The Mission Top 10, Week VIII
|It was a week to remember. Auburn gets lucky against Florida, but even bigger was the brawl in Miami. I am with some of the more irate commentators who believe both programs need to suffer huge for this. Does not this type of behavior fit in the "lack of institutional control" catagory? No real big games this week although I am intrigued by the UCLA/Notre Dame matchup. Also, the BCS rankings have begun, so now we have something else to argue about in regards to college football. Enjoy!|
1. Ohio St. (7-0) – Seven down, four to go. Next victim: Indiana.
2. Michigan (7-0) – Seven down, four to go. Next victim: Iowa.
3. USC (6-0) – Somehow, they keep winning. If they fall behind early, they may be dead since they haven’t shown any come from behind ability and they have been bad in the second half for much of the season.
4. West Virginia (6-0) – The computers hate them, but those numbers will improve if the Mountaineers keep winning considering Louisville, Rutgers, and Pittsburgh are a combined 18-1.
5. Louisville (6-0) – Last week’s performance was abysmal. Had they been playing almost anyone else in the Big East, that win over Cincinnati would be a loss.
6. Tennessee (6-1) – Yes, Tennessee is better than Florida right now and I believe if that game was played four more times, Tennessee would win three of them.
7. Auburn (6-1) – That was a gritty win, but an overpowering offensive line can still kill them. They will win out as long as the SEC Title Game opponent (if they get there) isn’t Tennessee.
8. Clemson (6-1) – The last time I ranked Clemson this high, they lost. With Chansi Stuckey out injured this week, expect the same fate against Georgia Tech.
9. Florida (6-1) – In the second half, the Gators got away from what they were dominating with in the first half: running the football. Yes, the Auburn defense stiffened, but Florida abandoned the run when they didn’t need to in the third quarter.
10. Texas (6-1) – The computers agree with me, Texas is overrated in the polls. Somehow, they are going to go 11-1 without beating anyone of note (unless you count Nebraska).
On the cusp: Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Arkansas, Cal.