Who Needs a Blogpoll Top 25: Week Three Gets a New No. 1

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Who Needs a Blogpoll Top 25: Week Three Gets a New No. 1

Rank

Team

LW

1

Alabama Crimson Tide

2

2

Clemson Tigers

1

3

LSU Tigers

3

4

Oregon Ducks

5

5

Florida St. Seminoles

7

6

Ohio State Buckeyes

8

7

Stanford Cardinal

6

8

Michigan Wolverines

4

9

Georgia Bulldogs

9

10

Texas A&M Aggies

14

11

South Carolina Gamecocks

11

12

Oklahoma St. Cowboys

12

13

Miami Hurricanes

16

14

Baylor Bears

13

15

Oklahoma Sooners

22

16

Ole Miss Rebels

24

17

Washington Huskies

17

18

Florida Gators

18

19

Northwestern Wildcats

19

20

Michigan State Spartans

21

21

Louisville Cardinals

10

22

Virginia Tech Hokies

22

23

UCLA Bruins

--

24

Arizona State Sun Devils

--

25

Auburn Tigers

25

O, Hai! UCLA Bruins - Second half adjustments and Pelini being Pelini yields a rout of the Blackshirts. The DL is very much an area of concern, though. Arizona State Sun Devils - Fun team to be sure, and strong-ish along the lines. Few teams in the PAC 12 will show the dedication to smash-mouth that Wisconsin did, which can be used to bully the Devils.

Be Gone! TCU - Made two freshmen QBs look competent, serious issues emerging with tackling and a depleted offense. Wisconsin - I love you, Gary Andersen, and maybe that play was on Stave. In either event, a team that dumb takes a one-week timeout from the Top 25.

Social Promotion: Texas A&M Aggies - The defense is still horrendous, but there's little doubt left this is a Top-10 team. Ole Miss Rebels -The performance in Austin was dominant. They battered, bullied the Horns in DKR. This is both a fast and physical team, at least against the B12. Oklahoma - Yes, it was Tulsa. But, the offensive line finally clicked, the running game was sharp and QB issues seem to be resolved. Coupled with a functional defense, could be serious trouble. Alabama - Having now defeated an elite defense playing elite defense and special teams (on a neutral field), and having now defeated an elite offense by playing some elite offense of their own (on the road), Alabama is the class of the country at this point. Also, Ducks, we heard that "S-E-C, We Want Bama" chant...no, no you do not.

Held Back: Louisville - I, like many, many others, overestimated this team. They are a middling SEC team with a very good QB. Kentucky let that one get by them. Michigan -Given OSU's issues in the secondary, I still think UM can beat the Buckeyes. But whatever the hell that was in Ann Arbor against Akron does not instill confidence. Hon. Mention: Stanford, that is not how to treat a patsy. I don't care if Army does run the option.

Last Out: Notre Dame Fighting Irish -I...I just can't. That said, the offensive line was very sexy against Purdue. Arizona Wildcats - Another pasting of a bad team, then a bye this week. Let me see what they do against Washington in two weeks before rendering judgment. UCF Knights - Good road win against a Penn State team that has forgotten how to play defense. But, if it can be helped, I will never, ever reward George O'Leary. Georgia Tech - I see you working, Paul Johnson.

The Muddled Middle: While the SEC is pretty well settled into its three-tiered class system, the same cannot be said of the Big 12, PAC 12 and Big Ten. The problem with the B12 is in its supremacy. At this point, no one can tell you who would win a round robin of OU, OSU and Baylor. In the Big Ten, the same problem exists with the non-UM/tOSU class: Northwestern, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Penn State, Nebraska. What to make of that? Then, the PAC 12 is perhaps the messiest of all. Leaving aside Oregon and Stanford, you have 6-8 bowl teams that will cannibalize one another: Washington, USC, Arizona State, UCLA, Arizona...and that's not even including Oregon State, Washington State or Utah, who could threaten. Like I said, a morass. The ACC? Clemson, Florida State and a whole lot of 7-5 teams that are impossible to parse out, and very few people even try anymore.

As usual, leave your vitriol below, but also per usual, I am right.

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