On to Week 3, after a wild second-half yesterday, that saw tons of late scoring, dumb endings, and furious rallies.
Usual caveats apply: The criteria are nebulous, far-ranging, and capricious — strength of schedule, bad and good coaching, injuries, exigent circumstances, home/away results, defense or lack thereof, offense or lack thereof, line play, power poll-ishness, can you cover a spread (Vegas is pretty smart about how good a team is), head-to-head where possible or prudent, advanced stats, and my own lying eyeballs.
Quick notes follow:
- Is there any doubt that this Texas team is for real? FSU may have looked more impressive, but that’s the single best win of the season — or was, until the advanced stats are updated following last night, and reveal a very pedestrian Alabama team going into Week 3
- Notre Dame is the complete package: Not eye-turning wins, but shellacking Toledo at home, then picking up a tough NCSU road win is very solid. See also: Utah, UCLA, Oregon, Washington, Wazzu, and Oregon State, who have nice road Ws and/or some combination of good home win, or not screwing around with bad teams.
- Wish we could say the same about Tennessee and Kentucky, who looked like crap yesterday.
- Ole Miss is devastatingly good when Lane Kiffin decides to play defense and schemes up half-time adjustments like that. That team can challenge for a very soft West.
- Alabama is unranked because: It is 26th in overall efficiency, 39th in offensive efficiency, and 33rd in defensive efficiency. It is a Top 3 special teams unit though, thanks to Burnip and Reichard! In short, it’s not a Top 25 team at the moment. Can it be? Sure. Will it? That’s totally up to a coaching staff that appeared either disinterested on in over their heads last night...again.
- Fraud check: Wisconsin and Texas A&M failed their tests. Though, Miami looks really good with much better coordinators under Mario.
- K State, Michigan, and Georgia are just strangling people quietly under the radar. K State has the best win of the bunch, but UGA/UM have the talent and efficiency on their side.
- Something still feels off about Ohio State.
- Anyone else think Mack Brown is playing on borrowed time at UNC? The Heels are going to get into the ACC schedule and either contend or implode. 2-0 is 2-0.
- We have no idea how good USC and Penn State are, do we? USC’s defense looks a little better; Penn State’s offense looks a little better. But that competition has been...well, almost as bad as Michigan and Georgia.
- Iowa did Iowa things again in El Assico — just your bog-standard 20-13 road win at Ames, and Jack Trice has been their own house of horrors for two decades. The offense is still trash, BTW.
- James Madison showed me something yesterday, when it stormed back on the road against an ACC team and won with something other than defense: an explosive offense. 36-35 Dukes.
- Speaking of Duke(s), was there anything more predictable than the Blue Devils being hung over this week?
- I fear we may have to contemplate a world where Oklahoma is good again. They can win shootouts, and they can strangle SMU’s high-flying passing attack with a much improved defense. The Red River Shootout is likely being played for the de facto B12 title.
Where would you rank Alabama?
This poll is closed
Top 10 team
Not Top 10, but Top 25 for sure.
Until they notch some wins, they’re not a Top 25 team