1. Oregon (6-0, 39)
After a slow start, Chip Kelly and the Ducks of Eugene, Oregon put away my most hated team in college sports, the Washington State Cougars. Oregon is in solid position to play in the National Championship game if they can win out, but with the tougher half of the Pac-10 coming up in the schedule, I wouldn’t hold my breath. I would, however, pat Chip Kelly on the back for having the cojones to rock the visor.
T2. Oklahoma (5-0, 35)
Fellow fan of the visor, Bob Stoops, had a bye this week.
T2. Boise State (6-0, 35)
Boise State throttled Toledo this week by more than 40 points. Bob has more faith in Boise State making a National Title game than I do.* This tied for #2 ranking is pretty much due to his faith in arguably the most pitiful conference to have ever existed… In the words of Whitney Houston, “Crack is WAC”.
*My Championship game prediction right now is Alabama vs. Oregon. I just felt like we needed to drop Bama for the loss. Maybe the WAC is pitiful, but we have more WAC teams in these power rankings than Big East or ACC teams. . .
4. Ohio State (6-0, 34)
The Buckeyes handled another cruddy Big-10 opponent this week, beating Indiana by 4 TD’s. Jim Tressel’s squad faces Wisconsin next week in what could be an exciting game, but I’m cynical and I think this could be Brett Bielema’s biggest disappointment since his break-up with Erin Andrews.
5. Nebraska (6-0, 33)
The Huskers had an impressive performance this week against K-State in Manhattan. Nebraska plays Mack “Booster in Episode One of Friday Night Lights” Brown in Corn Country next Saturday. Unfortunately for Nebraska, Texas is awful this year, so beating them at home won’t do much to catapult them in our rankings.
6. Auburn (6-0, 31)
Bob put Auburn at #4 after barely escaping Kentucky… KENTUCKY!!!! I put them in my top 10, but their performance this week didn’t quite inspire my confidence in their “power”.**
**It could be argued that Auburn's win over South Carolina gives them more power than any win by the four teams above them. I'm just saying
7. TCU (6-0, 28)
8. Alabama (5-1, 26)
Tough loss. Just another game in the SEC. Who wants to take bets that Bama will still end up in the National Championship game? Who wants to take bets Nick Saban will be coaching another SEC team next year?
T9. South Carolina (4-1, 21)
Click-Clack. Great win for Steve Spurrier.
T9. LSU (6-0, 21)
Les Miles stays unbeaten, defeating Florida by 4 points this week. You’d assume one of the two undefeated SEC teams would be in our top 5, but it looks like both Bob and I are holding last week’s abysmal win against Lesley.
T9. Michigan State (6-0, 21)
In my opinion, Michigan State is now legit. They handled Michigan and Wisconsin in back-to-back weeks. With Iowa being the only ranked team the Spartans have left, things could get interesting.
12. Utah (6-0, 20)
Utah took Iowa State and showed them who is boss. Sadly, it may be their best win thus far. FAIR WARNING: I WILL BE OVERRATING UTAH IN PREPARATION FOR THE UPCOMING ND-UTAH GAME THAT I WILL BE ATTENDING!
13. Stanford (5-1, 18)
ND better beat USC…
14. Arkansas (4-1, 16)
The Razorbacks barely beat A&M, who is mediocre at best. They were appropriately punished in Room 696.
15. Florida State (5-1, 12)
Impressive win for Jimbo Fischer. With Florida as the best game left on the schedule, Jimbo looks headed toward an excellent inaugural season.
16. Oklahoma State (5-0, 10)
Beat a respectable opponent, then you will be respected.
T17. Missouri (5-0, 7)
See Oklahoma State.
T17. Nevada (6-0, 7)
See Oklahoma State and Missouri.
T19. Air Force (5-1, 2)
20 point win of Colorado State. Air Force isn’t an amazing team, but I’m glad our Irish aren’t playing them this year.
T19. West Virginia (4-1, 2)
After seeing the rest of West Virginia’s schedule as well as who they’ve played, I wish I wouldn’t have ranked them at all. They lost to their only respectable opponent, LSU… who Bob and I don’t respect THAT much.