Monday, October 3, 2011

Top 25

Russell Wilson is a B1G reason that Wisconsin's so high in the rankings.#E'rydayI'mRussell'n

Well, we're headed into week 6 of this football season and it's time to for me to start posting my weekly Top-25. We've all had fun with the 'Why Not?' rankings, but now we need to get down to serious business. We've seen five weeks worth of football, quick starts die off, and a few teams establish themselves as conference front-runners and BCS contenders. I probably should have done this last week, but it just kinda slipped my mind. So, now, without further ado, here's the FTS poll:

  1. Alabama
  2. LSU
  3. Wisconsin
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Boise State
  6. Clemson
  7. Stanford
  8. Oregon
  9. Georgia Tech
  10. Oklahoma State
  11. West Virginia
  12. Florida*
  13. Michigan
  14. Arkansas
  15. Texas A&M
  16. Nebraska
  17. Texas
  18. Auburn
  19. Illinois
  20. South Carolina
  21. Kansas State
  22. Arizona State
  23. Virginia Tech
  24. Houston
  25. Michigan State
  26. Georgia
I added the extra spot just so I could throw in Georgia. #homer.

I think it's clear now that Alabama and LSU are the best two teams in the country and their Nov. 5 showdown will basically be to put the top spot on lockdown. Both teams need to be careful, however, of a pesky and unpredictable Auburn squad. Wisconsin is arguably just as good as Bama and LSU, but ti'll be hard for them to slide past the SEC West powers until we get deeper into conference play. Oregon and West Virginia are unbeaten save for their beatdowns at the hands of LSU and the Tigers are playing so strong that those losses are more and more forgivable. It's the same idea behind Arkansas and Florida in regards to Alabama. *The Gators have an asterisk because this high of a ranking is completely dependent upon John Brantley being able to play. If he's gone for the season - or even the next few weeks - there's no way UF can hold this spot. Georgia Tech has looked great- at least offensively - in every game so far, so until they're stopped, we have to treat the Jackets like a top-10 team (/shudders /gags). I know it seems odd to have two undefeated teams ranked so low compared to some one- and two-loss teams, but Texas and Illinois haven't quite sold me yet. South Carolina is a hot mess and K-State's sneakily on the rise; the rest of this is all guesswork.

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