- USC – not only did they play a mediocre I-A opponent in Virginia, they thrashed them. No wonder they’re now officially #1.
- Oklahoma – Destroyed their cupcake by a score of 50-something to 2. Yikes. Most well-balanced team that isn’t USC based off of one week.
- Ohio State – Beanie Wells will be sitting this one out, awaiting USC. If Ohio makes this game with OSU close, they’ll drop again.
- Georgia – Ate their cupcake, lost another D-lineman with an ACL. Not good — and the Dawgs might be feeling a bit under the weather when Dan LeFevour and Central Michigan come to town (not enough to lose, mind you.)
- Mizzou – Hm. That whole thing about a brand new defense may have been overrated. Still enough to outscore everyone.
- LSU – By my scales, Applachian State is probably a tougher opponent than this year’s Hawai’i squad.
- Florida – See #6, should thrash the U soundly.
- West Virginia – Pat White can throw it downfield, and throw it well.
- Texas – The Horns looked better than I was expecting; then again, it was Florida Atlantic, and despite the proclamations of Howard Schnellenberger, his squad couldn’t make a dent.
- Texas Tech – I refuse to allow Auburn entry until they show something resembling a competent offense. Despite the Pirate Academy giving up way too many points last week, they’re staying in the 10.
So Long, Suckers:
- Clemson – At least Tommy Bowden saved us the trouble of having to care about the ACC. He had to call Nick Saban afterwards for motivational tips for his team. FAIL.
- Virginia Tech – The Hokies play football like the Greeks play soccer: defensive, dragging, and dull in the extreme. Someone advise Frank Beamer to recruit some offensive talent.
- Texas A&M – Mike Sherman, clearly unprepared for coaching college football once again. You’re not supposed to lose to Arkansas State.
- Tennessee – If your running backs are averaging 5 and 7 yards a carry, one would think you would have your first-time starting QB just hand it off. But then, you are not Philip Fulmer.
Watching With Interest
- Miami – The world needs the U to be good again. Randy Shannon has a tough task and isn’t going to win this week, but Miami has to be competitive, show some progress.
- Notre Dame – The Epic Schadenfreude Watch begins in earnest for yet another season.
- Stanford – Beating Oregon State is not a massive thing, but to start off like that is a good way to go for Jim Harbaugh. Let’s see what the Trees are made of against Arizona State
- Alabama – Saban is saying all the right things, and John Parker Wilson looked more than competent last week. Wonder how long that will last.