Ok sorry fellas I didn't see the deadline, but sent my ballot to The Greek on Sunday. Of course that means that I have Tenn still in the top 25, but didn't update my ballot. For that purpose I will put the ballot I submitted to the Greek here. After the game on Monday I would take Tenn out of the top 25 and probably insert UCLA at 25. The polls are so fluid here, that the bottom 5 or so will be tough to rank at this point in the season.
Without further adeu....
1. Georgia- Nothing out of the ordinary for the Dawgs. The offense looked good, and Caleb King and Knowshon Moreno will be a tough combo at RB. It seems that the points were scored once the first team left the field. Which doesn’t give me too much concern about UGA’s D.
2. Ohio State- Everything was going very well for the Buckeyes until Beanie Wells went down. Without contact the injury still has many puzzled. The Buckeyes defense looked very good (giving up 74 yards albeit to YSU). What didn’t look great for the Buckeyes was their red zone offense having to settle for FGs 3 times and twice when they had first and goal. Perhaps that can be attributed to rust, but against better teams they will have to cash those into TDs.
3. USC- USC was flat out impressive. I don’t think UVA is a very good squad but going there and destroying them was impressive. Sanchez looked outstanding and that stable of backs including Gable and McKnight seem very impressive. USC scored 7 TDs…and no one scored more than 1. Look out for the weapons out there on the west coast. They will have a week off before the Buckeyes come to the Left Coast.
4. Oklahoma- Chattanooga isn’t a very good way to judge Oklahoma (neither are most of the opening games) but Oklahoma did what they were supposed to do. Winning 50-0 at halftime is pretty impressive. The offense appears crisp, and they seem poised to make a run at the Big 12 title.
5. Florida- The offense seemed to struggle for the first quarter, but more than made up for that in the latter part of the game. Tebow didn’t have to do as much as he did last year, and the parts around Tebow appear to be outstanding. Good news for Gator fans is that FLA had a couple of picks and a good punt return from Brandon James. An improved defense could mean a monster squad in the Swamp.
6. Missouri- Missouri played a pretty good Illinois squad and scored almost at will. The offense with Chase Daniel, Chase Coffman, and Jeremy Maclin along with an impressive showing from their RBs make their offense one of the most potent in the country. The defense with 10 returning starters looks pretty good even though Juice carved them up a bit.
7. WVU- Pat White showed that he throw the football. Albeit against Villanova (and no this isn’t basketball). The Stewart era seemed to get off to a pretty good start although it is a little concerning that Villanova scored 21 points on the WVU defense (especially with a couple of tough games coming up).
8. Auburn- The last time that UL Monroe came into Bama they won (although it was against Alabama) not so much this time. Auburn plays very good defense and it may take a little longer for their new spread offense to begin clicking.
9. Texas- Colt McCoy looked very good both passing and rushing the football. A resurgence of Colt McCoy could make Texas a tough team to contend with. Texas honored Vince Young during the game, will McCoy be honoring the Texas faithful with a big bowl win…who knows?
10. LSU- LSU played a game in very difficult circumstances. The players had to be worried about their families, homes, and the imminent arrival of Gustav. That said the defense looked strong and fast. The D-Line may be the nastiest I have ever seen. The offense looked vanilla and Charles Scott filled in very nicely. The question at QB still looms against more difficult defenses.
11. Kansas- The Jayhawks? Yes those Jayhawks. They move up in the rankings mostly because of a terrible performance by Clemson.
12. Texas Tech- Graham Harrell was lighting up the scoreboard just as he did in 2007. He threw for right around 500 yards and a couple of scores. Crabtree again played very well. The questions don’t lie with the offense, they can score on everyone. The question comes when the other team has the ball. Can the Red Raiders stop the other guys enough to win the big games?
13. Wisconsin- Wisconsin imposed their will running for 400 yards. PJ Hill was dominant running for over 200 yards. Akron isn’t a great football team, but Wisconsin took it to them. The Badgers will have to continue to run the ball and supplement it with the pass. Evridge looked pretty good in his debut, although he didn’t have to do much. Wisconsin can’t look ahead to Fresno State just yet…they have to handle Marshall first.
14. Arizona State- Rudy Carpenter is a solid QB who could lead the Sun Devils to a couple of big wins. They will have to be ready quickly as UGA comes to visit the desert.
15. BYU- The Cougars had no issue with Northern Iowa. Hall was throwing the ball all over the yard. The question in part will be their defense and they way they handle the success of being the Non-BCS darling.
16. Tennessee- How will they perform on Monday?
17. Alabama- I believe the phrase is ‘Roll Tide’. The Tide did just that and rolled over Clemson. Bama’s D held the explosive duo of Spiller and Davis to nearly nothing. JPW carved the Clemson D and the Big Freshman Jones tore up the secondary and appears to be a physical monster. Bama could be a serious contender in the SEC West but will have to finally beat Auburn (for the first time in recent memory).
18. South Florida- South Florida played well, and appear to the only other hope for the Big East. Pitt was embarrassed by a MAC team at home. Matt Grothe is a good QB who could lead the Bulls to a very successful season in the Big East. George Selvie is a beast on the end…and can bring the heat for the Bulls D.
19. Penn State- They played Coastal Carolina…wow. The Lions were pretty good throughout the game though. The rushing attack with Royster looked good and Clark still has to prove that he can throw the football enough to keep the defense honest. Williams and Norwood will have to step up at the WR spot to help Clark.
20. Fresno State- Can they handle Rutgers?
21. Wake Forest- The Deacons headed down to Texas and demolished the Baylor Bears. The offense is good, and the defense appears strong. It just doesn’t seem right that Wake would be good at football…but they really are. Believe in them.
22. Illinois- A team without a win cracks the top 25. They played a very tough Missouri team and handled themselves well. A couple of times the game could have gotten out of hand, but didn’t. The defense looked tired against the spread. However the offense looked good and Juice Williams being able to throw the ball could be serious trouble for other teams on their schedule.
23. Cincinnati- Can Ben get a 6th year of eligibility? It could go a long way in determining how the Bearcats do in the Big East.
24. Oregon- The Ducks are down to their 10th QB…ok it just seems like it. It will be interesting to see how they play that offense without the protypical run QB.
25. East Carolina- Skip Holtz got his team prepared and took down the mighty VT. They looked sloppy throughout the game, but still handled the Hokies. The Hokies however appear to have little to no depth/talent at WR, and Glennon appears to not be ready for the starting job…lose that redshit Taylor.
Out of the rankings: Clemson (11 last week), VA Tech (19), Pittsburgh (20).
New Arrivals: Alabama (17), Oregon (24), East Carolina (25)
POW: Juice Williams, Illinois. Juice had a great game against a tough Missouri defense and kept the Illini in the game. Juice threw the ball 42 times connecting 26 times. He threw for 451 yards and 5 TD’s. Juice had two INTs and one was ripped from his WR. A very good game for Juice who has shown that he can throw the ball a little bit which will make him a much more dangerous player. Playing a tough opponent allows Juice to get my vote for POW.