Tuesday, October 18, 2011


  1. LSU
  2. Alabama
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Wisconsin
  5. Stanford
  6. Boise State
  7. Oregon
  8. Clemson
  9. Oklahoma State
  10. Arkansas
  11. Nebraska
  12. Kansas State
  13. Texas A&M
  14. South Carolina
  15. West Virginia
  16. Virginia Tech
  17. Georgia Tech
  18. Michigan State
  19. Michigan
  20. Arizona State
  21. Auburn 
  22. Washington
  23. Illinois
  24. Houston
  25. Penn State 
The top-5 is unchanged here, but Oregon is on the rise, taking spot #7. With James and Thomas out, though, can they keep playing at this level? Clemson slips a bit, with Kellen Moore and Boise State taking a step ahead of the Tigers who almost dropped to Maryland. In a serving of counter-intuitiveness, Kansas State climbs by surviving their close scrape with Texas Tech. Arkansas and Nebraska get a bump with teams ahead of them finally losing. People need to keep an eye out for this Razorback squad; they're getting overshadowed by the West division big boys, but the Hawgs - and that pesky War Eagle - are dangerous, dangerous teams. Texas A&M is OK at 13 by product of their two losses being to top-10 teams. South Carolina takes one step forward, but that could be a big leap backward with Lattimore out and a tougher slate down the stretch. Georgia Tech and Arizona State are evening out. Auburn gets to stay in the 20-25 range with that win over Florida. Michigan State passes Michigan, but I need to see something besides a stout Sparty defense to get excited, so I'm keeping them low for now. Look at the Huskies staying tough; that loss to Nebraska still looks acceptable and the Dub is playing Tough right now. Illinois is coached by Ron Zook, 'nuff said. Houston's still Houston, getting a nod for obliterating ECU. Rounding out the poll, Penn State only has one loss, and that to Alabama, but those six wins seem shaky at best. Even though they won, Georgia has to kick rocks for that shitty display in Nashville.

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