Another shot at looking like a fool. With so much parity in college football this season, it's really hard to get a grasp of which teams are for real and which are not. Below is my latest attempt at determining the 30 best college football teams:
- I think the Top 10 is pretty straightforward compared to last week. Oklahoma State drops out after their loss to Houston. USC moves down after a near loss at the horseshoe. Penn State, LSU, and Georgia Tech move up one spot each due to Oklahoma State dropping out.
- 11-15: Boise State, Oklahoma, and VA Tech all bounce back, TCU wins as expected, and Oklahoma State drops 10 spots, as I think Oklahoma State is a toss up with 11-15 teams, but ahead of 16-20 teams.
- 16-25: This is the part that's really hard as I think all of these teams are interchangeable. I kept them in this order to keep in line with my previous ballot, to keep the process consistent. If teams do not start seperating themselves soon, I will probably scrap the old ballots and start new. Southern Miss and Pitt are the two near teams to the Top 25, as they were my last two out last week. I will admit that I wanted to put Pitt in earlier, as they look solid on paper, but usually dissapoint. With Southern Miss, part of me including them is what I think they can do this season.
25-30: Houston reluctantly misses the Top 25. I wanted to include them in my top 30 last week, but gave the nod to Mizzou instead. Cincy, Boston College, Texas Tech, and WVU are all off to great starts.
- I'm proud of myself for staying disciplined with Notre Dame. I've left them off my ballots all year, as I didn't buy into the hype, and Notre Dame showed yesterday that they are not a BCS-caliber team. Alternativley, my opinion of Michigan hasn't changed, as I didn't think Notre Dame was that good to begin with.
- I'm still not sold on Utah. When you have to score 17 in the 4th quarter against San Jose State, you probably aren't a Top 25 team.