Posted on: September 14, 2008 6:38 pm
Edited on: September 14, 2008 6:59 pm

The Best Damn Poll In The Land: Week 3

I have never watched more football in a single week. I saw every possible second of college football this past week/weekend. UNC/RU, USF/KU, MSU/FAU, UGA/USC, UT/UAB, USC/OSU, UW/FSU, ASU/UNLV. I also loved every second of it.

Some great games and some of my feelings on certain teams got confirmed (OSU, ASU) and some were debunked (Oregon, BYU).

Can't wait for another great week. Although I can do without Rocky Top. I might have to wear ear plugs during the game. Though whenever Brent Musberger does a game again I will do so as well. On to the rankings!
  1. Louisiana State - LW 1 - Manhandled North Texas, but QB play still unimpressive. First test next week at so far punchless Auburn. Should be another 10-7 barnburner. Still, LSU is #1 until they lose.
  2. Southern California - LW 2 - What can you say? They're the team to beat again after thrashing OSU. Speed everywhere and Mark Sanchez is looking like a USC QB should. Miami is looking like a lock for this team.
  3. Oklahoma - LW 3 - Continues to dominate inferior competition. All facets of the team look great, but they do everyyear until the last couple games. On track for a titanic showdown with Mizzou in the Big12 Championship Game. TCU is an interesting game in 2 weeks.
  4. Florida - LW 5 - Defense looked great as they didn't give up a point, offense a no show again. The schedule starts for real this week with UT. Can't wait to hear Rocky Top. Many beers await.
  5. Georgia - LW 4 - There are definite concerns with this team, but I don't think reading to much into the USCe game is very useful. Spurrier always plays the Dawgs tough and UGA has had problems in the past with them, despite great teams. Remember, UF won it all in '06 and needed a blocked FG at the buzzer to beat USCe at home. However, the offensive and defensive lines need to do a better job, and UGA killed themselves with dropped pass. Better fix it quick with a trip to ASU who got caught looking ahead.
  6. East Carolina - LW 6 - I knew they would have a let down game against a better than expected Tulane squad. However I'm even more impressed with this team now. They toughed it out and managed to come away with a win on the road after two huge wins. This team looks to be the top BCS buster a long with BYU. Another BCS matchup next week with NCST and the schedule never gets really easy with a decent C-USA this year.
  7. Missouri - LW 8 - Put up PS3 numbers against another dog. Won't get tested until October and won't have a real test until Texas Oct 18th. I still am not in love with this team, though Chase Daniel should be 1 or 2 in the Heisman race right now. Jeremy Maclin is a beast as well.
  8. Texas  - LW 9 - Prayers go out to all those in Texas affected by the storm. Good luck in the recovery.
  9. South Florida - LW 12 - Great game against Kansas. Both teams deserved to win. USF is my darkhorse national title contender. Should be favored in every game except for maybe the last one in Morgantown. Groethe has matured and can lead this teams to the top. What happened to the defense though? I just think Kansas offense is that good.
  10. Wisconsin - LW 14 - I would not have dropped them much if they had lost to Fresno as they seemed to have a couple very bad calls go against them and really controlled the game. The passing game looked good and makes this a dangerous, and balanced, team. My preseason Big10 champ pick is looking good, although Penn State is looking good as well.
  11. Alabama - LW 15 - Another blah game against an overmatched opponent. Looking good opening up SEC play. Real test is in two weeks at UGA.
  12. Penn State - LW 16 - Penn State has been one of the more impressive teams so far this season. Too bad Joe Pa is classless for running it up on a team of teenage girls. Oops sorry, that was Syracuse, my mistake. The resemblance is striking though.
  13. Brigham Young - LW 23 - Big jump after the dismanting of UCLA. I wasn't sold on this team after two poor performances, but they convinced me now. I wasn't buying into UCLA, but still, beating an average BCS opponent 59-0 is just incredible. Could come down to the end with them and Utah for a BCS bowl berth.
  14. Auburn - LW 11 - It might just be me, but I don't think Auburn has mastered the spread yet. The defense is still great though, and the play calling has been pretty conservative. We'll see how good Auburn is next week with the defensing champions coming to town.
  15. Kansas - LW 10 - I was really impressed with their offense against a fast USF defense. They are the best one loss team in my mind. Reesing was going to be my POW until USF's great pass rush forced a late Reesing interception. I think this is the only team that can keep Mizzou out of the Big12 championship game, and I think they will.
  16. Ohio State - LW 7 - I was lower on OSU than most. They have been trashed enough so I'll be brief, but it really does look like OSU has been overrated for a while. This is still a good team, but find BuckEyeTodds post on OSU to see a great analysis that I agree completely with. OSU could rebound and win the Big10, but if they win out and make the NC game, expect a revolt from the CFB proletariat.
  17. Texas Tech - LW 17 - Now that OSU got exposed, this is the most overrated team in the nation in my mind. I do not see where the love for this team is coming. Not a single notable win. Until they beat a couple of the big four teams in the Big 12 this team is no better than the bottom of the top 20 in my mind. That said, Graham Harrell is a very good QB.
  18. Florida State - LW 21 - Keeps plodding along against low quality 'competition,' but still looking good while doing it. Class of the ACC in my opinion Big game against the best two teams in the ACC next week. Can Wake make it three in a row versus the Garnett and Gold?
  19. Utah - LW UR - Big jump into the polls after a pasting of one of the worst FBS schools in Utah State. Maybe this team was more than just Urban Meyer and Alex Smith. A lot of good ball players on this team and they really spread the wealth. Should be an entertaining game against Air Force next week.
  20. Fresno State - LW 13 - Had Fresno overranked last week, but they still look like a solid team against Wisconsin (although they also had some homecooking going). They have the talent to compete with the top teams, but their BCS dreams are likely over.
  21. Wake Forest - LW 22 - Week off to prepare the early ACC game of the year. No way they beat FSU three years running, right?
  22. Oregon - LW 25 - Really impressed me by hanging tough and coming back to beat Purdue, although they needed a little luck (and bad Purdue coaching) to get it done. The injury to Roeper seems signifigant though and I still don't think this is a top 15 team like some do.
  23. North Carolina - LW UR - My sleeper pick this year. I dropped them from 25 after a disappointing game against McNeese State, but they seemed to correct their problems against Rutgers. With the state of the ACC the way it is, this team can make some noise. Now, don't lay an egg against Virginia Tech.
  24. Connecticut - LW UR - I was NOT a believer of this team after two less than impressive performances against weak competition. However they worked over Virginia as bad as USC did and deserved to be ranked so far. They have a very good defense, but if their offense performs like it did yesterday, the Big East better watch out!
  25. Vanderbilt - LW UR - This ranking feels good. Vandy deserves to get some recognition for being the only academic all-star in the SEC. However this isn't charity. They have beaten some pretty decent competition and I think they are equals right now of the teams left off for them. I'm sure this ranking doesn't last long though as SEC play starts in earnest.


Javon Ringer
- Completely carried MSU against FAU in rain and muck on an ugly day in East Lansing. Had a career day and deserves a second straight POW award.

On the cusp:

  • West Virginia - They dropped 6 spots after not playing, but when thinking about it, no way they deserved being ranked over several undefeated teams after an insipid showing against ECU. Plenty of time to move back up the rankings though.
  • Illinois - I was high on Illinois, but am full of questions after a bad game against Louisianna Lafayette.
  • Virginia Tech - Good win against GaTech, but big game vs. UNC next week (who would have thought that?)
  • Clemson - Underwhelming win against the dregs of the ACC in NCST. This team just might not be very good.
  • Tennessee - See what happens when you run the ball UT? Now please go back to using the UCLA gameplan this week.


  • Illinois - LW 18 - Analysis above
  • West Virginia - LW 19 - Analysis above
  • Arizona State - LW 20 - Maybe they were looking ahead, but wow. Should never lose at home to UNLV. Pac10 took a beating.
  • Virginia Tech - LW 25- Analysis above

Way Too Early Heisman Ballot:

  1. Mark Sanchez - Surgical against OSU. I'm still impressed with his dislocated knee. Frontrunner unless USC loses.
  2. Chase Daniel - Might be the best QB in the nation, but I want to see him do it against some real teams first.
  3. Tim Tebow - Hasn't done anything to lose the Heisman but needs some big performances in SEC play and a NC game berth to win it again.
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