-ranked team is a rivalry game: Tennessee in Knoxville.
2. Oregon (6-0) - For six straight weekends now, the Ducks have won a football game and have won them with ease. They are averaging 52.3 points per game - second in the country. A trip to Arizona State this coming weekend will be a nice test as the Sun Devils are on a roll.
3. Florida (6-0) - A 31-17 win over Vandy isn't going to turn many heads, but that was a bigger win than people realize. An upset would have knocked the Gators from the national title talks. But they got the job done and now host South Carolina in The Swamp.
4. Kansas State (6-0) The Wildcats went on the road and beat Iowa State, 27-21. They have a nice balance of offense and defense as they rank in the nation's top 20 in both points for and points allowed. KSU travels to West Virginia this coming Saturday in what is sure to be a war.
5. Notre Dame (6-0) - If you have turned on SportsCenter in the last 12 hours, you have surely seen the OT goal-line stand by ND against Stanford that ended in controversy. Regardless of your take on whether Stepfan Taylor scored or did not score, the Irish are 6-0 and ranked in the top five.
6. Ohio State (7-0) - On the road, OSU was an onsides kick away from disaster. Indiana continuously came back on the Buckeyes, and with a minute to go, and down three, a failed onsides kick allowed Ohio State to escape with a 52-49 win. Not impressive, but a road win shootout shows the Buckeyes can score when their D is playing like crap.
7. Oklahoma (4-1) - The Sooners notched what is likely the most impressive win of the day. They dropped 63 on their arch-rival Longohrns and surely enjoyed every point scored. This is the third time Bob Stoops has put over 60 points on Mack Brown and Texas.
8. USC (5-1) - The Trojans have won three straight after yesterday's 24-14 road win over Washington, and with Colorado up next, it will soon be four straight. The big showdown with the Ducks is in 20 days and is a home game for USC.
9. LSU (6-1) - The Tigers bounced back from a loss at Florida with a home win over South Carolina, 23-21. If LSU had a solid QB they could be lights out. But Zach Mettenberger is one of the worst college QB's I have seen in some time, and how LSU doesn't have anyone else on roster that could do better baffles me. The defense and running game are nasty.
10. Florida State (6-1) - The Seminoles destroyed BC at home, 51-7, to stay in the lead in the ACC's Atlantic Division. FSU racked up 649 yards of offense and had 30 first downs in this game. A few bumps still stand between the 'Noles and a trip to Charlotte as Miami, VT and Maryland are all on the road.
11. South Carolina (6-1) - I am not sure there are that many teams in the country that can run the ball on the South Carolina defensive front. But I know this: LSU can. The Tigers ran for a 4.9 yard average per carry for 258 yards on the night. The Gamecocks must regroup fast as they head to Gainesville this coming Saturday.
12. West Virginia (5-1) - Never in a zillion years would I have guessed that this Mountaineer team would have laid an egg like what I saw aaginst TTU. The 'Neers were averaging 52 ppg coming into this one, and managed just 14 in a lopsided loss. This week they host Kansas State, so they need to put this one behind them.
13. Clemson (5-1) - The Tigers had the weekend off. Hopefully some R&R will give CU a chance to regroup for the second half of the season. Virginia Tech comes to town this Saturday, so the Tigers will face a decent team right off the bat, even if the Hokies are a bit down from their norm.
14. Louisville (6-0) - The Cardinals used a 21-point third quarter to take control of Pitt in an eventual 45-35 win. This team seems to be the class of the Big East, but they still must play top 25 teams Cincinnatti (home) and Rutgers (away).
15. Oregon State (5-0) - A convincing win over BYU keeps the Beavers unbeaten and very much alive for the Rose Bowl or better. The second half of the schedule, though, is filled with teams that could see different to that. Stanford (away) and Oregon (home) stand out the most.
16. Mississippi State (6-0) - Despite Tennessee's Cordarrelle Patterson having a huge night with a 98-yard kickoff return TD and a second TD as a reception, MSU outlasted the Vols in a 41-31 conference win. The Bulldogs have gotten to 6-0 and nationally ranked, but #1, #9, #22 and a road game at their arch-rival Ole Miss all sit ahead.
17. Rutgers (6-0) - Scarlet Knight LB Jamal Merrell is the 'Cuse Killer, having wrecked them last year in numerous ways, and providing a game-changing blocked FG this year. Thanks to that, Rutgers stays unbeaten and alive for a trip to the BCS.
18. Cincinnati (5-0) - The Bearcats are unbeaten, but have they really played anyone? Delaware State? Miami (Oh)? Fordham?...Yes, they did beat a VT team that is clearly having an off year, and they wore out Pitt. But I am still hesitant on the Bearcats.
19. TCU (5-1) - The Frogs got better as this one went along, scoring 7 points in quarters one and two, 14 points in the third, and erupting for 21 points in the fourth to beat Baylor, 49-21. TCU now hosts TTU in what has quickly become a huge game.
20. Stanford (4-2) - Controversy and college football go hand in hand, so I thought Cardinal Head Coach David Shaw had a great quote following his team's heartbreaking, controversial OT loss to Notre Dame. Shaw said, "They reviewed it. The ref said he didn't get in, so he didn't get in." Due in part to this attitude, I only dropped the fighting trees two spots.
21. Texas Tech (5-1) - Man, oh man - welcome to the Top 25, Red Raiders! Good grief, if ever an unexpected can was opened up, it was here. I thought West Virginia would win a shootout in Lubbock. Instead, TTU spanked the 'Neers with a 35-point slashing. Up next is a tough conference game at TCU.
22. Boise State (5-1) - I just don't know what to do with Boise State. I still wish they were an independent or in the Pac-12 so they could play better competition regularly. They did go out to Fresno and beat an always decent Bulldog squad, led by The Mustache, Pat Hill, so for now, until their bowl, they will linger around the edge of this poll.
23. Michigan (4-2) - The Wolverines are on a mission to show the nation they are for real, and that the Alabama game was not the real them. They beat an always dismal Illinois team 45-0 this past weekend to help state their case. They have a tough second half of a season.
24. Arizona State (5-1) - With games left against three teams currently ranked in the top eleven, it will be tough to see if ASU is still here in about six weeks. They are a good squad, they just have a brutal schedule coming up. This past weekend they ripped Colorado, 51-17.
25. North Carolina (5-2) - After a rocky start, losing two of three (including a heartbreaker at Louisville), the Heels have now won four straight, with a convincing win over Virginia Tech at home and a gut-wrenching W at Miami yesterday. I think Larry Fedora is going to take this team places, and the talent level is already pretty decent to work with. It shouldn't take too long for the first-year head man to have the Tar Heels here permanantly.
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