|So here it is. This weeks Top Ten College Football Rankings. As I said last week, they are being furnished by my Joseph, a former sports journalism major at Auburn University in Alabama. I was at the Auburn/Washington State last Saturday and I will admit they looked. Especially the defense, but the quarterback is suspect in my opinion. Nonetheless, until they lose, they deserve their ranking.|
Just so you know, mark your calendars for September 16th. That will be the single best non bowl day in college football in many years.
Almost there…Tennessee, Michigan, Iowa, Louisville, Florida.
- Texas (1-0) – Beat North Texas 56-7. Since none of the top teams played great competition, the Longhorns remain the number one team by default. After this Saturday, they will no long be here or will have earned the spot. This week: Ohio St.
- Ohio St. (1-0) – Beat Northern Illinois 35-12. The Ohio St. offense was strong early until Coach Tressel called off the dogs up 28-0 early in the second quarter. The defense gave up loads of yards to Garret Wolfe, but much of that was in second half garbage time. This week: at Texas.
- Auburn (1-0) – Beat Washington St. 40-14. The Tigers were one of the few top teams that opened against a team with a pulse, and they took the Cougars apart. Better red-zone offense would have made the score a whole lot uglier. This week: at Mississippi St.
- USC (1-0) – Beat Arkansas 50-14. This team has a nice road to the national title game now. The defense was strong against Arkansas and all of the big games except UCLA are at home. The game against Nebraska in two weeks may be the toughest remaining on the schedule (Notre Dame included). This week: bye week.
- West Virginia (1-0) – Beat Marshall 42-10. Expect this for a few weeks. West Virginia beats an inferior opponent by a large margin and is jumped by another team looking impressive against a stronger opponent. It would take a monumental upset for anyone to beat this team before November 2 at Louisville. This week: Eastern Washington.
- Notre Dame (1-0) – Beat Georgia Tech 14-10. The win over Georgia Tech is being underrated by some. Tech is a strong team that will contend for the ACC Coastal Division with Virginia Tech and Miami. Notre Dame should be fine this week against Penn St. who couldn’t run against Akron before the Michigan game. This week: Penn St.
- LSU (1-0) – Beat Louisiana-Lafayette 45-3. This game really should stop happening. Since the series started LSU leads the scoring all-time 957-22. The field goal shows the LSU defense slipping. Those are the first points Lafayette has scored against LSU since 1925. None of this matters after the Arizona and Auburn games over the next two weeks. This week: Arizona.
- Clemson (1-0) – Beat Florida Atlantic 54-6. When you turn the ball over four times and still score 54, you know your team is good, the other team stinks, and you need to do better next week. Clemson will definitely need to take better care of the football this season. This week: at Boston College.
- Nebraska (1-0) – Beat Louisiana Tech 49-10. Nobody is hallucinating here. Nebraska is on the way back. This year will be a three-loss season (USC, Texas, Texas in conference title game) That lands teams in the top-10 and Nebraska’s offense really is that much better than it was two years ago. This week: Nicholls St. (1-AA).
- Oregon (1-0) – Beat Stanford 48-10. The running game that has been dormant since the 2001 Pac-10 title appears to be back after rolling up nearly 300 yards on the ground. Oregon now moves to the next game of their brutal opening run. The easy one is out of the way. This week: at Fresno St. (Are they crazy?).