Thursday, September 24, 2009
1. FLORIDA GATORS-The Gators and Tim Tebow weren't overly impressive at home against Tennessee but they did win so there is no reason to knock them off of the #1 spot. In 3 games the Gators have scored 19 TD's while giving up only 1. They travel to Lexington this week to face Kentucky who could give them a game for about 3 quarters.
2. TEXAS LONGHORNS-The Longhorns got their revenge for their only loss last season by defeating Texas Tech 34-24 in Austin. Colt McCoy has been off a little this season and the Longhorns pass defense is again suspect but they should cruise this week against UTEP. McCoy needs to put up some big stats if he wants to hang in the Heisman race.
3. ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE-I am starting to think this year's Alabama squad is better than last year. Despite losing Andre Smith and John Parker Wilson the offense looks better and more well rounded with junior QB Greg McElroy in there. They face an Arkansas team that can put a lot of points on the board this week so it should be a good test to see how good their defense really has become. The offense should have no problems putting up 30 plus on a pretty bad Razorback defense.
4. MIAMI HURRICANES-The Canes are by far the surprise team this year in college football. I was skeptical to think they could make such a big jump this season after a lackluster first two years under Randy Shannon but I was clearly wrong. They absolutely dominated Georgia Tech last week and this week continue their nightmarish schedule by traveling to Blacksburg. If QB Jacory Harris leads them to victory with a good game against the Hokies then he is right up there with Jahvid Best as the leading guy to win the Heisman in my opinion.
5. OLE MISS REBELS-The Rebels get their first true test this season tonight in Columbia with a Gamecock team that is poised for an upset. Ole Miss and QB Jevan Snead have cruised in their first two games against inferior opponents but they will need to play great tonight since traditionally they are not good in SEC road openers. I think this game will come down to the wire and would not be shocked to see an upset for the Ole Ball Coach.
6. CALIFORNIA BEARS-Jahvid Best has proven he is the best back in the nation. No question about it. His 5 TDs against the Golden Gophers last week vaulted him to the top of the Heisman talk and this week they face a dangerous Oregon team in Eugene. Who ever wins this game has the best chance of unseating USC as the PAC-10 Champ.
7. PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS-JoePa's stormtroopers had another boring victory against the mighty power of Temple last week. I'm sorry but I can't stand watching Penn State. Maybe it's the Big Ten conference that bores the shit out of me but it just always seems that Penn State never has an explosive offense that can keep my attention. They get Iowa in Happy Valley this week looking to avenge their only Big Ten loss in 2008. Last year it was a hell of a game that did keep my attention. This year I think Penn State wins by 10.
8. CINCINNATI BEARCATS-Brace yourself for this: The Bearcats could be playing in the BCS Title game! Yes, I said it. Look at their schedule. It sucks. Plus Brian Kelly is a great coach and has the confidence rolling for them. I'm rooting for them just to hear how many people bitch and moan about them not deserving to play a Florida or Texas team for the National Title. It makes for great talk. They should roll over Fresno State at home this week.
9. LSU TIGERS-3-0 for the Fear Les Tigers so far but they still are not playing their best game. If they continue to improve with a tuneup this week against Mississippi State I will feel much better with them traveling to Athens next week.
10. MICHIGAN WOLVERINES-Fuck me for saying this but they are good. I'm shocked those words even came out of my mouth. They should beat the hell out of Indiana this week and then face interstate rivals Sparty the following. I hope they lose both but I see them being 7-0 with Penn State coming to the Big House to determine who wins the Big Ten.
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