1. Texas (+1) - vs Missouri - W 56-31
The Longhorns followed up a strong upset of a solid OU team with a thorough depantsing of one of the best offenses in the country. They're clicking on both sides of the ball right now (boom mfer and such) and are clearly playing the best football around.
2. Alabama (-1) - vs Ole Miss - W 24-20
Definitely the best first half team out there, but we continue to shoot ourselves in the foot in the second half. Coffee's fumblitis isn't going away, we couldn't stop a fake kick everyone knew was coming, the defense looked lost without Cody, and etc. What was most unnerving about this performance was that, when things got too close for comfort, we didn't come through with a drive or two like we did against Tulane, UGA, and Kentucky. Say what you will about the lack of focus and intensity up to now, at least when we needed to we could count on a solid drive to keep things safe (even if it didn't result in points like against UK), but we just didn't come through this time. I'm more than nervous about the rest of the season now.
3. Penn State - vs Michigan - W 46-17
If they hadn't struggled so much in the first half and played a complete game, I'd jump them ahead of us in a heartbeat.
4. Texas Tech - at Texas A&M - W 43-25
aTm made a game of it for a little while, but in the end the Air Raid was just too much for them. I'm sure Kines was wishing he had Ryans, Harper, Peprah, et al this time, too.
5. Florida - idle
6. Georgia - vs Vanderbilt - W 24-14
The Dawgs just haven't looked quite as impressive as expected in the preseason, but they keep winning in less than spectacular fashion (at least on the scoreboard).
7. Southern Cal - at Washington State - W 69-0
8. Utah - vs Colorado State - W 49-16
9. Oklahoma - vs Kansas - W 45-31
10. Oklahoma State - vs Baylor - W 34-6
11. Ohio State (+4) - at Michigan State - W 45-7
Damn it, why won't the Buckeyes just go away? A thorough pantsing of a pretty solid Michigan State team in East Lansing is bound to get them right back into the "National Title" conversation, especially if they can beat Penn State this weekend. Do us all a favor Nittany Lions, put them out of our misery.
12. Boise State (+2) - vs Hawaii - W 27-7
13. Tulsa (+10) - vs UTEP - W 77-35
Tulsa piled up 791 yards of offense on the Miners. That is just unreal.
14. LSU (-2) - at South Carolina - W 24-17
The Tigers followed up a pantsing by Florida with a lackluster affair in Columbia, but they did rally for the win, so they have that going for them, which is nice.
15. Ball State (+4) - idle
16. Georgia Tech (+9) - at Clemson - W 21-17
17. Cincinnati (+2) - idle
18. Missouri (-5) - at Texas - L 31-56
19. Pitt (+6) - at Navy - W 42-21
Although I am loathe to rank a Dave Wannstedt coached team, they are 5-1 and undefeated in conference play. Ugh.
20. South Florida (+5) - vs Syracuse - W 45-13
21. Boston College (+4) - vs Virginia Tech - W 28-23
The Eagles enter the rankings after a win over Virginia Tech puts them at 5-1 and firmly in the race for the ACC, which, I think there's a high school team somewhere firmly in the race for the ACC as well, so whatevs man. Whatevs.
22. TCU (+3) - vs BYU - W 32-7
Just an utter shaming of BYU on Thursday. That's why he's Dr. Saturday, I suppose...
23. Kansas (-6) - at Oklahoma - L 31-45
24. Michigan State (-8) - vs Ohio State - L 7-45
25. North Carolina (-5) - at Virginia - L 13-16 (OT)
Dropped Out: UConn, Wake Forest, BYU, Western Michigan, Virginia Tech