Thoughts And Rankings After Week 3

Week 3 is in the books and we sure learned a lot about the state of college football. Let’s dive right in.

1. Alabama is not the No. 1 team in the country. Did anyone else watch that game? Putting up a bunch of points on against a piss poor defense is not impressive. Giving up a ton of points, just like Sam Houston State and Rice before them, is not impressive. This is not the No. 1 team in the country folks, plain and simple.

2. Speaking of poor defense, what happened to the SEC? 49-42? Last week Georgia beat South Carolina 41-30? South Carolina just beat Vandy 35-25. Ole Miss gave up 23 to Texas and all in one half. Tennessee gave up 59 to Oregon. What happened to the vaunted SEC defense? Does Florida suddenly have the best defense in the SEC? Does anyone play defense in the SEC any more? Apparently not, another reason their run at the top looks shaky this year.

3. The Big Ten yelled a resounding “No!” at the thought of being the second best conference behind the SEC. Wisconsin lost to Arizona State. Washington beat Illinois. Ohio State gave up a million points to Cal. Nebraska fell apart at home to UCLA. Michigan nearly lost another App. State type home loss. Penn State lost to UCF. What a weekend. This conference is the same old Big Ten. Horrible. Ohio State is not a top 5 team, sorry folks. No defense there. None.

4. Notre Dame and Michigan’s performances showed they are definitely not top 25 material. Purdue got crushed by Cincy 42-7 in their opener. Cincy got man handled by Illinois. Notre Dame struggled with Purdue. And after seeing Michigan struggle with Notre Dame and now Akron, it’s sure obvious they aren’t for real.

5. Mack Brown will be fired by the end of the week. ‘Nuff said.

6. Lane Kiffin may have saved his job by guiding his offense into the end zone 5 times. We’ll see, jury’s out.

7. Here are my rankings following week 3. They will in no way reflect the actual top 25 to be released by the tool-filled media or the non-watching coaches, but then again, I pride myself on that.

1. Oregon
2. Alabama
3. Clemson
4. LSU
5. Florida State
6. Louisville
7. Stanford
8. Ohio State
9. Georgia
10. Oklahoma State
11. UCLA
12. Oklahoma
13. South Carolina
14. Washington
15. Northwestern
16. Miami (FL)
17. Baylor
18. Ole Miss
19. Texas A&M
20. Michigan
21. Arizona State
22. Texas Tech
23. Michigan State
24. Wisconsin
25. UCF

Yup, Oregon is a clear No. 1. But I bet the voters put Alabama there. Sorry, can’t do it. And in case you’re wondering if I know what I’m talking about, I went 17-1 in picks last week. Bet on Texas and lost. Won’t make that mistake again. I called TCU losing and A&M going down. I knew UCLA would beat Nebraska. Even called the Wisconsin upset. I’m kind of a big deal (ha).

At this point, the Pac-12 is looking like one heck of a conference to me. The SEC has a strong top and nothing else. Pac-12 is looking very strong on top and still strong top to bottom. At this point in the season I would probably have to say the SEC has a slight edge on everyone else, but outside of their top 7 teams they don’t look all that impressive. Guess we have to wait and see how the season plays out.

Right now I have to think no one is coming out of the Big Ten to content for the championship. No one is good enough. Ohio State has no defense. Everyone else just showed us they have no interest in playing for a championship. The ACC still has a strong case with Clemson and Florida State, maybe even Miami (FL) if they go on a tear. The SEC may not have an undefeated champion, but Alabama and LSU still look like they might go all the way. The Big 12 won’t compete, that’s pretty obvious. Too much parity in their conference. And the Pac-12 has several contenders. If I had to pick I would say Oregon looks like they will finish undefeated and No. 1 while a one-loss No. 2 will be in much dispute but will probably go (as usual) to the SEC champion, whether it be Georgia, Alabama, Texas A&M or LSU. My money is on Alabama. And I think Oregon would roll them in the title game.

EDIT: Let it be known that now that the AP poll has come out, 1-2 TCU whose only win is over SE Louisiana (who was tied with them at halftime at home) got 3 votes. THREE VOTES. Do we need any more proof the AP poll is good for nothing?

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