TSC Top 25

  1. Oregon
  2. LSU
  3. Oklahoma
  4. West Virginia
  5. Missouri
  6. Ohio State
  7. Kansas
  8. Georgia
  9. USC
  10. Arizona State
  11. Texas
  12. Boston College
  13. Virginia Tech
  14. Florida
  15. Clemson
  16. Kentucky
  17. Tennessee
  18. Cincinnati
  19. Hawaii
  20. Boise State
  21. Auburn
  22. Illinois
  23. BYU
  24. Virginia
  25. Connecticut

26th vote for the now bowl eligible Mississippi State Bulldogs. Atta boy sly.

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TSC Top 25

  1. Ohio State
  2. Oregon
  3. LSU
  4. Oklahoma
  5. West Virginia
  6. Missouri
  7. Kansas
  8. Georgia
  9. Michigan
  10. Boston College
  11. Texas
  12. Arizona State
  13. USC
  14. Virginia Tech
  15. Auburn
  16. Florida
  17. Alabama
  18. Kentucky
  19. Hawaii
  20. Clemson
  21. Cal
  22. Virginia
  23. Wisconsin
  24. UConn
  25. Tennessee

26th vote for Florida State knocking off BC and ending the Matt Ryan for Heisman campaign for the time being.

Of note: 

Of the 9 teams with one loss that are ranked in the AP top 25 only Arizona State and Missouri lost to teams ranked ahead of them (Oregon and Oklahoma who both have one loss).

Oregon lost to Cal who is ranked 24th and has a record of 6-3. LSU lost to Kentucky who is tied with Cal at 24th with the same record. Oklahoma lost to Colorado who is unranked and has a record of 5-5. West Virginia lost to the now unranked South Florida who have a record of 6-3. Boston College lost to unranked Florida State with also a 6-3 record. Connecticut lost to now 22nd ranked Virginia with an 8-2 record. Boise State lost to Washington who are just 3-6 and just 1-5 in the Pac 10.

Virginia and UConn pose a problem. UConn has made a great case for themselves over the past three weeks beating Rutgers, Louisville and South Florida. Virginia has a similar record and won the head to head matchup. So why aren’t they ranked accordingly? Look at their body of work.

UConn’s three biggest wins came in those games just mentioned. Virginia’s big wins have been Wake Forest, Maryland and Georgia Tech. While neither showcase is awe-inspiring, South Florida were the darlings of the media after beating West Virginia and that win alone gives UConn instant credibility.

I don’t condone fake fair catches and hope to God that Cincinnati can beat UConn this week and put an end to this fiasco.

But it’s not the only thing pissing me off this week.

Hawaii continues to close in on the top 10 in the human polls despite a lack of substance in their schedule. In the USA Today Coaches Poll (which accounts for 1/3 of the BCS formula) UH is 12th. Thus-far, their signature win is against Louisiana Tech who has a record of 4-5. The final score in that game? 45-44. Until they actually play someone how can they move up? I’m not a fan of pushing someone up by default. Get your shit together pollsters.

I’ve ranked Oregon ahead of LSU because there’s little chance Oregon can actually pass LSU. If the two played on a neutral field LSU might be favoured by a field goal. If the two played in Eugene, Oregon would be a touchdown favourite. Alabama just about put LSU’s title hopes to bed last week and showed that even a team as talented as that can be beat on any given week. That said, if LSU wins out they’ll be in the national championship game. The only possible loss for LSU remaining is in the conference championship so you can bet Oregon fans will be cheering on whoever their opponent may be in that game.

So the jumbled SEC east will play a major role in determining the national championship matchup though it will not participate in it. Right now Tennessee controls its own destiny. The remaining schedule is vs. Arkansas, vs. Vanderbilt, at Kentucky. All they have to do is keep winning as they hold the tiebreaker over Georgia. If the Volunteers slip up and Georgia wins out, they’re in. They play against Auburn and Kentucky at home to close out the regular season. (Their final game vs. Georgia Tech will not count in this race since it is out of conference)

Florida stands a loss behind both teams and has only South Carolina left to play in the SEC. Since the Gators beat Tennessee and lost to Georgia… If UF beats South Carolina, Tennessee loses any of its remaining games and Georgia loses to both Auburn and Kentucky… UF is in.

Kentucky also still stands a chance of getting to the SEC title game closing out their season at Vanderbilt, at Georgia and at Tennessee they can win their way in with a little help from South Carolina. If South Carolina can beat Florida (who beat Kentucky and hold the tiebreaker over them.) and Kentucky wins their remaining games… UK is in.

Vanderbilt can play the spoiler role and will be looking to become bowl eligible as they stand at 5-4 right now. They’re the one team in the SEC east that can’t reach the title game but they can sure make things interesting.

Ducks fans will have to swallow their pride and become Bulldog/Volunteer/Wildcat/Gator fans. And the same goes for the other one-loss teams who must also hope Oregon is ousted by either Arizona, Oregon State or UCLA.

TSC Top 25: Did I Miss Something?

There were no shocking upsets or losses tagged to top five teams … finally! College football managed to maintain the status quo for one week, at least as far as this season has gone, it was ridiculously tame.

A number of top 25 teams were beaten but mostly by ranked opponents. Virginia Tech to unbeaten BC, Florida to rival Georgia, South Florida to UConn, USC to Oregon, Penn State to Ohio State, Rutgers to West Virginia and Cal to unbeaten Arizona State.

A week where I have nothing to complain about is a week with little to write about.

  1. Ohio State– This is a scary team. The offense is actually winning ball games. Wisconsin is the toughest test to date but it’s in Columbus. The Big 10 still comes down to OSU-Michigan.
  2. Oregon– Big win vs. USC last week propels them into the national title hunt. Letdown vs. Arizona State this week puts them in the stockade. Is this the Oregon team that finally takes care of its business?
  3. LSU – Alabama this week could disrupt plans for a national title. After the trip to Tuscaloosa it’s home free with three games they’ll be favoured by 20 points in.
  4. Boston College– I had hoped for a Virginia Tech victory on Thursday night and Matt Ryan spoiled the fun. Florida State is a team in turmoil. The final four games are all potential pitfalls but each team (FSU, Maryland, Clemson and Miami) has been inconsistent throughout the season. Boston College may be a lock for the national title game if none of those teams steps up.
  5. Oklahoma– The Big 12 can’t challenge OU. It will be interesting to see where they’re sent in bowl season and if they can slide back into the national title picture with teams losing ahead of them.
  6. West Virginia– Like OU, West Virginia won’t be challenged in its remaining games and will need help to make a run at the crystal ball.
  7. Missouri– Second best team in the Big 12 and Big 12 north champions sounds nice for head coach Gary Pinkel and company. Next year could bring national recognition if Chase Daniel sticks around.
  8. Arizona State– I still can’t buy in. Largely because I haven’t seen a single game they’ve played (my cable package sucks). This week I’ll be able to catch the ASU – Oregon game and get a better read on this team.
  9. Georgia– Running back Knowshon Moreno is a horse and Mark Richt will ride that horse right to the SEC title game.
  10. Texas – All Mack Brown does is win 10 games every year. Who knows, it might just get him fired. How long does it usually take for national championships to wear off on fans these days? 3, 4 years?
  11. USC– Trouble in Trojan town? maybe. But Carroll has enough talent at his disposal to right the ship. Losing another game is entirely possible with both ASU and Cal left to go. That would make USC the best 3-loss team in history.
  12. Michigan– How did you get here? I can’t wait for November 10th vs. Wisconsin and 17th vs. OSU. The Big 10 sure knows how to back-load a schedule.
  13. Kansas– Last week’s win vs. Texas A&M was impressive but we can’t know anything about the Jayhawks until they meet Missouri. The Big 12 is simply too weak.
  14. Alabama– Can Saban beat LSU? Fans will think he really is Bear Bryant.
  15. Hawaii – They keep moving up. It angers me. Note to voters, don’t move up teams for beating lesser opponents.
  16. UConn – That fake fair catch two weeks ago is still phasing me.
  17. Virginia Tech– They were two minutes away from keeping their top 10 ranking and knocking off BC. Now they’re just another two-loss team. They have to travel to Georgia Tech this week for another Thursday nighter.
  18. Florida– Tebow-mania has calmed for the time being (thank god). Only two weeks until Meyer vs. Spurrior III.
  19. South Florida– They had a BCS spot with their name on it until those fair catch fakers over at UConn took it away. Cincinnati this week should be a difficult matchup.
  20. Clemson– How can you not love James Davis and CJ Spiller? Here’s hoping they can spoil the BC party in three weeks.
  21. Tennessee– Fulmer’s still got them ranked, but not high enough, he’s getting canned very soon. Losing to Kentucky in the regular season finale won’t be good for business.
  22. Penn State – Can you fault them for losing to #1? I can. At least until they start using Derrick Williams effectively.
  23. Auburn – SEC teams are impossible to rank.
  24. South Carolina – SEC teams are impossible to rank.
  25. Wisconsin – There’s still an outside shot of the Badgers winning the Big 10 if they win out and get some help from Illinois and Michigan State.

26th vote for Kentucky and the great things Rich Brooks is doing in Lexington. Hopefully life after Andre Woodson be prosperous for the Wildcats.

TSC Top 25: Week 8

As I attempt to unsuccessfully rank teams, wrap your mind around how fast this season is going. Cherish it, these every-team-is-going-to-lose type seasons don’t come around often.

  1. Ohio State – until someone proves otherwise (perhaps this weekend in happy valley?) the Buckeyes will remain the top ranked team in the country. They can’t afford any blips the rest of the way as they’re entering the meat of their schedule. The defense is ready, but is the offense.
  2. Boston College – I’m feeling generous. Why? Because they’re about to pick up their first loss of the season and this is closest they’ll get to actually playing the championship game. Virginia Tech will roll them on Thursday night and make fans in Boston wonder why one of their teams lost a game for once. I hope they don’t dump all the tea into Boston Harbour. Remember the last team to hold the number two position (South Florida) also lost on a Thursday night.
  3. Oregon– How many of you actually saw the clinic Jon Stewart put on Saturday night in Seattle? He only ran for 251 yards in the victory. Any worries NFL scouts had about him carrying the load have been put to bed for now. The biggest game of the upcoming week, USC at Oregon might hand the Ducks their second loss of the season. But if they come away with the win there isn’t much else between them and a date in the national title game.
  4. Oklahoma – The Sooners have a great chance of being number one by Sunday afternoon. Any time a top five team gets a bye week it usually ends up paying huge dividends. The rest of the schedule is mediocre. The only problem is they’re behind Oregon and LSU in the BCS. What can they do to move up?
  5. LSU– A well deserved bye-week for the Tigers after a last second victory over Auburn could propel them even higher in the BCS standings. Traveling to Tuscaloosa to play Alabama might prove to be the undoing of this team however. Life is rough in the SEC. By the way, why do teams agree to keep playing at night in Baton Rouge. You aren’t going to win.
  6. West Virginia– Piscataway, New Jersey will be a great atmosphere for one of the biggest games in the Big East this season. West Virginia has to escape the turnpike to hold on to their national title, and conference title hopes for that matter. Rutgers looks to be playing their best football of the season, this one should be fun to watch.
  7. Arizona State– This doesn’t feel right. I understand that they’re undefeated but they’re going to lose the next four games in a row. Doesn’t that count for anything? Yeah yeah, “that’s why we play the games” whatever. Star running back Ryan Torain is out for the season. They’re done.
  8. Missouri– There should be no more questions about the defense after holding Texas Tech to TEN points. The same Tech team that is averaging 45 points per game and 337 passing yards. Don’t sleep on these Tigers, they are very real. BCS seems unlikely but they’ll be the best team left out of the five top bowls. Iowa State gave OU problems last week but that won’t be the case this week.
  9. USC– Mark Sanchez is showing why he was so highly recruited. Why Mitch Mustain transferred to SC is beyond me when a quarterback as talented as Sanchez has had to wait this long to get a meaningful snap. This is excellent preparation for next season’s SC offense, which is loaded of course. I can’t wait until they turn Joe McKnight loose. This year though might not be a great one for SC as Oregon and Cal will both try to knock them off their perch as Pac-10 champs. Of the two only Oregon is likely though as Cal is falling off the map.
  10. Florida– Fresh off a big win in Lexington, the defending champs are well on their way to the SEC title game. Both losses came against SEC west opponents. The cocktail party in Jacksonville this week is a big one and may determine the SEC east participant in the championship game. Steve Spurrior still gets to host them in November and that could prove costly for the Gators.
  11. Texas– The Longhorns won’t lose another game this season. Chalk up another 10 win season for Mack Brown, his sixth in seven years. This week’s Nebraska game will just be an excuse to discuss how far the Cornhuskers have fallen from pre-season expectations.
  12. Michigan– Look who’s creeping ever so close to the top 10. Those pesky Wolverines just won’t go away. I though Illinois would take care of them last week but were out classed instead. (While I think Zook screwed up by messing with Williams’ confidence, that’s another story) Minnesota does like to spread the field but they just don’t have the talent to beat a team like UM. The final three games will put the stamp on this season. Can they go on the road against MSU and Wisconsin in consecutive weeks and then beat Ohio State for the first time since 2003?
  13. Kentucky– They might not get enough respect. But that’s probably a result of realism since they play in the toughest division of the toughest conference in football. It’s hard to look at this Kentucky team and say they’re going to be able to take on South Carolina, LSU and Florida in a row. And they still have Georgia and Tennessee to come. They’ll be favoured against UT but not between the hedges. I’d love to see this team playing a weaker conference, they might be the Oregon of the Pac-10.
  14. Virginia Tech– If the ACC didn’t look so bad and the Hokies weren’t blown out by LSU they’d be higher. The remainder of the schedule has to be a statement to the rest of the country. This is still a one loss team remember and they might be flying under the radar a little bit in terms of exposure. Thursday night in Blacksburg might change all that.
  15. South Florida– It’s a shame their Cinderella story had to come to an end. But wait, it’s not. With one loss and a fairly manageable schedule they still have a shot at the ultimate prize. Mind you they’d need a lot of help. At UConn might be a challenge this week if they’re still thinking about last week’s loss.
  16. Kansas– What’s wrong with conference schedules? Well for one, Missouri had to play OU while Kansas does not. Kansas also does not face Texas or Texas Tech. An undefeated season isn’t out of the question but winning the Big 12 championship game is about as likely as me playing quarterback for the New England Patriots. This week at Texas A&M could be the first of many losses but not if they’re focused.
  17. Penn State– This might look high at first. But if they can beat OSU this weekend (the last time OSU came to State College it was a 17-10 win) they’ll finish the season with the two losses. A BCS at-large bid won’t be out of the question.
  18. South Carolina– At Tennessee this week will be an SEC east elimination game. If the gamecocks aren’t eliminated there Florida comes to town in a few weeks. Losing to Vandy hurt their chances but I’m sure the ol’ ball coach has something left for this season.
  19. Georgia– I hope they had a productive bye week. Florida, Auburn and Kentucky are all going to take a shot. The furthest the Dawgs have to travel in their final five games is across the border to Jacksonville this week and won’t leave the state in the final four games. They might not be better than Tennessee, but they’ll finish with the better record.
  20. Hawaii – It’s impossible to rank this team properly. UH in the national title game is a sickening prospect. I never thought I’d say this but thank god for the east coast bias.
  21. California– After two consecutive losses the Bears are reeling. Traveling to undefeated Arizona State couldn’t have come at a worse time. They need time to regroup but won’t get it. For the good of mankind they need to shut up this ASU team.
  22. Alabama – Bama gets two weeks to think about the LSU game. And we all know how teams skyrocket in the rankings during a bye-week. LSU might bring them back to earth but if they can pull off the upset they’ll get a shot at the SEC title and their first BCS appearance since the ’99 Orange Bowl. Which come to think of it, could be a rematch of that game vs. Michigan if the Wolverines continue to win.
  23. Auburn– Yes this is the seventh SEC team in this set of rankings. By far the most in any conference. They were a second away from beating LSU last week and have already upset Florida. As the SEC goes, it’s a toss up in their final two games against Bama and Georgia. Visits from Ole Miss and Tennesee Tech in the next two weeks should be confidence boosters.
  24. Virginia – Escaping Maryland last weekend isn’t much to hang your hat on but a win is a win I suppose. They’ll continue to rise in the polls until Miami hands them another loss.
  25. Wisconsin– This is still a good football team. They lost to two other good football teams in Illinois and Penn State who were both playing great football at the time. That said, finishing the season unscathed will be difficult with both Michigan and Ohio State left to go. They can’t afford to sleepwalk through Indiana this week looking ahead to OSU or they’ll get beat down by the Hoosiers who have some talent on offense.

26th vote for UConn, because faking a fair catch signal and then running the punt back for a touchdown is a real classy move.

TSC Top 25: BCS Standings Released

Polls are useless. Absolutely f*cking useless.

The Bowl Championship Series poll came out this week, whoop-ti-do! And as per usual Fox over-hyped the sh*t out of it on their NFL broadcast. None of this matters right now and it sure as hell didn’t matter when the pre-season polls came out.

Ten teams ranked in the pre-season AP poll are no longer in the top 25. And if you would’ve told me South Florida and Boston College would open the BCS poll 2-3, I would’ve personally driven you to a mental hospital. If you’d have told me the only undefeated teams would be USF, BC, Arizona State, Hawaii, Kansas and Ohio State, I would’ve put you down myself, Bad Newz Kennels style (too soon?).

As disorienting as this season has been so far, this is just a warm-up for what’s to come.

Instead of embarrassing myself with another set of completely useless rankings, I’ll take a look at the current polls and the outlook for each team in them.

The oh-so-powerful BCS standings:

  1. Ohio State– Has this team really been challenged yet? Wins at Washington and at Purdue look nice on paper but the heart of their schedule still lies in the final four games. It’s altogether possible they could lose each of those games (at Penn State, vs. Wisconsin, vs. Illinois, at Michigan). Until that time they’ll remain ranked number one based on brand name alone. The defense is probably the best in the country and maybe it can carry Tressel to another BCS bowl bid. The Michigan State game might also worry me with look-ahead syndrome to Penn State but Coach Sweater-Vest runs a tight ship and that shouldn’t happen here. OSU would have to get outclassed to lose and the way most of the Big 10 has played, the only chance of that happening is in Ann Arbour in the season finale.
  2. South Florida– The biggest game in the country this year might just be when South Florida faces Cincinnati. It will be for the Big East championship and for USF, a title shot. Being ranked number two this early in the game comes as a product of winning at Auburn and beating West Virginia on national TV. They still have to play at Rutgers this Thursday night and get Louisville at home in what could be one of the best shootouts of the year. There’s no reason this team can’t run the table and finish in the top two. If someone complains about their selection for the national championship game they should be shot, multiple times. Did your team schedule Auburn? Did they beat West Virginia on a short week? No? F*ck off then.
  3. Boston College– Much like Ohio State, they haven’t really beaten anybody. They haven’t been overly impressive and stumbling in their final five games seems inevitable. The first of those five comes off a bye week in Blacksburg against Virginia Tech. The following week Florida State comes to town then there’s at Maryland, at Clemson and Miami finishes off the season with a trip to beantown. That’s five potential losses in its remaining five games, forget national championship, forget ACC title, just try to get a decent bowl game. This could get ugly in a hurry.
  4. Louisiana State– I know it’s hard to say Kentucky is better than LSU… because they’re not. But it doesn’t take a computer to tell me that LSU lost to Kentucky last week. Yet somehow they’re ranked higher in every major poll. Did I miss something? Was that game a figment of my imagination? LSU will likely finish the season with one-loss though three SEC west trap games are on the docket in vs. Auburn, at Alabama and vs. Arkansas. The real trap there is the trip to Tuscaloosa to face former coach Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide. Saban would love to spoil this season for LSU and he’ll have his players more than ready.
  5. Oklahoma– This might be the best team in the country. The OU defense stifled the Missouri offense that few teams have been able to slow down. The rest of the schedule is a paper-weight and OU should be able to run the table easily (that’s what we thought about the Colorado game). Nobody is going to out-class this team but if Missouri gets another shot in the Big 12 championship game, anything can happen. If there’s one match-up I would love to see in the National Championship, it’s Oklahoma vs. Ohio State. The final score might look like a baseball game but the speed on defense would be something to marvel at.
  6. South Carolina– The Ol’ Ball Coach really has the gamecocks contending. I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited about… anything. While I lament how sad the previous statement is there is a real problem awaiting Spurrior and the “other” USC. At Tennesee, at Arkansas and vs. Florida in consecutive weeks. Yes the SEC is tough we’re well aware of that by now. In the Big 12, you beat two tough teams and you get a trip to the national championship, in the SEC you beat two good teams and are demoted to the independence bowl.
  7. Kentucky– Kentucky beat LSU, who beat South Carolina, who beat Kentucky. So by common opponents, Kentucky is better than… Kentucky? F*ck! On paper LSU is better than both teams and they’ll be given the benefit of the doubt as a result. But can you imagine the uproar if a one-loss LSU team were put in the national title over a one-loss Kentucky team? Thankfully that situation isn’t possible thanks to the SEC championship game where LSU could get a rematch with Kentucky. Kentucky would have to beat Florida, win at Georgia and beat Tennessee in the meantime. It’s almost midnight for this Cinderella team.
  8. Arizona State– I guess Erickson has enough criminals in place to put together a solid football team. Except that they have yet to play a single good team. California should put them away in two weeks, Oregon will destroy them a week later and UCLA will eek out a close win the week following that. November 22 they’ll host USC and get blown out. It was nice while it lasted. Enjoy your stay in the top 10, don’t let the pollsters hit you on your way out.
  9. West Virginia– Despite the loss to USF, this is still the elite team in the Big East. When their offense is clicking there is no chance of stopping it. The amount of speed in the backfield is almost unfair to opponents. At Cincinnati should be the toughest test of the season in terms of scoring points but I don’t expect another loss from the Mountaineers, even at Rutgers should be an easy win. If USF stumbles, West Virginia will be right there to pick up the scraps and head to its second BCS game in three years.
  10. Oregon– It’s amazing how close Oregon is to being number one in the country right now. Had that devastating loss to Cal on home field gone the other way, a national championship would be in the works. This week, however, they travel to Seattle to face Washington, always a tough game. USC comes to Eugene the following week and the Ducks can ill-afford to contract look-ahead syndrome or they’ll be out of the Pac-10 race faster than Jon Stewart runs the 40 yard dash.
  11. Virginia Tech– Now that they’re playing without one of their top linebackers it’s hard to expect much from this team. Like many others, the final five games will decide their fate. Consecutive Thursday night games (vs. BC, at Georgia Tech) followed by hosting the two Florida schools in consecutive weeks could bring multiple losses and end hope of competing for the ACC title and their fourth 10-win season in a row. Freshman quarterback Tyrod Taylor will have to play beyond his years and hope for a little luck.
  12. California– November 10 vs. USC is really the only game of any consequence remaining. Last week’s poor showing vs. a decent Oregon state team was a wake up call and should have them back on track. If they happen to upset USC the hangover could carry into the following week at Washington. You don’t want to go into Husky Stadium with a hangover, it’s too loud.
  13. Kansas– Originally I was going to rip Kansas and hey, they’re an easy target. But upon looking at the schedule you begin to wonder if they can actually do this. There is no Texas or Oklahoma on the schedule. The toughest game is against Missouri at a neutral site and the five games remaining until that fateful day are all against talented underachieving teams that never seem to show up. Could this be the year Mark Mangino takes Kansas to the next level? The next five games (at Colorado, at Texas A&M, vs. Nebraska, at Oklahoma State, vs. Iowa State) can all be won. Jesus. 11-1 or even 12-1 (loss in Big 12 title game) are entirely possible and I’m just now coming to terms with this. I need a cigarette.
  14. Southern Cal– Pete Carroll should take his shot at the NFL right now. Imagine the Giants firing Coughlin and getting the chance to coach Eli. It’s the best situation a first-year coach could ask for. The last thing Carroll wants is to play this USC dynasty into the ground while he falls out of favour with NFL execs. It looks like the lack of discipline is catching up with the Trojans and don’t be surprised if they lose another game… or two. They have to travel to Oregon, to Cal and to Arizona State. On the plus side, Joe McKnight is a stud. Here’s hoping Carroll jumps ship, the Pac-10 goes back to normal and the Giants can talk about something other than that loud-mouthed Tiki Barber.
  15. Florida– How this team has two losses is beyond me. That said, prepare yourself for them to lose another two, if not four. They travel to Kentucky this week and follow that up with the World’s Largest Cocktail Party against Georgia. They still have to play at South Carolina and Spurrior has been tough against the Gators while in Columbia. The Florida State game to close the year is dangerous. Florida’s record this year may not be a fair indication of how good they are.
  16. Missouri– I don’t see Missouri losing again until the rematch against Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship game unless the hangover from this past week against OU seeps into the Texas Tech game. If you watch one game this weekend, make it Missouri vs. Texas Tech. The final score will make you think you were watching a basketball game.
  17. Auburn– They will pray for USF to go undefeated. Whatever helps make that early season loss to the Bulls seem justified. The loss to Mississippi State was unacceptable but they rebounded nicely with an upset over Florida. There are probably three more losses on the schedule. At LSU this week, at Georgia and vs. Alabama in November will give the Tigers all they can handle and hand them their first seven win season since 2003.
  18. Hawaii– I wish they could play someone that mattered. Colt Brennan should not be in the Heisman race. He threw four interceptions against San Jose State and five against Idaho. His stats will be gaudy by season’s end but imagine if he’d been playing an SEC schedule how many picks he’d have thrown by now. I hope Washington thrashes them at the end of the year and ends this nonsense. Other than the UW game, they’ll run the table with ease.
  19. Virginia – This ranking angers me. Congratulations on losing to Wyoming to open the year Cavaliers! Now watch as Maryland stomps all over your hopes and dreams this week. See you in the cellar. Other losses will include, at Miami, vs. Virginia Tech and vs. Wake Forest.
  20. Georgia – Only one road game remains for the Bulldogs, and it should be their seventh consecutive win against in-state rival Georgia Tech. While Florida, Auburn and Kentucky will be tough, hosting them between the hedges certainly helps and with a little help they can find themselves in the SEC championship game.
  21. Tennessee– Funny, I thought Tennessee beat Georgia 35-14. I guess I imagined that too. Just like I imagined those bugs on my arm after I shot-up in the back-alley. Tennessee can make the BCS look real smart if it sh*ts the bed at Alabama and vs. South Carolina in the next two weeks. Finishing off the season at Kentucky isn’t ideal either. This could be it for the Phil Fulmer era in Tennessee.
  22. Texas – I’d say the remaining schedule is easy, but this is Texas we’re talking about. Nebraska, at Oklahoma State, vs. Texas Tech, and at Texas A&M all pose problems for the Longhorns. This won’t be a season to remember for Mack Brown. Where’s Vince Young when you need him.
  23. Cincinnati– November 3, at South Florida, the entire nation will be watching. This could be a special season for the Bearcats, but they’ll have to go through West Virginia as well and that won’t happen.
  24. Texas Tech – This is a waste of a rank. They’re fun to watch but Missouri, Texas and Oklahoma will all beat them. Thanks for coming out.
  25. Michigan – Well, well, well. Look who’s reared their ugly head once again. The maize and blue are back in the hunt. That is, if they can all of the sudden figure out how to defend athletic quarterbacks and the spread offense. Illinois may be irritatingly inconsistent but in Isaiah “Juice Williams they have the formula for beating Michigan. The Wolverines, however, if they can beat Ohio State in the season finale, will win the Big 10 championship.

As for those other useless polls…

Arizona State was given a vote as the number one team in the nation in the AP poll.

The coaches poll has Georgia ahead of Tennessee, even humans can’t get this right.

TSC Top 25

It hasn’t gotten this crazy in a while. So while I’d like to express my distaste for the poll system in general, I’m going to piss off a few undefeateds instead.

  1. Louisiana State
  2. California
  3. Ohio State
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Southern Cal
  6. Florida
  7. Oregon
  8. Missouri
  9. Boston College
  10. South Carolina
  11. Virginia Tech
  12. South Florida
  13. West Virginia
  14. Illinois
  15. Wisconsin
  16. Auburn
  17. Kentucky
  18. Florida State
  19. Kansas
  20. Texas
  21. Tennessee
  22. Cincinnati
  23. Georgia
  24. Arizona State
  25. Hawaii

26th vote for Michigan. The next two weeks (vs. Purdue, at Illinois) are key in their road back to respectability.

TSC Top 25 – Week 5

There’s no reason for pre-season polls other than to give football fiends, such as myself, something to temper their enthusiasm. They only hamper a team’s ability to come from obscurity and compete for the national title. So without further ado I now present the inaugural TSC season opening rankings.

  1. USCToo much talent, too much depth, too much speed, too much …
  2. LSUSee USC (above)
  3. CalThey have playmakers at all the skill positions and if the defense comes around before the USC game, watch out.
  4. Wisconsin Coming into the season this was the best team in the Big 10, what’s changed?
  5. Ohio StateThey’ll be favourites in every game this season but can Tressel guide them to a 3rd consecutive BCS game?
  6. OregonSee Cal (3)
  7. Boston CollegeThey just seem to sneak up on you and I feel like I’m not giving them enough respect.
  8. KentuckyThis is a pipe dream. The offense can play with anyone but the defense will hold them back.
  9. FloridaChamps got knocked off last week but that’s to be expected with so much young talent.
  10. South FloridaLook at me with a straight face and tell me South Florida would beat Florida.
  11. MissouriChase Daniel is the best quarterback in the Big 12 hands down, a win vs. Nebraska will make them a top 10 team.
  12. West VirginiaWith Pat White in the lineup they’re a top 5 team, without him they get upset by South Florida.
  13. OklahomaSam Bradford had this team moving. Was Colorado a minor setback or the tip of the iceberg?
  14. GeorgiaMark Richt is a very underrated coach but they’ve never taken that next step under his leadership.
  15. South CarolinaSpurrior can beat anyone on any week.
  16. MiamiSwagger is back at the U for all the right reasons.
  17. ClemsonTailback tandem of Spiller and Davis gives defensive coordinators reason to be scared.
  18. TexasAs good as Colt McCoy has been, UT would be far more dangerous with a running QB.
  19. Virginia TechConsistently overrated in the Sean Glennon era. Tyrod Taylor will win soon.
  20. Hawaii I’d love to rank them higher but then again, I’d love for them to play someone who matters.
  21. NebraskaBall State nearly took this team down, Missouri will this week.
  22. PurdueShow some love for that ‘other’ undefeated Big 10 team.
  23. Cincinnati All good things must come to an end, expect them out of the rankings very soon.
  24. Arizona StateDennis Erickson will soon recruit enough people with criminal records to compete.
  25. IllinoisThe Williams to Benn passing duo will dominate the Big 10 for the next three years.

26th vote is for Florida State, who beat Alabama and finally made X a factor.