It was fun watching some of the games yesterday while not having to worry about running a thread or missing some good action while watching one of our games.
Here is this weeks ballot...
There were some great games yesterday so, lets take a look...
1) LSU - They absolutely throttled Florida. Yes, the game was at home but they came to play and took no prisoners. Florida has some growing to do, not having Demps or Brantley didn't help but it would not have mattered. LSU simply out classed UF yesterday.
2) Alabama - The 'tide got off to a slow start but the ending was never in doubt. I mean Vandy isn't competition for the rest of the SEC let alone Alabama...they're more like a scrimmage.
3) Oklahoma - The Sooners left no doubt in showing us that Texas still has a way to go from last season. Oklahoma scored three defensive TD's yesterday. That was all I needed to see. We all know Landry Jones can sling it but the OU defense brought the wood.
4) Wisconsin - Bye Week
5) Boise St - Ho-hum...Kellen Moore had his way with Fresno St. racking up over 400 total yards of offense. The bigger issue that helped BSU were the 4 turnovers that FSU committed. Unfortunately their schedule is just weak. They win the marquis games but other undefeated teams like Stanford play a tougher schedule...If things stay as is with no change Stanford and OK St. will pass BSU in my poll in the next couple of weeks.
6) Oklahoma St. - The 'pokes demolished Kansas. Mike Gundy has them firing on all cylinders. KU has fallen back to earth after the Mangino years so I am not sure how much competition the Jayhawks really offered. I am moving OK St. up a spot because I think they are playing a little bit better right now.
7) Stanford - Andrew Luck put some impressive stats on the board to further showcase his chase for the Heisman. Luck went 27-35 for 392-yards...and he made a great one-handed catch with some trickeration. CU is 1-5 so the outcome was never in doubt.
8) Clemson - The Tigers continue to impress. I really can't say much more than that. They made quick work of BC but the hip injury to Tajh Boyd could really throw a monkey in wrench for Clemson if the injury is more serious than we know.
9) Oregon - We all know the Ducks are good but they have some issues. Stanford is playing more complete. Cal proved to be nothing more than a bump in the road. The bigger question is the injury to LaMichael James. Don't let any one fool you about LMJ not tearing ligaments on that dislocated elbow. That is his second injury to that elbow. Those structures are weakened and the Elbow is one of the most unforgiving joints in the body. Barner and Thomas will pick up some of the slack but they are not LMJ.
10) Arkansas - I am moving them up because I was so impressed with their game against Auburn. I realize that Auburn has issues on defense but they are ranked and have played better than many expected them to play but the Hogs were relentless last night.
11) Michigan - I can't remember the last time UM was 6-0. Denard Robinson didn't have a good game in the first half with three INT's but he was a totally different in the second half. I realize it was Northwestern, but the Maize and Blue turned it around.
12) Nebraska - I am not sure what was up with this team in the first half but they got it going in the second half. The offensive play of tOSU helped but Martinez finally got things going.
13) Kansas St. - I have to admit I was impressed with this win. Mizzou is less than expected but you still have to win and number of pundits thought Mizzou would beat K-State. Head Coach Bill Snyder really has these kids playing some great football.
14) South Carolina - The Connor Shaw era has arrived with the Gamecocks beating up on Kentucky. This win may not be a deal in the gran scheme of things but it has to be a big confidence booster to Shaw. The Stephen Garcia era looks to be moving on...
15) Georgia Tech - I just wasn't impressed with what I saw against Maryland (I admit it wasn't a lot). I thought Paul Johnson's offense would run up and down the field against Maryland.
16) Illinois - You have to give credit to the Zooker. I know they were sluggish against Indiana but they found their way...
17) Arizona St. - Beating Utah doesn't bode well for USC's strength of schedule (not like it matters this season) but it hard to argue that this team playing well...especially when you consider that ASU is without something like 13-14 starters. They control the Pac-12 South.
18) West Virginia - WVU was slow out the gates only soring 10-points in the first half but Dana Holgerson's offense has finally taken root. Geno Smith threw for 450 yards and 4 TD's in their rout of UConn.
19) South Florida - Bye
20) Texas - It's hard to know if Oklahoma is that good or if Texas is that Mediocre. Texas showed a few nice things yesterday but Oklahoma was just too tough. UT has a ways to go before they are back on the big stage.
21) Virgina Tech. - This was one of the more entertaining games yesterday. It seemed like both teams went back and forth until Logan Thomas caught Miami napping when rushed for the winning score with a minute left.
22) Baylor - Coming off a heart breaking loss to K-State Baylor bounced back with a win over Iowa St. RGIII throws for 212-yards and runs for 107-yards.
23) Michigan St. - Bye
24) Florida - See LSU above
25) Houston - A new comer to my poll...Case Keenum threw for 300 yards and two TD's. I realize that its ECU but Houston But Keenum continues to put up big numbers, passing former Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell for second on the NCAA all-time passing yards list and now has 15,895 yards. I know C-USA but those are impressive numbers.