No surprise with the FanPulse crowdsourced Top 25 this year — Clemson is still atop the poll.
In my continued quest to call out people who apparently don’t watch football, I direct your attention to the following curiosities:
- USC is only No. 25. They have a home win against MWC favorite, Fresno State, and then obliterated then-No. 21 Stanford. How they did it has been impressive. A defense that has been lights out for 6 quarters and spreading out all of that awesome Mater Dei talent. I think this team could win the P12...if not for their schedule.
- Yet, the Men of Troy are behind two P12 teams that lost. You could make a (bad) argument for USC to behind Oregon. Okay, fine. But you could not have stayed up until 3:04 a.m. on Sunday morning watching the Cal-Washington game (as I did) and conclude that the Huskies deserved to be ranked, or that they are better than SC. I’m declaring another fraud year in Seattle until the Doogs prove me otherwise.
- Oklahoma is getting a lot of love for running it up late against an average FCS team and for blasting a Houston team with among the worst defenses in the country. Last week’s game was particularly egregious. The score was 28-0 Dirt Burglars at the half over the South Dakota Coyotes (Go Yotes). The Sooners’ talent eventually outed down the stretch. Then Riley decided gussy it up — and dialed up three touchdown passes while up 40+ points in the late 3rd/4th.
The Sooners still had the second string in, running uptempo, and were throwing the ball up 56-14 late in the 4th. The bench then came in up 63-14 and also started throwing against an FCS roster which is capped to just 53 players. In sum, on the last two possessions of the game, the Sooners threw 12 passes, ran twice from the Ewok RPO, and ran the ball 8 times with the backs — 70-14. There’s not taking the air out of the ball, then there’s whatever the hell else Lincoln Riley is doing in Norman. A 12:10 pass:run ratio up eight scores in the fourth quarter isn’t dominant; it’s tacky and gross.
- Neither of the Texas teams lost much ground despite close losses. But, I’m not sure how anyone can conclude that Mond is a legitimate quarterback when SEC play begins or that Texas’ DBs can withstand a 9-game onslaught from teams determined to air it out on them 45 times a game. The ‘Horns offense did look good though.
- I know, I know...I fall for it every year. But, as of today, the Year of Our Bear 2019, Wisconsin has looked a lot better than Michigan. In fact, given Don Brown’s struggles against the spread, I’m putting the Wolverines on upset alert when Mike Locksley’s RPO-Slant game comes calling. Shea Patterson is still #butt and there are no leaders on either side of the ball.
- The best team in the Big 10 isn’t getting nearly enough love — and for my money they’re the No. 3 or 4 team in the country: Ohio State has looked outstanding.
Now, let’s take a look at what you, the Alabama voter, think of the direction of the program.
In Saban We (Still) Trust?
Okay, talk about your ballot below or any other observations about the FanPulse Top 25 at large.