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We are all Spartans...for one week at least.

This team is just mean as hell...
This team is just mean as hell...
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We were treated to 52 games this past weekend. The results were revelatory, and we shall adjust accordingly. Please note, that as usual, the WNaBP is a hybrid poll of results/power. Especially the first few weeks, teams change positions quickly...or not, depending on my sobriety.

That said, ladies and gentlemen, it's time to come to grips with a fact: The rest of the nation has caught up to the SEC. The PAC 12 is already top to bottom as good as (if not better than) the SEC; the B1G is closer; and the B12 is a player again - not just OU and the Confederacy of Dunces. Moreover, the ACC seems to be somewhat better with Louisville's addition and Notre Dame's emeritus status. Thus, it seems that parity is returning just in time for the playoffs. And you know what? That's probably a good thing for the sport.

Rank

Team

Last Week

1

Michigan State Spartans

3

2

Oklahoma Sooners

2

3

Oregon Ducks

4

4

Georgia Bulldogs

10

5

Florida State Seminoles

1

6

Baylor Bears

11

7

Alabama Crimson Tide

5

8

Texas A&M Aggies

-

9

Texas Longhorns

17

10

LSU Tigers

8

11

Auburn Tigers

12

12

Stanford Cardinal

18

13

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

19

14

Ohio State Buckeyes

14

15

Florida Gators

15

16

Nebraska Cornhuskers

24

17

Wisconsin Badgers

7

18

UCLA Bruins

6

19

USC Trojans

-

20

Iowa Hawkeyes

20

21

Arizona State Sun Devils

-

22

Michigan Wolverines

-

23

Mississippi State Bulldogs

21

24

Ole Miss Rebels

22

25

Colorado State Rams

-

O, Hai!

Welcome the Texas A&M Aggies (in a big way) with the scariest offense in the country. Lose Manziel, Evans etc, and get even better. The OL is supremely nasty. Defense seems better (except in the secondary). Michigan Wolverines Yup, I saw that Nuss. Funchess is going to have a monster year. Arizona State: Okay, I was perhaps too bearish here. USC Trojans: Goodness, so that's what skills players look like, huh? Colorado State Rams: Not even close to a top-25 team, then again neither are half of the Top 25. RBR sends our love and respect to Coach Jim McElwain and UA alumnus Dee Hart. Way to grind. We love you.

Be Gone!

A pox on the entire State of South Carolina. The Clemson Tigers' Stoudt is completely lost, the interior D is still crap, and you can't even score on UGA with zero returning secondary. Probably as bad as Clemson, the South Carolina Gamecocks earn a 1-week moratorium for the Complete Butt it served the nation on Thursday. Possibly a long year in Columbia. Houston Cougars: As awful a game as I've seen by an alleged conference contender since DuBose's 2000 Alabama squad. Dreadful. UCF Knights: Victim of circumstance in a tough road game against a similar foe. Too bad both the victor may win 7 games.

Social Promotion

Your new Number One, the Michigan State Spartans. A complete team: can run, pass, play great special teams, and have an exceptional mean streak up front. Tough, tough roadie to Eugene this week, though. Time to take the Baylor Bears seriously, I guess. If Bryce Petty isn't murdered by his run-it-up, idiot coach, the lightning fast defense is going to wreak almost as much havoc as the offense. I was high on Texas going into the season: the secondary played lights out, the offense was physical, the players were focused and punishing. Strong is off to a fantastic start. Georgia Bulldogs: Amazing what playing at home, being healthy, and having the nation's best player can do, huh? These guys are who I thought they were: The probable SEC champ and a true National Title favorite. Nebraska Cornhuskers: Lorda'mercy, as mean as the running game and Blackshirts have been in Bo's tenure. If this team keeps it together, a contender in the B1G-West and possible spoiler to the OSU/Sparty hegemony. Notre Dame: 85% better than last season. Golston matters.

Demotion

Your Alabama Crimson Tide. This team will rebound. 80% of the problems are glaring, but coachable, mistakes. That said, there's no way that week one Tide team beats any of the six above them. For the nonce, you belong here. Don't think you're fooling anyone, Florida State: Jameis Winston looked terrible against the first athletic defense he's faced. The defensive line is starting to show chinks. Dangerous, but a 10-2 team in a decent conference. The Wisconsin Badgers have America's dumbest head coach (sorry, Hugh Freeze... you just lost this spot). Carrying a 17-point, second half lead, runs all-world Melvin Gordon twice, opting instead to skip over the experienced QB to play a converted safety who won't run and can't throw...and then throws the ball with alacrity. Predictable LSU'ing occurs. UCLA Bruins: The most overrated team in the nation has the worst offensive line I saw this week, besides maybe the Tennessee Volunteers. The difference is Tennessee returns six total starts and hasn't been reading their playoff darling press clippings all summer. Hundley may not survive until October.

Bye weeks

Calling a bye week to the Florida Gators, who were rained out, and the Ohio State Buckeyes, who played a triple option team. The latter makes everyone look like poop. If it anyone were to have a first week bye, it'd be Tommy Tuberville's Cincinnati Bearcats. That is peak Tuberville.

Last Out

Louisville Cardinals: played mean, fast, aggressive, ran the ball with purpose and eviscerated the 'Canes late. Missouri Tigers: Inconsistent against a decent FCS team won't win the SEC-East.