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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Week 8 Top 25

1. Ohio State
2. Michigan
3. West Virginia
4. California
5. Texas
6. Tennessee
7. Auburn
8. Florida
9. USC
10. Louisville
11. Clemson
12. Oregon
13. Notre Dame
14. LSU
15. Rutgers
16. Georgia Tech
17. Wisconsin
18. Arkansas
19. Boise State
20. Nebraska
21. Boston College
22. Texas A&M
23. Wake Forest
24. Oklahoma
25. Iowa

Starting up at the top Florida becomes the latest #2 to go down as they fell at Auburn. The Tigers got the job done despite not scoring an offensive touchdown. This once again shows how difficult it is for a team to get out of the SEC unbeaten as there are so many good teams that end up just knocking each other off. I would love to see a Florida-Auburn rematch in the SEC championship game, in a season like this one with numerous one loss teams still alive, it could determine a national championship game berth.

USC continues to play poorly and I just can't justify their high ranking anymore. Sure they are getting W's but that is because they are playing some pretty bad teams and barely squeaking by. I honestly believe it would be an upset if USC beats Cal, and I think that Oregon and or Notre Dame have a great shot at beating them.

Wisconsin is quietly having a very good season, they could end up with only one loss as their remaining schedule is not too difficult.

Texas A&M, Wake Forest and Oklahoma are new entries this week into the top 25. A&M had a big win at home over previously unbeaten Missouri, while Wake Forest came back from a disappointing loss to Clemson by defeating NC State on the road. Oklahoma defeated Iowa State but lost Adrian Peterson in the process. In all likelihood we have witnessed the last game by Adrian Peterson in college. It was sad to hear that he broke his collarbone considering his dad was watching him live for the first time since he was 12 years old as he was recently released from prison.

Missouri is out after their loss at A&M, they got their record by playing a bunch of cupcakes and then lost to an A&M team that had also built their record on cupcakes. That doesn't make A&M's entry very strong but at the bottom end of the top 25 there aren't many other options. I wanted to drop Iowa out of the top 25 after their loss to Indiana but I just couldn't find any team I thought was deserving at that spot.

Washington is out as well after their disappointing loss at home to Oregon State. But that wasn't the worst part of the story as starting QB Isaiah Stanbeck is now out for the year. The Huskies were one of the big surprises of the college football season and now sit only 2 wins away from bowl eligibility, something no one predicted before this season. They will have a chance to pick up that bowl berth with essentially one win, only one because they still have to play Stanford which can be chalked up as a W. The remaining schedule aside from the Cardinal is Cal, Arizona State, Oregon, and Washington State.

Georgia seems like a poor man's version of USC in the fact that they were supposed to be a highly ranked team but kept squeaking by against inferior competition. Then the wheels fell off against Tennessee and this past weekend against Vanderbilt.

Speaking of the Commodores, they deserve special mention after this upset win as they hadn't beaten a ranked team in 20 some odd years, and I was looking for the article, but I couldn't find it, but IIRC it stated that it was Vandy's first road win over a ranked team in over 50 years. They are only 3 wins away from bowl eligibility, they haven't been to a bowl in 20 some odd years as well and with games against Kentucky and Duke, which should be W's, they would just need one win against South Carolina, Florida or Tennessee, their best opportunity comes against the Gamecocks this week.

A couple of very intriguing matchups this week with Texas-Nebraska, Clemson-Georgia Tech as well as the last leg of the five week gauntlet for Michigan against Iowa. The beauty of football season is the week seems to go so fast beacuse I'm always looking forward to Saturday.

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